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New York State Fire Issues Safety Alert: Snow Increases Carbon Monoxide Hazard

New York State Fire Issues Safety Alert:  Snow Increases Carbon Monoxide Hazard

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) today issued a Safety Alert  advising homeowners and businesses throughout New York State that heavy snowfall and drifting snow may create a new hazard:  carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, dangerous gas, commonly known as CO.

 State Fire Administrator Floyd A. Madison said that with the recent onslaught of lake-effect snows in western, central and northern portions of New York State, local fire agencies have reported an increase in calls about carbon monoxide detectors going off in homes. Madison said that the reason for these calls is that high snow drifts may be blocking furnace vents and air intakes in some homes, particularly those that have newer high-efficiency furnaces. 

“New, high efficiency furnaces vent out the side of a house rather than up through the roof,” Madison said.

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Residents Asked to Call Legislators Directly to Discuss Budget

Residents Asked to Call Legislators Directly to Discuss Budget

The Erie County Legislature is currently overwhelmed with phone calls in response to County Executive Chris Collins’ radio ads and phone recordings pertaining to the 2011 budget. Residents who are trying to reach their Legislators are experiencing phone difficulties when they call the number included in the County Executive’s message. Minority Leader John J. Mills said it is extremely important to the Republican Caucus that each person calling to express their concerns regarding the budget is able to reach their Legislator’s Office.

 

Residents represented by the Republican Caucus are asked to call their Legislator directly at the following numbers:

Minority Leader Mills – 655-5650

Legislator Lynne Dixon – 649-2640

Legislator Dino Fudoli – 601-3030

Legislator Kevin Hardwick – 873-3438

Legislator Edward Rath – 633-0617

Six Families Have Now Settled Lawsuits in 3407 Crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Lawyers say a half dozen families of passengers killed in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 near Buffalo have now settled their lawsuits against the airlines.

Attorneys speaking during a status conference in U.S. District Court said Thursday that's one more since the October update and mediation is ongoing in other cases. Terms of the settlements have not been released.

Pilot error has been blamed for the 2009 crash onto a house in the suburb of Clarence. All 49 aboard the plane and a man in the house were killed.

Families suing Continental Airlines, flight operator Colgan Air and others won a victory in October when Judge William Skretny said they can use the cockpit voice recording -- not just the written transcript -- at the wrongful death trial in 2012.

Another status conference is set for Feb. 9.

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Gains Ways and Means Seat

by Brian Tumulty

Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Western New York is gaining a new voice on a powerful House committee while at the same time probably losing another one.

Rep. Chris Lee of Amherst announced Thursday that he's been selected to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee with jurisdiction over tax policy, trade, family support programs and Social Security.

Lee, elected in November to a second term, will benefit from the additional seats Republican will have when they gain majority control of the House next month.

Republicans currently have only 15 seats on the panel compared to the 26 seats held by Democrats.

The change of party control, however, means that another lawmaker from western New York, Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo, is likely to lose his seat on that committee.

Higgins, elected to his fourth term last month, is among the most junior Democrats on Ways and Means.

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Teacher's Recovery Brings Life Lessons

BUFFALO, NY:  A high school teacher used her recovery time from breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy to show herself and her students that you can face life's setbacks and come out stronger and better in the end.

Laurie Dombrowski teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at Kenmore West High School.  It's a curriculum where academics meet real life.  Laurie's real life collided with her classroom teaching last February when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. 

Her doctor discovered a lump during a routine exam.  The mammogram and biopsy confirmed the suspicion.  

State Fire Safety Alert Issued to Municipal Highway Departments

State Fire Safety Alert Issued to Municipal Highway Departments

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) today issued a Fire Service Safety Alert Bulletin to municipalities throughout the State who operate commercial snow plow vehicles advising them of fire prevention measures they should incorporate as part of their preventive maintenance program to avoid a recently identified equipment problem that has resulted in more than a million dollars’ worth of fire damage.

The OFPC Arson Bureau has investigated four incidents involving fires in large commercial vehicles outfitted as snow plow trucks, which resulted in damages to the vehicles and, in three cases, the municipal highway garage complex.

Annunciation Students Donate 906 Pounds of Food to Food Bank of WNY

Annunciation Students Donate 906 Pounds of Food to Food Bank of WNY

The spirit of giving was truly evident Wednesday as students and parents from Annunciation School in Elma delivered 906 pounds of food to the Food Bank of WNY! Special thanks to the local community for their contributions as well.

Offering academic programs for students in Pre-K3 through Grade 8, Annunciation currently serves the following school districts: Iroquois, Lancaster, Alden, East Aurora, West Seneca, Depew, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, Alexander and Attica. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school, located at 7580 Clinton St., please call 681-1327. 

Annunciation School “touches hearts, teaches minds and transforms lives!”