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Graham provides update, as schools remain closed for academic year
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Brian Graham, Ed.D., superintendent of Grand Island Schools, said administrators, principals, teachers and school staff are extremely disappointed they will not have the opportunity to see students participate in the annual high school graduation ceremony with everyone gathered at the Kleinhans Music Hall.
Cuomo announces state Department of Health investigating evidence COVID-19 can cause severe illness in children
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19. There have been 73 reported cases in New York where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19.
Poloncarz signs emergency order extending preparation time for plan to close anticipated deficit
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed an emergency order to modify section 2511 of the Erie County Charter and extend the administration's deadline for completing a plan to close an anticipated budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the deadline for completing a plan from seven days to 30 days and allows for potential, as-yet-unrealized federal assistance to be factored in.
NYS Department of Labor to proactively inform applicants of their claim's status
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced a new initiative to proactively inform New Yorkers of the status of their unemployment benefit application to help them follow its progress. The effort, part of a broader campaign to proactively communicate with New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits, will use emails and text messages to keep New Yorkers informed throughout the process - from submission to approval.
Read our newspapers online
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:40 pm
While readers are safe at home, and businesses are temporarily closed, we're offering our Niagara County newspapers online. As in, the full edition. For free. Enjoy (and support our advertisers)!
Higgins: Over $1.3 million for health centers to expand community testing
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $1.3 million in funding awarded to federally qualified health care clinics to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Western New York. The supplemental funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, approved by the House of Representatives on April 23, which provided $25 billion to expand testing nationwide.
Elderwood resident Joanne Bodman honored with parade to mark 100th birthday
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:25 pm
Family and friends gathered together Monday afternoon at Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield to help Joanne Bodman celebrate her 100th birthday. A drive-by parade took place outside the front door and featured the Bergholz Fire Department, local first responders, friends and admirers.
Cuomo: NYS will extend window for victims to file cases under Child Victims Act until Jan. 14
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state will extend the window for victims to file otherwise time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months, until Jan. 14, 2021.
Cuomo announces members of 'Reimagine Education' advisory council
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of New York's "Reimagine Education" advisory council - made up of educators, students, parents and education leaders - to help districts reimagine schools as they prepare to reopen while protecting health and safety, how virtual learning can bridge the gap, and supplement face to face education when schools reopen. The council - chaired by SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras - will be comprised of lower and higher education leaders from across the state.
Villa Maria College announces plan for phased reopening of campus
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
As we await a formal decision from elected officials, Villa Maria College has developed a plan that will allow for a phased reopening of its Buffalo campus.
Higgins: $8 million in federal funding to assist mental health & substance abuse services in WNY
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $8 million total in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to BestSelf Behavioral Health, and Horizon Health Services for expansion and continuation of mental health and substance abuse services.
American Cancer Society continues 'Alone Together' virtual 5K series
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Join the American Cancer Society for the concluding parts of its socially distant "Alone Together" 5K series on May 9 and 16. Participants from across the country will walk, run, roll or hike in a virtual 5K series to show cancer patients and their families that, "We are still there for them, even when we're apart."
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield, and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
Leaders welcome formal announcement of retail testing in Niagara Falls & Buffalo
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
Local leaders welcomed the formal announcement by Rite Aid of 46 additional COVID-19 testing sites across the country, including at two of the company's locations in the Cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo, scheduled to open on Monday, May 11.
Jacobs calls for an immediate fix to New York's unemployment system
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
Calling it the most dysfunctional and mismanaged aspect of New York state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is asking the Cuomo administration and the New York State Department of Labor to immediately commit all the necessary resources to fix what he called the "broken" unemployment system that still has not provided benefits to tens of thousands of New York residents who have been out of work since March.
Kearns requests federal funds for foreclosure prevention & relief services
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns submitted to the budget director of the County of Erie a request for CARES Act funding for foreclosure prevention and relief services resulting from COVID-19. Taking notice of the recent unemployment trends, Kearns said he expects Erie County residents to fall behind on their monthly mortgage payments. As such, foreclosure filings will be on a rise in the Erie County Clerk's Office.
Where is Mr. Toasters?
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:20 pm
Mr. Toasters, a pet cockatiel who lives at 483 Harrison Ave., Tonawanda got out of the house on April 27. His family followed him until the evening of April 30, when they lost sight of him. He is currently still lost.
Cuomo: Moratorium on COVID-19-related evictions will be extended until Aug. 20
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced the state's moratorium on COVID-related residential or commercial evictions will be extended for an additional 60 days, until Aug. 20. The governor also announced the state is banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
Congratulations, Dr. Angeles! What it's like to defend a PhD thesis on Zoom
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:50 pm
Like so much else in life, a rite of passage for doctoral students has gone virtual during COVID-19: the Ph.D. defense, in which students present their research and field questions from faculty before receiving a degree.
SBA: Paycheck Protection Program funds still available
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:25 pm
Billions of dollars in potentially forgivable Payroll Protection Program (PPP) capital remains available to small businesses and nonprofits to help provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed. PPP, created out by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is responsible for infusing billions of dollars of capital into small businesses nationwide and saving jobs.
ASI Awards nearly $100,000 to local artists & nonprofits, including Artpark, Aquarium of Niagara
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:25 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Inc. has awarded $97,970 in emergency grants to 60 local artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Coronavirus stats for May 8
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:15 pm
Attorney General James secures new protections, security safeguards for all Zoom users
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:10 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced an agreement with Zoom Video Communications that will provide security protections for more than 200 million users on the platform. New security measures are being put in place to support and protect consumers, students, schools, governments, religious institutions and private companies using the application for work, education, prayer and socializing.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for May 8, 2020
Fri, May 8th 2020 10:05 am
The full version of the Tribune and The Sentinel combo newspaper for May 8, 2020.
NFMMC to offer community testing for COVID-19
Thu, May 7th 2020 04:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will offer the community diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, beginning Monday, May 11.
Higgins announces over $609,000 in additional federal aid to WNY colleges serving low-income students
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced an additional $690,559 in federal funding for several local colleges and the students they serve.
Coronavirus stats for May 7
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:40 am
Where to get coronavirus testing
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
Kaleida celebrates National Nurses Week
Thu, May 7th 2020 10:40 am
Each year, from May 6-12, we celebrate National Nurses Week - an opportunity to recognize the nurses who are integral to the health and well-being of patients throughout the community.
Jacobs' statement health care volunteers paying New York state income taxes
Thu, May 7th 2020 08:30 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs issued the following statement earlier this week in response to news that out-of-state volunteer health care workers who traveled to New York to help fight the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic will be forced to pay New York state income taxes:
Higgins: National Science Foundation awards to support local COVID-19 research at Hauptman-Woodward
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the award of $600,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) for multiple research projects into the molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
Schmidt Futures will help integrate NYS practices & systems with best advanced technology tools to 'build back better'
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:35 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced Schmidt Futures will help integrate New York state practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to build back better. Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and executive chairman and founder of Schmidt Futures, will lead the state's 15-member blue ribbon commission and use what the state has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with new technologies, to improve telehealth and broadband access.
NYS Department of Labor: $5.8 billion in unemployment benefits paid to New Yorkers since COVID-19 pandemic began
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:15 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced that over $5.8 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to 1.5 million New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York state honors older volunteers during Older Americans Month
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Office for the Aging is celebrating New York's older volunteers and the "extraordinary value they bring to our state."
Niagara County: Work release program suspended
Wed, May 6th 2020 06:00 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti on Wednesday announced the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Work Release Program will not be operating until further notice. This has occurred due to the temporary layoffs agreed to by Niagara County and the Civil Service Employees Association Union.
Erie County: Additional defendants serving local jail time released early due to COVID-19 concerns
Wed, May 6th 2020 06:00 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Wednesday announced a total of 21 convicted defendants with 45 days or less remaining on their sentences have been released from the custody of Erie County jails in an effort to reduce inmate populations and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Counties call for federal aid to support reopening & avert dramatic cuts
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:55 pm
The New York State Association of Counties on Wednesday released an updated report on the economic impact of the novel coronavirus on New York's counties. It projects potentially catastrophic drops in revenue between $1.5 billion to $3.6 billion over the next year.
Mary Wilson to receive UB's Norton Medal
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:50 pm
Mary Wilson, wife of the late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. and a strong advocate of Western New York for the past 29 years, will be awarded the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the University at Buffalo's highest honor.
 

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