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State of the Town: Aurora Supervisor Shares Thoughts

State of the Town: Aurora Supervisor Shares Thoughts

by Adam Zaremski

Aurora Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe is surprised to find that she is already at the halfway point for her first term in office. She said the time has gone by quickly, but with much work and many challenges.

“We accomplished a lot. Not necessarily what I planned to get done, though I think I accomplished everything I set out to do,” she said.

Jeffe spoke with the East Aurora Advertiser about the past year and what she sees occurring in the next part of her term. Above all else, she wants to settle the issue of where the next town hall will be located, and thinks that once that is done the Town Board can begin to move onto other tasks, such as possibly consolidating the Tax Receiver’s Office with that of the town clerk, along with addressing the needs of the Aurora Town Public Library.

Mother of 3 Injured in Crash, Community Says Intersection Needs Changes

EAST AURORA, N.Y. - East Aurora Police say a Town of Holland woman was critically injured when the van she was driving was hit by a tractor trailer Tuesday morning.

Ann Sherry, 43, Holland, N.Y. , a mother of three was pulling out of Reiter Road at the intersection with Rt. 20A in East Aurora when the collision took place. She is listed in critical condition at ECMC. Her four-year-old son was in a car seat in the back seat of the van and not hurt. However, he was taken to Women and Childrens' Hospital as a precaution.  

The driver of the tractor trailer, James Chaney of Tennesee, was also not injured.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

County’s Minority Caucus Opposes Registration Fee on Bicycles

County’s Minority Caucus Opposes Registration Fee on Bicycles

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Legislature’s Minority Caucus Leader John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, announced on Tuesday that the Caucus submitted a resolution for the next Legislative session that opposes a proposed Assembly Bill to impose annual registration fees on bicycles.

Minority Leader Mills, and Legislators Lynne Dixon, Hamburg; Dino Fudoli, R-Lancaster; Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda; Edward Rath III, R-Amherst; and Ray Walter, R-Clarence, have signed on as cosponsors of the resolution and clocked it in for the Legislature’s March 17 session.

“This proposed fee would discourage residents of New York from using bicycles for low cost, environmentally friendly transportation. It also pushes another tax onto residents during a time when no new taxes should even be considered,” Minority Leader Mills said. “This is an outrageous proposal that must be opposed by our state leaders.”

Cuomo Proposes Cap on Superintendent Salaries

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation Monday that would cap school superintendents' salaries based on district enrollment, with a maximum salary of $175,000 a year.

The proposal sparked immediate opposition from superintendents and other school officials, who said the state gives local school districts the authority to set superintendents' salaries.

Cuomo said his plan would save about $15 million a year.

"We must wake up to the new economic reality that government must be more efficient and cut the cost of bureaucracy," he said in a statement.

Thirty-three percent of the state's superintendents, or 223, earn more than $175,000 a year, according to Cuomo's administration,  with the highest being the Syosset schools superintendent on Long Island who is paid $386,868.

Historic East Aurora Hockey Game In Jeopardy?

EAST AURORA, N.Y. - The rink made history once, but it may not have a chance to do it a second time.

The same rink that hosted the 2008 NHL Winter Classic game at Ralph Wilson stadium is now at an outdoor pavilion in East Aurora.

Aurora Ice Association, the youth hockey not-for-profit group which owns the historic rink, is planning to host a 25-hour hockey game next month to raise money for the community rink, which is self-financed. Organizers said the marathon game would be the first ever 25-hour-game in the United States.

But that game may never happen.

"And quite frankly, I think the complaints are exaggerated," said Aurora Ice Association President Tony DiFilippo IV.

The rink sits a few hundred yards away from a small neighborhood, where reaction to news of the planned marathon game, and the noise it could cause through the night, isn't all positive.

Village OKs Plan for Main Street Enhancements

Village OKs Plan for Main Street Enhancements

by Jeremy Morlock

New banners for Main Street, better parking on the Roycroft Campus, new signs welcoming visitors to East Aurora, improvements to local alleys—the East Aurora Village Board recently heard about these changes, which are to be paid for through the federal Transportation Enhancement Program. If all goes according to plan, the work will be completed by the fall.

East Aurora: Fisher Price & DreamWorks

EAST AURORA, NY-- East Aurora-based Fisher Price, a subsidiary of Mattel, has inked a new licensing deal with DreamWorks Animation Studios to produce toys based on the studio's popular figures in movies and TV shows.

Some of the toys will make their appearance at the Toy Fair 2011 which takes place this month in New York City.

The line includes the popular Penguins from the "Madagascar" movies and the Kung Fu Panda of TV and movie fame.

Fisher Price operates from its East Aurora headquarters where designers, engineers, and marketing staffers will be involved with the new toy line.