Amherst’s New Solid Waste Plan Saves Taxpayers Millions and Benefits the Environment

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Trash collection in Amherst will generate millions in savings, and town residents will soon have more green-friendly recycling options than ever, town leaders said Wednesday.

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(Amherst, NY)—Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein announced today that a Request For Proposal (RFP) for Amherst’s solid waste was met with a significant savings of approximately two million dollars for next year and continued savings over the next five years. The RFP, developed by Robert Anderson, Amherst Highway Superintendent, and Refuse Administrator emphasized recycling and reducing landfill costs. The recommended proposal is from Modern Disposal Services.

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The first million in savings will be applied to a tax reduction in the Community Environment Fund and the second million will assist in the purchase of 65 gallon totes to increase recycling for all Amherst residential customers.  “By reducing the amount of solid waste sent to the landfill, Amherst saves significantly by taking items out of the waste stream.  Recycling is great for the environment and Modern will be able to utilize our recycling volume to reduce unit recycling costs,” Weinstein remarked.

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The new totes which were scheduled to be paid half by a New York State grant and half by borrowing will now be able to be purchased without borrowing saving taxpayer money and raising the possibility of a second million dollar tax reduction the following year.

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Highway Superintendent Anderson states, “Modern’s trucks are running on compressed natural gas and therefore they have the ability to offer a more economic pick up, reduce pollution and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.  Because of the switch in fuel, Modern was able to offer significant savings for Amherst residents. This is a high tech way that Amherst can help become a greener community.”

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Superintendent Anderson believes the new recycle totes will be delivered to Amherst residents beginning in 2012.  The list of recyclable items will also expand with the increased capacity.  “Every piece of plastic, metal and paper we can keep out of a landfill is a benefit both to our taxpayers and our environment, Anderson emphasized.

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Earlier this year, Anderson developed a program which recycles over 50 types of electronic items. This results in revenue generated for Amherst at the rate of $70.00 a ton.  In the first 4 months we have taken100,000 pounds out of the waste stream.  These items can be dropped off at the Highway Department 1042 North Forest Road Monday-Friday from 7AM to 7PM. A list of electronic recyclables is available at the town’s website at under Refuse and can be downloaded to save for reference.

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Supervisor Weinstein adds” We hope this sets the standard for municipal solid waste collection, hauling and disposal in WNY and that other communities can benefit from our RFP process to lower costs for their residents.”

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College Is First In The U.S. To Ask Applicants About Sexual Orientation

This year, when prospective students apply to Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill., they will be asked for a little more personal information than usual.

Elmhurst College is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, a church which is openly welcoming of LGBT people, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered.)

The small liberal arts school, located west of Chicago, has become the first in the nation to add a question about sexual orientation to its college application. The question, which asks, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”, appears in a list of optional questions on the 2012-13 application for enrollment. In response, students may choose to answer yes or no, or mark “prefer not to answer.”
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The Antitrust Battle Ahead

Wall Street, Comcast, Exxon and H&R Block
The Justice Department has used different tactics when faced with deals its sees as anticompetitive.

When President Obama took office, he vowed a new era of antitrust enforcement.  He promised to crack down on deals that undermined competition.  Now his administration is facing its biggest test to date.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department sued to block AT&T’s $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, a merger that would create the nation’s largest mobile carrier.

“We believe the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower-quality products for their mobile wireless services,” said James M. Cole, the deputy attorney general.
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Parent Network Wrkshop in East Amherst on Oct. 27

Parent Advocacy in Action

Date: October 27, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Williamsville SEPTSA              
105 Casey Road 
East Amherst, NY 14051

This workshop will help you effectively advocate for your child. Find out about collaboration, team building, effective communication strategies and efficient record keeping. For more information or to register, call (716) 332-4170 or 1-866-277-4762 toll free or go online:

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Statement From Congresswoman Hochul On President Obama’s Comments On Job Creation

“The message I have heard, loud and clear, during my seven ‘Congress On Your Corner’ meetings this month, is that our constituents expect us to work towards real job proposals that will help get our people back to work.  I was sent to Washington to work with anybody and everybody willing to help create opportunities in Western New York. 

“Now is the time for us to come up with a critical infrastructure plan that will not only help our local governments build roads, bridges and airports, but also get our economy moving once again. 

“When we return to Washington next week, our top priority must be cutting the exorbitantly high unemployment rate and revitalizing our economy.  I intend to work quickly to renew the FAA Reauthorization and Surface Transportation Bill and ensure we don’t leave nearly one million workers on the sidelines, as was done to 4,000 FAA employees earlier this summer.  As these pieces of legislation progress, I plan to work with my local municipalities to ensure they can apply for their proper funds.

“Congress cannot continue to act in the same hyper-partisan manner it did throughout the summer with the FAA Reauthorization and debt ceiling negotiations, which is why I plan to continue to work with President Obama, as well as all Republicans, Democrats and anyone else willing to ensure we are creating opportunities for hard-working, middle-class families.”

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Seek Help in Finding Thieves

$11,000 in Van Damages Causes Roadblock for Not-for-Profit Agency

Buffalo, NY – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo is seeking help to find the thieves responsible for damaging two utility vehicles, and four passenger vans used to deliver services and meals to children in 16 of its clubhouses throughout Buffalo. Since August 13, vehicles have been vandalized twice at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo headquarters on Babcock Street. Damage is estimated at about $11,000.

According to Dianne Rowe, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, the vans were parked in a protected parking lot when someone broke in, vandalized the vans, cutting out the catalytic converters and fleeing with them.

“It’s terribly disturbing,” said Rowe. “We can’t comprehend that anyone would want to ruin our vans – they are so valuable to the children and families that we serve by providing meals and transportation. These two acts of vandalism have caused an $11,000 roadblock for our kids.”

“We have been working with the Buffalo Police Department to track down the thieves,” added Rowe. “In the meantime, half of our passenger vans that support the 800 kids in our summer programs are off the road. We have had to cancel field trips and delay services – including meals. We don’t have reliable transportation right now.”

The Buffalo Police have reportedly made one arrest in this case, but are seeking any additional information that the public may be able to provide. Anyone with information is asked to call the BPD confidential tip call line at 847-2255.

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Town Draws Together in the Midst of Losses

Two people climbed over a roadway near Killington, Vt., that was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Several Vermont towns were cut off by damage from the storm.

About 800 people living in the Village of Williamsville.  Located in the Town of Newfane, it is one of several towns devestated by Irene.  Did I mention that I am refering to the Williamsville located in southeastern Vermont?

Williamsville is a mountain village that has a post office, a volunteer fire department, a general store and not much else.The 800 or so residents love it for its quietude, its isolation, and now, for the many ways the community is trying to right itself even before the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrives.

This is Vermont, after all, where self-sufficiency may be the greatest virtue.
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Some Companies Pay Their CEOs More Than Uncle Sam

How’s this for quirky. 

Of last year’s 100 highest-paid corporate executives in the United States, 25 earned more in pay than their company recorded as a tax expense in 2010.

“These individual CEOs are being rewarded for presiding over companies that dodge taxes,” said Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the Institute of Policy Studies.

The Bank of New York Mellon paid its chief executive Robert Kelly $19.4 million last year, while the company got $670 million in what amounted to a tax refund.  The company has 10 subsidiaries in foreign countries.

Kelly has complained about the high U.S. corporate tax rate in the company’s annual meetings.

A spokesman for the bank offered no comment.
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DEC Coverup Places Lives In Jeopardy


The DEC  reported, on the record, they cleaned up barrels which contained poisonous chemicals on the property located at 170  Tonawanda Cheek.  Well, they may have cleaned some of the poisonous waste but the men who worked on this project said they didn’t clean the entire area and they didn’t go far enough into the area to dig up all the poisonous barrels which leaked into the ground.

I have contacted Congresswoman Hochul to check further into the property at 3431 Niagara Falls Boulevard for more containment.  She should not accept the DEC’s word on this property and ground.  I strongly feel this area is contaminatedwhich should be checked out by a private company.

The people who live there now, or will in the future, will put  their lives in danger.  The lives of these people must come before any profit by anyone or any developer.

3431 Niagara Falls Boulevard is very close to other containment land sites.

There is a projected project of 149 single family homes being build in this area.

The property at 3431 Niagara Falls Boulevard was 2.2 acres until the government came in 1985 and took half this property by public domain. It is now 1.4 acres but taxed at 2.2 acres.

In 2006 it was assessed at $145,000. in 2009 it was assessed at $243,000. Something about this property isn’t right.

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Why Won’t Collins Debate?

ERIE COUNTY, NY – It has been exactly one month since Democratic Candidate for County executive Mark Poloncarz’s campaign hand-delivered a letter to Chris Collins’ headquarters challenging him to a series of three debates focusing on urban, suburban and rural-themed issues. As of today, the Poloncarz campaign has received no response to the challenge.

“During the past month, Chris Collins has chosen to hide behind misleading campaign advertisements and belligerent, ill-informed statements from his kowtowing spokesperson,” said Poloncarz spokesman Peter Anderson. “Why is Chris Collins hiding?”

Poloncarz, however, has already accepted additional invitations to debate in forums hosted by the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, WIVB and WNED/League of Women Voters. As of today, the Collins’ campaign has not committed to any of these debates either.

“While Chris Collins stretches his summer vacation into the fall, Mark Poloncarz has been at work addressing the issues that affect the taxpayers of Erie County, and looks forward to the opportunity to debate his opponent on them,” said Anderson. “Isn’t it time that Chris Collins comes out of hiding to talk about the issues as well?”

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