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New GO Car Wash outlet opens in Niagara County
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 11:10 am
Colorado-based business GO Car Wash opened its seventh location in Western New York on 2706 Military Road, Niagara Falls.
NYS: More than $390 million in financing to build more than 1,600 affordable and supportive homes across state
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced more than $390 million has been awarded through bonds and subsidies to create or preserve more than 1,600 affordable, sustainable and supportive homes across the state.
New York State Department of Labor receives $9.1 million grant to 'break barriers to unemployment insurance for underserved communities'
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:50 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) was awarded a $9.1 million grant from the U.S Department of Labor (USDOL) to "promote equitable access to New York's unemployment insurance (UI) program."
BBB scam alert: How to spot a parking ticket scam
Tue, Jan 17th 2023 04:20 pm
Watch out for this new twist on an old scam. Scammers are using new technology to create fake parking tickets that look surprisingly official. It could be a scam if you receive a parking ticket and are confident that you parked legally.
Moe's, A&W restaurants look to open in Niagara Falls
Tue, Jan 17th 2023 07:00 am
The owner of two local Papa Johns restaurants has announced plans to open two more national chain restaurants in Niagara Falls in time for the upcoming tourist season.
January is Disney Month at AAA
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:40 am
It's Disney Month at AAA Western and Central New York - which means now is the perfect time to plan a magical getaway!
Wedding or honeymoon planning? AAA says, 'We do!'
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:40 am
2023 is expected to be a strong year in the wedding and travel industry. With some weddings postponed during the pandemic, and December being the busiest month for engagements, 2023 is off to a strong start.
Thea Pecht named senior vice president, corporate communications manager for Western New York Region for M&T Bank
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 10:55 am
Thea Pecht has been named senior vice president, corporate communications manager for the Western New York Region for M&T Bank.
Simply Amazed Salon celebrates its grand-opening
Sat, Jan 14th 2023 07:00 am
Sarah Santella, owner of Simply Amazed Salon, at 2275 Grand Island Blvd., said the thing that she likes best about providing hair care is "being able to make people feel good about themselves and being able to give them something to look forward to. I like to help people embrace or enhance their image. I love being able to make people feel happy in a way that most people can't."
Old Falls Street accepting vendor applications for summer 2023
Thu, Jan 12th 2023 09:15 pm
Old Falls Street USA, the three-block entertainment district that connects Niagara Falls State Park with hotels and attractions in downtown Niagara Falls, is calling for local food vendors for the 2023 summer season (May through September).
Anne McCaffrey is next CEO at People Inc.
Thu, Jan 12th 2023 09:15 pm
Earlier this week, the board of directors of People Inc. named Anne McCaffrey as its new CEO. McCaffrey, currently the president and CEO of Eastern Niagara Hospital, will replace Rhonda Frederick, who is retiring in April after a 43-year career at the agency.
Memorial names Emerson head of cardiac catheterization lab
Thu, Jan 12th 2023 10:35 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has named Dr. Ronald P. Emerson as the medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
'Tops in Education' program offers double give back days in January
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 04:35 pm
Tops Friendly Markets announced that, during the month of January, it is offering schools the chance to earn double the rewards as part of its "Tops in Education" program. Participants enrolled in the program will now be able to earn up to 10% for their school(s) during the entire month.
Administration to accept applications for SBA Veteran Small Business Certification
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 01:30 pm
On Tuesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications through the Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) program as part of the Biden-Harris administration's efforts to expanding access to resources for veterans and other underserved populations. 
New wage atlas shows more than half of New Yorkers earn below a living wage
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 10:50 am
A new, digital wage atlas launched by Cornell University researchers shows that more than half of New Yorkers earn below a living wage.
Ahead of Biden-Trudeau meeting, Higgins urges leaders to rebuild & reimagine US-Canada relationship
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 03:35 pm
In advance of a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scheduled for Tuesday, Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the leaders to refocus on strengthening the bond between the border countries.
Batavia Downs closes 2022 with record revenue
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 02:20 pm
Officials from Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel recently and formally closed the books on a record-breaking 2022. Credits played topped $1 billion for the first time ever. Net win totaled just over $76 million. That was up 14.5% (or $9.63 million) over 2021's numbers.
DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to spend holiday gift cards
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to make sure they spend any gift cards they received this holiday season. Unused gift card balances can eventually be turned over to his Office of Unclaimed Funds (OUF), which took in a record $48 million from them in 2022.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomes UBMD Emergency Medicine, Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists to staff its emergency department
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:35 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) welcomed the providers from UBMD Emergency Medicine to the emergency department on Jan. 1, along with the medical team from Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists, who will manage inpatient care at the hospital. These two groups are also slated to facilitate both inpatient care and emergency care at the new Lockport Memorial Campus of Mount St. Mary's Hospital when it opens later in 2023.
Catholic Health, Highmark BCBSWNY announce long-term contract agreement
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Highmark BCBSWNY, Catholic Health, and Catholic Medical Partners recently announced a new long-term contract agreement. A press release said, "This will ensure Highmark BCBSWNY members will have continued access to care at Catholic Health hospitals and its comprehensive network of services."
Hochul announces first-ever round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant awards totaling more than $6 million
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $6 million in grants to eight projects across the state through the first round of the Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs.
Update on Tops Supermarket reopening plans
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 11:05 pm
On Monday evening, Tops Supermarkets Public and Media Relations Manager Kathy Sautter reported, "Tops intends to continue to safely reopen as many of its Erie County stores as possible on Tuesday, Dec. 27. All Tops locations outside Erie County will open as scheduled. Please reference Tops' social media accounts (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) or visit for up-to-date information."
OSHA: Working safely during blizzard recovery and in cold weather
Mon, Dec 26th 2022 02:40 pm
As Western New York continues to recover from the Christmas blizzard, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds blizzard recovery workers and employers to be aware of the hazards and safeguards associated with storm recovery work and work in cold weather.
New owner-operators give new life to Grand Island McDonald's
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 07:00 am
Change is coming to Grand Island's McDonald's. Located at 2231 Grand Island Blvd., the familiar restaurant had fallen into disrepair. There were complaints of broken things in the restaurant, including a milkshake machine that was often out of order.
Northwest Bank office closures & delayed openings for Dec. 23, 24
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:35 pm
Due to inclement weather, Northwest Bank offices may operate on a delayed opening schedule or remain closed Dec. 23 and 24.
Consumer alert: Attorney General James warns against price-gouging during Winter Storm Elliott
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:30 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued an alert reminding consumers and businesses across the state against price-gouging during and in the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliott. The powerful storm has already brought heavy wind, ice, snow and freezing rain to Western New York and other regions throughout the state, and is expected to continue.
Tops to close early
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:30 pm
Tops Friendly Markets Public and Media Relations Manager Kathy Sautter announced, "Due to the forecasted extreme weather conditions, and for the safety of our associates and customers, Tops has made the decision to close all of its stores located in Erie and Niagara counties at 2 p.m. today. Our distribution center will also be closing at 2 p.m. Weather conditions will dictate when we will reopen. Please watch our social media pages for updates. Thank you."
Minimum wage increase for upstate New Yorkers
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state will continue with the $15 minimum hourly wage phase-in for upstate counties on Dec. 31. Workers outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County will see an increase by $1 per hour, from $13.20 to $14.20, following a statutorily required economic analysis conducted by the New York State Division of the Budget.
Hochul signs Warehouse Worker Protection Act into law
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (S. 8922/A. 10020) into law.
NYS: Legislation establishes statewide pay transparency law
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.9427-A/A.10477) establishing a statewide pay transparency law in New York state, requiring employers to list salary ranges for all advertised jobs and promotions.
Hochul announces start of adult-use cannabis retail sales
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced sales of legal, regulated adult-use cannabis will start Dec. 29 at a dispensary in Manhattan, operated by Housing Works, the nation's largest minority-controlled HIV/AIDS service organization and largest community-based HIV/AIDS service organization.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides tips to help consumers navigate holiday shopping season
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 04:00 pm
As the final part of its five-part consumer alert holiday series, the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds shoppers of New York state laws regarding warranties and service contracts, so consumers can make informed decisions about holiday purchases. To avoid surprises, DCP recommends that consumers understand what to look for when reviewing warranties and service contracts.
Niagara Falls Firefighters Christmas Toy Fund receives donation from Destination Niagara USA ornament sales
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 01:10 pm
The weekend after Thanksgiving, Destination Niagara USA kicked off a fundraiser to benefit the Niagara Falls Firefighters Christmas Toy Fund. One hundred percent of the profits from holiday ornament sales in the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center from Saturday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 18, went to the annual toy drive, now in its 94th year.
Gas prices continue falling, as lower demand & increased supply drive prices down
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 12:55 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.14, down 12 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.31. The New York state average is $3.49, down 10 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.51.
Catholic Health, Catholic Medical Partners, Independent Health reach new, 2-year agreement
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 12:55 pm
Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners on Friday announced they reached a new agreement with Independent Health continuing the long-term relationship between the three organizations.
Grand Island Liquidation: New business offers discounts in a cardboard wonderland
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
Nicole Cannarozzo discovered liquidation stores on social media: "I saw on Facebook, during COVID, someone in Texas said she bought something from her local Amazon return store."
Grand Island business law firm rebrands as 'Lawyer For Business'
Sat, Dec 17th 2022 07:00 am
Grand Island's The Tarshus Law Firm has rebranded as Lawyer For Business.
NYS: $24.3 million for recreation & historic preservation projects through round XII of REDC initiative
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 06:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $24.3 million has been awarded to support 56 municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for park improvements, heritage area enhancements and historic preservation projects through round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. The grants from the Environmental Protection Fund are administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
AAA: Keep calm & avoid road rage this holiday season
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 06:45 pm
The final weekend of holiday shopping is here! With many shoppers anxious to check off their lists, the pressure is on! The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and cheer, but they can also be stressful and overwhelming - especially if you're rushing.
Governor signs legislation helping weddings, celebrations and other off-site events secure alcoholic beverage permits
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed legislation (S.9049/A.10176) to modernize the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and authorize the New York State Liquor Authority to grant eligible catering facilities a license to serve liquor at weddings, banquets or other functions held at locations off-site from the catering facility.

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