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State senators advocating to keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center open
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:55 pm
Republican state senators from Western New York - George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer - today wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge him to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca.
AAA: Year-end holiday travel expected to increase for fifth consecutive year
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6 percent from the 94 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season.
New state law will require recycling of mercury thermostats
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will require manufacturers to collect and recycle mercury-containing thermostats at no cost to consumers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced.
WBBZ-TV to air 'Yule Log'
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
Bob Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV, has announced the station will air a holiday "Yule Log" starting at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, through 1 p.m. Christmas. The "Yule Log" shows HD video of a real fireplace set to holiday music.
Eastern Air Defense sector to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
New York Air National Guardsmen from the Eastern Air Defense Sector will play a key role Tuesday night as the North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa Claus and his reindeer.
Statement by A.G. Schneiderman on Target's agreement to provide free credit monitoring to potential New York victims of data breach
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement regarding Target's decision to provide free credit monitoring services to all potential New York victims of this week's announced data breach, at the urging of the attorney general's office.
National Grid working to restore Western New York electric service before Christmas Day
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:40 pm
National Grid has restored electric service to more than 40,000 homes and business in Western and Northern New York, and has deployed approximately 2,300 field workers today across the two regions to address remaining issues.
Thoughts about Christmas
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 07:00 pm
As a reader of this column, I'm sure you know it pretty much sticks to things of interest relating to the outdoors, and outdoor activities. When I sat down I put my thinking cap on and thought, holy cow, it soon will be Christmas.
Mount St. Mary's surgery department makes holiday donation
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
The perioperative services (surgery, recovery, endoscopy, central supply, anesthesia) department at Mount St. Mary's Hospital gathered personal care items throughout the Christmas season and donated the items to the Heart, Love & Soul in Niagara Falls.
2014 Premier prepares for silent auction
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
Anne and Dr. Richard Sawicki display an autographed Patrick Kane hockey jersey and other distinctive and luxury items that will be offered during the silent auction at The 2014 Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's annual black tie dinner and entertainment gala.
Old Falls Street hosts 'Kids' Club' activities to complement Hard Rock's annual New Year's Eve Guitar Drop
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
Old Falls Street, USA, the three-block thoroughfare connecting Niagara Falls State Park with the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls, is inviting families to ring in the New Year with a host of "Kids' Club" activities from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Keep track of Santa
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 07:00 am
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa around the world on Dec. 24.
St. Francis Guild donates to Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
The St. Francis Guild volunteer organization of Mount St. Mary's Hospital conducts numerous fundraising efforts with all proceeds used to benefit the hospital.
Niagara Jet Adventures jetboat impresses in trials
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
It's been a busy couple of days for Mike Fox of Niagara Jet Adventures in Youngstown. Fox reports the first in his fleet of custom-built, advanced-tech Gatling series jetboats, manufactured by Bohnenkamp's Whitewater Customs of Meridian, Idaho, arrived in Youngstown this week following a 2,233-mile cross-country trip via trailer.
Interview: Seneca Niagara Casino concert a homecoming for talented Vanessa Williams
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
Vanessa Williams will perform hit songs "Dreamin," "Colors of the Wind," and, of course, "Save the Best for Last" Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.
National Grid prepared for potential weekend storm
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:35 pm
National Grid crews are preparing for potential icy weather across large portions of the company's upstate New York service area north of Interstate 90, particularly the extreme north in the St. Lawrence and Champlain valley areas. Forecasts are calling for possible ice accumulations heavy enough to cause tree damage and the potential for extended power outages.
New York Power Authority approves $3.5 million in hydropower proceeds funding awards for Western New York
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:35 pm
The New York Power Authority trustees approved more than $3.5 million in funding awards to 10 Western New York enterprises working in wide-ranging business sectors that include job training and workforce development, tourism, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and food processing.
Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduates 56th class
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:35 pm
Christmas came a few days early for the 22 men and women who unwrapped hard-earned certificates of completion this afternoon at Niagara University, where the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy held its 56th graduation ceremony.
National Fuel offers flooding precautions
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:35 pm
National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:
Higgins, Collins call on Customs & Border Protection to alleviate Peace Bridge staffing shortages
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Congressman Chris Collins, R-NY-27, wrote to Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Thomas Winkowski to inquire about staffing deficits at the Peace Bridge that cause delays and unreasonably long wait times.
BBB offers advice to Target customers following data breach
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:30 pm
"If you used a credit card at Target in the past few weeks, don't panic," advises Warren Clark, president of Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York. "You are not liable for any fraudulent charges on your account, and there are some simple things you can do to make sure your card was not used fraudulently."
Make your holiday safety list and check it twice
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 07:00 am
The joyous holiday season is here and many people are celebrating and decorating their homes with trees, electric lights and candles to create a festive atmosphere.
Video: Lewiston pays tribute to Tuscarora Nation at 'Flames' event
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 10:00 pm
The Historical Association of Lewiston commemorated the 200th anniversary of the burning of Lewiston (Dec. 19, 1813) with its "Flames Through Lewiston" re-enactment and dedication of the Tuscarora Heroes Monument (Dec. 19, 2013).
Town of Niagara celebrates Santa
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
Cold, snowy weather didn't stop Town of Niagara youngsters from enjoying the annual Recreation Department Christmas Party.
Retzlaff's long service recognized by Town Board
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board said "so long" to one of its own as it honored Councilman Kenneth Retzlaff.
Town of Niagara: Richards' court date delayed
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. again delayed an expected court date for Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards this week.
British attack Youngstown
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 02:30 pm
Early Thursday morning, more than 100 British soldiers marched down River Road, from Stella Niagara to Old Fort Niagara, to re-enact the taking of Fort Niagara by the British on Dec. 19, 1813. One hundred and ten spectators in the fort watched as the British came through the postern gate and proceeded to wrest the fort from the Americans after a short battle.
Maziarz announces governor's signature to NYPA audit legislation
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 12:30 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill 4948A, which directs the New York Power Authority to conduct audits of entities that receive power allocations or monetary payments associated with a relicensing agreement.
Bank of America Foundation supports Community Missions soup kitchen
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:20 am
The Community Soup Kitchen at Community Missions received funds from the Bank of America Foundation. Niagara Falls Pine Avenue Branch Manager Ardell Dolson presented a check to Community Missions' Executive Director Robyn L. Krueger.
Delaware North establishes new culinary scholarship for Niagara County Community College
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:20 am
Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service with operating companies in the lodging, sporting, airport and gaming and entertainment industries, has established an endowed $10,000 scholarship at Niagara County Community College for culinary and hospitality students.
Unyts 'Holiday Heroes' blood drive
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
More than 20 agencies from across Western New York are giving the gift of life by hosting blood and registry drives in their communities during the most critical time of year for blood: the week between Christmas and New Year's.
Higgins announces FCC ruling calling for the repeal of sports blackout rules
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, hailed a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that calls for the repeal of existing federal policies that contribute to the televised blackout of professional sports.
Cuomo announces low-cost hydropower allocations to three businesses in Western New York
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved allocations of low-cost hydropower to three manufacturers in Erie and Orleans counties that will lead to the creation of 643 new jobs and capital investments of approximately $206 million.

"Today's low-cost hydropower allocations are a major win for Western New York, helping to create more than 600 new jobs, while reducing business costs to support the manufacturing industry," he said. "As we grow the manufacturing sector in Western New York, the state will continue to leverage these kinds of investments to strengthen the local economy."

City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt and Meghan Ortt Host 4th annual Snowflake Ball
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt and his wife, Meghan, will host the fourth annual Snowflake Ball charity event Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 8-11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave. It will be a night of music, food, cocktails and enjoyment. Over the past three years, this event has raised more than $20,000 for local nonprofits and community organizations. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Twin Cities Community Outreach.
NYPA 2014 operating budget invests in power system infrastructure and customer energy efficiency while controlling costs
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:10 am
The New York Power Authority board of trustees approved NYPA's 2014 operating plan (budget) that continues to invest in its 16 power plants and transmission facilities - critical New York state energy infrastructure - and in its cost-effective energy efficiency projects at local and state government facilities statewide.

The 2014 operating plan includes an operations and maintenance budget of $379.3 million; a capital budget of $279.3 million, an increase of $87 million over the budgeted amount for 2013; and an energy services budget of $222.3 million, an increase of $22 million over the 2013 budgeted amount.

Cuomo announces latest round of ReCharge NY power allocations
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved another round of low-cost power allocations under his statewide ReCharge NY program. The nearly 33 megawatts of low-cost power will be distributed among 47 enterprises at 53 facilities and are expected to leverage an estimated $1 billion in capital investments. This round of allocations is supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

"ReCharge NY has been creating and retaining thousands of jobs for New Yorkers since power began flowing under the program in July 2012," Cuomo said.

Mike Iaconelli, Bass University, 'Aspirin Buster' featured at Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 11:25 am
Get hooked on Niagara's largest outdoor show of 2014. The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, to be held inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls St.) Jan. 24-26, includes more than 100 outdoor vendors.
Niagara county legislature cuts taxes in 2014 budget
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 11:55 pm
Niagara County lawmakers approved a $333 million spending plan Tuesday night in Lockport, cutting taxes for county residents and continuing a decade-long trend that has seen the county's top rate drop more than 13 percent.
15 days until STAR registration deadline
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded homeowners to register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by the Dec. 31 deadline.

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