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'Heroes Rock!' at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 07:00 am
With limitations in place regarding hospital visitation, Mount St. Mary's was looking for a way to bolster the spirits of both patients and medical personnel.
Erie County advice to 'snowbirds' and travelers returning to WNY; Narcan necessary at open locations
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 10:15 pm
During Friday's live video with County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein, we provided reminders for "snowbirds" and travelers returning to the area, especially if they are elderly or living with serious or chronic medical conditions.
NYS announces passage of Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act as part of 2020-21 enacted state budget
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:05 pm
New York state public authorities and agencies announced the passage of legislation as part the fiscal year 2020-21 state budget to dramatically speed up the siting and construction of clean energy projects to combat climate change and help jumpstart the state's economic recovery from the COVID-19 health crisis.
Independent Health to cover all costs for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis & treatment
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:00 pm
Independent Health announced it will waive copayments or cost- sharing for COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment for its fully insured employer groups, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and individual plan members through May 31.
Chamberlain, Casey's Corner donated to Islander, shipmates
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:30 pm
When business teachers Cheryl Chamberlain asked her entrepreneur class what to do with the snack inventory at their high school store, Casey's Corner, students replied "donate it!"
Grand Island Board of Education meeting to be held online
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:25 pm
Please be advised: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with executive order 202.1, members of the public will not be permitted to attend the board meeting in person, and members of the board of education will attend the meeting remotely on Monday, April 6.
HUD issues new CARES Act mortgage payment relief for FHA single-family homeowners
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a tailored set of mortgage payment relief options for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Also included is an extension period for seniors with home equity conversion mortgages.
ECMC leadership stands with its nurses
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. executive leadership stood Friday with its dedicated nurses, calling on the federal government to utilize the Defense Production Act to make personal protection equipment (PPE) for caregivers here and across the country.
WNY elected leaders, medical officers against proposed downstate transfer of PPE, ventilators
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 02:40 pm
On Friday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to sign an executive order wherein the state can take ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York hospitals and reallocate them to downstate medical facilities. With a higher number of positive COVID-19 cases in the five boroughs, Cuomo said this is where the equipment is needed most right now.
Tops' latest limited-item list, Easter hours
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 01:55 pm
The health and well-being of our customers and associates is our first priority. In January, our internal "Tops crisis management team" started the process of preparing for the COVID-19 event that had just started. Since then, the team has taken daily action to ensure increased supply of products coming into our warehouses and stores for our customers to purchase.
Niagara County coronavirus update for Friday, April 3, 2020
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 12:05 pm
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Niagara County Community College establishes student emergency relief fund amidst coronavirus crisis
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:35 am
Joining other SUNY campuses across New York, Niagara County Community College has established a student emergency relief fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This fund is designated to support the highest, short-term financial needs to students currently enrolled at NCCC who are now facing extenuating circumstances related to housing, food, and other vital resources.
Kaleida Health participating in experimental therapies for current patients; local eateries donate food
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:30 am
Eligible COVID-19 patients at Buffalo General Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital will begin participating in a number of FDA-approved experimental therapy options as early as this week. These therapies include a clinical trial of the arthritis medication, sarilumab; convalescent plasma infusions for critically ill patients as a way of introducing antibodies from individuals that have fully recovered from COVID-19; and the use of a promising antiviral medication, Remdesivir.
NCCC announces commencement postponement due to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:10 am
In a letter to eligible graduates and college employees on Wednesday, April 1, Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito, Ph.D., announced commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.
Catholic Charities: $3.75 million raised to date for Appeal 2020
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:05 am
Appeal Sunday, a decades-long Palm Sunday tradition, would have played out in parishes across the Diocese of Buffalo this weekend. Volunteers would greet Mass attendees at the church vestibule or ensure they were encouraged by their pastor to put their envelopes in the basket as it was passed. Although none of that will happen because of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is pressing on. It provided its first update on Appeal 2020.
NU's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement provides resources for the community
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement has developed an array of online programming for the broader community to offer supports while the pandemic continues.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos announces temporary furloughs, support for workers
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Seneca Resorts & Casinos on Thursday announced temporary furloughs for some team members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Monday, April 6, temporary furloughs will be implemented. Though there is no specific date slated for the furloughs to end and the resorts to reopen. The Seneca Resorts & Casinos executive leadership team continues to monitor the situation daily.
EC Department of Social Services reminds residents to access programs from home
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:35 am
Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon is reminding Erie County residents that they do not have to (and are not advised to) visit Social Services offices to access the assistance programs the department offers. Programs can either be accessed online or by requesting an application over the phone.
Higgins: Nearly $20 million in COVID-19 emergency funding for Western New York communities
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive over $19.939 million in federal emergency funding to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to address urgent public health and economic crisis.
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York reschedules 2020 'More Than Pink' Walk to Sept. 5
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:15 am
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York has rescheduled its annual Western New York "More Than Pink" Walk amid health concerns around COVID-19. The original date of June 13 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 5. The event will remain at Buffalo RiverWorks.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to #RecreateLocal & enjoy birdwatching while state is on 'PAUSE'
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:10 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers across the state to recreate locally (#RecreateLocal) and use DEC's "I Bird NY" as a resource to enjoy nature and stay connected to the great outdoors.
Municipal updates
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:05 am
Town of Niagara to receive almost $600,000 in Greenway funding for Veterans' Memorial Park
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:00 am
On Tuesday, the Town of Niagara was awarded nearly $600,000 in Niagara River Greenway funding for a proposed Town Square project for Veterans' Memorial Community Park, bringing the total funds provided by Greenway to upward of $1 million.
Tonawanda Creek in Lockport reopening to 2-way traffic
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Public Works announced Thursday the Lockport portion of the Tonawanda Creek Road Rehabilitation and Tonawanda Creek Slide Stabilization project will be open to two-way traffic by the end of the business day Friday.
Higgins: $61.3 million-plus for public transportation in WNY
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday announced Western New York will receive more than $61.3 million in federal funding to support public transportation through an emergency package approved by Congress in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
UB professors' initiative will help Kaleida Health increase, speed up COVID-19 testing in Erie County
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:45 am
Thanks to the fast action of two University at Buffalo faculty members, Kaleida Health Labs will have two more crucial tools to help it fight the COVID-19 crisis in Erie County.
ECDOH: Don't self-medicate, mix drugs, trying to beat coronavirus
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:40 am
ECDOH is sharing precautions from the New York State Poison Control Centers on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, two drugs that are being discussed as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 3, 2020
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:00 am
Read the full April 3 Tribune/Sentinel.
Higgins: Seniors will now receive automatic COVID-19 stimulus payments
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and his colleagues on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security requested and won agreement by the U.S. Department of Treasury to automatically provide stimulus checks to senior citizens who are Social Security recipients - reversing course on previous directives that would have required seniors to complete forms to receive the COVID-19 relief payment.
Niagara County past 90 positive coronavirus cases
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 11:35 am
On Thursday, the Niagara County Health Department released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
There's bears out there: Community group creates stuffed animal scavenger hunt
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Elizabeth Corey Coffey and Jen Heinze recently invited community members to place bears and other stuffed animals in their windows, thus providing families an opportunity to get in the car and scavenger hunt.
Higgins, NY, NJ members, calling to expedite funding to health care providers
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and other members of New York and New Jersey's federal delegation are calling for the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to expedite funding to health care providers in the two states.
New York state on course to meet aggressive energy storage goals
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 07:00 am
The Department of Public Service on Wednesday issued the first "State of Storage" annual report announcing progress in reaching New York's statewide energy storage goal of 3,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, with an interim objective of deploying 1,500 MW by 2025.
Expert: How best practices from first responders can help you work through COVID-19 disruption
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Stay-at-home orders and social distancing have disrupted day-to-day life as the world works to mitigate the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Eichel to donate protective masks to local hospitals
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 06:25 pm
Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel has purchased 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) masks from hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer that will be distributed to various hospitals throughout Western New York.
AG James highlights resources for domestic violence victims amid coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 06:20 pm
Attorney General Letitia James, along with state and local officials and advocates, reminded victims of domestic violence they are not alone and that help remains available around-the-clock. On average, more than 10 million individuals per year are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. Her camp said, "While social isolation is necessary amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it may aggravate what is already a widespread problem."
North Tonawanda: Downtown placemaking project shut down
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 01:25 pm
Per New York State Executive Order 202.6 issued March 27th, 2020, non-essential construction projects throughout the State are required to shut down. The Downtown Placemaking project, which began on March 24th, falls under this requirement.
Small business: Higgins provides details on Paycheck Protection Program, employee retention tax credit
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 01:15 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete halt of community and business activity for many in Western New York. Until the pandemic risk subsides, many businesses will continue to be interrupted.
9 new positive cases brings Niagara County coronavirus total to 65
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 12:00 pm
The Niagara County Health Department on Wednesday released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
More small business resource links
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 10:10 am
The Niagara County Center for Economic Development shared this information with local elected leaders, who are, in turn, sharing it with NFP readers.
 

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