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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.
NFMMC unveils new mobile care van
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 03:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday unveiled its new mobile health care van. The 26-foot mobile unit, which is fully equipped with an exam room, intake room, and is ADA-compliant wheelchair-accessible, will provide essential health care services to vulnerable populations in the City of Niagara Falls.
Niagara County accepting grant applications for small business COVID-19 funds
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, on Monday announced applications are now available for Niagara County's COVID Relief for Small Business Grant program. Niagara County was awarded $1 million in state Community Development Block Grant CARES Act funding for the program, which will be administered by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.
VIDEO: Lewiston Christmas Lights Parade debuts
Sun, Dec 5th 2021 10:20 pm
Christmas Walk weekend wrapped Sunday night with the inaugural Lewiston Christmas Lights Parade. The one-hour event featured floats and decorated first-responder vehicles, as well as dancers, costumed characters, musical performances and local nonprofits. Families lined the roadway to watch, cheer, take pictures and collect candy.
Santa on a tank; elves flying in the sky: Not your typical Saturday in Lewiston
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 02:35 pm
Santa and his elves made a grand entrance into Lewiston on Saturday morning as part of the weekend Christmas Walk festivities.
County leaders strategize response to fluid COVID pandemic
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
At its December meeting, the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Thursday discussed the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and how best to work with the state to tailor response actions to the needs of local communities. The NYSAC board, which includes county leaders from every part of the state, discussed the widely varying rates of vaccinations, positive cases, hospital capacity, and death.
Niagara Falls goes red for World AIDS Day
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 05:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered New York state bridges and landmarks to lit red Wednesday, Dec. 1, in honor of World AIDS Day.
Hochul launches 'Boost Up, New York' campaign
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched the statewide "Boost Up, New York" campaign to urge New York adults to get their booster dose for better protection against COVID-19.
1,050 new COVID cases in Niagara County
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following weekly update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
Higgins: $2.2 million for Evergreen Health
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $2.2 million over three years in federal monies for Evergreen Health. Funding in the amount of $731,362 will be provided to Evergreen annually through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Early Intervention Services Program.
'Holidays at the Broadway Market' kicks off the season on Saturday, Dec. 4
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:20 am
It's time for holiday foods, beverages, gifts - and Santa Claus at the historic Broadway Market. "Holidays at the Broadway Market" will kick-off Saturday, Dec. 4, with the arrival of 15 special seasonal vendors and a visit from Santa Claus.
AAA urges drivers to safely secure Christmas trees
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 05:10 pm
For those who choose a real Christmas tree, getting the tree home safely is a lot like moving furniture, appliances or other large objects. If not properly secured, a tree can cause vehicle damage, or even worse, it could fly off or out of the vehicle and become a danger to other drivers.
Hochul announces actions to increase access to food assistance for older adults, disabled New Yorkers
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced changes aimed at encouraging more food-insecure older adults and disabled individuals to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The changes include simplifying the SNAP application, extending the duration these households can receive benefits before needing to recertify, and eliminating the need for them to complete an interview during the recertification process.
Niagara County working hard on budget, hoping to reduce tax rate
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
All across the media spectrum, reports show that Americans are most concerned about current economic conditions. There is a great feeling of unease as the pandemic lingers on and a rise in inflation, the likes of which we have not seen in a generation or more, drives up costs on families. I can't tell you how many conversations I have had of late about how much people paid for a gallon of gas.
Wydysh calls Poloncarz statement 'disappointing'
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:30 pm
Niagara County Chairwoman Becky Wydysh released the following statement Wednesday in Response to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Be thankful for what we have
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 05:20 pm
Sitting on a building's stairs, a blind boy sat with a hat at his feet. Beside the hat was a sign that read, "Please help me I am blind."
Higgins presses feds to include community-based pharmacies in free COVID-19 testing program
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the Biden administration to make community pharmacies partners in the federal government's COVID-19 testing and antiviral drug distribution programs.
 

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