Daily Press Releases:


September 2, 2021

Latinos for India Walton Mayor, a coalition of Puerto Rican/Latino organizations came together to announce their endorsement for India Walton to become our next and first female mayor of Buffalo, NY.

When making the endorsement, Jose C. Pizarro, Chair of the Puerto Rican/Latino Committee (PRLC), and a long-time community activist in Buffalo’s Latino community, said: “we deserve meaningful and positive change in our Latino community, and that is why we are endorsing India Walton. She will utilize our community, not use it.”

Luz Velez, member of PRLC, is confident that under the leadership of India Walton, the city will be inclusive: “Buffalo must include everyone, East Side, West Side, North Side, and South Side, not just corporations side. Any growth and development taking place in this city must make a commitment to diversity, everyone must be included, and we are convinced that India is the top person for the job.”

Christian Parra, Founder of Pushing Latinos Forward, and the Chair of Latinos for India Walton for Mayor, said: “Byron Brown has done absolutely nothing to the economic growth of our community. After 12 plus years in office, all we see is the arrival of gentrification and the forced departure of many of our people. In addition, the heartbeat of our community, Niagara Street, all you see is the naming of street signs, remaining of buildings, and murals. These are only symbols; they have no substance! We need to help and work with our Latino business community on Niagara Street. We want substance, growth, and development, not useless symbols and patronage.”

Other members of Latinos for India Walton are Geo Hernandez, Louisa Fletcher Pacheco, Cesar Augusto Cabrera, Beatriz Flores, Gilbert Chilvas, Dinah Aponte, Santiago Masferrer, Stephanie Chilvas, Dennis Matos, Ruthy Harris, and Alberto Cappas. 

For Information: Jose C. Pizarro,  716-207-1883,


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Cathy Wilde, Director of Communications

716-829-8293 | wildec@dyc.edu

D’Youville’s new Cultural Enrichment Center seeks to raise awareness

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – D’Youville recently launched a new space on campus to address and raise awareness of racial and cultural issues affecting marginalized students, including those who are Black, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ+.

“In the summer of 2020, when D’Youville joined the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we asked our students how we could support them,” says Chief Student Affairs Officer Benjamin Grant. “The answer was the CEC, a space to teach those with privilege how to support and elevate Black and other marginalized students.”

RaShon Thomas was appointed into the new role of Cultural Enrichment Center Coordinator in December. “Upon joining our community, RaShon immediately started working to bring positive and effective change to our campus,” Grant says. “Some of these changes included rebuilding a number of organizations for marginalized student that had dissolved over the years; creating and unveiling the Peers Uplifting Peers (PUPs) mentorship program; and developing a Diversity Peer Educator program.”

The most recent initiative, “Race Space,” was launched on March 29 in response to the recent increase in hate crimes against the Asian-American community. In partnership with the Student Government Association, the CEC will host Race Space discussions to allow students to come together and express their thoughts and feelings while having intentional conversations to help shift society to a better space.

Throughout Black History Month in February, Thomas led a wide range of programming including:

  • Black Out Hour – onehour dedicated to Black students only to play games, music, and socialize in the CEC  
  • Tune In Tuesday – highlighting student hobbies, podcasts, singing groups, spoken words, and other artists
  • Hot Wings & Hot Topics – opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and enjoy free chicken wings
  • Candy & Condoms –goodie bags filled with candy, condoms and information about safe sex
  • Raffle – to raise money for African Heritage Food Co-Op.

Thomas plans future events in recognition of other weekly or monthly awareness celebrations. For more information about the CEC, contact Thomas at thomasr@dyc.edu or 716-829-7812.

D’Youville is a nationally-ranked private university headquartered in Buffalo, New York, providing in-seat and online academic programs around the world. D’Youville’s small class sizes, experiential education, and interprofessional learning environments prepare students for success. For more information, visit dyc.edu.



For Information: Maritza Vega http://hispanicheritagewny.org/



Book Release: “Ramon Gallardo” is around the Corner. Get your advance copy before the official release of the book! For more information: latinovillage1@gmail.com

The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY is proud to sponsor our second Hispanic Heritage District/Avenida San Juan Celebración de la Luces with a virtual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 19 at 8PM.

Right before the tree lighting, we will announce the winners of the prestigious 2020 Parranda Buffalo trophies for the businesses with the best holiday window decorations on Avenida San Juan.

If you are a business in the Hispanic Heritage District and want to show your Season’s Greeting swag, enter the contest by doing the following:
1. Posting your decorated businesses right here on the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Facebook page.
2. Make sure to include your business’s name and a contact email, phone number, or a link to your Facebook page.
3. Hashtag #HHCavenidaSanJuancontest (this lets us know you want to be part of the contest)
4. Post your picture no later than Wednesday, December 16 by 8PM.
4. Wait for the community to vote and see if you can claim the title of 2020 Parranda Buffalo Holiday Decorations winner!


Chairwoman April Baskin’s Statement on the 2021 Erie County Budget

Democratic Majority provides funding for non-profits, city infrastructure, and adds to historic tax rate decrease while maintaining services with a responsible spending plan

The budget document my Caucus proposed and passed today is one that shows our priority and commitment to the people of Erie County, a place I am so grateful to serve. The Minority Caucus amendment proposals were not only fiscally irresponsible, but they would not help community organizations and non-profit groups, nor the residents and persons in the urban core who pay County taxes but do not get the benefit of County roads.  Furthermore, their amendments would have created long-term structural holes in our County’s financial plan.

Utilizing an extra $10 million in fund balance to double the amount of money the County was using in 2021 from our reserves risks the County’s credit rating, could be rejected by the County control board, and harms and our ability to, if necessary, use that money when needed in 2021 for COVID-19 response or outlying years to balance future gaps.  The County Division of Budget and Management has done an excellent job maintaining the county’s fiscal integrity through this crisis and the Legislature should be preserving that good work, not attempting to damage it unnecessarily.

The approved Erie County Budget for 2021 stays under the property tax cap and includes a 29-cent property tax rate decrease that is the largest we have seen in nearly 2 decades. The budget we passed is equitable. We provided $2.1 million funding to Erie County’s three cities, which have historically been excluded from infrastructure funding. We funded non-profits who have struggled to remain operational this year. We restored $100,000 to youth summer programming. We funded $100,000 for a mental health facility on Buffalo’s East Side. We added additional savings to the County Executive’s tax rate proposal. We allocated millions to the County’s three cities who undoubtedly generate revenue for our entire region. Today was a good for the residents of Erie County and I am proud to have presided over this legislative body.”


Jessica A Schuster Deputy Communications Director

Erie County Legislature | Majority Caucus

92 Franklin St., Ste 4 | Buffalo, NY 14202

P:+1(716)858-8648 | C:+1(716)572-7858

Hon. April Baskin, County Legislator