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Erie County to deliver $19 million in financial aid to nearly 1,400 small businesses in need
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday announced the completion of the Erie County "Back to Business" grant program, reporting that grant recipients will be notified via email and checks will be distributed by mail beginning today.
Statement from Niagara County Manager Rick Updegrove regarding COVID-19 cases in Social Services Department
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
"Over the course of the last week, the Niagara County Department of Social Services has had approximately a dozen positive test results of DSS employees who work on the second floor of their office on 10th Street in Niagara Falls, with several additional tests still outstanding," Niagara County Manager Rick Updegrove said Monday. "After talking with employees and conducting contact tracing, the Niagara County Health Department has made the determination to quarantine all employees who work on the second floor of that building."
COVID-19 studies should also focus on mucosal immunity, UB researchers argue
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 11:00 am
Anyone who has undergone a nasal swab or saliva test for COVID-19 knows that the virus is most easily detected in the nose and mouth. That's why, University at Buffalo researchers argue in a new paper, more COVID-19 studies should be devoted to how immunity emerges to SARS-CoV-2 in the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth.
Update on Lewiston Road accident
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 10:20 am
State encourages New Yorkers to shop locally
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:05 am
This Saturday, Nov. 28, is "Small Business Saturday" in New York and, on Wednesday, Empire State Development, and the departments of Labor, Taxation and Finance, and Agriculture and Markets encouraged all New Yorkers to safely support their local small businesses, which are in need of help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Give gift of wildlife conservation with lifetime sporting license or subscription to DEC's Conservationist magazine
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced two holiday gift ideas for those who love the environment and outdoors. Each year, DEC's lifetime sporting licenses make a unique gift for outdoors enthusiasts. In addition - for a limited time - DEC is offering a one-year subscription to its award-winning Conservationist magazine at half price.
New York Lottery takes leading role in campaign to encourage age-appropriate gift giving
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:00 am
The New York Gaming Commission announced its Lottery division has once again joined the National Council on Problem Gambling's Gift Responsibly advocacy campaign.
AAA urges drivers to safely secure Christmas trees
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:00 am
Real or artificial? This year, more than ever, Americans are likely eager to bring some holiday cheer to their lives. This could mean shopping (and doing so early) for a real Christmas tree. If it isn't properly secured on a vehicle, the tree can become a dangerous projectile, endangering others on the road. Research from AAA finds road debris caused more than 200,000 crashes during a four-year period, resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths.
Consumer alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection provides consumers with tips for buying gift cards & gift certificates this holiday season
Thu, Nov 26th 2020 07:00 am
As part of its seven-part consumer alert holiday series, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection recommends New Yorkers be informed consumers when purchasing gift cards and gift certificates this holiday season.
Amid pandemic, M&T Bank's 'Gift of Warmth' campaign takes on added urgency
Thu, Nov 26th 2020 07:00 am
M&T Bank announced its "Gift of Warmth" campaign, the region's longest-running warm clothing collection program, is open and running through Jan. 8, 2021. At all of M&T's 64 area branches, Western New Yorkers can donate new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and coats for local children and adults.
Cuomo announces partnership with Walmart, Community Service Society of New York, Coca-Cola, Wegmans, HelloFresh, National Supermarket Association & Stew Leonard's to feed over 50,000
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state is partnering with Walmart, the Community Service Society of New York, Coca-Cola, Wegmans, HelloFresh, the National Supermarket Association and Stew Leonard's this week to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to feed more than 50,000 people.
Downtown Niagara Falls unveils free DNFBA winter savings card
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 03:00 pm
The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association is celebrating Small Business Saturday with the release of its complimentary DNFBA winter savings card, with offers to more than a dozen member businesses throughout downtown Niagara Falls. The card will be valid from Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, through March 28, 2021.
NYS Sheriffs' Association clears the air about holiday enforcement
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 01:50 pm
Since the first COVID-19 orders issued by the New York State Health Department, sheriffs across the state have been responding to thousands of complaints of violations of those orders.
Leading farm groups ask 60-hour overtime law to become permanent
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:45 pm
A diverse group of agricultural organizations in the state are calling on the 60-hour overtime threshold for farm laborers to remain in place as a New York State Department of Labor wage board determines its fate.
Nursing homes see continued record number of new COVID-19 cases, as community spread increases across US
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:10 pm
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately 5 million people each year, released a report showing nursing homes in the U.S. continue to see a record number of weekly new cases this month due to the community spread among the general population, surpassing previous peaks since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started tracking cases in nursing homes.
What does 'staying safe' this holiday season mean to you?
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 11:10 am
Holiday dinner conversations sometimes erupt in heated discussions when friends and relatives with opposing political views get together. This year, whether or not to even host the dinner may be a volatile topic all by itself.
UB builds massive outdoor drone testing facility
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 05:00 pm
The royal blue poles stand upright, like birthday candles on a cake.
Survey: 71% of hotels won't survive another 6 months without further government COVID relief
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
With a resurgence of COVID-19 and renewed travel restrictions enacted in many states, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows the hotel industry will continue to face devastation and significant job loss without additional relief from Congress.
Oh deer! New York car-animal crashes peak in autumn
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
Opening day of regular season deer hunting is Nov. 21 in most areas of Western and Central New York. Hunting will stir the deer population, which is already active due to mating season. AAA is warning motorists to buckle up, be extra cautious on the roads, and scan for deer and other animals.
Sabres Holiday Angels program returns for 2020 presented by WellNow Urgent Care
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
The Buffalo Sabres recently announced the team will partner with Child & Family Services and WellNow Urgent Care for the return of the Sabres Holiday Angels program. Sabres Holiday Angels is an adopt-a-family program that allows Sabres fans to support their neighbors in need this holiday season.
Governors encourage colleges to provide testing for students before thanksgiving break, recommend expanded remote instruction
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:05 am
Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Delaware Gov. John Carney, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to the maximum extent possible before they leave campus.
State Parks releases draft Greenway trails plan
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:50 am
Earlier this week, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the release of the Draft Statewide Greenways Plan/Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for review and public comment.
Catholic Health, ECMC make adjustments based on micro-clusters
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:50 am
As the COVID-19 virus continues to increase at a dramatic pace in Western New York, surpassing peak volumes Catholic Health saw last spring, system officials are temporarily suspending all inpatient elective surgery procedures only from Saturday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 5.
Higgins announces movement on Pilot Records Database
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the final rule for the Pilot Records Database has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is a final step toward implementation of the measure, which has been advanced following the crash of Flight 3407.
Higgins announces approval of Fraud and Scam Reduction Act
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:05 pm
The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 2610, the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26.
Cuomo launches free online platform for New Yorkers to learn new job skills, earn certificates & advance careers
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the launch of a new online training platform that will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the COVID-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost.
UB will continue mandatory pre-break testing before transitioning to remote instruction Nov. 25
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:35 am
After the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-29), the University at Buffalo will transition to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.
Statewide crackdown on seat belt use
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the 21st annual "Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign is underway and will run through Nov. 29. The statewide campaign, supported by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, raises awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts.
7th annual Spark Awards honorees announced
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:20 am
Arts Services Inc. (ASI) announced the winners and honorees of the 7th annual Spark Awards, presented by M&T Bank and held Monday. The presentation was streamed for free through ASI's YouTube page (www.youtube.com/asiwny).
Curbside drop-off sites open for Operation Christmas Child
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas. For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open.
DEC reminds outdoor enthusiasts to share the woods safely this season
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:55 am
With the big game season beginning Nov. 21 throughout much of the southern part of New York state, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to respectfully share the woods and follow some common-sense safety precautions this fall and winter.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections decline 5.2% in October
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:50 am
Local government sales tax revenue declined by 5.2% in October compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. October's sales tax collections totaled $1.4 billion for counties and cities, or $74.4 million less than in October 2019.
DEC announces annual Arbor Day original artwork poster contest
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 07:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the start of DEC's annual Arbor Day original artwork poster contest. Each year, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program commemorates Arbor Day with a poster contest that invites the public to submit original photos and artwork that "celebrate the immeasurable value of trees - ecologically, environmentally, aesthetically and socially."
'Spotlight on Niagara': Mount St. Mary's Hospital volunteer groups hold raffle to give back to community in big way
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 12:00 pm
The St. Francis Guild and Board of Associates of Mount St. Mary's Hospital have joined together to present, "Spotlight on Niagara," a raffle to thank community businesses for their support of the hospital in 2020.
NYPA announces temporary closure of Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center & fishing facilities
Thu, Nov 12th 2020 04:50 pm
The New York Power Authority on Thursday announced the temporary closure of the Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center and NYPA fishing facilities, including the fishing pier at the base of the Robert Moses Dam.
Niagara County to hold mask, hand sanitizer giveaway events
Thu, Nov 12th 2020 12:10 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey on Thursday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold giveaway events in multiple locations across Niagara County next week to provide free masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer to the general public.
Catholic Health temporarily suspends hospital visitations beginning Friday
Thu, Nov 12th 2020 10:30 am
In response to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases across Western New York, Catholic Health is temporarily suspending visitations at its hospitals and long-term-care facilities effective Friday, Nov. 13. Catholic Health made the decision in consultation with its infection control specialists and with the support of the New York State Department of Health to protect the health and safety of its patients, long-term-care residents, and staff.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls 'Million Meals Challenge' drive-thru food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY
Thu, Nov 12th 2020 10:10 am
In celebration of World Kindness Day, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, will host a drive-thru food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY on Saturday, Nov. 14. The food drive is part of the Fashion Outlets' parent company - Macerich - "Million Meals Challenge," an initiative to support local community food banks from coast-to-coast.
Veterans Day: Cuomo signs outdoor RX Act
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 07:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed the Outdoor Rx Act (S.6706A/A.8094A) requiring the New York State Division of Veteran's Services to review issues relating to veterans' ability to access state parks, lands and facilities.
BBB warning: Be careful clicking on shipment texts - it could be a scam!
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 02:25 pm
This year, more people will be doing their holiday shopping online than ever before. We know package theft is a problem, but now, so is the latest scam hitting people's smartphones: fake shipping texts. Better Business Bureau wants everyone to know what these fake texts look like so they aren't tempted to click on them.
 

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