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Cuomo announces expanded guidelines for nursing home visitations
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new, expanded guidelines for visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines to begin Feb. 26. The New York State Department of Health recommends visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes to facilitate their ability to test visitors on-site and at no cost.
AHLA on CDC vaccination guidelines & hotel workers in phase 1c
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:55 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent update to prioritize "traveler accommodation" under the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) categories of essential workers.
NYSDOH's cannabinoid hemp program now accepting license applications
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Department of Health is now accepting applications from businesses seeking to operate as cannabinoid hemp processors, retailers or distributors.
Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 12:15 pm
Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. have had a significant impact on blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals - especially those with type O blood - to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can't wait.
Jacobs seeks transparent COVID-19 accounting
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 10:55 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has co-sponsored legislation to require President Joe Biden to provide a complete account of enacted but unspent COVID-19 funds.
DiNapoli: State tax revenues $2 billion lower than last fiscal year
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 03:55 pm
State tax receipts cumulatively through January of state fiscal year 2020-21 are nearly $2 billion lower than last year, according to the monthly state cash report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, tax receipts are $1.7 billion higher than anticipated by the state Division of the Budget's (DOB) January projections.
NY housing market continues its strong momentum to start 2021
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 03:50 pm
A robust winter housing market continued into 2021 with both pending and closed sales remaining strong, according to the housing report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
NT: Zadzilka will not seek reelection this November
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 10:25 am
As North Tonawanda Third Ward Alderman Eric Zadzilka settled in recently for his 11th year on the Common Council, he announced he will not seek reelection this coming November.
NYS: Week 10 vaccinations delayed
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday night issued the following statement on vaccine shipping delays:
Memorial Day parade & luncheon on hold until 2022
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 07:00 am
Every Memorial Day since 2016, we have remembered our fallen veterans with a Memorial Day parade, community luncheon and a veterans memorial ceremony at Academy Park.
Viking Strong: Unity through art
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:20 pm
A small Grand Island art studio that's less than a year old has wasted no time bringing the community together in a big way.
AAA: Gulf Coast refineries offline due to storm, gas prices climbing
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:10 pm
Since Monday, the national gas price average has increased 7 cents to $2.575 ($2.58). This quick, four-day jump is a direct result of all major Gulf Coast refineries being impacted by the recent storm, which has caused gas supplies to tighten and pump prices to increase.
Red Cross urges preparedness in winter weather
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:05 pm
With severe winter weather in the Western New York region, the American Red Cross encourages eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give before travel conditions become hazardous or, for those in unaffected areas, to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to help restock the blood supply.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP alerts consumers about loyalty programs
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 02:00 pm
The Division of Consumer Protection reminds consumers of their rights when engaging in the many loyalty programs available in the marketplace. When consumers sign up for loyalty programs, their information is captured and used by the company to contact the consumer - how and when the company wants. Consumers should know they have options to limit or stop any unwanted emails, texts and phone calls.
State Park Police, State Troopers, DEC police & forest rangers remind snowmobilers to ride safely
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 11:05 am
With the recent snowfall, the New York State Park Police, State Police, Environmental Conservation police officers and forest rangers are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority in an effort to reduce the number of personal injury and fatal accidents throughout New York.
Open enrollment for New Yorkers extended to May 15; marketplace reopens for millions of Americans
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York's health insurance open enrollment period will be further extended to May 15, aligning with states across the country. With this extension, New York joins the federal marketplace and other state-based marketplaces giving consumers even more time to enroll for 2021.
Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Lewiston Road
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 08:25 pm
At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, a vehicle heading southbound on Lewiston Road struck a pedestrian who entered the roadway in the 2600 block.
Higgins: WNY clinics to be among first to receive direct federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in Western New York will be included among the 250 clinics nationwide first to receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Cuomo offers explanation for nursing home 'void' of information
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday offered commentary on coronavirus deaths related to nursing homes. His administration has been under fire for how it presented the numbers, with calls from Republican state leaders to lessen Cuomo's emergency powers in this pandemic.
Catholic Health expands visitor policy for 'same-day' surgery patients
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 04:00 pm
Earlier this month, Catholic Health resumed limited visiting hours for hospitalized patients. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the health system will expand its visitation policy for patients undergoing outpatient or "same-day" surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main Street campus) only.
Niagara County: COVID-19 second-dose vaccine clinic & bridge closure both postponed
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 02:10 pm
With Niagara County expecting a significant snowstorm beginning Monday and lasting through Tuesday, the Niagara County Department of Health announced the Feb. 16 vaccination distribution at Kenan Center has been postponed to later in the week.
Erie County DOH provides update on week's COVID-19 vaccine allocation
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:55 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) on Sunday provided this update for its COVID-19 vaccine allocation from New York state for this upcoming week.
Kaleida Health statement on Erie County's plan to vaccinate those with underlying medical conditions
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
Kaleida Health on Saturday released the following statement regarding Erie County Department of Health's plan to vaccinate residents with certain comorbidities and underlying medical conditions:
Investigation into sledding hill fatality continues
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 02:55 pm
Police are continuing their investigations into an accident that occurred Saturday morning at Clyde L. Burmaster Park in the Town of Lewiston, which claimed the life of a 16-year-old female and injured a 3-year-old male.
Live Well Erie encourages community: Unite to get vaccinated
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:25 pm
Like the rest of the nation, the people of Erie County have suffered devastating effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have lost hundreds of lives, and our way of life has been impacted in negative ways that we could not have predicted in early 2020. While we are encouraged by the newly approved vaccines, we pause to mourn with those who have lost loved ones, and to applaud the commitment of front-line health care workers and other essential worker heroes.
Montante Construction acquires Tedesco Construction Services
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:45 pm
Montante Construction and Tedesco Construction Services on Wednesday announced a definitive agreement for Montante to acquire Tedesco. Montante Construction is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm, while Tedesco Construction Services is an established leader in the design and construction of preengineered metal building systems.
Jacobs joins northern border caucus
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:15 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has joined the House of Representatives northern border caucus.
As House Ways & Means Committee begins hearings on COVID relief, Higgins provides details on package before Congress
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:30 am
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.
Erie County DOH expands eligibility for county-run COVID-19 testing sites
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 09:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is expanding eligibility for accessing a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at county-run test sites.
ECHDC affirms Outer Harbor general project plan, hires construction manager for future improvements
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:40 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. met and affirmed the general project plan (GPP) for the Buffalo Outer Harbor civic and land use improvement project with minor modifications. This affirmation of the GPP is the culmination of six years of planning, community engagement and coordination with the City of Buffalo and other entities and outlines future improvements to the city's Lake Erie waterfront that will build on earlier upgrades recently completed by ECHDC.
UB researchers release major UN report on food systems planning
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:25 pm
Researchers from the University at Buffalo were the driving force behind the publication Friday of a major report that details strategies local governments in low- and middle-income countries can use to create more innovative and equitable community food systems.
Sunnking launches registration for 2021 e-Scrap for Camp fundraiser
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:05 pm
Local electronics recycler Sunnking has launched registration for its 2021 e-Scrap for Camp fundraiser benefitting Camp Good Days. Businesses in Buffalo and Rochester can register online now through March 5.
One dead in Lewiston sledding accident
Sat, Feb 6th 2021 04:40 pm
On Feb. 6 at 10:14 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an accident on the sledding hill at the Clyde L. Burmaster Park in the Town of Lewiston. Responding members of the Town of Lewiston Police Department and Niagara County Sheriff's Office located and confirmed two injured parties, a 16-year-old female and a 3-year-old male. The two were apparently riding a sledding tube when they struck a tree at the bottom of the hill.
NYS: $1.5 million to improve services for victims of domestic violence through access to technology
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding will be directed to state-licensed domestic violence service providers for mobile devices and improved Wi-Fi access. The improved technology will allow programs and shelters to better serve victims and survivors of domestic violence who are facing increased isolation and difficulty accessing services due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
First 'Free Fishing Weekend' of 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the upcoming first "Free Fishing Weekend" of 2021, on Feb. 13 and 14, when anglers are permitted to fish for free without a license.
North Tonawanda pushes back against cuts in state aid
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:00 am
Facing cuts of nearly 25% in state funding this year, the North Tonawanda Common Council approved a resolution Tuesday requesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to increase Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding in the 2021-22 state budget.
Higgins takes aim at increasing access to lung cancer screening
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 09:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, introduced legislation aimed at increasing access to lung cancer screening by providing grants that support the establishment and maintenance of new lung cancer screening registries.
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.
CBP takes hold of another half-ton of marijuana
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:40 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Lewiston cargo facility seized another 1,070 pounds of marijuana in a commercial shipment.
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.
 

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