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Maziarz Announces 'Power for Jobs' Reform Advancing

Maziarz Announces 'Power for Jobs' Reform Advancing

The New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee has approved legislation to reform the Power for Jobs program which provides low-cost hydroelectric power to Upstate businesses.

The measure would eventually phase out the Power for Jobs program and replace it with a new "ReCharge NY" power plan. This new plan would allow businesses to enter agreements with the New York Power Authority for seven year contracts. 

“The best use for low-cost hydropower generated primarily at places like the Niagara Power Project, which is located in my Senate district, and the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, is to support economic development,” Senator Maziarz added.  “This is a comprehensive reform that will have a huge impact on New York State.  We cannot afford not to get this passed, and I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo and my Senate and Assembly colleagues to get it done.”

March Into Niagara University for Transfer and Graduate Open Houses

March Into Niagara University for Transfer and Graduate Open Houses

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The calendar’s third month is one for potential transfer and graduate students to get much better acquainted with Niagara University.

NU will host an Open House for prospective transfer students on Saturday, March 12, 2011 on campus in Bisgrove Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Two weeks later (March 26), Monteagle Ridge will serve as the site of a Graduate School Open House & Showcase in the Glynn Family Atrium of Bisgrove Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A continental breakfast will be offered to all attendees.

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. - As of Monday, February 28, average retail gasoline prices in Buffalo have risen 13.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website BuffaloGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Buffalo during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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Last Chance for WNY Nonprofits to Drive Away in New Ford Van

Last Chance for WNY Nonprofits to Drive Away in New Ford Van

Deadline to Submit Ford Friendship Express Applications is March 1, 2011 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York are reminding area nonprofit organizations that the March 1st deadline is quickly approaching for eligible groups to apply for a new van through the 2011 Ford Friendship Express program. Now in its 16th year, the program has already awarded 62 vans valued at more than $1 million.

In 2010, Homespace, Inc. and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns took home new Ford vans. Additional past recipients include: Computers for Children, Kids Escaping Drugs, SABAH, Meals on Wheels of Buffalo and Erie County, Friends of the Night People, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Student Union at SUNY at Buffalo, Goodwill Industries of Western New York, Rural Transit Service, American Red Cross, The Buffalo Zoo and more.

NOCO Express Recognized by Convenience Store Industry

NOCO Express Recognized by Convenience Store Industry

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - NOCO Express was recognized by CSP Information Group for its efforts in utilizing consumer-friendly technologies.  Henry Bays, general manager, accepted the Customer Experience Award at CSP’s recent Convenience Retailing University conference in Arizona. CSP Information Group publishes Convenience Store Petroleum, the leading convenience store industry publication.

“Today’s consumers are more tech savvy than ever before and have come to expect the latest technology from retailers,” said Michael Newman, executive vice president. “Keeping the NOCO brand top of mind and in front of customers both at our Express stores and at home helps drive traffic into our stores.” 

Niagara University Physics Professor Selected as Kavli Institute Scholar

Niagara University Physics Professor Selected as Kavli Institute Scholar

John Wang, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics at Niagara University, has been selected as a scholar by the prestigious Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The institute is one of the major think tanks for theoretical physics in the world. Approximately eight scholar awards are given out each year.

Wang’s three-year award provides him with travel funds and opportunities to collaborate with researchers at the Kavli Institute, which is directed by Nobel Prize winner David Gross.