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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 dol.ny.gov/report-fraud.
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:
Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, Erie County Department of Health issues statement on parades & large public events
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is informing Erie County residents of the restrictions on parades and similar large public events. Based on "New York Forward" guidance, any in-person event must be limited to the nonessential social gathering limit that is in effect for the region, which for Erie County is currently 50 people.
DCP assists consumers in recouping nearly $3 million in 2020 tied to COVID-19-related complaints
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 02:40 pm
To kick off National Consumer Protection Week, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection on Monday announced it assisted 31,689 New Yorkers with a variety of consumer protection matters related to COVID-19 in 2020, resulting in a record $2,831,400 being returned to consumers wallets.
Ortt call for Cuomo's resignation; governor's team, AG announce new investigation plan
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 09:10 am
Cuomo also provided written comments on Sunday.
'Outside review' to determine Cuomo's dealings with former aide
Sat, Feb 27th 2021 07:20 pm
Following accusations of sexual harassment from his former aide, Charlotte Bennett, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement Saturday evening:
Erie County DOH outlines facility requirements for non-professional, non-collegiate sports events; offers update on vaccinations, quarantines
Sat, Feb 27th 2021 09:40 am
The ECDOH said that, based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health, 14.3% of Erie County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, 9.2% percent have received the two-dose series.
NYS to expand vaccination network to include sites designed to serve 65-plus
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the state will partner with local health departments to include vaccination sites for the 65-plus population across New York. These sites will be in partnership with local health departments and, where needed, will provide assistance to New Yorkers with transportation to and from the vaccination facilities and special support for paperwork regarding their vaccination.
COVID-19: WNY drops below 2%
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 02:25 pm
For the first time since before the holiday season, Western New York's percentage of new coronavirus cases is below 2%. The governor's office reported the region at 1.93% for Thursday.
NYS: Schedule your free virtual tax filing assistance session today
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 11:55 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced registration for free virtual tax filing assistance sessions is now open. If your federal adjusted gross income in 2020 was $72,000 or less, you qualify to receive free virtual tax assistance from the Tax Department. We can guide you through the process of electronically preparing and filing your 2020 federal and state income tax returns at no cost.
March is National Kidney Month
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 07:00 am
Most people with kidney disease don't know they have it. March is National Kidney Month and the Kidney Foundation of Western New York is encouraging everyone to learn more about their kidney health.
Cuomo announces expanded guidelines for nursing home visitations
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new, expanded guidelines for visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines to begin Feb. 26. The New York State Department of Health recommends visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes to facilitate their ability to test visitors on-site and at no cost.
AHLA on CDC vaccination guidelines & hotel workers in phase 1c
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:55 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent update to prioritize "traveler accommodation" under the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) categories of essential workers.
NYSDOH's cannabinoid hemp program now accepting license applications
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Department of Health is now accepting applications from businesses seeking to operate as cannabinoid hemp processors, retailers or distributors.
Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 12:15 pm
Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. have had a significant impact on blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals - especially those with type O blood - to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can't wait.
Jacobs seeks transparent COVID-19 accounting
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 10:55 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has co-sponsored legislation to require President Joe Biden to provide a complete account of enacted but unspent COVID-19 funds.
DiNapoli: State tax revenues $2 billion lower than last fiscal year
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 03:55 pm
State tax receipts cumulatively through January of state fiscal year 2020-21 are nearly $2 billion lower than last year, according to the monthly state cash report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, tax receipts are $1.7 billion higher than anticipated by the state Division of the Budget's (DOB) January projections.
NY housing market continues its strong momentum to start 2021
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 03:50 pm
A robust winter housing market continued into 2021 with both pending and closed sales remaining strong, according to the housing report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
NT: Zadzilka will not seek reelection this November
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 10:25 am
As North Tonawanda Third Ward Alderman Eric Zadzilka settled in recently for his 11th year on the Common Council, he announced he will not seek reelection this coming November.
NYS: Week 10 vaccinations delayed
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday night issued the following statement on vaccine shipping delays:
Memorial Day parade & luncheon on hold until 2022
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 07:00 am
Every Memorial Day since 2016, we have remembered our fallen veterans with a Memorial Day parade, community luncheon and a veterans memorial ceremony at Academy Park.
Viking Strong: Unity through art
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:20 pm
A small Grand Island art studio that's less than a year old has wasted no time bringing the community together in a big way.
 

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