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Percy: 'Brighter days are ahead'
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:35 pm
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, which is typically the official kickoff to our busy summer season, I know that we are all feeling a sense of anxiousness and fear about the outlook of our industry. While we cannot change the current circumstances we are facing, I would like to take this opportunity to share a bit of hope with all of you that brighter days are ahead.
Following spike in domestic violence during COVID-19 DeRosa & NYS Council on Women and Girls launch task force to find innovative solutions to crisis
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:30 pm
Following a spike in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and the New York State Council on Women and Girls on Wednesday announced the creation of a new task force to find innovative solutions to this crisis. The task force will identify solutions to help domestic violence survivors, with the specific goal of looking beyond the traditional ways that services have been provided in the past.
Coronavirus stats for May 21
Thu, May 21st 2020 12:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 21
Waterfront open
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:30 am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) and Be Our Guest are encouraging visitors to the Buffalo Waterfront to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Their recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases. They encourage everyone to "enjoy local recreation areas while, practicing social distancing and using common sense to protect themselves and others."
Prevent identity theft and fraud during this extended tax filing season
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:15 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging taxpayers to be vigilant and guard against identity theft during this extended filing season. The Tax Department shared tips to help New Yorkers protect their private information.
AAA shares motorcycle safety tips for bikers and drivers
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:10 am
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and AAA Western and Central New York is reminding both drivers and bikers of key safety tips as the weather gets nicer. With Memorial Day weekend upon us, many bikers will choose to ride free on the open road amid summerlike temperatures. As an advocate for traffic safety, AAA hopes to reduce crashes and keep the rest of the spring and summer safe for all roadway users.
Higgins pushing to provide resources to National Guard members assigned to federal emergency response
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:10 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is part of bipartisan group of U.S. House of Representatives members and Senators fighting to see that National Guard members "receive the benefits they deserve."
Buffalo General celebrates 200th COVID-19 patient discharged
Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 pm
Andrea Holloway, a 28-year-old patient care assistant at Buffalo General Medical Center, was discharged Wednesday after a nearly month-long battle with COVID-19. She was Kaleida Health's first recipient of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, as part of a clinical trial.
Cuomo to allow religious gatherings of no more than 10 people; drive-in & parking lot services will be allowed statewide
Wed, May 20th 2020 03:30 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning Thursday, May 21, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide where strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks. Additionally, drive-in and parking lot services will also be allowed beginning Thursday.
New law for New York state pharmacies could lead to more people quitting smoking
Wed, May 20th 2020 03:15 pm
May 18, 2020, marked a new day for public health in New York state. Per a new law passed earlier this year, sales of tobacco and vapor products are now prohibited in pharmacies. The change could be a catalyst for increased quit-attempts among state residents. That's good news for the New York State Smokers' Quitline.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee announces Greenway awards
Wed, May 20th 2020 03:15 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announced five new awards totaling approximately $2 million for beautification and improvement projects along the Buffalo and Erie County portion of the Greenway.
Coronavirus stats for May 20
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 20
As communities reopen, Kennedy, AAA, AT&T, New York State Police team up to raise awareness of traffic safety & distractions
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:25 pm
New York State Sen. and Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee Tim Kennedy, AT&T, AAA Western and Central New York and New York State Police teamed up to raise awareness of traffic safety as the unofficial start of summer is here.
All Seneca Resorts & Casinos entertainment shows postponed through September
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:25 pm
Seneca Resorts & Casinos on Wednesday announced all entertainment shows have been postponed through September. This includes shows scheduled at the Seneca Niagara Event Center, Seneca Niagara Bear's Den Showroom, Seneca Allegany Event Center, and Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany Outdoor Concert venues.
Hotel industry, 'on brink of collapse,' releases roadmap to recovery
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:15 pm
With new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing staggering job loss to the hospitality and leisure industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association today released a "Roadmap to Recovery," calling on Congress to prioritize relief for hotel workers and small businesses in the next stimulus package. The April Jobs Report showed the hospitality and leisure industry was the hardest hit, losing 7.7 million jobs - nearly as many jobs as the next four sectors combined.
Department of Labor: $10 billion-plus in unemployment benefits paid to over 2 million New Yorkers during pandemic; pre-4/22 application backlog reduced to 7,580
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:10 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the backlog of pending unemployment benefit applications has been reduced to 7,580 - representing what it called "major progress since an unprecedented crush of applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic flooded the DOL's systems in March." This universe of unprocessed applications includes those that are missing critical information and cannot be processed, duplicates, and abandoned claims. Additionally, since the passage of the Federal CARES Act, 562,766 pandemic unemployment assistance applicants have received unemployment benefits.
Niagara County Pride, City of Niagara Falls uphold pride flag-raising tradition
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:05 pm
Niagara County Pride and the City of Niagara Falls will hold a modified pride flag-raising ceremony at 2 p.m. June 1 at Niagara Falls City Hall.
Niagara County to host drive-thru mask pickup for businesses
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:00 pm
Niagara County has begun phase one of "New York Forward" with some businesses beginning to reopen. As such, Legislator Will Collins on Wednesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services is hosting a two-day drive-thru mask pickup station for those who need to acquire face coverings for their employees.
Jericho Road opens new medical clinic in Buffalo City Mission's New Community Center
Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 am
Jericho Road Community Health Center has opened its fourth health center in the City of Buffalo, located in the Buffalo City Mission's new community center, the Alfiero Family Center for Hope and Promise. Located at 100 E. Tupper St., the clinic was developed in partnership with the City Mission as part of its $15 million center - scheduled to open later this fall to the whole community.
New York Power Authority board approves low-cost hydropower allocations to create 125 jobs in Western New York
Tue, May 19th 2020 04:00 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees on Tuesday approved low-cost hydropower allocations to Rosina Food Products in Erie County and Petri Baking Products in Chautauqua County to create 125 jobs and nearly $71 million in capital investments.
Salvation Army in need
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:35 pm
Maj. Celestin Nkounkon of the Salvation Army of the Tonawandas and a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Island is in desperate need of nonperishable food items and cash donations to assist in what has become an extremely busy drive-thru food pantry during this COVID-19 pandemic.
AARP calls on NYS to address COVID-19's 'disproportionate impact on older NYers of color'
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:15 pm
Earlier this week, AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in conjunction with AARP New York's presentation of testimony at the Joint New York State Senate and Assembly public hearing on "Exploring Solutions to the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Communities":
Cuomo implementing 2-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 sites across state to allow increased visitations for family members
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State to implement a two-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 hospitals across the state - including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center - to allow increased visitations for family members and loved ones. As part of the pilot program, visits will be time limited. Visitors will be provided with and must wear PPE and are subject to symptom and temperature checks.
Artpark working to reschedule concerts; Patti LaBelle, BNL among acts with new date
Tue, May 19th 2020 02:55 pm
As virtually all of Lewiston's summer festivals and large-scale events are canceled, many people have asked about Artpark - will the venue be allowed to stage concerts this summer?
Village of Lewiston: Ridge Street traffic change; fireworks still a no-go
Tue, May 19th 2020 01:10 pm
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to restrict traffic on Ridge Street. The roadway is now a one-way street, with motorists entering via the Fourth Street corner and exiting onto Fifth Street.
VFW Post 313 to host Memorial Day car remembrance
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:45 pm
VFW Post 313 Quartermaster Lance Dickinson on Tuesday announced, "Since VFW Post 313 will not be able to have our traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Old Fort Niagara Cemetery this year, we would like those who are able to join us for a car drive-by remembrance at four local cemeteries.
Seneca Gaming Corp. President & CEO Holly Gagnon to leave company
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:15 pm
Seneca Gaming Corp. on Tuesday announced the appointment of Chief Financial Officer David Sheridan as interim president and CEO. Former CEO Holly Gagnon's contract expires May 31.
Coronavirus stats for May 19
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 19
TV docs to join real doctors in AMA's salute to graduating medical students
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:05 pm
Actors who have portrayed doctors in TV and movies and other notable celebrities will join this nation's leading physicians in the American Medical Association's (AMA) national celebration of new medical student graduates. These leading voices in health care, science and culture will offer their encouragement, advice and inspiration in personalized, self-taped messages to the 30,000 future physicians who are graduating this spring.
Cuomo: State bringing in international experts to help advise state's reopening plan
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state is bringing in international experts to help advise the state's reopening plan. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, senior lecturer at Imperial College London, will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.
'Spread the Love' food drives seek peanut butter donations for FeedMore WNY
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
In order to help FeedMore WNY replenish its supplies and distribute more nutritious food to hungry neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit's board of directors and community ambassador council are encouraging the community to support the upcoming "Spread the Love" peanut butter drives. The food drives will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays, May 23 and 30, at various locations throughout Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties.
Higgins calls on federal railroad administration to conduct swift & transparent investigation of train derailment in East Aurora
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to "thoroughly and expeditiously" investigate and publicly report on the details which led to a train derailment in East Aurora on Monday.
FASNY offers lifesaving BBQ and grilling tips during lockdown
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
As New Yorkers are beginning to emerge from "New York State on PAUSE," looking toward nicer weather and Memorial Day weekend, many will be dusting off and firing up their grills for the first time in months. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York urges all New Yorkers to follow some basic rules and tips to avoid accidents and injuries, and to remember not to hesitate to call for help needed.
Buffalo native serves aboard US Navy warship
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Wegmans announces 1,842 new employee scholarship recipients in 2020
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Wegmans Food Markets announced the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,842 new recipients for the upcoming academic year. The company expects to pay out approximately $5 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2020-21 school year.
Jacobs introduces legislation to protect privacy rights in contact tracing
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has introduced legislation (S8327) to protect the privacy rights of New York residents as the state begins to engage in contact tracing efforts as a key part of its reopening strategy.
Felony hearings, pleas resume in Erie County courts
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced felony hearings and pleas will resume - in a virtual courtroom setting - in criminal cases in Erie County this week as New York state comes off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "PAUSE" executive order.
Western New York residents encouraged to be counted in 2020 census
Tue, May 19th 2020 09:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino and Niagara Ministerial Council President the Rev. Craig Pridgen, senior pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, are teaming up to share information about the Census and stress how important it is for residents to be counted.
NYS Department of Labor: $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits paid during COVID-19 pandemic, including nearly $290 million released through new system for back pay
Mon, May 18th 2020 08:55 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This figure includes nearly $290 million in back pay that was processed in the past two weeks and which was unlocked through a new, streamlined process that allows New Yorkers to easily submit federally mandated weekly certifications they had missed, unlocking previous weeks' benefits.
 

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