Dear PUSH Members & Neighbors,
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!!!
National Fuel Gas - Rate Hike Hearing,
Energy Democracy Committee Meeting
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:
Wednesday October 26, 2016
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:
Tuesday October 4, 2016
271 Grant St, Buffalo NY
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 5:30pm. Dress appropriately as this is a walking and/or driving tour. Space is limited! Contact Development Assistant Julia White at email@example.com 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
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
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.
Community Building Committee
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.
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.
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.