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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.)
Girl Scout Cookies are going, going ...
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 01:45 pm
As the beloved Girl Scout Cookie Program draws to a close for the year, Girl Scout Cookie lovers across Western New York can still support local Girl Scouts in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Erie County DA urges governor, legislators to prioritize public safety in marijuana legalization
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:25 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn voiced his concerns about potential threats to public safety as state legislators create legislation to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana.
Erie County DOH shares feedback from COVID-19 case investigations
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing feedback from recent COVID-19 case investigations to inform Erie County residents of ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces and activities. Contact tracers have noted common case investigation trends that illustrate situations where COVID-19 is likely to spread.
Higgins, Pascrell hail IRS move to allow Americans to keep full stimulus payments
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
U.S. Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), chairman of the House Ways and Subcommittee on Oversight, celebrated a decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to allow recipients of stimulus checks under the CARES Act to enjoy their full stimulus award. Under the IRS's move, Americans who claim the recovery rebate credit will not have their stimulus garnished or diminished by existing federal tax liabilities.
SBA extends deferment period for all COVID-19 EIDL & other disaster loans until 2022
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 11:30 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.
Higgins: $172 million-plus for students & higher education institutions in WNY
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced colleges, universities and institutions of higher education in Erie and Niagara Counties can expect to receive approximately $172.7 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, with the requirement that at least half of the funding is dedicated directly to students.
Hockey Fights Cancer Night in Buffalo slated for March 18
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the team, in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, will host its Hockey Fights Cancer Night during the home game against the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18.
Canalway Trail System drew more than 4 million visits in 2020
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:20 pm
Use along the Erie Canalway Trail and Champlain Canalway Trail increased in 2020, according to the 2020 "Who's on the Trail" report from Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corp. The Canalway Trail system as a whole saw an estimated 4.2 million visits in 2020, including just under 4 million visits to the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail between Albany and Buffalo, and approximately 288,000 visits to the 90-mile Champlain Canalway Trail between Waterford and Whitehall.
13 things primary care clinics can check to help preserve brain health
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 12:15 pm
Primary care clinics can play an important role in preserving patients' brain health using the American Heart Association's "Life's Simple 7" as a guide, as well as addressing six other factors associated with cognitive decline, according to a new American Stroke Association/American Heart Association scientific statement. "A Primary Care Agenda for Brain Health," published Monday in the associations' journal Stroke.
Erie County acknowledging families impacted by COVID-19
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 10:25 am
Old Erie County Hall in downtown Buffalo will be illuminated in amber during the week of March 14 to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the first identified COVID-19 cases in Erie County.
Top 4 precautions for drivers as daylight saving time begins
Sat, Mar 13th 2021 07:00 am
Americans will "spring forward" and set their clocks ahead one hour beginning Sunday, March 14, at 2 a.m. Losing an hour of sleep and the change in daylight hours means motorists may potentially experience drowsy driving and added distractions behind the wheel.
Cuomo doubles-down on not resigning
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 05:30 pm
Despite two investigations into alleged sexual misconduct, six female accusers and growing calls for his resignation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said it's the people that elected him into office, and it's the people who will ultimately determine his innocence or guilt. Cuomo emphatically said he did not inappropriately touch anyone, and he will not resign.
DWI enforcement campaign scheduled for St. Patrick's Day weekend
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 01:20 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced Erie County law enforcement will participate in a statewide DWI enforcement effort this weekend. Local, county and state police agencies in Erie County will combine efforts to conduct sobriety checkpoints and perform roving patrols.
Higgins to Cuomo: Time to resign
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins provided this statement on Friday:
Lewiston Town Board opposes change in real property tax law
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
At its Monday work session, the Lewiston Town Board approved a resolution in opposition to §575-b, a proposed amendment to New York State Real Property Tax Law §487 that, if approved, would drastically alter how real property is assessed for wind and solar energy systems.
Assembly to begin impeachment investigation of Cuomo
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:00 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued this statement Thursday on authorizing the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
New York state: $15 million in emergency heating assistance for struggling households
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 03:40 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced an additional $15 million is available to help eligible New Yorkers facing a home heating emergency.
Potential ice jam flooding as warm temperatures blanket state
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to prepare for possible ice jam flooding as temperatures across the state will rise this week and throughout the upcoming spring season. At Cuomo's direction, state agencies are monitoring areas that typically experience ice jam formations and response assets are ready and available to assist local governments in preventing and mitigating flooding and ice jam damage.
DiNapoli: DOH needs to step up enforcement of patient safety violations
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 12:55 pm
A press release from New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said "the State Department of Health has failed to hold accountable certain health care providers including hospitals, nursing homes and individual nurses, for patient safety violations and use its power under the law to impose stronger fines." Additionally, DOH does not ensure amounts collected are directed to increase patient safety, as required, according to an audit released Wednesday by DiNapoli.
AG James makes appointments to lead investigation into sexual harassment allegations against governor
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 05:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday announced the appointment of former Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim and employment discrimination attorney Anne L. Clark as the two attorneys who will lead an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Kim and Clark will be supported in the investigation by Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo and Yannick Grant.
Cuomo says he's not resigning
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:30 pm
On Sunday, two top New York State Democrats called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation.
Counties applaud Senate passage of American Rescue Plan
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:30 pm
After a year of fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, counties applaud the Senate's passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and encourages swift adoption by the House of Representatives, according to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).
NFMMC to hold vaccine clinic for seniors 65+
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 11:10 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Niagara County residents age 65 and older from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Niagara Falls City School District's Community Education Center (formerly the 60th Street Elementary School), 6060 Lindbergh Ave., Niagara Falls.
$29 million to support essential workers & first responders through Empire Pandemic Grant Program
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced $29 million is available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund program coordinated by the Office of Children and Family Services.
Niagara Falls Memorial celebrates discharge of long-term ICU COVID patient
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 12:10 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Saturday celebrated another miraculous discharge of a long-term COVID-19 patient.
NYSAC: County employees fall prey to unemployment fraud
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:20 am
Identities are being stolen and funds are being misspent as COVID-19 unemployment insurance fraud grows almost every day. Counties across the state this week are raising concerns that county employees' personal data has been used to file for, and collect, COVID-19-related unemployment insurance. And they are including this warning: If you suspect fraudulent unemployment insurance activity you should immediately report it to the New York State Department of Labor at
NYS Legislature passes legislation addressing governor's emergency powers; GOP calls action a 'sham'
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Senate Democratic majority on Friday advanced legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers the New York Legislature granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sloop Part II: Interest, hope spurs for beached sailboat
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:40 pm
The saga of the little sloop continues.
Youngstown families displaced by fire; cause remains under investigation
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:35 pm
Niagara County fire officials are continuing their investigations into a structure fire on Tuesday evening that caused extensive damage to an apartment complex at 310 Main St., in the Village of Youngstown.
SBA prioritizes smallest of small businesses in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:25 pm
Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America's mom-and-pop businesses.
NYS: $100 million in additional food assistance for March
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:20 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for March. Roughly half of all households participating in SNAP will receive the supplemental allotment later this month, which will result in an infusion of roughly $100 million into the state's economy.
Black Balloon Day event to remember lives lost to opioid epidemic
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and its families and consumer support and advocacy group is coordinating activities for National Black Balloon Day (Saturday, March 6). The event began in 2016 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Erie County has participated each year.
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Cuomo issues apology
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:35 pm
In the wake of accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an apology at the end of his press conference on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he emphatically said he didn't touch any woman in a untoward manner.
Morinello: No one is above human decency
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:00 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-I-Ref-Niagara Falls, issued the following statement on Wednesday:

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