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NYS Department of Labor thwarts more than $1 billion in unemployment insurance fraud during pandemic, stops more than 40,000 fraudulent claims
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:50 am
The New York State Department of Labor announced it has prevented more than $1 billion from falling into fraudsters' hands during the coronavirus pandemic, identifying and stopping more than 42,200 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since mid-March. In the past five months, DOL has referred more unemployment fraud cases to federal prosecutors than the department did in the past 10 years combined.
Project Olive expires: Amazon seeks new spot
Thu, Aug 13th 2020 10:30 am
The decision by Amazon and its developer, Trammell Crow Co., to withdraw its application to build a 3.8-million-square-foot national distribution center on a 145.4-acre site at 2780 Long Road on Grand Island, essentially came down to growing and potentially uncertain costs. So said Supervisor John Whitney and the president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
Tops Friendly Markets warehouse looking to immediately fill 100 positions
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 10:45 am
Tops Friendly Markets is looking for hardworking, active people ages 18 and up to fill immediate full- and part-time openings in its warehouse and transportation centers. Join Tops from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, for an open house hiring event.
USDA to measure small grain production
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 07:00 am
During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
City of Niagara Falls extending refuse fee due date to Aug. 31
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 04:40 pm
The City of Niagara Falls is extending the due date for collection of the first installment of the refuse fee from the original extension date of Aug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2020. In response to calls received, the mayor is moving the payment date out in order to address outstanding service change requests.
Catholic Health names James M. Garvey executive vice president & chief operating officer
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 06:15 pm
Catholic Health has named James M. Garvey its executive vice president and chief operating officer.
DFS action to expedite Tropical Storm Isaias-related insurance claims
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new action by the New York State Department of Financial Services to help expedite the payment of insurance claims for New Yorkers affected by Tropical Storm Isaias.
Drop in gasoline demand leads to stabilizing pump prices
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 03:50 pm
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.18, the same for two weeks. One year ago, the price was $2.66. The New York state average is $2.26 - also the same for the past two weeks. A year ago, the state average was $2.85.
National Grid joins OSHA in celebrating Safe + Sound Week
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 03:50 pm
National Grid on Monday joined the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a participant in Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event held each August to recognize workplace health and safety programs and to offer information and ideas on how to keep workers safe.
Grand Island Town Board: Public hearing on Amazon incentive zoning set for Aug. 13
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 10:50 am
Islanders will have the first opportunity since March to tell the Grand Island Town Board face to face what they think of the proposed Amazon warehouse project.
NYS Senate & Assembly to hold joint legislative hearing on utilities' 'failure' during recent storm
Sun, Aug 9th 2020 12:35 pm
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a joint legislative hearing will be held to examine what their camps called "the response failures of various utility companies during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias."
New Maid of the Mist vessels christened
Sat, Aug 8th 2020 07:00 am
In a private family ceremony July 31, Maid of the Mist's two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels were christened at the corporation's drydock and maintenance facility on the Lower Niagara River.
FirstNet Network expands across NYS to advance public safety communications capabilities in Niagara County
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:10 pm
New York 's first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of 22 new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites and other network enhancements. This new infrastructure is part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety. This includes a new FirstNet site in Gasport.
AT&T boosts network speeds for Newfane with new cell site
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:10 pm
AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Newfane got a big boost in wireless connectivity with the addition of a new cell site to enhance the area's 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.
AAA finds active driving assistance systems do less to assist drivers - and more to interfere
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
AAA automotive researchers found that, over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced some type of issue every eight miles, on average.
SBA to host virtual 'Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit'
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a virtual "Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit" in collaboration with second lady of the United States Karen Pence and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes. The free event is set for 1-3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Aug. 19. It is designed to connect military spouses with resources and information available to help them start or grow a small business.
Discover Niagara Shuttle rolling out for 2020 season
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:25 am
With tourism reigniting in Niagara Falls, the Discover Niagara Shuttle team is excited to kick-off the season today. The shuttle's complimentary hop-on/hop-off service connects visitors and residents to more than a dozen stops between "the Falls and the Fort."
'Greetings from Niagara Falls': Mural a welcome sign
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 08:30 am
The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association hosted an official unveiling for the new "Greetings From Niagara Falls" public mural outside of Wine on Third.
J.D. Power pharmacy study ranks Wegmans highest in customer satisfaction among supermarket pharmacies
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:40 am
The recently released J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Pharmacy Study ranked Wegmans Pharmacy "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Supermarket Pharmacies," for the third year in a row with a score of 904 (based on a 1,000-point scale).
Russ gives again: Russell J. Salvatore Foundation donates an additional $200,000 to Buffalo City Mission
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:40 am
The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation announced a $200,000 commitment to help complete the dining room in the Buffalo City Mission's new Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. The new room will be named the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Room, with a tag line that states, "Be our guest and let the City Mission do the rest."
Cuomo, Hochul announce start of construction on new affordable housing development on Buffalo's east side
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of construction on Mount Aaron Village, a new affordable housing development on Genesee Street in Buffalo. The complex will have 59 units, including 18 apartments that will be dedicated specifically for people who need supportive services to live independently.
Cuomo: More than $2.3 million awarded through 'New York Forward' loan fund
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 01:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced more than $2.3 million has been awarded to support 61 businesses and residential landlords with COVID-19-related costs and expenses through the "New York Forward" loan fund. Of the 61 loans, 54 were provided to minority- and women-owned businesses; 10 loans were provided to residential landlords; two loans were awarded to veteran-owned businesses; and one loan supported a nonprofit organization.
ECMC awarded 3-year CARF accreditation for medical rehab program
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 10:15 am
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp.'s acute inpatient rehabilitation unit was accredited for a period of three years (through June 30, 2023).
Consumer alert: New York State Division of Consumer Protection warns of rise in online shopping complaints during pandemic
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:30 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers to a rise in online shopping complaints as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
AAF Buffalo announces 2020-21 board of directors; names new vice presidents
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:30 pm
The American Advertising Federation of Buffalo (AAF Buffalo) has announced its 2020-21 board of directors, including new vice presidents of communications and programming.
Cuomo signs legislation giving state authority to revoke real estate licenses under violations of Human Rights Law
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S6874-A/A8903-A) explicitly granting the Department of State the authority to discipline real estate professionals found to have violated provisions of the state Human Rights Law by revoking or suspending their license.
New York counties to Congress: No skinny bill
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:35 pm
The New York State Association of Counties called on Congress to reject proposals to pass a stripped-down "skinny" coronavirus relief bill and come to an agreement on a recovery package that provides local governments with direct, flexible aid to offset a steep loss of revenues and increased costs associated with fighting COVID-19 locally.
Catholic Health names Laurie Merletti president of physician enterprise
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:35 pm
Catholic Health announced Laurie Merletti, MSHA, FACHE, was named president of physician enterprise. Most recently, she served as vice president of physician integration and practice management for the health system. In this expanded role, she will provide executive oversight of Trinity Medical WNY as well as Catholic Health's primary care centers and hospital-sponsored physician practices in Erie and Niagara counties.
Joint Commission on Public Ethics releases 2019 annual report
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 11:50 am
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has released its 2019 annual report, featuring highlights of its work over the past year.
Cuomo: 12 NYS companies to start producing COVID-19-related equipment & supplies to support in-state needs
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 12 New York companies have received support from the state to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. A press release said, "While the state currently has some of the lowest transmission rates in the U.S., preparing for a possible "second wave" is vital to protecting essential health care workers and the public."
Tops converts to sustainable packaging for produce
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 11:30 am
Tops corporate announced a new environmentally friendly policy this week.
Essex Homes breaks ground on new Lewiston development
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 11:00 am
Essex Homes of WNY has recently broken ground on The Patios at Essex Ridge, a new luxury patio home community located on Upper Mountain Road and Bronson Drive near the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Lewiston. An announcement was made by President and CEO Philip J. Nanula.
Survey: Only 37% of hotels have brought back at least half of their employees
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 10:10 am
As Congress debates a new round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows the pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry and its employees.
New York Power Authority, Siemens Energy to lead world-class cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 09:55 am
The New York Power Authority and Siemens Energy Inc. announced a new collaboration to develop an industrial cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The first-of-its-kind industrial cybersecurity monitoring, research and innovation center will focus on detecting and defending against cyberattacks on critical infrastructure owned and operated by NYPA, the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation.
Calspan acquires Aero Systems Engineering
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 06:05 pm
Calspan Technology Holding Corp., the parent company to a group of entities including Buffalo-based aerospace and automotive research company Calspan Corp., announced the acquisition of Aero Systems Engineering Inc. (ASE) in St. Paul, Minnesota. The transaction was effective July 24. The new company will operate as Calspan Aero Systems Engineering Inc. (Calspan ASE).
New York Power Authority board approves economic development support of more than 960 jobs around state
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 01:25 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees on Tuesday approved economic development awards in support of 960 jobs and $153 million in capital investments statewide in support of New York's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rotary Club of Grand Island holds second successful Shred-It fundraiser
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:25 am
Laura Zaepfel, vice president of corporate relations at Uniland Development Co., took advantage of her sequestered time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic to finally go through files of important papers and box those she no longer needed. A problem, she quickly found out, was where she could go with these boxes of papers to be shredded.
Crawford asks for traffic summit to address Isle projects
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford is asking for a "coordinated transportation meeting" with other levels of government to tackle growing traffic concerns in the midst of the Island's two historically large development proposals.
Island Ship Center earning perfect 10 during pandemic
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:50 am
Fahim Mojawalla, owner of the Island Ship Center on Whitehaven Road, said his business is "pivoting during a pandemic."
Grand Island: Project Olive 'on pause' after being pulled from workshop meeting agenda
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
An anticipated appearance by Project Olive representatives at last Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting never materialized as the developers told the town they had hit the pause button on the proposal.
 

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