From the Buffalo NewsThe University at Buffalo will honor, evaluate and promote its associations with area businesses today with its annual Business Partner Day at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.Honors include the Reaching Others Award, to be given to New York State Sen. William T. Stachowski for his support for UB’s growth and its UB 2020 expansion plans.The luncheon program is sold out. But displays and panel discussions that run from 8 a. m. to noon are free and open to the public.
The New York State Senate Wednesday passed legislation that sets the stage for UB to operate more like an independent business. Click the audio player above to hear Joyce Kryszak's full story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.
The bill is called the "UB 20-20 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act." But its effect is potentially more exciting than its name. To become law, the bill still must receive final passage from the State Assembly.
By REBECCA MEINKINGFirst published in print: Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Before it adjourns in late June, the state Legislature has an opportunity to do something that will benefit the upstate economy. It does not cost the taxpayers any money; it will create thousands of construction and permanent jobs throughout the state; and it will give legislators a significant accomplishment for the 2009 session.
The state will soon release $120 million in unused development funds targeted for Upstate, the head of the state’s economic agency said.
Marisa Lago, president and CEO of Empire State Development Corp., said more details will announced as well as criteria for receiving the funding “within a few weeks.” She was not more specific than that.
With millions of federal stimulus dollars flowing into New York, two Democratic state legislators introduced legislation Wednesday that would mandate that the money be spent on Americanmade products and services.
Sen. William T. Stachowski of Lake View and Assemblyman Mark J. F. Schroeder of Buffalo unveiled a bill to mandate that stimulus funds purchase American-made goods like steel and iron within existing and listed limitations.
Senator William Stachowski (D 58th) Meets With NYSPHSAA Executive Director Regarding Reduction in High School Sporting Events
Senator William T. Stachowski (D 58th), Chairman of the Senate’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee, met with Ms. Nina Van Erk, Executive Director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association in Albany today to discuss the reduction in sports schedules for state high schools.
Plan Includes Major Tax Cuts for Small Businesses and Manufacturers Senator Dale Volker and his colleagues in the Senate Majority recently unveiled a new economic development plan that will create new jobs, particularly Upstate, revitalize communities and encourage young people to stay in New York State.
Provisions of the plan include new, job creating tax cuts for small businesses and manufacturers that will make them more competitive.
State Senator Bill Stachowski (D 58th District) introduced a New York State Senate bill yesterday proposing that the city of Buffalo keep the local share of the Buffalo Creek Casino slot revenues. "The City of Buffalo will provide sewer, water and emergency services to the proposed Buffalo Creek casino and has been acknowledged by the Seneca Nation as the host municipality," stated Senator Stachowski. "Erie County on the other hand has expressed opposition to the facility in the past and has participated in three separate lawsuits against its construction."
(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that he has passed legislation (S.3117) in the State Senate that would update New York State’s existing law prohibiting the operation of recording devices in a motion picture theater. Senator Volker is urging the State Assembly to act immediately and pass their bill (A.6427) so as to limit the negative financial impact this illegal activity is having on New York’s economy.
(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) he has called for a public hearing of the NYS Senate Codes Committee on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in Downtown Buffalo.
Senator Volker today advanced its top priority for 2008 through introduction of a multi-billion dollar property tax relief plan that would double the size of the current STAR rebate for most homeowners and triple the size of the STAR rebate for seniors next year, while abolishing the current income eligibility thresholds instituted last year by Governor Spitzer.
(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged Governor Spitzer to promise additional state funds to eliminate any and all proposed toll hikes by the New York State Thruway Authority, just as he has for the Metropolitan Transit Authority for downstate New York Commuters. Senator Volker has already urged the State Comptroller to perform a thorough audit of the New York State Thruway Authority finances. The State Comptroller has agreed to an audit and is going to expedite the audit process.
(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged Governor Spitzer to take a position on the proposed toll hikes by the New York State Thruway Authority. Senator Volker has already urged the State Comptroller to perform a thorough audit of the New York State Thruway Authority finances. The State Comptroller has agreed to an audit and is going to expedite the audit process.
(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today released a letter to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli requesting he conduct an audit of the New York State Thruway Authority's revenue projections, operations and capital plan, to determine whether the toll increase being considered by the Authority is necessary.
(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has contacted New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, to perform an extensive audit on the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York State Thruway Authority recently announced that they have proposed a twenty percent increase in tolls by 2010.
"New Yorkers are facing high gasoline costs, not to mention increased heating fuel costs in the near future that is straining their family budgets," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(DEPEW, NY) Today is a sad day for New Yorkers. The New York State Court of Appeals have placed the last nail in the coffin on New York State's Death Penalty Statute. Sadly, political ideology has reared its ugly head on a public policy matter that impacts all of our lives.
The case involves the shootings of seven innocent people who were shot in the head at point-blank range, apparently to eliminate the witnesses in a robbery by a murderer by the name of John Taylor. Five of the victims died.
(DEPEW, NY) The Governor’s new twist on giving Illegal Aliens legal New York State’s Drivers Licenses just became more troublesome. Now, Governor Spitzer is proposing a plan that will permit illegal aliens to register to vote at the time they apply for a legal New York State License. Once an illegal alien has a drivers license, he or she can register to vote with no verification. This inconceivable mandate from Governor Spitzer would open up the door to massive voter fraud and tainting the election process - the very foundation of our democracy.