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Epilepsy Association of WNY Executive Director to Retire

Epilepsy Association of WNY Executive Director to Retire

A Statement Released by the Epilepsy Association of WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - November 1, 2012—The Epilepsy Association of Western New York (EAWNY) is saying farewell to its Executive Director of more than five years. Barbara Brossard, who since 2007 has led Western New York’s only non-profit organization solely dedicated to helping those with epilepsy and seizures disorders, has announced her plans to retire effective February 1, 2013.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to Barb for her leadership these last five years and for making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many Western New York adults and children with epilepsy,” said Carrie Silliman, Vice President of the EAWNY Board of Directors and a nurse practitioner at Erie County Medical Center Corporation.

Hochul Concedes House Race to Collins

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In a statement emailed to the media at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul conceded the 27th District race to her Republican opponent Chris Collins, who already declared victory late on election night.

"Early this morning I called Chris Collins and congratulated him on being elected to Congress," Hochul said in the statement. "I encouraged him to work across the aisle and offered to assist him in any way I can.

"I also volunteered to help him make a smooth transition in January to ensure our constituents are well served. Congress can do better, and the people of this country deserve better than what Washington has given them."


NY 27th: Collins Counts On Big Wins In "GLOW" Counties

CLARENCE, NY - Chris Collins and his supporters may have spent millions of dollars on campaign commercials, but Collins, a Republican who seeks to unseat Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) in the tightly contested race for NY's 27th Congressional District seat, still chose to spend a lot of time traveling the 5,200 square mile district, which includes parts of eight counties.

In fact, after voting this morning at a fire hall in Clarence, he planned to spend part of Election Day continuing to visit the so-called "GLOW" counties, of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming.

He knows he has to energize his base, in order to topple Hochul, who despite being a Democrat in a mostly republican district, has proven to be popular.

NY 27th: Hochul Is Hopeful Voters Will Cross Party Lines

HAMBURG, NY  - Kathy Hochul was all smiles when she arrived at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamburg to vote. She was there at 7:30 a.m. with a box of doughnuts in her hand for workers.

Hochul knows her battle to retain her seat as a Representative in Congress won't be easy. Polls show her race against Republican challenger Chris Collins is a dead heat.

Hochul says she has run across many voters who are willing to cross party lines when they vote today.

"No one dreamed in a million years we'd be this close on Election day. Truly when they re-drew the lines and made this more Republican than the race I won more than a year and a half ago, it's now the most Republican in the state and 50-percent is new to me, they said it couldn't be done."

Who Do You Vote For?

BUFFALO, NY-- The recent redistricting of New York State legislative districts and U.S. congressional districts is causing voters some confusion as to who they will be voting for on Election night.

The new lines were drawn to reflect 2010 census data.

Earlier this week, 2 On Your Side's Melissa Holmes reported on the confusion WNY voters are facing regarding the US Congressional district seats up for grabs on Tuesday.

If you're not sure what district you're in, check out the maps below.

Nun Accused of Stealing from Two Orleans County Churches

Kendall, NY  - A nun is accused of stealing from two churches in Orleans County.

Officials say Sister Mary Anne Rapp stole about $128,000 from St. Mark Church in Kendall and St. Mary in Holley. 

She pleaded not guilty to class C felony grand larceny charges in Kendall Town Court Monday evening.  She was released on her own recognizance.

Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone said it was the first time in his more than two decades as DA that he's had to prosecute a nun.

"This is a first...and that's sad," Cardone told WGRZ-TV. "It's sad when anybody has to be prosecuted but particularly a nun. As you know, people place a lot of faith in her and turn to her for their own problems at times so it just is unfortunate and it shows that anybody can be involved in some type of criminal behavior."

Helping To Save The Canada Lynx

The Canada Lynx is one of the last of the big wild cats left in the United States. Although their population is robust in Northern Canada, their numbers are considered endangered in the States, with only a few hundred in the wild. In East Aurora, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center recently began an ambitious Canada Lynx breeding program, one that will not only help strengthen breeding stock of the species, but also will provide a companion for their beloved resident Lynx, Kodiak. Loretta Jones is founder of Hawk Creek." We're just starting our program, but we know we need to do it, because it used to live in NY State and we're losing our cats , so we need to do it." Tanya Lowe is Director Of Wildlife Education at the center." Animals have emotions, they have needs other than food,water,shelter. And for Kodiak right now, that is a companion."