State and federal environmental agencies are being asked to test soil near homes in the Town of Tonawanda’s industrial corridor after samples collected by a community group revealed contaminants related to foundry coke oven emissions.
The likely source of a suspected carcinogen – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – found in samples taken last fall from a playground and yards on Sawyer, Kaufman and James avenues is the nearby Tonawanda Coke Corp., according to Jackie James Creedon, founder of the Tonawanda Community Fund. Though NRG Energy’s Huntley Plant also is a potential source, Creedon noted that NRG installed new air controls in 2010.
The Buffalo Recycling Alliance will host their Global Youth Service Day celebration on Saturday, April 27.
The event, which will be held at Community Charter School in the City of Buffalo, will run from 9am to 3pm.
Members of local block clubs, area churches and owners and employees of local businesses are encouraged to attend and join their efforts by supporing their movement to increase the recycling rate in Buffalo.
For more information about Global Youth Service Day, visit www.gysd.org.
State Sen. Mark Grisanti touched on a number of hot topics during his keynote speech at the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce's first luncheon of 2013, held Friday at Banchetti by Rizzo's.
Per new redistricting measures, Grisanti has recently taken over a role in Kenmore and Tonawanda, and Friday's event served as a chance for him to discuss a variety issues with his new constituents, including the passage of the gun control legislation, which Grisanti voted for.
"I have received a lot of feedback from people who believe my vote infringed upon their Second Amendment rights," Grisanti said. "But I took action to get things taken out of the original proposal that could have been massive infringements."
The Character Council of Western New York will present an educator seminar on Thursday, March 14.
The event, scheduled to take place at Michael's Banquet Facility, located on Southwestern Boulevard in the Town of Hamburg, will begin with check-in at 8am and will feature a program from 8:30am to 3pm.
The program will assist schools with the implementation of character initiatives designed to foster the concept of "Creating a Culture of Character." The featured speaker of the day will be Dr. Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders (www.growingleaders.com)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) today announced the first phase of redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, a National Historic Landmark in Buffalo. The state support for the redevelopment of the 19th century complex will leverage private investment and create over 500 construction jobs and up to 90 permanent full-time jobs.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) has been reappointed as Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee and has also been appointed to sit on the Finance Committee in the New York State Senate. "As a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, I will have oversight on the state budget, have a role at confirming all Senate nominations, and be able to vote on any piece of legislation that has a fiscal impact before it is sent to the floor of the Senate," said Senator Grisanti.
"After numerous negotiations with the Governor and Assembly, we have passed a bipartisan gun safety package that will keep New Yorkers safer in schools, homes and neighborhoods and help curb gun violence by going after criminals who use guns illegally. Highlights of this legislation include increased penalties for criminals who use a gun in the commission of a crime on school grounds or straw purchases.
It also strengthens Kendra’s Law to insure individuals with mental illness to get the treatment they need and those who pose a danger to themselves or others will not be able to legally access to a gun. In addition, this legislation proposes life in prison without parole to anyone who shoots and kills a first responder.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) today introduced legislation to expand influenza vaccination programs by providing insurance coverage for influenza vaccine and its administration at all authorized locations. The bills are S.1709 and the same as bill A.1090.