Council Member Kevin Rustowicz intoduced a bill Monday, November 6, 2000, to establish an Advisory Youth Board. Rustowicz, a school teacher and the father of five children, has been in contact with the State and other communities doing research and working to set up this project since March.
The committe will consist of fifteen members - ten adults (21 and older) and five youth (14 to 20). There are ten objectives of the committe. The first is to" help enrich and soundly develop the lives of youth and children". The board will also "sponsor programs designed to prevent individual and social maladjustment"... and "sponsor programs aimed at treatment of those individuals and groups which represent social pathology." The board will also search for grants and other funds aimed at helping youth in our community.
"Your on the right path. We have to go in this direction." said Council Member Dick Crawford at the Workshop meeting.
The Youth Board was established with a vote of 5-0. Rustowicz will serve as the board's advisor. Applications for a place on the committee will be accepted until December 1, 2000.
Republicans take top two races
Republican candidates took the two most important positions in the vote on Grand Island. Republican Presidential Candidate George W. Bush took 4514 votes on Grand Island compared to 4277 for Democrat Al Gore and 369 for Green Party Candidate Ralph Nader. Bush appears to be ahead today (Nov. 8) in a vote that is extremely close. In the United States Senate, Republican Rick Lazio took Grand Island with 4867 votes. Hillary Rodam Clinton lost Grand Island with 4241, but won the state with 56% of the vote. Right to Life Candidate John O. Adefope took 44 votes on the Island. Democratic Incumbent US Congressman John J. LaFalce won his district with a large majority, defeating Republican Candidate Brett Sommer throughout the district. LaFalce took Grand Island 4656 to 3501. Republican Bob Woolworth won the New York Senate race on Grand Island in a tight three-way race. Woolworth picked up 2656 votes compared with 2588 for Democrat Byron Brown, and 2512 for incumbent Al Cappola who ran on the Conservative, Green and Working Families lines. Brown won the contest in this district. Democrat incumbent Sam Hoyt won the State Assembly seat for this district. He also won on Grand Island by a vote of 5050 compared with 2589 for his Republican opponent Antoinette Guerico. The Transportation bond act failed statewide by a narrow margin, on Grand Island it was soundly defeated 4910 to 1446. The proposition to consolidate the Erie County Holding Center with the Alden Correctional Institution passed in the County. On Grand Island it passed 4012 to 2027.
Christian school opens
The Grand Island Christian Academy on Grand Island Blvd. has opened to 24 students in grades 1-12. The establishment of the Academy was approved by the Grand Island School Board at its September 25th meeting. The board previously tabled approval until the school conformed to fire code regulations.
Sesquicentennial Committee To Be Appointed
Isle residents with an interest in serving on a Grand Island Sesquicentennial Committee for the 2002 event, are asked to submit a letter before November 1, 2000 to Supervisor Peter A. McMahon, Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072