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2018-01-31 / Letters to the Editor

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ROAD UPDATE — Erie County Legislator Ed Rath recently wrote a letter to Erie County Department of Public Works Commissioner Bill Geary asking for an update on the status of Goodrich Road construction and its current condition.

In the letter, Rath asks for an updated timeline for the remaining project as well as a public discussion and prioritization in 2018 for the densely populated section of Goodrich Road. He also requested widening the shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians attempting to get to the bike path for recreation before someone gets injured.

“Work commenced in 2016 on Goodrich Road and portions of the road are still in dangerous shape,” wrote Rath. “I drove down the road this week to check-in on the condition and was shocked. You literally need to leave the lane to safely maneuver stretches, which only creates more danger for drivers.”

Rath concluded, “I’m hopeful the Department of Public Works can provide a valuable update for residents and can at the least offer a temporary solution to the road conditions.”

Rath also asked for an update on any street patching or remedial work to be done before full reconstruction to make the road temporarily safer.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BUFFALO GRANT— The Junior League of Buffalo has awarded a Community Assistance Small Grant in the amount of $7,000 to the Family Justice Center of Erie County.

The Junior League of Buffalo Community Assistance Small Grant program supports nonprofit organizations that are directly engaged in Western New York addressing a demonstrated need in the community, have the potential to impact a significant number of community members, and will contribute in a substantial way to the quality of life in WNY.

The Small Grants program awarded the grant to the Family Justice Center’s project that will directly engage and support the Junior League of Buffalo’s Community Impact focus area.

The purpose and mission of the Family Justice Center is to deliver comprehensive client services by its staff and partners to address offender accountability, safety, healing and prevention to enable clients and their children to break the cycle and live free from domestic violence with more promise and hope for a successful future.

The $7,000 grant will be used to repair, remodel and restock the children’s play area in the Family Justice Center’s downtown location. The hope is to create a safe, stimulating environment for all children who visit the center. Last year, the Family Justice Center of Erie County saw more than 2,000 clients annually. Approximately 80 percent of those clients had children with them.

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT— The state Department of Taxation and Finance reminds New York taxpayers to check their eligibility for the earned income tax credit. The EITC can reduce the amount of taxes owed or provide a substantial tax refund, potentially worth several thousand dollars, for lower-income workers. EITCs are refundable federal, state and New York City credits for working taxpayers.

For further information, contact an NYS Tax Department representative at 518-457-5181.

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