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Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a leader on women’s and children’s issues, will address national political and policy issues and her own personal and professional story at 1 p.m. May 13 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The lecture, “A Conversation on National Politics and Policies,” is part of the recently established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a leading proponent of school choice, addressed education, health care and other pressing national issues in the House Republican Party’s four-point policy agenda as featured speaker at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series held March 10.

Introduced by Congressman Chris Collins, Cantor emphasized an “American That Works” plan in response to major challenges being faced today largely by the middle class.

“Many have lost faith in our nation and in the American dream. The American people deserve better and that’s why the House Republican leadership’s number one issue is to restore an America that works,” said Cantor, a six-term Virginia congressman.

Cantor pointed to the “middle-class squeeze” brought on by minimal wage growth and rising costs in making it harder for middle-class families to make ends meet. “Three out of four Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” he said.

Niagara University Students Visit Albany To Lobby For Financial Aid

Niagara University Students Visit Albany To Lobby For Financial Aid

Advocating for student financial aid isn’t easy. Just ask Matt Nadler and Kalene Faricellie.

Last week, the Niagara University Student Government Association representatives, clad in their Sunday best, slipped out of a day of classes – okay, that part wasn’t that bad – to traverse 300 miles to the state Capitol in Albany in hopes of bending the ears of lawmakers who control funding for the Tuition Assistance Program, Pell grants, Bundy Aid and other forms of financial assistance.

Daemen Lecture Series to Launch With House Majority Leader, Prominent Congressman

Daemen Lecture Series to Launch With House Majority Leader, Prominent Congressman

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Brian Higgins will be the first featured speakers in the newly established Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, which will bring top government and public officials to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national and international issues.

Higgins will deliver the inaugural lecture, “From the Ground Up: Building a Stronger Western New York and Nation,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the college’s Wick Campus Center Social Room.

“This lecture series will give prominent leaders in the political and public service sectors the opportunity to share their experiences and insight on timely key topics,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “By featuring speakers diverse in thought, perspective and leadership style, we will be fostering important discussions on varied issues impacting our region and country.”

"fifty' by Ryki Zuckerman [In Honor of JFK]

"fifty' by Ryki Zuckerman [In Honor of JFK]

 

fifty

the crackle of the overhead speaker,
usually mute after morning announcements,
interrupted our lesson.
someone must have thought
we should know what had happened in dallas.

what happened in dallas
that sent us streaming into the halls,
sobbing and confused,
leaning against the shoulders
of teachers and friends,
pained and numb all at once.

pained and numb all at once
that he was gone, not yet
knowing it would all change now,
the bright future diminished, and our eyes
fixed on tv screens for days after,

tv screens during the day,
usually verboten until after dinner,
while history played out in front of us
inside the little black and white box:
the bloody pink suit, the riderless horse, the casket
lying in state

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Marks 50 Years of Service

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Marks 50 Years of Service

On Thursday, September 19th, 2013, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) will host a commemorative binational ceremony to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Officially opened in 1963, the bridge sits 370 feet above the Niagara River and measures 1,600 feet long, while featuring five reversible lanes that connect Canada and the United States between the historic heritage towns of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, and Lewiston, New York.  The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge serves the 5th highest volume of Can-Am commercial traffic, with millions of dollars in commerce crossing over the bridge each hour, representing thousands of trade and tourism-related jobs. The bridge is also the preferred border crossing for local residents and the hundreds of thousands of visitors who shop, stay, and play in the Niagara region every year.

New York State STAR Exemption - Registration Required

New York State STAR Exemption - Registration Required

ALBANY, NY - New York State Department of taxation and Finance has announced a new initiative that changes the way homeowners apply for the basic STAR Tax Exemption. The Tax Department as of August 26th, 2013 and confirmed by the department in a written statement, has mailed out 550,000 STAR registration letters to Homeowners in 17 Western Region Counties. These counties include; Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. Including this most recent mailing, the total outreach is 2.6 million homeowners.