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NYS: $200 million available for 5th round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 02:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $200 million is available for the fifth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. DRI round 5 will provide these funds to communities across the 10 Regional Economic Development Council regions to "bring new life to their downtowns through a comprehensive strategic planning process, followed by the implementation of key projects." The fifth round is being launched as New York rebuilds its economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB among laboratories to assist state in identification of COVID-19 variants
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the selection of five laboratories to bolster state efforts in identifying COVID-19 variants. The New York State Department of Health is partnering with these laboratories to expand the genetic sequencing of specimens positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The selected laboratories have sequencing expertise and experience, as well as capacity and access to SARS-CoV-2 positive specimens from large multicounty areas in New York, outside of New York City.
Buffalo: Brown joins AMR for graduation of new class of EMT trainees
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 09:50 am
At a time of what his team called "unprecedented public health and staffing challenges," City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined American Medical Response at a ceremony for 21 new EMT professionals who graduated in Buffalo.
OPWDD celebrates anniversary of ADA with launch of accessible events guide
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 01:10 pm
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities announced it has issued an accessible events guide to assist people and organizations in planning in-person and virtual events that are both inclusive and accessible. OPWDD is releasing the new guide to coincide with the upcoming 31st anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Cuomo announces 'streamlined' application process for rent relief program
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new "streamlined" application process for New York's rent relief program to help eliminate potential barriers for eligible New Yorkers to receive funding.
AAA: We are in the midst of the '100 Deadliest Days'
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:15 pm
Amid the "100 Deadliest Days," AAA Western and Central New York is urging drivers to use caution as July winds down. The "100 Deadliest Days" is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically.
Child Advocacy Center of Niagara announces annual virtual 5K run/walk
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:00 pm
Break out the running shoes, stretch out the legs and make the move to stop child abuse. The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara announced registration is open for the annual "One Too Many NY 5K" to end child abuse, which will be held virtually from Sept. 17-19.
NYSDOT details $5.7 million project to address dangerous intersections along boulevard
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 11:00 am
On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Transportation held a public hearing at the Wheatfield Community Center to outline a proposed $5.7 million project meant to make some historically dangerous spots along Niagara Falls Boulevard safer.
Cuomo OKs expanding insurance coverage for personal cell phones
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation (S.4483/A.4672) he said will allow New Yorkers a new, less-expensive way to obtain insurance protection for their cell phones through their credit card, debit card or checking account. Prior to the passage of the legislation, state law did not allow credit or debit card issuers and banks to insure their customers' wireless communication devices from damage, loss or theft.
'Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra,' tributes to David Bowie & Def Leppard highlight 'BPO Rocks'
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 09:40 am
Following an earlier announcement of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's classics and pops series, the orchestra announces the lineup for its 2021-22 "BPO Rocks" series, presented by Calspan. A press release stated, "Known for its rollicking tributes to the best of classic rock, the boundary-breaking concert series has become one of the BPO's most popular."
Niagara County Emergency Services announces new smartphone app
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:10 am
Niagara County Emergency Service Director Jonathan Schultz announced the release of a new smartphone application called Prepare Niagara. This app will serve as a new way for the agency to connect with Niagara County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone.
Old Fort Niagara hosts 'Living History Weekend'
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:45 pm
"Living History Weekend" at Old Fort Niagara, scheduled for July 31-August 1, will give visitors a glimpse of everyday life at a frontier outpost during the 18th century.
Poloncarz declares gun violence in Erie County as a public health crisis; Ortt seeks answers
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Tuesday by Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin, members of the majority caucus and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and several Erie County Commissioners as he issued his 22nd executive order, declaring gun violence as a public health crisis.
First Lewiston bicentennial coin released
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 03:50 pm
Lewiston's 200th anniversary celebrations are about to commence, and a series of commemorative coins will be issued featuring Lewiston's iconic landmarks. The first coin has just been released and is available from the Lewiston Museum.
Highway Workers Memorial to debut at 2021 Great New York State Fair
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a new memorial honoring fallen highway workers across New York is currently under construction and will be unveiled at the 2021 Great New York State Fair.
Buffalo Institute for Genomics & Data Analytics creates more than 500 jobs
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics is helping to grow Buffalo Niagara as a bioinformatics and life sciences hub by creating 530 jobs at high-tech companies, far surpassing its commitment to create 250 jobs by February 2022.
Cuomo signs legislation to increase public awareness of pregnancy-related health condition
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3475/A.6531) enacting "Lian's Law," authorizing the Department of Health to add information about preeclampsia - including detection, risk factors and possible options for treatments - to its health care and wellness education and outreach program.
NFARS: No drone zone in air space over NFARS
Fri, Jul 16th 2021 07:20 pm
The United States Air Force Reserve 914th Air Refueling Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station issued the following statement Friday:
New York Power Authority approves 15-year construction services contract to modernize Niagara Power Project
Fri, Jul 16th 2021 07:00 am
The New York Power Authority board of trustees has approved the award of a competitively bid contract, valued up to $275 million, to Voith Hydro Inc., located in York, Pennsylvania, for mechanical and electrical upgrades related to the Power Authority's 15-year modernization and digitization program titled "Next Generation Niagara."
Relay For Life to hold two-day event on Grand Island
Fri, Jul 16th 2021 07:00 am
Relay For Life is back after a one-year hiatus as a two-day event. From 3-7 p.m. Saturday, a hybrid Relay event will be held at the Fuccillo Toyota dealership parking lot. The traditional luminaria ceremony will be offered at 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Park. In addition to the luminaria ceremony, a newly installed memorial garden at Veterans Park will be dedicated to the late Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, who, for many years, served as co-chair of Relay For Life.
Higgins objects to FEMA flood maps For Niagara Falls
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:40 pm
In a recent letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Congressman Brian Higgins called on the agency to re-study the flood risk for Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls and reinstate the prior flood insurance map from 2010 "until errors in the new map are addressed."
Niagara County Office for the Aging distributing farmers market coupons
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 06:50 pm
The Niagara County Office for the Aging has begun distributing farmers market coupon booklets at sites throughout Niagara County. The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, provided by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, provides coupons to all who meet age and income requirements. Each booklet contains five coupons worth $4 each ($20 total), which can be used to buy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets throughout New York.
914th Air Refueling Wing member recognized as best in Air Force
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:35 pm
Senior Master Sgt. Jose R. Pagan Jr. won the Air Force First Sergeant of the Year Award. The award recognizes the important contributions and leadership qualities exhibited by Air Force members in the first sergeant special duty career field.
NYSDOT to host public hearing on Niagara Falls Boulevard intersection improvement project
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:30 pm
The New York State Department of Transportation will host a public hearing from 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, about a proposed intersection improvement project on U.S. Route 62 (Niagara Falls Boulevard) at NY Route 429 (Ward Road) and Witmer Road in the Town of Wheatfield.
DiNapoli: Local tax cap will be 2 percent in 2022
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:30 pm
Property tax levy growth will be capped at 2% for 2022 for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced. This figure affects tax cap calculations for all counties, towns and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 13 villages.
Higgins, Brown, Nowakowski: $5 million in federal funds for violence prevention
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:25 pm
Flanked by city governmental and community leaders, Congressman Brian Higgins announced an agreement between the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Violence Prevention and Reduction Coalition to utilize federal American Rescue Plan funding to address the rising number of deadly shootings in city neighborhoods through enhanced community violence intervention programming.
Niagara County announces members of redistricting commission
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 05:40 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh on Monday announced the members of the Niagara County Redistricting Commission who are charged with reviewing census data and drafting a plan to adjust County Legislature district lines in accordance with that data.
Local companies step up big to support Give716
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 05:35 pm
Give716, Western New York's communitywide day of giving, gets underway at 7:16 p.m. Thursday. Several local companies are joining the Buffalo Bills and Sabres in calling upon the community to support local charities.
Mass-vaccination site at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls scheduled to cease operations
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 05:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced four mass-vaccination sites will cease operations as part of the ongoing downscaling that will allow the state to focus on localized vaccination efforts.
Higgins cosponsors legislation providing funding and support to accelerate ALS research
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced support for the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, seeks to expand and accelerate the research, development and approval of treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
AG James takes 196 guns off streets at community gun buyback in WNY
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 03:35 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced 196 firearms were turned in to law enforcement at a gun buyback event hosted by her office and the Niagara Falls Police Department.
NYSDOT announces construction to rehabilitate Niagara Street & John B. Daly Boulevard in Niagara Falls
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 03:15 pm
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced construction will soon begin on a $6.4 million project to rehabilitate State Route 384, Niagara Street, from John B. Daly Boulevard to the Rainbow Bridge Plaza, and John B. Daly Boulevard, from Niagara Street to Buffalo Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls. The project will transform Niagara Street in downtown Niagara Falls, creating a multimodal thoroughfare which will reconnect the portions of Niagara Falls' downtown.
William Mattar launches 6th annual 'In the Heat Check the Seat' safety awareness campaign
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 03:10 pm
William Mattar law offices announced the launch of its sixth annual "In the Heat Check the Seat" campaign to raise awareness of heatstroke-related deaths that can occur when children and pets are left in hot motor vehicles.
Town of Niagara: Master plan taking shape in Veterans Memorial Community Park
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:00 am
On Monday, officials from the Town of Niagara held a groundbreaking ceremony in Veterans Memorial Community Park where construction for phase three and phase four of the park's master plan is set to begin this week.
New Olcott harbor breakwall project underway
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:00 am
Progress on repairing the flood-ravaged shoreline in Niagara County took a big step forward in past days with the startup of a massive, nearly 400-foot, $14 million breakwall project in the hamlet of Olcott Beach.
Food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 10:00 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced an initiative to help combat childhood hunger in the area. In a partnership with Tops Friendly Markets and Student Transportation of America, a "Meals On The Bus" food drive is planned for three area Tops Markets locations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Proceeds will benefit FeedMore WNY.
Cuomo signs legislation permitting use of municipal space for outdoor dining
Wed, Jul 7th 2021 07:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.6353-A/A.7733) that will allow restaurants to utilize municipal spaces like sidewalks and streets for outdoor dining. First granted under an executive order, this law allows restaurants to continue using these public spaces for another year as they recover from the economic devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mount St. Mary's marks EMS Week
Wed, Jul 7th 2021 06:55 pm
Every year, Mount St. Mary's celebrates Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week with a dinner celebration and awards presentation. Though the hospital was unable to hold this special event in 2021, community partners were still honored with well-deserved awards for their hard work and dedication.
Cuomo declares first-in-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of 'comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York'
Wed, Jul 7th 2021 03:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of what his team called a "new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York."
Higgins, Huizenga & Castor lead push to lift pandemic-related travel restrictions
Wed, Jul 7th 2021 03:05 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins, Bill Huizenga (MI-2) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) are leading a bipartisan push encouraging the Biden administration to take steps to safely reopen international travel to the U.S.
 

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