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INVITATION TO BID

Apple Blossom Apartments, Cheektowaga, NY

Bids are due by 1/22/2019 2:00 PM

Home Leasing Construction is soliciting final bid pricing for the New Construction of the Apple Blossom Apartments located at the DePaul Glenwell property 2224 & 2228 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. The project consists of two new 45,500 sf 40-unit three story buildings and one 15-unit addition to an existing 15 unit building which will be renovated.

This project is Sales Tax Exempt and is not subject to Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage Rates.

Home Leasing Construction is actively seeking M/WBE and SDVOB certified participation. Home Leasing Construction (“HLC”) recognizes that the opportunity for the participation in a free enterprise system by persons or groups traditionally, socially, and economically disadvantaged is essential to obtain social and economic equality. As such, HLC acknowledges the need to promote participation by minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (“M/WBE”) in contracts awarded as part of the Apple Blossom Apartment Project for DePaul. HLC further acknowledges the diverse community of the City of Buffalo, as reflected in its businesses and workforce labor. HLC strives to support business development and workforce diversification opportunities that the Apple Blossom Apartment Project may create, including the opportunity to encourage participation of these diverse individuals. Accordingly, HLC fosters and promotes the participation of M/WBE’s and women and minority workforce in all subcontracts for this Project.

Please indicate any and all M/WBE and SDVOB participation when submitting.

All applicable trades are urged to submit their bids to Home Leasing Construction. Please email all bids to christophersi@homeleasing.net

Project Schedule: Start December 2018 Finish November 2020

Plans and Specifications are available to download at Avalon Services at the designated Plan Room. Please see the link below to acquire the plans for review. http://www.avalonroch-planroom.com/

Please review the provided scopes of work when preparing your bids for our review.

Addendum #1 and #2 have been issued with the set of bidding documents. Please review all information provided.

Home Leasing Services Chris Silverthorn 585.944.4876 email: christophersi@homeleasing.net

  • The US Labor Department said thousands of staff are now applying for benefits 
  • Around 420,000 working without pay, and 380,000 more are home with no pay
  • Trump promised Wednesday employees will get backpayments when it ends 

Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight.

The U.S. Labor Department on Thursday reported that the number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits has jumped, from fewer than a thousand per week before the shutdown to more than 10,000 during the week that ended Jan. 5.

Trump signed legislation Wednesday to guarantee employees will be given back pay once the shutdown ends. But that also means those who obtain unemployment benefits to get by in the meantime will have to repay the money.

The Labor Department has said that federal employees who aren’t working during the shutdown can collect unemployment, while those who are on the job without pay cannot.

But the rules are being applied unevenly. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, for example, said the state will give benefits to people still on the job despite the federal guidance prohibiting it.

‘The good news is we’re going to do it, and shame on them,’ he told TSA workers during a visit Thursday to Sacramento International Airport.

He said workers in California’s employment development department may authorize benefits for federal employees who are still working and that he’s confident those workers will pay the state back.

The nearly 4-week-old stalemate over President Donald Trump’s demand for funding for a border wall affects about 800,000 employees. When it started, roughly 420,000 were told to work without being paid, and 380,000 others were sent home with no pay. Some of those numbers have shifted in the past week as agencies such as the IRS have called tens of thousands back to work.

The benefits rules made no sense to Charisma Banks, whose husband is deployed on a ship with the Coast Guard.

The Chesapeake, Virginia, mother of a 9-year-old boy called the state unemployment office to ask whether her husband could qualify for benefits. She was told no.

‘They’re like, `Here’s where it gets sticky: Even though he’s not getting a paycheck, he’s still employed,” she said.

    Recalling the more shocking activities he engaged in, Fallon joked that he “almost died” going 95 miles an hour on a zip line in the jungle.

    Jimmy Fallon visited the recovering island of Puerto Rico and documented his experience on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show. The impetus of the weekend trip was to raise relief money for artists affected by the hurricane in 2017.

    The episode opened with The Roots members Questlove and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter quizzing Fallon on his knowledge of Puerto Rico.

    The host shared that it’s an unincorporated territory of the United States, it’s approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Miami and that “it’s known locally as Borinquen from the indigenous Taino name Boriken, meaning ‘Land of the valiant Lord.'”

    Fallon continued to list off facts, including that Puerto Rico’s chief exports are rum, electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical equipment. “I can’t believe I forgot medical equipment. And, of course, canned tuna,” he shared. “Other than that, I don’t know much about Puerto Rico.”

    He then transported to Puerto Rico, where he explained that the show would take place on the island. “Even just walking around, you can feel the energy and spirit of this place. The history, the food, the music, the people. Puerto Rico is thriving and it’s open for business,” he said.

    While there, the host visited Lin-Manuel Miranda on set at the opening of Hamilton, in which Fallon donned full costume to perform “The Story of Tonight” from the Broadway hit — but with updated lyrics for The Tonight Show. The Hamilton cast also helped sing the late-night show’s theme.

    “There are friends who say ‘good luck,’ and there are friends who say, ‘Hold on. I’m coming with you,'” tweeted Miranda in reference to Fallon’s visit to his homeland.

    Fallon also took to the streets with Questlove, Black Thought and Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny to dance to the musician’s hit “MIA.” They were joined by a group of local residents and musicians waving Puerto Rican flags and playing instruments.

    Miranda and Fallon sat down on the Hamilton stage to speak about the string of performances in Puerto Rico, where Miranda praised the cast and Fallon praised the show itself. “It’s kind of poetic justice for it to come to Puerto Rico,” Fallon said. “There’s a song in this show called ‘Hurricane’ and I could barely get through it last night,” Miranda responded: “Never in a million years would I imagine it would resonate in this way,” he said of writing the song years ago.

    The interview focused on the importance of supporting Puerto Rico, specifically by taking advantage of small businesses. “We’re trying to promote tourism and people coming and visiting our island — not just sort of going to the hotels,” said Miranda. “Then also finding that local business that means something to you and supporting them while they’re here, cause they make Puerto Rico great.”

    Miranda later shared that the trip was the first time he has brought his children to the island. “They’re getting their real Puerto Rico life,” he shared.

    The actor also said that his four-year-old son Sebastian saw his full performance in Hamilton for the first time during the trip. “I prepped him. I was like, ‘Everything Daddy does on that stage is pretend. Kissing that lady, getting shot by that guy. That’s all pretend,'” he said. “We sort of talked through it, but he was really proud.”

    Later on, Fallon and Black Thought went down one of the longest zip lines in the world in the jungles of Puerto Rico, which travels at 95 miles an hour from an enormous height.

    Fallon shared that American Express donated $250,000 to the Hispanic Federation “to help small businesses get back on their feet.”

    The host encouraged viewers to visit hispanicfederation.org/donate to donate. “I also donated to Chef Jose Andres’ charity World Central Kitchen, which helps bring food and hope to communities,” he shared.

    The prerecorded clip concluded with Fallon encouraging viewers to visit Puerto Rico.

    Andres also joined Fallon to discuss Puerto Rico’s food, as well as his charity. The two visited El Rinconcito Latino in Pinones. “Everybody here, they are locals. So if you are a tourist and you want to become a local, you come here. And what do you do?” said the chef. “Two rum sours, please.”

    They ate alcapurria, which Andres referred to as “the essence of Puerto Rico.” The chef encouraged Fallon to observe, smell and admire the food before he took a bite. “You need to close your eyes before you bite into it,” he said. They finished the meal with rum sours.

    “Every chef in Puerto Rico has their own little secret ingredients from the island, ingredients from other parts of the world that became one,” said Andres. “Puerto Rico obviously developed their own cooking and to me today, the cooking of Puerto Rico is one of the most interesting cookings not only in America, but anywhere around the world.”

    They later took a stroll on the beach. While discussing the importance of small businesses, the chef opened up about his work with World Central Kitchen. He shared that following Hurricane Maria, he and a group of chef friends flew to Puerto Rico to open a kitchen that served free meals to anyone in need.

    “We went from one kitchen to 26. From 1,000 meals the first day to 150,000 meals a day,” he said. “At the end, the people of Puerto Rico fed Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico have the biggest heart I’ve ever seen in my entire life. They came together as one people and together they moved forward after the Maria Hurricane.”

    The episode concluded with a performance by Jose Feliciano and Ozuna. Before they took the stage, Fallon said that they would perform “a love song to Puerto Rico.” Watch their performance of “En Mi Viejo San Juan” below.

     

    WASHINGTON — Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday.

    It’s unclear just how many family separations occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border; immigration officials are allowed under longstanding policy to separate families under certain circumstances. Health and Human Services, the agency tasked with caring for migrant children, did not adequately track them until after a judge ruled that children must be reunited with their families, according to the report by the agency’s inspector general.

    Ann Maxwell, assistant inspector general for evaluations, said the number of children removed from their parents was certainly larger than the 2,737 listed by the government in court documents. Those documents chronicled separations that took place as parents were criminally prosecuted for illegally entering the country under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

    “It’s certainly more,” Maxwell said. “But precisely how much more is unknown.”

    Maxwell said investigators didn’t have specific numbers, but that Health and Human Services staff had estimated the tally to be in the thousands.

    Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who sued on behalf of a mother separated from her son, said the separation policy “was a cruel disaster from the start. This report reaffirms that the government never had a clear picture of how many children it ripped from their parents.”

    Most of the tens of thousands of children who come into government custody cross the border alone. But the report found that in late 2016, 0.3 percent of children turned over to Health and Human Services had crossed with a parent and were separated. By the summer of 2017, that percentage had grown to 3.6 percent, officials said. The watchdog did not give exact numbers, but the total number of migrant children who passed through the agency’s care during the 2017 budget year was 40,810. The separated children had already been released to sponsors, who are generally parents or other close relatives.

    The inspector general did not say why the children had been separated before the zero-tolerance policy. Immigration officials are allowed to take a child from a parent in certain cases — serious criminal charges against a parent, concerns over the health and welfare of a child or medical concerns. That policy has long been in place.

    Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for Homeland Security, said the report reinforced what officials have long said. “For more than a decade it was and continues to be standard for apprehended minors to be separated when the adult is not the parent or legal guardian, the child’s safety is at risk” or there’s a record of a “serious criminal activity by the adult,” she said.

    In some cases, however, Homeland Security officials said a parent had a criminal history but did not offer details on the crimes, the watchdog reported.

    The number of families coming across the border has grown even as overall illegal border crossings have decreased dramatically compared with historic trends. Over the past three months, families made up the majority of Border Patrol arrests.

    The Administration for Children and Families, the division under Health and Human Services that manages the care of unaccompanied minors, said it generally agreed with the findings and noted the report did not find that the agency lost track of children under its care. It also noted new policies were in place to help track newly separated children. And the court never instructed officials to determine the number of children separated before the June 26 ruling.

    Last spring, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said anyone caught crossing the border illegally would be criminally prosecuted. Families were brought into custody by U.S. Border patrol officials, then their parents taken to criminal court. If the parents were gone longer than 72 hours — the length of time Border Patrol is allowed to hold children — the children were transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services.

    The practice prompted an outcry, with church groups and lawmakers calling the separations inhumane. Trump ordered an end to the separations on June 20. At the time, a federal judge who was already hearing the case of a mother separated from her son ruled that children must be reunited with their parents. Since the court order, 118 children have been separated.

    Despite “considerable” effort by Health and Human Services to locate all the children placed in its care, the report said officials were still finding new cases as long as five months after the judge’s order requiring reunifications.

    “There is even less visibility for separated children who fall outside the court case,” investigators concluded.

    They said it’s not clear the system put in place to track separated children is good enough. And the lack of detail from immigration authorities continues to be an issue.

    The border remains a crucible for the Trump administration, with a partial government shutdown that has dragged on nearly a month over the president’s demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall that congressional Democrats are unwilling to provide.

    The inspector general’s office was also looking into other aspects of the separations, including the health and mental well-being of the children who had been separated. It expects to have other reports on the topic.

    Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he would hold the government accountable in the matter. “The Trump administration, with its unique blend of incompetence, cruelty, and disregard for basic decency, misled the American public on one of its most heinous policies to date,” he said in a statement.

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