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NYS announces more than $200 million in additional food aid for May
Sat, May 8th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive at least the maximum allowable level of food benefits for May. For a 15th consecutive month, these emergency supplemental SNAP benefits are being provided to individuals and households already enrolled in SNAP.
Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo: Major League Baseball returns - this time with fans in stands
Fri, May 7th 2021 12:15 pm
The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed Wednesday what the Island Dispatch speculated in its April 23 Island-wide issue: Major League Baseball games will be played in downtown Buffalo's Sahlen Field for the second straight year.
DEC to rescind negative declaration for asphalt plant
Fri, May 7th 2021 11:35 am
Amid public backlash from residents and neighboring communities, as well as some newly raised issues, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is preparing to rescind its environmental OK for a planned asphalt plant in the Town of Niagara.
Niagara County Peach Festival to return
Fri, May 7th 2021 11:20 am
As announcements continue on the state level with regard to COVID-19 reopening plans and protocol changes, there's some upbeat news on the local level: The annual Niagara County (aka Lewiston Kiwanis) Peach festival is a go for this year.
Regional MWBE online opportunities expo series
Fri, May 7th 2021 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York state will host five events as part of the 2021 Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises Online Opportunities Expo Series. The expos - which will connect MWBEs with New York agencies, expert resources, information on state projects, and tools to access state contracting opportunities - will run from June to August.
DEC announces May 18 virtual public meeting to discuss proposed sitewide cleanup plans at former Lackawanna Bethlehem Steel site
Wed, May 5th 2021 04:25 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in consultation with the State Department of Health, announced the two agencies are holding a virtual public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, to review progress and answer questions about sitewide remediation efforts at the former Bethlehem Steel site in the City of Lackawanna.
PLAY/GROUND festival calls for artists
Wed, May 5th 2021 02:20 pm
The annual summer art event PLAY/GROUND will be held Aug. 6-15 at four locations in Buffalo. PLAY/GROUND is calling for artists for its annual event, which is sponsored by M&T Bank and organized by BICA (The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art) and Resource:Art.
Nurses play a crucial role to help tobacco users improve their health
Wed, May 5th 2021 11:55 am
In today's world of health care, a nurse is often the first professional patients see during routine care visits. For tobacco users needing treatment to overcome nicotine addiction, nurses play a vital role in facilitating successful outcomes.
Free citizen public health training program opens
Wed, May 5th 2021 08:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the citizen public health training course for New Yorkers to learn about preparedness for and prevention of public health emergencies from top public health experts will open on Wednesday, May 5.
Catholic Charities: Appeal 2021 HOPE Day is Friday, May 14
Tue, May 4th 2021 01:50 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal 2021, is set for Friday, May 14, across Western New York. The first $40,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar, with gifts from donors who wish to remain anonymous, in the ongoing effort to reach the annual Appeal's $10 million goal in support of Catholic Charities and the "Fund for the Faith."
Restaino announces creation of City of Niagara Falls Workforce Development Consortium
Mon, May 3rd 2021 05:20 pm
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino on Monday announced the creation of the City of Niagara Falls Workforce Development Consortium - with Niagara County Community College Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Karen Kwandrans named director.
Flynn announces candidacy for president-elect of National District Attorneys Association
Mon, May 3rd 2021 05:15 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his candidacy for president-elect of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Flynn officially made the announcement on Friday evening at the NDAA Spring Conference in Savannah, Georgia. It was the organization's first in-person meeting held in over a year.
Cuomo, Murphy & Lamont: 'Significant' easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings & venues
Mon, May 3rd 2021 02:10 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced a "significant easing" of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the region's businesses, venues and gatherings given "significant progress" in vaccinations and sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Higgins pushes for US action to allow family reunification at northern border
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, spoke with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the existing order closing the U.S.-Canada border to nonessential travel. In the call, Higgins made an urgent appeal to expand the definition of essential traveler to allow for families to reunite.
UB extends 'Boldly Buffalo' campaign with historic $1 billion goal
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
Citing remarkable fundraising success and record engagement with its alumni, friends and community partners, the University at Buffalo announced it is extending its "Boldly Buffalo" campaign goal to $1 billion.
Stavatti Aerospace plans get OK from Town of Niagara, Niagara County planning boards
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:00 am
A site plan from Stavatti Aerospace Ltd. to begin initial construction and repairs at the former Army Reserve base located in the municipality was approved by both the Town of Niagara and Niagara County planning boards last week. The approved plans allow Stavatti to begin remediation efforts to bring building No. 4, a 37,500-square-foot hangar, up to code.
Higgins announces relief available for restaurants
Thu, Apr 29th 2021 08:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will begin accepting applications at noon Monday, May 3. The program, funded through the American Rescue Plan and run by the Small Business Administration (SBA), will provide struggling restaurants with federal COVID-19 relief. Applicants can register through the SBA's application portal beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.
'Operation Hardhat' to take place across NYS as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Police will conduct "Operation Hardhat" enforcement activities all week in support of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which takes place from April 26-30. During "Operation Hardhat," members of the State Police patrol Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority work zones to enforce work zone speed limits and ensure motorists are obeying flagging personnel.
ESD announces Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:20 pm
Empire State Development on Tuesday announced the Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund, a fund dedicated to the revitalization of Niagara Falls through capital investments in targeted areas along Niagara Street, Main Street, Portage Road and Pine Avenue.
SBA launches supplemental targeted advance for small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 05:05 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance - called supplemental targeted advances - to provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAA offers advice to snowbirds
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 05:00 pm
As we enter the last week of April, many so-called "snowbirds" will be returning home to Western and Central New York from winter getaways down south. "Snowbirds" is the common term for local residents who spend their winters down south and their summers up north. AAA Western and Central New York wants to ensure that all travelers have a positive experience on their return with health and safety measures in place.
Carnegie Art Center to host art exhibition featuring WNY-Urban Arts Collective
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 04:05 pm
The Carnegie Art Center will host a new exhibition in its historical building that will be on view during the month of May and will showcase the WNY-Urban Arts Collective in both galleries.
ECDOH: 3 'teen vaccine' clinics planned for May 1
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 02:55 pm
After securing a supply of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine late last week, the Erie County Department of Health has scheduled three COVID-19 vaccination PODs especially for 16- and 17-year-olds and their families on May 1.
NTHS Wall of Fame Project holding 'Party Like a Lumberjack' event
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 02:10 pm
The North Tonawanda High School Wall of Fame Project - a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing both the high school's athletic and fine arts walls of fame - is holding a "Party Like a Lumberjack" celebration/fundraising event from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Brownies Sports Bar, 775 Oliver St.
FASNY takes new virtual approach to 11th annual RecruitNY campaign
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:30 pm
This year, RecruitNY Weekend (April 24-25) will be unlike any before. In response to COVID-19, many firehouses across New York state are choosing to organize a virtual open house or conduct other digital outreach in an effort to attract new volunteers. Some firehouses, based upon local conditions, may still elect to open their doors to the public.
SBA announces first-of-its-kind technology initiative for Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the first round of technology partners participating in a new initiative for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) - a program that will allow eligible restaurants and other food establishments to access the RRF application or data they need to fill out the application through their trusted point-of-sale (POS) service providers. SBA announced a partnerships with Clover, NCR Corp., Square and Toast in this effort to provide a customer-centric approach to the delivery of relief funds.
NU attorneys request DEC to suspend asphalt plant permit review
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:00 am
While there was virtually no discussion of the highly contested asphalt facility planned for 4660 Witmer Road during Wednesday night's Town of Niagara Board meeting, it was very much still being discussed elsewhere.
Main Street cleanup part of Levesque Institute week of service
Wed, Apr 21st 2021 07:00 am
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement's IMPACT program, in collaboration with several offices on campus, is organizing a cleanup on Main Street in Niagara Falls as part of a weeklong series of service opportunities and other events.
George Floyd: Leaders respond to verdict
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 08:10 pm
On Tuesday, a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Nonprofits invited to apply for grants benefiting Niagara County
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 01:55 pm
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, two grant funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, are now accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County. Qualifying nonprofits are welcome to apply for both grant funds.
Niagara County Department of Health opens up vaccine appointments for this week at Transit Drive-In
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 12:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will hold its COVID-19 point-of-dispensing vaccine clinic this week at the Transit Drive-In located in Lockport. New first-dose vaccine appointments for eligible individuals 18 years of age and older are now available.
Morinello opposes asphalt plant
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 05:35 pm
Ortt: Senate Democrats' executive power repeal is a sham
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 05:10 pm
Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt penned a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's counsel "demanding the executive publicly post the need for the extension of his arbitrary executive orders - in particular, the restaurant curfew and the mandate that food be purchased along with alcoholic beverages - as is required by law."
Applications being accepted for $26.6 million pandemic fund for first responders & essential workers
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 01:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced applications are being accepted for the $26.6 million available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund.
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020
Sun, Apr 18th 2021 12:00 pm
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2020.
Cuomo signs legislation establishing first-in-the-nation program to provide affordable internet to low-income families
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation establishing the first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable internet for qualifying low-income families, as proposed in the 2021 State of the State.
Spring Fling returns to Lewiston
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 12:05 pm
At 11 a.m. Sunday, May 16, the Village of Lewiston Recreation Department will host its 25th annual Spring Fling One Mile Fun Run for Kids. This free event promotes community spirit along with physical fitness. All child participants will receive a completion medal along with a commemorative T-shirt.
Library reopening discussions grow contentious in Youngstown
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 11:55 am
At its April 8 combined work session/regular meeting, the Village of Youngstown announced plans to reopen the Red Brick Youngstown Village Center to the public on May 1, with all state-mandated COVID-19 protocols in place.
Join over 150,000 New Yorkers who have already filed their tax returns for free
Thu, Apr 15th 2021 08:40 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is encouraging taxpayers to take advantage of the free resources available 24/7 at www.tax.ny.gov, including the Free File program. Taxpayers with income of $72,000 or less in 2020 can electronically complete and submit their federal and New York state income tax returns online for free.
Ortt & Hawley: Success for Dwyer programs
Wed, Apr 14th 2021 09:20 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt was joined by Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Orleans County Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and Orleans County Veterans Services Director Nancy Traxler in announcing more than $500,00 in New York's 2021-22 fiscal budget for the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer Program.
 

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