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Historic Lincoln Building transforms into Erie County pandemic response hub
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health's office of epidemiology is moving into new space in downtown Buffalo, finding a home in the oldest office building still existing in the downtown area - the circa-1833 Lincoln Building (formerly known as the Ticor Building).
Erie County Social Services, Home HeadQuarters, partners offer homeowner revolving loan fund program
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Erie County Poverty Committee, Home HeadQuarters and with other support, is offering the Erie County revolving loan fund program for income-eligible homeowners in Erie County to address remediation of lead hazards in the home and other health and safety emergency repairs such as furnace replacement, electrical repairs, sewer/plumbing emergencies and more.
Island Prescription Center offers rapid COVID testing
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 07:00 am
Do you want a quick answer to the question, "Do I have COVID?"
Grand Island receives $50,000 for tree inventory
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded the Town of Grand Island $50,000 for a tree inventory and management plan that Town Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford said is of "critical importance to our future forestry and conservation projects."
ECMC recognized with Blue Distinction Centers+ designation for quality, cost-efficiency in bariatric surgery
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 02:15 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. is proud to be recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York with a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Poloncarz announces 2021 Community Development Block Grant awards
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 12:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the selection of 14 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2021 Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") application.
Erie County Department of Health announces virtual Narcan training schedule for winter 2021
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 11:30 am
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announced the winter 2021 schedule for virtual trainings on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and on using Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
DEC: $1.4 million in urban forestry grants awarded to NYS communities, including Grand Island
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 11:10 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced grant awards totaling $1.4 million for urban forestry projects across the state to help communities' inventory, plant and maintain public trees.
SUNY Erie, Buffalo Zoo, FeedMore WNY receive year-end COVID-19 relief funding
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 06:05 pm
Three local organizations will receive a total of $1.8 million in year-end COVID-19 relief funding ("CRF") after Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz directed the county Division of Budget and Management to reach out to local institutions known to be in acute fiscal distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic to determine if remaining CRF could be used to assist them.
Erie County 'Back to Business' program delivers millions of dollars in aid to local businesses
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 06:05 pm
The Erie County "Back to Business" grant program has issued its final report on the program's accomplishments, showing a total of 1,399 Erie County small businesses receiving approximately $19.2 million in direct financial assistance from the U.S. CARES Act through a partnership between Erie County and 43 North.
Warehouse: Planning Board seeks more information from Acquest Development
Thu, Dec 24th 2020 07:00 am
During the first quarter of the new year, the Town of Grand Island's Planning Board and Town Board will be asked to review plans and vote on a 1.1-million-square-foot, 45-foot-high warehouse along the New York State Thruway I-190, which some are calling "the largest facility ever built on the Island." At the same time, the group that spoke out against the Amazon project has reemerged in opposition of this project.
Fuccillo donates to Grand Island Neighbors Foundation
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 06:55 pm
The Fuccillo Chevrolet, Toyota and Hyundai dealerships of Grand Island on Dec. 23 donated $1,500 to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation to support the work of helping neighbors in need in the community. The family of dealerships on Alvin Road recognizes through its charitable donation that Island families face hardships year-round, not just during the holidays.
Erie County Auto Bureau closed due to impending winter storm
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:40 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced the Erie County Auto Bureaus in Cheektowaga and Tonawanda will be closed to the public Saturday, Dec. 26, due to the anticipated inclement weather.
Comptroller helping businesses by waiving hotel occupancy tax penalties
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:45 pm
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw announced his continuation of waiving all penalties for Erie County hotels that are late paying hotel occupancy tax.
A closer look at contact tracing with Erie County Department of Health
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:10 pm
A year ago, the words "isolation," "quarantine" and "contact tracing" rarely entered the public conscience. But now, in a year consumed by COVID-19, those terms have become commonplace.
Erie County Parks ready for winter recreation
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 10:15 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry is prepared to offer a full slate of family-friendly winter activities at county parks once measurable, lasting snow arrives and dipping temperatures provide the consistent cold and freezing conditions necessary to support winter fun.
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral to brighten up downtown Buffalo on Christmas Eve
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 07:00 am
The pandemic may have halted the traditional Christmas celebrations inside the building where treasured carols and flickering candles filled the sacred space. However, the pandemic is not stopping Christmas and churches, including St. Paul's, located at 139 Pearl St., from finding safe and yet meaningful ways to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Grand Island Holiday Light Contest winners announced
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 02:55 pm
The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department has posted the winners of its 2020 Holiday Light Contest.
Kearns honors 40 years of public service
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 10:45 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns (right) recognized Cheryl Matter (center) on her retirement from the Erie County Clerk's Auto Bureau Division after more than four decades of dedicated service with the department. Also, on hand for the presentation was Scott Bieler (left), President and CEO of West Herr Auto Group.
Erie County Department of Health shifts information line hours, announces changes in schedule for holidays
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing an update to its COVID-19 information line hours, and changes to its hours of operation for upcoming holiday dates.
Kaleida Health begins coronavirus vaccines
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:40 pm
Kaleida Health received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines on Monday and began vaccinations late that afternoon for physicians, nurses and staff who work in high-risk areas across the health system.
Grand Island Central School District to reopen Jan. 4
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 01:10 pm
Last Friday, Grand Island Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham, Ed.D., provided parents and families with an update on COVID-19 and school safety.
DA Flynn warns about increase in stolen packages, offers tips to deter thefts
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 11:40 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn reminds the community about the potential dangers of leaving packages unattended after delivery. While incidents of stolen packages tend to increase around the holidays, he urged residents to be extra vigilant as more orders may be placed online as people choose to shop from home this season in an effort to social distance and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Junior League of Buffalo high school senior scholarship
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:50 pm
The Junior League of Buffalo will award two $2,000 scholarships to graduating female high school seniors who are outstanding leaders in the Western New York community. The scholarships are for post-high school institutions to assist the student in defraying expenses for tuition, books, fees or dormitory. They are awarded based on evidence of demonstrated leadership skills within their school and community. Additionally, the student's background should show strong evidence of being well rounded in both personal and academic endeavors.
Poloncarz: Vaccines start to arrive, but won't be available to general public 'for months'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 03:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz updated residents on the coronavirus vaccine during a press conference Monday afternoon.
Coalition speaks out against Acquest warehouse project
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 07:00 am
The group whose opposition may have helped sink Amazon's proposed Grand Island distribution center last summer is taking aim at a new warehouse that was proposed last week to replace the one that got away.
Grand Island School District sets annual toy/gifts, food/toiletry drive
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island School District announces its annual toy/gifts and food/toiletry drive for Grand Island families, and invites area residents to participate.
Buffalo Zoo gorilla Amari off to start a family of her own
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 08:30 pm
The Buffalo Zoo has teamed up with Zoo Atlanta (Georgia) and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Ohio) to form a new gorilla troop located at Zoo Atlanta. Amari, the 10-year western lowland gorilla, born at the Buffalo Zoo in 2010, recently traveled with the Zoo Atlanta animal care team from Buffalo to Atlanta.
Flynn allows assistant district attorneys & support staff to work from home due to COVID-19 concerns
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 10:10 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the majority of the office's staff will not report in-person for work effective Thursday. The Erie County District Attorney's Office made the decision, in consultation with Erie County and its Department of Health, in an effort to reduce the number of employees inside the buildings and prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than 75% of the DA's office employees will be permitted to work from home through the end of the year.
WNY Land Conservancy, design partners seek photos from community that will influence designs for The Riverline
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 02:50 pm
The Western New York Land Conservancy and its design partners W Architecture, Hood Design Studio, and Green Shield Ecology are seeking photos from people in the Western New York community that can help provide ideas for the design of The Riverline, the proposed nature trail and greenway being developed along the former rail corridor running from Canalside to the Buffalo River.
Water Resources Development Act approved, including project added by Higgins addressing harmful algal blooms
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation, which provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water projects, includes a provision led by Higgins that provides $25 million for a demonstration project aimed at eliminating harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and other waterways.
Kearns' 'Suits for Troops' benefits Erie County veterans
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 02:40 pm
Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns received a generous donation from Joe Terranova, owner of Tuxedo Junction, who provided more than 300 suits and dress pants to benefit the clerk's "Suits for Troops" season of giving drive.
Erie County cancer services program announces cervical cancer webinar
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 09:55 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its cancer services program will present a free 40-minute webinar on cervical cancer at 6 p.m. Jan. 11, 2021.
Grand Island coalition speaks out against new warehouse project
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 09:15 am
The Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI) is engaging residents to oppose a newly proposed warehouse project by Michael Huntress and Acquest Development.
UPDATE: New life sought for land once considered for Amazon warehouse
Sat, Dec 5th 2020 07:00 am
Michael Huntress, vice president of Acquest Development Co. of Williamsville, truly believes when one door closes, another opens.
Grand Island School District welcomes easing of COVID test rules
Sat, Dec 5th 2020 07:00 am
Grand Island Schools Superintendent Brian Graham got some good news from the governor this week that could bring the district a step closer to having kids back in school.
'The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020' now on sale
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 05:40 pm
"The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020" is a 400-page, hardcover journey through the illustrious history of baseball in The Queen City. It is filled with more than 150 images, rare illustrations, cartoons, and page after page of baseball facts and follies - a true reflection of Buffalo's 163-year love affair with the grand old game.
East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund open to applicants
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 03:00 pm
Empire State Development, East Side Avenues and Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced applications are available for funding dedicated to the stabilization of historic at-risk buildings on Buffalo's East Side.
New ECMC videos offer coping advice for holidays, pandemic
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 01:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. recently completed production of new videos that offer coping strategies and advice to help get through the upcoming holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa A. Keenan-Uschold, Ph.D., chief clinical psychologist at ECMC, covers several topics in the videos, including: Coping with COVID-19 during the holidays, managing stress, and providing help for parents to support students while they study virtually from home.
Poloncarz statement on passage of 2021 Erie County budget
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 11:15 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued the following statement Thursday pursuant to the Erie County Legislature's 7-4 vote to approve the administration's proposed 2021 budget, which funds ongoing county COVID-19 response and also reduces the county property tax rate to $4.43 per $1,000 of assessed value, the lowest it has been since 2005:

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