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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.
Is raising speed limit worth the risk?
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 10:05 am
Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on many roadways around the country, a vehicle's ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt.
Niagara County gives greenlight to moderate- and higher-risk sports
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:50 am
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday said moderate- and higher-risk sports in Niagara County may proceed in accordance with New York state guidelines. Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether these sports could start back up would be made by each county's health director.
New York Farm Bureau releases 2021 state legislative priorities
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:35 pm
New York Farm Bureau released its 2021 state legislative priorities during a press call Tuesday. It said the plan address the needs and challenges of the state's diverse agricultural community in New York, especially following a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo announces expansion of Pine Pharmaceuticals in Tonawanda
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the expansion of Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC's manufacturing plant in the Town of Tonawanda. The drug outsourcing company - which moved to the 25,000-square-foot building at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Technology Park in May of 2018 - will be tripling the size of the facility.
Missing youth rescued by NY State Troopers & US Border Patrol agents
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:30 am
A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Niagara Falls Station, along with New York State Troopers, helped safely recover a missing 12-year-old female.
National Plan for Vacation Day gains importance amid pandemic
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 09:45 am
National Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 26, 2021. It takes place annually on the last Tuesday in January as a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the entire year at the start of the year.
Niagara Falls USA hosting travel trade webinar series
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 09:35 am
Destination Niagara USA invites members of the travel trade to stay informed of the latest Niagara Falls USA updates and offerings with a series of educational webinars launching in February.
Norris: NY needs food security
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:25 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris, R-C-Lockport, joined colleagues from the Assembly minority conference last week to launch their newest omnibus package known as the Food Insecurity, Farm Resiliency and Rural Poverty Initiative.
Higgins: $300K-plus for Community Health Centers in WNY to address racial disparity in heart health
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $306,420 in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo and Jericho Road Community Health Center to help reduce hypertension among high-risk populations.
Thermo Fisher one step closer to $85M expansion
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
An approval by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's (ECIDA) Board of Directors on Wednesday for a tax incentive package presented by Grand Island's Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. should result in the life sciences company proceeding with plans to add an $85 million, 69,000-square-foot expansion to its research, development and manufacturing facility at 3175 Staley Road.
Grand Island restaurants bouncing back
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
When a state judge opened the door to indoor dining for Erie County eating establishments last Thursday, Jan. 14, patrons beat feet into Grand Island restaurants. The patter of their feet was music to the ears of restaurant owners, who were more than ready to comply with the required COVID-safe measures of 50% capacity, 6-foot distance between tables, no more than four people per table and 10 p.m. closing.
Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official county newspaper
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick again announces the Grand Island Dispatch will serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2021 legislative year.
Biden answers Higgins' call for northern border plan
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26, Buffalo/Niagara Falls), who serves as co-chair of congressional northern border caucus, said President Joe Biden's week one actions demonstrate a new beginning for the U.S.-Canada relationship.
FeedMore WNY urges community to help 'Check Out Hunger'
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Western New Yorkers will be able to help feed their hungry neighbors while shopping for groceries at area retailers now and into the coming months. Dash's Market, Lexington Cooperative Market, The Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets will be holding their annual "Check Out Hunger" campaigns to support FeedMore WNY's programs and services.
Open enrollment for New Yorkers extended through March 31
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
As part of New York's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended through March 31. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Makeover planned at Schoellkopf Health Center
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Schoellkopf Health Center is about to get a $300,000 facelift.
60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans approved in first week
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has approved approximately 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program's reopening on Monday, Jan. 11, through to Sunday, Jan. 17.
NYS: Senate majority looks to help small businesses build back
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance major legislation to support the small businesses that have taken the brunt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County remembers those lost to COVID-19
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Erie County will participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance today to remember and honor the nearly 400,000 lives - including nearly 1,400 Erie County residents - lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country.
Niagara Falls DMV office to close for one week due to COVID-19
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 03:35 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Monday said the Niagara Falls office of the Niagara County DMV would be closed tomorrow until Monday, Jan. 25, due to COVID-19 cases forcing the isolation or quarantine of several staff members.
Fisher calls for peace on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:10 pm
A statement by Bishop Michael W. Fisher on the commemoration and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
SOTS: Proposal to require prominent disclosure of smart device recording
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a proposal to require companies to prominently disclose information about devices that can record and retain and transmit recordings, such as smartphones, smart speakers and smart TVs.
Norris' 'NY Business Emergency Relief Act' priority for Assembly GOP
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 07:00 am
On Friday, Assemblyman Mike Norris shared that, following the launch of his new legislation known as the New York Business Emergency Relief Act, the Assembly minority conference announced it had chosen to include the entirety of the plan in its omnibus 2021 pro-business package, "Jump-Start New York: A Plan for Economic Recovery."
Erie County DOH cancels upcoming COVID-19 vaccine PODS
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 03:00 pm
On Saturday, the Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of all scheduled ECDOH coronavirus vaccination point-of-distribution clinics (PODs) for next Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 18-20. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
NYS/SNAP: 6-month increase in food benefits
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a 15% increase to their monthly food benefits for January through June. In addition, all households will receive the maximum monthly benefit for January under the emergency food assistance that has been issued since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
SBA reopens PPP
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for first- and second-draw applications on Friday. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to all participating PPP lenders to submit first- and second-draw loan applications to SBA.
Cuomo proposal to prevent those with active warrants from purchasing guns
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced his proposal to prevent individuals with active warrants for a felony or serious misdemeanor offense from purchasing guns as part of the 2021 State of the State agenda.
NFMMC cancels COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to supply shortage
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center has not received enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to meet public demand.
Niagara Falls: Restaino announces disbursement of CARES Act funds
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
On Friday morning, Mayor Robert Restaino announces the disbursement of CARES Act grant funds to local community groups working to fight against the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 within the City of Niagara Falls community.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
NYS counties renew push for bipartisan aid
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Wednesday called on the new Congress to pass a Coronavirus Stimulus Package that provides federal aid to state and local aid governments. NYSAC's call follows yesterday's announcement by incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supporting legislation that will assist New York and its local governments.
1.1 million PPP loans forgiven so far, totaling over $100 billion
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for more than $100 billion, providing what it called an "extraordinary amount of critical relief to America's small businesses just three months since the earliest PPP borrowers' covered periods ended."
Higgins, Jacobs disagree on effort to remove Trump
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 10:10 am
Rather, Pence said this should be a "time to heal" as Joe Biden prepares to be sworn-in as the next president.
Education leaders support Cuomo's broadband proposal
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 05:05 pm
New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider issued this statement following the second installment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 State of the State:
CAO of WNY appoints new CEO & president
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:55 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY's board of directors has selected Thomas U. Kim as its new president and CEO.
State of the State day 2: Cuomo talks affordable internet, supporting arts
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced his proposal to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable internet for all low-income families as part of the 2021 State of the State agenda.
 

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