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Gas and travel alert: Hurricane Laura
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 05:00 pm
Now a hurricane, Laura is headed to the U.S. Gulf Coast with landfall expected late Wednesday into Thursday. The National Weather Service is predicting a potential Category 3 storm. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate coastal Louisiana and Texas. As in past years, the storm has a high potential to negatively affect coastal refineries, which impacts crude and gasoline inventory levels in the region and beyond.
Buffalo City Mission & 26 Shirts debut limited-edition T to fund new emergency shelter at Alfiero Family Center
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:05 pm
On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Mission and 26 Shirts announced a collaborative new design in the company's special-edition T-shirt series. Named "Street Signs," the limited-edition artwork will be sold and printed on select clothing apparel from Aug. 25 to Sept. 8.
Nesselbush to succeed Lomeo as next CEO of Kaleida Health
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 02:50 pm
Robert J. Nesselbush was named CEO for Kaleida Health.
ESD, Verizon Media announce $506,766 in awards for Verizon Media's Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County & Lockport
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 02:50 pm
Empire State Development and Verizon Media on Tuesday announced the 2020 funding recipients for the Verizon Media Community Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development.
SBA offers online resources for small businesses to help with economic recovery
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 06:50 pm
Entrepreneurs can take advantage of free online training and other resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist them during this period of economic recovery.
NYS legislation enacted to hold utilities accountable for 'failure to effectively respond to power outages'
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced he will propose legislation to hold utilities accountable for failures to effectively respond to future power outages.
Cuomo announces corrective actions for utility companies following 'failed response' to Tropical Storm Isaias
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 12:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the New York State Department of Public Service has completed the first phase of its investigation in record time into utility preparation and restoration efforts related to Tropical Storm Isaias.
Buffalo Black Achievers launches Black Quotes Campaign
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:55 am
The Giving Project has teamed up with Buffalo Black Achievers to raise funds and awareness for the Black Achiever Scholarship Fund, established at the recommendation of Dr. Catherine Collins, who currently serves as the chairperson of Buffalo Black Achievers. The Black Quotes Campaign features a series of T-shirts from prominent black leaders with inspirational quotes on work ethic.
Facebook provides updates on small business grant programs & announces new initiatives in support of Black community
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:50 am
Following Facebook's June announcements of an ongoing commitment to the Black community, the company is pleased to share progress updates on its Small Business Grant Programs and also introduce new ways to support Black-owned businesses on the platform.
Ortt/Helming: Broadband tax lawsuit/repeal key to expansion
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:10 am
New York State Sen. Pam Helming on Tuesday joined with Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt in support of a recent lawsuit filed to force New York to disclose the tax and fee structure of what they called a "destructive new broadband tax and fee scheme. This measure makes it more difficult and expensive to expand broadband in rural and underserved areas."
Higgins: Postmaster's pause doesn't undo harm already implemented or protect against dismantling of USPS after November election
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, said the announcement by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy indicating he is temporarily pausing "sweeping changes" to the U.S. Postal Service doesn't demonstrate the postmaster has a true understanding of what the postal service means to Americans and provides no confidence that sabotage of the postal service won't continue.
Higgins announces FEMA grant totaling over $929,000 for regional pandemic preparedness projects in New York
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced a federal grant totaling $929,414 has been awarded to New York for pandemic preparedness projects to help increase the planned pandemic response in upstate New York, including Erie and Niagara counties.
Report: Hotel industry facing historic wave of foreclosures
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
A new national report shows the hotel industry is facing a historic wave of foreclosures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate small business hotel owners and its workforce.
Catholic Health, CWA agree to one-year contract extensions
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 03:05 pm
Catholic Health and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have agreed to one-year contract extensions for registered nurses and CWA-represented associates at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and St. Joseph Campus.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos adjusts entertainment lineup, announces corporate recognition
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
Seneca Resorts & Casinos recently announced an updated list of entertainment shows that have been rescheduled into 2021. This includes shows scheduled at the Seneca Niagara Event Center, Seneca Niagara Bear's Den Showroom and Seneca Allegany Event Center.
SBA announces new reduced 504 Loan debenture rates
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the updated interest rates for the 504 Loan Program offered by Certified Development Companies (CDC). Small businesses can now apply for the lowest interest rates since July 2018 as the program is now allowing 20- and 25-year interest rates at 2.214% and 2.269%, respectively.
DiNapoli: State tax revenues down $3 billion through July
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
State tax receipts of $26.4 billion through the first four months of the state fiscal year were $3 billion, or 10.2%, below the same period last year, according to the July cash report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Attorney General James renews suspension of state debt collection for 5th time as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Sat, Aug 15th 2020 10:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday announced the state will, on Sunday, renew for the fifth time an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection.
Report: New York small businesses received over $3 billion in federal contracts during FY2019
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:25 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration's release of the "Fiscal Year 2019 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard" shows a record-breaking $132.9 billion in prime federal contracts - 26.5% of the federal contracting dollars - were awarded to small businesses.
Buffalo Prep raises more than $1 million since March, as community steps up to support racial & educational equity
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Buffalo Prep, a local nonprofit organization, has been awarded more than $1.26 million from local foundations and organizations since March. The largest one-time gift in the history of Buffalo Prep's 31-year existence was given by KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, in the amount of $750,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
 

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