Emerging Business Leaders Welcome Dennis Elsenbeck, Regional Executive at National Grid

AMHERST, NY-The Emerging Business Leaders young professionals group welcomes influential business leader Dennis Elsenbeck for September’s “Food for Thought” event on Thursday, September 20, 2012. The group invites 10 young professionals to begin their day with Dennis, Regional Executive for National Grid’s Western Division, by sharing breakfast and an open discussion on topics ranging from the future of the energy industry, to professional advancement and personal experience. Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, Dennis was unable to attend the originally scheduled event in March. He has remained committed to attending Food for Thought, allowing interested young professionals to take advantage of this additional opportunity to register. The event will take place at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce located at 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200 in Williamsville from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

In his position as regional executive for National Grid, Dennis is responsible for the Western Division’s commercial and industrial sales as well as the company’spublic affairs and community relations needs. He has been employed at National Grid for twenty three years and previously held the position of regional manager for the Mohawk Valley region.

Prior to joining National Grid, Dennis got his start as an engineer with United Technologies Building Systems Group and Carrier Corporation. Outside of National Grid, he sits on the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and chairs the Dean’s Council for the University of Buffalo’s School of Engineering. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Urban Development Commission and is a member of the Advisory Council of USA Niagara Development in Niagara Falls.

The Chamber’s “Food for Thought” program allows young professionals to gain access to some of Buffalo-Niagara’s most influential leaders. The 10-person maximum encourages optimal face time with the featured guest, open discussion and two-sided dialogue. These events are a great chance for early-career individuals to pick the brains’ of successful community leaders, ask career advice, learn about how they got to where they are today and get an understanding for the organizations or industries they currently represent.

This event is $10 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members with breakfast provided. Space is limited so register today! For more information or to make a reservation for this event call the Chamber at 716.632.6905.

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Are 35 Town Government Committees, Too Many?

By Paul Wolf, Esq, on September 5th, 2012

Committees/boards are a necessary evil for most organizations as a way to focus efforts and get things done. Local governments have a lot of committees/boards, for example the Town of Amhers, NY (population 122,000) has 35 of them. The Town of Tonawanda, NY (population 73,500) has 28 committees/boards. I don’t know what the right number of committees are but having 35 and 28 seems a bit extreme.

A big part of the problem in operating government is a lack of focus and a lack of clarity on what issues are a priority. While every committee and board thinks their issue is most important you simply cannot have 35 or 28 priorities and get anything of substance accomplished.

The town of Amherst to their credit is investigating whether the number of their committees can be reduced by combining or consolidating them. The Amherst Government Study Committee has put forth a recommendation that would reduce the number of town committees to 31. While going from 35 committees to 31 is not a huge step forward it is a start.

The list of Committees, Commissions and Boards in the town of Amherst are:

1) 9/11 Commemoration Committee
2) Amherst Committee on Disabilities
3) Amherst Community Diversity Commission
4) Amherst Conservation Advisory Council
5) Amherst Industrial Development Agency
6) Amherst State Park Committee
7) Amherst Veterans Committee
Arts and Culture in Public Places Board
9) Board of Assessment Review
10) Board of Electrician Examiners
11) Board of Ethics
12) Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners
13) Citizens Financial Advisory Committee
14) Code Commission
15) Employee Suggestion Program Merit Award Board
16) Employee Suggestion Review Committee
17) Energy Conservation Citizens Advisory Committee
18) Freedom of Information Board
19) Glen Park Joint Board
20) Government Study Committee
21) Historic Preservation Commission
22) Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board
23) Information Technology Advisory Committee
24) Library Board of Trustees
25) Minority & Women Owned Business In Amherst
26) Planning Board
27) Recreation Commission
28) Recycling and Waste Committee
29) Senior Services Advisory Board
30) Supervisor’s Citizen Advisory Committee
31) Town Board
32) Traffic Safety Board
33) War of 1812 Commemoration Committee
34) Youth Board
35) Zoning Board of Appeals

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Borowit “Bitz”

The only difference between the Democratic and Republican conventions is the Democratic one is being held in the twenty-first century.

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The Town Of Amherst Must Fight To Keep Our Land

The Town of Amherst is facing a serious problem. The Town is being sold right out from under the people’s noses by our present Town Board. Amherst is in need of money because of poor management as well as this Town Board’s poor financial decisions. Most of the people of Amherst do not want to sell our Audubon land. The Town Board put us into this money pit. There are other ways to work our way out besides selling huge pieces of green Amherst to turn into rock and concrete.

A major deal between a group of developers and Dr. Weinstein, the sole negotiator for the Town, will bring in about $40 to $50 million besides the Westwood Golf Club for our 3 golf courses and other pieces of land. The Town of Amherst is in need of this money. It basically will help keep our taxes low for the next 3 or 4 years. Then the roof will start falling around our Town. Our homes will be devalued, more and more people will move out to find a new Amherst like the one they first moved into when Amherst was a quaint hamlet of great wildlife, excellent schools, and the gift of beautiful nature and wonderful neighbors.

The developers will be building hotels, dorms for U.B., business buildings, retail stores and other buildings. What was once the green land of Amherst will become the beginning of the concrete jungle most of us moved out of to come live in Amherst. The wildlife, the space to breathe will be gone, replaced by concrete and glass, with a strong possibility of a grand casino thrown in.

If the people of Amherst want to stop an avalanche of stone and concrete they have to band together, fight the Town Board, and force this deal to go to a referendum. We must understand our Town Board to be the enemy they have proven to be for the last 3 years. The Board has to know they must change their ways. They were elected to help and protect the people of Amherst not destroy our town.

written by Jim Tricoli, Editor: Amhersttimes.com

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Democrats Revise Convention Schedule

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Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE (The Borowitz Report)—The Democratic National Convention today released a dramatically revised schedule for the night of Wednesday, September 5th:

8:00 Call to Order by First Lady Michelle Obama
8:10 National Anthem, performed by Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Michelle Obama (vocals)
8:15 Pledge of Allegiance to Michelle
8:20 Former President Bill Clinton introduces video of Michelle Obama
8:25 Video replay of last night’s speech by Michelle Obama (on loop until 10:58)
10:58—10:59 Remarks by Vice-President Joe Biden
10:59 Benediction by the Reverend Michelle Obama


Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/09/democrats-revise-convention-schedule.html#ixzz25cBNh23w

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Monday Night Board Meeting Highlights

At last night’s Town Board meeting the Board voted to bond over a million dollars for 2 projects for the Engineering Department.  $660,000 for water pollution control and $350,000 for asphalt procurement.  That’s a hefty sum.

The other discussion items were a mixed bag including:  

  • A resolution to have a food truck permit created through collaboration by the Building and Police departments and the Town Attorney’s Office, in inquiry from a group of volunteers want to use wire mesh to wrap memorial trees along the Amherst bike path that are in danger of being damaged by beavers.  Do they need  permission from anyone to do this?
  • Decided not to move forward with a public hearing regarding a special-use permit that would allow most single-family homeowners to raise chickens in their yards.  Instead, the board directed Building Commissioner Thomas Ketchum to redraft the town permit law regarding hen-raising as a “temporary use permit.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Lauds Husband’s Values, Vision

First lady Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. in a speech praising her husband’s values and vision.

Michelle Obama praised the course her husband has set for the country in her speech before the DNC.

First lady Michelle Obama declared Tuesday that her husband’s record in office has proved his values, his vision and his courage, as the Democrats opened their convention here with a wide-ranging appeal to the diverse constituencies and interests they must bring out in force to reelect the president.The first night of the convention featured the strong presence of — and a heavy appeal to — women, Latinos and young people. Speakers evoked their shared values and issued a warning that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would take the country backward.
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Major Funding For World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara To Be Announced By Hochul

Thursday, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26), joined by World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will make a major federal grant announcement that will benefit life sciences companies in Western New York.

Rep. Hochul has worked to help life science and high tech businesses grow through her support of the Research and Development tax credit and her school to work initiative, the Workforce-Ready Educate America Act, as well as her Revitalizing our Economy through Business, Infrastructure, and Local Development (REBUILD) Western New York plan and her Make It In American plan.

EVENT: Rep. Hochul to Make Major Announcement Regarding Funding For the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara

DATE: Thursday, September 6, 2012
TIME: 10:30 AM
WHERE: NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
701 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Talking Leaves To Host Events During Sept.

Talking Leaves events during the week that begins September 16:

Wed, 9/19, 7 pm, Main St–Lisa Jarnot will discuss her new biography,Robert Duncan, the Ambassador from Venus

Thur, 9/20, 7 pm, Main St–David Klein will read from and discuss his second novel, Clean Break

Sat, 9/22, 3 pm, Main St–David Brown will read from and discuss his first mystery, The Elusive Chauffeur

Talking Leaves is pleased to welcome home Buffalo native and UB graduate Lisa Jarnot, already acclaimed for her singular verse, to discuss her recently published, definitive, beautifully crafted biography of the visionary poet Robert Duncan, Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus (University of California Press).  Duncan, who died in 1988, was a onetime teacher at UB and frequent visitor here whose work has been a major force in the Buffalo, and indeed, international poetry community since the 1940’s. Many of his papers are housed in the Poetry and Rare Books Collection at UB, where Jarnot got her start on the biography.  This event will take place on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 pm, and is free and open to the public.  We ask that anyone wishing to have a copy of the book signed by the author purchase it from us, as an act of support and respect for the author and the bookstore hosting the event.

David Klein is returning on Thursday, September 20, at 7 pm to our Main Street store to read from his sophomore effort, Clean Break (Broadway Books).  The reading and book signing is free and open to the public.  Attendees who wish to have a book signed are expected to purchase it from Talking Leaves, as an act of support for the author, publisher, and book store hosting the event. 

David Brown taught mathematics at Niagara County Community College for 33 years, and, upon retirement, decided to flex his writing chops by working on a different kind of problem–the composition of a mystery.  He’ll be at Talking Leaves …Books on Main Street on Saturday, September 22 ,at 3 pm, to read from and sign copies of the resulting novel, The Elusive Chauffeur (Tate Publishing).  The event is free and open to the public.  Anyone wishing to have a copy of the book autographed is expected to purchase it from Talking Leaves, as an act of support for the author and the bookstore.

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The Assistive Technology Expo

The Assistive Technology Expo

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 8 AM – 3 PM.

Lucarelli’s Banquet Center
1830 Abbott Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218

Learn about available technology and how to incorporate it into all areas of life.

$35 registration fee (lunch included) due Sept. 17, 2012. Make check payable to: People Inc. and send to People Inc, Attention Tracey Kosmoski, 1219 North Forest, Williamsville, NY 14221. Call 716-817-7484 for additional information.

Register online at www.parentnetworkwny.org

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