Weekly Feature

2010-08-26 / Editorial

Business seminar, recycle day part of upcoming community events

One of my top two priorities is finding better ways to protect and create jobs. New York’s economy lost more than 330,000 jobs in this recession. I am pleased to have voted for a new Power for Jobs Program. The bill will bring cost savings, job creation and economic development to Western New York. development to Western New York.

WILLIAM STACHOWSKI New York State Senator WILLIAM STACHOWSKI New York State Senator In addition, I am sponsoring a Small Business Seminar at West Seneca West Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 2. As Senate chair of the Commerce, Economic Development & Small Business committee, I have teamed up with the New York State Labor Federation, West Seneca Development Corporation and Western New York Education Center for Economic Development.

This event will show business owners how NYS can help them grow and expand. The seminar will describe how companies can receive information, assistance and training for their small businesses. Business owners can call 851-1374 to register for this free seminar.

Another event we have coming up is our

Electronic Recycling Day on Saturday, Aug. 28. Following the huge success we had in Hamburg, this event is back again but this time in Cheektowaga, at the corner of French and Union roads. More information can be found on my website at www. stachowski. org.

I recently joined the Buffalo Sabres Alumni to announce a new law that increases the cap on monies raised from charity raffles. I was glad to sponsor the new legislation, allowing charities to collect more contributions. This bill allows the Sabres and other nonprofits to take in more charitable contributions.

For example, the Sabres have been conducting 50/50 raffles at home games; however, the monies raised exceeded the limit regulated by state law. So, I worked closely with them to draft legislation that would raise the cap on raffle contributions.

Just last week, I helped break ground alongside Bishop Kmiec on new, affordable senior housing at Holy Family Church in South Buffalo. This is yet another example of a positive, tangible improvement to the South Park-Tifft Street neighborhood.

I am pleased to have secured some of the funds to help revitalize the area and turn the former elementary school into beautiful, affordable senior housing. The funds for Holy Family, combined with additional state funds I was able to secure for the beautification of South Park Avenue, are the beginning of a resurgence that will transform the neighborhood for generations to come.

New high-visibility crosswalks and pedestrian warning signs have been

pedestrian warning signs have been added along Harlem Road in West Seneca following a request I sent to the New York State Department of Transportation concerning pedestrian safety.

Traffic can be very heavy near the Harlem Road and Dirkson playgrounds, along Harlem Road, and parents in the area were very concerned about their children’s safety. I am pleased that the DOT agreed with me and the parents in the area to add the traffic safety measures.

Finally, New Yorkers are owed billions of dollars in unclaimed funds. The Comptroller’s Office has made it easy to learn if the state owes you money. I urge all New Yorkers to take a minute to see if they have money coming to them by calling (800) 221-9311 or visiting the comptroller’s website at www.osc.state.ny.us and search the list of unclaimed funds.

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