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Senator Grisanti Named ‘Men Moving Forward’ Award Recipient

Senator Grisanti Named ‘Men Moving Forward’ Award Recipient

The Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which annually honors men from Western New York for their contributions to their community, has named New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) as a “Men Moving Forward” award recipient.

According to Calvary CME Church Pastor Shirley Billps Bell and general chairpersons Bonnie Conerly and Shelby Pittman, the purpose of the celebration is “to ensure that young men in our community can seek out these high profile men as their role model.

Veterans Day – A Day of Honor – A Day to Honor

Veterans Day – A Day of Honor – A Day to Honor

“Thank-A-Vet” Program Honors Veterans

To each and every American who has worn the uniform of the United States, I simply say “Thank you for your service”   ~Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs

On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served our nation, both in war and in peace; the men and women who answered the call to defend our nation. The United States rose to greatness on the strength of their service and their stories are woven into the fabric of our nation’s history. More than 26 million veterans are alive today, one million of which have been wounded and many of whom receive treatment for battlefield injuries and mental trauma suffered in battles few of us remember but they will never forget. 

MQA’s Michael Wojcicki to Receive Diocesan Award

MQA’s Michael Wojcicki to Receive Diocesan Award

 

Michael Wojcicki, athletic director, physical education teacher and coach at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, has been named the recipient of the annual Tim Russert/Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award. The honor, presented by the Diocese of Buffalo, will be awarded to “Coach Mike” at the 2014 Making a Difference Dinner taking place on Jan. 30 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The Making a Difference Dinner is a celebration of Catholic schools and an opportunity to honor those who serve Catholic school students in Western New York. Wojcicki was nominated for the award by Mary Queen of Angels Principal MaryAlice Bagwell.

Buffalo Native and Piano Great Mike Jones Releases ‘Plays Well With Others’

Buffalo Native and Piano Great Mike Jones Releases ‘Plays Well With Others’

 

Buffalo native Mike Jones is what used to be called a “two handed pianist.” Not as obvious as it sounds, the term actually applies to jazz pianists who make full use of the entire range of the instrument and whose left hand prowess matches that of their right. 

Pre-war jazz styles such as Stride and classic Swing are prime meat for such virtuosic pianists, and, when it comes to most effectively demonstrating the durable beauty of these idioms, Jones might well be the modern day master.

Jacobs to deliver over $8.5 Million to Local Municipalities

Jacobs to deliver over $8.5 Million to Local Municipalities

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 8.9% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced local governments will soon receive their share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax collections based off of real estate transactions recorded in the Clerk’s Office.  The total to be distributed on November 15th is $8,623,740.49 and covers the six month period April 1, 2013-September 30, 2013.  This amount is 8.9% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates earlier this year fueled both refinancing and home purchases throughout Western New York.  This is a positive development for Erie County’s municipal governments since mortgage tax distributions are a major source of revenue for many of the County’s cities, towns and villages,” stated County Clerk Jacobs.

Jacobs to End Long Held Perk of County Clerk License Plates

Jacobs to End Long Held Perk of County Clerk License Plates

Will post all “Clerk Plates” on county website and make available for all citizens

Erie County, NY - A long-held traditional perk of County Clerk’s has been the ability to dole out a limited number of “Clerk Plates” with such desirable prefixes as “EC or ER.”

County Clerk Chris Jacobs wants to end this practice and plans on listing all available plates on the county website with a simple request form. “Plates will then be awarded on a first come first serve basis,” stated Jacobs. “My goal here is to remove any perception of favoritism in awarding these plates.”

Prefixes other than “EC” and “ER” that the Clerk has available are “B, BF, BL, BU, CE, and E” and are the same cost as a typical license plate which is $28.75. Approximately 70 of these plates are currently available. The “Clerk Plates” can only be issued for passenger vehicles and are not obtainable for commercial vehicles, motorcycles or trailers.

Jacobs and Dunn Tire Encourage Motorists to “Renew Local"

Jacobs and Dunn Tire Encourage Motorists to “Renew Local"

Registration Renewal Envelopes Now Available at all Dunn Tire locations

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Dunn Tire announced today that motorists will now be able to find the signature green “Renew Local” envelopes at any of the Dunn Tire locations throughout Erie County.

The Clerk’s Office is asking motorists to “Renew Local” when renewing their auto registration in order to keep 12.7% of vehicle registration fees here in Erie County rather than sending 100% to Albany. Taxpayers should know that when they renew their registration locally, at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus or mail their renewal directly to the County Clerk’s Office, the financial impact to the County would be upwards of an additional $1.5 million in revenue per year.