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Record-breaking 48.9 million Americans to travel this Independence Day
Tue, Jun 25th 2019 10:25 am
More Americans than ever recorded by AAA, nearly 49 million, are making plans to honor the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year. (AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000.) Overall travel volume for the holiday is expected to rise 4.1% over last year, with an additional 1.9 million people planning road trips and other vacations to celebrate America's birthday.
FASNY: Leave fireworks to the professionals!
Mon, Jun 24th 2019 07:00 am
The Fourth of July holiday is rapidly approaching and, with it, the annual fireworks shows. Although sparklers and similar items can be bought and sold in much of New York state, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York urges New Yorkers to leave these devices to trained professionals. Instead, FASNY encourages New Yorkers to attend one of the many professional fireworks displays offered throughout the state.
NPSL International Tournament brings teams, excitement to Youngstown
Sat, Jun 22nd 2019 07:00 am
Niagara County's longest-running annual youth sporting event is set to kick off once again next week.
Lewiston Library presentation sheds light on Frontier House's past, offers hope for building's future
Sat, Jun 22nd 2019 07:00 am
Why was the Frontier House built almost 200 years ago, and what will it look like a year from now?
EPA: $9.3 million in supplemental funds to clean up & reuse brownfield sites in communities across US
Fri, Jun 21st 2019 07:35 pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $9.3 million in supplemental funding for 24 current successful brownfields revolving loan fund (RLF) grantees. The supplemental funds are going to communities that have demonstrated success in using their RLF to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. The funds will be used to continue progress in reusing vacant and abandoned properties and turning them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services and commerce opportunities.
Assembly, Senate pass legislation to decriminalize marijuana
Fri, Jun 21st 2019 07:30 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol announced Thursday the Assembly passed legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and expunge the records of those with low-level convictions (A.8420-A, Peoples-Stokes).
NYS Assembly, Senate pass Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act despite objections from local leaders
Thu, Jun 20th 2019 09:55 am
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Labor Committee Chairman Marcos Crespo on Wednesday announced the Assembly passed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act (A.8419, Nolan).
Conversation on 'compassionate community action' on June 27
Wed, Jun 19th 2019 02:05 pm
At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, the idea of "compassionate community action" will be explored at a mini-conference at St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church, 917 Garden Ave., Niagara Falls. All members of the community are welcome to this free event, which will include refreshments.
'Freedom Day': Historic inaugural Juneteenth celebration in Niagara Falls
Tue, Jun 18th 2019 01:20 pm
Two Queens Production and the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center have teamed up to bring the first "Freedom Day" to Niagara Falls. Residents and the surrounding communities are cordially invited to a celebration of Juneteenth - a day of family fun on the grounds of the Heritage Center, neighboring the Amtrak Station. Festivities are from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at 825 Depot Ave. West, Niagara Falls.
Buckling up on back seat safety: AAA urges NYS legislators to pass rear seat belt law
Tue, Jun 18th 2019 12:10 pm
Rear seat occupants who fail to buckle up are three times more likely to be killed, according to AAA New York State. In 2017, 34 unbelted rear seat occupants ages 16-plus were killed and 2,600 were injured. This accounts for one injury every three hours across New York state.
Cuomo announces selection of design-build team to install cashless tolling on NYS Thruway by end of 2020
Tue, Jun 18th 2019 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved the selection of the design-build team that will complete the installation of cashless tolling on the Thruway systemwide by the end of 2020. The $355.3 million investment will transform the Thruway system for the approximately 267 million motorists who travel the superhighway each year.
Ortt, Jacobs speak out on 'Green Light Bill'
Tue, Jun 18th 2019 09:45 am
On Monday, the New York State Senate passed the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act, also known as the "Green Light Bill," sponsored by Democrat Sen. Luis SepĂșlveda. A press release said this move "will restore the right to obtain a license, regardless of immigration status, that existed prior to 2001.
CreateAthon: 5 nonprofit organizations selected to receive free services
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:40 pm
J. Fitzgerald Group has selected five nonprofit organizations with a focus on helping underserved or underprivileged children to receive free advertising and marketing services as part of Western New York's only CreateAthon event.
NYPA to enhance Smart Street Lighting NY with maintenance service program
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:30 pm
The New York Power Authority will enhance Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Smart Street Lighting NY program to include a maintenance service option for interested municipalities.
BPO, Central Terminal Restoration Corp., Sen. Kennedy to present free one-day East Side Festival celebrating history of Buffalo's East Side, 90th anniversary of Central Terminal
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:25 pm
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with the BPO diversity council, the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. and New York State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, will present a free one-day East Side Festival celebrating the cultural heritage of the East Side neighborhood of Buffalo and the 90th anniversary of the Central Terminal, the historic Art Deco landmark railroad station nestled on Buffalo's East Side.
Gas prices continue to fall across region
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:25 pm
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.69, down 6 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.89. The New York state average is $2.87 - down 3 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $3.05.
UB: Study underscores role of menthol cigarettes in smoking cessation
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:25 pm
For decades, "Big Tobacco" has sold African American smokers on menthol-flavored cigarettes through targeted marketing campaigns. That's among the reasons why, in the U.S., black smokers who prefer menthols are 12% less likely to quit smoking compared to non-menthol users, according to the results of a newly published study.
Village of Youngstown: YBPA readies for 10th annual Street Dance celebration
Sat, Jun 15th 2019 07:00 am
Despite those seemingly never-ending rains -- not to mention the high water conditions on area waterways -- summer is very much here in the busy River Region.
Veterans outreach to give rural vets a fighting chance
Sat, Jun 15th 2019 07:00 am
For veterans living in rural areas of Niagara County, accessing services can often be extremely difficult, if not impossible. While cities are generally more equipped to handle a veteran's needs, many rural vets, particularly those with disabilities, are unable to reach these areas to get the help they require.
Niagara County holds flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans
Fri, Jun 14th 2019 04:40 pm
In honor of National Flag Day, Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski presented a flag-raising ceremony on Friday, unveiling three new flagpoles in which U.S. military veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East raised the American, state and county flags in front of the county courthouse.
DA Flynn responds to governor's call to end statute of limitations in all rape cases
Fri, Jun 14th 2019 03:50 pm
Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo advocated for the repeal of the statute of limitations in all rape cases as part of his 2020 executive budget. The New York State Legislature did not adopt the legislation that would remove the five-year limit on the prosecution of rape in the second and third degree when the budget passed in April.
10th annual 'Festival of Fathers' slated for June 22
Thu, Jun 13th 2019 10:40 am
The 10th annual "Festival of Fathers" will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Hyde Park Splash Pad in Niagara Falls (corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue). The festival, which is free and open to the public, will include games, prizes, snacks and crafts, as well as activities to engage children and parents together.
Empire State Development, NYS Council on the Arts announce completion of restoration project on Roycroft Campus
Wed, Jun 12th 2019 02:00 pm
Empire State Development and New York Council on the Arts announced the Roycroft Campus Corp. (RCC) has completed a $465,000 renovation of the Copper Shop located on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora.
New York state helping communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 02:10 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday hosted the first meeting of community leaders and the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Commission, where he announced up to $300 million in funding available for communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding. Local governments will match 15% for every dollar the state spends.
Higgins & Stefanik announce push for over 1,800 new Customs & Border Protection staff
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 01:55 pm
House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus Co-Chairs Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) released a letter sent to House appropriation leaders supporting the addition of 1,846 new positions within Customs and Border Protection, including 1,200 CBP officers.
WNY Regional Economic Development Council announces final 2019 CFA workshop
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 10:00 am
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) on Monday announced its final 2019 consolidated funding application (CFA) workshop. The June 13 workshop at Buffalo State College is for businesses and organizations interested in applying for 2019 REDC funding through the CFA.
Nearly 1,500 athletes & coaches to compete at Special Olympics New York 2019 Summer Games
Mon, Jun 10th 2019 02:25 pm
This weekend, Dutchess County will host the Special Olympics New York 2019 Summer Games. The events will bring approximately 1,500 athletes and coaches to the area to compete in eight sports: basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
M&T Bank's Plaza Event Series celebrates 50th season
Mon, Jun 10th 2019 12:00 pm
This year, M&T Bank celebrates the 50th season of the Plaza Event Series, which is believed to be the longest-running free concert series of its kind in the U.S. The 11-week series starts at noon June 10.
Buffalo Sabres sign Jeff Skinner to 8-year contract
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 09:55 am
The Buffalo Sabres late on Friday announced the team signed forward Jeff Skinner to an eight-year contract with an average annual value of $9 million.
Monument for 'The Mayor': Park named in honor of Richard Soluri; video & photos
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:10 am
Though he's been out of office for almost a decade, people still call Richard Soluri the "Mayor."
Youngstown: YBPA readies for summer
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:00 am
Youngstown Business and Professional Association members covered a number of areas on Tuesday as YBPA held its pre-summer get-together at Bandana's Bar and Grill on Lake Road.
Morinello commends efforts to resolve Lake Ontario flooding crisis
Thu, Jun 6th 2019 11:55 am
On Monday, June 10, Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello will meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state legislators, and the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Commission (REDI) at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester to discuss Lake Ontario's rapidly rising water levels. Attendees will identify ways to strengthen and reinforce the lake's shoreline, and work to limit damage if water levels rise in the future.
Higgins: More than $1.47 million in federal funds for Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Thu, Jun 6th 2019 11:55 am
Democrat Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will receive a total of $1,472,496 in federal funding provided in three grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Catholic Health System finances more than $180 million through DASNY
Wed, Jun 5th 2019 11:45 am
Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, announced Catholic Health System Inc. issued more than $180 million in bonds through DASNY, in a financing led by Bank of America, Merrill Lynch.
Assembly passes measure to prohibit cat declawing
Wed, Jun 5th 2019 11:45 am
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced passage of legislation prohibiting the declawing of cats, and imposing a fine of $1,000 on veterinarians who perform the procedure for no valid reason (A. 1303, Rosenthal).
More additions to Artpark's Strawberry Moon Festival
Tue, Jun 4th 2019 10:25 am
That message of reconciliation is the central theme of this historic gathering of indigenous performers, craftspeople, teachers and healers at the Strawberry Moon Festival on June 22 at Artpark in Lewiston. The event runs from 3-11 p.m.
Gas prices fall across region
Mon, Jun 3rd 2019 02:30 pm
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.81, down 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.95. The New York state average is $2.93 - down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $3.09. AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:
Chamber to host miniature golf tournament on July 18
Mon, Jun 3rd 2019 07:00 am
This year will mark the 10th year the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce has hosted a golf tournament. While the format has changed a bit from the first tournament, the camaraderie and friendly competition has remained constant.
IJC members visit WNY: Impact of high water levels, Plan 2014 discussed
Sat, Jun 1st 2019 07:00 am
Newly appointed commissioners of the International Joint Commission spent Tuesday in Western New York, learning more about the IJC's Plan 2014 and its shoreline impacts from the high water levels on Lake Ontario in New York state and on the St. Lawrence River system in Canada.

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