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State Police crackdown on DWI during July 4 holiday
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 11:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday, beginning Friday, July 3, and running through Sunday, July 5. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
State Park swimming pools to open this weekend
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend under the standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.
Memorial COVID-19 testing tops 5,000 mark
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Thursday that it has conducted more than 5,200 tests of area residents for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
ACEP July 4th safety tips: Leave fireworks to professionals, avoid large crowds
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 07:00 am
With the Fourth of July approaching and communities across the country still battling COVID-19, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges everyone to stay safe and take precautions with large gatherings and firework celebrations, but not to hesitate to go to the ER if you have an emergency.
National organizations tap UB pediatrics researchers to establish patient registries, develop guidelines for treating children with COVID-19
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
A paper and two editorials by University at Buffalo pediatrics researchers call attention to key issues in health care that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light; they also recommend guidelines for evaluating and treating children infected with COVID-19. All were published in Progress in Pediatric Cardiology.
DEC issues fire danger warning
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety during the upcoming holiday weekend. Dry weather throughout the month of June has increased the risk of fires.
WNY departments of health remind residents of travel advisory
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:25 pm
Governors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a travel advisory on June 25 that requires all individuals traveling from states with significant community transmission of COVID-19 to remain under quarantine for a period of 14 days. As of June 30, those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Niagara County to hold mask, hand sanitizer giveaway in Niagara Falls
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:05 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold a giveaway event in Niagara Falls to provide free masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer to the general public.
Cuomo: Individuals traveling to New York from 8 additional states will be required to quarantine for 14 days
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced eight additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states - all of which have significant community spread - to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
Phase 4: So, what about gyms, malls & movie theaters?
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 03:30 pm
At a Monday morning press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced air conditioning filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating capable of filtering COVID-19 particles or similar air exchange measures will be mandatory for large mall reopenings.
WNY's first virtual meat and veggie raffle, 'Chillin' and Grillin,' set for July 28
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 01:35 pm
Just in time for grilling season, a new online virtual event, "Chillin' and Grillin,' " is set for July 28, benefiting the Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO). "Chillin' and Grillin' " is Western New York's first virtual meat and veggie raffle. Funds raised will help CAO continue its programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins $1.056 million in federal funding for Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 01:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through a partnership with the Great Lakes Commission and Buffalo Urban Development Corp., in collaboration with the City of Buffalo, NYSDEC, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and the Wilson Foundation, has authorized a request to provide $1,056,914 in federal funding toward the project transforming Buffalo's Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park.
Memorial announces additional COVID-19 testing dates
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced additional drive-thru/walk-up COVID-19 community testing dates. The expanded schedule includes dates at Memorial's downtown campus, the Summit Healthplex, Niagara University and local schools and churches. Those dates are:
Wheatfield Board: Town Hall opens, softball league's request denied
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:50 am
The Wheatfield Town Board held a brief special meeting via Zoom on Monday. Among the announcements, the board declared an end to the town's state of emergency put in place due to the coronavirus. A request from a local softball league to utilize town playing fields was also denied.
Town of Porter cancels Summerfest
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:45 am
The Town of Porter Town Board announced Thursday it has decided to cancel this year's Summerfest, which had been scheduled for Saturday, July 18, at Porter on the Lake Town Park.
#AdoptAPupInACup: De Dee's Dairy puts shelter dogs in ice cream cups to help them get adopted
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:45 am
Niagara County SPCA has teamed up with De Dee's Dairy in Niagara Falls on a brand-new #AdoptAPupInACup campaign to help raise funds and get shelter dogs get adopted.
Lewiston Town Board returns to business
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:45 am
As municipalities and businesses continue social distancing adjustments in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Lewiston Town Board conducted its first regular meeting open to the public on Monday at Town Hall.
Primary: Jacobs claims victory
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 08:20 am
Republican New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is claiming victory in the special election to fill the seat vacated by former Congressman Chris Collins. Late Tuesday, Jacobs claimed to have an insurmountable lead over Democrat and former Town of Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray. Currently, his lead is more than 30,000 votes for the NY-27 seat.
Cuomo comments on New York being 1 of 3 three states on track to contain COVID-19
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered the following statement on Tuesday:
Cuomo: $65 million 'New York Forward' child care expansion incentive
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the "New York Forward" child care expansion incentive program.
Erie County DA's Office warns public about potential charges for setting off illegal fireworks
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is reminding residents that setting off fireworks is not only dangerous and disruptive, but also an illegal activity.
Cuomo: 10 COVID-19 deaths lowest since March 21
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.
Niagara County Department of Health offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Testing for COVID-19 leads to quick identification of cases, medical support for those that need it, and immediate isolation of the person to prevent spread. Close contacts to positive cases are considered quarantines to further reduce spread.
Wilson: Lawson sends Father's Day message
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 09:00 am
With Father's Day fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to share this message of thanks. Today, fatherhood is sometimes drily described as a craft or an occupation, something which competes with career or outside pursuits for time and attention. In our era of new pressures and strains on families, we often forget just what it is that is special about fatherhood.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for June 19, 2020
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 10:10 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for June 19, 2020
Town of Niagara: Hefty price tag for water tower paint job
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 09:45 am
The Town of Niagara water tower was the subject of some discussion at the regular Town Board meeting on June 16. A late agenda resolution to award the "Water Tank Exterior Painting Project" to Utility Service Co. Inc. for $1,581,600 raised some questions among board members.
Cuomo issues executive order strengthening state enforcement during phased reopening to protect New Yorkers & ensure business compliance
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he will issue an executive order strengthening state enforcement during the phased reopening to protect New Yorkers and ensure business compliance.
Niagara County Department of Motor Vehicles to open Monday, June 22
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
Niagara Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Thursday announced the Niagara County Department of Motor Vehicles offices in North Tonawanda and Lockport will be open for in-person transactions for Niagara County residents only beginning Monday, June 22. In-person transactions are by appointment only. Residents can begin scheduling their appointments as of 9 a.m. Friday.
Niagara County set to open playgrounds and splash pads at parks
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:25 am
Niagara County will open one playground area in each of Krull, Oppenheim and West Canal parks on Friday, and will open the rest of the playground areas next Friday, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said. Splash pads at Krull and Oppenheim are set to open by the end of June.
UB professor calls for establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 10:55 am
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, but establishing the day as a national holiday would also serve as an opportunity of intense reflection for all people dedicated to issues of freedom and social justice to recommit themselves to working toward the never-realized goals of post-Civil War reconstruction, according to Cecil Foster, a University at Buffalo professor of transnational studies.
Niagara County has infrared thermometers and hand sanitizer available for local businesses
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has a limited supply of infrared thermometers available for businesses to help them meet the state reopening guidelines.
Cuomo announces hospitals and group homes now allowed to accept visitors
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks.
New York Power Authority fishing piers to open for season June 22
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
New York Power Authority fishing facilities including the fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant will open for the season on Monday, June 22, weather and water levels permitting. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site will also be available.
AG James, Cuomo again renew suspension of state debt collection as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state has, for the third time, renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
SBA's economic injury disaster loans & advance program reopened to all eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Cuomo: Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in phase three of reopening
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:05 pm
The governor announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter phase three on Tuesday, while the Capital Region is still on track to enter phase three on Wednesday. Business guidance for phase three of the state's reopening plan is available here.
UB announces plans for fall semester; to offer mix of in-person & online instruction
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:50 am
The University at Buffalo is planning to return to campus this fall, offering educational and research programs under a "modified in-person" format.
Attorney General James announces 'Election Protection' hotline
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
Attorney General Letitia James announced her office will make its "Election Protection" hotline available for the June 23 election and during New York's early voting period, which lasts from June 13-21. The hotline will be available to troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters, including voting by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 crisis or in-person at their polling place.
Cuomo: Low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three can begin July 6
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6, with up to two spectators allowed per child.
Sleepaway camps to remain closed this summer
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Saturday said sleepaway camps will not be permitted to operate this summer, because of the possibility the coronavirus could spread among children.
 

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