Our network

Politics

Slaughter to Join President Obama for STOCK Act Bill Signing

Slaughter to Join President Obama for STOCK Act Bill Signing

A Statement from the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Presidential Signing Ceremony To Take Place Wednesday, April 4

Rochester, NY– Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today announced that she will join President Barack Obama at the White House for the Presidential signing of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act on Wednesday, April 4.

The bill signing at the White House celebrates a major legislative victory for Slaughter who fought a six-year, uphill battle to end insider trading in Congress and bring transparency and accountability to those who serve at the highest levels of power.

Background on Hochul's EPA Letter: Great Lakes Danger Zones?

Background on Hochul's EPA Letter: Great Lakes Danger Zones?

Here's some background on Congresswoman Kathy Hochul's letter today to the USEPA that Patrick Klinck posted here:

http://niagarafalls.wgrz.com/news/politics/63929-hochul-calls-epa-speed-...

While the accompanying articles from Public Integrity and US News may seem dated (2008), they are still the same concerns expressed today by Congresswoman Hochul for all in the 18-Mile Creek watershed and the Great Lakes Areas Of Concern.

Back in 2008, this controversy surrounded then President Bush's decision to not allow the release of these preliminary findings from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC -- ATSDR).

Bootlegged Report Spells Trouble For Eight States - [18-Mile Creek is mentioned specifically in the report.]

Lewiston Residents Overwhelmingly Support New Recreation Center

Lewiston Residents Overwhelmingly Support New Recreation Center

In stark contrast to the previous two Village of Lewiston Board meetings, where trustees were blasted for stumping for a new recreation center, residents Monday overwhelmingly voiced their support for a new indoor sports complex.

"It is needed for the kids," said Bruce Blakelock.

His son, eighth-grader Robert Blakelock, said, "There's not a whole lot of areas in Lewiston to go and play sports."

"If we don't accept this for our children ... we're throwing something away," said Dennis Brochey.

"There are a lot of people in the village that are very supportive of (a new recreation center)," Peter Nagy said. "It's a shame that this project is kind of dead in the water."

Breaking: Lewiston Recreation Center Proposal Shelved

Breaking: Lewiston Recreation Center Proposal Shelved

In a surprising turnabout Saturday, the Village of Lewiston has shelved the recreation center proposal. Mayor Terry Collesano spoke with Brian Hall, son of WTS President and CEO Gary Hall, who informed him his father was not moving forward with plans to build a new, multimillion-dollar complex in Lewiston.

On Friday, trustees were confident Hall would change his mind after his son sent an email Thursday indicating Gary was pulling out. A new drawing of the proposed recreation center was created, showing the two-story, 36,000-square-foot building on the Lewiston plateau, instead of behind the Red Brick Municipal Building. Letters in support of a new rec center were collected. There was even some talk that the village would look for other sponsors or donations if Hall did, in fact, withdraw.

Slaughter Pleased with Tax Cut, Says it was a 'Shameful Way of Doing Business'

Slaughter Pleased with Tax Cut, Says it was a 'Shameful Way of Doing Business'

A Press Release from the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter 

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement after House Republicans agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut and unemployment insurance. The agreement will provide tax relief for 160 million Americans, and extend unemployment insurance for 2.2 million Americans.

“We should have given Americans a tax cut on Monday, when we were all in town and prepared to send this bill to the President. Instead we got dangerous theatrics. It’s a shameful way of doing business. But I am pleased to see that we are moving ahead with this tax cut for middle class families, reimbursement for doctors, and vital unemployment insurance to Americans during this holiday season.”

Grandson Challenges Grandfather for Town Justice

Grandson Challenges Grandfather for Town Justice

BARRE, N.Y. - The Batavia Daily News has a remarkable story about a grandson, Bert Mathes, who is challenging his grandfather, John Henderson, a longtime incumbent, for Barre town justice.

“I’d do anything I could to help Bert become town justice,” said Henderson, “ — after I retire.”

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

From a Statement by NYPIRG

The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment  (LATFOR), the legislative committee tasked with redrawing New York’s legislative and congressional district lines, will be holding their Western New York public hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. inside City Hall ... but who knew?