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Buffalo, NY– This week Mayor Byron W. Brown joined other elected officials who are members of the Cities for Action network in submitting written comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in opposition of the proposed Public Charge rule.

USCIS has proposed changes to its Public Charge rule which would allow denial of some status applications to immigrants who are likely to become a public charge.  The rule change would define use of certain public benefits as factors in USCIS decisions to grant or deny future immigrants an opportunity to become permanent residents.

“It is our position that the proposed rule would pressure immigrants and their families to forgo enrolling in vital programs such as nutrition assistance, health coverage and housing that their families are eligible for and need,” Mayor Brown wrote in his opposing comments. “Because the rules for determining whether someone is a “public charge” are technical and the circumstances under which such a determination is made are often confusing, the number of low-income immigrant families that choose not to receive benefits would likely exceed by a sizable amount the number that would ultimately be subject to a “public charge” determination.”

Mayor Brown’s written comment was submitted with information about how this rule could affect individuals in need, especially when their children are present in the U.S. and eligible for local resources.

The written comment can be viewed in full at Regulations.gov and is the Mayor’s second submission concerning the proposed rule.  In October of this year, he signed on to a U.S. Conference of Mayors letter in opposition to the proposed rule.

The comment period for the proposed rule ended, Monday, December 10, 2018.

 

Buffalo, NY– Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) is seeking college students to serve as unpaid interns for the 2017 summer and fall semesters.

Interns will assist the elected legislators and their support staff during the regular session of the Erie County Legislature for college credit and/or for experience, and will be expected to complete 15 hours of service a week. Interviews will be scheduled with prospective intern candidates; women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

           The desired intern qualifications are:

·         A strong desire to learn public policy and the legislative process;

·         Written communication skills;

·         Analytical and research skills;

·         Strong work ethic;

·         Ability to handle a fast-paced environment.

Duties may include assisting staff in the day-to-day operations within the Legislative offices; answering inquiries by phone and through written communications and email; preparing some of the following: letters, memos, certificates, resolutions, proclamations or reports; assisting with research assignments and special projects; attending meetings or community events; filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.

Students meet weekly with legislators, department heads, and various committee members to deepen their understanding of all components of local government. Students interact with County officials as they learn about the function of county government, the procedures for introducing new legislation, and the roles of the various departments in each branch. Interns will be supervised by a legislative staff person and will be assigned to either subject-oriented committees or to the offices of staff.

For more information, please contact intern program coordinator, Tamell Walker, at 858-8853 or tamell.walker@erie.gov .

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations – 2015 Theme: “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” 

Listing of Events:

Wednesday , September 23. 12 Noon

@ Buffalo Central Library

Bring US Your History Project

Thursday, September 24, 12 Noon

@ Buffalo Central Library  (” Nuestra America”)

Dr. Henry Taylor, UB Professor

5:30pm, ” Latino American Documentary”

Dr. Tamara Alsace & Gary Ross

Friday, September 25, HHM Film Festival@ PUCHOS

7pm: Like Water for Chocolate

10:pm Juan of the Dead

 Saturday, September 26, 7:30pm 

@ LP Ciminelli Recital Hall Buffalo State College- ” Cuarto Bravo – Tango”

Sunday, September 27, 11am

@ Science Museum – ” Hispanic Cuisine Demonstration”

Tuesday, September 29, 6pm

@ Niagara Branch Library- ” Latino American Documentary”:

Friday, October 2, 7pm,  Salsa for a Cure @ Pucho’s “Benefit for Roswell Park Cancer Institute”

Thursday, October 15, 5pm

@ Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy PS#76 “Commemoration of Pioneers to Bilingual Education Buffalo Public Schools”

Saturday, October 17, 11am

@ Botanical Gardens
“Family Fun Day, Arts, Crafts and Music”

ALL EVENTS FREE OF CHARGE

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