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Investigative Post Event on the Buffalo Billion, Featuring Howard Zemsky

Events, Newson October 28th, 2014No Comments

Howard Zemsky has joined the speakers panel at Investigative Post’s event Wednesday to consider the Buffalo Billion.

Editor Jim Heaney will recap and expand on his reporting of the program starting at 7 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. He will then moderate a speakers panel that will include Zemsky, who has played a key role in the Buffalo Billion program, and Craig Rogers, associate professor of economics and finance at Canisius College.
A discussion with the audience will follow.
Tickets are $10 and be purchased at the door or online.


Should the Public Help Pay for a New Bills Stadium? We Discuss it on the Public Good

Events, Newson October 28th, 2014No Comments

Join us this Tuesday, November 4 at 1pm for the Public Good, when we speak with Paul Wolf from the Center for Reinventing Government about his opposition to spending taxpayer money on a new Bills stadium, and his support for term limits for Erie County Legislators.  You can hear the Public Good on WUFO AM 1080 or at


Get Involved in the Outer Harbor Discussion

Events, Newson October 28th, 2014No Comments

PPG supports the efforts of partners like Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and 21st Century
Park on the Outer Harbor to make sure that the outer harbor land remains dedicated to
public uses, not private ownership, and that any new housing is located at Terminals A
and B, where there are already buildings and infrastructure. PPG is a member of the
WNY Environmental Alliance, which has an excellent set of principles for outer harbor
development. PPG urges the public to continue to make its voice heard through letters to
the editor, calls or letters to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, and by
signing on to the petitions at 21st Century Park and the WNYEA.

Why New York State Still Needs Single Payer Health Care

Events, Newson October 28th, 2014No Comments

Universal, Single Payer Health Care: Public Hearing, November 12
The New York State Assembly Health Committee is hosting an official public hearing to
hear testimony about the need for a universal, single payer health care system. Please
come and share stories about the damage being done by high co-pays and deductibles,
underinsurance, lack of insurance, billing nightmares, excess bureaucracy, and other
problems with our current health insurance system. The hearing is Wednesday,
November 12, at 10am, in the Hohn Auditorium at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm
and Carlton Streets, in Buffalo. For more information contact Terri Legierski, Campaign
for New York Health,, or visit You can download
PPG’s policy brief, “Why New York State Still Needs Single Payer Health Care,” click here

Young Citizens for ECC Petitioning for STEM Facility Downtown

Newson October 9th, 2014Comments Off

Erie Community College is moving forward with plans to build our community’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Health-Science STEM Facility at North Campus and not at City Campus.This is a tragic move for the people in our City. While there are thousands of career opportunities coming to our city at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, Solar City, and others, Erie Community College is persisting that we must go to North Campus to educate ourselves for the jobs and opportunities in our community, the City of Buffalo.

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity for this rising tide of investment to truly raise ALL boats, but Erie Community College refuses to adhere to their Mission and Vision of providing accessible affordable education for all students in Erie County…leaving out the many of us that don’t use a car as our mode of transportation.

Please sign the petition to support the building of ECC’s $30 Million STEM Facility at City Campus and NOT North Campus.

If you believe that our future generations deserve the most accessible education to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow contact your State Representative and tell them: “Build ECC’s New STEM facility at City Campus”

Sean Ryan: 885-9630

Crystal Peoples-Stokes: 897-9714

Tim Kennedy: 826-2683

Michael “Mikey” Kerns: 608-6099

Mark Grisanti: 845-8705

Patrick Galivan: 656-8544

County Executive Mark Poloncarz: 858-8500 Twitter: @markpoloncarz

ECC President Jack Quinn: 851-1200


Write a letter to the editor:

Letters to the Editor: 250 words, must include writer’s name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers. Email

My View: 600 words. Personal narrative, open to all WNY writers.

Another Voice: 475 words. Issue-oriented column, requiring background or expertise on subject. Email


For more information:

Volunteer on Oct. 4 with HECK Project

Eventson October 2nd, 2014Comments Off

Join the effort to help sustain our communities…

Western New York Apollo Alliance announce a Volunteer Service Project for skilled trades, contractors, students, clubs, and organizations

Weatherization HECK Project in Black Rock Riverside and West Side neighborhoods 14207 & 14213.

Work day: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014

West Side Community Services
161 Vermont Street
Buffalo, NY 14213

Free Breakfast & Lunch

For information or to sign up, contact:

Art Wheaton


National Week Against School Push Out

Events, Newson October 2nd, 2014Comments Off

The week of October 5 has been designated the National Week Against School Push Out. Here are a list of events happening here in Buffalo to support this cause:

Sun Oct 5: Interfaith Prayer Service for all people impacted by the School to Prison Pipeline.
Lincoln Memorial Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Avenue, Buffalo. 2:00 PM

Mon Oct 6: Restorative Justice In-Service Hamlin Park School 74, 4:00-6:00 PM (for Buffalo Public

Mon Oct 6: “School Push Out and Militarism” discussion, Merriweather Library.

Facilitator: WNY Peace Ctr Teens in Progress, Interfaith Peace Network

Tues Oct 7: Introduction to using Circles and Community Conferencing as Restorative Practices.
University at Buffalo (South Campus), Room 684 Baldy Hall, 6:00-8:00 PM, Sponsored by Department of Social Work

Wed Oct 8: Citizen Action Rally at School of Performing Arts, 11:00 AM. Goal: To address Board of Education and ask that they recommit to RJ practices as outlined in Code of Conduct.

Thurs. Oct 9: Restorative Justice Chat and Chew, Peace of the City, 301 14th Street. 1:30PM, Sponsored by Community Health Network.

Thurs. Oct 9: Movie Kids for Cash. Documentary about Pennsylvania Court System that profited from incarcerating youth. Regal 16 Elmwood Avenue. Tickets available at We need to sell 76 tickets in order to bring the movie to Buffalo. People can go to the above website to purchase a ticket for $10.00

Sat Oct 11: Facing the Law Giving Teens Real Advice from Real Professionals sponsored by Teens in Progress. Speakers: BDP Officer Jan Philips, Chief George Cast, Sam Davis ESQ, Min Chambliss, James Tesmond ESQ, Rodger Hicks Litigation Paralegal, Jennifer Stergion ESQ, Phillip Dabney ESQ, Jason parker Diversity Program Coordinator.

10:00 AM-3:00 PM 118 East Utica St. Dorothy Collier Community Center

For More Updates Follow Erie County Restorative Justice on Facebook!

Erie Co. Restorative Justice Coalition Presents: Kids For Cash

Eventson September 16th, 2014Comments Off

As part of National Week Against School Push Out October 4-11. Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition is showing the film Kids for Cash on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Elmwood Center 16.

The “kids for cash” scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Two judges, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan, were accused of accepting money from Robert Mericle, builder of two private, for-profit juvenile facilities, in return for contracting with the facilities and imposing harsh sentences on juveniles brought before their courts to increase the number of inmates in the detention centers.

In order to bring the film to Buffalo, we need to reserve 76 tickets. Please go to the GATHR website to reserve your tickets.

Investigative Post Presents: All the President’s Men

Eventson September 15th, 2014Comments Off

How has investigative reporting changed since Watergate?

Join Investigative Post editor and executive director Jim Heaney for All the President’s Men, Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art
Center on Elmwood Avenue.

After the film, Heaney and Morgan Pehme, editor-in-chief of Investigative Post partner City & State, will discuss how investigative reporting has changed since the Watergate era.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at this link.

The film series is being staged in partnership with the Buffalo State College Department of Communication. Sponsorship is provided by the M&T Charitable Foundation, Schroeder, Braxton & Vogt, Inc, WGRZ TV and Artvoice.

All the President’s Men
Wednesday, September 24 @ 7 p.m.
Burchfield Penney Art Center – 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
Tickets – $10
Questions? Contact Kate Heidinger at 716-831-2626 ext. 2 or

Join the Sierra Club at The People’s Climate March in NYC

Eventson September 8th, 2014Comments Off

World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. The UN Secretary­ General is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

On Sunday, September 21, over 300 groups representing youth, parents, faith communities, labor unions and more will march in The People’s Climate March to demand a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

Sierra Club Niagara Group and local allied groups are organizing buses to NYC and offering Scholarship Tickets to students and qualified participants.

To show your support and get in line for the Buffalo Bus to NYC,

If you have questions, email
For more information visit