Assemblywoman Karen McMahon

Assemblywoman Karen McMahon New York State Assemblymember, 146th District I am proud to represent the 146th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Amherst, Village of Williamsville and Town of Pendleton.

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I join Environmental Advocates NY in expressing my eagerness to see the next steps in the plan to move New York State to...
01/14/2021
Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech on the “Green Energy Economy” - EANY

I join Environmental Advocates NY in expressing my eagerness to see the next steps in the plan to move New York State toward a renewable energy future. Commitment to green energy is vital to the health and recovery of our state and region’s environment.

https://eany.org/press_release/statement-on-governor-cuomos-state-of-the-state-speech-on-the-green-energy-economy/

"New York must have an economy that is completely powered by renewable energy, and today Governor Cuomo confirmed that is the direction we are moving."

I am pleased to see that restaurants and food service facilities in “orange zones” in Erie County, NY will be able to op...
01/14/2021
ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT RELATED TO NYS MICROCLUSTER GUIDANCE ENFORCEMENT | Erie County, NY Department of Health

I am pleased to see that restaurants and food service facilities in “orange zones” in Erie County, NY will be able to operate indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. This comes as a huge relief to these businesses. Precautions must still be taken, but this is a step in the right direction.

- Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
- Mark Poloncarz

https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=press/erie-county-department-health-provides-statement-related-nys-microcluster-guidance-enforcement

Erie County, NY Department of Health » ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT RELATED TO NYS MICROCLUSTER GUIDANCE ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
01/14/2021

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Are you a student who’s passionate about working in wildlife conservation (or do you know one)? Apply for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Directorate Fellows Program by January 15: http://ow.ly/uQFg50D80Hu This paid summer fellowship could lead to a full-time permanent job!

Eligibility requirements:

✅ Current student: Undergraduate junior or senior; enrolled or current graduate student

✅ GPA: 3.0 or higher

✅ U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, age 17 or older

✅ Available for 11 weeks during summer 2021

Explore additional conservation career opportunities with us: http://ow.ly/nmzC50D80Nb

Photos: USFWS

It is not enough that President Trump's term ends next Wednesday. There should be consequences for his conduct in inciti...
01/12/2021

It is not enough that President Trump's term ends next Wednesday. There should be consequences for his conduct in inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol. As he has not resigned and no action has been taken pursuant to the 25th Amendment, I have joined my Assembly colleagues in calling for Trump's second impeachment.

Yes! Go Bills! No one said it was going to be easy, and it was certainly a nail-biter, but Buffalo gets their first post...
01/09/2021

Yes! Go Bills! No one said it was going to be easy, and it was certainly a nail-biter, but Buffalo gets their first postseason win since 1995!

BILLS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a great tool for the bicycle enthusiasts among us! WNY is full of trails and bikeways, and this interactive map ...
01/08/2021
Bike Buffalo Niagara — GBNRTC

This is a great tool for the bicycle enthusiasts among us! WNY is full of trails and bikeways, and this interactive map helps point out and suggest some for you to experience! Check it out via the link below.

https://www.gbnrtc.org/bikebuffaloniagara

The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) and its partners have developed a regional bicycle plan for Erie and Niagara Counties. The Bike Buffalo Niagara initiative will help create more bike-able communities in our region. The Plan includes goals and objectives; an inve.....

Here’s a story to surely put a smile on your face today! Congratulations to Kaitlin Floyd and thank you to OTB for makin...
01/07/2021
ECMC nurse’s passion for the Buffalo Bills and treating patients helps her win playoff ticket

Here’s a story to surely put a smile on your face today! Congratulations to Kaitlin Floyd and thank you to OTB for making this happen!

https://www.wivb.com/news/ecmc-nurses-passion-for-the-buffalo-bills-and-treating-patients-helps-her-win-playoff-ticket/

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A local healthcare worker is getting the golden ticket to the Bills home playoff game, after being nominated by the community in a contest with Batavia Downs. …

NYS Attorney General Letitia James is issuing a warning for potential “Grandparent Scams.” Fraudsters are contacting gra...
01/07/2021

NYS Attorney General Letitia James is issuing a warning for potential “Grandparent Scams.” Fraudsters are contacting grandparents pretending to be their grandchildren and explaining they are in trouble in order to solicit cash. See the information below to learn how these scams work, and how you can be prepared.

January is National Blood Donor Month! Donating blood is key to saving lives, and has positive impacts right here in our...
01/06/2021

January is National Blood Donor Month! Donating blood is key to saving lives, and has positive impacts right here in our community. If you are able, consider giving blood this month.

I am thrilled with the recent completion of the Empire State Trail! It is now possible to bike or hike across the beauti...
01/06/2021
New York's Empire State Trail is complete. Now you can bike or hike from NYC to Buffalo.

I am thrilled with the recent completion of the Empire State Trail! It is now possible to bike or hike across the beautiful state of New York, from Buffalo to NYC. Biking and hiking are fun and healthy activities, and this trail provides breathtaking views of our state's natural spaces. Well done to all involved!

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2020/12/31/new-york-empire-state-trail-complete-connecting-nyc-buffalo/4101086001/

The state completed 58 projects totaling more than $200 million to ensure hikers and bikers can travel from NYC to Buffalo and Canada uninterrupted.

Hats off to WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo for their reporting on Assembly Bill 416. I’ve heard from many concerned constitue...
01/05/2021
Monday Town Hall Segment Two

Hats off to WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo for their reporting on Assembly Bill 416. I’ve heard from many concerned constituents over the past few days, and it is clear that there is rampant misinformation regarding this bill. As explained in the link below, this bill, which has been filed every year since 2015, has no reasonable prospect of becoming law. The false reports of an imminent vote on this bill are simply an unfortunate attempt to inflame fears and foster unnecessary political division. Thank you to the team at WGRZ for letting the facts be known, and setting the record straight.

https://www.wgrz.com/mobile/video/news/monday-town-hall-segment-two/71-41a2c33b-5349-42fe-958d-a9c73b444d37

Assembly Bill 416 It would allow the state to detain someone in a medical facility or elsewhere -- if that person has a contagious disease -- during an epidemic

From my family to yours, I wish you a healthy and happy 2021! I look forward to better days and a time when we can celeb...
01/01/2021

From my family to yours, I wish you a healthy and happy 2021! I look forward to better days and a time when we can celebrate in each other’s company in the near future! #HappyNewYear

Thanks to NYS  Department of Environmental Conservation for providing this helpful chart detailing what holiday wrapping...
12/27/2020

Thanks to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for providing this helpful chart detailing what holiday wrapping or packaging can and cannot be recycled! Have a green holiday!

I extend warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa, beginning today! Enjoy the fruits of the harvest. May the holiday...
12/26/2020

I extend warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa, beginning today! Enjoy the fruits of the harvest. May the holiday bring you and yours good health and happiness.

Wishing everyone celebrating in Amherst, Williamsville, Pendleton, and across New York a Merry Christmas! May the holida...
12/25/2020

Wishing everyone celebrating in Amherst, Williamsville, Pendleton, and across New York a Merry Christmas! May the holiday bring you peace, joy, and health as we look toward the promise of the approaching year.

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
12/24/2020

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)

Strategies to reduce #COVID19 spread.
😷wear masks
🧍limit contacts
🏠avoid gatherings
🔍identify & isolate cases
☎️conduct contact tracing & quarantine
🧓protect high-risk groups
👩‍⚕️protect health care workers
✈️postpone travel
🧼wash hands
🩹vaccinate widely
CDC

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program has been extended through February 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not have to re-apply...
12/23/2020

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program has been extended through February 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not have to re-apply to receive consideration. If you are having trouble paying rent as a result of financial difficulty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, see the information below and apply for assistance.

New York State Department of Labor
12/22/2020

New York State Department of Labor

NYS DOL is now using DocuSign to help New Yorkers get their back payments for weeks they are due *partial* unemployment.

Watch your email and respond through the secure form to get your backdated benefits as quickly as possible.

See DocuSign FAQs: on.ny.gov/docusign

Today is the first day of winter! This season, take time to enjoy the fun outdoor activities that winter offers, but als...
12/21/2020

Today is the first day of winter! This season, take time to enjoy the fun outdoor activities that winter offers, but also be cautious when driving or working in the snow. Thank you to our road crews and emergency workers who keep us safe during these months!

I am happy to announce that Emma Klein and Alexander Jorgenson of Amherst Central High School have been nominated by the...
12/18/2020

I am happy to announce that Emma Klein and Alexander Jorgenson of Amherst Central High School have been nominated by the NYS Commissioner of Education as finalists for the 2021 Presidential Scholars Program. Their excellence in the classroom, and leadership in extracurricular activities made them stand out among all NYS high school seniors. I wish them luck in the selection process.

12/17/2020

I was honored to present John Elmore with a NYS Assembly Proclamation honoring him for his selection as the Erie County Bar Association's Lawyer of the Year. John is an exemplary citizen and distinguished attorney, having dedicated his 35-year career to maintaining and advancing the cause of justice and helping to ensure that families are treated fairly in the legal system.

The New York State Toy and Coat Drive has been extended to this Friday, Dec. 18! You can drop off donations at the Mahon...
12/16/2020

The New York State Toy and Coat Drive has been extended to this Friday, Dec. 18! You can drop off donations at the Mahoney Office Building at 65 Court Street in Buffalo. Shipped packages must have a delivery date of on or before the 18th. Do your part and lend a hand!

As of Monday, the "yellow zone" in Niagara County has expanded to include all of Pendleton and many surrounding towns. Y...
12/15/2020
'Yellow zone' expanding in Niagara County

As of Monday, the "yellow zone" in Niagara County has expanded to include all of Pendleton and many surrounding towns. Yellow is the lowest level in the strategy to contain microclusters.

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/state-and-regional/yellow-zone-expanding-in-niagara-county/article_ebe7b0b8-3e3d-11eb-8e74-5b3765e78289.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Yellow is the least restrictive in the three color-coded classifications that are part of the state's microcluster strategy.

I was recently a signatory on a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker urging them to...
12/15/2020

I was recently a signatory on a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker urging them to include EMS workers in Phase 1A of New York's vaccine distribution plan. These individuals are on the front line, dealing with sick and vulnerable people every day. They should be among the first to get this protection.

Wishing my friends, family, and all those celebrating, a Happy Hanukkah.
12/10/2020

Wishing my friends, family, and all those celebrating, a Happy Hanukkah.

I’m proud to have co-sponsored and voted in favor of legislation to ban perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PF...
12/10/2020
The Editorial Board: Food packaging becomes safer as state bans hazardous chemicals

I’m proud to have co-sponsored and voted in favor of legislation to ban perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) in food packaging. These chemicals cause diseases like cancer, and have no place in the products we use on a daily basis.

https://buffalonews.com/opinion/editorial/the-editorial-board-food-packaging-becomes-safer-as-state-bans-hazardous-chemicals/article_36af1e72-3a3f-11eb-a9a0-8371190789b5.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

"As dangerous new chemicals are introduced into the environment ... it’s reassuring to know that Albany is paying attention," writes The News' Editorial Board.

I was a signatory on a recent letter to the NYS  Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy ...
12/10/2020

I was a signatory on a recent letter to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy & Research Development Agency (NYSERDA) which prompted the agencies to announce new regulations affecting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). These regulatory updates will prioritize a major investment of 35% of program proceeds to impacted and disadvantaged communities and put the program in line with the recently enacted Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera to provide over 4,000 online courses to New Yorkers. ...
12/09/2020
Online Learning with Coursera

The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera to provide over 4,000 online courses to New Yorkers. These courses can open doors to new certifications or certificates, and can help you take the next step (or perhaps the first step) in your career! Learn more here: https://t.co/gCueBTaHS3?amp=1

The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera, the leading online training provider. Through Coursera, unemployed New Yorkers will have access to nearly 4,000 programs across high-growth industries and can hone skills in data science, business, and technology. Many of these prog...

This season, let's lend a hand and help our neighbors have a happy holiday. FeedMore WNY provides meal service, nutritio...
12/08/2020
Home - FeedMore WNY

This season, let's lend a hand and help our neighbors have a happy holiday. FeedMore WNY provides meal service, nutrition education, nutrition assistance, and much more. Visit their website to learn more about this great organization, and if possible, donate to help their cause! https://www.feedmorewny.org/

food 2 families Virtual “Little Brown Bags of Hope” will be available throughout the holiday season at Tops Friendly Markets in our service area. By making a $5, $10 or $20 donation at the register, food will be donated directly to our program. On December 4, 2020, join FeedMore WNY,... Read mor...

Today we pause in remembrance of the thousands of service members and civilians killed in the attack on #PearlHarbor. Th...
12/07/2020

Today we pause in remembrance of the thousands of service members and civilians killed in the attack on #PearlHarbor. The events of December 7, 1941 changed this country forever. May those who were lost on that Sunday morning rest in peace.

Happy to support the Tiger's Den Holiday Food Drive and all the good work of Pastor Steve and his team!
12/06/2020

Happy to support the Tiger's Den Holiday Food Drive and all the good work of Pastor Steve and his team!

The Center for Elder Law and Justice continues to provide important information during the pandemic. Thanks, CELJ, for a...
12/05/2020

The Center for Elder Law and Justice continues to provide important information during the pandemic. Thanks, CELJ, for all you do.

Our newest attorney Bria will be live on the 10th to share information about nursing home visitation.
Not on Facebook? Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 834 7536 0947
Passcode: 701482
Phone: 1 646 876 9923

December 4th is World Wildlife Conservation Day. Destructive human behavior has pushed numerous species to the brink of ...
12/04/2020
WWF - Endangered Species Conservation | World Wildlife Fund

December 4th is World Wildlife Conservation Day. Destructive human behavior has pushed numerous species to the brink of extinction, threatened biodiversity, and contributed to crime and corruption. Find out more at worldwildlife.org.

World Wildlife Fund - The leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species. Learn how you can help WWF make a difference.

Today is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by persons with disabilities, and the work necessary to ensur...
12/03/2020
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Today is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by persons with disabilities, and the work necessary to ensure a more inclusive world.

Today we not only join our friends and colleagues all across the globe in recognizing International Day of Persons With Disabilities, but we join them in reaffirming our commitment to promoting the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. #DisabilityDay #IDPD
https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december/idpd2020.html

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