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Josh Mertzlufft to run for New York State Senate
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 11:55 am
Local attorney Josh Mertzlufft announced the official launch of his campaign for the New York State Senate, 60th District.
NY nonprofits join Cuomo's call for federal hazard pay for essential public workers
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Twenty-two coalitions and organizations representing thousands of nonprofit organizations across New York are joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call this week for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.
Faced with unprecedented 50% cut in state reimbursement, counties urge Congress to provide direct aid in stimulus 4
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Following an announcement from the New York State Division of Budget that budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could result in cuts of up to 50% in aid to local governments, the New York State Association of Counties called on President Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, the New York congressional delegation and leaders McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer and McCarthy to provide direct support to counties as congressional leaders begin negotiations for a fourth stimulus package.
Law enforcement agencies in Niagara County partner on resident checks
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 09:55 am
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the Lewiston Police Department are partnering with one another to use an existing system to conduct welfare checks on residents.
State to open 5 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facilities, including one in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the state is opening five new drive-through testing facilities in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. On Saturday, the state expanded diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers and essential employees, even if they aren't symptomatic. These individuals will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at these new drive-thru facilities. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
ECMC celebrates COVID-19 discharges with 'Here Comes the Sun'
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the 50th COVID-19 patient has been discharged and the institution celebrated the positive milestone by playing The Beatles' much-loved song, "Here Comes the Sun."
WNY Lions partner with WNY restaurants, purchasing 850 meals for frontline medical staff at 9 medical facilities
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
It was announced Monday that 850 purchased meals for medical staff would be delivered to nine local medical facilities over the next two weeks. The first of 17 deliveries arrived at ECMC this morning. The scheduled deliveries will continue through May 8 at various other facilities.
Higgins: $71.87 million-plus in initial payments sent to hospitals in Erie & Niagara counties
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Monday announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County: Supporting local business during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:40 pm
On Monday, the Erie County COVID-19 Business Task Force announced several new initiatives aimed at helping local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including the hard-hit agribusiness sector. In partnership with the Task Force, the Erie County Office of Agriculture has developed an "Erie Grown" website to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products by linking consumers with available local food products, support farmers navigating the pandemic and provide a resource hub for consumers and growers.
Light therapy expert: Light has power to heal, but wrong type or dosage can be dangerous
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Ultraviolet light has the ability to improve immune responses and promote health, but don't rush out to sunbathe or purchase UV lamps, warns UB light therapy expert Praveen Arany.
NY Farm Bureau statement on Gov. Cuomo's 'Nourish NY' announcement
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher on Monday said, "Gov. Cuomo provided some much-needed good news today for the state's farmers and our partners looking to feed fellow New Yorkers in need. Our organization has been advocating for food purchase programs at the state and national levels to address the surging demand for food assistance as well as to help alleviate oversupply issues that are burdening our farms because of the loss of markets in the food service industry.
Great Lakes shoreline owners: NY Sea Grant virtual site visit offers expert erosion management help
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Need help with shoreline erosion? Water pooling in your yard or basement? Are waves impacting your breakwall or rock rip-rap? Check out the new virtual shoreline visit website of New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes program at www.nyseagrant.org/glcoastalvirtualsitevisit.
Photo, video: WNYREDC announces successful milestone within Aquarium of Niagara's Humboldt penguin exhibit
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:50 pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council on Monday congratulated the Aquarium of Niagara on successfully breeding Humboldt penguins in the $3.5 million "Penguin Coast."
This map shows where people can access food in Buffalo during COVID-19
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:30 pm
University at Buffalo researchers have created a map of food resources in Buffalo to help people locate and access food during the coronavirus pandemic.
Higgins announces federal fire grants available for fire prevention & safety
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant application period is now open with a deadline of 5 p.m. May 29.
COVID-19 county update for April 27
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:15 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Monday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
NYSSBA calls for additional federal funding for schools to avoid widespread job losses, dramatic cuts
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:00 pm
Schools in New York state could be forced to cut tens of thousands of positions without additional federal funding for K-12 education, the New York State School Boards Association warned.
Showing care with cookies: NCCC Class of 2020 'chips' in to sweeten day of local heroes
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 11:50 am
Students at Niagara County Community College are still adjusting to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual learning has replaced in-person instruction, and plans for major milestones like commencement are being postponed in order to keep the community safe and healthy.
Joint statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza & Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on resumption of Paycheck Protection Program
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 10:30 am
Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement Monday on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):
Kaleida: Hospitals still safest place to receive health care
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 06:30 pm
Across the country, emergency departments previously bursting at the seams and hospitals that were operating at capacity have seen a significant reduction in patient volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo outlines phased plan to reopen new York, starting with construction & manufacturing
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a "new normal" for the state starting with construction and manufacturing. The plan will be implemented in phases and will be based on regional analysis and determinations.
Coronavirus update for April 26
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 01:35 pm
Niagara County is nearing 400 positive cases of COVID-19. On Sunday, the Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update:
Catholic Health teams up with local manufacturer to produce 5,000 protective gowns for health care workers
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 11:55 am
A unique local business opportunity will result in the production of 5,000 much-needed medical gowns to help protect Western New York health care workers on the front lines.
Cuomo announces expansion of diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers, essential employees
Sun, Apr 26th 2020 11:55 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced the state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to include more frontline New York workers - a direct result of rapidly increasing diagnostic testing capacity. The expanded criteria will now allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren't symptomatic. The state will continue to expand testing criteria as testing capacity increases.
New York State Department of Labor: $3.1 billion in benefits distributed to unemployed New Yorkers since COVID-19 crisis started
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 11:30 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Saturday announced it has distributed $3.1 billion in unemployment benefits to New Yorkers since the coronavirus pandemic started impacting New York businesses in early March. In total, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers have submitted completed applications for unemployment benefits since the crisis began, including traditional unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance.
Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara connects essential workers with CARES child care scholarships
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 10:55 am
Niagara Community Action Program Inc., under the Community Child Care Resource and Referral Program, applauds the action of the governor's administration in developing a plan to provide child care to essential workers at no cost. This allocation of funding for child care for essential workers comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"), which has provided New York with $163.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system.
DeGlopper team remains hard at work
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After getting over the disappointment that an elaborate unveiling and dedication of a life-sized statue of Grand Island's World War II hero, Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper, has been postponed until June 5, 2021, the memorial volunteer committee was hard at work this week planning the completion of its fundraising goals.
Grand Island Town Board discusses virtual meetings
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
On Monday, The Town Board of Grand Island held its second virtual meeting via its YouTube channel because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month. During the pre-meeting workshop session, each councilmember and Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., discussed an ability to involve residents virtually with the town's various public meetings and hearings.
Grand Island gifted items from Fantasy Island
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
John C. Whitney, P.E., was attending his first Association of Town Meetings in New York on Feb. 18 as the newly elected supervisor of Grand Island when his assistant, Rhonda Diehl, called with an urgent message: "The media and residents are calling for your comments about Fantasy Island closing for good."
Community giving spreads from California to Lewiston at Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After seeing a post on Facebook about a donation to Mount St. Mary's from Brickyard Pub & BBQ, Californian Rosemary Miklitsch reached out to the Lewiston restaurant to match the previous donation of 250 meals. As it turns out, Rosemary grew up in Lewiston, and her grandfather, Dr. George Berry, was a doctor at MSM many years ago. Rosemary's parents also received care at Mount St. Mary's.
$484 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package becomes law
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 09:30 pm
On Friday, the $480 billion Emergency Interim Coronavirus Relief Package was signed into law, with a focus on further assisting small businesses, while also providing much-needed aid to hospitals and ramping up testing capacity across the country.
Niagara-Wheatfield BOE begin budget talks amid uncertainty in state funding
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 04:45 pm
The Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education held a virtual board meeting this week where they began tentative budget discussions for the 2020-21 school year. A proposed budget of $77,119,627 shows only a moderate 3.7% increase from last year. However, amidst the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, board members will have to await the governor's decision regarding the end of the month before they can decide whether or not to move forward with the figures.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 24, 2020
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 03:55 pm
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
2019 Wheatfield Family Picnic canceled
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 03:10 pm
The Wheatfield Family Picnic committee announced the Wheatfield Family Picnic, originally scheduled for Aug. 16, has unfortunately been cancelled.
UB physicians detect previously unseen link between coronavirus and stroke
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
In the past two weeks, doctors in the U.S., including those in Buffalo, have noticed a new and potentially devastating link between stroke and COVID-19. And it is occurring in an unexpected population.
City of NT update for April 24
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
"I realize that residents' patience is extremely stressed to the limit. Three times a week, at least, I have a phone conference with Niagara County Health Department and leaders of all county towns and cities. When I pass on information to you, it is from those conferences and from the orders put out by the governor. Recommendations made and numbers given are from those agencies. I also confer with the police and fire chiefs before a recommendation is made."
WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund: Application materials live
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:50 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced the application materials for the WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund, a granting program for struggling artists and arts and cultural organizations, are now available. The application will open Friday, May 1.
AG James calls on mortgage servicers to provide substantial COVID-19 relief for homeowners
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James sent letters to 35 of New York's major mortgage servicers, calling on them to provide immediate and long-term relief to all New York homeowners struggling to pay mortgages amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The letters emphasize the responsibility of mortgage servicers to do more to ensure that COVID-19 does not cause unnecessary foreclosures or increase homelessness in New York.
New York Farm Bureau asks governor to further address farmworker needs during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Farmworker safety is important year-round, but the needs are paramount at this time as farms work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for additional state assistance to address the needs of the agricultural community. This would include inter-agency coordination related to testing, medical treatment and emergency housing for farmworkers, who are essential to agricultural production.
 

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