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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
Artpark announces new summer programming
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 11:50 am
Artpark & Company on Monday announced it will present a drive-in movie series this summer. Movies will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Lewiston Chalk Walk goes virtual
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 11:15 am
The Lewiston Council on the Arts has taken the KeyBank Chalk Walk competition online!
Learn how COVID-19 is impacting supply chain
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:50 am
Join a panel of supply chain professionals on Thursday, June 11, from 3-4 p.m. as they discuss the challenges that many organizations are facing all along the supply channels, including why there are shortages and how these supply disruptions are impacting businesses that are currently operating, as well as those that are beginning to reopen.
Lockport CARES to reopen
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:45 am
The board of directors and the executive director are happy to announce that Lockport CARES will re-open Monday June 15, at our 188 Genesee St. shelter, with modifications, to accept men, women and families experiencing emergency homelessness. Beginning with our 7 p.m. shift on Monday, June 15, guests will be welcomed into our shelter from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week. This new modification will continue for 30 days and then be reconsidered based on safety factors and overall effectiveness of the shelter.
AAA: National gas price average tops $2; local prices mixed
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.03, which is 5 cents higher than a week ago. One year ago, the price was $2.76. The New York average is $2.20 - 2 cents higher than last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.90.
Cuomo signs legislation banning price gouging of personal protective equipment
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8189/A.10270) banning price gouging of personal protective equipment. His office said, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been countless instances of egregious price gouging, particularly of critical medical supplies - such as masks and hand sanitizer - that are desperately needed by our hospitals and other health care facilities. This legislation will help ensure access to these critical supplies for health care workers and the general public."
Erie County Agricultural Society to host Western New York youth in 'Ag Bonanza'
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
Following the announcement of many pandemic-related cancellations across the region, the Erie County Agricultural Society announced the launch of the "Western New York Youth in Ag Bonanza" program.
DEC announces 2020 'I BIRD NY' challenges
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the start of the 2020 "I BIRD NY" challenges for beginner and experienced birders. The program was launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in 2017, to build on the state's efforts to increase access to New York's vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature.
City of North Tonawanda update
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:35 am
Mayor Arthur Pappas announced the following on Saturday:
Cuomo signs legislation extending deadline to submit absentee ballots to day of election
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23. The governor previously issued executive orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections and ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.
Niagara Falls goes blue & gold for bent curve
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced landmarks across New York state would be lit in blue and gold in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
Cuomo: 'Now is the time' for change & equality
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:25 am
Speaking to the press Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged those who continue to take a stand against racial inequality and injustice across the state, but said more needs to be done to create lasting change.
Cuomo allowing limited outdoor graduations
Sun, Jun 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New Yorkers have done an admirable job of "bending" the coronavirus infection curve. To that end, will be allow small, outdoor high school graduation ceremonies.
Houses of worship can reopen
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced houses of worship - churches, mosques and synagogues - can reopen to 25% capacity in phase two regions. Previously, the governor said these institutions couldn't reopen until phase four of his "New York Forward" reopening plan.
Restaino arranging safety supplies event for Falls businesses
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino has arranged for Niagara County Emergency Services to host a drive-thru event for sanitizer and/or cloth face coverings for pickup to help assist local businesses in the Niagara Falls area. This event will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Niagara Falls High School.
Grand Island Rotary Roundup: Shred-It fundraiser scheduled
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Shred-It fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 27, in the Tops parking lot adjacent to KeyBank on Grand Island Boulevard.
Nurse who aided NYC coronavirus efforts returns home to Grand Island
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Tara Gensler, a clinical nurse in the 914th ASTS based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, was in her Grand Island home last Saturday morning asking why her family wanted her to immediately join them outside.
History Center of Niagara to partially reopen
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
The History Center of Niagara will begin to open its doors to the public starting with the Outwater Emporium Gift Shop, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. In-store sales will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. The second floor will be closed to the public at present.
New York State Parks to accept new camping reservations
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 pm
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will begin accepting new camping reservations beginning Monday, June 8, for check-in beginning June 22.
ECMC elective surgeries resume
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 pm
With the announcement earlier this week that all elective surgeries may resume in Western New York, ECMC has ramped up its surgical procedure protocols to accommodate the many elective surgeries that had been on hold since March 19, when New York state suspended elective surgeries due to the pandemic. Previously, ECMC had been approved on May 17 to resume outpatient elective surgeries.
Cuomo announces lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since COVID-19 pandemic began
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York state has reached the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Thursday, 42 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just eight weeks ago. The number of total hospitalizations was down to 2,728 from a record-high of 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic.
Cuomo on violent incidents at protests in Buffalo & NYS: 'We must change and we must stop the abuse'
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 06:50 pm
On Friday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo addressed the policing incident in Buffalo in which a senior citizen peacefully protesting was knocked to the ground by police. The governor also addressed policing incidents across the state Thursday night.
George Floyd Memorial Scholarship at Buff State
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 04:05 pm
In response to a challenge issued this week to all American colleges and universities, Buffalo State College has established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship to lift up future African American leaders who support racial justice and equity efforts in their communities.
Niagara County 'OneStop' employment center to reopen
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 02:25 pm
Legislator Jesse Gooch on Friday announced the Niagara County Employment & Training "OneStop" Center located in the Trott Access Center will reopen on a limited basis beginning Monday, June 8. The center has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for June 5
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 11:30 am
Coronavirus stats for June 5
Island Dispatch for June 5, 2020
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 11:00 am
Island Dispatch for June 5, 2020
Erie County COVID-19 information line changing hours of operation
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County's COVID-19 information line will change its hours of operation beginning Saturday, June 6 The new hours for the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Two Buffalo police officers suspended following shoving incident
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:25 am
At the end of a protest Thursday at Niagara Square in the City of Buffalo, WBFO caught two Buffalo Police Department officers engaging with a 75-year-old man. That individual is shown being shoved and falling to the ground. He remained there until medical help arrived.
Niagara-Wheatfield BOE: Public hearing on 2020-21 budget; candidates prepare for election
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education on Monday held a virtual public hearing on Zoom regarding the proposed $77,119,627 budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. While the figures represent a 3.66% increase from last year, the board said most of that will be paid through reserves the district has on hand. The board also discussed plans to continue its popular grab-and-go food service through the end of June, and weighed in on whether the district should continue the program throughout the summer.
Grupka details $49.092M proposed Lewiston-Porter budget
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 am
With the Lewiston-Porter School District in lockdown mode for the balance of the school year, the Board of Education held its annual budget/board candidates session Tuesday evening via Zoom for community members.
LPD, Lew-Port to hold 'modified' celebration for senior class
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 am
The Lewiston Police Department and Lewiston-Porter High School this week announced plans for what area officials are calling a "modified" community celebration in salute for the high school's Class of 2020.
Summertime eateries back in full swing after state OKs outdoor seating
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 am
The sun is out, the trees are in bloom, and the intoxicating scent of charbroiled burgers and hot dogs is making it hard for anyone stuck indoors to get any work done. It's summertime in Western New York and, as you would expect, many of the area's favorite seasonal eateries are opening back up for business.
Lew-Port seniors take center stage
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 am
Though graduating Lewiston-Porter High School seniors can't physically walk across a stage this month, they will take center stage in Academy Park this weekend.
 

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