Chamber to Host Networking Event at Northtown Lexus

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AMHERST, NY- On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host its signature networking event, Business After Hours, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Northtown Lexus.  The night provides networkers with an opportunity to scope out Lexus’ line of luxury vehicles as well as the distinctive structure that houses them.  The Northtown Lexus dealership is located at 3845 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY.  

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Northtown Lexus is the only Lexus dealer in Buffalo.  Construction of the 14,000 square foot facility involved the reuse and renovation of the vacant Chrysler Jeep dealership which previously occupied the lot.  The dealership, purposefully designed to reflect the sleek modernity of the Lexus brand, is adorned with state-of-the-art aesthetics, radiant floor heating, computer workstations, a comfortable cafe and flat screen TV’s.     

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Northtown Lexus is part of Northtown Auto, which got its start in 1970 and has grown into one of Western New York’s largest automobile dealers.   The eight-facility complex includes 17 manufacturers and boasts a 500-employee workforce.  Northtown Auto prides itself on building relationships with its customers, offering great prices, superior service and fewer hassles.

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This event is free to members of the Amherst Chamber.  First-time non-member guests are invited to Business After Hours to experience the culture of the Chamber and find out more about the benefits and services available to our members.  For more information or to make a reservation for January’s Business After Hours, please visit or call 716.632.6905.  For more information on joining the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, please contact Kim Whelan.

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“Thank A Vet” Discount Program

Message from Senator Mark Grisanti:

I encourage all of my constituents to become a part of the “Thank A Vet” discount program, a very important initiative that it taking place throughout Erie County.

Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs is asking business owners to get involved in the program as a way for our county to recognize the service and sacrifices made by our local veterans.

Under the “Thank A Vet” discount program, eligible veterans will receive a photo identification card obtained from the Erie County Clerk’s Office that identifies them as an honorably discharged veteran. Participating county merchants will agree to honor the card by providing holders with a discount on purchases or services.

Involvement in the program is beneficial to businesses that will undoubtedly realize increased traffic and sales. Each merchants name, logo, address and discount particulars will be displayed on the Erie County’s official website and each participating business will receive a decal to proudly show their support of our Erie County veterans.

Here is the link to the online form for Erie County’s “Thank A Vet” discount program:
For more information about this initiative, call the Erie County Clerk’s Office at (716) 858-6985.

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Mark Grisanti is Getting People Back To Work

Jobs Bank
Click the image above to view the job center 

Senator Grisanti recently launched a free “job resource center” online that will provide assistance to constituents in his district who are currently looking for a job.

“Creating new jobs and retaining existing jobs is really what it is all about here in Western New York,” said Senator Grisanti. “Since taking office in January, I have made bringing jobs back to Western New York one of my top priorities.”

Current unemployment rates are 9.1% in the United States, 8% in New York State and 7.3% in the Buffalo/Niagara Region.

According to the Department of Labor there are over 2,500 vacancies in Western New York.

“Finding a job can be difficult, stressful and nerve wracking for some so what we have done is create a place where you can go and search for jobs, find tips on how to write a resume and locate current information about upcoming job fairs to help people be as successful and prepared as possible for a job interview,” said Senator Grisanti. “I want to make this as easy as possible for Western New Yorkers.”

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Congresswoman Hochul Recognizes Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul joined millions of Americans in recognizing February as Black History Month.

“This month, as we celebrate Black History Month, let’s take the time to reflect on our nation’s history and on the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Congresswoman Hochul.   “For nearly two centuries, the African-American community has fought for equal rights and justice in the face of fierce and often-violent opposition.  While many barriers have been broken in the last 40 years, some continue to stand today.  We must continue to tear down these walls and work with one another to do what’s best for our country.”

The theme for this year’s Black History Month is “Black Women in American Culture and History,” recognizing the role African-American women have played in shaping our country.

Hochul added, “We must continue to fight for justice and equality.  I am proud to stand with so many Americans in recognizing the importance of this month.”

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Higgins Attends White House Business Council Roundtable Discussion on Innovation in Healthcare

Congressman Higgins at Roundtable Event (Courtesy of Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

Congressman Asks NIH & NCI Directors to Help Address Challenges Discussed, Urges Leaders to Visit Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

This week Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) attended a White House Business Council roundtable discussion on Innovation in healthcare.  The event featured a discussion with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr as well as WNY healthcare industry leaders and was hosted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. 

“We have local companies and institutions eager to pursue innovations in the healthcare industry who are frustrated with the federal government’s slow and convoluted process which lacks certainty and in turn causes hiring delays in Western New York,” said Higgins.  “Working together to make the federal government a better partner with these businesses is key to a better healthcare delivery system and a stronger economy.”

Also attending the discussion were representatives from: Applied Sciences Group, Inc., the NY Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Kaleida Health, CureFAKtor, DENT Neurological Institute, HEALTHeLINK, Lawley Benefits group, Univera Healthcare, Moog, Greatbatch, HealthNow New York Inc., University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research.  The HHS Deputy Secretary urged private sector to be a partner and catalyst for change.  

The Congressman and members of the group attending the roundtable meeting also expressed frustration with federal funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health, resulting in the rejection of 9 out of 10 applications.  As a result, promising young scientists are left discouraged and dissuaded from the pursuit of new breakthroughs. 

Congressman Higgins is conveying the group’s concerns in a letter to the Directors of the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute and inviting the national leaders to visit the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Breast Cancer Surgery Rules Are Called Unclear

A breast cancer surgery at St. Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Center, part of the Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Nearly half of women who had lumpectomies for breast cancer had second operations they may not have needed because surgeons have been unable to agree on guidelines for the most common operation for breast cancer.

Such uncertainty about a cancer operation that has been in use for 30 years is “a shame,” said Dr. Laurence E. McCahill, a surgeon and assistant director of the Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.  Dr. Monica Morrow, the chief of breast surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, said the study and attention from the public might help push professional groups to develop guidelines for surgeons. The details of surgery are not regulated, but surgeons generally follow expert advice.
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Cancer Group Halts Financing to Planned Parenthood

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is cutting off its financing of breast cancer screening and education programs run by Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Planned Parenthood contends that the Komen foundation is yielding to longstanding pressure from anti-abortion groups, which Komen denies.

A spokeswoman for the Komen foundation, Leslie Aun, told The Associated Press that the main factor in the decision was a new rule adopted by Komen that prohibits grants to organizations being investigated by local, state or federal authorities. Ms. Aun told The A.P. that Planned Parenthood was therefore disqualified from financing because of an inquiry being conducted by Representative Cliff Stearns, Republican of Florida, who is looking at how Planned Parenthood spends and reports its money.
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Antioch College Extends Full-Tuition Scholarships To All Four Founding Classes

Do you know someone who is looking for an affordable college to apply to?  What if the tuition were zero?  That’s what the charge is for four years at Antioch College for 75 students.  Antioch is located in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The Antioch College Board of Trustees recently announced the extension of the Horace Mann Fellowships to all students admitted for the next three years. The announcement comes after an extensive review of the College’s endowment and Annual Fund, which both saw major increases in the last six months, President Mark Roosevelt said.“We don’t want economics to be an impediment to a high-quality liberal arts education,” Roosevelt said. “By providing four year, full-tuition scholarships, we make attending Antioch College a realistic option for the best and brightest students, regardless of their family’s economic situation.”
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Mitt Romney’s Florida Win May Be A Turning Point

Mitt Romney’s sweeping victory in the Florida Republican primary Tuesday did two things for him that he badly needed: It set the front-runner back on a glide path to the 2012 presidential nomination, and it raised his standing with the GOP’s conservative base.

Unlike earlier primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Florida’s contest was open only to registered Republicans; about seven in 10 voters identified themselves as somewhat or very conservative, according to exit polls.

Though Romney’s victory could be a turning point, senior Republicans say the race for the nomination is far from over.
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Gay Tiger Attacks Santorum

Another good one from Andy Borowitz:

Animal ‘Taunted’ by Bestiality Remarks

LAS VEGAS (The Borowitz Report) – After making remarks in which he equated homosexuality with bestiality, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was attacked at a Las Vegas hotel’s jungle habitat by a gay tiger.

Mr. Santorum had scheduled a campaign stop at the hotel and casino where he made his remarks about homosexuality and bestiality, not realizing that he was standing within earshot of a white tiger with a homosexual lifestyle.

According to onlooker Tracy Klujian, 27, “The way that tiger started growling during the speech, you could tell that it felt like it was being taunted and whatnot.”

As Mr. Santorum’s remarks about homosexuality and bestiality reached their crescendo, the irate tiger leaped over an eighteen-foot barrier and began mauling the presidential candidate, ripping his sweater vest to shreds.

Within minutes, police responding to a 911 call rushed to the scene, where they fired tranquilizer darts at both the tiger and Mr. Santorum, who had continued to make his inflammatory remarks throughout the mauling.

According to one aide, the unfortunate tiger attack incident had done nothing to change Mr. Santorum’s position on gay marriage: “Not only that, but now he’s opposed to tigers marrying other tigers.”

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