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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.  

Jacobs Urges DMV System Change To Have Greater Impact On Organ Donations

Jacobs Urges DMV System Change To Have Greater Impact On Organ Donations

                         Lauren’s Law Passed last year but Jacobs’ states implementation can be improved

Erie County, NY – Last year New York State passed Lauren’s Law, named after Lauren Shields who at age nine waited more than a month on an organ donation list and was put on life support before receiving a lifesaving heart transplant. Lauren’s Law requires anyone over the age of 18 getting a new driver’s license to answer whether they would like to be an organ donor. Previously the question was optional.

The goal of the law is to increase the number of individuals signing up to be organ donors when they are at the local Auto Bureaus and DMV’s. Presently 90 percent of those that sign up do so at their Auto Bureaus; however, New York State has a very low rate of organ donors compared to the national average.

Jessica Sodaro: Practicing the Art of Self-healing

Jessica Sodaro: Practicing the Art of Self-healing

 

At just 28 years of age, Jessica Sodaro has already experienced enough during her lifetime to write a book. Unfortunately, many of those experiences happen to be things that no one hopes to ever encounter. But on a much more positive note, she is now letting go of her demons, emotions and pain through art. 

While others in her situation may have turned to a life of drugs and alcohol, Jessica has turned to paint and brush. And she hopes others experiencing a life filled with difficulties will follow in her footsteps.

Grisanti Petition against Free College Classes for Prisoners Shatters Goal of 1,000 Signatures in a

Grisanti Petition against Free College Classes for Prisoners Shatters Goal of 1,000 Signatures in a

  New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I – Buffalo) announced this evening that his goal of 1,000 signatures on the petition he launched earlier in the day in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to give free college to state prison inmates has been shattered in less than seven hours. The petition, titled ”Say ‘NO’ To Free College For Prisoners” sat at 1,338 this evening after being launched earlier in the day. The number continues to go up.

“Keep the signatures coming,” said Grisanti. “I am proud, but not surprised, that many Western New Yorkers agree that we should put the needs of hardworking, law-abiding citizens who are positively contributing to society first.” To sign the petition, visit www.senatormarkgrisanti.com

Jacobs Brings Auto Bureau Services Back To West Seneca

Jacobs Brings Auto Bureau Services Back To West Seneca

County Clerk offering motorists Mobile Unit service every Friday

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs officially unveiled the Erie County Auto Bureau’s newest On-Site Mobile location. Jacobs worked with Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan to once again offer auto bureau services in the Town of West Seneca.

“I pledged to restructure and improve the hours and location sites of the Erie County Auto Bureau”, said County Clerk Jacobs. “We have worked with our partners in government to expand office operations and enhance hours for all motorists with no additional costs to the residents of Erie County.”

The new Mobile Auto Bureau will serve West Seneca and the surrounding areas every Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the West Seneca Ice Rink, 1250 Union Road, West Seneca.  

Students Present Valentines To Vets At Jacobs’ Outreach

Students Present Valentines To Vets At Jacobs’ Outreach

Veterans that attended Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” event received more than a discount card

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has hosted over 50 community outreaches throughout Erie County issuing “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Cards to eligible Veterans. The identification card provides valuable discounts at over 600 Erie County Businesses.

Thursday’s “Thank-A-Vet” outreach at the Leonard Post in Cheektowaga was very special to the over 100 veterans that attended. In addition to receiving their “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card, veterans were also given a hand-made valentine created by students from Cheektowaga Central Middle School.

Prior to this event, Chris Jacobs coordinated an effort with Cheektowaga Central Middle School, where over one hundred 5th graders participated in making valentines to be handed out to veterans at the Clerk’s “Thanks-A-Vet” outreach.

JACOBS LEADS STUDENTS IN VALENTINES FOR VETS PROJECT

JACOBS LEADS STUDENTS IN VALENTINES FOR VETS PROJECT

Special cards created for local veterans thanking them for their service

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs helped lead a Valentines for Veterans project with 5th grade students at Cheektowaga Middle School. Jacobs worked closely with Principal Gretchen Sukdolak to coordinate this event where middle school students created hundreds of
hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for veterans both locally and overseas.

“This was an opportunity to share with the students what it means to be a veteran and explain why veterans, both past and present, should be honored for their service and for protecting the freedoms we enjoy in this country,” stated Jacobs. “This is a great community service project.”

County Clerk Jacobs will be delivering these cards, just in time for Valentine’s Day, to area veterans during an upcoming “Thank-A-Vet” Outreach at the Leonard Post in Cheektowaga.