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Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen College’s economic impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013 reached nearly $132 million, representing a $17 million increase for the Amherst-based institution, according to a new study released today, Jan. 15, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

“This substantial figure illustrates Daemen plays a key role in the region’s economic vitality and has emerged as a significant contributor to Western New York’s long-term economic well-being,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “For almost 70 years, Daemen has been actively engaged in this area and we will continue our commitment to growing and thriving with the community.”

New casino bids to be accepted in Southern Tier

NEW YORK CITY-The Southern Tier will get another shot at a casino license, less than a month after the region was shut out in favor of a project in the Finger Lakes.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the five-member Gaming Facility Location Board unanimously approved a motion to issue a new Request for Application for a commercial casino license in the Southern Tier.

The board directed staff to assemble the new RFA for their consideration. From there, the board will review and approve the RFA before it can be released. The timetable for the issuing of the RFA is not yet clear, though it could be released as soon as the end of January.

"Hopefully, there will be multiple bids to choose from," board member Dennis Glazer said. "But it should be made clear that a recommendation of no additional licenses is a possibility."

Polar Plunge in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK, N.Y.- Western New Yorkers are enjoying the winter with the 14th annual Polar Plunge in Silver Creek.

People jump right into the freezing lake waters to benefit the Variety Club Telethon for Women and Children's Hospital, among charities ranging from the fire department to food pantry.

Overall, the group expects to raise at least $10,000 for their charities.

Daemen Receives Prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Daemen Receives Prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Daemen College has been selected as one of 240 institutions nationwide to receive the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, making it the second time the college has received this prestigious designation. Daemen is one of only two private institutions in Western New York of the five local colleges and universities to receive the classification.

“Being selected for this esteemed Carnegie national honor underscores Daemen’s campus-wide commitment to community partnerships, civic engagement and outreach in Western New York and well beyond our region,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This distinction is a significant credit to our students, faculty and staff and their exceptional efforts to strengthen and enrich the well-being of our communities.”

Man dies after driving car off Dunkirk Pier

DUNKIRK, NY – A man died after suffering a medical emergency at the wheel. Police say 64-year-old Steven Kucmierz drove through a railing and into the water from Dunkirk Pier. He was submerged underwater before rescuers could get him out.

Kucmierz was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Bemus Point father and son die in pedestrian accident

TOWN OF ELLERY, NY - Wesley V. Lutgen, 85, and his son Benjamin A. Lutgen, 42, both of Bemus Point, were struck and killed by a vehicle while walking on Maple Springs-Ellery Road (County Route 46) at about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement released by New York State Police.

The two were wearing dark clothing and walking in the roadway when they were hit by a vehicle driven by an elderly female driver. The driver was not hurt and no charges are pending, according to police.

Vandals Cause $50,000 Damage at Fire Hall

CLARKSVILLE, N.Y. - Police in Allegany County are looking for those responsible for vandalizing a fire hall last weekend.

Friday night, someone broke into headquarters at Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company and spray painted gear, helmets, and fire engines. The fire company is now down to one engine and tanker in service and estimates are that the vandals caused up to $50,000 in damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Police at (585) 268-9030.