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NYSAC announces 'NY Counties Lead' campaign to highlight contributions of counties during COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:30 pm
Today, during a digital press conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced a new public awareness campaign called "NY Counties Lead" that is focused on telling stories from the front lines of the war against COVID-19.
HUD gives housing authorities, tribes additional flexibility to focus on tenants during pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today is granting public housing authorities (PHA), Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) waiver authorities and ultimate flexibilities so agency staff can focus on assisting their tenants and properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing provides housing assistance to approximately 3.5 million families across the country.
Poloncarz issues emergency order closing campgrounds
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Tuesday issued a local emergency order closing all campgrounds, as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, which require a permit to operate under the New York state sanitary code. The order also prohibits the use, at any campground within Erie County, of any camping cabin, camping unit, campsite, or seasonal campsite as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, by any individual at any time.
Erie County COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 14
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 03:30 pm
As of 3 p.m., ECDOH received a total of 1,730 reports of positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 84 COVID-19-related deaths among Erie County residents.
Community Action Organization of WNY receives grant from NYS Census Equity Fund
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 01:05 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) has received $4,000 from the New York State Census Equity Fund. The mini-grant allowed nonprofit organizations who serve hard-to-count populations to apply in order to increase participation in the 2020 Census.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 14
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Alan Menken, Elle Fanning, Josh Groban, Darren Criss, Tori Kelly join lineup for 'The Disney Family Singalong'
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:45 pm
More celebrity guests join "The Disney Family Singalong," hosted by Ryan Seacrest, for a night of magic and music on Thursday, April 16 (8 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The nationwide singalong event will feature celebrities and their families as they take on their favorite Disney tunes from their homes.
Higgins: Over $23.53 million in emergency funding for local airports
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a total of $23,539,403 in federal funding to support local airports whose operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County Department of Social Services shares resources for families in crisis
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:30 pm
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Erie County Department of Social Services is reminding residents that help and supports are available for families feeling increased stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University receives major gift from noted art collector & patron Gerald C. Mead Jr.
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:25 pm
In appreciation for his longstanding relationship with the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University - and the inspiration provided by its founders, Armand and Eleanor Castellani - curator, educator, artist and collector Gerald C. Mead Jr. has donated 58 artworks to the CAM.
BPO performances and events suspended through May 16
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:25 pm
The BPO has made the decision to extend the suspension of concert activity at Kleinhans Music Hall through May 16.
Global Citizen announces new artists to join 'One World: Together at Home' global special to celebrate & support health care workers in fight against COVID-19
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:15 pm
International advocacy organization Global Citizen announced an expanded list of artists who will appear in the "One World: Together at Home" global broadcast special, being held in support of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic being led by the World Health Organization.
Tops updates limited-item list; to provide American-made cloth masks as additional safety measure to store associates
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Beginning this week, Tops will be rolling out additional safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Those safety measures include providing all of its associates with American-made cloth face masks to ensure their associates health and well-being while serving the community as essential workers. This safety measure is in addition to the 5,000 face shields already distributed to its workforce.
Catholic Health converts former nursing home into Western New York's first COVID-19 post-acute center
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 06:45 pm
Catholic Health continues to build on its "COVID-19 Continuum" by partnering with the McGuire Group to reopen the former AbsolutCare Nursing Home in Orchard Park and convert it into a dedicated COVID-19 continuing care facility.
Junior Achievement of Western New York releases free resource to help teens understand financial impact of COVID-19 & support K-12 online learning
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 03:35 pm
Junior Achievement of Western New York is releasing a free resource for teens titled "Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19." The guide is designed to answer teens' questions about the economic implications of COVID-19, including "Why are some store shelves empty?" "Why are some people losing their jobs?" And "Are we going into a recession, or even a depression?"
Stapleton: Niagara County '2-3 weeks behind downstate' plateau
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 03:25 pm
As downstate New York continues to see a plateau in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and less coronavirus-related deaths each day, the New York City area is rapidly approaching its pandemic apex. Niagara County isn't quite moving that fast.
Cuomo & neighboring state governors outline plan to determine when business can reopen
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday presented what he called "a smart way" and "an informed way, guided by experts and data, and science, and not in a political way," to reopen business across New York and its neighbor states.
Higgins: COVID-19 relief grants available for art organizations
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced grants are available through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide financial assistance for local arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Congress included $75 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the arts industry.
AG James leads coalition urging federal government to ensure emergency stimulus payments go to families, not debt collectors
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sent two letters to the federal government in an effort to help Americans deal with the ensuing economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis.
Niagara County: Drug overdoses spike during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:15 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti, along with Niagara County law enforcement partners, report drug overdose cases have increased during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of drug overdose cases dispatched by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office from Jan. 1 through April 6 has increased over 35% for the same time frame in 2019.
Free civil legal services available through Neighborhood Legal Services' virtual 'justice bus'
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Serving Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, Neighborhood Legal Services is a free civil legal services firm specializing in domestic violence prevention, divorce, eviction prevention, health insurance access, disability, student loans, SNAP, shelter and other government benefits.
Parent Network of WNY supports families of individuals with disabilities during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Parent Network of WNY, a nonprofit agency servicing families of individuals with disabilities, is continuing to offer support through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus: Niagara County officially crosses 200 positive cases
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:55 am
"We regretfully report one death, a 66-year-old male with underlying health conditions," a press release said.
Wegmans issues COVID-19 update
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:50 am
Wegman's corporate announced the following on Monday.
Cuomo urges caution ahead of storm system that may cause flooding & widespread power outages across state
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday urged New Yorkers in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions to take precautions as an approaching storm system is expected to bring high winds and rain starting Sunday night and lasting until Tuesday morning, resulting in possible flooding and widespread power outages.
Cuomo returns ventilators, thanks Pathways Nursing Home for 'generous contribution' in fight against COVID-19
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:35 am
On Easter Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo returned ventilators to the Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna. Pathways Nursing home made an unsolicited contribution of these lifesaving machines to New York state as part of the ongoing efforts against COVID-19. The governor also delivered cookies baked by his daughters for staff and nursing home residents.
Cuomo issues executive order directing employers to provide masks to employees who interact with public
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:30 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced he will issue an executive order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.
Erie County Senior Services, partners seek volunteers to assist with transportation, deliveries, more for seniors & disabled community
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:25 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others has announced a new partnership to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connections for seniors and the disabled.
First responders: SAFER Grant applications due May 15
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant application period is now open with a deadline of 5 p.m. May 15.
106.5-FM WYRK reschedules 2020 'Toyota Taste of Country'
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:05 am
WYRK's 2020 "Toyota Taste of Country" will now take place Friday, Sept. 25,‚Äč at Sahlen Field, with three of the original artists returning (Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Maddie & Tae). Due to scheduling conflicts, Midland has been replaced with rising country group Gone West.
'Good Neighbors Against Covid-19': Online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against Covid-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the COVID-19 crisis as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services.
Local law firm to deliver thousands of free meals to frontline health care workers at WNY hospitals
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:00 am
In support of area doctors, nurses and hospital staff working diligently on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, local personal injury law firm John J. Fromen Attorneys at Law, P.C., is set to deliver over 4,500 free meals to local health care facilities across Western New York.
Western New York Regional Economic Development Council announces appointment of Eric Reich as new co-chair
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 10:05 am
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council on Monday announced Eric Reich, co-founder and CEO of Campus Labs, was appointed co-chair of the council. Reich succeeds Jeff Belt, CEO of SolEpoxy, who has served as co-chair since 2015, and joins recently-announced Co-Chair Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner in leading the WNYREDC.
Kaleida Health launches telehealth platform, expands testing for frontline
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 09:45 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates over the weekend regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
AAA: Gas demand continue its downward trend
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 09:35 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $1.86, down 7 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.82. The New York average is $2.25, down 5 cents from last week.
NYSEG and RG&E preparing for high winds and rain
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 09:30 am
NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, are preparing for the potential of high winds associated with incoming storms expected to impact their service areas on Monday. As a result, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact the entire NYSEG and RG&E footprint, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Southern Tier, North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.
Staying home? Make a customized coloring book of Buffalo neighborhoods
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 07:00 am
With many Buffalonians engaged in social distancing, a University at Buffalo geography researcher is giving people a new way to connect with their city without leaving home.
Pappas: Stay strong North Tonawanda
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 08:00 pm
Residents, I want you to know I share in your frustrations in staying totally isolated from family and friends. This is a very difficult time in our lives, but I assure you we cannot do too much to combat this pandemic. Doing too little would have dramatic consequences for our community.
Easter: NOT CANCELED! Area photos
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:00 pm
With "New York State on PAUSE," and its residents staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, families will be apart. Churches will be closed. Stores are shut. ... But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate.
Niagara County Department of Health update for April 11
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
 

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