It is hard to believe that we are already closing out the year 2021. Annually, November is observed as National Gratitude Month, culminating with Thanksgiving where we express our deep appreciation for those we love and so much more by celebrating a meal together. This year, I hope we’ll all be even more gracious remembering the past holidays where it wasn’t safe to join together. With the recent FDA and CDC approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between the ages of five and eleven years old, many of our traditions can safely return while we can gather in person with our vaccinated friends and family. While Covid has certainly not gone away, we know that gathering is far safer once individuals are fully vaccinated (any time that is two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine), and I encourage all to get vaccinated so you can get together safely for the upcoming holidays.
Still on the topic of gratitude, I was privileged to attend the Town of Tonawanda Veteran’s Day ceremony at the municipal building. Having collaborated with the American Legion, I want to commend our local elected officials and volunteers for putting on this event. I saw children, many of whom I taught, from Kenmore East and Kenmore West High Schools playing beautiful music while honoring those who have so selflessly served our country. A quick “thanks for your service” is simply not enough for the brave men and women who have fought and endured so much for our freedoms – I’m truly doubtful we could ever fully repay their sacrifice.
This celebration, like those all over Erie County, was a small way of showing our appreciation for a job so well done. If you or someone you love is a veteran in need of any services or assistance, please reach out to Erie County’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs via their website at https://www3.erie.gov/veterans/ or via phone at (716) 858-6363. There are a variety of resources and benefits available to those with veteran status countywide.
Lastly, Erie County’s budget will be finalized in the coming weeks, and I’m very optimistic about what the federal infrastructure bill will bring to this region. Erie County has been a responsible steward of your tax dollars; as such, we are able to make key investments in areas that still need it like ErieNet, our last mile broadband initiative and our storefront revitalization program, while still maintaining the infrastructure and physical assets we currently have. Our roads are in the best shape they have been in decades! As we deliberate on this year’s budget, I’m encouraged by the support I receive from property owners and residents in the third legislative district. We are moving in the right direction and are well situated for a post-pandemic revival.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my district office at (716) 832-0494. I’d love to hear from you.