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Cuomo: New York ending COVID-19 state disaster emergency
Thu, Jun 24th 2021 08:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will end the state disaster emergency declared March 7, 2020, to fight COVID-19. His team said, "Given New York's dramatic progress against COVID-19, with the success in vaccination rates, and declining hospitalization and positivity statewide, the state of emergency will expire after Thursday, June 24."
LCA to debut 'Bug Fest' on July 10
Thu, Jun 24th 2021 08:15 am
Lewiston Council on the Arts and the Lewiston Public Library have teamed up to present a new event for children of all ages. "Bug Fest," an afternoon of insect-related activities, displays and demonstrations, will take place Saturday, July 10, in Seneca "Bug" Park, 308 S. Eighth St., Lewiston.
French and Indian War Encampment returns to Old Fort Niagara
Thu, Jun 24th 2021 08:15 am
From July 2-4, the French and Indian War Encampment will return to Old Fort Niagara. The three-day event will feature six battle reenactments, two living history camps, dozens of period artisans and merchants, artillery firing demonstrations and dramatic recreations of Native American diplomacy.
COVID-19: $25 million in child care scholarships for essential workers
Wed, Jun 23rd 2021 11:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York state will provide $25 million in child care scholarships to all essential workers starting June 23. Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, transportation workers, food delivery workers and grocery store employees.
$22 million-plus in American Rescue Plan funding landing at Buffalo & Niagara Falls airports
Wed, Jun 23rd 2021 08:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Buffalo Niagara Falls International Airport in Cheektowaga and the Niagara Falls International Airport will receive a combined total of $22,264,763 through the American Rescue Plan.
Higgins shares details on expanded Child Tax Credit
Tue, Jun 22nd 2021 01:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined community partners Monday to provide details on the "improved Child Tax Credit and the positive impact it will have on Western New York families."
USAN approves contract amendment to advance Rainbow Centre Mall reuse project
Mon, Jun 21st 2021 04:45 pm
The USA Niagara Development Corp. (USAN) board of directors met and approved a measure that will advance the Rainbow Centre Mall adaptive reuse phase II, a key development project in downtown Niagara Falls. The board authorized USAN to enter into a contract amendment with Marvel Architects PLLC for consultant services.
Higgins calls on US government to fight for action on border
Mon, Jun 21st 2021 04:45 pm
Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, said, "We have gone too long without action. We need this administration to stand up for Americans."
BBB scam alert: Watch out for online shopping scams on Prime Day
Mon, Jun 21st 2021 03:25 pm
This year, Amazon isn't the only retailer rolling out discounts for Prime Day (June 21-22). Walmart, Target and Kohl's, just to name a few, are running competing sales. But more deals mean more chances for scammers to capitalize on the buzz and trick shoppers.
Family Justice Center debuts on Grand Island
Mon, Jun 21st 2021 12:35 pm
Moments before the ribbon was cut to open the Family Justice Center's satellite location on Grand Island on Saturday morning, June 12, Mary Murphy, its president and CEO, had a special announcement to make in front of the house on the Trinity United Methodist Church campus.
Tops Markets launches Children's Miracle Network campaign
Mon, Jun 21st 2021 10:05 am
Tops Friendly Markets has begun its annual campaign for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). The campaign continues at all participating Tops Friendly Markets locations through Saturday, July 3.
Updated: Fireworks returning to Niagara Falls' Hyde Park for July 4
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 04:15 pm
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino announced the return of fireworks at Hyde Park at dusk Sunday, July 4. This return comes after the suspension of fireworks due to COVID-19 regulations and safety precautions in 2020.
EPA: $500,000 in supplemental funds to cleanup & redevelop contaminated brownfields sites in Niagara County
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 11:40 am
On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $11.6 million in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated brownfields properties with $500,000 going to the Niagara County Center for Economic Development.
USAN announces downtown Niagara Falls development strategy
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 07:55 am
USA Niagara Development Corp. (USAN) on Thursday released its strategy for the redevelopment of several state-owned properties in downtown Niagara Falls acquired through Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative. The strategy recommends a range of intermediate steps and attainable site development guidelines for "reimagining a vibrant downtown, while building momentum for sustainable and dynamic long-term development."
Niagara County announces Project Awareness pharmacy label campaign
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 07:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (NCDMH), in partnership with the Niagara County Opioid Task Force (OASIS) and local pharmacies, on Thursday announced the launch of Project Awareness, a campaign to provide the Niagara County Crisis Services 24-hour phone line number on prescription medications that have a high potential for abuse and overdose.
Niagara County gives out Beacon of Hope Award to health department leadership
Wed, Jun 16th 2021 05:35 pm
The Niagara County Legislature returned to meeting in person this week and acknowledged the leadership team of the Niagara County Health Department for its "tremendous efforts in leading the county through the pandemic."
Op-Ed: This Father's Day, become tobacco-free for your children
Wed, Jun 16th 2021 07:00 am
The New York State Smokers' Quitline wishes all fathers a happy and healthy Father's Day, and reminds those who smoke about free resources for becoming tobacco-free. Free coaching and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) medications with shipping are available by calling 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or by visiting nysmokefree.com.
$105 million in grant funding for nonprofit arts & culturals, artists
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 01:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $105 million in critical arts and cultural funding through the New York State Council on the Arts, including a program to reinvigorate near-term live performances that opens for applications Wednesday. The grants will aid in the arts sector's multiyear recovery from COVID-19 and spur the revitalization of New York's creative economy, which fosters $123 billion annually in economic activity and supports more than 500,000 jobs statewide.
Aquarium of Niagara earns accreditation by Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:30 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara has earned accreditation by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), an international accrediting body for zoos and aquariums that display marine mammals.
Juneteenth: History of freeing slaves told through GI library exhibit
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 07:00 am
When President Abraham Lincoln officially freed the slaves in 1863 with his Emancipation Proclamation, it changed the legal status of millions of slaves, but it didn't actually set them all free.
Niagara SPCA to host car show
Mon, Jun 14th 2021 07:00 am
On the behalf of the WNY Hotrods & Classics Inc., the Niagara SPCA will host its second annual "Fast & Furrryous Car Show." This all-ages fundraising event will take place from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, July 17, on the Niagara SPCA grounds, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls.
As New Yorkers plan their 'staycations' FASNY reminds families to stay safe
Mon, Jun 14th 2021 07:00 am
With the warm weather rolling in, many New Yorkers are eager to begin traveling and planning their summer vacation. Although U.S. travel restrictions are easing as more individuals get vaccinated, many people are still opting out of long-distance vacations. Many families will still practice "stay-cations," or "stay close-to-home vacations," as they adjust to a more post-pandemic lifestyle.
DeGlopper Memorial unveiling 'truly awesome'
Sat, Jun 12th 2021 07:00 am
It was an emotionally charged, patriotic, somber and extremely well-orchestrated military tribute to veterans. The unveiling of a life-sized statue of Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper in his hometown occurred in front of a large crowd with great fanfare on Saturday, June 5.
Pride and patriotism prevail at dedication ceremony
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 05:20 pm
Participants and observers alike expressed a sense of pride, patriotism and unity at the DeGlopper Memorial Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, June. 5.
Castellani Art Museum reopens doors with 5 new exhibitions
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 05:15 pm
The Castellani Art Museum is reopening to the public with five new exhibits and a completely revamped gallery. The museum on the Niagara University campus was closed to visitors more than a year ago due to COVID-19, and NU used the gallery as a distance classroom.
Erie County Department of Health cautions residents: Don't touch wildlife
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 11:40 am
Following a notable amount of rabies investigations from bats in homes and other wildlife encounters, the Erie County Department of Health is reminding residents that wildlife - especially raccoons, bats and foxes - should never be touched or handled.
Applications open for $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 11:30 am
The program reimburses New York small businesses with grants of up to $50,000 for COVID-19-related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021. Grants will be awarded to small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations, with priority being given to socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, including minority- and women-owned business enterprises, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses, and businesses located in economically distressed communities.
Wheatfield officials celebrate work and service of Richard Muscatello
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 11:00 am
On Monday, the Wheatfield Town Board issued a formal proclamation to Richard Muscatello, a beloved and admired figure, for his many years of work and dedicated service. The board presented him with a plaque, a memorial bench (to be installed at the new Veterans Monument site behind Town Hall) and even a cake.
Higgins: 5 WNY projects totaling $20 million included in federal highway bill
Wed, Jun 9th 2021 12:50 pm
Five Western New York infrastructure projects totaling $20 million requested by Congressman Brian Higgins have crossed the first hurdle in securing federal transportation funding.
Alzheimer's Association welcomes FDA approval of aducanumab
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 04:55 pm
On behalf of those impacted by Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Association enthusiastically welcomes today's historic FDA approval of aducanumab (Biogen/Eisai) for treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 1% in every region of New York for first time since Aug. 19
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the coronavirus positivity rate in every region of New York state has dropped below 1% for the first time since Aug. 19.
Mayor Brown hosts Juneteenth Festival flag-raising ceremony in downtown Buffalo's Niagara Square
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 11:15 am
Juneteenth Festival organizers and others joined Mayor Byron Brown Monday in raising the Pan-African flag in Niagara Square in honor of Buffalo's 46th annual Juneteenth Festival.
Higgins & Jacobs push to bring KC-46A Pegasus aircraft to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
Congress members Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are leading a push to have the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) host the next KC-46A Pegasus reserve component.
Cuomo recognizes 40 years since first AIDS diagnosis in US
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released this statement on the 40th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis in America:
NYSUT statement on mask guidance for K-12 schools
Sat, Jun 5th 2021 09:45 am
New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement Friday on the state Department of Health's planned changes to mask guidance for K-12 schools:
BPO: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes patrons back to Kleinhans Music Hall
Fri, Jun 4th 2021 10:05 am
After an unprecedented year where living rooms became concert halls as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presented a nearly entirely broadcast season, Music Director JoAnn Falletta, Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, and the musicians, board and staff of the BPO announced a 2021-22 concert season that welcomes audiences back to Kleinhans Music Hall.
FeedMore WNY aims to increase SNAP participation among older adults
Thu, Jun 3rd 2021 12:00 pm
FeedMore WNY is expanding its efforts to assist older adults in applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly known as food stamps. The hunger-relief nonprofit is one of 40 organizations throughout the country to receive a $50,000 grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to enhance access to SNAP for qualifying low-income older adults through community-based outreach and enrollment initiatives.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation commits more than $1 million to hospital
Thu, Jun 3rd 2021 09:20 am
The Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation board of directors presented a check for more than $1,000,000 to Mount St. Mary's Hospital during the annual celebration of Hospital Week.
New $40 million global campaign to support revival of New York state tourism industry
Wed, Jun 2nd 2021 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the launch of a new, $40 million global campaign aimed at revitalizing the state's tourism industry. The campaign will promote tourism attractions across all regions of the state through the summer, fall and winter tourism seasons as the state begins to welcome all visitors - local, national and international - back to New York.
 

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