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Erie County: Make your living spaces safer during National Healthy Homes Month
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:40 am
With so many people now spending a significant amount of time at home, the Erie County Department of Health is urging homeowners and renters to reduce the risk of preventable injuries inside the home during National Healthy Homes Month in June.
New York State Office for the Aging reminds New Yorkers to remain vigilant against COVID-19 scams
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:40 am
New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds New Yorkers of all ages to stay aware of scams surrounding the novel coronavirus. Scams have become even more sophisticated in recent years, and although COVID-19 cases are currently on the decline across the state, scammers continue to seek to take advantage of uncertainty surrounding the virus.
Coronavirus stats for June 18
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for June 18
Hotel report: $16.8 billion loss in state & local tax revenue from hotels in 2020 due to COVID-19 impact
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:30 am
As a result of the sharp drop in travel demand from COVID-19, state and local tax revenue from hotel operations will drop by $16.8 billion in 2020, according to a new report by Oxford Economics released Thursday by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
NYPA partners with Signify to install 500,000 connected LED streetlights in New York
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:30 am
The New York Power Authority has partnered with Signify, a world leader in lighting, to support "Smart Street Lighting NY," a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with energy-efficient LED technology by 2025.
Frontier Airlines announces new nonstop flights from Buffalo to Miami, additional service to Orlando with 11 weekly flights
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:30 am
Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines is expanding its service from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) with new nonstop flights to Miami and additional daily flights to Orlando beginning in December. To celebrate Frontier's new Buffalo schedule, the airline is offering fares as low as $49, which are available now at FlyFrontier.com.
Niagara County set to open playgrounds and splash pads at parks
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:25 am
Niagara County will open one playground area in each of Krull, Oppenheim and West Canal parks on Friday, and will open the rest of the playground areas next Friday, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said. Splash pads at Krull and Oppenheim are set to open by the end of June.
UB professor calls for establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 10:55 am
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, but establishing the day as a national holiday would also serve as an opportunity of intense reflection for all people dedicated to issues of freedom and social justice to recommit themselves to working toward the never-realized goals of post-Civil War reconstruction, according to Cecil Foster, a University at Buffalo professor of transnational studies.
Billy Joel concert at New Era Field rescheduled to Aug. 14, 2021
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 10:30 am
The upcoming Billy Joel concert scheduled to take place at New Era Field in Orchard Park on Saturday, Aug. 15, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Tickets purchased for the 2020 concert will be honored on the rescheduled date.
Catholic Health to resume hospital visitations on June 20
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 10:15 pm
Catholic Health is finalizing a plan to safely welcome visitors back to its hospitals on Saturday, June 20. Current visitor restrictions will remain in effect until that time. New processes and guidelines are being finalized based on directives issued Wednesday by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), which include limited visiting hours, limits on the number of visitors at one time, required facial masking, and health screenings for all visitors.
SBA & Treasury announce new PPP 'EZ' forgiveness application
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new "EZ" version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:
Niagara County has infrared thermometers and hand sanitizer available for local businesses
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has a limited supply of infrared thermometers available for businesses to help them meet the state reopening guidelines.
Jacobs honors Anne Gioia with NYS Women of Distinction Award
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:35 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced Anne D. Gioia is the 2020 New York State Women of Distinction recipient for the 60th Senate District. Gioia, a Buffalo resident, has been a long-time civic leader throughout the Western New York Community.
Cuomo issues executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday issued an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees, in recognition of the official emancipation of African Americans throughout the United States. The governor will also advance legislation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday next year.
ECMC updates patient visitation
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:55 pm
Based on guidance issued Wednesday morning by the New York State Department of Health that requires hospitals across the state to submit their updated patient visitation information 48 hours before implementing those changes, Erie County Medical Center this afternoon submitted to NYSDOH the institution's updated patient visitation information.
UB, Cannon Design work to improve DIY fabric mask production
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:50 pm
As the novel coronavirus spread across the globe, so too did a variety of do-it-yourself face coverings. However, there can be some hidden dangers with DIY personal protective equipment.
DEC announces June 27-28 is 'Free Fishing Weekend' in New York state
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:30 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced a "Free Fishing Weekend" for June 27-28. The event is the second of six "Free Fishing Days" offered in New York state every year.
Niagara County Youth Bureau summer food service program resumes
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:30 pm
The Niagara County Youth Bureau is sponsoring the summer food service program (SFSP) and announced the open program site locations for 2020.
Coronavirus stats for June 17
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 17
DEC: 20 campgrounds & day use areas to open June 19
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced 20 of DEC's campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks will open on June 19 for the 2020 season. Three additional campgrounds are slated to open June 26, and additional DEC campgrounds and day use areas will open in the coming weeks as DEC works to safely reopen these facilities to meet guidelines in place to protect staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.
Niagara County Legislator Chris Robins: 'Let the kids play'
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 12:50 pm
Niagara County Legislator Chris Robins on Wednesday called on New York state to update its guidance on organized youth sports to allow practices to begin immediately.
AAA Western and Central New York celebrates 120 years
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 12:50 pm
AAA Western and Central New York is celebrating an anniversary this month. In fact, 120 years ago, in the year 1900, Automobile Clubs of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse were founded by motoring enthusiasts. There were more horses than cars on the roads, yet anxious motorists began organizing automobile clubs excited about the new mode of transportation.
Lewiston-Porter unofficial budget, election results
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 09:30 am
Per Lewiston-Porter Central Schools Secretary to the Superintendent/District Clerk Marisa I. Barile, the unofficial results for the 2020 annual meeting and budget vote are as follows:
Drive-in movie night debuts at Artpark
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 09:15 am
It was a summery Tuesday night in Lewiston, and people were out at Artpark, but the entertainment was a little different than usual.
International disability rights leader to address people with disabilities in Niagara County
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 07:00 am
As it has for several years for its annual Disability Pride festivities, Independent Living of Niagara County is celebrating the anniversary of the Supreme Court "Olmstead v. LC" decision (June 22, 1999), which confirmed the Americans with Disabilities Act's provision that people with mental health disabilities have the right to live in the least-restrictive environment (that is, in our communities).
Cuomo & DeRosa announce increased access to midwife-led birth centers amid COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State COVID-19 Maternity Task Force, chaired by Secretary Melissa DeRosa, on Tuesday announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the State Department of Health to allow midwife-led birthing centers in New York for the first time.
Higgins joins bipartisan letter supporting heritage areas & local economies
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 02:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined a bipartisan group of more than 60 members calling to temporarily waive local fund matching requirements for all national heritage areas. This waiver would come at no cost to taxpayers and would enable national heritage areas to access already appropriated federal funds in order to better support their communities working to weather the COVID-19 crisis.
Cuomo announces hospitals and group homes now allowed to accept visitors
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks.
Grand Island supports neighbors in need
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 12:35 pm
The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation has received many donations from members of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic and would like to thank all members of our community who have provided food and cash to help us in our mission to serve those in need on Grand Island. We would like to highlight several of our more significant contributions.
Buffalo Sabres relieve Botterill, promote Adams to general manager
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 12:25 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as general manager. Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named general manager.
Coronavirus stats for June 16
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for June 16
Welcome to phase 3!
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:40 am
On Tuesday, Western New York entered phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process. This stage includes the following:
Kearns reopens 4 Erie County auto bureau locations by appointment only, except for learner's, CDL permit testing
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns announced that, effective Wednesday, four Erie County auto bureau locations will be reopening to the public by appointment only. The facilities slated to reopen are the Southtowns Auto Bureau (located in the Southgate Plaza), the Northtowns Auto Bureau (located in the Sheridan Plaza), the Downtown Auto Bureau (located in the Rath Building) and the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau (located in the Urbandale Plaza).
New York Power Authority fishing piers to open for season June 22
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
New York Power Authority fishing facilities including the fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant will open for the season on Monday, June 22, weather and water levels permitting. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site will also be available.
Catholic Health announces free interactive webinar: Surgical and non-surgical treatment options for hip pain
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:25 am
Is hip pain affecting your quality of life? Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone loss and injury are all common causes of hip pain. If painful hips are preventing you from doing everyday activities or the things you love, there are options to consider.
AG James, Cuomo again renew suspension of state debt collection as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state has, for the third time, renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
AAA: Got a motorcycle? Get covered
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:20 am
The number of U.S. households with motorcycles is growing, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. That means if you own one of the roughly 13 million motorcycles parked in garages or outside homes across the county, you'll need to take one more important thing with you on the road to keep you and your prized machine protected: specialty insurance.
Can an inhaled steroid help COVID-19 patients feel better faster? UB study aims to find out
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:20 am
Researchers from the University at Buffalo are conducting a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of an inhaler-based medication on non-critical COVID-19 patients, using in-home visits, telemedicine and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to evaluate subjects and collect data.
Empower has jobs available for those out of work
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:15 am
People looking for work are invited to interview for temporary and permanent direct care positions at Empower. The not-for-profit organization is looking for additional help to support people with disabilities living in sites in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, the Town of Niagara, Sanborn and Lockport. Open interviews will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Empower's administrative offices, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.
 

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