ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATURE
Democrats address community college charge
Democrats in the Erie County Legislature have proposed a resolution that would call on state lawmakers to change what they called an “archaic, parochial practice” of charging counties when their residents attend community colleges in other counties.
The proposed resolution would ask Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature to change state law so that counties would not be charged if a resident attended college within the same state-designated economic development region in which the student resides.
Erie County is in the same regional economic development as Niagara, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties.
The proposed resolution followed a story in The Buffalo News that highlighted the cost of the community college charge-backs to Erie County residents.
Erie County paid more than $4 million for students that attended two-year colleges in other counties last year.
Erie County Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, called the practice “outdated and unfair.”
The County Legislature is scheduled to meet Sept. 20.
Holiday will alter city garbage collection
LOCKPORT – Garbage collection in the City of Lockport will be affected by the Labor Day holiday, City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri announced.
There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on the holiday, and for the rest of the week, the collections will occur one day after each customer’s regularly scheduled day.
D’Youville College to honor Benatovich, Cunningham
D’Youville College will honor two community leaders for their service at the 26th annual Michael F. and Eleaine Dillon Presidential Scholarship Reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in the College Center, Porter and Fargo avenues.
Honored will be Lana D. Benatovich, president of the National Federation for Just Communities for Western New York and chairwoman of the Erie County Coordinating Council on Children and Families, and Raymond “Cash” Cunningham, president of Cash Realty and Auctions, and a longtime supporter and fundraiser for community organizations.
Tickets are $100. Proceeds will support D’Youville student scholarships.
For reservations, call 829-7805.
Hochul, Corwin, Rath set for Chamber breakfast
The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the WBBZ-TV studio at Eastern Hills Mall.
Scheduled to attend are: Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, County Clerk Chris Jacobs, County Legislator Ed Rath, Clarence Town Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. and Clarence School Superintendent Geoffrey Hicks.
The cost is $5 per person and includes a continental breakfast.
RSVP to the Chamber office at 631-3888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday.