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Collins pushes legislation to repeal change to military retirement benefits
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:30 pm
Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, is co-sponsoring legislation that cuts the retirement benefits for members of Congress and redirects those funds to military retirement benefits.
DEC proposes regulatory changes to prevent introduction of aquatic invasive species at boat launches
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:30 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced.
Deadline approaching for college students to apply for FASNY
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:30 pm
In 2011, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York unveiled a historic educational initiative called the "Higher Education Learning Plan," or "HELP." This statewide community college tuition reimbursement program is geared toward recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters throughout New York. Today, FASNY announced the deadline for firefighters to apply for the spring 2014 semester is Feb. 1.
Statement from A.G. Schneiderman on Target security breach
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:30 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement in response to the latest news regarding last November's Target data breach.

"The news that Target has discovered a breach involving 70 million customers is deeply troubling. Consumers in New York and around the country expect and deserve companies that protect their personal information when they shop on their websites and in their stores."

Higgins announces National Endowment for the Arts grants awarded
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded grants to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

"I am proud of Western New York's thriving arts community," Higgins said. "At a time when so many arts organizations face the threat of funding cuts, it is encouraging to see support for these programs that do so much to enrich our region."

Higgins encouraged by 'Beyond the Border' progress report
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the House committees on homeland security and foreign affairs, said he is encouraged by progress made through the historic "Beyond the Border" agreement between the U.S. and Canada, and is pushing for a continued commitment to improving the flow of goods and people across the border as a means to foster economic growth.
American Red Cross, Dunkin' Donuts launch annual 'Give a Pint, Get a Pound' campaign
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:00 pm
For the seventh year, Dunkin' Donuts and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the "Give a Pint, Get a Pound" campaign, which provides a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee to donors at Red Cross blood drives.
Demus, former Lewiston supervisor, dies
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 05:30 pm
Richard F. Demus of Lewiston, a former town supervisor, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Mount St. Mary's Hospital.
Heart, Love & Soul receives gift from Volare Lodge
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 01:00 pm
Volare Lodge members recently presented a $2,500 gift to Heart, Love & Soul in Niagara Falls.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces balanced budget, increases in concert revenue and contributions for 2012-13
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 12:45 pm
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Inc. today announced audited results for the 2012-13 fiscal year (Sept. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2013).
Ceretto hosts college students at State of the State address
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 12:25 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto along with Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb welcomed Jason Cutler and Sarah Jensen, students at Niagara University, to the Assembly chambers on the opening day of the 2014 legislative session.
Hop aboard 'Art Express' at Castellani Art Museum
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 12:25 pm
Join in the family fun as you hop aboard the "Art Express" on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.
Tim Murray hired as Buffalo Sabres general manager
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 12:10 pm
Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine today announced the team has hired Tim Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front offices, to serve as the club's general manager.
Statement from Sen. George Maziarz on State of the State address
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:40 pm
Republican State Sen. George Maziarz released the following statement Wednesday:
Ceretto comments on 2014 State of the State
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:40 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, rolled out his priorities for the 2014 legislative session in response to the governor's State of the State address at the Capitol today.
Senator Grisanti offers remarks on governor's 2014 State of the State address
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:40 pm
Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti issued the following statement Wednesday:
UB selected to co-lead state efforts to position New York as national leader in genome research
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:40 pm
As a premier research university with world-class capacity in life sciences research, innovation and analytics, the University at Buffalo is uniquely positioned to help New York state become a national leader in genomic medicine and advance new ways to treat, prevent and manage serious disease.
State of the State: Gov. Cuomo outlines agenda for 2014
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2014 State of the State address, outlining a sweeping agenda that builds on the success of the past three years to change the direction of New York state.
Artpark to hold local auditions for 'Mary Poppins'
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:10 pm
Artpark & Company is holding local auditions Saturday, Jan. 25, for its upcoming summer production of Disney's and Cameron MacKintosh's "Mary Poppins."
Call for entries in 'Hard Rock Rising' competition
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:05 pm
"Hard Rock Rising," the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition, will give one local band the chance of a lifetime: an all-expenses paid trip to Rome to perform at the first "Hard Rock Live Rome" music festival this summer.
Higgins announces release of Great Lakes study
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the release of a long-anticipated study by the Army Corps of Engineers on options for preventing the spread of invasive species, including Asian carp, in the Great Lakes basin.
Higgins calls for investigation into Niagara River ice jam
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is writing to the U.S. chair of the International Joint Commission calling for an investigation into what led to an ice jam buildup and flooding along the Niagara River during the blizzard that hit the Western New York area. Higgins' request is aimed at preventing potential tragedies in the future.
Music and poetry abound at 'Lewiston Arts Cafe''
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:00 pm
The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center will partner to launch a new regional poetry and music event in Niagara County. The "Lewiston Arts Café" will feature some of the finest poets and musicians in Western New York performing in a 1960s coffee house style setting.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce fills board positions, hires administrative assistant
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 01:15 pm
At the recent board meeting of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, elections were held to fill open positions. Also, the Chamber of Commerce has hired Marlo Briglio of Lewiston to fulfill the part-time administrative assistant position.
Maziarz urges governor to direct infrastructure aid to Niagara County wastewater treatment plants
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:35 pm
On the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement of a multibillion-dollar infrastructure improvement plan for the new York, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, is strongly urging monies from this initiative be directed to Niagara County to help repair and upgrade the Niagara Falls and Lockport wastewater treatment plants.
North Tonawanda DMV evening hours canceled
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
The North Tonawanda Department of Motor Vehicles' weekly evening hours, offered every Tuesday, are canceled tonight due to inclement weather.
As Western New York faces winter storm emergency, A.G. Schneiderman warns against price gouging of necessary goods and services
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
In response to the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for the areas of Western New York impacted by Monday's major winter storm, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued an open letter to vendors warning against price gouging, the inflation of the price of necessary goods and services. General business law prohibits such increases in costs of essential items such as food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services including tree trimming/removal, emergency structure repairs, or snowplowing, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market.
Power Authority responding to ice conditions along upper Niagara River; works to reduce ice jams near Niagara hydroelectric plant intakes
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
The New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation ice breakers have been working since midnight this morning to break ice jams along the upper Niagara River. The Niagara River Control Center - part of OPG - issued a flood warning at 9:20 a.m. Ice conditions and water levels are being closely monitored.
North Tonawanda: Mayor Robert Ortt issues driving ban
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
Effective immediately, City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has issued a driving ban throughout the city. The driving ban will be in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Village of Lewiston: Gibson wants to be a 'difference maker'
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 03:55 pm
Monday night, before family and friends, Daniel R. Gibson was sworn into office in the Village of Lewiston. Mayor Terry Collesano appointed Gibson, a Republican, to assume a portion of Democrat and former Trustee Dennis Brochey's term.
Sabres: Carolina at Buffalo game postponed
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 02:55 pm
Tonight's game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 647, has been postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions in the Buffalo area.
FASNY urges New Yorkers to be safe while heating their homes during winter blast
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:35 am
As freezing temperatures blanket the state this week, in what is being called a "Polar Vortex," the Firemen's Association of the State of New York is reminding New Yorkers to be safe while heating their residences.

Though the life-threatening cold can seem harmful enough, families, homeowners and renters need to be aware of how they are heating up their homes. A space heater or a fireplace could put your home more at risk, and must be used safely. In addition, New Yorkers are urged to make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are operating properly and have working batteries.

Allstate offers cold weather tips to protect your home
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:30 am
Arctic air is bringing record lows and hard freezes across much of the nation, including many areas not accustomed to the winter chill. But there are things you can do to protect your home and property during cold weather.
Feet first for fitness in 2014
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:20 am
If you are among the masses of well-meaning Americans joining a gym or vowing to make use of exercise equipment purchased in the past, it's important not to miss a step by evaluating your footwear and health.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital earns re-accreditation for echocardiography
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:00 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital, has earned a re-accreditation in the area of echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Grisanti: Bishop Malone to give invocation for opening day of legislative session
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced the Most Rev. Richard Joseph Malone, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will give the invocation for opening day of the New York State Senate's 2014 legislative session.
Niagara University accepting registrations for winter/spring 2014 continuing education courses
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
Niagara University's Office of Continuing Education is accepting registrations for its winter/spring 2014 schedule of courses. Credit-free classes and certificates are offered in person and online.
Higgins announces completion of phase I pre-inspection pilot project at U.S./Canada border
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced completion of the first phase of a pilot project to streamline traffic and the flow of goods across the border between the U.S. and Canada. Phase II will soon begin at the Peace Bridge.
Village of Hamburg food drive part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
On Monday, Jan. 20, The Western New York Regional Volunteer Center, in partnership with The Service Collaborative of Western New York Inc. and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the Village of Hamburg and the Food Bank of Western New York. AmeriCorps members, students and community volunteers will mobilize to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and teachings into community action.
Christmas 2013: Hard work, tough sledding
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:40 am
New York's retailers used deep discounts, extended hours, and heavy promotions to attract shoppers during the 2013 holiday shopping season, mustering an increase in sales volume of some 3-to-4 percent over a similar time period in 2012.

Merchants surveyed by the Retail Council gave the season an average letter grade of B-minus.

"It's hard work," said Retail Council President and CEO Jim Sherin. "The competition gets tougher year after year. Retailers of every size have to be quick on their feet to respond to consumer trends that shift at unprecedented pace."

 


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