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NYSUT to DeVos: Waive grades 3-8 ELA, math testing mandates amid coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 01:50 pm
New York State United Teachers is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive state testing mandates for children in grades 3-8 for the rest of this school year and the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, as New York schools are shut down to help stem the spread of the virus.
Update on services at Erie County Clerks Office
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 11:45 am
It's been a very busy time for the management staff in the Erie County Clerk's Office and our auto bureaus to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nothing has been more serious to this office than ensuring the continuity of operations while preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public and our staff. In light of yesterday's first revealed community transmission, we are stepping up efforts to limit spread of COVID-19 in Erie County.
Modern Disposal acquires Republic Services' WNY operations
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 11:40 am
Modern Disposal Services, a family-owned company founded locally in 1964, today announced its acquisition of the Western New York operations of Phoenix-based Republic Services, the nation's second-largest waste-disposal company.
Village of Lewiston municipal building closed
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:30 am
Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch on Wednesday announced the Red Brick Municipal Building is now closed to the public.
Niagara County provides details on COVID-19 positive case
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton on Wednesday said the first positive COVID-19 case is a 42-year-old woman from the "western" portion (likely River Region) of the county. She is in isolation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
National Grid commits $500,000 to assist Massachusetts, New York & Rhode Island families impacted by COVID-19
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 10:00 am
National Grid is directing $500,000 to support customers affected by the health impacts, financial hardships and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will provide immediate relief to families and individuals in need and bolster efforts by local organizations to assist communities across Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
New York State Department of Labor implements a filing system, extends hours to address influx of unemployment claims & make process more efficient for claimants
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
Providing unemployment insurance benefits is DOL's No. 1 priority, and everyone who is entitled to UI benefits will receive them in a timely manner.
Kaleida Health confirms first COVID-19 inpatient case
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) on Tuesday notified Kaleida Health that a positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) result came back on a patient who was evaluated at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital on Monday, March 16.
State of Emergency declared in North Tonawanda
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
A state of emergency has been declared in North Tonawanda by Mayor Arthur Pappas.
Niagara County law enforcement update
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 09:35 am
Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced law enforcement is remaining vigilant and fluid during these times.
Niagara County has its first COVID-19 case
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 07:30 pm
Statement from Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton regarding Niagara County's first positive test for COVID-19: "This afternoon, the Niagara County Health Department was notified of the county's first positive test for COVID-19. All of our protocols are now underway. We are well aware that the community will have many questions. We will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. where we will attempt to provide answers to those questions."
Niagara County announces slew of closures/operational changes in response to governor's mandate
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 05:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Niagara County Manager Rick Updegrove on Tuesday announced the following series of closings and service reductions as county government complies with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate to reduce staff reporting to government offices by 50%. This mandate, they said, will promote social distancing and curtail the spread of COVID-19.
SBA updates criteria on states for requesting disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 03:55 pm
Today, as part of the Trump administration's aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation's 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Erie County DOH: 11 cases of COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 03:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will continue to offer regular updates to the media and community on COVID-19. For March 17:
Cuomo: 3-way agreement with Legislature on paid sick leave bill to provide immediate assistance for New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a three-way agreement with the Legislature on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The program bill also includes the permanent comprehensive paid sick leave policy first advanced in the governor's FY 2021 executive budget proposal.
Cuomo, AG James temporarily suspend state debt collection in response to coronavirus
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced that - effective immediately - the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
DiNapoli releases state revenue projection to reflect coronavirus impact
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:25 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has issued a revenue projection for the 2020-21 state budget, which reflects an estimate of the economic impact and ongoing volatility stemming from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Eastern Niagara Hospital, Niagara County reach agreement for use of former Newfane hospital
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:20 pm
Eastern Niagara Hospital and Niagara County today announced they have entered into a short-term agreement for the use of the former Newfane Intercommunity Hospital for housing quarantined individuals, should it be needed in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
CAOWNY Early Childhood centers close until April 20; meals to be provided
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:15 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY Inc. Head Start program released this statement:
Fairgrounds extends cancellations/postponement of events
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:55 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced it is extending the cancellation and postponement of events on the Erie County Fairgrounds until April 30. In addition, pari-mutuel harness racing at Buffalo Raceway has been suspended until May 2, and New York state has closed Hamburg Gaming until further notice.
Lewiston Council on the Arts hopes to debut 'Literary Arts Café' in April
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Planning is in the works for a "Literary Arts Café" that will take place on Wednesday evenings from April 1-29 upstairs at the Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., Lewiston.
Empower offering jobs to those impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:50 pm
People who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut because of business closings related to COVID-19 are invited to interview for temporary direct care positions at Empower.
AAA WCNY offices to close for walk-in traffic, all business operations to continue
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:00 pm
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, AAA Western and Central New York will be closing all AAA Travel & Insurance Centers to walk-in traffic. This is an effort to keep our work environment as safe as possible for our hard-working associates and to protect the health of our members, as well.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet March 20 for announcement of Greenway awards
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 11:30 am
The meeting for the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announcements of awards will be conducted via Web Ex, following advice from county, state and federal elected and health officials.
Buffalo Sabres: Statement regarding relative of employee
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:30 am
The Buffalo Sabres have released the following statement regarding a relative of a Buffalo Sabres employee:
Buffalo City Mission announces changes to community partner activity & meal service
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:25 am
The Buffalo City Mission announced updates to community partner activity and community meal services - all in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Buffalo Ronald McDonald House response to COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:25 am
The Buffalo Ronald McDonald House released the following statement:
Lewiston restaurants offering takeout, delivery options
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed all restaurants to close in-house offerings as of 8 p.m. Monday. Eateries were directed to switch over to a takeout/delivery-only model.
Erie County: ECDSS working to combat transmission of COVID-19 virus
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:50 am
The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) is taking measures in an attempt to keep both staff and clients healthy and safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski provides update on services; DMV closed
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Tuesday announced a series of closing and service curtailments as his office complies with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate to reduce staff reporting to government offices by 50% to promote social distance and curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Some Erie County employees to begin working from home
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:40 am
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday announced the county's on-site workforce will be limited to 50% through March 31 in response to a call from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to impose such limits as a way to further protect the health and safety of the public and government workers during the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Village of Lewiston encourages residents to be smart, stay home
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:05 am
"We just want everybody to be smart, and stay healthy, and stay safe," she told a room where the three audience members were seated at a distance from one another, as part of the Centers for Disease Control coronavirus guidelines.
Even a hurricane, or two, can't stop regrowth in parts of the coral forest
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 07:00 am
Soft corals at three sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands were able to recover from the destructive effects of nearly back-to-back Category 5 storms in 2017, but the story of these apparently hardy communities of colorful marine life is part of a larger, rapidly shifting narrative surrounding the future of coral reefs, according to a new study led by a University at Buffalo marine ecologist.
Expert: Six essential media literacy skills for COVID-19 and other crises
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 07:00 am
The general public is receiving information about COVID-19 at a blistering pace and from many different news sources. Factor in amplification from social media - which is how many people receive the news - and it can be difficult to discern what news stories are accurate.
Cuomo signs executive order closing schools statewide for two weeks
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 07:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18, for two weeks ending April 1.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office to 'remain vigilant'
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 07:35 pm
Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti would like to address the decision made by New York state to reduce local government employees by 50% until further notice. Filicetti said all emergency personnel will remain available, which includes our road patrol, communications and corrections.
Niagara Falls Memorial updates revised visitation policy
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 07:20 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today updated its revised visitation policy to better protect its patients, staff and visitors in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Cuomo issues executive order allowing state to increase hospital capacity
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:55 pm
During a novel coronavirus briefing Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order allowing the state to increase hospital capacity to prepare the state's health care system to handle the potential influx of patients suffering from COVID-19.
Community Missions issues program updates related to COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:45 pm
Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier President and CEO Robyn L. Krueger issued the following statements on Monday:
Catholic Health implements restrictions for patients, visitors and staff
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:35 pm
With the presence of coronavirus in Western New York, Catholic Health is taking the following steps to protect the health and safety of its patients, visitors and staff, effective March 18:

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