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As Winter Storm Season Approaches, Be Ready for Emergency Situations

As Winter Storm Season Approaches, Be Ready for  Emergency Situations

Safety is Top Priority in All Emergencies; National Grid Follows Well-Tested Plans for Restoration


National Grid crews prepare for winter storms all year round by taking part in drills and familiarizing themselves with time-tested emergency restoration plans. As the season approaches, the company urges its customers to also prepare for possible storms and power outages,  as well as learning important safety tips in case of an unexpected event.

NYSERDA To Winterize Your Home

NYSERDA To Winterize Your Home

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is taking initiatives to make WNY homes more energy efficient this winter.

By offering up a contractor in WNY to do a walk through at local homes, or to walk through their pretend home at a training center, NYSERDA looks to offer tips on how to winterize your home to save the environment and your wallet. 

For more information visit www.getenergysmart.org.

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 primarily as a research and development center whose main aim was to reduce the State’s petroleum consumption.  Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.





National Grid Grant Assists Expansion Plans

National Grid Grant Assists  Expansion Plans

National Grid today awarded a $250,000 grant from its Strategic Economic Development Outreach program to Unifrax to assist in that company’s $6.9 million expansion project that was recently completed at its Tonawanda facility.  The economic development grant was an influential factor for Unifrax for selecting the Tonawanda site for the expansion as various other international and domestic locations also were considered.

“National Grid is pleased that our investment in Unifrax will help retain 144 good jobs in the region,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid in Western New York.  “The opportunity to help a company strengthen its market position and solidify its operations in Western New York were key factors we considered in awarding this grant.” 

Drop-off program at Kenmore Mercy Hospital provides medication disposal alternative

For the second year in a row, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, in conjunction with Catholic Health Go Green and Erie County is hosting a drive-through Community Pharmaceutical Drop-Off program for unused household medications on Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Area residents are encouraged to bring their expired, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to the hospital, located at 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore, for proper disposal. Participants should drive to the rear of the hospital near the Medical Staff Building where their materials will be processed by Catholic Health System Pharmacy staff, University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy interns and pharmacists from the Western New York Society of Health System Pharmacists. All unwanted medications will be disposed of at Covanta Energy’s incineration facilities in Niagara Falls.

Saturday is 'Electronic Recycling Day' in Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, reminds residents to gather all unwanted computer and electronic items for an Electronic Recycling Day planned for Saturday.

Sponsored by Erie County, General Motors and UAW, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #5, 280 Vulcan St., between Niagara Street/River Road and Kenmore Avenue.

Items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, and printers/scanners. Also, cell phones, iPods, VCRs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries and universal power supplies.

Televisions will be accepted for a $5 charge. Participants may be required to verify that materials are generated by households.

Clean Air Coalition Supports New EPA Action

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Tonawanda Coke to comply with the Clean Water Act after finding elevated levels of cyanide in Tonawanda’s sanitary sewer system, according to a statement released by the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York on Thursday.

Cyanide is a toxic chemical compound, and excessive amounts may adversely impact human health, fish and wildlife. The EPA has mandated the company install pollution controls, improve monitoring and provide additional information about the operations at the facility.

“When I heard the news this morning, I was sickened,” said Jennifer Ratajczak, a Clean Air Coalition member and Tonawanda resident. “When I walk my dogs down by the River, I always see community members fishing and wading in the water.  It’s horrifying to know there are toxic chemicals lurking in the water due to Tonawanda Coke.”

Money for Tonawanda Island Rehab

Ed Alkiewicz, director of Relicensing and Implementation for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), recently presented a check for $330,985 from the Greenway Ecological Fund to Julie Barrett O’Neill, executive director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

The money will be used by the Niagara Riverkeeper to improve the habitat on Tonawanda Island, returning the area to a more natural state. 

Under the commitments made in conjunction with its Niagara Power Project operating license, NYPA pledged to contribute a total of $450 million for Greenway development over the period of the project’s 50-year license.  As part of that agreement, NYPA provides the Greenway Ecological Fund with $1 million annually.