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Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Erie County, NY- Chris Jacobs is ending his first year as County Clerk earning $2.1 million dollars extra for Erie County taxpayers he announced today. “This additional money does not stay with the Clerk’s Office but goes into the County’s General Fund,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs credits the implementation of management reforms that resolved the massive paperwork backlog he inherited in the Land Records Division, which resulted in depositing over $3 million dollars in un-cashed checks. Additionally, the surplus was helped by a robust real estate market and a stepped up campaign to urge Erie County residents to renew their automobile registrations locally to keep critical fee revenue in Erie County versus it all going to Albany.

Live with Guantanamo Bay: 11 Years Later

Live with Guantanamo Bay: 11 Years Later

"On January 11, 2002, the first of nearly 800 prisoners was sent to the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Images of these men shackled, wearing orange boiler suits, goggled and masked shocked the world. Eleven years on, 166 prisoners remain in captivity - all without due process. Join us remembering their stories and continuing the quest for justice against the world’s most notorious prison system."  

- Cage Prisoners, 2013

On January 10, 2013, Cage Prisoners interviewed six former Guantanamo detainees: Bisher Al-Rawi, Shafiq Rasul, Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal, Tarek Dergoul, and Omar Deghayes.

Live Interviews

City Comptroller Deplores Accounting Dodge

City Comptroller Deplores Accounting Dodge

A Statement Released by Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder

Yearly use of fund balance to fill budget gap is unsustainable, according to comptroller

While Buffalo continues reduce its debt burden and has a healthy fund balance, decreasing revenue and the yearly use of reserves to plug budget gaps could cause problems down the road, said Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder upon releasing the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year spanning July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

To Vote Or Not To Vote 2012



“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” - Leonardo da Vinci


We have heard the speeches, read the articles and sat by the television as numerous candidates, including the current President, promised the American people, as well as the world, better days ahead.

This is nothing new.  In America, a Presidential election is held every four years.  Why are the 2012 elections any different than the rest?

There are diverse opinions of why "this" candidate is better, or that viewpoint is "not suitable", however, I ask you, dear reader:

  • Do you know anything about who you are voting for?
  • Are you aware of what they stand for, not just one cause but all causes?
  • Do you research the history of each candid

The History and Plight of the Rohingyas: Burma

The History and Plight of the Rohingyas: Burma

History of the Rohingyas from Restless Beings.Org

The Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted communities in the world. Although, they have been living in the state of Arakan since the 8th century (which is now part of Burma), the Rohingyas have been under extreme scrutiny by the Burmese government. They haven't been recognised as citizens of The Union of Burma since Burmese independence in 1948, instead they are known as 'non citizens'.

The Burmese Junta have discriminated the Rohingya because:

  • They are not similar in looks
  • Speak a different language 
  • Have a different religion. 

As a means of clamping down on the Rohingya, the Junta have restricted even the most basic of rights such as education, marriage and citizenship.

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the people of Egypt led a campaign of non violent civil resistance against the 30 year regime of dictator, President Hosni Mubarak.

Hany Ghoraba, a journalist, businessman and political analyst in Cairo, describes on live audio, the years preceding, during and up to present Egypt, focusing on The Egyptian Revolution:


Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

 

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian activist, public speaker and advocate of non violent resistance,  shared his account through photos HERE.