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Are NY's Cyberbullying Laws Tough Enough?

Are NY's Cyberbullying Laws Tough Enough?

With the recent death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer from Williamsville because of constant bullying since middle school, it has many here in WNY and around the nation asking do we need legislation to protect our children. Here in WNY we do have legislation but many are asking if our laws go far enough.

The Dignity for All Students Act was signed into law by Governor Paterson in September of 2010. The act is to be fully implemented by July 1st, 2012. The Dignity for All Students Act requires that school administrators, teachers, and personnel work together to provide a school environment that is free of harassment and discrimination.

Chamber Experiences Success with 2011 Legislative Agenda

Chamber Experiences Success with 2011 Legislative Agenda

In January of this year, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce released its 2011 Legislative Agenda with public policy positions on a variety of issues at each level of government (federal, state, regional and local).  The Chamber is proud to announce that this year’s agenda was a resounding success, specifically on the State level.

All five issues presented as important from the business community to the Western New York Delegation and Governor Cuomo saw movement, with four having legislation passed.  UB2020 (now NY2020), a Property Tax Cap, Power for Jobs (now Recharge NY) and legislation on Reverse Vending Machines in retail stores all saw positive action in line with the Chamber’s position and have been, or will be, signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The fifth item, the Marcellus Shale, has also seen movement and positive steps toward allowing hydraulic fracturing to occur, providing a boost to New York’s flagging economy.

Big Tobacco’s Lawsuit Against FDA

Big Tobacco’s Lawsuit Against FDA

Big Tobacco is suing the FDA claiming that the images used on the new cigarette warning labels were designed to create a highly emotional response. However the images were designed to be effective so I am not sure how they could be less graphic.

Read more by following this link to the Buffalo Women's Health Examiner page, including information regarding new policies at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

From a Statement by NYPIRG

The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment  (LATFOR), the legislative committee tasked with redrawing New York’s legislative and congressional district lines, will be holding their Western New York public hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. inside City Hall ... but who knew?

First Amendment Issue Sparks Fireworks In Clarence

First Amendment Issue Sparks Fireworks In Clarence

According to Joseph M. Finnerty, Esq., a clear violation of the First Amendment right of free speech:

(BUFFALO, NY) - Two Clarence Town Board members don’t want Town resident and prominent businessman Daniel Snyder expressing his political views, especially in an election year in which one of them is trying to hold on to his council seat.

Last week the two councilmen, allies Peter DiCostanzo and Joseph Weiss, refused to grant Snyder’s entertainment company a permit to hold a patriotic Labor Day fireworks display on his own  property unless Snyder would agree to a political gag order.

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

On August 11, 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter will hold a public input session to solicit views, comments and perspectives from stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s community to inform the development of a successful National Alzheimer’s Plan.

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

A Statement Released by the Erie County Executive’s Office and Travers Collins & Company

Buffalo, NY A trio of Erie County businesses have seen growth spurts courtesy of a new Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) loan program which targets established companies that have difficulties obtaining traditional bank financing due to increasingly strict lending policies.

The Business Stimulus Loan Fund has provided more than $800,000 to three fast-growing Erie County firms since its establishment last fall, leading to expansion of their workforces and client rosters.