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             October 9, 2015

Creating a Strong Neighborhood


Dear PUSH Members & Neighbors,

These past months we’ve made some forward progress on saving an old, unoccupied school in our neighborhood, we continued the fight to get more control over our utility bills, and we’ve started planning some future community events and road trips, read on for more details.



October 2015 Monthly Meeting 

Our monthly meetings are a good place to begin to learn about the work that PUSH Buffalo is doing and how you can get involved. This month we'll be having a workshop on foreclosures and how they effect communities. Do you want to be a member of PUSH Buffalo? It costs just $5, and you can sign up at our next monthly meeting Saturday October 17th,  3 PM at 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

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School 77 Community Workshop

We've been working on facilitating a community redevelopment plan for the former Buffalo public school 77 building located on Normal Avenue in Buffalo's west side neighborhood. The building has been sitting idle for years and we’ve been bringing the community together to make it a community resource again. We hosted a community workshop about it on Wednesday August 19th at 161 Vermont St, Buffalo NY. We gave the public an update on where we are in this process. If you have memories of what school 77 was like and would like to get involved in the campaign, call 716-884-0356 and let us know. 

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September Actions on Energy Democracy 

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As part of a state wide effort for the public to get more control over their energy bills, we helped organized a public information and comment session in various cities throughout New York State, with a stop in Buffalo NY on changes that were legally happening on our utility bills. We knew that many people were unaware that this was happening, so we put together a couple of neighborhood workshops on telling our stories of energy affordability as preparation leading up to the session in Buffalo. 

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The session happened in late September and we were able to get the communities story out to state energy regulators that more needs to be done to bring some control over the types of energy we use and how much this energy costs us.

Post Your Comment on Energy Affordability Today

Although state utility regulators came to Buffalo and are going around to other areas of the state, the battle is still not over.

We are living an energy affordability crisis in New York and the Public Service Commission (PSC) needs to hear what you have to say about Energy Affordability!   The PSC is in the process of developing a statewide Affordability Program for Low income households.  However the program will only reach a tiny percent of the population that is low income.  The PSC needs to hear your voice on what a real program for Energy Affordability would look like, please make a public comment on their website.   

 #EnergyDemocracy #PeoplePlanet1st #100isNow

PUSH Green

PUSH Green is PUSH’s energy efficiency arm. It’s part of a statewide effort to make your home more comfortable, reduce your energy usage, your bills, and create local jobs. We provide Erie County residents access to free energy assessments, installation services, and low-cost financing. If you’d like to know more contact one of our Community Energy Advocates at 716-882-2672.

PUSH Green will be hosting a Weatherproofing Workshop in conjunction with University Heights Colab of Buffalo on Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm. You can find out more info at



4th Annual Building Blocks Breakfast


On Nov. 10, 2015, PUSH is hosting the annual Building Blocks fundraising breakfast. It will be held at Temple Beth Zion located at 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. Check-in is from 7:30-8am. The event is from 8am-9am. 

Parking is available in the parking lot on a first come, first serve basis. Additionally, parking rules will be relaxed on Delaware and Barker Avenue during the event.

This is a FREE one-hour program for people to come and learn about PUSH. Yes, it is a fundraiser, and you will be asked to consider making a contribution. However, there is no minimum gift required. As much as anything, we want people to find out about all of our amazing services. We would be delighted if you could attend.

To register or for more information, please contact Julia White at 716.882-2672 or

Thank you for your continued support.

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 We'll See You Next Month!!!!

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1. Community Building Committee meeting – 6PM Tuesday October 13th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

2. Monthly Meeting – 3PM Saturday, October 17th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

3. Common Council Hearing on Incomplete Foreclosures – 2PM Tuesday, October 20th – Common Council Chambers, 13th Fl of Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Sq, Buffalo NY

4. Community Development Committee Meeting – 6PM Tuesday October 20th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

5. The House I Live In screening and panel discussion – 6PM Friday October 23rd – Downtown Public Library, 1 Lafayette Sq, Buffalo NY   

6. DPA/Crystal Peoples-Stokes Hearings on Regulation and Taxation of Marijauna - 10AM - 3PM Wednesday October 28th - Contact John Washington at or 716-884-0356 for exact info

7. Grant St Neighborhood Center – Fall Open Hours Mon-Fri, 2:30PM-7PM, TUESDAYS Art class at 6pm. Serious students are encouraged to attend. WEDNESDAYS Girl Talk and Guy Talk, ages 14+. THURSDAYS African Dance Classes at 5pm, open to community children and adults all ages. 

For more info on events or announcements in this newsletter, please call our main office at 716-884-0356 or email us at

For more info on events or announcements in this newsletter, please call our main office at 716-884-0356 or email us at
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