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UPDATE: Fatal stabbing in Wheatfield
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 09:00 am
In an update Wednesday night, Sheriff Michael Filicetti announced an arrest.
Police respond to shooting in Niagara Falls
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 09:00 am
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call the NFPD criminal investigation division at 716-286-4553, or the general information line at 716-286-4711.
ACEP: Know when to go to emergency department for COVID concerns
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
Many emergency departments are at capacity due to high COVID-19 case counts, staffing challenges and increasing demand for testing. The omicron variant is extremely contagious and that makes it important for everyone to get vaccinated and know when to go to the emergency department for COVID-19 concerns, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
No relief at the pump as oil prices increase
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 11:15 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.30, up 1 cent from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.31. The New York state average is $3.48, down 1 cent from last week. A year ago, the New York state average was $2.39.
Niagara County Department of Health changes COVID-19 case investigation & contact tracing
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health announced "significant changes" have been made to the case investigation and contact tracing for COVID-19. Contact tracers will no longer conduct case investigations or identify close contacts.
US military hospital support coming to ECMC
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 01:50 pm
Due to the continuing impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on staffing and operations at Erie County Medical Center, a 20-member clinical medium medical team (MMT) will be deployed to the health care institution for an estimated 30-day mission. The MMT is expected to arrive this coming weekend and should be operational by early next week.
DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to spend holiday gift cards
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 01:00 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to spend the gift cards they received this holiday season in a timely fashion. If not, the money could eventually get turned over to the Office of Unclaimed Funds. In the past seven years, the amount returned to DiNapoli's office in unused gift cards has risen sharply from $5.8 million in 2014 to $16 million in 2021.
Town of Grand Island officials installed into office
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 02:45 pm
On Jan. 1, councilmen Pete Marston and Christian Bahleda, as well as Town Justice Mark Frentzel and Town Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford, were sworn into office by retired Tonawanda City Court Judge Joseph Cassata. The event was held at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, and the master of ceremonies was Eric Fiebelkorn, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
Reactions to Hochul's State of the State address
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 06:50 pm
State leaders offered response to Gov. Kathy Hochul's State of the State address.
Senate Republicans unveil 'Take Back New York' 2022 legislative agenda
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 12:20 pm
The New York State Senate Republican Conference today officially released its "Take Back New York" 2022 legislative agenda. It said, "A response to the neglect and decline of our state created by Democrat one-party rule, 'Take Back New York' would restore balance and common sense to government while vigorously rejecting the extreme policies of the past three years."
Attorney general alerts 17 companies to 'credential stuffing' cyberattacks impacting more than 1.1 million
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 10:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday announced the results of what her team called "sweeping investigation into 'credential stuffing' that discovered more than 1.1 million online accounts compromised in cyberattacks at 17 well-known companies."
10 SUNY campus coronavirus testing sites to open across New York
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 07:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced 10 SUNY campus-based COVID-19 test sites will open beginning Jan. 6. Additionally, the governor announced the second round of sites slated to open the week of Jan. 10.
COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled at Northland Workforce Training Center
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 03:30 pm
Northland Workforce Training Center and the Erie County Department of Health will hold a coronavirus vaccine clinic from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 683 Northland Ave., Buffalo. Use entrance A. First, second and booster shots will be available. Walk-ins are welcome; however, preregistration is encouraged.
Niagara County, Niagara USA Chamber to hold mask giveaway for businesses
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 11:10 am
The Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce are cohosting a free drive-thru mask giveaway for businesses on Thursday, Jan. 6, at the county's Public Safety Training Facility in Lockport. Masks and signage about state masking requirements are available for any Niagara County business, though supplies are limited.
Village of Lewiston meetings canceled
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 10:05 am
The regularly scheduled work session of the Village of Lewiston Board for Monday, Jan. 3, has been canceled due to lack of business. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, inside the Morgan Lewis Village Boardroom at the Red Brick, 145 N. Fourth St.
NYS Department of Health & New York National Guard to bolster support capabilities for health care facilities in need of staff
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced a new partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the New York National Guard that will train soldiers to become certified EMTs, resulting in additional service members eligible for clinical deployments at health care facilities in need of staff due to the winter surge of COVID-19.
Niagara County coronavirus update
Wed, Dec 29th 2021 04:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County from Dec. 23-29. Reports are made each Wednesday.
Niagara Falls High School gun violence threat leads to arrest
Tue, Dec 28th 2021 12:15 pm
The Niagara Falls Police Department on Tuesday announced an arrest was made regarding threats of gun violence at Niagara Falls High School. Charged with three counts of making a terrorist threat, a D felony, is a fifteen-year-old Niagara Falls resident. Due to the age of the arrested person, their name will not be released. The case will be directed to Niagara County Family Court.
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on CDC isolation guidance
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 09:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the following on Monday:
Hochul signs executive order to support vulnerable homeowners amid winter surge
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Hochul has signed an executive order to help support vulnerable homeowners amid the current surge of COVID-19 cases. The executive order allows local governments to lift an in-person renewal requirement for property tax exemptions for low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Islanders deliver donated gifts to VA Hospital
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
At the age of 18, Jim Sharpe was serving in the military in Panama. He had joined the Air Force in 1966, and, far from home and family for the first time during the holiday season, he experienced the kindness of strangers.
Youngstown Lions announce holiday Outdoor Lighting Contest winners
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 07:00 am
Youngstown Lions Club President Terry Cummings announced the winners of its 2021 holiday Outdoor Lighting Contest of residences in the Village of Youngstown and Town of Porter. Winners included:
Red Cross: Donate blood - or platelets - to help patients avoid delays in care
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
As holiday celebrations continue, concern is rising for the nation's blood supply, which has now dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions for patients.
NYSUT statement on cancelation of January Regents exams
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 03:00 pm
New York State United Teachers issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the cancelation of the January Regents exams:
Hochul announces $230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in December
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for December. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, bringing in roughly $230 million in federal funding into the state's economy this month, and more than $2.4 billion since January.
Niagara County Legislature announces 2022 leadership positions
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 01:55 pm
The Niagara County Legislature on Monday announced its expected leadership positions for the coming year. These positions become official when the governmental body reorganizes at its Jan. 4 meeting
Ortt & Morinello recognize Voz Cycle City
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am
Over the weekend, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello recognized Voz Cycle City as the "Small Business of the Month" for December.
HPC, Planning boards table urgent care proposal
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 11:00 am
A proposal to build a new structure on vacant land at 860 Center St., Lewiston, was tabled Monday by both the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission. This action was at the request of architect Jim Fittante, who said his client needs additional time to consider crafting a structure more in keeping with the village's preferred aesthetic.
Higgins: New York to receive over $2.2 billion in federal highway funding
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 09:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced New York state will receive more than $2.223 billion in federal funding in fiscal year 2022 to rebuild the state's roads and bridges thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This represents a 21%-plus increase in federal highway funding for New York over the current year's allocation.
Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas has active fall
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 07:00 am
•The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas recently held its annual holiday mixer party at Webster's Bistro and Bar. Chamber members from all over Western New York attended and generously brought an unwrapped present for the annual "Rockin With Santa."
$8 million in infrastructure funding for Buffalo & Niagara Falls airports
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $8,771,135 in federal grant funding awarded to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) and Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG). The funding is provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and awarded to airports across the country through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Infrastructure Grant program.
Hochul: $100 million in rent supplements for struggling New Yorkers
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 09:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $100 million is available for counties to help homeless individuals and families leave the shelter system for a permanent home by providing rental assistance. The funds may also help very-low-income New Yorkers pay their rent and increase their housing security.
Niagara County Department of Health releases update to quarantine requirements
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:45 pm
Based on New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the Niagara County Department of Health is announcing a change to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements. Effective immediately, Niagara County will implement the "test out of quarantine" strategy for all county residents.
Niagara County to participate in statewide STOP-DWI holiday high-visibility engagement campaign
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:45 pm
Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced Niagara County law enforcement agencies will participate in a special high-visibility engagement campaign on impaired driving.
National Grid restores power to 97% of upstate New York customers impacted by damaging windstorm
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 09:35 pm
National Grid crews have restored power to 212,000, or 97%, of the nearly 221,000 upstate New York customers impacted by the severe windstorm that caused significant and widespread damage across the region over the weekend. The storm brought gusts of up to 80 mph in some regions and left behind hundreds of broken utility poles, damaged transformers, toppled trees, tree limbs and downed wires.
Mask mandate begins in New York
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 08:10 am
The following FYI is a reprint of the announcements made Friday regarding New York state's new mask mandate:
Hochul, National Grid responding to heavy windstorms
Sat, Dec 11th 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday deployed emergency response assets from numerous state agencies as high wind warnings were issued for many counties across the Western New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions until late Saturday evening.
Update on incident at Niagara Falls State Park
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 02:05 pm
A vehicle went into Niagara Falls on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a female driver.
Higgins: $1.2 million for WNY-headquartered Compeer International
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 09:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $1.2 million grant through the U.S. Department of Justice's multistate mentoring programs initiative to Compeer International, based in Western New York. The award will provide support to youth diagnosed with mental health challenges in the Buffalo-Niagara Region and across several states.
Higgins announces implementation of pilot records database
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 02:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the latest milestone in an over 12-year fight to improve airline safety. Effective Dec. 7, pilot records must now be filed through the pilot records database available on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website.

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