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Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

Builders will have to ensure that the lot is located near mass transit, protects high value vegetation, soil improved with organic mulch, low flow showers and toilets mandated, energy star rating of 3.0 or higher, at least one renewable energy for the house, rain barrels provided at no less than 2 downspouts and over fifty percent of the internal components must be green certified products. These are some but not all of the requirements spelled out in the legislation.

Hochul Calls on EPA to Speed 18-Mile Creek Superfund Decision

Hochul Calls on EPA to Speed 18-Mile Creek Superfund Decision

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting she expedite the determination of inclusion of the Eighteen Mile Creek Corridor on the EPA Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).

“After nearly 25 years, the EPA recently proposed adding Eighteen Mile Creek to the Superfund National Priorities List as one of the nation’s most hazardous waste sites,” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “Now, four months after the conclusion of the comment period, it’s time for the EPA to end its review process and finally add Eighteen Mile to the Superfund List.  The people of Lockport have waited long enough for us to clean up this site.”

Marry Me 2011

Marry Me 2011

Victory prevailed as gay marriage equality dominated 2011. Here is a re-cap of the year's LGBT matrimony highlights. Want to read more? Click here http://www.examiner.com/lgbt-parenting-in-buffalo/marry-me.

Honoring Harvey Milk

Honoring Harvey Milk

"Burst down those closets doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight."

Those are the words of Harvey Milk, a man who lived and breathed LGBT rights and equality. Milk was a pioneer.  To read further, go to Honoring Harvey Milk.

 

2011 Election Results: Town of Clarence

2011 Election Results: Town of Clarence

SUPERVISOR (4 Year Term)

David Hartzell, Jr                   52%                    4,754

Scott Bylewski                       48%                    4,473

COUNCILMAN (4 Year Term)

Bernard Kolber                     44%                    7,416 (Winner)

Autism Research Gets a Boost from the Feds

Autism Research Gets a Boost from the Feds

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects on average 1 in 110 children in the U.S. While ASD doesn’t discriminate across, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, it seems that it is 4 to 5 times more likely to occur in boys than in girls. According to the CDC, roughly 730,000 people between the ages of 0 and 21 will have an ASD.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced recently that programs authorized under the original Combating Autism Act (CAA) will continue for an additional three years, promising help for children with autism and their parents. It is estimated that 48,000 children across NY suffer from autism. That’s more than pediatric autism, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

Late Monday night the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation to combat autism. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It is now up to President Obama to sign the bill into law, something he has said he will do.

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