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Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for June 12, 2020
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:55 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for June 12, 2020
Higgins: Over $52.8 million to help WNY hospitals respond to COVID-19 costs
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York hospitals will receive over $52.8 million in federal funding designated for the nation's health care facilities who serve the most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB medical students have designed, manufactured and delivered hundreds of face shields statewide
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:30 am
If you phone Jordan Levine pretty much anytime, day or night, you can hear the steady hum of a 3-D printer in the background.
Niagara County seeks REDI change
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara County Legislature members Dave Godfrey, Irene Myers, John Syracuse and Chairwoman Becky Wydysh recently sent the attached letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting he waive the local match requirement for REDI projects.
DEC: Black bass fishing season opens June 20
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:55 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the traditional harvest season for largemouth and smallmouth bass opens June 20 and closes Nov. 30. In most waters, there is also a catch and release season starting on Dec. 1, and continuing until the start of the regular season, during which anglers can fish for bass using artificial lures. There are special fishing regulations for some waters, and York anglers should check the current fishing regulations guide before heading out to fish.
PSC starts proceeding aimed at addressing impacts of COVID-19 crisis on customers, utilities
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:55 am
Earlier this week, the New York State Public Service Commission, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New York's utilities and ratepayers, established a crucial and new proceeding to identify and address the effects on utility and other PSC-regulated services and programs in New York.
PSC receives reports on electric reliability, customer service, gas & electric safety of state's large public utilities
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:55 am
The New York State Public Service Commission reviewed the state's major utilities in terms of their performance in a number of key areas in 2019, including electric reliability service, gas safety, electric safety and customer service.
Have a seat: Local hair salons, barbershops welcome reopening, customers
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:40 am
Time to kiss that quarantine haircut goodbye. On June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Western New York as one of the five regions in the state to allow barbershops and salons to reopen, albeit with some noteworthy restrictions.
Plaza work set to resume
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:35 am
Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch said she spoke with Ellicott Development, and construction is expected to resume shortly on the plaza at Center, South Eighth and Onondaga streets.
More eateries opening, as restrictions loosen
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:35 am
As social contact restrictions impacting businesses from the coronavirus pandemic continue to lessen, slowly but surely bars and restaurants throughout the River Region are getting back into operations. Currently in place is phase two, allowing for outdoor, on-premises service of food/alcoholic beverages. Phase three will enable the indoor service of food/alcoholic beverages. It is expected to begin locally on Tuesday, June 16.
Melissa DeRosa issues report to governor outlining COVID-19 domestic violence task force's initial recommendations to reimagine NYS approach to services for domestic violence survivors
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa on Thursday issued a report to Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlining the COVID-19 domestic violence task force's initial recommendations to reimagine New York's approach to services for domestic violence survivors. Cuomo has accepted these recommendations in full and is directing the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, along with other sister agencies of the Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Office of Victim Services, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Health, to use these recommendations to update and improve domestic violence services in New York.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Western & Central New York announces $124,000 raised through virtual 'Students of the Year' campaign
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
Every nine minutes, somebody in the U.S. dies of a blood cancer. And, in today's times of uncertainty, cancer patients need support now, more than ever. Through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Western & Central New York Chapter's innovative fundraising campaign, "Students of the Year," more than 17 motivated high school students raised significant funds through virtual fundraising events for LLS's cutting-edge cancer research and patient services.
New FTC data finds travel & vacation problems top list of COVID-19-related complaints from consumers
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
Reports about travel and vacation problems topped the list of COVID-19-related complaints from consumers in New York, while nationally reports about online shopping top the list of consumer complaints, according to new data released by the Federal Trade Commission.
Higgins announces federal grant for D'Youville College nursing program
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
As Western New York continues to battle the novel coronavirus, Congressman Brian Higgins joined D'Youville College in announcing a federal grant for the college's nursing program. Allocated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the grant will give D'Youville $707,983 to help address a shortage of faculty available to educate future nurses.
Coronavirus stats for June 11
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:35 am
Coronavirus stats for June 11
Giving Project launches 'Ticket to Ride' campaign benefiting Fantastic Friends of WNY
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:25 am
The Giving Project has teamed up with Fantastic Friends of WNY for a sweepstakes where they will be giving away a 2020 Vanderhall Carmel Blackjack, sponsored by PLB Sports and Entertainment (PLBSE) the inventor of "Flutie Flakes." PLBSE saw an opportunity to help give back to the Western New York community, which made the cereal famous, by joining the "Ticket to Ride" campaign.
SBA's first online veteran-owned small business entrepreneurial training program open to New York veterans
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:25 am
Earlier this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it's launching its first online Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network (VETRN) Streetwise MBA program to New York veteran small business owners and their immediate families beginning in August. Applications may also come from eligible applicants in New Jersey and Connecticut.
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.
 

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