Another Busy Weekend

It has been a busy few day.  Today the family and I headed over to the the East Amherst Fire Department open house.  The work that our volunteer men and women perform is amazing.  The all volunteer force provides top-notch, life saving services while saving our community millions of dollars annually.  Then it was off to our annual pilgrimage to The Great Pumpkin Farm with the kids.  

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Thursday evening I stopped by the Niagara County Road To Victory Reception in Niagara Falls and lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thank you to Chairman Mike Norris and his great organization.  Then I hustled over to join my wife, Jennifer, and friends to support the March of Dimes Signature Chef's Dinner and Auction.  The March of Dimes is near and dear to my family, my wife serves on the WNY Chapter Board of Directors and we do everything we can to support their mission of making sure all babies are born healthy!

On Friday I had the opportunity to speak to two classes of students at Williamsville South High School in Ms. Kennedy's Law Class.  The students just visited the Erie County Holding Center the day before and we talked about some of the issues at the Holding Center, as well as laws regarding bullying and cyberbullying that I have worked to pass in the State and in Erie County.  I also spoke to them about law school, state government and the political process.  It was a great experience and I hope the students got something out of it.

On Friday we also welcomed the the NYS Department of Financial Services Foreclosure Assistance Mobile Unit to the district. Our community is full of hardworking men and women who strive each and every day to obtain and preserve the American dream of owning a home; a fleeting dream for many in our troubled economy. The foreclosure assistant specialists provided local homeowners with an opportunity to access all of the tools and resources available to keep families in their homes, and I thank the Governor for directing the assistance unit to our community where affordable home ownership is an issue on so many peoples' minds.

Friday night kicked off the unofficial start of the Amherst Youth Basketball season with our annual evaluation night.  One of my favortite things is coaching basketball for my son and other kids in his age group.  My fellow coaches and I really enjoy teaching these kids to love the game of basketball. Thanks to the over 120 6th grade boys who were in attendance as well as their parents.  

Saturday morning I had the honor and pleasure of meeting hundreds of volunteers at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (formerly the Amherst Museum).  Director Joe Weickart and I handed out certificates and thanked all of the volunteers who put in countless hours to make the Museum a success.  The future is bright for the BNHV thanks, in large part, to this committed group of volunteers.  Check out all of the upcoming events and goings on at the BNHV by clicking here...




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