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Nearly 100 Members Join Higgins, Slaughter, Hochul, Reed in Fight for Action on Aviation Safety

Directive on Pilot Fatigue Now Two Months Overdue

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jean Schmidt (OH-2), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), and Tom Reed (NY-29) are continuing to keep up the pressure on completion of a federal aviation safety rule, now over two months delayed, and nearly 100 members of the House of Representatives are joining them in pushing for the rule to directly address issues related to pilot fatigue.    

“We are now 963 days past the horrific crash of Flight 3407 and with each tick of the clock without new pilot fatigue rules in place thousands of lives are put at risk,” said Congressman Higgins.   “Together we are sending a strong message that we can’t afford to put flight safety on standby.”

Around Town Happy Hour!

Around Town Happy Hour!

 

Join us for our September happy hour at our very first "out of Amherst" location at Caputi's Sheridan Pub in Tonawanda serving complimentary pizza & chicken wings, of course drink specials: 2 mixed drinks for $5.50, 2 bottled beers for $5, $3.50 call mixed drinks & $1.75 draft mugs.

We will be combining our happy hour with a "Meet & Greet"; our friend Mark Tramont is running for Tonawanda Town Supervisor "A Business Leader, Not a Politician", along with Mike Vishion Town Board.

 

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location & Contact:Caputi's Sheridan Pub2351 Sheridan Dr.

Tonawanda, NY 14150

716-836-9758

 

Higgins Speaks on Need to 'Rise Above Prejudice' on House Floor

Higgins Speaks on Need to 'Rise Above Prejudice' on House Floor

Congressman Applauds End to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but Cites WNY Bullying Incident As Reminder that “Our Work Is Not Done”

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of the continued fight against discrimination in America.  In his remarks, the Congressman celebrated the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but cited the recent tragic incident in which a teen from the Western New York community took his own life as a result of bullying as further evidence that more must be done. 

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins remarks:

Mr. Speaker,

I am proud to come before this body today to celebrate the end of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

(Amherst, NY)---In light of the recent tragedy at a local Amherst restaurant, Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette has created a resolution to the Amherst Town Board which directs the Planning Director to draft a Local Law to amend site plan regulations to require protective structures be placed between the parking lot and the place of assembly (such as a restaurant) where required, as a matter of public safety.

Mr. Marlette states “There are many types of barriers that can add protection where there is public assembly. It is imperative that our Building and Planning Departments examine this area of site plan regulations.”

Mr. Marlette’s resolution goes before the Amherst Town Board Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7PM.

Gabryszak: Sweeping Ethics Reform Signed into Law

Gabryszak: Sweeping Ethics Reform Signed into Law

New ethics commission will strengthen oversight and accountability in government

For many years, I have fought diligently to bring more transparency and accountability to state government by supporting wide-ranging ethics reform to help restore the public’s trust in our system. This year’s productive legislative session created just that – last week the governor signed the Public Integrity Act of 2011 into law (Ch. 399 of 2011). This new law institutes historic reforms that focus on strengthening ethics oversight, increasing disclosure of outside income requirements for public officials, and ending the unjust practice of using taxpayer money to fund pensions of officials convicted of felonies related to their positions.

Big Tobacco’s Lawsuit Against FDA

Big Tobacco’s Lawsuit Against FDA

Big Tobacco is suing the FDA claiming that the images used on the new cigarette warning labels were designed to create a highly emotional response. However the images were designed to be effective so I am not sure how they could be less graphic.

Read more by following this link to the Buffalo Women's Health Examiner page, including information regarding new policies at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

From a Statement by NYPIRG

The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment  (LATFOR), the legislative committee tasked with redrawing New York’s legislative and congressional district lines, will be holding their Western New York public hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. inside City Hall ... but who knew?