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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.
SBA, Treasury release Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:10 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions for the application.
NCCC to offer PPE training for manufacturing industry
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:10 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development Department, in conjunction with the NCCC Small Business Development Center, will offer virtual training classes for businesses throughout Western New York to prepare for reopening.
Catholic Health resumes full elective surgery schedule this week
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:05 pm
Following approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgeries in Catholic Health on May 5, the health system expects to complete a full caseload of procedures this week. Catholic Health began a limited elective surgery schedule last week, after becoming the first hospital system in Erie County to receive a waiver from the Department of Health to begin performing procedures that have been suspended since early March.
NCCC to offer free webinar on reopening for retail & service businesses
Mon, May 18th 2020 03:20 pm
The Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with NCCC Workforce Development will hold a free online training workshop for Western New York businesses to help them prepare for reopening. It will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27. The presentation will be repeated later the same day from 1-3:30 p.m.
Northwest Jazz Festival will resume in 2021
Mon, May 18th 2020 03:05 pm
The Northwest Jazz Festival of Historic Lewiston, NY announced Monday this year's event was canceled.
AAA offers bike safety tips as May is Bike Safety Month
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:45 pm
Amid social distancing and warmer weather in New York, AAA has seen an uptick in the number of bicycles out and about. With more people taking advantage of cycling, there's no better time for a refresher on safety especially since May is Bike Safety Month. AAA Western and Central New York has tips for bicyclists and motorists to share the road and keep everyone safe.
Appeal 2020 HOPE Day scheduled for Friday, May 22
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:45 pm
With less than two months to go in Appeal 2020, Catholic Charities announced HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving, will be held Friday, May 22, throughout Western New York. The first $58,750 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar, with gifts from donors who wish to remain anonymous, in the ongoing effort to reach the annual Appeal's $10 million goal.
Tuscarora Nation Picnic canceled
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:40 pm
The 175th annual Tuscarora Nation Picnic, which was scheduled for July 10-11, has been canceled for this year. The summer picnic highlights Native American culture and traditions and includes dance, music and native foods.
Erie County Department of Health to offer COVID-19 antibody tests to Erie County residents
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:40 pm
Starting Tuesday, May 19, the Erie County Department of Health will offer a series of clinics for COVID-19 antibody testing.
Niagara Falls: 'Council in the Community' canceled
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:00 pm
The Niagara Falls City Council's community outreach meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 11, has been canceled.
Coronavirus stats for May 18
Mon, May 18th 2020 12:35 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 18
Western New York reopening
Mon, May 18th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said Western New York will enter into phase one of his "New York Forward" reopening on Tuesday. Nonessential services have been closed since March 20, when Cuomo put "New York State on PAUSE" to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Hochul offers additional details on phase one reopening
Mon, May 18th 2020 11:15 am
In a conference call Monday morning with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul offered additional details on what phase one of "New York Forward" entails. She is head of the "control room" monitoring when Western New York can begin to exit Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" shutdown.
Integer donates face shields for frontline workers
Mon, May 18th 2020 09:55 am
Integer, which includes Greatbatch Medical, Lake Region Medical and Electrochem, recently donated 1,000 face shields to the Kaleida Health workforce battling COVID-19. The company plans to donate another 1,000 face shields in the coming weeks. (Photo courtesy of Kaleida Health)
New York offers comprehensive new testing site map
Sun, May 17th 2020 02:25 pm
On Sunday, the governor's office posted a site where people can find coronavirus test sites by ZIP code.
Cuomo: WNY can reopen; phase one details
Sun, May 17th 2020 12:35 pm
Western New York is poised to come off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" executive order.
Higgins announces House approval of Heroes Act
Sat, May 16th 2020 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced Friday the House of Representatives approved the Heroes Act, the fourth emergency bill directed at addressing the resources and relief needed by to communities battling COVID-19.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for May 15, 2020
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:35 pm
The full version of the Tribune and The Sentinel combo newspaper for May 15, 2020.
AG James, Cuomo again renew suspension of state debt collection as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, May 15th 2020 04:50 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the state has again renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to New York that was specifically referred to the office of the attorney general (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
Cuomo, Poloncarz, Wydysh: You reopen when you are smart about controlling virus
Fri, May 15th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday took five New York state regions off his "PAUSE" list, allowing them to reopen.
Cuomo outlines additional measures businesses need to employ at reopening; Wydysh, Poloncarz offer update on what WNY companies should do
Fri, May 15th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday outlined additional safety measures businesses should employ once they are allowed to enter phase one of his reopening procedure:
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Fri, May 15th 2020 03:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Friday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has recommended wearing cloth face coverings which cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
June rabies clinic canceled
Fri, May 15th 2020 02:15 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health has canceled the June 6 rabies clinic, which was to take place in the City of Niagara, due to health concerns relating to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Govs. Cuomo, Murphy, Lamont & Carney announce multi-state agreement on beaches ahead of Memorial Day weekend
Fri, May 15th 2020 01:55 pm
Acting on a commitment to coordinate regional policies in response to COVID-19, Govs. Andrew M. Cuomo, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Ned Lamont of Connecticut and John Carney of Delaware on Friday announced a multistate agreement to reopen public and private beaches with certain restrictions in place effective, Friday, May 22. They said this approach will better align the states' policies ahead of the summer months.
Pet Volunteer Visit Week at Niagara Hospice House
Fri, May 15th 2020 12:45 pm
This was the first week that Niagara Hospice pet volunteers were able to bring their dogs to visit residential patients through the windows at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport. A spokesperson said, "The volunteers and dogs had missed coming for their regular visits for the last two months. Our patients were very pleased to see the different dogs for few minutes each day this week."
Coronavirus stats for May 15
Fri, May 15th 2020 11:50 am
Coronavirus stats for May 15
Higgins supports federal transportation grants for 'Cars Sharing Main Street' & bridges in Niagara Falls State Park
Fri, May 15th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is advocating for the U.S. Transportation Department to fund applications submitted by the City of Buffalo and New York State Parks for federal grants under the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program.
Niagara County Clerk Jastrzemski offers updates on DMV
Fri, May 15th 2020 10:40 am
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Friday said that, in compliance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order 202.29, the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Niagara County, like those across the state, will remain closed for face-to-face transactions through June 6.
With hospital visitation on hold, Mount St. Mary's answers a need
Fri, May 15th 2020 10:30 am
Though hospital visitation remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount St. Mary's Hospital has implemented a program to comfort patients and their friends and families. "Gifts of Cheer" is the new initiative, created by the Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation following a request from the friend of a patient in the hospital.
Niagara County legislators offer affordable meals to Wheatfield and North Tonawanda seniors
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:00 am
In the early weeks of the lockdown, Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch knew he wanted to do something for his district's senior community. He partnered up with local food truck vendor J&L Boulevard BBQ to begin "Meals with Heart from 6 Feet Apart" to offer seniors $5 dinners (pickup only) from 5-6 p.m. each Wednesday at the Wheatfield Town Hall, 2800 Church Road.
 

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