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At the link below, you can see the coverage of WBEN AM of the Press Conference at Amherst Town Hall calling for the Town Supervisor and the Amherst Town Board to be transparent about their plans for the Westwood and Audubon areas.

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From NYS Senator Ed Rath:

Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to update you on new legislation I have introduced in the New York State Senate. The bill, S.4691, will establish the “Save our Small Businesses Grant Program.” The program would be funded through the State’s Regional Economic Development Councils. The Councils would also help facilitate and implement the program.

Hair salons, bowling alleys, restaurants, and many small businesses are struggling at no fault of their own. That is why, aiding our small businesses and helping our communities come back stronger is critically important. This bill will help provide much needed financial support for our struggling businesses and strengthen our economy. The small businesses impacted have been a part of our communities for years and deserve our support. We need to help our businesses reopen and rehire as the COVID restrictions begin to lift.

The bill has been submitted to the State Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Businesses for consideration. I will be sure to keep you up to date on any progress being made in passing this crucial legislation.

As always for the most up to date information on everything happening in the New York State Senate, be sure to connect with me on Facebook at

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This year started off with my swearing in as a State Senator. As I have said many times, I could not have done this without all of you.

I wanted to take a minute to update you on what has been happening in Albany. The 2021 Legislative Session began with a flurry of legislative activity. Bills regarding elections and voting were brought up the first day of legislative session. I had many concerns with these bills including the lack of thought given to the financial burden being placed on our counties. These bills will be detrimental to our local governments and boards of election. I voiced my concerns on the floor of the Senate. Unfortunately, the bills were passed anyway, many of which will raise taxes on our already struggling residents. Simply put, these bills are nothing more than partisan politics.

This cannot continue to happen. There is a blatant disregard for residents and our communities. I have been working to reach out to our state and local stakeholders to get their insight and work to find real solutions. We must continue to voice our concerns, even if they fall on deaf ears.

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