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Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

 Buffalo, NY –  Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District) reaffirmed her personal commitment to the libraries today. 

 “The funding of the library system is vital to the economic vitality of Erie County.  I, for one, am committed to moving the process forward and making sure we fund the libraries to the fullest extent possible,” Miller-Williams said.  “there is a process that guides us when we are spending county money and we have to make sure we are completely accountable to the taxpayers of the county.  Right now the process is running its course and I feel confident that the funding for Library will be dedicated to them before the end of the year.”

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

On Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.

“I am saddened to see partisan Washington politics win out at the expense of seniors in Western New York and across the nation,” said Congressman Higgins.

“For Social Security recipients in this community that $250 payment, while not exorbitant, certainly goes a long way toward paying heating bills or prescription costs. The issue of making sure our seniors have the most basic of necessities should not be one that divides but instead a national priority we can all unite behind.”

Herman Hollerith - PEOPLE COUNT

  Herman Hollerith, American inventor, born February 29, 1860 in Buffalo, New York, and educated at Columbia University, devised a system of encoding data on cards through a series of punched holes. This system proved useful in statistical work and was important in the development of the digital computer. Hollerith's machine, used in the 1890 U.S. census, "read" the cards by passing them through electrical contacts. Closed circuits, which indicated hole positions, could then be selected and counted. His Tabulating Machine Company (1896) was a predecessor to the International Business Machines Corporation.

The "PLAYBOY" of Buffalo

    The Playboy story began in Buffalo after WWII when Lou Horwitz, who had been in the automobile business since 1935, opened a used car lot on the corner of Deleware and Hertel. Horowitz sent cars to Norm Richardson Collision Shop at 988 Ellicott St. for repair. While at Richardson's shop Horowitz learned that Richardson and Charlie Thomas were working on a three wheel car.  Thomas had built a car in the 1930's with the help of Richardson. Lou Horwitz had long believed there was a need for a second or companion car in the American automobile field. Therefore, he joined forces with Thomas and Richardson to form the Playboy Motorcar Corporation with Horwitz as president, Thomas as vice president and Richardson as treasurer.

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.