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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.
ECDOH: 'Steady increase in new COVID cases continues'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Aug. 21, ECDOH received reports for 983 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents. With a 20% increase from the previous week's total of 811, a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases continues.
Hochul addresses New Yorkers
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 04:45 pm
On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered a virtual address to the people of New York.
Higgins announces updates to IRS Child Tax Credit Portal
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 11:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced improvements to the Child Tax Credit update portal to make it easier for families to update information important to delivering the monthly payments.
Hochul announces senior appointments to administration
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 11:15 am
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced senior appointments to her incoming administration, with Karen Persichilli Keogh to be appointed secretary to the governor and Elizabeth Fine to be appointed counsel to the governor.
Higgins: $314,000-plus for City of Niagara Falls Fire Department
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 10:45 am
Late last week, Congressman Higgins announced the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department was awarded a federal fire award. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant program, the grant totals $314,718.
NCDOH to provide 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine to qualifying individuals
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 03:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will provide a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.
Higgins & Catholic Health: $880K in American Rescue Plan funding for community vaccine outreach in Niagara County
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 09:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday announced Catholic Health has been awarded $880,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to address COVID-19 vaccine disparities in Niagara County, particularly in Niagara Falls, where lack of access to vaccine resources and widespread vaccine hesitancy are preventing the community from reaching optimal vaccination rates.
Town of Niagara delays marijuana sales; outlines plans for American Rescue Plan funding
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 07:00 am
With marijuana being recently legalized in New York for recreational use, many towns across the state are preparing for an influx of burgeoning businesses ready to sell the product. However, the Town of Niagara will not be one of those towns - at least not initially.
Higgins calls for funding to support staffing at US-Canada border
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 11:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for the U.S. to lift border restrictions at the Canadian border. He is urging adequate funding to support staffing levels that allow for efficient operations when the border reopens.
NCCC to offer free COVID vaccine clinic
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:25 pm
Niagara County Community College will partner with the Niagara County Department of Health to offer two coronavirus vaccine clinics that will be open to the public. All eligible individuals 18 years and older may register for a time.
Mayor Brown announces BPD's B-District to hold Community Day
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:05 pm
Mayor Byron Brown announced the Buffalo Police Department's B-District will hold a Community Day celebration on Friday, Aug. 20.
Catholic Health to comply with NYS COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 04:35 pm
With new COVID cases up 1000% in the New York state and the delta variant linked to 80% of them, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked all health care heroes who led the battle throughout the pandemic to continue the fight by getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Virtually all Western New Yorkers now infected with COVID-19 have delta variant, UB researchers find
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 01:00 pm
Any Western New Yorker who tests positive for COVID-19 almost certainly has contracted the delta variant, University at Buffalo scientists recently reported.
Assembly to provide final report on Cuomo
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Judiciary Chair Charles Lavine:
Cuomo: NYS Assembly not moving forward with impeachment proceedings
Fri, Aug 13th 2021 02:50 pm
Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on impeachment investigation:
Wheatfield veterans honored in memorial dedication
Fri, Aug 13th 2021 11:15 am
On Saturday, Aug. 8, a crowd of residents, including current and former military personnel and their families, joined local and state officials on a beautiful, sunny afternoon for a dedication ceremony for the Wheatfield Veterans Memorial.
Catholic Health, Eastern Niagara Health System to receive $18M in state funding to sustain local health care
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm
Catholic Health, in collaboration with Eastern Niagara Health System, has been awarded $18 million in funding from the New York State Department of Health to ensure the continuation of emergency and acute care hospital services in Eastern Niagara County. Plans announced last October call for Catholic Health to build a 60,000-square-foot hospital off South Transit Road between Shimer Drive and Ruhlmann Road in the Town of Lockport.
A reminder from National Grid: Aug. 31 deadline approaching for bill payment assistance through HEAP
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:35 am
National Grid urges its Buffalo and other Western New York customers who need help paying their energy bill to apply now for federally funded assistance through The Home Energy Assistance Program and the Emergency HEAP program.
COVID cases continue to rise in Erie County
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data.
Elected leaders excited for Kathy Hochul to take over as governor
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 02:45 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would resign from office, effective Aug. 24. One week earlier, New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a report from appointed independent investigators- led by Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark - detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo. He has vigorously denied these allegations.
City of Niagara Falls Police Department enforcing aggressive driving campaign
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 12:15 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino announced the Niagara Falls Police Department, in conjunction with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police, will conduct an ongoing aggressive driving campaign in the City of Niagara Falls.
New York Power Authority launches first study to assess potential impact of climate change on its operations
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 01:05 pm
The New York Power Authority will study the long-term effects of climate change on its physical power generation and transmission assets and system operations.
UB receives $1.8 million grant to make cancer treatments less toxic
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 01:00 pm
Cancer treatments are effective at destroying tumors, but they are also harmful to healthy cells. To reduce unwanted toxicity, University at Buffalo professor Joseph Balthasar received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a novel strategy that blocks the delivery of anticancer toxins to healthy tissue.
Production begins on Alejandro Monteverde's 'The Untitled Cabrini Film'
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 12:35 pm
The Buffalo Niagara Film Office recently announced principal photography is underway on TIFF's "People's Choice Award"-winning director Alejandro Monteverde's "The Untitled Cabrini Film" in Buffalo. Production will conclude in Rome, Italy, in the early fall.
 

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