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Cuomo: $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding available to build resiliency in NYS communities
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding for local governments to make their infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.
Botanical Gardens new 'Gardens After Dark' series has 'Enchanted Winter Escape'
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens recently introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." It then introduced "Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape" for 2021.
State Parks to provide seasonal dock permits along West River Shoreline Trail
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 01:00 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue temporary seasonal dock permits for up to 35 public docks along the West River Shoreline Trail on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2021 season.
One Bills 'Drive': Grand Island parade cheers team on march to Super Bowl
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
What started as a whim turned into a mile-long parade of cars circling the Island in a pregame support of the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
Thermo Fisher one step closer to $85M expansion
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
An approval by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's (ECIDA) Board of Directors on Wednesday for a tax incentive package presented by Grand Island's Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. should result in the life sciences company proceeding with plans to add an $85 million, 69,000-square-foot expansion to its research, development and manufacturing facility at 3175 Staley Road.
Grand Island restaurants bouncing back
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
When a state judge opened the door to indoor dining for Erie County eating establishments last Thursday, Jan. 14, patrons beat feet into Grand Island restaurants. The patter of their feet was music to the ears of restaurant owners, who were more than ready to comply with the required COVID-safe measures of 50% capacity, 6-foot distance between tables, no more than four people per table and 10 p.m. closing.
Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official county newspaper
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick again announces the Grand Island Dispatch will serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2021 legislative year.
UB expert: Buffalo Bills unite a far-flung community, sending message of healing and hope
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:20 pm
The Buffalo Bills' success has sown "seeds of hope" and become a path to build a community amid the isolation and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Association for Olmsted Parks elects Crockatt to board of directors
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) recently announced its official welcome of Stephanie Crockatt to its board of trustees. This comes at a significant and opportune time with the planning of "Olmsted 200," a 2022 national initiative to recognize and celebrate the 200th birth year of Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture.
ECDOH cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to lack of supply
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of scheduled ECDOH COVID-19 vaccination Points-of-Distribution (PODs) for Saturday, Jan. 23, and Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 25-27. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island extends thanks for holiday donations
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:50 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2020 holiday distribution.
Erie County remembers those lost to COVID-19
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Erie County will participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance today to remember and honor the nearly 400,000 lives - including nearly 1,400 Erie County residents - lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country.
Town Hall Square Plaza to get facelift
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 07:00 am
As president and CEO of his family's 73-years-old Consumer Beverages, Neil Kavanaugh is always looking for favorable strips of commercial property throughout Western New York. While driving on Grand Island Boulevard 30 years ago, he found one in the Town Hall Square strip plaza, which he calls "the perfect location" on Grand Island.
Explore & More hosts clothing drive in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:55 pm
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18, Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, in partnership with BankOnBuffalo, is hosting a winter clothing drive (new hats, mitten and socks) for the children residing at Gerard Place.
KeyBank Foundation donates $25,000 to The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the KeyBank Foundation is pledging $25,000 to The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
Erie County to update hazard mitigation plan
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:10 am
Erie County is updating its hazard mitigation plan. The HMP documents Erie County's vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards along with county, city, town and village strategies to reduce that vulnerability.
EPA invites 55 new projects to apply for WIFIA loans to improve water quality
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 01:20 pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 55 new projects in 20 states are being invited to apply for approximately $5.1 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. This funding will help finance over $12 billion in clean water and drinking water infrastructure projects to protect public health and improve water quality in communities across the U.S.
Higgins & Poloncarz: $2.68 million for construction of new water & sewer systems on site of former Bethlehem Steel plant
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 02:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced a federal grant totaling $2,680,000 awarded through the Economic Development Administration to support the Buffalo Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. with the construction of replacement water and sewer systems in order to develop 160 acres of land at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant.
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.
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 Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine availability statement
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing the following statement regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccine at its PODs - points of dispensing.
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."
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.

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