Month: October 2020

Jacobs, State, and County Officials Highlight Need for State and Local COVID-19 Funding

For Immediate Release

October 29th, 2020

(Erie County, N.Y.) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) held a press conference this morning to highlight the critical need for additional state and local COVID-19 relief funding. He was joined by NYS Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Mike Norris, Niagara County Legislature Chair Rebecca Wydysh, and Orleans County Legislature Chair Lynne Johnston. 

“Our small rural governments are struggling and facing severe cuts to first responders, education, hospitals, and other critical services unless additional aid is provided to them,” Jacobs said. “I am working tirelessly to ensure they are supported, and that is why I proudly cosponsored the SMART Act to deliver $500 billion in relief, specifically $161 billion to county and municipal governments that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 revenue loss and expenses.”

“The state’s Division of Budget is currently withholding three billion dollars in COVID-19 recovery funds, a third of which could be immediately distributed to the smaller counties of our state that did not receive assistance previously,” NYS Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt said. “By releasing this funding, the Governor could provide much-needed support to our counties, towns, villages, and cities, these counties and municipalities that are struggling to maintain vital services due to the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic.” 

“I commend Congressman Jacobs for supporting the SMART Act to assist municipalities recover during COVID-19.  It is very important that this proposal gets enacted to assist counties like Niagara and Orleans to directly receive funding to help taxpayers and small businesses rebuild,” Assemblyman Michael J. Norris said.

“The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the local economies of all counties across New York State, large and small, and as such, all counties should have received a share of CARES Act dollars,” Becky Wydysh, Chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, said. “We do not begrudge the fact that Erie County received funding, and quite frankly, they have done some great things like grants to small businesses that we would emulate. That is why I join with Congressman Jacobs and my colleagues in calling on New York State to release CARES dollars that are still sitting in Albany to counties like Niagara that so far have received nothing.”

“I am calling on Governor Cuomo to release CARES Act funds to our rural counties. Each day that he stalls forces smaller counties to make difficult decisions,” Lynne Johnson, Chairman Orleans County Legislature, said.

In NY-27, Monroe County and Erie County received CARES Act funding because they met the population threshold of over 500,000 residents. With this funding these counties were able to launch programs to aid towns and small businesses. Meanwhile, smaller counties, including Orleans and Niagara, have received little to no funding. The SMART Act would send one-third of the $500 billion ($161 billion) directly to local governments based on revenue loss, population size, and COVID-19 caseload.

Newstead Town Board Meeting- October 26, 2020

A public hearing was called to order by the Newstead Town Board on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7:20pm at the Newstead Town Hall.

Present: David Cummings- Supervisor
Edmund Burke- Councilman
John Jendrowski- Councilman
Joseph Dugan- Councilman
Brendan Neill- Town Attorney
Emily Janicz- Assistant Town Attorney
Scott Rybarczyk- Town Engineer
Dawn Izydorczak- Town Clerk

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Newstead Town Board Agenda 10/26/2020

6:45 p.m. Work Session
7:20 p.m. Public Hearing – 2021 Town Budget

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Pledge to the Flag
  4. Approval of Minutes for Regular Meeting 10/13/20
  5. Agenda Changes
  6. Communications – Work Session –
  7. Agenda item questions * See Note
  8. Approval of Bills – Budget Transfers
  9. Committee and Department Head Reports
    A. Highway
    B. Assessor
    C. Code Enforcement / Building Dept.
    D. Town Clerk
    E. Town Attorney
    F. Councilman
    Jendrowski Dugan Burke
    G. Supervisor –
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Jacobs Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions


(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) has cosponsored the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 692).

“Protecting coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions is a bipartisan priority that is critical to the well-being of the most vulnerable in our community,” Jacobs said. “As the son of a physician, access to quality and affordable healthcare is something I care deeply about. I am proudly working with my colleagues to lower the cost of prescription drugs, increase transparency, and decrease the cost of healthcare in the United States.”

H.R. 692 – The Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2019 – would preserve access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is significantly changed or repealed.

Rotary News

Once Again, You Were There When Needed Most …

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Akron Newstead we extend a huge THANK YOU to you, the Akron Newstead community for the terrific support of the recent Andrew Boncore Memorial Fund Raiser Raffle. The raffle took the place of our annual golf tournament that has traditionally been the club’s largest fundraiser; this was due to Covid-19. The success of the raffle, made possible through your spirit of generosity, will enable us to continue to help Akron Newstead citizens and organizations. The purchase of tickets as well as the support of our corporate raffle sponsors(Cold Spring Construction, Jan’s Smoke Shop & Gas Mart, Niagara Specialty Metals, Schrock Metal Products, The Rez Smoke Shop & Gas Mart whose assistance was in memory of Neville Spring, The Stamm Law Firm and Two Eagles Stogie Shack) will make a positive difference in the place we all call home.
Speaking of outstanding corporate citizens, we also salute our Annual Corporate Sponsors who support Rotary and Lions in Akron Newstead: Bank on Buffalo, Cold Spring Construction, County Line Stone, Doyle Security, Empire Building Diagnostics, MGA Research, Niagara Label, Niagara Specialty Metals, Perry’s Ice Cream and Whiting Door Manufacturing.