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HEALTHeLINK releases 2020 report to community
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 01:20 pm
HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange (HIE) for Western New York, continues to play a vital role in the delivery and quality of patient care. As highlighted in the HEALTHeLINK 2020 Report to the Community, the value of HIE has never been more evident.
Castellani Art Museum poised for grand comeback in 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:15 pm
"We're moving forward," he said. "We have our goals, we have our time set, and we're working towards it as if life will get back to ('normal') and the museum can reopen and reenergize."
New York Power Authority awarded $250,000 to study impacts of ice on Niagara Power Plant
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 12:30 pm
The New York Power Authority announced it has been awarded two grants to fund demonstration projects - one that will analyze the impact of ice on a hydropower plant and one to test an advanced technology that evaluates the health of high voltage assets in a substation.
Lewiston Moose Lodge donates to LPD
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:05 am
Members of the board of officers from Lower Niagara Moose Lodge 584 on Water Street in Lewiston gathered last week with area law enforcement and local officials for a special presentation.
Joint statement from departments of health regarding travel & quarantine
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 02:55 pm
The leaders of the five Western New York county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) are providing the following joint statement related to the upcoming school breaks and the New York state travel advisory:
Community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate over 25,000 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
Survey: 56% of Americans likely to travel for vacation in 2021; 21% report traveling since pandemic
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows consumers are optimistic about traveling again in 2021, with 56% reporting they are likely to travel for vacation this year.
Cuomo: Federal vaccine supply to increase to 20% for next 3 weeks
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of noon, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 91% (1,414,241) first-dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
New York State Parks highlights Black History Month
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
New Yorkers can help celebrate contributions to state history through a series of events, programming and visits to State Parks and historic sites during Black History Month.
Cuomo gives blessing to wedding receptions
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 04:50 pm
Speaking to the press on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the recent model of allowing pretested fans into Buffalo Bills Stadium can be replicated to include other events - including wedding receptions.
ESD announces release of consultant recommendations for revitalization of Broadway Market
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the final consultant recommendations for the Broadway Market in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. The proposed changes, for one of the country's oldest and largest city-owned public markets, include preserving and expanding the market's best features while planning its evolution as a unique regional center for fresh and international foods.
Attorney general on nursing homes: Investigations reveal DOH publicly reported data undercounted COVID-19 deaths
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:00 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday released a report on her office's ongoing investigations into nursing homes' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, James has been investigating nursing homes throughout New York state based on allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.
Is raising speed limit worth the risk?
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 10:05 am
Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on many roadways around the country, a vehicle's ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt.
Cuomo pulls WNY out of micro-cluster zones
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said the holiday coronavirus surge is over, and he canceled the micro-cluster zones in Erie and Niagara counties.
New York Power Authority's economic development awards creating 583 jobs in WNY
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the New York Power Authority's board of trustees approved four economic development awards that will support 583 jobs and spur $356 million in private capital investments across Western New York.
NF National Heritage Area digital archive funding uncovers mysteries in Falls
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:25 pm
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA) is uncovering mysteries in Niagara Falls by funding the Oakwood Cemetery Burial Permit Digital Archive Project and the Niagara Falls Public Library Local History Collection Project. It said Niagara Falls is known for its role in the Underground Railroad, but only a few precious artifacts have survived.
Botanical Gardens new 'Gardens After Dark' series has 'Enchanted Winter Escape'
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens recently introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." It then introduced "Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape" for 2021.
Longtime COVID-19 patient reaches goal of rooting Bills to Super Bowl from home
Sun, Jan 24th 2021 02:05 pm
A Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center patient achieved that goal Saturday, as nurses and other staff members gathered at the hospital's main entrance to cheer on COVID-19 patient Richard Portale, who was headed home after a 60-day stay.
FeedMore WNY urges community to help 'Check Out Hunger'
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Western New Yorkers will be able to help feed their hungry neighbors while shopping for groceries at area retailers now and into the coming months. Dash's Market, Lexington Cooperative Market, The Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets will be holding their annual "Check Out Hunger" campaigns to support FeedMore WNY's programs and services.
The Plant Shack puts spring in our step, while giving back to many worthy causes
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 11:50 am
I can actually see, touch and smell something green, vibrant and cheery now that The Plant Shack has opened a new location on Center Street in Lewiston.
Buffalo City Mission: $500,000 commitment from KeyBank & First Niagara Foundation
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The Buffalo City Mission on Wednesday announced a $500,000 financial commitment from KeyBank and its partner, First Niagara Foundation.
Cuomo outlines fiscal year 2022 budget; draws mixed reviews
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday outlined the fiscal year 2022 executive budget to reimagine, rebuild and renew New York in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Appeal 2021 launches at Catholic Charities Russell J. Salvatore Food Pantry and Outreach
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:20 pm
Appeal 2021 was launched Tuesday at Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Russell J. Salvatore Food Pantry and Outreach in Lackawanna with a goal of raising $10 million by June 30. This year's theme is "HOPE."
Cuomo offers SOTS proposal to boost partial unemployment benefits
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a proposal to boost partial unemployment insurance benefits to New Yorkers who return to work part-time, as part of his 2021 State of the State. The plan would ensure unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week.
Mount St. Mary's cheering on Bills
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 10:50 am
Members of the Mount St. Mary's Hospital team gathered together Friday to cheer on another beloved Western New York team: the Buffalo Bills.
Artpark announces organizational & strategic business updates
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 04:40 pm
Artpark & Company revealed organizational and strategic updates as it works toward continued future growth.
President-elect Joe Biden aims for 100 million vaccinations within his first 100 days
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
On Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the American people about his American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan. He shared the following:
Greater Niagara Fishing Expo reschedules 2021 show in response to COVID-19
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 am
Organizers of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, one of the largest pure-fishing shows in the Great Lakes, recently announced a rescheduling of the 2021 event at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls due to COVID-19.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
House votes to impeach Trump; Senate won't try case before inauguration
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:30 pm
The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted H.Res. 24, impeaching President Donald Trump "for high crimes and misdemeanors" by a vote of 232-197. This comes in the wake of last week's mass descent on the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., interrupting the process to certify Joe Biden as Trump's successor.
Memorial to hold offsite vaccination clinics as state expands eligible list
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 04:45 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will dispense COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify at the Niagara Falls City School District Field House on the Niagara Falls High School campus. Although people must belong to an eligible priority group to be vaccinated, the state this week significantly expanded its list of those groups.
Cuomo: New York to expand COVID vaccine eligibility to include those age 65-plus, immunocompromised
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday provided New Yorkers with new information related to coronavirus vaccination eligibility. In particular, those ages 65-plus, and the immunocompromised, can now register to receive their shots earlier than expected.
9 Wegmans pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccine to people 75+, UB South also a vaccination site
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:05 pm
Following New York state guidance, nine Wegmans locations in New York will receive a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people age 75 and older, as well as Wegmans pharmacy employees.
Historic Lincoln Building transforms into Erie County pandemic response hub
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health's office of epidemiology is moving into new space in downtown Buffalo, finding a home in the oldest office building still existing in the downtown area - the circa-1833 Lincoln Building (formerly known as the Ticor Building).
Ortt unveils plan to 'Reset New York State'
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt on Friday discussed the "comprehensive vision of Senate Republicans" to "Reset New York." Their plan includes several components to address mounting economic and fiscal challenges facing the state - many of which they said were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic - and to help forge a better path forward for all New Yorkers.
ECMC goes red & blue for Buffalo Bills
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 08:30 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp., the official health care sponsor of The Buffalo Bills, this week illuminated its iconic tower lights in red and blue to demonstrate the strong support of the Buffalo Bills during the upcoming playoff games.
Niagara County Department of Health prioritizing mass vaccination clinics to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 10:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announced the start of point-of-dispensing (POD) operations to provide COVID-19 vaccination to eligible persons as defined by New York state.
Memorial Medical Center celebrates discharge of long-term COVID-19 patient
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 05:15 pm
More than 100 excited members of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center family turned out Wednesday to bid an emotional farewell to a courageous patient who overcame COVID-19 during a lengthy hospital stay that included several weeks on a respirator.
Niagara County approves funding for vaccination hires
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 11:35 am
The Niagara County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to allocate $101,458 from its contingency fund to create and fill part-time positions that will help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the public when the vaccine doses become available. The county intends to vaccinate the public through point-of-dispensing sites (PODS).
Cuomo provides second update on vaccinations
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. By the end of this week, the state will have distributed approximately 911,000 first doses of the vaccine to providers for administration to eligible New Yorkers. Additionally, the governor announced that, to date, 3,762 providers have applied and been approved by the state to serve as vaccination sites. Currently, 636 locations are now activated and are able to begin vaccinating eligible New Yorkers.
 

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