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Higgins: $204,000-plus for Michigan Street Baptist Church
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $204,845 in federal funding for the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition for protection and rehabilitation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church. The funding is provided through the National Park Service's (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program.
Cuomo: State will invest in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:10 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state will invest in private companies to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to scale and accelerate testing capacity. Businesses interested in working with the state to manufacture these rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or [email protected]
DA Wojtaszek: Domestic violence cases up since COVID-19
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:00 am
Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said domestic violence cases in Niagara County have significantly increased over the same time period last year, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic that ordered people to remain in their homes as much as possible.
Kaleida Health continues to receive personal protective equipment donations
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 09:55 am
In a continued effort to keep its workforce safe and healthy, Kaleida Health's purchasing and supply chain teams have been relentless in reaching out to vendors and business partners to secure additional equipment, supplies and PPE for staff, providers, patients and visitors.
Cuomo signs executive order regarding PPE, ventilators; Lomeo: 'A real-time solution for all hospitals and health care systems in New York state'
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 09:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an executive order related to the disbursement of personal protective equipment and ventilators:
Virtual racing in Youngstown
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
All of us have been dealing with a new normal these last few weeks and many changes have been made to the way we are doing everyday things. Due to the current community restrictions, The Nancy Price Memorial 5K Run will be a virtual race.
National Fuel donates to COVID-19 relief efforts
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
National Fuel Gas Company Foundation, the charitable giving arm of National Fuel Gas Co., on Tuesday announced a donation of $250,000 across the company's New York and Pennsylvania service territories to help address the most critical needs in the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sun protection & skin cancer awareness during COVID-19 pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
The spread of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has sparked concern worldwide and prompted many leaders to take decisive action to contain the virus. Several states have mandated citizens to stay home from work, socially distance and remain indoors, meaning people have found their time outside has been drastically reduced.
Lewiston's Memorial Day parade canceled
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
It is with a heavy heart that Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee voted during a conference call on Saturday, the 4th of April, to cancel the remaining portion of our Memorial Day observance.
Higgins: Nearly $2.6 million in federal funding to help WNY health clinics respond to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $2,589,795 in new emergency federal funding authorized by the House of Representatives on March 27.
HUD makes nearly $1.8 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to help Native American communities across New York
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:55 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced $200 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to American Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) across the country to respond to COVID-19.
Regents exams canceled
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:45 pm
The New York State Education Department on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the June 2020 administration of Regents exams, and released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements.
Rapid testing at Father Baker Manor identifies COVID-19 cases
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:55 pm
Catholic Health received more than 900 COVID-19 rapid test kits from Cepheid Inc. last Friday, making it possible for the health system to quickly test and contain the spread of the coronavirus at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park. In all, Catholic Health performed 600 tests throughout its system in just over one day, increasing total testing within Erie Country by 29%.
Niagara County DMV to begin vehicle registrations/transfer of plates
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski today announced his department has put a process in place that will allow people to register their vehicles and get license plates or transfer plates between vehicles. This limited service is available to Niagara County residents only.
Niagara County has first COVID-19 death
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:25 pm
Niagara County Public Information Officer Kevin Schuler on Tuesday said, "The Niagara County Department of Health today is sad to report the first COVID-19 related death of a Niagara County resident. The resident was a 58-year-old male with no underlying health conditions."
NY Farm Bureau asks for direct assistance from USDA to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
New York Farm Bureau is requesting immediate help for farmers who are facing serious economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently passed CARES Act provides $9.5 billion in funding for USDA, and NYFB is encouraging that funding to be used for direct payments to farms.
'We can all play a part in supporting strong & thriving families'
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Pinnacle Community Services has kicked off its second annual campaign by painting Niagara County blue (the color of child abuse prevention) in a virtual way.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund: Grants totaling $4.5 million to 74 nonprofits
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:55 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County announced that it has granted $4.5 million to 74 organizations in less than two weeks after the fund was announced.
NCSO officer tests positive for COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a corrections officer employed by the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This individual, who has been off work for the past two weeks after developing symptoms relating to the virus, is recovering at home. This is the first employee with the NCSO diagnosed with COVID-19.
'Storytime' by Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, features local Buffalo celebrities
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
In a continued effort to help the local community during these challenging times, Explore & More has launched its "Storytime" series. It brings together various Western New York celebrities to read and engage with children, offering topical questions or activities to go along with each story.
Arrest made after suspicious vehicle seen in Lewiston
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
At 11:07 a.m. Saturday, Niagara County Sheriff's Office patrol units were dispatched to the area of 5355 Walmore Road. They investigated a confirmed report of a female driver retrieving a long gun from the bushes and handing it to a male passenger of a black, four-door sedan. Further information indicated the female re-entered the vehicle and traveled southbound toward Saunders Settlement Road.
FuzeHub announces COVID-19 manufacturing grants
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center, announced the launch of a competitive grant program that will award $400,000 in COVID-19 manufacturing grants.
Alfred State launches emergency fundraiser for students
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Alfred State Pioneers are known for helping one another and overcoming great obstacles.
Attorney General James secures full refunds for all Fantasy Island consumers
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:35 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she has negotiated a settlement guaranteeing all consumers who purchased season passes, meal plans and associated goods and services at the Western New York theme park Fantasy Island will be fully reimbursed for all advance purchases made for the 2020 season.
Reddy Bikeshare reopens for service in Buffalo & Niagara Falls, in partnership with Independent Health
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:20 am
Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, announced the rollout of Reddy bikes starting for the bikeshare program's fifth season. As a key transportation provider, Reddy Bikeshare is considered an essential service under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" executive order and will operate while taking every precaution possible amid the COVID-19 crisis.
NYSUT opens up disaster relief fund for #HealthCareHeroes
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:20 am
New York State United Teachers announced it has begun accepting donations to the union's disaster relief fund to purchase and provide personal protective equipment, food and other supplies to dedicated health care professionals across New York state.
Ransomville Speedway delays start of 2020 season
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:00 am
With the federal government extending its guidelines for social distancing through the end of April to limit the spread of COVID-19, Ransomville Speedway has been forced to delay the start of its 2020 racing season.
Wegmans' response to COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
We are temporarily changing our hours of operation to better serve our customers and communities.
Erie County offers information on public use of face masks
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is making the following announcements.
Kaleida Health receives Eichel's donation of 1,300 face shields
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Still on 'PAUSE': Cuomo extends closures an additional two weeks
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 05:25 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced all "New York State on PAUSE" functions will be extended for an additional two weeks. The governor also directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks, through April 29. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.
City of North Tonawanda coronavirus update
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:35 pm
Thank you to the NT residents for your commitment to combating COVID-19 by following all guidelines set by the federal, state and local governments. By adhering to the rules set forth and staying in, we will get through this pandemic quicker and hopefully healthy.
What's happening in Wilson
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:30 pm
Village of Wilson Mayor Arthur Lawson announced the following:
Wydysh: Lack of testing a 'major frustration,' but 'we are fighting for you in every way that we can to get those tests here'
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:25 pm
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Global broadcast networks, World Health Organization, Global Citizen & a cavalcade of stars join forces for 'One World: Together at Home' to help raise funds, address fight against COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:45 pm
Building on the success of the digital series ​"One World: Together at Home,"​ Global Citizen and the ​World Health Organization (WHO) ​are partnering for a special one-night event of the same name to air across NBC, ABC, CBS and other global networks and platforms on Saturday, April 18 (8-10 p.m. PT/ET).
Higgins, Davis, Larson, Blumenauer & Schneider lead letter urging IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 relief payments to Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:30 pm
On Friday, April 3, House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Ways and Means Members Reps. Bradley S. Schneider (IL-10) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) led a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Services Commissioner Charles Rettig urging the IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 relief payments to vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
How to curb smoking & vaping during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:20 pm
Uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic will create prolonged stress and anxiety throughout New York state and beyond. For those who smoke tobacco products or vape using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), the New York State Smokers' Quitline (Quitline) has a clear message in today's ever-changing world: Remember that online resources are available to help curb your use or quit altogether.
Higgins shares information on COVID-19 relief for families & students
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:15 pm
In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Congress has taken swift action, through three funding packages, to provide emergency relief hospitals, communities and workers.
Gas demand at lowest level since 1993, but New York prices among highest in nation
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $1.93, down 7 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.74. The New York average is $2.30 - down 4 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.76.
AAA remains open for business; organization takes steps to support workforce
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
AAA Western and Central New York immediately felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the travel business line. Initially, travelers chose alternate destinations, then some were anxious to return home, and now many are disappointed over having to postpone trips, even within the U.S.
 

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