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2017-12-27 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
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HEAP OUTREACH — The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus recently announced that Home Energy Assistance Program outreaches will be held throughout the county to assist residents in need this winter. Those attending do not have to live in the specific municipality hosting the outreach,

Interviews will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. on the scheduled dates. All applicants will be interviewed.

HEAP is a federally funded program to assist income-eligible Erie County residents with the costs of home heating, electricity and energy conservation. The HEAP outreach will be administered by the Erie County departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income-eligible households.

According to Legislator Edward Rath, a HEAP outreach will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence.

PISTOL PERMITS — County Clerk Mickey Kearns recently announced changes to the pistol permit application process.

The Erie County Pistol Permit Office is experiencing a higher-than-average volume of customers, due to the NY SAFE Act’s recertification deadline. Effective immediately, those wishing to apply for a pistol permit will need to schedule an appointment.

People looking to apply for a permit are asked to call the Erie County Clerk’s office at 858-8866 and provide their name, address and phone number. The applicant will then be mailed an application and followed up with to schedule an appointment to begin the process.

According to Kearns, the new requirement under the NY SAFE Act is causing high stress in the pistol permit office. To ease the wait times for both the pistol permit applicants and the permit holders using the office for quick transactions and modifications to their permit, the clerk’s office decided to adjust the permit application process.

The one-on-one service for permit applicants, says Kearns, will help to ensure that any errors in the application are caught early on, expediting individuals getting through the permit process.

People who already have a completed permit application must call the Erie County Clerk’s Office to schedule an appointment to come in. This new application process will be in effect through the state recertification time period.

REVERSING THE STIGMA — The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has announced that the documentary “Reversing the Stigma” is now available to view on YouTube.

The film highlights the work being done in New York state to combat addiction and reminds viewers that addiction is a chronic disease that is treatable.

The film, narrated by television journalist Laurie Dhue, profiles multiple people, in various stages of recovery, who share their stories and experiences.

The film also features interviews with New Yorkers in recovery, care professionals and state leaders. The documentary also examines the stigma surrounding treatment and recovery, and the steps the state is taking to address addiction and support people whose lives it has touched.

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