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$150 million in heating utility assistance available for consumers
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced funding is now available to help low-income households that have fallen behind on their utility bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the regular arrears supplement is available to households who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and behind on their heating utility bills, but that do not qualify for the utility assistance offered by New York's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
UB, partners awarded $750,000 to fight online disinformation
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 11:50 am
A multidisciplinary research team led by the University at Buffalo has been awarded $750,000 to develop digital literacy tools to curb the deleterious effects of online disinformation.
NCCC to partner with Keuka College
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:20 pm
Niagara County Community College will announce an upcoming partnership with Keuka College. President William J. Murabito, Ph.D., and Keuka College President Amy Storey will sign articulation agreements on Friday that will facilitate seamless transfer pathways for students enrolled in the human services A.A. program at NCCC to a social work B.S. program at Keuka College, as well as the NCCC health studies A.S. program to a community health and wellness B.S. program at Keuka College.
Mercy, Sisters of Charity Hospitals introduce 'revolutionary technology' to enhance dialysis care
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:00 pm
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital have become the first hospitals in Western New York to offer what they called "next-generation technology" for dialysis care called the 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.
'Jazz on the Steps' continues in Niagara Falls
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 06:45 pm
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center continues its outdoor "Autumn Harvest" concert series with a front-lawn performance by the award-winning Custode & Parisi Jazz Trio from 3-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 25, and Oct. 2. Live music takes place on the venue's Pine Avenue steps.
Niagara County rescheduling career fair
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 12:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training's outdoor career fair - originally set for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Oppenheim Park in Wheatfield - has been rescheduled to Sept. 29 due to the threat of inclement weather. More than 50 companies with open positions have signed up to take part in an event for those seeking employment.
Nonprofit organizations invited to apply for grants benefiting Niagara County
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 10:45 am
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, a fund administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County.
Over $100 million awarded to Community Action Organization of WNY & Holy Cross Head Start
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 05:10 pm
The Office of Head Start (OHS) has awarded the Community Action Organization of WNY Inc. a $77.1 million grant over five years to provide Head Start and Early Head Start programming to 1,080 Head Start students and 205 infants, toddlers and pregnant women in Erie County. Holy Cross Head Start Inc., formerly a delegate of CAO since 1969, was also awarded a portion of the Erie County grant and will now serve the community as a Grantee agency alongside CAO. Holy Cross was awarded $25 million over five years, serving 500 Head Start children.
Local car shows drive charity fundraising efforts
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 04:55 pm
Beyond the mirrored chrome, gleaming parts and shining body of a classic car, there's an engine that pushes it.
Gooch asks Hochul to intervene on Shawnee Road speed limit
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 10:40 am
Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul asking her to intervene in efforts to lower the speed limit on Shawnee Road in the Town of Wheatfield. Residents have been seeking a speed limit reduction for years, but the state Department of Transportation has refused the request.
$200 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in September
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. Hochul also directed the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which administers SNAP in New York, to continue working with the federal government to ensure these supplemental benefits will reach households in need throughout the fall.
AAA presents 'Trips, Trucks, and Trunks' car safety event
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
Child Passenger Safety Week kicks off Sept. 19, and AAA is getting a jump start on safety with the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office by offering free car seat checks and installation advice.
UB Dental to offer free care to WNY vets in honor of Veterans Day
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:20 am
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host the sixth "Dentistry Smiles on Veterans," an annual program that welcomes local veterans to receive a day of free dental screenings, cleanings, extractions, restorations and denture repairs.
AAA: Little change at the pump
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 02:00 pm
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.18, down 1 cent from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.20. The New York average is $3.28 - no change from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.28.
Higgins: Nearly $92 million delivered to WNY families through Child Tax Credit in August
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins shared a new report issued by the Joint Economic Committee indicating approximately 228,000 advance Child Tax Credit payments were distributed in Western New York's three congressional districts delivering an estimated $91.9 million to local families in the month of August.
We remember: Hochul signs legislation to support 9/11 & communications first responders
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:50 pm
To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed three pieces of legislation to ensure all first responders who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup operations can access benefits available to them.
Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's to take place at Artpark
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 07:00 am
The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter planning to stage the annual Niagara County Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Oct. 2, in a familiar location: Artpark at 450 S. Fourth St., in Lewiston.
HEAP season starts Oct. 1
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 07:00 am
The 2021-22 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season will open Friday, Oct. 1, with a streamlined application process. Applications have already been sent to qualified individuals who received HEAP last year and meet the early outreach criteria.
Poloncarz, officials proclaim Suicide Prevention Week in Erie County
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 10:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Friday by Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Mental Health Mark O'Brien; Erie County legislators; Chief Executive Officer of Crisis Services Jessica Pirro; Celia Spacone, Ph.D., of the Suicide Prevention Coalition; member agencies and concerned citizens in front of the Edward A. Rath county office building to spread a message of hope and proclaim "Suicide Prevention Week" in Erie County.
Helipad at Mount St. Mary's Hospital to complement growing stroke program
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 01:50 pm
"Time is brain" is a statement often used to describe how minutes matter for patients who suffer a stroke. Mount St. Mary's Hospital is moving forward with plans to install a helipad on its campus at 5300 Military Road in Lewiston, which will provide emergency air transport for patients who may require a higher level of care. Currently, emergency ground transport time to Buffalo is 45 minutes; air transport would cut the time to 8 minutes.
Project Connect Niagara set for Sept. 15
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:50 pm
Project Connect Niagara, an event designed to connect those in need with critical services in a "one-stop" venue, will return from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry & Dining Room in Niagara Falls.
Niagara County awarded funds for microenterprise grant program
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:50 pm
Niagara County has received $300,000 through the state's consolidated funding application for the county's microenterprise grant program, according to Niagara County Legislature Economic Development Chairman Rich Andres. The program, which is run by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, provides resources to support and foster the development of microbusinesses, defined as those with five or few employees.
Free resources available to connect New York job seekers with careers
Tue, Sep 7th 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul is promoting numerous free state resources that are available to help connect New Yorkers with vacant jobs as they transition back to the workforce or explore new career paths.
'Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson's' raises funds & awareness for Parkinson's disease
Mon, Sep 6th 2021 07:00 am
The Parkinson's Foundation will host its annual "Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson's" at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event begins at 9 a.m. Between 300 and 500 people are expected to engage in movement demonstrations, Parkinson's-related exhibits and a half-mile walk to beat Parkinson's disease. Funds raised through "Moving Day" will support research and programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's disease and their families.
UB reports 99% student vaccination rate as first week of classes ends
Sat, Sep 4th 2021 10:00 am
With the first week of the fall semester at the University at Buffalo wrapping up, UB officials are pleased to report an extremely high COVID-19 vaccination rate among students.
Hochul announces new requirements & guidance for 'safe reopening' of New York schools
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 01:00 pm
Late Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her strategy to reopen schools safely took a major leap forward on two fronts, "demonstrating her administration's commitment to making the health and well-being of students, teachers and families a top priority," her team said.
More shootings in Niagara Falls
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 12:55 pm
At approximately 10:20 p.m. Thursday, the Niagara Falls Police Department responded to the area of 19th Street and Welch Avenue for a report of multiple persons shot.
WNY aiding Afghan evacuees
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 12:50 pm
Refugee resettlement agencies in Buffalo have agreed to receive 350 Afghanistan evacuees. Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for emergency funding to ensure Afghan evacuees have access to the full range of services available through the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Niagara County issues roadwork update
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 10:45 am
Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal on Thursday provided updates on two road construction projects in Niagara County: Bear Ridge Road and Lockport Road.
Wheatfield adopts solar law changes; pledges support for Hunt Street bridge reopening
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 10:45 am
On Monday, the Town of Wheatfield voted to adopt a number of revisions to its solar law, largely pertaining to utility-scale solar farms and energy systems. The amendments are aimed at addressing public concerns surrounding such facilities that were raised after a 6.3-megawatt project by Borrego Solar Systems at 2469 Lockport Road was approved and completed following the initial solar law's passing in 2017. The move comes as a town-imposed six month moratorium on new solar projects expired this month.
ASI: Grant funding for arts projects statewide community
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:55 am
Arts Services Inc. announced applications for the Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) fund are now available. Nonprofit organizations, collective and informal groups, government entities, tribal organizations, and individuals interested in doing community-based arts programming or projects are eligible to apply.
City of Niagara Falls announces results of aggressive driving campaign
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:20 am
As announced by Mayor Robert Restaino in early August, over the past several weeks the Niagara Falls Police Department, in conjunction with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police, conducted an aggressive driving campaign. It focused on the reports of increased reckless operation of vehicles within the city limits.
Red Cross: Help tackle need by giving blood or platelets
Tue, Aug 31st 2021 07:00 am
As fall approaches, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help end the ongoing critical need for blood and kick off the season with a blood or platelet donation. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give now and help ensure lifesaving transfusions are on the sidelines for those who rely on them.
Safety tower completed in Lewiston
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 06:55 pm
Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti recently announced continued expansion of the Niagara County Public Safety Radio Network in the Town of Lewiston was completed and is fully functional.
ECDOH: Ivermectin does not treat or prevent COVID-19
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 11:45 am
Prompted by urgent warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Erie County Department of Health is highlighting calls for caution against the use of ivermectin for COVID-19 prevention or treatment.
UB team proposes genome 'archipelago' as new model of how genomic information influences development & disease
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 10:40 am
A University at Buffalo team has developed a new model of how information in the genome is organized, called the novel genome archipelago model (GAM). The model provides new insights into how a multitude of interactions among genes may affect normal development as well as mutations that lead to cancer and other diseases.
COVID-19 cases, related hospitalizations increasing in Erie County as school year approaches
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 07:45 pm
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing, the Erie County Department of Health is strongly urging residents to act now to reduce their personal risks of infection and the chance of disease transmission in the community.
Erie County DA issues warning on possession of fake vaccination cards
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn warns anyone who is knowingly in possession of a falsified COVID-19 vaccine card - and presents that forged document with the intent to deceive another of their vaccination status - can be charged with a felony offense. This alert comes as some local colleges and universities require students to provide proof of vaccination in order return to on-campus residency and in-person learning.
Hochul announces selection of Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor
Thu, Aug 26th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the selection of Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor.
Coaches vs. Cancer 716 Golf Classic to benefit American Cancer Society
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:45 pm
Division I NCAA coaches from across the state and special guests will participate in the second annual 716 Golf Classic at Bartlett Country Club on Aug. 30. Funds raised from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society in direct support of cancer research, through the Coaches vs. Cancer partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
 

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