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Posted by Vern Anderson on Aug 10, 2014

The Classic Auto Show will be held on Sunday August 10, 2014 from 8:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Northtown Center. (Formerly the Pepsi Center)

Posted by Vern Anderson on Sep 22, 2014

 The Annual Golf Event will be held on September 22, 2014 at Glen Oaks Golf Course

Posted by Vern Anderson on Jan 02, 2014

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Posted by Vern Anderson on Jun 09, 2014

This week’s speaker was David Rust, Executive Director from the Say Yes to Education organization.

The Buffalo community’s commitment to providing a tuition scholarship for a postsecondary education—be it a trade certificate, 2-year or 4-year degree— to every graduate of the city’s public and charter schools is what attracted David Rust to lead Say Yes to Education’s work in Buffalo since the Summer of 2012.

Since taking the post in Summer 2012, he has overseen the implementation of one of the most significant community transformation efforts undertaken in the region’s history.  Through leveraging the promise of the locally funded scholarship program, Say Yes Buffalo scholars are eligible to attend more than 100 private and public institutions, including Harvard, Duke, Medaille, Northwestern, the University at Buffalo, and many more.   Using the power of these free tuition scholarships, Mr. Rust’s team has brought together private and public sector partners to engage in action to reform the city’s public education system and how services and supports are delivered to low-income families.

Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, Mr. Rust served as Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services/Social Services for Erie County where he managed a staff of 120 with a $14-million budget, and a primary focus on juvenile detention and diversion services, runaway-homeless youth, and funding community based positive youth programs. He also served the Department of Social Services on numerous interdepartmental projects with county agencies such as Family Court, Mental Health and Probation, and numerous community based collaborations for youth.   

Prior to Erie County government, Mr. Rust was the program director for the Youth Character Development Foundation, a non-profit foundation of Dale Carnegie of WNY and also as associate director, dean of students and resident director for The Francis E. Kelly Oxford Program at Somerville College in Oxford, Great Britain.

He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration Marketing/Management from the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Mr. Rust also volunteers his time with numerous youth-based agencies throughout the City of Buffalo.

Highlights of his presentation included:

  • Have raised $19 million for scholarships
  • Say Yes to Education pays for tuition
  • A wide range of institutions partner with Say Yes to Education, including UB, Buff State, RIT, RPI, and many Ivy League schools.
  • Technical institutes are also part of the program
  • Students have to meet the admission requirements of the partner institutions
  • Students must meet the school’s requirements in terms of minimum QPA’s and behavior.
  • The partnership with the Buffalo community is wide and deep with an Operating Board consisting of educational, political, and business leaders.
Posted by Edward Stachura on May 19, 2014

Speaker for May 19 is Brian J. Kulpa, Mayor of the Village of Williamsville.  Brian is also an associate with the consulting firm Clark Patterson Lee, and President of the Association of Erie County Governments.  He is past Deputy Mayor and past Trustee for the Village.  Brian is a graduate of SUNY – Buffalo, with  a Bachelor and Masters in Architecture, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning.  With his background as an architect/planner he brings to his position as Mayor the required skill sets and focuses for maintaining Williamsville’s rich history while planning for the challenges of the future.  His vision for diverse improvements to the Main Street corridor is not without opposing discussion, but, as an elected leader, he understands the need to balance all views for the common interest and the quality of life in the Village of Williamsville. Brian, his wife Kate and two children enjoy the quality and opportunities of Village life. 

Posted by Vern Anderson

Service is the lifeblood of any organization. Everything flows from it, and is nourished by it.
Posted by Lee Broad on Mar 24, 2014

This week’s speaker was Barry Weinstein, M.D., Supervisor, Town of Amherst.  Dr. Weinstein, a family practice physician and attorney, has a long history of public service including: 14 years on the Williamsville School Board, where he also served as President; 10 years representing the 15th District in the Erie County Legislature; and as an Amherst Council member. He is in his 2nd consecutive 4-year term as Town Supervisor, being first elected to that position in 2009.   Dr. Weinstein has been recognized for his firm stance against property tax increases, his “no nonsense” attitude, and his public accessibility.

Dr. Barry’s election focus mantra was fourfold. First, reduce the size and cost of government and lower taxes. Second, apply creative solutions to Amherst’s flooding, sinking homes, deer and sidewalk problems.  Third, modify rezoning regulations to increase development and revitalization of commercial areas.   Fourth, reform Amherst government including downsizing the Town Board and redefining and restructuring the Town’s branches of government to improve efficiency.  He also is a board member of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency (AIDA) and the Erie County IDA. 

Dr. Weinstein and his family have been residents of the Town for almost 40-years.

Highlights of his presentation included:

·         In first 3 years as Supervisor, Town expenses decreased.

·         Privatized composting (losing $400M per year; sold for $1.5MM) and the Amherst Museum (Town still provides a subsidy)

·         Wastewater treatment facility is a top issue:

   Built in the late 70’s with a useful life of 30 years

   Built in the late 70’s with a useful life of 30 years

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