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$94 million for school technology upgrades through Smart Schools Bond Act
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced approval of 148 Smart Schools investment plans aimed at improving school security and reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.
UB researcher recruiting women whose partners are problem drinkers
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Women whose partners have a drinking problem are the focus of a clinical trial being conducted by Robert G. Rychtarik, Ph.D., senior research scientist in clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
Town of Lewiston: EnSol plan flares up at session
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:45 am
At issue here is concern over a site plan application submitted by Niagara Properties - EnSol Inc. - of Niagara Falls. The company has been working with the town's Planning Board and Environmental Commission over past months and wishes to create a soil recycling center and composting facility on some 10 acres of land it owns on the north side of the 1100 block of Pletcher Road.
Higgins announces passage of legislation to increase ride-share safety, assist child care facilities & working families during COVID
Thu, Jul 30th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced passage of H.R. 4686, Sami's Law. The bill requires transportation network companies (TNC) ensure drivers display front and rear license plates, scannable codes on windows for riders to verify they are entering the correct vehicle, and illuminated signs visible both day and night to ensure the safety of passengers.
Farmers market coupon distribution drive-thru heads to Niagara Falls
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 04:40 pm
The Niagara County Office for the Aging will distribute farmers market coupon booklets 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, Aug. 6 (or a rain date of Friday, Aug. 7), at John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls.
Bounce celebrates life & legacy of Rep. John Lewis
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 02:35 pm
Bounce will broadcast live the farewell memorial service for Rep. John Lewis Thursday, July 30, starting at 11 a.m. ET. The funeral will also be live-streamed at Link to preview here.
Cuomo issues letter to New York's congressional delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate-passed relief package
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today issued a letter to New York's congressional delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate passed relief package.
NYSSBA: Board members wary of safely reopening schools in September without additional funding
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 11:30 am
A majority of New York school board members would like to see students go back to their classrooms on a full-time or part-time basis in September, but they have reservations about whether they can do that safely without additional funding, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.
Survey: Only 37% of hotels have brought back at least half of their employees
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 10:10 am
As Congress debates a new round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows the pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry and its employees.
New York Power Authority, Siemens Energy to lead world-class cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 09:55 am
The New York Power Authority and Siemens Energy Inc. announced a new collaboration to develop an industrial cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The first-of-its-kind industrial cybersecurity monitoring, research and innovation center will focus on detecting and defending against cyberattacks on critical infrastructure owned and operated by NYPA, the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation.
BBB: Seeds from China? Unordered Amazon goods? Brushing scams are back!
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 07:00 am
People around the country are receiving mysterious seed packets in the mail from China. While the shipping package may be mislabeled as jewelry or other merchandise, the contents are instead unlabeled seeds.
Calspan acquires Aero Systems Engineering
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 06:05 pm
Calspan Technology Holding Corp., the parent company to a group of entities including Buffalo-based aerospace and automotive research company Calspan Corp., announced the acquisition of Aero Systems Engineering Inc. (ASE) in St. Paul, Minnesota. The transaction was effective July 24. The new company will operate as Calspan Aero Systems Engineering Inc. (Calspan ASE).
Spider-panicked driver crashes into Yacht Club dock, hitting two boats
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 04:05 pm
At approximately 6:12 a.m. Tuesday, an officer from the Niagara Falls Police Department traffic unit responded to the LaSalle Yacht Club, at 73 S.68th St., to investigate a vehicle crash.
New York Power Authority board approves economic development support of more than 960 jobs around state
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 01:25 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees on Tuesday approved economic development awards in support of 960 jobs and $153 million in capital investments statewide in support of New York's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Charities WIC Healthy Baby Festival to go virtual
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 12:05 pm
Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program Healthy Baby Festival is going virtual this year. Expectant and young families are invited to attend the festival virtually through an event on Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Facebook page on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection reminds businesses & consumers about unsolicited telemarketing calls during state of emergency
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:55 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is reminding businesses and consumers about state law related to telemarketing activity during a declared state of emergency. On Dec. 18, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to anyone in an area subject to a declared state of emergency.
Bike path network ecotourism 'gold standard'
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:15 am
Greg Stevens, executive director of the Niagara River Greenway, and Jim Sharpe, chair of Grand Island's Long Range Planning Committee, invited volunteer members of their organizations for two bicycle rides recently to understand Grand Island's current trail network and identify gaps in trail connectivity.
Higgins urges CBP to create guidance on caregiver crossings as US-Canada border travel restrictions continue
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish clear guidance for patient caregivers when crossing the U.S.-Canada border to give better certainty to families and the medical institutions providing care.
Sahlen looking forward to having Blue Jays in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
Sahlen Packing Co. is honored to have its name on what first was called Pilot Field in downtown Buffalo, New York, just minutes away from our home on Howard Street. Few people from the Sahlen family would have guessed - when we agreed to a 10-year naming rights agreement nearly 30 years after Sahlen Field opened - that our name would be associated to this extent with that of a Major League Baseball team's home. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it's that anything is possible.
Cuomo: Clean energy investments to benefit over 350,000 low-to-moderate income households
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a nation-leading initiative between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state's investor-owned utilities for a new framework to increase access to energy-efficiency and clean energy solutions for low-to-moderate income households and affordable multifamily buildings.
Coronavirus stats for July 27
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 12:15 pm
Coronavirus stats for July 27
NBC Sports announces commentary & production details ahead of NHL's 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 10:55 am
NBC Sports has announced details for its commentary and production plans ahead of the NHL's "Return to Play" this week, leading into the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers that begin Saturday, Aug. 1, with five games across NBC and NBCSN.
Unproven 'stem cell' therapies for COVID-19 pose harm to public, says UB expert
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 10:55 am
Be wary of "stem cell" therapy as a preventative treatment for COVID-19, warns Laertis Ikonomou, University at Buffalo expert on stem cell and gene therapies.
Cuomo calls on Republican members of New York's congressional delegation to fight for state, local aid in federal stimulus package
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 09:00 am
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on Republican members of New York's congressional delegation to fight for state and local aid in the federal stimulus package, which is expected to be announced this week.
Cuomo: Multiagency task force has inspected nearly 1,100 bars & restaurants for COVID-19 violations, leading to dozens of charges, 10 license suspensions this week
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the multiagency task force to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations at bars and restaurants conducted nearly 1,100 compliance checks between July 21-23, documenting violations at 84 establishments. The task force is led by State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley and State Police Lt. Col. Dominick Chiumento.
Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Morelle, Reed & Jacobs call on FAA to finalize, implement pilot records database
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 03:45 pm
Members of the Western New York Congressional delegation are calling on federal agencies to finalize and implement the pilot records database to prevent further unnecessary airplane tragedies.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 24, 2020
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 09:25 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 24, 2020
New York amends 'Green Light Law' to cooperate with federal law enforcement on DMV records
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 05:15 pm
Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced it will lift its ban on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) for New York residents. After DHS cut off the TTP program in February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature amended the law that prevents sharing of information to federal law enforcement officers who are working to protect the citizens of New York and the American people.
Kiwanis Club of Niagara-Wheatfield awards scholarships, announces Chiavetta's BBQ fundraiser
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 04:55 pm
The Niagara-Wheatfield Kiwanis Club recently honored two recipients of its 2020 scholarship program. The $500 scholarship winners include Akashpreet Grewel and Katelyn Hoover.
Higgins announces House approval of Great American Outdoors Act
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, invests in the nation's natural resources and fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually.
Painters Plus & NT officials team up for 10th annual Project H.O.P.E.
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 07:00 am
North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced another city resident will experience an exterior paint makeover this summer.
Emergency physicians & nurses remind patients 'ER is safest place in a medical emergency'
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 08:00 pm
With rates of COVID-19 spiking in certain regions and different parts of the country in various stages of reopening, America's emergency physicians and nurses have a message to the nation's patients: Do not delay care if you think you're having a medical emergency.
Senate and Assembly majorities advance anti-SLAPP legislation to protect free speech
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 07:40 pm
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Wednesday announced the Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that offers legal protection to any individual or entity sued for exercising their free speech rights.
Higgins calls for swift action to reopen waterfront destinations
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 07:40 pm
Public parks and outdoor spaces have become increasingly cherished and frequented during the ongoing pandemic, but a recent visit to Buffalo's Outer Harbor left Congressman Brian Higgins wondering why the public is being locked out of so many outdoor destinations.
Higgins announces approval of National Defense Authorization Act
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6395, the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill providing funding for the nation's military bases, research and operations. The legislation includes a maritime heritage amendment submitted by Higgins, as well as measures related to COVID-19 response suggested in Higgins' pandemic preparedness bill.
Cuomo announces largest combined solicitations for renewable energy ever issued in US to combat climate change
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the largest combined clean energy solicitations ever issued in the U.S., seeking up to 4,000 megawatts of renewable capacity to combat climate change. New York's second offshore wind solicitation seeks up to 2,500 megawatts of projects, the largest in the nation's history, in addition to last year's solicitation, which resulted in nearly 1,700 megawatts awarded.
Mayor Walter Sendzik applauds new Government of Canada agreement to fund a 'safe economic restart' plan that includes funding for Canadian municipalities
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 03:20 pm
Walter Sendzik, vice president of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and mayor of St. Catharines, announced support for the new Government of Canada agreement to fund a "safe economic restart" plan, which includes funding for Canadian municipalities.
Hotel industry, reeling from COVID-19 economic fallout, lays out priorities for 'COVID 4.0'
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 03:20 pm
As lawmakers consider additional legislation to address the ongoing health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent a letter to Congress calling for additional help in several areas, including extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for severely impacted businesses and their employees, creating targeted lending facilities and liquidity measures to help hoteliers meet debt service, and passing tax reforms to benefit both hotel employees and employers. Together, these provisions would help ensure hotels can retain and rehire employees, protect employees and guests, keep hotel doors open, and incentivize Americans to travel again when it's safe.
Cuomo: Individuals traveling to New York from 10 additional states required to quarantine for 14 days
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 01:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced 10 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.

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