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Senator Ortt and AT&T Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

Senator Ortt and AT&T  Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

In time for the holidays, more than 900 donated cell phones will help provide calling cards for our deployed troops and veterans to call home

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

 

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking. Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst, is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day and designate a sober driver! 

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said Farrar. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.” 

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

 

In recent years, Thanksgiving Eve has become known as the biggest party night of the year. While everyone enjoys a good party with family and friends to usher in the holiday season, the planning isn’t complete until arrangements have been made to guarantee a safe ride home at the end of the evening for all of your guests.

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminds taxpayers –Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminds taxpayers –Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket

February 2014

                                      Federal and State Tax Credits can add up – See if you qualify

If you worked in the past year and earned $52,000 or less, you can get your taxes filed for free and you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Everyone who qualifies should take advantage of the tax credits available to them.  That is why I am pleased that the Erie County Clerk’s Office is once again partnering with the United Way CASH Program to assist taxpayers file accurate state and federal returns.  All of the credits have one thing in common, you cannot receive them if you do not file your tax return   A tax credit puts extra money in your pocket.  

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

 

Aren't all drug-related deaths tragic? If so, why do we as a community and a nation tend to ignore the 38,000 overdose deaths in the United State each year until it claims the life of someone with celebrity status? Whether it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman dying of a heroin overdose or Whitney Houston from cocaine abuse, is their life more important than the life of your friend, relative or neighbor who may have also succumbed to drugs?

Perhaps the media coverage of Hoffman’s recent passing is a good thing. We need to shine a spotlight on the drug epidemic that is sweeping through Western New York right now, paying no attention to the social status of the victims in its path. 

A MESSAGE FROM COUNTY CLERK JACOBS: A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON IS A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON

A MESSAGE FROM COUNTY CLERK JACOBS: A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON IS A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON

the message is simple: don’t make the dangerous decision to Drink and Drive

As your Erie County Clerk, responsible for overseeing Auto Bureau operations, it is time to remind everyone not to drink and drive this holiday season and not to ride with anyone who has had too much to drink. If you have had too much to drink, for everyone’s sake, please do not get behind the wheel of your car.

We all look forward to celebrating this time of year with our family and friends, but if those celebrations include alcohol, you, as a driver, need to plan ahead and arrange for a safe ride home. People who make the dangerous decision to drink and drive will find that local law enforcement is serious about cracking down on reckless behavior.