Save the Date! 9th Annual Dinner May 3rd!

 

Nominations Open for the 2018 Annual Awards!

Each year our organization recognizes the work of our members and supporters at our Annual Dinner. Our work is based on the principle that no one can accomplish anything alone. We work with many people in many neighborhoods who deserve recognition. Who should we shine the light on this year?  Make your nomination today!



Strategic Plan (Almost) Finished!

After over a year of discussions, readings, and debate we’re finally getting close to finishing our 5-year Strategic Plan to put before our Board of Directors.  Our draft plan was created through:

  • numerous discussions and evaluations by our strategic planning committee,
  • a membership survey to assess the organizations strengths, growing edges, and potential 5 year goals,
  • interviews with staff, members, current and past board members to learn what people have been thinking about the direction of the organization, current challenges and strengths of both our front line work and work behind the scenes,
  • interviews with a number of local organizations who share some similar aims and desired outcomes,
  • 2 strategic planning retreats with campaign leaders, staff and board members about how to answer some of the key questions that have surfaced, and how we can ensure that the organization is living up to its values,
  • Hours of conversation between the staff and board executive committee to wordsmith and revise our draft planning document.

And now we are almost finished!

Before we get there, however, we’d like to open another opportunity for members to come together and offer some insight prior to finalizing our plan.  We will be hosting a conference call on Monday, March 19th from 5:30-6:30pm to discuss how the direction of our strategic plan aligns with member’s vision of the organization and the work that needs to happen to achieve a world where our environment promotes health and equity and where systems place communities at the forefront of decision making.

To RSVP to this call, email Rebecca@cacwny.org with the subject “Strategic Plan RSVP” by March 16th to receive the call in information. If you RSVP and are a member in good-standing, you’ll be sent a CONFIDENTIAL draft of the Strategic Plan to review before the call so that you can join with thoughtful responses. You are also welcome to call to RSVP at 716-852-3813 (ask for Rebecca).

SUGGESTED READINGS TO GET THINKING LONG TERM….

(The following readings may help shape thinking on how Clean Air can move forward in the long term)

A Brief History of Environmental Justice (video)

Demand Everything: Lessons of the Transformative Organizing Model 

Transformative Organizing: Towards Liberation of Self and Society

 



Towards Energy Democracy – Workshop February 22nd!

From energy access and community owned solar to workers’ rights, people across the world are taking back power over the energy sector,  re-imagining how energy might be produced, distributed and used. Join us to learn from leaders across the state on approaches to make our energy system renewable, equitable, accountable and local.

This two hour, interactive workshop will cover the basics of the traditional energy system, who has benefited from our system and who has been harmed, an introduction to community solar and an overview of on the ground, real world examples of how communities have shifted renewable projects to be more equitable and democratic.

Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8pm 

The American Legion  Brounshidle Post  

3354 Delaware Ave. in Kenmore
Light refreshments will be provided. 

 

Trainers include:

Adam Flint currently serves as Southern Tier (NY) Solar Works Program Manager for the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, which he co-founded in 2008. From 2011-2013 he ran the Energy Leadership Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, where Adam also coordinated the Southern Tier Regional Green Jobs Green New York Outreach effort which led the state in home audits and retrofits. He has worked as an educator in the Southern Tier for more than twenty years, including more than a decade in higher education, serving on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hartwick College and as a lecturer in Environmental Studies at Binghamton University. Adam is a founding member of the NY Energy Democracy Alliance, currently serving on the steering committee. He works on NY State energy policy, particularly in relation to the ‘Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)’ and related proceedings, and coordinates COSHARE, the Community Owned Shared Renewables Group on behalf of the Alliance. He is also a founding member of the Tier Energy Network of the Southern Tier.
Shiva Prakash is an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) where her work centers on addressing the legal barriers to community-owned renewable energy and other climate justice and energy democracy oriented campaigns in New York City and State. Before joining NYLPI, Shiva completed legal internships at the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Conservation Law Foundation, and a judicial internship with the Honorable Judge Thompson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to her legal career, Shiva worked at New Ecology Inc., a Boston-based non-profit, where she was a project manager on affordable and public housing projects incorporating energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, and other aspects of environmentally sustainable and socially conscious design. Shiva received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar, a Master’s in City Planning (MCP) specializing in Housing, Community, and Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a B.S. in Economics also from MIT.

 

Kelly Roache currently works as Senior Program Manager, Solstice. Kelly has years of experience working as an organizer and advocate for social justice and human rights in the U.S. and abroad. Formerly with the US State Department, she helped achieve a humanitarian evacuation in Syria, advanced the U.S.-India bilateral relationship, and led an Ambassador-level review and overhaul of the goals and objectives of the U.S. Embassy to the UAE. Kelly spearheaded a campaign to divest Princeton University’s endowment from corporations complicit in human rights violations in the Middle East, which won majority support among the student body. She has likewise organized for LGBTQ+ rights in New Jersey for over a decade. At Solstice, Kelly harnesses this same passion for equity to expand community solar energy access and affordability, in particular to low-income and environmental justice communities. She also serves on the Steering Committee and chairs the Policy and Intersectionality Working Group and of the NY Energy Democracy Alliance. Kelly is a Co-Founder of Symbiosis, a confederation of grassroots groups building a direct democratic, ecological society from the ground up. She also sits on Solstice’s Board of Directors. Kelly earned her BA cum laude and an MPA, both from Princeton University.



Clean Air Annual Meeting Saturday, February 3rd

What a year it has been at Clean Air! Our organization has made a tremendous impact in our communities and, most likely, right in your own neighborhood. We’ve won a commitment from the DEC to begin cleaning up the former American Axle site on East Delavan, which has been leaking PCBs for more than 20 years. We engaged with 1,000 residents and workers to create Tonawanda Tomorrow, a comprehensive economic development plan to rebuild Tonawanda’s economy following the Huntley coal plant closure. And we facilitated a second round of participatory budgeting in Buffalo’s Niagara District. These are just a few among many highlights.

Now, it’s time to celebrate another year of exciting victories and developments at Clean Air. Without the investment and work by members — and the belief in the power and possibility of organizing our communities — none of our work in 2017 could have been possible.

Join us at our Annual Meeting to celebrate these successes and prepare for another year of smart, grassroots organizing. Our membership and partners from across the region will come together to learn from each other, and share their successes and challenges from the past year. Our meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend, however only members are able to vote on this year’s incoming board of directors. If you wish to become a member, or renew your membership – do so online today or call our office at 716-852-3813.

The member meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 11am to 1:30 p.m at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, UB Gateway Room – 77 Goodell St. in Buffalo. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available by request (Call Rebecca at 716-862-3813 by January 22nd to request).

CLEAN AIR 2018 BOARD CANDIDATES SLATE

All board members serve 3 year terms. Board members fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • To provide guidance and assistance in implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization
  • To fundraise and build organizational capacity
  • To evaluate the Executive Director
  • To participate actively on at least one board committee; events, personnel, finance or sustainability and attend organizational events and membership meetings as able

New Board Candidates (the following board candidates are up for their first three year term)

Andre Mayes Andre is a lifelong resident of the City of Buffalo. Andre was born on the east side, raised in Allentown and currently resides on the west side with his wife Sara. Andre is eager to learn more about grassroots organizing, fundraising, and how he can apply his skills and passion to build power in his community.  An avid musician, he is the lead singer of the band Electric Salmon. He currently works as a Sheet Metal CAD Designer for JW Danforth and is a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 71.

Nick Reed Nick has been a member of Clean Air since 2015. Nick has played an active role working for a Just Transition in Tonawanda in the wake of the Huntley coal plant closure, and has supported members organizing in Seneca Babcock for the enforcement of Battaglia Recycling. An active member of the Labor movement for 11 years, Nick has a background in health, safety and chemistry and wants to bring his expertise to affect positive changes in the communities that both he and our membership live and work. Nick formally worked at Honeywell as a Research Technician and currently works as Occupational Safety and Health Specialist at the Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA). Nick is a resident of Grand Island where he lives with his wife and two children.

Returning Board Candidates (the following board candidates are up for a second three year term)

Lindsday Amico Lindsay Amico grew up in the City of Tonawanda and now lives in Buffalo, NY. She’s been involved with Clean Air since 2010, originally working on campaigns such as Tonawanda Coke and the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process for the Tonawanda Coke criminal fines in 2014. Lindsay has served as the Vice President of the board for the last two years and headed up our Buffalo Brunch Fundraiser this past fall. Lindsay graduated from Northeastern University with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is passionate about environmental justice and social equity and strives to create change locally. She currently works as a Youth Coordinator at Tobacco-Free Erie Niagara at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where she organizes youth to fight big tobacco and prevents young people from starting to smoke. She’s also a life and wellness coach and loves to read and practice yoga.

Thomas Roulley Thomas Roulley has been on the Board of Directors at Clean Air for the past three years, served as board Treasurer for the past two, and is current chair of Sustainability Fund Committee. An active member of Communication Workers of America (CWA), he serves as the Political and Legislative Committee Chairman for Local 1122 and the Treasurer and Political and Legislative Committee Chairman for the Western New York CWA Council where he coordinates CWA’s Western New York endorsements and the E.J. Mays Scholarship Fund. Tom also acts as Treasurer and Niagara County area Chair for the Western New York chapter of the Working Families Party, which fights for progressive legislation and policies across New York State.  He is on the board of the George J. Woloszyn Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Tom was born and raised in Niagara Falls and now lives in Lewiston.

Catherine Zweig Cathy has been a supporter of Clean Air since 2013, and a board member for the past three years. Cathy grew up in a family with autoimmune disorders and asthma and has been concerned about the impact of pollution on human health and the environment for a long time. Cathy currently works as a social worker providing therapy to people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other anxiety problems at the Erie County Medical Center’s outpatient behavioral health program on Main Street in Buffalo. She has a Masters of Arts in psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW-R). Experienced in board governance, she is a former board member of the Prochoice Network, Mercy Hall, Pick of the Crop Dance, and the Aurora Waldorf School. Cathy is the mom of three children and is honored to be a part of Clean Air.

 



City of Buffalo Proposal Day!

The City of Buffalo is hosting it’s first ever Budget Proposal Day where residents are invited to speak on their proposals for the $500 Million Dollar City Budget! This is the first time in city history where the public has been invited to influence the budget before it’s created!
Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, and bring your proposal on how the City of Buffalo should be spending our $500 Million Dollar budget.
The open hearing will take place Tuesday, January 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at City Hall (65 Niagara Sq.) in Council Chambers (13th Floor).
If you have questions or would like to know more about how the city spends our tax dollars call Brian at 716-852-3813


$25K in 25 Days!!!

This is it! Today we launch our $25K in 25 Days Campaign!

This past year, Clean Air members consistently came together across lines of difference to organize our communities and make sure that we are building a world we all want to live in. Our campaigns have had to face shifting policies, the threat of dismantlement of the EPA and other agencies we rely on to enforce laws, and much more. And yet, we continue to win major environmental justice and public health victories for our neighborhoods.

Given this political moment, here are a few things we can all be proud of this year:

 

  • In Tonawanda, 1,000 residents and workers came together to create Tonawanda Tomorrow, a comprehensive economic development plan to rebuild Tonawanda’s economy in the wake of the Huntley Coal Plant closure. The plan lays out a vision and action steps to rebuild and shore up the revenue gap left by the plant’s retirement. Our work on a just energy transition was featured nationally by Grist, Mother Jones and Bill Moyers – lifting up the stories of our members and partners in organized labor.

 

  • Despite the fact that Participatory Budgeting was not included in the City of Buffalo’s 2017 budget, our PB steering committee adapted and facilitated a second round of Participatory Budgeting in the city’s Niagara District. This effort funded projects like technology upgrades and snow plows for community centers. More than 250 residents participated in this process. By developing projects, meeting with decision makers, designing outreach materials, speaking with the press, running polling sites, and voting, they directly decided on where a portion of their tax dollars are being spent in their neighborhoods.

2017 was a landmark year for our community and for our country. It will certainly go on record as one of the most challenging years in recent history – the changing of federal administrations has affected every neighborhood in different ways. We are at a critical point. The current political climate leaves us fighting many battles and facing continued threats that directly impact our ability to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities. Clean Air believes that we need to continue to invest in community controlled, democratic institutions that build our people’s capacity for self-governance. We are dedicated to doing this by knocking on the doors of people we don’t know, meeting one on one with strangers, and bringing working class people together to share problems, find solutions, and take action to demand change! 



Help us make that 25K goal, and give as generously as you can today!

And if you believe that we need institutions and community that is built to last and ready to respond through changes and political shifts  –  make a sustaining monthly commitment!

 

Thank you for your vision, your hopefulness and your generosity!

Love,

The Clean Air Team

Rebecca, Natasha & Brian



Free Rides to Polls for Voters this Election Day!

A partnership between Clean Air, Community Power for Health and Justice, and Liberty Cab can help!  On November 7th the Liberty Cab Company will provide any Erie County resident a ride to and from their polling place free of charge. This is the second year that Liberty Cab has partnered up with us to drive voters to the polls. Last year, phones rang off the hook with voters requesting rides almost every two minutes.

“We know the importance that transportation access has in taking part in democracy. Transportation has always been a second thought with everything we do here in Western New York. It really should be part of the planning process. There’s a lot of people including seniors who want to exercise their right to vote,” said Bill Yuhnke, of Liberty Cab “We can’t let lack of transportation stop people from taking part in this process.”

But there is more to this project than just providing a free ride. Many our our members complain of big money and the corrupting of large donations to elected officials. The project aims improve voter turnout and engage with communities to combat the undue influence of money in our political system.

The more obstacles put in the way of voter participation the less people vote and hold elected officials accountable. In New York we have seen this in the form restricting early voting, and inaccessible polling centers. With less people participating in the political process, elected become more accountable to their donors rather than their constituents. The Liberty Ride to Vote project aims to counteract the effects of big money in politics by overcoming the obstacle of transportation to the polls.

Each voter who shows up diminishes the influence of every dollar spent trying to buy an election. Decisions are made every day by people we elect that impact our lives. The decisions electeds make should be based on the real needs of communities, not the desires of people who want to profit on the backs of working people, people with disabilities and their families.  One of the things that can weaken the control of big money is a flood of voters.

Residents can take advantage of this service by calling Liberty Cab at 716-877-7111, press 0, then use the code LibertyRide2Vote.  This service is not affiliated with any political party or campaign. This service is available only to Erie County residents at this time. Residents must reside in Erie County and have a voting location also based within Erie County in order to participate.

On Tuesday, November 7th polls will be open from 6am-9pm. Residents can find their polling place by calling the Erie County Board of Elections at 716-858-8891, or by using the Voting Information Projects Voting Information Tool at www.votinginfoproject.org.

 



Clean Air’s Response to the University at Buffalo’s Tonawanda Health Study

The following statement was written collaboratively by Tonawanda members, Clean Air board members and Clean Air staff. Members of the Clean Air Board of Directors are elected through an annual membership vote. Members of Clean Air live in neighborhoods in Western New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution, and pay annual organizational dues, lead campaigns and organize for public health and environmental justice in their communities.

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Clean Air was founded by residents living in the most industrialized neighborhood of New York State who suspected that their health problems were linked to the facilities in their neighborhood. They collected air samples that revealed high levels of carcinogenic chemicals in the ambient air. Through smart, strategic organizing, we were awarded a $1 million air study from New York State in 2007, which confirmed benzene levels were well over federal guideline concentrations, and that Tonawanda Coke Corporation was responsible for these high emissions.

Our members ran a direct action campaign against the company that resulted in a federal investigation. The verdict found Tonawanda Coke Corp. guilty in criminal court of breaking 14 federal laws under the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Mark Kamholz, the environmental control manager, was found guilty on the same counts and an additional count of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to a year in prison. The facility, which is still in operation, was forced to change its process and comply with federal law. Today, total emissions of benzene, a known human carcinogen, have decreased in the surrounding community by 92%, while New York State’s air monitors continue to operate in the neighborhood.

One outcome of the court process was that the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions was awarded $11 million from fines levied against the company to perform a health study entitled “The Tonawanda Health Study: An Epidemiologic Study of Health Effects and Coke Oven Emissions from Tonawanda Coke.” The stated aim is to explore the health impacts of benzene in Tonawanda, health impacts of residents’ lifestyle choices, health effects of Tonawanda Coke emissions, and potential health impacts on Tonawanda Coke employees.

The study will be conducted over a ten year time frame by taking blood samples of Tonawanda residents and conducting surveys. Over the last few years Clean Air staff, board and members have been approached by faculty members working on this study requesting participation and endorsement of the University at Buffalo’s study. We have chosen not to participate in or endorse the study for the following reasons:

  • Clean Air is committed to building real power in communities that have been cut out of decisions that impact their lives. Our organizing improves public health, quality of life, and builds equity. In determining our position on participation and endorsement of academic studies the Clean Air Coalition follows an academic research policy. The Clean Air Coalition academic research policy was created to set a standard by which we choose to engage in academic research. Our academic research policy was put in place to prevent us from engaging in academic studies that exploit residents and run contrary to our values. We will only engage in research that will enhance the capacity of residents to participate in the political process, bridge the gap between regulatory frameworks and community issues, impact policies, regulations and budgets, and transform decision makers. This study meets none of our required criteria for our participation.

 

  • The Clean Air Coalition is dedicated to bringing residents to the center of the political process. We operate under the conviction that the persons most entitled to decision making are those who are affected by their outcomes. As already stated, the design and intent of the study relegates residents to subjects for experimentation. Given the role of residents in the study, the study’s intent, design and expected findings will not and cannot enhance their capacity to participate in the broader political process affecting their lives. It simply subjugates them and relegates them to a role of blind subjects for errant experimentation. It is clear to us that this study will be conducted with neither the design or intent to improve the lives of residents in Tonawanda.

 

  • The study design proposes taking blood and urine samples on Tonawanda residents. These samples are to be analyzed for benzene metabolites. This is performed as a means of estimating ambient benzene air levels. The researchers will also collect population survey data. The study then proposes to compare benzene metabolite measurements against the population survey data. Following the comparison, the study then proposes to use these measurements to draw unspecified conclusions about the population.

 

  • The study presents glaring failures of adherence to scientific rigor and ethical practices. To begin, the sampling of blood and urine to assess ambient air benzene exposure in a population is inappropriate. Measurement of blood and urinary benzene metabolites fluctuate as high as a factor of 10 over an 8 hour period. This fluctuation is due to the high rate at which benzene metabolites break down in the human body. As a result, blood and urine samples to assess ambient air benzene exposure is not only inaccurate; The existing body of scientific knowledge casts this method as inappropriate.  We already know the ambient air levels of Benzene. Based on NYSDEC air monitoring data we know that Tonawanda has had elevated levels of benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the ambient air. We know not only the type of VOC, but also their concentration.

 

  • Vast research has been done on the negative health impacts of these chemicals, and is publicly available through the Department of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, and many other sources. We know, based on the New York Department of Health Outcomes Review (2009), which reviewed the occurrence of 18 different types of cancer in Tonawanda, that lung cancer, bladder cancer and total cancers were elevated among both males and females; esophageal cancer and oral cavity/pharynx was elevated among males; and uterine cancer and leukemia was elevated among females.

 

  • In the case of benzene, exposure from point sources such as Tonawanda Coke, the research is already clear on the impacts to resident health. There is no shortage of knowledge linking chronic and acute exposures of benzene to harmful impacts on human health. The intent of the University at Buffalo’s study is to use dubious methods to conclude that which is already known to regulators and communities.

 

  • The effects of benzene and the levels of benzene are known and have been known for a decade. Researchers are not needed to reconfirm again what the scientific community and the Tonawanda community already knows. What we need are enforceable policies that are based on equity and health. What we need is democratic decision making in how public money and resources are spent.  What we need are agencies, elected officials and corporations that are accountable to people who are impacted by their decisions. This study does not even begin or attempt to address these issues.

Based upon the documents provided to us, written and verbal conversations with representatives from the University at Buffalo (Dept of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions), we find the study insufficient to allow our participation. The study is not simply insufficient, but also damaging to our vision and values as an organization. After a thorough review of the health study, consultation with members active in the Tonawanda Coke campaign, within Tonawanda, our staff, and based on the values and process of Clean Air’s academic research policy–Clean Air’s Board of Directors has determined our organization will not participate in this study.

– Clean Air Board of Directors –



Town of Tonawanda Unveils Economic Development Plan

Collaborative Plan Creates Pathway for Life After Huntley Coal Plan Closure

On Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30pm elected officials, representatives from community organizations, organized labor, and Town residents will come together for the official release of the Tonawanda Tomorrow economic development plan. This plan provides a pathway for the town to make up revenue loss after last year’s closure of the NRG Huntley coal burning power plant.

The company began decommissioning last year due to the fact the company couldn’t make a profit off selling power into the market.  NRG Huntley was the largest single revenue provider to the Town, providing a 6.2M payment in lieu of taxes at the time of retirement.

Over the past nine months, the Town and its community partners have been working to create this plan for growing Tonawanda’s economy after the impact of the Huntley Power Plant closing. Driven by the community, the draft plan was shaped by the voices of nearly 1,000 Tonawanda residents, business owners, and community stakeholders. Strategies the town is pursuing include encouraging expansion at current key industries in the Town, advancing redevelopment of strategic sites along the waterfront – including the Huntley site, exploring and implementing energy efficiency strategies to reduce costs, and implementing strategies to increase public access to the water. Read the plan here!

Tonawanda Tomorrow is an extension of broad coalition work that began before NRG announced the retirement.  This coalition includes local labor unions; community development and workforce development agencies; and a large base of residents who live near the plant. Recent successes include the establishment of a New York State fund to help power plant reliant communities transition. For the next 7 years, the town and school district will be able to tap into this fund to make up the revenue loss, creating significant opportunities for intentional, community driven economic development planning to take place.

The planning process for Tonawanda Tomorrow is being led by the Town of Tonawanda and coordinated by the University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI), a research enterprise of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. Key partners include the Western New York Area Labor Federation, The Kenmore Teachers Association, the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, Erie County, and the Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps communities transition their economy after a coal plant closes.

The event will kick off at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan Building 3200 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, 14217.Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Activities will be available for kids coming with their parents. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register in advance at www.tonawandatomorrow.org/register.



How Will You Spend $10,000 in the Niagara District?

Join us in the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Niagara District process!

PB is a different way to manage public money and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make budget decisions that affect their lives. Interested? Watch these videos to learn how the process works. 

Last year, we ran a pilot program in Buffalo’s Masten District. Over 300 residents came out to 8 different voting locations over the span of 6 days in various locations throughout the district to decide on how to spend a portion of the city’s budget directly on projects in their community. The winning projects included a farmer’s market, community kitchen upgrades and a healthy cooking campaign, new smart board and computer classes for seniors, lighting on local streets near MLK Park, a bus shelter, garbage cages, and a new bus shelter.

This year, our organization is partnering with Common Councilman David Rivera’s office to run a similar pilot project in the Niagara District. Last month, nearly a dozen community projects were generated by residents in the district. These projects will go up for a community wide vote the week of June 25th through July 1st. To learn more, go to www.pbbuffalo.org.

All Niagara District residents and Students age 14+ can Vote! Voters must bring proof of district residency (a utility bill, photo id, student id etc) to vote.

Want to help get people to the PB Polls? Join one of our phone banking nights by calling Brian at 852-3813

Phone Banking Nights at 52 Linwood Ave. Buffalo, NY

Wednesday the 14th –  from 4:30-6pm
Monday the 19th from 4:40-6pm
Wednesday the 21st from 4:30-6pm
OR
Download a PB Niagara District Voting Locations Flyer and spread the word!