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Higgins: $3 million in USDA funding awarded to Field & Fork Network
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined Field & Fork Network and FeedMore WNY at OLV Human Services on Wednesday to announce a four-year federal grant totaling $3,077,153.
Erie County Cancer Services Program partners with Tops for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
The Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) is partnering with Tops Friendly Markets for a FIT kit distribution during March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Poloncarz statement on expectations for lifting mask mandate in Erie County buildings
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for lifting the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County-owned buildings and facilities.
Hochul announces 4-year labor agreement with Police Benevolent Association of New York State
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced her administration has reached a contract agreement with the Police Benevolent Association of New York State for a four-year term (running until March 31, 2023), which was ratified by union membership.
UB receives $500,000 to build life science entrepreneurship in New York
Mon, Feb 21st 2022 01:50 pm
Empire State Development recently awarded the University at Buffalo a $500,000 grant to implement two new programs that will cross-train science and management students to develop life science innovation across New York state.
D'Youville College becomes D'Youville University
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 01:10 pm
D'Youville President Lorrie A. Clemo, Ph.D., and the board of trustees on Friday announced an extraordinary milestone in the 113-year-old history of the institution. D'Youville has been granted university status by the New York State Board of Regents and is now designated as D'Youville University. Touro College and Utica College were also approved for university designation.
Biden, EPA: $1 billion from 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law' will accelerate cleanup efforts, benefit New York
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 11:15 am
On Thursday, President Joe Biden and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced that, as a direct result of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, EPA will make significant progress in the clean-up and restoration of the Great Lakes' most environmentally degraded sites, securing clean water and a better environment for millions of Americans in the Great Lakes region.
Lewiston Town Board names new Recreation Department director
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 11:00 am
Town Supervisor Steve Broderick announced Cathy Cvijetinovic of Grand Island was selected to serve as the new head of the Recreation Department. She succeeds Mike Dashineau who left the position in December.
Senate Republicans: End the emergency now
Thu, Feb 17th 2022 08:05 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Thursday announced he will introduce a resolution to immediately end the "statewide disaster emergency" declared by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this week.
New president & CEO announced at Botanical Gardens
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
After a national search, the board of directors at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced Mark Mortenson will be appointed as the new president and CEO. Mortenson will step into the role following the retirement of David Swarts in March. Swarts will be retiring after 12 years with the organization.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 testing options
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is reminding Erie County residents they can seek free coronavirus testing. ECDOH has updated its procedures to make rapid (ID Now) testing available to any resident on request. Previously, rapid testing was only available from ECDOH for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or those with a known exposure.
Calling all artists: 14th annual Taste of Buffalo poster art contest presented by Tops
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 12:15 pm
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Friendly Markets is inviting local artists (students and the general public alike) to capture its essence in art by entering in the 2022 poster art contest.
Higgins urges Western New Yorkers to join 10 million American households registered for broadband benefit
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging all eligible Western New Yorkers to join more than 10 million American households that have signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the nation's largest broadband affordability program. His team said, "Thanks to the 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,' this program is providing millions of families who previously lacked access or could not afford this critical utility, with affordable and reliable broadband access."
Hochul establishes office of chief disability officer
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Disability Officer to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. She appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the state's first chief disability officer.
NYS: Nearly $2 billion in wagers over first 30 days of mobile sports wagering
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the successful launch of mobile sports wagering in New York state, with nearly $2 billion in wagers taken during the first 30 days of operation. Her team said, "This record-breaking success, more than any other state has ever reported, will generate more than $70 million in tax revenue for New York state, providing funds to be allocated toward programs that support education, youth sports, and more."
First Free Fishing Weekend of 2022
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the state's first Free Fishing Weekend of 2022, on Feb. 19 and 20, when freshwater anglers are permitted to fish for free without a license.
Statement from Gov. Hochul on trooper-involved shooting in Buffalo
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:05 pm
"This morning, one of our troopers was involved in a deadly shooting of a motorist after a pursuit in Buffalo. I have directed the New York State Police to fully cooperate with the attorney general's independent investigation. As we await a transparent and thorough review of the facts, our thoughts are with the victim's family and our troopers."
Morinello hosts 'Valentines for Seniors'
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 02:30 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello joined local seniors from Schoellkopf Nursing Home and Meals on Wheels to kick off his sixth annual "Valentines for Seniors" event. This year's program features 16 local elementary schools making valentines for seniors in the community who are in assisted living facilities.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up 19% in 2021
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 10:20 am
Local government sales tax collections totaling $19.6 billion increased by 19.1%, or $3.1 billion, in 2021 compared to last year, according to a report released this week by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This was the highest annual increase on record after a historic low in 2020 when local sales tax collections declined by 10%. Annual growth in 2019 was 4.7%.
$230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in February
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 02:45 pm
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 February. 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.
More #VaxForKids events headed to Niagara County
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced 63 new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents.
Hochul announces 'winter toolkit' for new phase of COVID response: Keep New York 'safe, open and moving forward'
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 02:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced New York's new "winter toolkit" for the new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, aiming to keep New York safe, open and moving forward. The "winter toolkit" focuses on five core areas: protecting the most vulnerable New Yorkers, increasing vaccinations and boosters, strengthening the health care system, empowering local leaders, and supporting individuals facing the long-term effects of COVID-19.
Hochul: $64 million to aid struggling families and survivors of domestic violence
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced more than $64 million in federal funding to help struggling New Yorkers with children, multigenerational households, and survivors of domestic violence with their expenses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
WNY Independent Living distributing more than 7,000 free COVID-19 home tests to people with disabilities
Mon, Feb 7th 2022 04:50 pm
The organization is distributing complimentary coronavirus home test kits to many of the thousands of people with disabilities it serves. WNYIL expects to distribute more than 7,000 kits over the next few weeks.
National gas price average jumps 7 cents
Mon, Feb 7th 2022 11:55 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.44, up 7 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.46. The New York state average is $3.59, up 4 cents from last week. A year ago, the New York state average was $2.56.
Lewiston Police report murder-suicide
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 08:40 pm
Preliminary investigation has determined this to be a murder-suicide.
Erie County Department of Health highlights availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 04:55 pm
Following a New York State Department of Health health care provider call on Friday, the Erie County Department of Health is highlighting the local availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications, by prescription only.
Kenmore Mercy & Mount St. Mary's hospitals introduce 'revolutionary' technology to enhance dialysis care
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 03:20 pm
Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Mount St. Mary's Hospital recently introduced next-generation technology for dialysis care, called Tablo Hemodialysis System. The changeover to the new dialysis program within Catholic Health is aimed at improving the patient experience, while reducing the cost and complexity historically associated with dialysis treatment.
Town of Lewiston to distribute COVID-19 at-home testing kits
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
The Town of Lewiston will hold a distribution of COVID-19 at-home testing kits on Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Town Hall parking lot, 1375 Ridge Road.
#VaxForKids event at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino
Wed, Feb 2nd 2022 01:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents. The new sites support the state's goal of ensuring New York children 5 years and older get vaccinated and keep up with all recommended coronavirus vaccine doses, including the booster.
Heart, Love & Soul receives $200,000 from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 03:40 pm
Heart, Love & Soul was awarded $200,000 of grant funding from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation in support of its food and hospitality and social care programs. The funding will build upon the agency's mission of feeding those in need - body, mind and soul - by addressing food insecurity, inadequate housing, health, and other challenges associated with poverty.
Artists of Color Exhibition on display in February at the NACC
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 08:50 am
In celebration of Black History month, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center will host the 11th annual Artists of Color Exhibition Feb. 6 until March 19 in the Townsend Gallery, located at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.
AAA offers advice for winter storm
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 07:00 am
AAA Western and Central New York has been extremely busy with high call volume that hasn't seemed to let up recently. While a break in temperatures is expected midweek, a significant snowstorm is possible toward the end of the week. AAA urges the public to heed the advice of local officials and stay off the roads during inclement weather.
Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island & National Grid mark installation of 5 new electric vehicle charging stations
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 05:20 pm
As more electric vehicles are hitting Western New York roads, Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island partnered with National Grid's electric vehicle (EV) make-ready program to install five EV charging stations at the Grand Island dealership located at 1910 Alvin Road.
NYS: 2 grant opportunities to help farmers protect soil and water quality
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 04:00 pm
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced two grant opportunities totaling $21 million for projects designed to help New York's farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy savings, mitigate water and soil quality concerns, and increase on-farm resiliency to climate change.
New York Farm Bureau releases 2022 state legislative priorities
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 02:00 pm
New York Farm Bureau released its 2022 state legislative priorities during a press call Monday that address the needs and challenges of the state's diverse agricultural community in New York state. This included reaction and next steps to address Friday's Farm Labor Wage Board decision to lower the overtime threshold from 60 to 40 hours over the next decade.
Gas prices rise along with oil prices
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 10:10 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.37, up 4 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.42. The New York state average is $3.55, up 5 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.51.
FeedMore WNY urges community to help 'Check Out Hunger'
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 03:35 pm
Western New Yorkers will be able to help feed their hungry neighbors while shopping for groceries at area retailers now and into the coming months. Dash's Market, The Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets are holding their annual "Check Out Hunger" campaigns to support FeedMore WNY's programs and services.
Higgins urges Western New Yorkers to claim Earned Income Tax Credit
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging Western New Yorkers to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - a tax provision that helps lift working families out of poverty. In 2021, 25 million Americans received the credit, however it is estimated 20% of eligible taxpayers - about 6 million people - failed to claim the benefit.
Obituary: Former Grand Island Town Justice Sybil Kennedy passes
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:00 am
Sybil E. Kennedy, a well-known and respected Grand Island Town Justice, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
 

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