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DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grew 12.7% to $22.1 billion in 2022
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am
Local government sales tax collections in New York state totaled $22.1 billion in calendar year 2022, up 12.7%, or $2.5 billion, from 2021, due to strong sales statewide - especially in New York City - according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
AAA advises drivers to visit the car wash amid milder temps
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am
Salt, snow, and ice can wreak havoc on your car. In fact, a buildup of salt on your vehicle can lead to rusting or corrosion. This is especially true if there are scratches or dents where the paint has come off. Regularly scheduled car washing can help. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, AAA is reminding area motorists to visit the car wash, which is of utmost importance every winter.
USDA to survey farmers' planting intentions for 2023
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:35 am
As the 2023 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.
Higgins, Kilmer, Kelly, Fitzpatrick to cochair bipartisan House cancer caucus
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:00 am
U.S. Reps. and co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus Brian Higgins (NY-26), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Mike Kelly (PA-16) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced the relaunch of the House cancer caucus in the 118th Congress.
Grand Island: Blizzard response discussed at joint town and school board meeting
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 01:40 pm
The response to the blizzard that struck Grand Island around Christmas 2022 was discussed at a joint meeting of the Town Board and the Board of Education that was held on Jan. 29 at Grand Island High School.
Fatal fire in Youngstown
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 11:20 am
On Thursday, at 8:12 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriff's Office communications center received a 911 call reporting smoke in the apartment building located at 136 Jackson St., in the Village of Youngstown. NCSO deputies and officers from the Town of Lewiston Police Department responded and confirmed smoke coming from the second floor of the building.
Frontier House team looks to award construction bids, finalize agreement with restaurant tenant
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 11:00 am
Ellicott Development, the principal pillar in the Frontier House ownership team, is drawing closer to awarding construction bids to renovate Lewiston's most-famous building.
Hochul urges New Yorkers to prepare for dangerously cold temperatures & extreme wind chill this weekend
Thu, Feb 2nd 2023 10:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday urged New Yorkers to prepare for dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills beginning Friday and continuing through Saturday. Most regions across the state, including Western and Central New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson, are expected to see temperatures as low as minus-15 degrees and wind chills as low as minus-25 to minus-50 degrees for a period lasting almost 48 hours.
Hochul announces highlights of executive budget
Wed, Feb 1st 2023 11:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday outlined her fiscal year 2024 executive budget.
HEALTHeLINK releases 2022 report to the community
Wed, Feb 1st 2023 12:05 pm
HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange (HIE) for Western New York, is advancing its collaboration with the health care community to further expand the utilization of data to support strategies to improve health, increase access to care, and reduce health disparities.
Higgins: $450,000 for NFTA regional safety action plan
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has been awarded a $450,000 federal grant. The funding, made possible through the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law," supports NFTA's development of a regional safety action plan for Erie and Niagara counties.
Catholic Charities: Providing HOPE for 100 years
Mon, Jan 30th 2023 07:00 am
Over the past several months, the Western New York community has been reeling with losses and tragedies, each one reminding us how fragile life is. But in spite of, or because of, these adversities, signs of hope, strength and unity have continued to emerge rather quickly.
33rd annual 'Doctors with a Heart Day'
Mon, Jan 30th 2023 07:00 am
On Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, Dr. Glenda R. Rose and Dr. Thomas G. Barba of Rose Chiropractic, P.C., in Lewiston, will sponsor the 33rd annual "Doctors with a Heart Day" for their patients. Nonperishable food items will be collected to benefit the Niagara Community Action Program (NiaCAP) food pantry, in exchange for chiropractic services.
Alzheimer's Association addresses wandering by people with dementia
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 12:20 pm
Yesterday's tragedy involving a woman with Alzheimer's disease who died after leaving her home in Middleport has prompted the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to offer information to help prevent wandering by people with Alzheimer's or other dementia.
Higgins warns Congress must uphold & enhance flight safety measures
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 12:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins released a statement after Rep. Sam Graves, the new chair of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, expressed opposition to the 1,500-hour rule training requirement for pilots.
Serial rapist to serve 20 years in prison for attacks on 3 women
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 10:25 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Thursday that 23-year-old Daquawn D. Mike of Niagara Falls was sentenced before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to 20 years in prison followed by 20 years of post-release supervision. He was sentenced as a second felony offender.
UPDATED: NCSO: Missing vulnerable adult with Alzheimer's
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 07:00 pm
Diane Harvey is missing from Middleport. She was last seen at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. There is an unknown clothing description, however, she may be wearing a light-red-colored coat, as this is missing, along with her purse.
New York Farm Bureau releases 2023 state legislative priorities
Tue, Jan 24th 2023 02:40 pm
New York Farm Bureau released its 2023 state legislative priorities during a press call Tuesday that addressed the needs and challenges of the state's diverse agricultural community. NYFB President David Fisher and Public Policy Director Jeff Williams highlighted the major issues based on member approved public policy positions.
'STOMP Out Hunger' with Shea's Buffalo Theatre and FeedMore WNY
Mon, Jan 23rd 2023 07:30 pm
"STOMP," the international percussion sensation, makes its return to Shea's Buffalo Theatre Jan. 27-28.
Niagara County readjusts income guidelines for county property tax exemptions for seniors, people with disabilities
Mon, Jan 23rd 2023 01:10 pm
Niagara County Legislator Rick Abbott on Monday said the Niagara County Legislature has passed two local laws to readjust the income guidelines for county property tax exemptions for seniors (65-plus) and people with disabilities, so more people can take advantage of the program - and those who are receiving the exemption do not lose them.
Ortt urges New Yorkers to say no to Albany's gas stove ban
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 05:15 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Friday stood with Sen. George Borrello and Assemblyman Mike Norris to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the legislative majorities to stop what they call "radical, costly energy policies that restrict New Yorkers' freedoms and hurt New Yorkers' pockets - such as the recent proposal to ban gas stoves."
NYSEG and RG&E launch electric and gas bill relief for customers
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:55 pm
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused continued financial hardship for residents and businesses, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) have launched the next phase of the statewide program that provides additional relief to residential and small-business customers.
Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month: NYS cancer prevention efforts to protect firefighters & their families
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state's Office of Fire Prevention and Control will begin new outreach efforts to help protect New York's firefighters and their families from the threat of cancer.
Legislators Myers, Foti call on governor to rethink climate goals in light of historic blizzard
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:55 pm
Niagara County legislators Irene Myers and Shawn Foti have sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul raising serious concerns about New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) scoping plan in light of the December blizzard.
BBB scam alert: How to spot a parking ticket scam
Tue, Jan 17th 2023 04:20 pm
Watch out for this new twist on an old scam. Scammers are using new technology to create fake parking tickets that look surprisingly official. It could be a scam if you receive a parking ticket and are confident that you parked legally.
Tops launches annual 'Check Out Hunger' campaign
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:40 am
Tops Friendly Markets announced its "Check Out Hunger" campaign will run in all of its stores from Sunday, Jan. 15, through Saturday Feb. 4. The initiative has helped raise more than $5,140,377 for participating food banks since 2006.
UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 07:00 am
IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will once again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual income of $60,000 or less.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta selected as site of potential Buffalo-Kansas City AFC Championship Game
Thu, Jan 12th 2023 08:55 pm
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta would host a potential AFC Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. ET, the NFL announced today.
Memorial names Emerson head of cardiac catheterization lab
Thu, Jan 12th 2023 10:35 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has named Dr. Ronald P. Emerson as the medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Buffalo State formally recognized as a university
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 04:05 pm
SUNY Buffalo State on Tuesday announced it will formally change its name from Buffalo State College to Buffalo State University, effective Jan. 15. The institution's official State Education Department title will change from State University College at Buffalo to SUNY Buffalo State University.
Election 2023: Sylvia Virtuoso to run for Town of Niagara supervisor
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 05:10 pm
It is my intention to officially announce my candidacy for Town of Niagara supervisor. I am starting my campaign by reaching out to the residents, family and friends, as well as fellow leaders of our community, to ask for your endorsements and support.
Niagara County seeking Purple Heart veterans for Book of Honor
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 03:00 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski said Niagara County will once again honor Purple Heart veterans by adding their name to county's Book of Honor at a ceremony to be held on Sunday, Aug. 6. The county is asking any Purple Heart veterans or their family members who have not yet come forward to please do so by May 1 in order to be part of this year's ceremony.
Attorney General James to hold public hearing on mental health access in Western New York
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 02:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office will hold its second in-person public hearing concerning the provision of mental health care for people with serious mental illness in the Western New York Region.
Town of Niagara: Lee Wallace won't seek 3rd term
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 11:00 am
It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing today that I will not seek a third term as supervisor for the Town of Niagara. I truly believe that everything and everyone has a shelf life, and it is time for me to "pass the baton" and spend more quality time with my family. I am very proud of our accomplishments over the past nine years, and I look forward to a new vision and new focus that the next town supervisor and board will have.
Town of Wheatfield reorganizes for 2023, approves numerous appointments, authorizations
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 11:00 am
The Town of Wheatfield got down to business for 2023 with its reorganizational meeting held earlier this week. According to the town's website, wheatfield.ny.us, the following actions were unanimously approved by Town Board members:
Higgins: $6.4 million-plus for Western New York health centers
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $6,466,603 for Western New York's federally qualified health centers. Included in the awards is $928,681 to ramp up coronavirus vaccination efforts, as the local community is facing the triple threat of increasing cases of RSV, COVID-19 and flu.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomes UBMD Emergency Medicine, Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists to staff its emergency department
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:35 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) welcomed the providers from UBMD Emergency Medicine to the emergency department on Jan. 1, along with the medical team from Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists, who will manage inpatient care at the hospital. These two groups are also slated to facilitate both inpatient care and emergency care at the new Lockport Memorial Campus of Mount St. Mary's Hospital when it opens later in 2023.
DEC: Several new requirements taking effect for 2023 to protect consumers from harmful chemicals
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Several new laws are taking effect in the new year to "help protect public health and the environment by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals in everyday items," the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced.
IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storm in New York
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Victims of severe winter storm beginning Dec. 23, 2022, now have until April 18, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced.
BBB tip: Protect yourself from 'storm chasers' after a natural disaster
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Natural disasters, like the deadly blizzard we saw in Western New York, often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors taking advantage of those who have already been victimized. 
 

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