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Town of Niagara Board rescinds approval of asphalt plant
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 11:25 am
The Town of Niagara Board unanimously voted Wednesday to rescind its approval of an asphalt project it had approved on July 21, 2020. The move comes amid significant public outcry to the project and pushback from neighboring communities. The facility was planned to be built at 4660 Witmer Road, near Niagara University's southern entrance.
Marijuana law poses 'significant changes' for many
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 11:25 am
On March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that created the 128-page Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act of 2021 following approvals in both the state Assembly and Senate.
Statewide distracted driving enforcement & education campaign
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 08:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York State Police and local law enforcement will participate in the national "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." mobilization to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
April is Safe Digging Month
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission announced it is participating in the nationwide effort to recognize April 2021 as Safe Digging Month.
New York State Parks releases final statewide Greenway Trails plan
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division of Environmental Stewardship and Planning announced the release of the Final Statewide Greenway Trails Plan/Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS).
DFS to extend regulation requiring health insurers to waive copays for COVID-19 vaccine until April 30
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 06:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday directed the Department of Financial Services to extend the emergency regulation requiring all health insurers to waive co-pays for the COVID-19 vaccine until April 30. The extension of this regulation and guidance will help to ensure there are no barriers to New Yorkers accessing the vaccine as the state continues to implement its vaccine administration plan and get every New Yorker vaccinated.
Niagara Pride asking local businesses, community providers & leaders for help with 2021 events
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 05:55 pm
With COVID-19 still impacting many local outdoor events and festivals this summer, Niagara Pride is moving forward with new ways to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month this June - and is asking for help from local businesses and leaders to participate in events.
Cuomo, legislative leaders announce agreement on budget
Tue, Apr 6th 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday announced an agreement on the fiscal year 2022 New York state budget. They said the final budget accomplishes major legislative priorities, including:
Buffalo: Brown announces $8 million infrastructure & streetscape makeover for entertainment district
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 11:55 am
Mayor Byron Brown recently announced the City of Buffalo would make $8 million in infrastructure improvements along key corridors of the downtown entertainment district. Major street, sidewalk and streetscape upgrades will be made on Chippewa, Franklin and Court streets.
Performing arts & entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 01:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced performing arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity. Venues can host up to 100 people indoors or up to 200 people outdoors.
Lewiston Lions giving away KN95 masks
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 08:20 am
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people, but it has not stopped the Lewiston Lions as well as other local clubs from continuing to safely serve their community. The Lions aim to do their part in ensuring a safe community for us all.
Village of Lewiston to vote on budget
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 08:10 am
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees will present the projected fiscal year 2021-22 budget at a 6 p.m. meeting Monday, April 19, inside the Red Brick Municipal Building.
To identify best COVID-19 treatments, patients with mild/moderate symptoms needed for NIH-funded study at UB
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:20 pm
Vaccinations may be front-page news these days, but clinicians are well aware that an effective treatment for COVID-19, especially for patients who don't require hospitalization, is still sorely needed.
Higgins calls for quick congressional action on American Jobs Plan
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the Biden administration rollout of the American Jobs Plan.
Catholic Health expands hospital visitation
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 01:05 pm
Based on new guidelines from the New York State Department of Health, non-COVID-19 patients in Catholic Health hospitals are now allowed up to two visitors at a time. In addition, maternity patients will be allowed two support persons for the duration of their hospital stay and, in certain outpatient clinic settings, where space permits, patients may be accompanied by a support person for their appointments.
Higgins & Jacobs announce $650,000 grant for Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 10:15 am
Congress members Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs announced $650,000 in grant funding to the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA) to be used for runway updates at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Attorney general warns New Yorkers to remain alert against COVID-19 vaccine and stimulus scams
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 09:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued an alert to New Yorkers to remain vigilant against potential scams related to the coronavirus public health crisis.
New York State Legislature passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 09:45 am
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated, "Tonight, the New York State Legislature took the first step in a major leap forward for the Empire State by passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis. I thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and the many legislators who worked tirelessly on this issue for securing passage of this historic legislation."
Jacobs holds first agriculture advisory committee meeting
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 09:25 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs held the first official meeting of his agriculture advisory committee on Saturday.
Higgins: Paycheck Protection Program extended
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act (H.R. 1779) has been signed into law, extending the application deadline to May 31, 2021.
Trout season opens April 1
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 07:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced trout fishing season in New York opens Thursday, April 1. In preparation for opening day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is stocking 1.8 million catchable trout in waters across the state. In addition to larger-size fish being stocked this year, some stream reaches will receive four stockings of trout.
Meeting a challenge to vaccinate thousands
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 07:00 am
In January, when COVID-19 vaccines started trickling into New York state, the barriers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive the vaccine seemed insurmountable.
With SUNY funding, UB teams explore technologies to increase pandemic preparedness
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 12:00 pm
Supported by grants from SUNY, two University at Buffalo teams are laying the groundwork for technologies that could improve preparedness during the current and future pandemics.
'Find Your Wings' at Botanical Gardens
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 07:00 am
Fairies will fill the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens during a new celebration of all things winged at "Find Your Wings Week" at the Botanical Gardens.
SBA to increase lending limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:50 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and nonprofit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from six months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
Higgins: Almost $11 million to expand vaccine access in WNY
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding totaling $10,819,250 for Neighborhood Health Center, Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB), and Jericho Road Community Health Center. The funding, included in the American Rescue Plan, will help health centers expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities.
Catholic Charities: Appeal 2021 reaches $5.4 million
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Appeal 2021, in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith, reached its halfway point this week, just before Appeal Sunday, March 28. Appeal officials announced the annual campaign has raised $5,425,595, which is 54.2% of the $10 million goal - ahead of the percent to goal over the past four years.
Legislation expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine for all veterans is signed into law
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26 announced President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the VA VACCINE Act of 2021, which expands the number of veterans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include all veterans, not just those currently enrolled in the VA health care system.
M&T Bank: $400,000+ in funding for pandemic relief & racial equity efforts
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:30 pm
M&T Bank announced it has donated $417,000 to support communities in Western New York as they continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic. M&T's grant funding will address urgent issues, such as food security, frontline health care services and racial disparities exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic, including digital access to education and workforce development.
Higgins responds to USPS plan
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:05 pm
On Tuesday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy released a 10-year strategic plan for the United States Postal Service.
$52.5 million available to protect New York farmland
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a record $52.5 million is now available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program to help farmers across New York protect valuable and at-risk farmland.
Heading the wrong way with 'wrong-way' driving
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:35 pm
Fatal wrong-way driving crashes on our nation's highways are a persistent and devastating threat that is only getting worse.
USAN approvals to advance private development in Niagara Falls' Third Street business district
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:10 pm
The USA Niagara Development Corp. (USAN) board of directors met Monday and approved two general project plans (GPP) and the transfer of land in support of private development in downtown Niagara Falls.
East Park Garden Club beautifying DeGlopper Memorial since 1962
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
Members of the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee enjoy talking about the many Town of Grand Island residents, businesses and organizations that have donated their time, resources or funds over the years to create what has been developed at the corner of Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard.
Higgins: Vaccine progress & collaboration should allow for US-Canada border to fully reopen this summer
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is continuing to push for a full reopening of the border between the U.S. and Canada by July and encouraging a partial reopening, including additional exemptions to allow families to reunite, much sooner. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the northern border closing to nonessential travel.
NYS Office for the Aging, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council announce new online training
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:15 pm
Enhances first-in-nation online training academy for aging services professionals in NYS The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with the New York State Development Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), and Boston University School of Social Work's Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER), have announced a new online course designed to help the aging network workforce better understand what intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are, and how they impact a person's life from birth to older age.
Grand Island: Fire at Niagara Sailing Club
Sat, Mar 20th 2021 10:25 pm
Members gathered together to console one another Saturday, as fire tore through the Niagara Sailing Club at 3619 E. River Road, Grand Island. The club flag was spared, and later hoisted up alongside the American flag.
SBA launches portal to begin accepting shuttered venue operators grant applications on April 8
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 05:15 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8.
NYS delays income tax deadline
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 05:05 pm
On Friday, New York State Budget Director Robert F. Mujica Jr. stated, "At the governor's direction, the Department of Tax and Finance will be extending the New York state income tax deadline to May 17 to align with the federal decision to do the same. This 30-day extension provides New Yorkers still coping with the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic ample time to file. This will shift approximately $6 billion of revenue from April to May, and the state will make any necessary adjustments to cash flow."
Niagara County DA warns of utility scam
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Niagara County District Attorney Brian Seaman is alerting Niagara County residents to fraudulent phone calls being made to residents purporting to be a National Grid employee. The supposed National Grid employees tells the resident National Grid is sending a truck out to disconnect their power unless a payment is immediately made to National Grid via Zelle (an online payment service.)

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