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Assemblyman Gabryszak: Power NY Makes Energy Efficiency More Affordable, CreatesJobs

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Power NY Makes Energy Efficiency More Affordable, CreatesJobs

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Power NY makes energy efficiency more affordable, creates jobs
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed the Power NY Act that I sponsored to create a new power plant siting law, which will protect communities against environmental hazards. The new law will also create an on-bill recovery program for Green Jobs-Green New York which has a goal of generating one million energy efficiency retrofits of homes and businesses (Ch.388 of 2011).

Green Jobs-Green New York offers homeowners low-interest loans of up to $13,000 and small-business owners up to $25,000 for energy-efficient retrofits to their properties. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the loans cover the replacement of old water heaters, inefficient boilers and leaky weather stripping, to name just a few.

Congressman Higgins Announces $167,000 for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Congressman Higgins Announces $167,000 for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Federal Funding to support Shoreline Restoration Efforts along Riverbend Project

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the award of $167,000 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.   The grant, provided through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will support Phase II of the Buffalo Riverbend project

“These federal funds will continue our efforts to preserve and enhance the water’s edge,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force.  “Beyond the clear environmental benefits this work will continue the transformation of Buffalo’s old and industrial image to one that is new, exciting and welcoming to the public and innovative economic development.”

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

On August 11, 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter will hold a public input session to solicit views, comments and perspectives from stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s community to inform the development of a successful National Alzheimer’s Plan.

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

A Statement Released by the Erie County Executive’s Office and Travers Collins & Company

Buffalo, NY A trio of Erie County businesses have seen growth spurts courtesy of a new Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) loan program which targets established companies that have difficulties obtaining traditional bank financing due to increasingly strict lending policies.

The Business Stimulus Loan Fund has provided more than $800,000 to three fast-growing Erie County firms since its establishment last fall, leading to expansion of their workforces and client rosters.

Assemblyman Gabryszak: CAP and Innovate NY Fund to Create Jobs for WNY

Assemblyman Gabryszak: CAP and Innovate NY Fund to Create Jobs for WNY

We are currently living through a very difficult economic period in this country. Perhaps no industry is feeling the brunt of these tough times more than small businesses. Small businesses around the state are having an increasingly difficult time finding the necessary capital to keep them afloat, which in turn has led to more New Yorkers losing their jobs. Hopefully, the days of these small New York businesses struggling to find money to stay in business are behind us as Governor Cuomo recently signed a law that I sponsored to activate the New York State Capital Access Program (CAP) and establish the Innovate NY Fund (Ch. 103 of 2011).

Congressman Higgins Commemorates Life of Jim Molloy in Tribute on House Floor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) celebrated the life of James T. Molloy, a South Buffalo resident who served as House of Representatives Doorkeeper, in a speech delivered July 27 on the House floor. 

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the memory of James T. Molloy.  Many in Washington know Jim as the former, and last, Doorkeeper of the House.  Western New Yorkers know Jim as proud, third generation Irish-American and a proud career public servant.

Poloncarz Statement on the County Executive’s 2011 Budget Status Report

Poloncarz Statement on the County Executive’s 2011 Budget Status Report

ERIE COUNTY, NY—Today, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz released the following statement in response to Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ status report on the 2011 Budget.

“Although it appears as though Erie County will see a nominal surplus for 2011, everything is not as bright and sunny as the county executive would lead you to believe.  Without the nearly $27 million in one-shot revenue streams the County has reaped this year, the $13 million surplus the county executive is predicting, looks more like $14 million deficit.”

“As has been the case over the past few years, this surplus has nothing to do with ‘running Erie County like a business,’ and everything to do with approximately $26.8 million in one-shot revenue streams that we will not have next year and greater than anticipated sales tax revenues thus far.