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Assemblyman Gabryszak Receives “Circle of Friends” Award

Assemblyman Gabryszak Receives “Circle of Friends” Award


New York State Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) was one of 79 legislators selected by New York Farm Bureau to receive the “Circle of Friends” award, due to his support and dedication to Western New York’s farming and agriculture in 2010.

“Agriculture is an integral part of the New York State economy, especially upstate,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “This is a very prestigious award and I’m honored to be recognized by the New York Farm Bureau for supporting their cause.” 

Assemblyman Gabryszak was also honored in 2009 with the “Circle of Friends” award.

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC.  In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
 
“With the expanded use of online tools, social media and mobile technology, a central part of serving the people of Western New York is staying connected to where residents find the latest information and being involved in those conversations,” said Congressman Higgins.
 
Higgins, a new member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, with a stop originally scheduled in Egypt.  He added, “It’s no secret that social media has a growing influence in major world events such as those seen in Egypt and Iran.  These tools are giving people around the world a new voice and providing a vehicle for communication that can lead to a greater social good.”

County Legislator BOVE Announces Veterans Outreach Program in West Seneca on March 12th

 

West Seneca, NY - Erie County Legislator Christina W. BOVE (D-West Seneca) is announcing a Veterans Outreach program that will be held in the Town of West Seneca on March 12th.

 On Saturday, March 12, 2011 the West Seneca Veterans Committee in partnership with the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center and the West Seneca Development Corporation will host a Veterans Outreach Program. This program will take place at the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca Street from 9:00am until 12:00pm.

Congressman Higgins Reports VA Moving Forward on Plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY

Congressman Higgins Reports VA Moving Forward on Plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY

This afternoon the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced action they are taking to begin the process of locating a National Veteran Cemetery in Western New York.

“The men and women who have served this nation fall within a unique rank deserving of the recognition and reverence bestowed by a veterans’ cemetery,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I commend the Administration for moving forward on the process that will give Western New York veteran’s families the option for a veteran burial close to home.”  

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries, including 7 in New York State.  However the closest to Western New York is located in Bath, NY, approximately 80 miles away. 

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Villages Will Have Easier Transition to New Voting Machines

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Villages Will Have Easier Transition to New Voting Machines

           “Today, I voted in favor of legislation that allows villages, who independently administer their own elections, the optional and temporary use of lever voting machines through December 31, 2010 (A.3093-B). Electronic voting machines are currently required by law; however, many villages don’t have access to these new voting machines.

            “It’s only fair that if school districts are able to use the mechanical lever machines through the end of 2012, villages should be able to as well. By doing this, it will make for an easier transition for villages from lever machines to HAVA-compliant or optical voting machines.

At House Hearing, Higgins Questions Homeland Security Secretary About Peace Bridge

At House Hearing, Higgins Questions Homeland Security Secretary About Peace Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today’s House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Committee, asked direct questions regarding the future of the Peace Bridge expansion project in Western New York.

The committee hearing, titled “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape - Considerations for the 112th Congress” featured Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter as invited witnesses.