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HUD provides New York over $400 million in CARES Act funding for homeless populations amid coronavirus recovery
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:25 am
Earlier this week, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced the allocation of $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. This funding is in addition to $1 billion of ESG grants announced within a week of President Donald Trump signing the CARES Act.
Bad Behavior: Drivers know it's wrong, but many do it anyway
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's latest research finds drivers who have been in at least one crash in the past two years are significantly more likely to engage in risky behaviors like speeding or texting, even when they think the police may catch them. After three months of staying at home, AAA urges drivers to keep everyone safe on the roads and warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits.
Niagara County Department of Health encourages safely enjoying outdoors
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
With warmer weather and gradual reopening of Niagara County, the Niagara County Department of Health encourages individuals to enjoy the outdoors safely during COVID-19.
FeedMore WNY awarded $10,000 donation through Liberty Mutual & Safeco Insurance emergency community support grants
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance recently announced a $10,000 donation to FeedMore WNY - nominated by Stephen Mayo of Walsh Duffield - as part of an emergency community support grant to help independent agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation will go directly to FeedMore WNY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to Western New Yorkers of all ages in need.
Passenger seat program resumes
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
Schumer & Higgins announce $600,000-plus for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 07:00 pm
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins announced Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will receive $600,456 in federal funding to expand telehealth services to Western New Yorkers. The funding, included by Congress in the CARES Act, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program. Both Schumer and Higgins reached out to the FCC to advocate on behalf of Roswell Park.
Aquarium of Niagara celebrates 55 years in Niagara Falls
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 05:30 pm
On Friday, the Aquarium of Niagara will celebrate its 55th anniversary as a destination for education, conservation and inspiration in Niagara Falls.
Leveraging a powerful weapon in the fight against COVID-19: Ontology
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:30 pm
The mass of growing and constantly changing data resulting from multiple disciplines represents one of the biggest challenges researchers and public health officials must confront while trying to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
EPA: $900,000 in revolving loan funds to clean, reuse brownfield sites including Niagara County
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:30 pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced $900,000 of supplemental funding is slated for successful brownfields revolving loan fund (RLF) programs to clean up brownfields sites in Camden (New Jersey), Niagara County and New York City.
Grand Island Fire Co. members receive COVID-19 antibody testing from NFMMC
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:25 pm
Laboratory Assistant Jane Markarian, right, draws a blood sample for antibody testing from Grand Island Fire Co. EMS Director Robert Meyer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's Porter Road Patient Service Center in the Town of Niagara.
Carrousel Museum to host Chiavetta's fundraiser
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:05 pm
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is holding a curbside Chiavetta's chicken dinner pickup from 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 26. Dinners are $12 each in advance, and include the famous Chiavetta's chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and a roll. A portion of each dinner sold will help the museum to make up lost admissions income from the three months the museum was required to close due to COVID-19.
Artpark books new Chicago date
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:05 pm
Artpark & Company on Wednesday announced the Chicago concert originally scheduled for Aug. 7 in the Mainstage Theater has been rescheduled to July 31, 2021.
Higgins calls for streamlined process to ensure WNYers without internet access receive COVID-19 relief payments
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue "simple guidance and dedicated resources" to assist Americans without internet access in receiving their economic impact payments. After receiving outreach from constituents, Higgins worked with other House Ways and Means Committee members to stand up for those struggling with accessing the payments they deserve.
Niagara University is first higher ed institution in country to provide students with virus-blocking pillows
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
To facilitate better health and safety, as well as to ease the concerns of students and their families, Niagara University has partnered with Spry Therapeutics to provide filtered pillows to its resident students. The university said it is the first in the country to provide this clean-sleep solution, which was made available by Spry Therapeutics, a health and wellness technology company owned by brothers and NU alumni Bill and Bob Purdy.
Pappas offers information for NT restaurant and patio seating reopenings
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Because the signs of reopening North Tonawanda are positive, city leaders are making decisions to let business and recreation areas reopen on a case-by-case basis. One notable feature is the allowance of restaurants to open patio seating in accordance with New York state protocols and SLA approval, if required.
COVID-19 testing is available at Niagara University
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Niagara University, in partnership with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, is offering COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays throughout the month of June.
Coronavirus stats for June 10
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 03:45 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 10
Cuomo announces new coronavirus dashboard
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a daily testing results dashboard to complement the early warning dashboard for New Yorkers and local governments to easily track the COVID-19 daily test results by region and county as all regions in the state are now reopening.
Higgins calls on state & federal government to resolve Trusted Traveler differences
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 03:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to negotiate with New York state government in good faith to resolve the suspension of enrollment and renewal of Trusted Traveler program participation for New York residents.
What Erie County residents need to know about contact tracing, isolation & quarantine for COVID-19
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:25 pm
As Western New York moves through the phases of reopening with "New York Forward," the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) contact tracing program will continue to be an important part of reducing community transmission of COVID-19 in Erie County.
Cuomo calls on Trump to apologize for tweet disparaging Buffalo protester: 'It is wholly unacceptable'
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:10 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on President Donald Trump to apologize for a tweet this morning claiming Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester who was allegedly shoved to the ground by two Buffalo Police Department officers, could be a member of antifa and might have staged the fall.
Niagara County making goggles available to hair salons, barbershops
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has goggles available for hair salons and barbershops to help them meet the state reopening guidelines. Andres said the guidelines initially required face shields, but now have been amended by New York state to include goggles.
New York provides details on phase 3: Restaurants/food service, tattoo facilities, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology & nail specialty
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 12:45 pm
The "New York Forward" website now has details on phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan. Western New York is expected to enter this stage on Tuesday, June 16.
Virtual activities planned for World Elder Abuse Awareness
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 12:10 pm
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15. During the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
More details on Seneca Resorts & Casinos reopening
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:55 am
After 15 weeks of closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Seneca Resorts & Casinos has announced phase one of its return to operations will begin Thursday, June 18, with the opening of Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra offers update on summer season
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:55 am
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday confirmed some cancellations and postponements of its popular summer season concerts, which usually take place in late June through July each year and draw tens of thousands of people, will be necessary.
Higgins: More than $4.4 million in additional CARES Act aid for WNY
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive more than $4.4 million in additional federal aid to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for June 9
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for June 9
Higgins: Canada's exception to allow crossings to visit family is first step
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, responded Monday to an announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau granting permission to cross the border to visit family, calling the policy change "an incremental step forward."
Cuomo signs legislation authorizing local governments to extend deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S.8122-B/ A.10241-A) authorizing local governments to extend the deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15, 2020, in recognition of the hardships many families and businesses continue to face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lewiston Farmers Market makes 2020 debut
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 07:00 am
Jamie Symmonds opened her Lewiston Farmers Market on Saturday. Throngs of people came out - wearing masks and socially distancing, of course - to patronize local farmers and small businesses.
Senate majority advances policing reforms legislative package
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 04:00 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance a major policing reforms legislative package which, it said, "includes the repeal of 50-a and other important bills to help implement real improvements to law enforcement efforts in New York."
Heastie: Assembly to pass legislative package to protect New Yorkers, improve police & community relations, bring transparency & accountability to criminal justice system
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie on Monday announced that, this week, the New York State Assembly will pass a package of legislation to protect New Yorkers, improve police and community relations, and bring transparency and accountability to the criminal justice system.
SBA: New PPP rules changes give small businesses more options
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:45 pm
The recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act provides additional clarity and flexibility for small business owners to meet the requirements of the PPP loan program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. When the president signed the bipartisan legislation into law, it gave more time and discretion for when and how the loans can be spent to keep employees on payroll and keep up with accounts payable to further assist the nation's economy in its recovery from COVID-19 closures.
Seneca Nation announces reopening dates for gaming operations
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:15 pm
The Seneca Nation has approved reopening plans for its class II and class III gaming operations, clearing the way for thousands of local employees to begin returning to work and contributing to Western New York's economic recovery.
NCCC to offer PPE training for hospitality industry
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development department will offer online training targeting businesses involved in the reopening of the hospitality sector. This awareness-level training is geared for employees who will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their work space.
SUNY Impact Foundation to match donations in Niagara County Community College student emergency relief fund
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
The Niagara County Community College Foundation office has continued to work tirelessly to raise funds for our students who are struggling with financial hardships caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As of June 5, the NCCC Foundation has raised $15,000 to support 150 current students. Each student has received a $100 gift card to help purchase groceries, medicine and other basic necessities.
Niagara County Department of Health performs field surveillance for ticks, warns against exposure & risk of Lyme disease
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
Ticks and tick-borne diseases are a public health concern in Western New York, including Niagara County. With warmer weather, ticks are actively feeding and reproducing.
Coronavirus stats for June 8
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:00 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 8
 

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