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New York State Department of Labor: $3.1 billion in benefits distributed to unemployed New Yorkers since COVID-19 crisis started
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 11:30 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Saturday announced it has distributed $3.1 billion in unemployment benefits to New Yorkers since the coronavirus pandemic started impacting New York businesses in early March. In total, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers have submitted completed applications for unemployment benefits since the crisis began, including traditional unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance.
Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara connects essential workers with CARES child care scholarships
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 10:55 am
Niagara Community Action Program Inc., under the Community Child Care Resource and Referral Program, applauds the action of the governor's administration in developing a plan to provide child care to essential workers at no cost. This allocation of funding for child care for essential workers comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"), which has provided New York with $163.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system.
DeGlopper team remains hard at work
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After getting over the disappointment that an elaborate unveiling and dedication of a life-sized statue of Grand Island's World War II hero, Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper, has been postponed until June 5, 2021, the memorial volunteer committee was hard at work this week planning the completion of its fundraising goals.
Grand Island Town Board discusses virtual meetings
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
On Monday, The Town Board of Grand Island held its second virtual meeting via its YouTube channel because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month. During the pre-meeting workshop session, each councilmember and Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., discussed an ability to involve residents virtually with the town's various public meetings and hearings.
Grand Island gifted items from Fantasy Island
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
John C. Whitney, P.E., was attending his first Association of Town Meetings in New York on Feb. 18 as the newly elected supervisor of Grand Island when his assistant, Rhonda Diehl, called with an urgent message: "The media and residents are calling for your comments about Fantasy Island closing for good."
Community giving spreads from California to Lewiston at Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After seeing a post on Facebook about a donation to Mount St. Mary's from Brickyard Pub & BBQ, Californian Rosemary Miklitsch reached out to the Lewiston restaurant to match the previous donation of 250 meals. As it turns out, Rosemary grew up in Lewiston, and her grandfather, Dr. George Berry, was a doctor at MSM many years ago. Rosemary's parents also received care at Mount St. Mary's.
$484 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package becomes law
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 09:30 pm
On Friday, the $480 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package was signed into law, with a focus on further assisting small businesses, while also providing much-needed aid to hospitals and ramping up testing capacity across the country.
Niagara-Wheatfield BOE begin budget talks amid uncertainty in state funding
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 04:45 pm
The Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education held a virtual board meeting this week where they began tentative budget discussions for the 2020-21 school year. A proposed budget of $77,119,627 shows only a moderate 3.7% increase from last year. However, amidst the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, board members will have to await the governor's decision regarding the end of the month before they can decide whether or not to move forward with the figures.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 24, 2020
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 03:55 pm
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
2019 Wheatfield Family Picnic canceled
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 03:10 pm
The Wheatfield Family Picnic committee announced the Wheatfield Family Picnic, originally scheduled for Aug. 16, has unfortunately been cancelled.
UB physicians detect previously unseen link between coronavirus and stroke
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
In the past two weeks, doctors in the U.S., including those in Buffalo, have noticed a new and potentially devastating link between stroke and COVID-19. And it is occurring in an unexpected population.
City of NT update for April 24
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
"I realize that residents' patience is extremely stressed to the limit. Three times a week, at least, I have a phone conference with Niagara County Health Department and leaders of all county towns and cities. When I pass on information to you, it is from those conferences and from the orders put out by the governor. Recommendations made and numbers given are from those agencies. I also confer with the police and fire chiefs before a recommendation is made."
WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund: Application materials live
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced the application materials for the WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund, a granting program for struggling artists and arts and cultural organizations, are now available. The application will open Friday, May 1.
AG James calls on mortgage servicers to provide substantial COVID-19 relief for homeowners
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James sent letters to 35 of New York's major mortgage servicers, calling on them to provide immediate and long-term relief to all New York homeowners struggling to pay mortgages amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The letters emphasize the responsibility of mortgage servicers to do more to ensure that COVID-19 does not cause unnecessary foreclosures or increase homelessness in New York.
New York Farm Bureau asks governor to further address farmworker needs during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Farmworker safety is important year-round, but the needs are paramount at this time as farms work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for additional state assistance to address the needs of the agricultural community. This would include inter-agency coordination related to testing, medical treatment and emergency housing for farmworkers, who are essential to agricultural production.
ECMC launches 'BRAVE' program to counter violence
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. and its community partners recently introduced "Buffalo Rising Against Violence at ECMC, or 'BRAVE.' "
County COVID-19 update for April 24
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 12:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Roswell Park, Catholic Health, University at Buffalo unite to answer question: Who will develop severe COVID-19?
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 12:25 pm
Western New York health care and medical research leaders are joining forces in an effort to uncover hidden information from the cells of those who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, seeking insights on how best to care for those who develop COVID-19 illness. Called the Western New York Immunogenomic COVID-19 Study, the new initiative unites three leading regional health care organizations - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Catholic Health and the University at Buffalo - in a project with great potential for advancing our understanding of COVID-19 for the benefit of patients worldwide.
Niagara Falls to be lit blue to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:55 am
In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Niagara Falls will be lit blue - the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse prevention - for a short time this evening beginning at 9 p.m.
Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club participates in #GivingTuesdayNow
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Traditionally, #GivingTuesday is held each November, but as a result of the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19, a new global day of giving and unity, #GivingTuesdayNow will be held May 5.
NYS Health Facilities Association, AG talk about nursing home safety
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, issued the following statement in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to call 811 before you dig
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:40 am
With the warmer weather approaching, NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, remind contractors and homeowners to have underground utilities marked before starting any excavation project. This is essential to protect themselves and others from injury and to prevent damage to underground electric lines and gas pipes. Remember to contact Dig Safely New York by calling 811 at least two and not more than 10 full working days before the start of any excavation project.
New toolkit offers mobile produce markets a roadmap for success
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:40 am
As mobile produce markets become an increasingly popular strategy around the country for addressing food access and food security, operators now have a new tool they can take advantage of whether they're just getting started or looking to expand.
Higgins votes to support hospitals, testing, small business & workers
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins voted in favor of a coronavirus emergency package that provides relief to health care providers, expands the Paycheck Protection Program to keep small businesses afloat and employees working, and funds testing capacity toward the goal of restarting the economy. At the same time, Higgins expressed great frustration that the bill didn't include funding he supported for communities dealing with COVID-19 response.
Kearns announces 'emergency curbside' registrations, license plate transfers at Erie County Auto Bureau
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced Erie County residents performing frontline and essential work can make an online request to register their vehicles or transfer license plates through the County Clerk's website to make sure they have transportation to work.
Boating in NY in 2020: New York Sea Grant's Top 10 safety reminders, new resources
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
In mid-April, with boating opportunities opening up with some restrictions related to marina operations, social distancing, and sanitization, the Empire State Marine Trades Association, Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, and New York Sea Grant are providing resources to encourage people to boat in a socially responsible way.
New report shows severity of COVID-19 impacts on hotel industry
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
As COVID-19 continues to devastate the hotel industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released new data showing 70% of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed as eight in 10 hotel rooms across the nation remain empty.
AAA offers advice to snow birds returning north
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
As we enter the final weekend and the last week of April, many so called "snow birds" will be returning home to Western and Central New York from winter getaways down south. Snow birds is the common term for local residents who spend their winters down south and their summers up north. With limited travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA Western and Central New York is seeing an influx in calls from snow birds who are looking for the safest routes to return home. As a safety advocate, AAA wants to ensure that all travelers have a positive experience on their return with health and safety measures in place.
Erie County Senior Services, partners announce Hearts and Hands is ready to assist with transportation, deliveries, and more for senior & disabled communities
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:10 am
Recently, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, announced a partnership with Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connection needs for seniors and the disabled.
Jacobs urges Senate, Assembly leaders to call Legislature back to work
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:05 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has asked the leadership of the New York State Senate and Assembly to call both houses back into session and implement the rule changes necessary to allow senators, members of the Assembly, and their staffs to continue to work remotely.
WellNow Urgent Care now announces testing for COVID-19 in WNY; available in Niagara County
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 10:15 am
Beginning today, WellNow Urgent Care is offering two types of COVID-19 testing at its Western New York facilities: molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and blood antibody serology testing. Individuals who have or recently had COVID-19 symptoms are eligible to receive the tests. Tests are available seven days a week with no appointment needed.
With HART helping at-home seniors, services more important than ever
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 07:00 am
HART (Home Assistance Referral Team) is an organization that has served the Greater Niagara community and adjacent areas since 1982. Our mission is to enable the elderly and infirm to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own homes by linking them with qualified and affordable assistance.
Niagara County has face coverings available for essential businesses
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 01:40 pm
As essential businesses across Niagara County seek to comply with executive orders requiring face coverings for employees, legislators David Godfrey and Jesse Gooch on Thursday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has obtained a supply of cloth face coverings that are being made available to essential businesses at no cost.
Western New York community leaders pledging personal financial support in response to COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:25 pm
More than 20 local community leaders have joined forces to launch the Community Leaders Response Fund, pledging their personal financial support in response to the COVID-19 crisis Western New York is facing together. The community leader support effort is being led by Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health.
Coronavirus spike sends Niagara County past 300 positive cases
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
"We regret to report the passing of a 65-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends."
Kaleida Health labs expand testing again
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding a third clinic, this time on the east side of Buffalo, which has seen significant growth in the number of positive coronavirus cases.
Artpark has new update on summer concerts & events
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 11:35 am
As the summer draws nearer, I am sure you are wondering about the status of Artpark's season and I would like to share some updates with you.
Cuomo announces financial & administrative relief for all New York hospitals
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services will direct health insurers to provide cash flow relief to, and ease administrative burdens on, New York hospitals in response to COVID-19.
Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University collects masks for seniors
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:45 am
Niagara University's Border Community SERVICE program is leading an effort distribute face masks to seniors in the Niagara Region. The organization is focused on enhancing regional emergency preparedness. It solicited the participation of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, and partnered with the volunteer group Operation Sewing Squad - Flattening the WNY Curve to make the masks, which it has distributed to local organizations that help the senior and other vulnerable populations in the county.
Colvin Cleaners teaching WNY to make face masks
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:25 am
A week ago, The Billoni family and Colvin Cleaners announced they were bringing back their tailors and seamstresses who were laid off due to COVID-19 to make reusable, washable face masks for their customers and local nonprofit agencies. Within an hour of this announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced everyone in New York is required to wear a facemask when out in public.
 

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