Community Notebook

Red Cross blood drive in Sheridan Jan. 30

The Sheridan Memorial Field Association is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Jan. 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Sheridan VFW Post 6390, 2556 Route 20, Sheridan.

Walk-ins are welcome or call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

Individuals who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Proper ID is required.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Visit for more information.

Brocton Portland Dems to caucus Jan. 29

The Brocton Portland Democratic Party will hold a caucus on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Portland Town Hall for anyone interested in running for the two trustee positions in Village of Brocton (four-year terms) in the March 19 village election.

Those interested should contact Dan Schrantz, 792-4661, or attend the caucus.

A meeting and election of officers for the Brocton/Portland Democratic Party will be held following the caucus. New members are welcomed.

Cable Board meeting postponed

The meeting of the city of Dunkirk Cable TV Advisory Board scheduled for today has been postponed until Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Assemblyman Giglio on Cuomo budget

Statement from Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda): “The 2013-2014 Executive Budget proposal covers a lot of ground. During his address, Governor Cuomo mentioned that we have a $1.3 billion gap, which he proposes to eliminate without implementing any new taxes, which I agree with. The overall budget proposal keeps spending increases to a minimum.

“I am happy to see that Governor Cuomo has acknowledged the need for unfunded mandate relief in his proposal. However, upon a preliminary review, I can see that more will need to be done to protect our school districts, localities, taxpayers and small businesses. While we are not out of the woods just yet when it comes to the economy, I look forward to reviewing the Governor’s reforms on workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and his continued support for rebuilding the Upstate economy to create opportunities for private-sector job growth.

“At first glance, the proposal appears to be a good start, but I will reserve full judgment until I examine all of the details.”