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NYSERDA To Winterize Your Home

NYSERDA To Winterize Your Home

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is taking initiatives to make WNY homes more energy efficient this winter.

By offering up a contractor in WNY to do a walk through at local homes, or to walk through their pretend home at a training center, NYSERDA looks to offer tips on how to winterize your home to save the environment and your wallet. 

For more information visit www.getenergysmart.org.

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 primarily as a research and development center whose main aim was to reduce the State’s petroleum consumption.  Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

 

 

 

 

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DiNapoli: Your Money New York Website Helps Citizens Understand Local Government Budgets

DiNapoli: Your Money New York Website Helps Citizens Understand Local Government Budgets

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the release of a new Citizens’ Guide to Local Budgets available on his Your Money New York Web site that helps citizens understand how a local government budget is put together, how their tax dollars are being spent and evaluate whether the budget is a sound one.

  
“A local government budget can be difficult to understand for taxpayers,” DiNapoli said.  “New Yorkers should know where their tax dollars are going.

'Like’ the Food Bank of WNY

'Like’ the Food Bank of WNY

BUFFALO, NY – The Food Bank of Western New York is asking for help in a different way this winter.

In addition to cash and food donations, the Food Bank is asking that Western New Yorkers ‘like’ them; on Facebook that is.

“We are currently in the middle of a national in-store Walmart food drive,” Jeremy Juhasz, Social Media Coordinator for the Food Bank said. “The folks at Walmart have also set up a separate web site specifically for a complimentary Facebook competition among 100 markets spanning the nation.”

Facebook users choose to “support” a region, and Walmart will distribute $1.5 million to hunger relief organizations in those regions that finish 1-5. The Food Bank of WNY is part of those organizations listed underneath the Buffalo/Niagara Falls umbrella.

Here is all you have to do.

New York State Fire Issues Safety Alert: Snow Increases Carbon Monoxide Hazard

New York State Fire Issues Safety Alert:  Snow Increases Carbon Monoxide Hazard

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) today issued a Safety Alert  advising homeowners and businesses throughout New York State that heavy snowfall and drifting snow may create a new hazard:  carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, dangerous gas, commonly known as CO.

 State Fire Administrator Floyd A. Madison said that with the recent onslaught of lake-effect snows in western, central and northern portions of New York State, local fire agencies have reported an increase in calls about carbon monoxide detectors going off in homes. Madison said that the reason for these calls is that high snow drifts may be blocking furnace vents and air intakes in some homes, particularly those that have newer high-efficiency furnaces. 

“New, high efficiency furnaces vent out the side of a house rather than up through the roof,” Madison said.

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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.”

Australian Basketball Teams To Visit WNY

Australian Basketball Teams To Visit WNY

Chautauqua Lake basketball players will host the junior varsity and varsity teams from Australia's Prince Alfred College, a private secondary school for boys, on Tues. Dec. 14, with the visiting teams facing off against CLCS athletes at 6 PM (JV) and 7:30 PM (varsity). Admission to the games is free, and the public is welcome.
 
Each visiting athlete will be matched with a host student for afternoon classes in the secondary school on Tuesday. Students in the elementary grades will have an opportunity to learn about life in Australia from student athletes who visit their classrooms, with a similar presentation for all secondary school students at the end of the school day.

"Christmas in the Village" Event Cancelled

JAMESTOWN, NY - The Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village, Inc. regrettably announced Thursday that their "Christmas in the Village" event scheduled for this weekend (December 11th & 12th) will be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. 

As a results of concerns for vendors, volunteers, and families who would be coming to the village, the hosts have cancelled the event and will keep the community posted on a new date for the event.