Christmas and Holiday Wishes for Lackawanna from Mayor Annette Iafallo
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Mayor Annette Iafallo https://www.facebook.com/aiafallo Lackawanna is a culturally diverse city located on the shore of Lake Erie and just minutes from Downtown Buffalo.
Our Lady of Victory Basilica, a national shrine, is in the center of our downtown business district. The Buffalo Botanical Gardens, a Frederick Olmstead Park, is just walking distance from the Basilica.
Christmas and Holiday Wishes for Lackawanna from Mayor Annette Iafallo
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A Message from Mayor Annette Iafallo – Adjustment to Friday Garbage Pickup for Christmas/New Year’s and Winter Storm Watch
With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays falling on a Friday, we’re adjusting the garbage pickup schedule in Lackawanna as follows:
• The regular pickup for Friday, December 25th will move to Saturday, December 26th.
• The regular pickup for Friday, January 1st will move to Saturday, January 2nd.
All other regular garbage pickup days will remain as scheduled.
In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for several counties including Erie County starting at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and continuing until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday the 26th. Please obey all parking rules in force to help our plow operators and emergency services personnel perform their duties under these challenging circumstances.
As always, stay safe and God bless.
DPW Annual Toy Drive - Making the Christmas Holiday Special for Lackawanna Families
Last evening, employees from the DPW made the Christmas holiday special for 19 families and 47 children throughout Lackawanna by delivering toys collected through the annual DPW Toy Drive.
Congratulations to Rob and Lisa Reese and Kait DePasquale along with Jay Adams, Dave Cruz, Joe Gehen, Dan Geercken, Gregg Kowalik, Jake Kowalski, Matt Mendez, Pete O'Connor and Alex Rodgriguez for their tremendous efforts in making this year's toy drive successful.
A short video of the DPW Toy Drive Delivery Caravan in action can be viewed by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFobyUODmxE.
Once again, thank you to the Lackawanna DPW team for your dedication and service to the community and to all who generously supported this year's DPW Toy Drive.
Video of vehicle caravan delivering toys to families and children through the Lackawanna DPW Toy Drive.
Lackawanna City Council Meeting - 12/21/20
Lackawanna City Council Meeting Agenda - Monday, December 21, 2020http://lackawannany.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/CA_2020-12-21.pdf
Public comments related to agenda items must be received by noon the day of the meeting via postal mail or email. Click the agenda link for further information.
2021 Recycling/Sanitation Schedule is Now Available
The 2021 recycling/sanitation schedule is now available on the City of Lackawanna website http://lackawannany.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021-Sanitation-and-Recycling-Schedule.pdf.
A front/back image of the schedule is below for reference - click on the image to enlarge the view. A hard copy will be mailed to all property owners of record with tax bills starting in early/mid-January.
A Message from Mayor Annette Iafallo - Warsaw Street Bridge Temporary Closure
After consulting with Public Works Commissioner Anthony DeSantis and Public Safety Director John Wolf, we’ve made a necessary decision to close the Warsaw Street Bridge to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic starting at 8:00am on Wednesday, December 16 and until further notice.
The bridge is very old and in a significant state of disrepair. It is necessary to close the structure to ensure public safety and allow our Public Works Department to conduct a thorough evaluation to determine whether the bridge is repairable or needs to be replaced.
Please adjust your travel plans in this area accordingly. Additional updates will be provided once we learn more about our options for safely rectifying this situation.
Thank you. And as always, please stay safe.
Getting Into the Christmas Spirit at Lackawanna City Hall
Thanks to the team of Mark 'Chipper' Friend, Dan Geercken, Bill Messecar, Pete O'Connor and Alex Rodriguez (Public Works) and Gail Nicholson (Mayor's Office), Lackawanna City Hall is beautifully decorated inside and out for the Christmas season.
A special thank you to the following Lackawanna businesses:
* Brian O's Tree Sales, 1470 Abbott Road, for donating the tree displayed outside City Hall (and to Third Ward Council member Dean Moretti for securing the donation).
* Woyshner's Flower Shop, 910 Ridge Road, for creating the beautiful array of poinsettia plants displayed inside City Hall.
Below are pictures of the team at work and City Hall fully decorated.
Thanks again to all!
A Message from Mayor Annette Iafallo – Successful Completion of the National Grid Streetlight Conversion Project
I’m excited to share great news for the City of Lackawanna.
Through the National Grid Streetlight Conversion Program, over 2,300 streetlights throughout Lackawanna were successfully converted to energy efficient LEDs. This upgrade moves nearly 99% of the City’s streetlight infrastructure to a more energy efficient system.
This project was accomplished with minimal cost to Lackawanna taxpayers due to the generous rebate incentive we earned for participation in the conversion program and the size and scope of our project – which is the largest LED streetlight conversion project completed by National Grid in Erie County to date.
During a ceremony held today at City Hall, National Grid awarded Lackawanna a rebate incentive of $162,000, which covered over 90% of the total cost to implement the project. As a result, our net out-of-pocket cost for this major streetlight infrastructure upgrade was approximately $9,000.
With the conversion to LED streetlights, Lackawanna is projected to save approximately $25,000 annually in streetlight energy costs, resulting in a project payback of less than one year on the $9,000 net project cost after incentive.
My sincere thanks to the National Grid project team, led by Regional Director Ken Kujawa and Account Manager Larry Martin, for their expertise, guidance and partnership throughout the project. We could not have asked for a better working relationship.
I also want to thank Lackawanna Public Works Commissioner Anthony DeSantis for his critical role in delivering this important project. Commissioner DeSantis recommended Lackawanna’s participation in the National Grid conversion program when I was on the City Council and again when I was Council President in 2019. From that point, he worked diligently to ensure both our participation and a successful implementation … which was recognized during today’s ceremony. Congratulations Commissioner DeSantis for a job well done!
And thanks again to National Grid for helping Lackawanna move forward!
Lackawanna City Council Meeting Minutes - November 16, 2020 Regular Meeting:http://lackawannany.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/CM_2020_11_16.pdf
Lackawanna City Council Meeting - 12/7/20
The Christmas Shoppe – A Holiday Shopping Destination in Lackawanna for 20 Years
The City of Lackawanna is proud to have one of the most desired Christmas stores in all of New York State call our city ‘home.’ The Christmas Shoppe, located at 880 Ridge Road, has been a destination for generations of holiday shoppers for 20 years.
Owned and operated by the Woyshner family, the Christmas Shoppe carries a wide assortment of ornaments to help complete any household decoration plan or personal collection.
Below is a short video introduction from owner/operator Pat Woyshner, along with several pictures of the Christmas Shoppe selection - which represents just a small sample of the vast inventory on hand.
The Christmas Shoppe is located only a minute away from another family-run business, Woyshner’s Flower Shop at 910 Ridge Road, which has been a leading provider of floral arrangements based in Lackawanna for 60 years.
Among her many accomplishments as a florist, Pat Woyshner had the honor of serving 16 years among a select group of volunteers tasked with decorating the White House for Christmas – a period covering the presidential administrations of Ronald Regan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton!
The Christmas Shoppe is open 7 days a week through Christmas from 10am-5pm. Stop in to view their great selection of ornaments or visit them online at https://woyshnerschristmas.com/.
Thank you Pat Woyshner and the entire Woyshner family for being long-time valued members of the Lackawanna business community!
Pat Woyshner video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwpeCxnpZPo
Lackawanna City Council Meeting Agenda - Monday, December 7, 2020http://lackawannany.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/CA_2020-12-07.pdf
Public comments related to meeting agenda items must be received in the City Clerk's office by noon the day of the meeting via postal mail or email ([email protected]). Click the agenda link for further information.
Lackawanna Names Scott Hayes Permanent Code Enforcement Officer
In a ceremony held on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Lackawanna City Hall, Mayor Annette Iafallo appointed Scott Hayes to the permanent position of Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Lackawanna.
Scott joined the City of Lackawanna as Building Inspector in April, 2019 after a 25 year career in commercial construction. He was promoted provisionally to the Code Enforcement Officer position in January, 2020.
Since coming aboard, Scott has permitted and inspected some of the most complex projects undertaken in Lackawanna in nearly 40 years, including those associated with ongoing efforts to return the former Bethlehem Steel site to re-use for clean manufacturing and distribution in collaboration with New York State and Erie County partners.
A Message from Public Safety Director John Wolf – Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear During the Winter
With the winter season upon us, I’m requesting the cooperation of all Lackawanna residents to keep fire hydrants located on or near their property clear from snow and debris.
This will allow our firefighters easier access to the hydrant, which is essential to putting fires out more quickly and helping save lives and property. When snow is deep, firefighters may have difficulty locating hydrants, which could be catastrophic.
“Based on my years serving on the Lackawanna Fire Department, I can tell you firsthand the importance of clearing hydrants during the winter season,” stated Third Ward council member and retired firefighter Dean Moretti. “I ask all residents to please follow the important advice of our Public Safety Director. Providing our firefighters with clear access to a hydrant allows them to quickly begin battling a fire – this precious time is often the key to saving lives and property during a fire situation.’
Along with the City Council, I also ask that residents follow all parking rules (including alternate parking) and not park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
Lackawanna Seeking Donated Christmas Tree for Annual City Hall Display
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking a donated Christmas tree for the annual holiday display at Lackawanna City Hall.
Any Lackawanna resident with a full-sized tree in good condition on their property who would like to donate it for the holiday display is asked to call the DPW at 827-6425 or email [email protected] before December 10.
A Lackawanna DPW crew will remove the chosen tree at no cost to the property owner (stump removal is not included). The crew must have clear/unobstructed access to the property/tree.
Any questions can be directed to the DPW at the phone number or email address above.
Lackawanna Firefighters Gawel and Tobin Receive Permanent Promotional Appointments
In a ceremony held earlier today at Lackawanna City Hall, Mayor Annette Iafallo awarded promotional appointments to two firefighters in the Lackawanna Fire Department:
• Lieutenant Jeffrey Gawel was named to the permanent position of Captain and,
• Firefighter Daniel Tobin was named to the permanent position of Lieutenant
Captain Gawel was appointed to the Lackawanna Fire Department in March, 1992 and promoted to the permanent rank of Lieutenant in September, 2003.
Lt. Tobin joined the Lackawanna Fire Department in November, 2006 and also serves as its GIS specialist, where he models location and other data to help improve response time/accuracy to fire situations.
Joining Mayor Iafallo at today's ceremony were Council members John Ingram, Dean Moretti (a retired Lackawanna firefighter) and Kevin Surdyke, Public Safety Director John Wolf, Fire Chief James Fino, City Clerk Jeffrey DePasquale, and Mrs. Brenda Tobin.
Congratulations Captain Gawel and Lieutenant Tobin on your promotions!
A Message from Mayor Annette Iafallo – Celebrating Thanksgiving in a Pandemic Year
On Thursday, families in Lackawanna and across the country will celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.
However, like most things affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations will look differently than those of the past. The large and extended celebrations we’ve come to know and cherish will need to give way - for now - to shorter and smaller gatherings in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus.
As you and your family determine the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, PLEASE do your best to follow the guidance published by our state and county health departments for protecting ourselves and others … wear protective face masks, wash your hands/use sanitizer frequently and keep a safe social distance.
I realize these precautions, as well as the many other challenges and hardships we’re experiencing as a result of the pandemic, are things none of us would have ever expected to deal with in our lifetimes. But as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to grow across Erie County, it’s now more important than ever that we follow the guidance of our health experts.
Let’s look out for each other and do our best to keep ourselves and those around us safe.
For all who have been impacted by Covid-19, in particular those who have lost a family member or friend to the virus, my thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.
To everyone in Lackawanna and neighboring communities, I wish you a safe Thanksgiving holiday. And may God bless.
Lackawanna Approves New Redevelopment at Former Bethlehem Steel Site
The City of Lackawanna has approved a site plan and special use permit application submitted by Sucro Can Sourcing, LLC (Sucro Sourcing) to redevelop an abandoned industrial building located within the former Bethlehem Steel complex into a permanent warehouse facility for cold storage of imported raw granular sugar.
Sucro Sourcing will invest approximately $1 million to transform the former Blowing Engine House No.3 into a permanent bulk sugar warehousing operation. The new facility, which is targeted for completion by early 2021, would significantly increase Sucro Sourcing’s onsite warehousing capacity. The company opened a temporary storage facility in Lackawanna’s Gateway Metroport this past April.
The new permanent warehouse facility is located within an adjacent 12 acre parcel Sucro Sourcing has under contract to purchase on the former steel plant complex, which is being remediated under New York State Department of Environmental Conservation oversight through the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. Other development by Sucro Sourcing on the 12 acre parcel is possible in the coming years based on market conditions.
“Sucro Sourcing’s decision to invest in a new permanent warehouse operation here in Lackawanna reflects the growing value new businesses are seeing in our city and the tremendous development potential we have to offer,” said Mayor Annette Iafallo. “It’s also a testament to the strong partnership efforts between New York State, Erie County and the City of Lackawanna to restore the former steel plant complex land to productive re-use.’
A first cargo freighter of raw granular sugar destined for the new warehouse facility arrived at the Lackawanna Gateway Metroport on Monday, November 23, 2020. The Gateway Metroport complex offers a highly accessible in-land deep water port to help companies with international supply chains avoid the extensive delays often encountered at other ports when unloading foreign freight. U.S. Customs operations are set up on-site in the Free Trade Zone to process cargo.
Together with the substantial truck and rail assets of the adjoining former steel plant property, The Gateway Metroport property provides a unique and convenient break-bulk location for subsequent shipment by via nearby rail and Thruway lines to end-user destinations in Canada, the U.S. east coast, and U.S. central states.
“Since we started the Lackawanna operation in January 2020 our experience has been extremely positive; we’ve had tremendous support from all local agencies and officials, as well as various trade partners”, said Jonathan Taylor, CEO and Founder of Sucro Sourcing. “We’re very excited about this new growth opportunity and our future in Lackawanna.”
Sucro Sourcing is a rapidly growing and dynamic sugar trade partner for sugar mills, processors, distributors, and industrial customers – and a 100% cane sweetener supplier. The company is based in Coral Gables, Florida with additional operations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and multiple locations throughout South America. Sucro also operates a sugar refinery in Hamilton, Ontario. The Lackawanna operation just recently opened a new liquid sugar processing facility, and is already a major supplier to several leading global multinational food companies.
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