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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminds taxpayers –Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminds taxpayers –Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket

February 2014

                                      Federal and State Tax Credits can add up – See if you qualify

If you worked in the past year and earned $52,000 or less, you can get your taxes filed for free and you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Everyone who qualifies should take advantage of the tax credits available to them.  That is why I am pleased that the Erie County Clerk’s Office is once again partnering with the United Way CASH Program to assist taxpayers file accurate state and federal returns.  All of the credits have one thing in common, you cannot receive them if you do not file your tax return   A tax credit puts extra money in your pocket.  

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

 

Aren't all drug-related deaths tragic? If so, why do we as a community and a nation tend to ignore the 38,000 overdose deaths in the United State each year until it claims the life of someone with celebrity status? Whether it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman dying of a heroin overdose or Whitney Houston from cocaine abuse, is their life more important than the life of your friend, relative or neighbor who may have also succumbed to drugs?

Perhaps the media coverage of Hoffman’s recent passing is a good thing. We need to shine a spotlight on the drug epidemic that is sweeping through Western New York right now, paying no attention to the social status of the victims in its path. 

This Day In History: January 1

 

 

153 BC –          Roman Consuls begin their year in office

404 BC –          Last Gladiator competition in Rome

New York State Thruway Offers Free Coffee New Year's Eve Until 7am Wed.

Albany, NY -  A nearly half century tradition continues this morning as free coffee and hot tea will be available to travelers along the New York State Thruway this morning.

 

The free beverages will be available at each of the 27 Thruway travel plazas, along the 570-mile superhighway system, from 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, through 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Christmas Cheer: Funny Christmas Carols

Christmas Cheer: Funny Christmas Carols

From the guy who brought you Anti-Valentine Music – Funny Christmas Tunes:

“12 Redneck Days of Christmas” (Redneck Version) Jeff Foxworthy http://youtu.be/UBKGoj7nKAw

Cheech and Chong – Santa and His Old Lady -http://youtu.be/XSH9ryRzHQ4

“Cold-Blooded Christmas” / John Lajoie

“Here’s Your Sign” – Christmas Version: Bill Envall  http://youtu.be/5VuN4P7897k

'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer' /  Elmo and Patsy

“O Holy Night” / South Park: http://youtu.be/MA_foybUBk8

“Rusty Chevrolet” Da Yoopers ; http://youtu.be/50IgzksUqpQ

'The Night Santa Went Crazy' / Weird Al Yankovic   : http://youtu.be/HTGlUMvbhSw

'The Twelve Pains of Christmas' / Bob Rivers : http://youtu.be/AcNU6atT0-k

'Walkin' 'Round in Women's Underwear' /  Bob Rivers : http://youtu.be/wn6HI5JQBhQ

New York State Troopers and MADD Promote Red Ribbon Week

New York State Troopers and MADD Promote Red Ribbon Week

Albany, NY - (Release)  New York State Troopers and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) have announced the annual kick off of their "Red Ribbon Week" camapign.

"The New York State Thruway Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will begin handing out 65,000 red ribbons at locations across New York State on Friday, December 27, to mark the annual campaign aimed at preventing drunk driving. " states New York State Trooper Major Evelyn P.Mallard in a release.

The red ribbon campaign is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. In addition to participating in the ribbon handout, the Thruway Authority will be posting MADD’s reminder to "Drive Safely, Stay Sober" on message boards throughout the Thruway system from Friday, December 27 to Monday, December 30. 

NCSD: Christmas Barn Fire Keeps Wolcottsville and Terry's Corners Busy

NCSD: Christmas Barn Fire Keeps Wolcottsville and Terry's Corners Busy
Lockport, NY-  Niagara County Sheriff's Department reports that on On Wednesday, December 25th, their office received a 911 call of a barn fire at 7954 Simms Road in the Town of Royalton. 
"Upon arrival patrol units observed the barn fully engulfed. Rapids Fire Company along with Wolcottsville and Terrry’s Corners Fire Companies responded to extinguish the fire. No occupants or animals were inside the barn when the fire started. " acording to release. The barn was estimated to be a total loss stated the Sheriff's Department. The investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Origin and Cause Unit.