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City of Buffalo enacting curfew
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 11:50 am
In light of Monday's violent protests, the City of Buffalo is enacting a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight through Monday.
Cuomo proposes national ban on chokeholds by law enforcement amid ongoing protests responding to death of George Floyd
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday proposed a positive reform agenda amidst the ongoing protests across the state and nation in response to the death of George Floyd. The reform agenda includes a national ban on excessive force and chokeholds by law enforcement officers; independent investigations of police abuse conducted by independent, outside agencies - not by local prosecutors; and disclosure of disciplinary records of police officers being investigated.
Higgins: $800,000-plus in telehealth funding for WNY
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $803,135 to in federal funding to provide telehealth services to Western New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program.
Second night of peaceful protests in Niagara County; not so in Buffalo
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 08:45 am
Dozens of people descended upon downtown Lockport on Monday to hold a peaceful rally and encourage racial equality.
Brickyard fire 'could've been a lot worse'
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Speaking Monday morning with local leaders, Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Les Myers said it was fortunate last week's fire at the Brickyard Brewing Company didn't carry over to the neighboring project, which is under construction.
Everything you need to know about phase 2, as Western New York continues its reopening process
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 04:50 pm
Western New York is entering phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan on Tuesday.
Cuomo, de Blasio announce citywide curfew in New York City
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio on Monday announced a citywide curfew that will take effect beginning at 11 p.m. and will be lifted at 5 a.m. tomorrow.
Niagara County Fair postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:50 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County's board of directors held a special meeting on Friday, May 29, resulting in the decision to postpone the Niagara County Fair until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
ECMC Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine participates in annual Healogics Wound Care Awareness Week
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Erie County Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the seventh annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 1-5.
Learn how to navigate financial impact of COVID-19 on family businesses
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
Join a panel of financial experts from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 4, as they provide insight into ways to navigate the financial challenges family businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The discussion, presented via Zoom, is the second in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force created in response to health disparities related to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
People of color and those with compromising health conditions make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths according to national, state and regional data. In response to these facts, community leaders in Niagara Falls announced the creation of the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
Niagara Wine Trail postponing Wine Festival
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the 12th Annual Niagara Uncorked Wine Festival in Lewiston on July 25th and July 26th due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
ECMC opens state-of-the-art KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Erie County Medical Center Corp. celebrated the opening of the institution's new $55 million KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department, which will double the size of the existing 40-year-old facility and feature state-of-the-art technology and equipment for the region's only level one adult trauma center.
Coronavirus stats for June 1
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 1
Artpark announces new season of artistic innovation, embracing social distancing in natural setting of Niagara Gorge
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 10:40 am
Artpark is churning with activity and fresh initiatives that will allow visitors to interact with the public park in new ways. In the face of multiple concert cancellations and postponements, Artpark has been actively developing new and adapted programs designed to bring the community both relief and inspiration while practicing social distancing and all COVID-19-related precautions to keep visitors safe at all times.
Justice for George Floyd: Protests in Niagara Falls called 'peaceful'
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 09:30 am
Dozens of people showed up Sunday night in different parts of Niagara Falls to protest the untimely death of George Floyd.
Cuomo announces dentists can reopen statewide
Sun, May 31st 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced New York dentists can reopen statewide on Monday.
State of emergency in Erie County; 10 arrests following Buffalo protest
Sun, May 31st 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn on Sunday afternoon announced the arrest of 10 people following a protest Saturday night in the City of Buffalo. He said his office is investigating general property damage in the downtown area, as well as arson at City Hall, and looting and property damage in Amherst and Kenmore.
Tesla owners collaborate with Buffalo Gigafactory for food drive
Sat, May 30th 2020 07:00 am
Tesla Owners Club New York State (TOCNYS) was able to raise $2,800 toward a GoFundMe campaign. With leadership at Tesla's Gigafactory New York, TOCNYS will partner to donate these funds to the Food Bank of WNY.
Call for artists for an outside, socially distanced, individually located art exhibit and sale
Sat, May 30th 2020 07:00 am
Michelle Marcotte, a Lewiston artist, will revive the occasional Niagara River Region Art Studio tours this summer - but, outside and socially distanced. She invites Lewiston-area artists to contact her so they can get organized to collaborate in timing, organization and publicity.
SBA, Treasury Department announce $10 billion for CDFIs to participate in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions. CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
NYSEG, RG&E preparing for thunderstorms & winds across state
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., are preparing for high winds and rain associated with incoming storms expected to hit their service areas Friday afternoon and into the evening. As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact most of the NYSEG and RG&E footprint, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Southern Tier, Capital Region and Hudson Valley.
National Grid reminds customers to be safe with storms in forecast
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
With the continuing warm temperatures across upstate New York this week, strong, scattered thunderstorms in portions of the region are possible. National Grid has a full contingent of crews ready to respond to any damage caused by severe weather.
Higgins: Over $20 million in federal emergency funding for WNY nursing homes
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Paddles Up canceled; solo paddle & online prize giveaway to replace popular summer event
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced the 2020 Paddles Up at Beaver Island State Park has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health.
State Parks releases final scoping document for Draft Historic Preservation Plan, GEIS
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the final scoping document for the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-25) and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
NY Farm Bureau encourages farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
COVID-19 antibody test scheduling resumes with Erie County Department of Health
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
Scheduling for COVID-19 antibody test appointments has resumed for Erie County Department of Health clinics taking place in June.
AAA to offer free online Medicare sessions
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Medicare can be confusing and complex, yet most of us will have to navigate it someday.
Erie County Social Services Department announces pandemic EBT benefit
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) announced the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will be issuing a pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer food benefit to all New York state households with school-aged children who receive free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. This action was taken as part of the Families First Corona Virus Response Act of 2020.
Higgins announces passage of legislation extending death and disability benefits to public safety officers contracting COVID-19
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Morinello focused on future of New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:05 pm
Whether it be behind masks, screens or phones, the legislature has reconvened in Albany, focused and motivated. The coronavirus epidemic has put a tremendous strain on our communities, our livelihoods, and the very things that make us human. Interactions at work, in social settings, or in passing have ceased to brief greetings and informal salutations. The legislature returns this week frustrated but with a heavy heart, knowing the pain, suffering, stress and anxiety the members of our community have faced over the last few incredibly trying months.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to hold free virtual educational conference to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's during pandemic
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. This event is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts, as well as special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." It is free and open to all. To register, go to
DEC announces statewide muskellunge fishing season opens May 30
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the statewide fishing season for muskellunge opens Saturday, May 30, in most locations. The muskellunge season for New York's Lake Erie, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River opens on the third Saturday in June - June 20 this year.
AAA: 20.2 people die in NYS crashes involving teen drivers every summer during '100 Deadliest Days'
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
In New York state, 222 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the "100 Deadliest Days" from 2008 to 2018. The "100 Deadliest Days" is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. The number of people killed in crashes involving teen drivers, in New York, during rest of the year is 382 (for a total of 604 from 2008 to 2018). 222 people killed in summer months compared to 382 killed during non-summer months, over the 10 years, is an increase of more than 70%. Moreover, 222 people killed in the summertime equates to a yearly average of 20.2 deaths.
Higgins & Niagara County Clerk Jastrzemski announce VA accreditation to better serve veterans in WNY
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski announced the accreditation of Jeffrey M. Glatz, director of the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency. As a fully accredited representative of the American Legion, he can now work on the preparation and presentation of claims for veteran benefits.
DEC urges New Yorkers: If you care, leave it there
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to the creatures people intend to help.
Higgins announces federal affordable housing assistance for people with disabilities
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This brings total affordable housing federal emergency relief supporting Buffalo residents to over $16 million: $3,044,512 for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and $13,120,017 for the City of Buffalo.
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame launches 2020 student scholarship project with all-star music collaboration
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President Anthony Casuccio posted an idea on Facebook, which evolved into a virtual creation of artists coming together for a good cause: The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame student scholarship program.

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