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IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storm in New York
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Victims of severe winter storm beginning Dec. 23, 2022, now have until April 18, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced.
DEC forest rangers respond to historic storm
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:30 pm
On Dec. 24-27, forest rangers and environmental conservation police officers assisted Erie County emergency personnel with the massive winter storm.
BBB tip: Protect yourself from 'storm chasers' after a natural disaster
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Natural disasters, like the deadly blizzard we saw in Western New York, often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors taking advantage of those who have already been victimized. 
Hochul announces first-ever round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant awards totaling more than $6 million
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $6 million in grants to eight projects across the state through the first round of the Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs.
City of Buffalo reopens
Thu, Dec 29th 2022 09:20 am
"All driving bans in Erie County are lifted as of 12:01am. A county-wide driving/travel advisory is in effect, and the county-wide State of Emergency remains."
Hochul announces additional reopenings of major WNY highways
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 10:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all major state highways in Western New York will reopen at midnight following one of the most powerful winter storms to ever impact New York. That includes state routes 5, 33 and 198, as well as the Erie County portion of Interstate 190.
National Grid: Power to be restored Wednesday to all WNY customers impacted by blizzard
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 04:40 pm
National Grid would like to thank its local, state and national partners who have helped clear access so that the company's field force could reach customers after an historic blizzard resulted in 108,000 Western New York customers losing power.
ECDOH advisory for restaurants that have lost power
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 12:40 pm
Following extended power outages that affected Erie County residents and businesses, the Erie County Department of Health is offering advice and recommendations about handling perishable foods that may have spoiled. This guidance is for restaurants and other food facilities, but is useful for residents, as well.
National Grid: 98% of WNY customers have service restored after historic blizzard
Tue, Dec 27th 2022 11:25 pm
National Grid has restored service to 98% (or 105,700) of the 107,700 Western New York customers affected by the historic multiday blizzard that brought hurricane-force winds and more than 50 inches of heavy, wet snow to the region.
Hochul: Additional actions to provide financial relief to people in WNY
Tue, Dec 27th 2022 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced additional actions to provide financial relief to New Yorkers in the Western and North Country regions in the aftermath of this weekend's historic winter storm, part of the state's ongoing efforts to address the historic winter storm that has caused statewide devastation.
Travel ban continues in Buffalo
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 11:20 pm
"The Driving Ban will be lifted in the Town of Amherst as of 7 pm. The Driving Ban will NOT be lifted for Buffalo, Lackawanna, and Cheektowaga during the overnight hours. Lackawanna and Cheektowaga will be revisited in the morning; Buffalo will continue through tomorrow."
Update on Tops Supermarket reopening plans
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 11:05 pm
On Monday evening, Tops Supermarkets Public and Media Relations Manager Kathy Sautter reported, "Tops intends to continue to safely reopen as many of its Erie County stores as possible on Tuesday, Dec. 27. All Tops locations outside Erie County will open as scheduled. Please reference Tops' social media accounts (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) or visit for up-to-date information."
Hochul submits request for federal emergency declaration
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 11:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday submitted a request to President Joe Biden for a federal emergency declaration, as a result of the historic winter storm that began Thursday, Dec. 22, and continues to impact Western New York and the North Country regions. The storm brought blizzard-like conditions, sustained wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour, and well-below-freezing temperatures through the holiday weekend.
National Grid restores power to 93,600 WNY customers impacted by historic blizzard
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 11:00 pm
National Grid has restored service to 93,600 of its 104,600 Western New York customers affected by the historic multiday blizzard that overwhelmed the region beginning Thursday evening. The company has more than 2,850 restoration experts on the ground - including line, service, tree, damage assessment and public safety workers - who are ready to repair the remaining damage as soon as roads are cleared and outages can be accessed.
Hochul provides Monday update on storm, state efforts; says portions of thruway 'remain closed until further notice'
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 03:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed the media Monday afternoon, providing an update on state efforts to assist Western New York with the aftermath of the weekend blizzard. She said, in part:
Storm update: Driving ban still in effect for parts of Erie County
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 09:15 am
On Monday morning, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted: "As of 7 AM, the Driving Ban will STILL be in effect for the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna and the Towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Evans, Hamburg, Orchard Park and West Seneca. It is lifted for all other towns as of 7 AM. The Thruway and NYS route are still closed."
Hochul provides Sunday night update on state's response to historic winter storm
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 09:15 am
On Sunday night, Gov. Kathy Hochul provided an update to the ongoing response to the historic winter storm that brought blizzard conditions over the course of the weekend to many parts of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and the North Country regions.
National Grid partnering with coalition to prioritize road clearance, facilitate power restoration in WNY
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 09:00 am
National Grid is partnering with a multiagency coalition of state and local emergency response organizations to identify and prioritize areas for road clearance to facilitate power restoration and emergency response after a blizzard slammed Western New York over the weekend.
National Grid battling blizzard, treacherous conditions as it works to restore service to affected customers in WNY
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 08:15 pm
National Grid's crews are facing extremely treacherous weather conditions as they work to safely clean up extensive debris, repair damage and restore power as the result of the ongoing, powerful blizzard that is expected to continue to pummel portions of Western New York through Sunday.
Warming shelters in Niagara County, Buffalo, southern Erie County
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 11:25 am
The following warming shelters are open and available to those who may have lost power, are stranded, or experiencing extreme cold conditions.
Grand Island Town Board approves tentative collective bargaining agreements
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board voted 5-0 to approve tentative collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and with the Civil Service Employees Association. The new contracts will take effect Jan. 1, 2023.
New owner-operators give new life to Grand Island McDonald's
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 07:00 am
Change is coming to Grand Island's McDonald's. Located at 2231 Grand Island Blvd., the familiar restaurant had fallen into disrepair. There were complaints of broken things in the restaurant, including a milkshake machine that was often out of order.
Christmas farmers market offers something for everyone
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 06:55 am
Christmas at the Thompson Farm, 2487 Long Road, featured local venders with handmade products for sale, in addition to foods, such as eggs, meat, potatoes, honey, maple syrup, garlic and winter squashes. Handmade products include soaps, baked goods, ornaments and small paintings.
National Guard to assist Erie County with storm
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 11:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul released the following statement Friday night regarding deploying the National Guard to Erie County amid the winter storm:
Travel ban in Niagara County, Tops closed until Monday, and more winter weather updates
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 05:35 pm
On Friday afternoon, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office announced, "Niagara County has declared a state of emergency due to the severe weather conditions that are impacting travel and safety. Effective 2 p.m., Niagara County will be upgrading the travel advisory to a full travel ban until further notice."
Higgins announces approval of National Heritage Act
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved the National Heritage Area Act (S.1942). The bill reauthorizes all Niagara Heritage Areas, including those in Niagara Falls and along the Erie Canal, for the next 15 years, ensuring a long-term federal commitment to investments in these areas.
Sweet Buffalo, WNY Property Kings, Stand Out Marketing team to bring Rocky the Sweet Buffalo Elf to children
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 11:05 am
Christmas is a time for giving, and that's why Sweet Buffalo teamed up with WNY Property Kings and Stand Out Marketing to bring smiles to children who need it most around the holidays - and it comes in the form of a giant elf!
WNY Coalition for the Homeless announces annual homeless memorial
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 11:05 am
The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless has organized its annual homeless persons' memorial, which will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Organizers said the intent is to remember and honor those who have passed who were impacted by homelessness.
Explore & More, LaBella Associates partner to bring free STEM programming to local libraries
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 01:05 pm
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum and its friends at LaBella Associates have partnered to "Raise the Roof" by bringing free STEM programming to various Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries.
Maguire Family of Dealerships makes donation to The Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
The Neighbors Foundation gratefully accepted a very generous donation from the Maguire Family of Dealerships on Grand Island! Recognizing that the need is great year round, but especially near the holiday season, the Maguire Family presented a check for $1,000 to The Neighbors Foundation.
St. Stephen School first and second honors
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
St. Stephen School announced the following students have earned first and second honors recognition for the first quarter marking period of the 2022-23 academic year.
Grand Island business law firm rebrands as 'Lawyer For Business'
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
Grand Island's The Tarshus Law Firm has rebranded as Lawyer For Business.
School District discusses plans for 2024 eclipse
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education was looking skyward at its Dec. 12 meeting, held at Kaegebein Elementary School. Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham suggested the School District begin early with plans for a total solar eclipse, which is scheduled to occur April 8, 2024.
Grand Island Liquidation: New business offers discounts in a cardboard wonderland
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
Nicole Cannarozzo discovered liquidation stores on social media: "I saw on Facebook, during COVID, someone in Texas said she bought something from her local Amazon return store."
Islanders benefit from students' generosity
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
Veronica Connor Middle School and Grand Island High School collected enough nonperishable food to fill 66 bags, said Dave Conboy, president of the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.
Morinello, Marston partner with American Red Cross for blood drive
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 12:25 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and Grand Island Deputy Supervisor Pete Marston will partner with the American Red Cross for a blood drive taking place Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Grand Island firehall. Donation times will be between noon and 5 p.m. The American Red Cross is looking to exceed its goal of 35 donors.
Snowmobilers reminded to renew their registration locally
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 10:20 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns reminds snowmobilers to register their sleds and trailers "locally" - directly through the Erie County Auto Bureau.
Grand Island Memorial Library news
Thu, Dec 15th 2022 07:55 pm
At the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road:
YMCA Buffalo Niagara receives $2.5 million philanthropic gift from William E. and Ann L. Swan Foundation
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 02:10 pm
YMCA Buffalo Niagara has received a major charitable contribution of $2.5 million from the William E. & Ann L. Swan Foundation toward the future north Buffalo YMCA branch.
Keep kids safe over the holidays: Medication safety at home and while traveling
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 01:45 pm
The holidays are a time for family, friends and festive gatherings. But they can also be a time for potential poisoning incidents involving medication - especially in children. That is why the Erie County Department of Health and the Department of Social Services are reminding parents and caregivers to make medication safety a priority during this holiday season.

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