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BBB, AT&T, ASIS, U.S. Attorney’s Office and others partner to present free cybersecurity event

BBB, AT&T, ASIS, U.S. Attorney’s Office and others partner to present free cybersecurity event

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 60 percent of small businesses that experience a data breach or a cyber-attack are unable to maintain business. In addition, the average cost to fix an attack or a breach is close to $700,000.

To help educate Western New Yorker’s on how to protect their business from an attack or a breach, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, AT&T, American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Western New York have partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Crimestoppers, Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, Lawley, Lincoln Archives to host a free cybersecurity seminar, featuring experts on topics including:

·         Cyber security and your business

·         Securing your mobile device and data

·         Cyber security insurance

These are my people: a gay perspective on Orlando shootings

These are my people: a gay perspective on Orlando shootings

I woke up to something I did not expect today. I learned that 30 people died from a mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQ bar in Orlando, Florida today at the hands of 29-year old Omar Mateen. Later, I would learn the death toll had reached 50 people.

Yes, I know that hate crimes still exist. The timing seemed like a cruel twist of faith. This hatred was tacked onto the end of a great week-end. I had chaperoned an LGBT youth prom on Friday. . . To read more, click these are my people.  

 

 

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Audubon Nature Center Offering Volunteer Training

Audubon Nature Center Offering Volunteer Training

Jamestown, NY – In the past year, nearly 300 volunteers worked more than 12,000 hours to support the Audubon Nature Center’s mission to connect people to nature and promote environmentally responsible behaviors.

On any given day, volunteers can be seen working on the trails, leading school groups, managing the membership program, feeding animals, and more.

On Wednesday evening, May 4, naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch will present “Intro to Volunteering at the Nature Center” for people interested in volunteering as well as new volunteers.

This 6:30-7:30 p.m. introductory training will cover a brief history of the Audubon Nature Center, review the many facets of the organization in which volunteers are involved, and acquaint participants with faces and places at the Nature Center.

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

Dunkirk Male Sentenced: Filing Tax Returns for more than 120 Dead People

Dunkirk Male Sentenced: Filing Tax Returns for more than 120 Dead People

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that John M. Berry, Jr., 42, of Dunkirk, N.Y., who was convicted of making a false claim against the United States, was sentenced to 41 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $92,462.12 to the Internal Revenue Service.    

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that between September 3, 2008 and March 25, 2009, the defendant filed 122 false income tax returns for the tax years 2007 and 2008 with the Internal Revenue Service. During that time, Berry obtained the personal and identifying information for 122 recently deceased individuals and then used that information to file federal tax returns on behalf of the deceased. The defendant created fraudulent income and withholding information for the deceased and filed the returns electronically.

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

 

For the first time in American history on April 22, 2013, people in 200 cities and 45 states will join and will walk together in solidarity to raise awareness of child abuse and crimes against children at the inaugural Million March Against Child Abuse. Buffalo will be one of the participating cities.  Child advocate groups, churches, parents, teachers and many other concerned citizens from across Western New York (WNY) will take part in this national event and will converge on Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo and March to Niagara Square loudly voicing their collective outrage against child abuse along their route.