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AAA: Gulf Coast refineries offline due to storm, gas prices climbing
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:10 pm
Since Monday, the national gas price average has increased 7 cents to $2.575 ($2.58). This quick, four-day jump is a direct result of all major Gulf Coast refineries being impacted by the recent storm, which has caused gas supplies to tighten and pump prices to increase.
Red Cross urges preparedness in winter weather
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:05 pm
With severe winter weather in the Western New York region, the American Red Cross encourages eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give before travel conditions become hazardous or, for those in unaffected areas, to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to help restock the blood supply.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP alerts consumers about loyalty programs
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 02:00 pm
The Division of Consumer Protection reminds consumers of their rights when engaging in the many loyalty programs available in the marketplace. When consumers sign up for loyalty programs, their information is captured and used by the company to contact the consumer - how and when the company wants. Consumers should know they have options to limit or stop any unwanted emails, texts and phone calls.
State Park Police, State Troopers, DEC police & forest rangers remind snowmobilers to ride safely
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 11:05 am
With the recent snowfall, the New York State Park Police, State Police, Environmental Conservation police officers and forest rangers are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority in an effort to reduce the number of personal injury and fatal accidents throughout New York.
Open enrollment for New Yorkers extended to May 15; marketplace reopens for millions of Americans
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York's health insurance open enrollment period will be further extended to May 15, aligning with states across the country. With this extension, New York joins the federal marketplace and other state-based marketplaces giving consumers even more time to enroll for 2021.
Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Lewiston Road
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 08:25 pm
At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, a vehicle heading southbound on Lewiston Road struck a pedestrian who entered the roadway in the 2600 block.
Higgins: WNY clinics to be among first to receive direct federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in Western New York will be included among the 250 clinics nationwide first to receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Cuomo offers explanation for nursing home 'void' of information
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday offered commentary on coronavirus deaths related to nursing homes. His administration has been under fire for how it presented the numbers, with calls from Republican state leaders to lessen Cuomo's emergency powers in this pandemic.
Catholic Health expands visitor policy for 'same-day' surgery patients
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 04:00 pm
Earlier this month, Catholic Health resumed limited visiting hours for hospitalized patients. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the health system will expand its visitation policy for patients undergoing outpatient or "same-day" surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main Street campus) only.
Niagara County: COVID-19 second-dose vaccine clinic & bridge closure both postponed
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 02:10 pm
With Niagara County expecting a significant snowstorm beginning Monday and lasting through Tuesday, the Niagara County Department of Health announced the Feb. 16 vaccination distribution at Kenan Center has been postponed to later in the week.
Erie County DOH provides update on week's COVID-19 vaccine allocation
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:55 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) on Sunday provided this update for its COVID-19 vaccine allocation from New York state for this upcoming week.
Kaleida Health statement on Erie County's plan to vaccinate those with underlying medical conditions
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
Kaleida Health on Saturday released the following statement regarding Erie County Department of Health's plan to vaccinate residents with certain comorbidities and underlying medical conditions:
Investigation into sledding hill fatality continues
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 02:55 pm
Police are continuing their investigations into an accident that occurred Saturday morning at Clyde L. Burmaster Park in the Town of Lewiston, which claimed the life of a 16-year-old female and injured a 3-year-old male.
Live Well Erie encourages community: Unite to get vaccinated
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:25 pm
Like the rest of the nation, the people of Erie County have suffered devastating effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have lost hundreds of lives, and our way of life has been impacted in negative ways that we could not have predicted in early 2020. While we are encouraged by the newly approved vaccines, we pause to mourn with those who have lost loved ones, and to applaud the commitment of front-line health care workers and other essential worker heroes.
Montante Construction acquires Tedesco Construction Services
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:45 pm
Montante Construction and Tedesco Construction Services on Wednesday announced a definitive agreement for Montante to acquire Tedesco. Montante Construction is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm, while Tedesco Construction Services is an established leader in the design and construction of preengineered metal building systems.
Jacobs joins northern border caucus
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:15 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has joined the House of Representatives northern border caucus.
As House Ways & Means Committee begins hearings on COVID relief, Higgins provides details on package before Congress
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:30 am
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.
Erie County DOH expands eligibility for county-run COVID-19 testing sites
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 09:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is expanding eligibility for accessing a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at county-run test sites.
ECHDC affirms Outer Harbor general project plan, hires construction manager for future improvements
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:40 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. met and affirmed the general project plan (GPP) for the Buffalo Outer Harbor civic and land use improvement project with minor modifications. This affirmation of the GPP is the culmination of six years of planning, community engagement and coordination with the City of Buffalo and other entities and outlines future improvements to the city's Lake Erie waterfront that will build on earlier upgrades recently completed by ECHDC.
UB researchers release major UN report on food systems planning
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:25 pm
Researchers from the University at Buffalo were the driving force behind the publication Friday of a major report that details strategies local governments in low- and middle-income countries can use to create more innovative and equitable community food systems.
Sunnking launches registration for 2021 e-Scrap for Camp fundraiser
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:05 pm
Local electronics recycler Sunnking has launched registration for its 2021 e-Scrap for Camp fundraiser benefitting Camp Good Days. Businesses in Buffalo and Rochester can register online now through March 5.
One dead in Lewiston sledding accident
Sat, Feb 6th 2021 04:40 pm
On Feb. 6 at 10:14 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an accident on the sledding hill at the Clyde L. Burmaster Park in the Town of Lewiston. Responding members of the Town of Lewiston Police Department and Niagara County Sheriff's Office located and confirmed two injured parties, a 16-year-old female and a 3-year-old male. The two were apparently riding a sledding tube when they struck a tree at the bottom of the hill.
NYS: $1.5 million to improve services for victims of domestic violence through access to technology
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding will be directed to state-licensed domestic violence service providers for mobile devices and improved Wi-Fi access. The improved technology will allow programs and shelters to better serve victims and survivors of domestic violence who are facing increased isolation and difficulty accessing services due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
First 'Free Fishing Weekend' of 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the upcoming first "Free Fishing Weekend" of 2021, on Feb. 13 and 14, when anglers are permitted to fish for free without a license.
North Tonawanda pushes back against cuts in state aid
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:00 am
Facing cuts of nearly 25% in state funding this year, the North Tonawanda Common Council approved a resolution Tuesday requesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to increase Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding in the 2021-22 state budget.
Higgins takes aim at increasing access to lung cancer screening
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 09:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, introduced legislation aimed at increasing access to lung cancer screening by providing grants that support the establishment and maintenance of new lung cancer screening registries.
Community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate over 25,000 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
CBP takes hold of another half-ton of marijuana
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:40 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Lewiston cargo facility seized another 1,070 pounds of marijuana in a commercial shipment.
Cuomo: Federal vaccine supply to increase to 20% for next 3 weeks
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of noon, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 91% (1,414,241) first-dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections declined 10% in 2020
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 10% overall in 2020, or $1.8 billion, compared to the previous year, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This decline was steeper than the drop during the Great Recession, when local sales tax collections fell 6% statewide in 2009 compared to 2008.
Arts Services Inc. celebrates 10 years
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:25 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI) announced a new name and logo as it heads into its 10-year anniversary in 2021. ASI is now officially doing business as Arts Services Inc., to reflect its current services to the arts and cultural industry of Western New York. Along with the name change, ASI has released a new logo and color scheme that more closely connects to the industry it serves and supports.
Propane Association shares 5 critical steps to keep propane users safe during storm
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
In preparation for the significant amount of snow that is expected over the next 48 hours, the New York Propane Gas Association issued the following notice for the hundreds of thousands of propane customers in New York state.
Cuomo: New York's COVID-19 positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:15 pm
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York's state's seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate had declined for 23 straight days.
Erie County DOH provides information about COVID cases among St. Francis High School staff & students
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has identified multiple COVID-19 cases among students and staff at St. Francis High School in Hamburg throughout the month of January. As of today, there are four staff members and 14 students with positive diagnostic COVID-19 tests during the past four weeks.
Ash Wednesday ashes available
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 07:00 am
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lewiston will offer "Ashes to Go," in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Hennepin Park (corner of Center and South Fourth streets).
Jacobs joins colleagues in calling for reopening US-Canadian border
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has joined a bipartisan group to call on the Biden administration to work with the Canadian government to develop a cooperative plan to reduce cross-border travel restrictions.
Niagara County Central Rotary Dictionary Project continues, despite COVID-19
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 10:55 am
The Rotary Club of Niagara County Central annually donates dictionaries to third grade students in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District. Rotarian, the late Joseph B. Emmons, began this project locally in 2006. His wife, Rotarian Marsha Emmons, proudly continues his worthwhile endeavor to bring these keepsakes of written knowledge to the students.
Higgins shares information on Earned Income Tax Credit
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is encouraging eligible Western New Yorkers to pursue the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax provision that can help lift families out of poverty. While 25 million people claimed the EITC in 2020, it is estimated 20% of those eligible did not take advantage of the credit.
Cuomo urges caution as polar vortex will bring extremely cold temperatures across state
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to prepare for a bought of dangerous outdoor conditions as a polar vortex will bring extremely cold temperatures to several areas of the state beginning Thursday night.
North Tonawanda to seek $4.2 million loan as holdover until tax dollars roll in
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:00 pm
The City of North Tonawanda is looking to move forward with a tax anticipation note (TAN) - a short-term bond issued by a municipal government that will be repaid with future tax collections. The reason given is that the city is in the midst of a revenue shortfall and needs stop-gap funding until it begins to receive tax revenue in April.
 

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