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PUSH News
            October 4, 2016
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Creating a Strong Neighborhood

       


Dear PUSH Members & Neighbors,


Welcome!  

  

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Next PUSH Monthly Meeting, Sat. Oct. 15, 2016  
 

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. We're meeting at The Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY. The meeting starts at 3PM. We hope to see you!!!

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National Fuel Gas - Rate Hike Hearing,

Energy Democracy Committee Meeting  



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Our first energy campaign was with National Fuel Gas, the local supplier/distributor of residential natural gas heating services in Western New York. We found out about 6 years ago that National Fuel was mis-handling millions of dollars of public money meant for low-income weatherization. A campaign was born, money was moved from a furnace rebate program that benefited wealthier customers to a low- income weatherization program, and PUSH Green came on-line to connect residents to energy efficiency services and green jobs.


We found out this year that National Fuel would like to raise gas rates for customers to help pay for infrastructure improvements, like new and expanded gas distribution lines. As an organization, we recognize the urgent threat posed by climate change and fight for 100% solutions, like solar and energy efficiency, that benefit 100% of people. We must shift our dependence away from dangerous and dirty fossil fuel energy sources in order to achieve a sustainable future. Massive investments in natural gas are not sustainable. Last April, National Fuel put in a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), the group that regulates gas and electric companies in New York State, to raise rates by 8% for the average customer. This means that we (the consumers) could see an increase in our gas bills. We gathered a few months ago at a rate hike hearing in the Town of Amherst to request that the PSC have hearings in some of the lower income parts of the area, like Buffalo, so that everyone across race and class can have a say in something that will affect their ability to survive.


The PSC has granted the community a public hearing in the city of Buffalo. This happens this month:


Date: 
Wednesday October 26, 2016

Location: 
Downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY 14203

Afternoon session starting: 3:00 p.m.

Evening session starting: 6:00 p.m.

Currently we are gathering upwards of 1,000 signatures or more to make sure that we don't get a 20% hike on our gas bills this year. We also are encouraging people to speak at the rate hike hearing on October 26th. It is important that we show up in big numbers to make this thing happen. To help prepare for this hearing we'll be offering assistance with speeches and comments at our next Energy Democracy meeting which is:

Date:
Tuesday October 4, 2016

Location:
271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

Starting:
6pm-8pm




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Green Development Zone (GDZ) Tours


Get an up close and personal look at PUSH Buffalo's community work by joining us on one of our hour long walking tours. Tours are strictly one hour and begin at 460 Massachusetts Avenue (side door) at 8:00AM or 5:30pmDress appropriately as this is a walking and/or driving tour. Space is limited! Contact Development Assistant Julia White at juliawhite@pushbuffalo.org or call 716-882-2672 to reserve your spot.


The tours run from 8am-9am or from 5:30pm-6:30pm, and the next set of GDZ tours are listed below:

  • Wednesday, October 5th @ 8am
  • Thursday, October 20th @ 8am
  • Wednesday, October 26th @ 8am


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Next Community Development Committee Meeting 


This is the place where PUSH ideas and concerns about neighborhood development are born. Please join us on Tuesday October 18th at 6pm. We're meeting at 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY. We hope to see you there!!! h


Free Legal Thursdays


#FreeLegalThursdays


The Worker Center, PUSH Buffalo, and volunteer attorneys have teamed up for a monthly legal advice clinic. If you got a problem, we'll help you solve it! 


Next one Thursday October 20, 2016 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Our Lady of Hope Church located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Grant Street in Buffalo.


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Community Building Committee

(Formerly Events)


This is the place where you can help with planning PUSH events and community building activities. Our next meeting is Tuesday Oct. 11, 2016. The meeting is from 5pm-7pm. We'll be meeting at 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY.


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Tenant Meeting


Although we are leading the way in creating new, quality, affordable low-income housing in the city of Buffalo NY, the need is still great because the demand for it outweighs the supply of it.


Aminah Johnson, our Tenant Advocate spends many hours a week in city housing court working with tenants and land lords dealing with issues. Our Tenant Help Initiative was started by Aminah to help renters, tenants (and landlords) deal with housing issues. 


Our next Tenant Meeting is Friday October 21, 2016 from 5pm-6:30pm at The Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY. Contact PUSH tenant outreach coordinator Aminah Johnson at 716-884-0356 for more details.


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PUSH FREE Community Zumba


Join us for FREE community Zumba, usually every Thursday from 12pm-12:30pm at the Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY. Contact Nicki Rodriguez at 716-884-0356 for more details.


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                #EnergyDemocracy

Energy Democracy Committee Meeting - 

Tues. October 4th, 6pm-8pm @ 271 Grant St



See above for information





PUSH Green  

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Are you noticing that your utility bills are a little too high now that the weather dropped to what we're used to here in the Buffalo winter months? Give us a call at 716-886-1780 and have a PUSH Green Energy Advocate help you determine what you can do to make your home or business warmer and, ultimately, cost less.


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Over the last five years PUSH Green has achieved over 500 energy efficiency retrofits for homeowners, renters and small business owners.

We at PUSH Green are very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and we’re looking forward to an even greener future! Besides our in-house programs, we have access to information about housing related issues for our neighbors across Erie County and the city of Niagara Falls. We'll be happy to come and present to your group, church or block club about energy efficiency, going solar and building a green economy that makes our communities strong!


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PUSH Green is here to connect people to energy and power!

Please visit the PUSH Green website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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 We'll See You Next Month!!!!



UPCOMING EVENTS:


1. Energy Democracy Committee Meeting – 6pm-8pm, Tuesday October 4th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY 


2. Green Development Zone (GDZ) Tour – 8am, Wednesday October 5th  –  Contact Julia at juliawhite@pushbuffalo.org to RSVP and more info   


3Community Building Committee (Events) Meeting – 5pm-7pm Tuesday October 11th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY


4Monthly Meeting – 3pm – 5pm, Saturday October 15th at Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St,  Buffalo NY


5Green Development Zone (GDZ) Tour – 8am, Thursday October 20th - Contact Julia at juliawhite@pushbuffalo.org to RSVP and more info


6. Free Legal Thursdays – 4:30pm-6:30pm Thursday October 20th – Our Lady of Hope Church, corner of Lafayette & Grant St, Buffalo NY


7Tenant Meeting – 5pm-6:30pm Friday October 21st – Grant St Neighborhood Center,  271 Grant St, Buffalo NY


8. Green Development Zone (GDZ) Tour – 8am, Wednesday October 26th - Contact Julia at juliawhite@pushbuffalo.org to RSVP and more info


9. National Fuel Gas Rate Hike Hearing(s) – 3pm & 6pm Wednesday October 26th – Downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY

   

10. Grant St Neighborhood Center – Fall Open Hours Mon-Fri, 2:30pm-7pm



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

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