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Grand Island Holiday Light Contest winners announced
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 02:55 pm
The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department has posted the winners of its 2020 Holiday Light Contest.
Catholic Health to serve as western region lead for COVID-19 vaccination planning
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 09:40 am
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a hub approach to implementing the state's COVID-19 vaccination administration plan. He named Catholic Health the western region hub lead.
Cuomo pleased with Western New York's progress; says shutdown depends on public action
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:50 pm
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this region is improving, in terms of new positive coronavirus cases. Most of Erie County is in an "orange" micro-cluster zone, with restrictions on gatherings, businesses permitted to open and houses of worship. This week, Cuomo placed most of Niagara County into a "yellow zone," with less-cumbersome restrictions.
Commissioner Zucker issues letter to hospital administrators detailing directives to expand capacity
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:45 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Wednesday issued a letter to hospital administrators to detail directives issued by the Department of Health with regard to expanding hospital capacity as New York continues to fight COVID-19. On Dec. 7, hospitals were directed to expand capacity by 25%. Four days later, they were directed to expand by an additional 25% or cancel elective surgeries.
NYS Department of Labor: $15 minimum wage phase-in to continue; Ortt opposes measure
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the state's $15 minimum wage phase-in will continue, with the next stage taking effect Dec. 31.
Memorial to realign primary care network
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday announced plans to realign its primary care network to better serve its growing number of patients.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections down 7.1% in November
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 7.1% in November compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. November's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for local governments statewide, $102 million less than in November 2019.
Cuomo signs legislation to prevent large-scale illegal waste dumping
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 05:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S6758-B/A10803a) to strengthen penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances.
New York: More than $100 million in additional food assistance for December
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:25 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For a 10th consecutive month, about 700,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive additional food benefits to bring them up to the maximum allowable amount for December.
UB expert: Biden's emphasis on unity can take politics out of pandemic response
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
President-elect Joe Biden's emphasis on national unity as part of his administration's messaging surrounding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is an effective tool that can help minimize the influence of political ideology on the public perception of scientific conclusions, according to a University at Buffalo professor of communication.
Higgins leads effort to make sure Americans receive full COVID-19 relief payment they are owed
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is leading an effort to see that Americans receive the full COVID-19 relief payment they are entitled to under the CARES Act. Millions of individuals are still waiting for economic impact payments.
Poloncarz: Vaccines start to arrive, but won't be available to general public 'for months'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 03:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz updated residents on the coronavirus vaccine during a press conference Monday afternoon.
Survey: Nearly 70% of Americans will not travel for Christmas
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 12:40 pm
A recent national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows nearly two-thirds (69%) of Americans will not travel for Christmas.
New York administers its first COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 12:40 pm
On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo virtually joined Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling, Northwell Health Director of Employee Health Services Dr. Michelle Chester, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center ICU Nurse Sandra Lindsay for the first administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.
Salvation Army of Greater Niagara gets help from local jazz artists
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 10:25 am
The Salvation Army of the Greater Niagara Region will get a helping hand from local jazz artists Custode & Parisi. A special streaming concert is planned for Sunday, Dec. 20. Beginning at 6 p.m., Facebook subscribers can tune in (@CustodeandParisi) and hear a special Christmas concert featuring Custode and Parisi performing holiday music in their own jazz style.
STOP-DWI holiday season crackdown begins
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 09:55 am
Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announces Niagara County law enforcement agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Higgins: Progress in push to cover antirejection medication for kidney transplant patients
Sat, Dec 12th 2020 07:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of legislation expanding Medicare coverage for the prescription drugs patients are required to take to reduce the risk of rejection following a kidney transplant.
EPA: $17.7 million in grants to support water systems in rural & small communities
Sat, Dec 12th 2020 07:00 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of $17.7 million in grant funding for technical assistance and training providers to support small drinking water and wastewater systems that are often located in rural communities across the U.S. EPA's funding will improve public health and environmental protection by helping to ensure drinking water in these communities is safe and that wastewater is treated before it is responsibly returned to the environment.
DEC announces conservation partnership program grants
Sat, Dec 12th 2020 07:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced more than $2.2 million in conservation partnership program grants for 50 not-for-profit land trusts across the state.
USDA to conduct 2020 local food marketing practices survey
Sat, Dec 12th 2020 07:00 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2020 local food marketing practices survey, beginning in January 2021. First conducted in 2015, this census of agriculture special study will look at local and regional food systems and provide new data on how locally grown and sold foods in the U.S. are marketed. The results will be available in November 2021.
Second phase of Empire State Digital with Ritual One & PayPal to support NYS restaurants, food service industry
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 04:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the second phase of New York's Empire State Digital initiative to support the state's restaurants and food service industry affected by COVID-19 has launched.
Memorial receives special freezer for storing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 11:45 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received a NUAIRE minus-86-degree Celsius (minus-122.8 Fahrenheit), ultra-low temp freezer ahead of next week's anticipated delivery of 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Town of Lewiston to hold public hearing on solar energy law
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Lewiston will review changes to its proposed local law, covering solar energy systems installations in the town, at a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Town Hall.
NYPA's Economic Development Awards supporting more than 620 jobs across NYS
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York Power Authority's board of trustees approved 11 economic development awards that will support more than 620 jobs across the state and spur more than $127 million in private capital investments.
Tonawandas Chamber welcomes Sign Gypsies WNY
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 02:50 pm
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sign Gypsies WNY on Tuesday. Director of Marketing and Membership Sarah Nelson welcomed in the newest member.
Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, NFLPA receives $17,432 donation from Labatt USA for 'Cure the Blue' prostate cancer awareness promotion
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 01:30 pm
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, which continues to take the fight to prostate cancer through its "Cure the Blue" health care initiative, recently received a check for $17,432 from Labatt USA - which teamed up with Walmart.
Zucker issues letter to hospital, nursing home administrators outlining surge & flex and data reporting measures
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 01:20 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Wednesday issued a letter to hospital and nursing home administrators to outline data reporting measures as part of the state's "surge and flex" protocol.
Higgins announces approval of legislation providing opportunities for improvements to Naval Park & border crossings
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 01:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of the National Defense Authorization Act, with measures that could benefit efforts to improve border crossing technology and repair aging ships at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.
Marisa Nold earns national certification as registered professional court reporter
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 04:50 pm
The National Court Reporters Association, the country's leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners and legal videographers, announced Marisa Nold earned the nationally recognized registered professional reporter (RPR) certification, having demonstrated her ability to produce a high-quality verbatim record. RPR certification distinguishes stenographic court reporters as being among the top contributors to the profession in terms of reporting skills, transcript production, reporting and operating practices, and professionalism.
Higgins announces passage of legislation assisting those with ALS in quickly receiving disability benefits
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the House ALS Caucus, announced passage of S. 578, the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019. The bill eliminates the five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Catholic Charities to host parish parking lot pop-up in Niagara Falls
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 04:50 pm
To help individuals and families during these challenging COVID-19 times, Catholic Charities is hosting parish parking lot pop-ups at parishes in several Western New York counties, including in Niagara County this week.
NYS Division of Consumer Protection alerts consumers to law related to credit & debit card surcharges
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 02:05 pm
As part of its seven-part consumer alert holiday series, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection is reminding consumers that credit card surcharges are prohibited in New York.
Red Brick temporarily closed to public
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 12:15 pm
Due to the current events regarding COVID-19, the Village of Lewiston municipal building at North Fourth and Ridge streets will be closed to the public until future notice.
Cuomo: Regions will shut down again if they can't control hospitalizations
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York restaurants will face harsher restrictions, and regions will go back on "PAUSE," if the coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to rise.
Buffalo Central Terminal public meeting
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 01:30 pm
The Buffalo Central Terminal is hosting the second of three virtual public meetings focused on the future of the site. This is part of a master plan for the Buffalo Central Terminal and its connectivity to the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood, including a clear roadmap to guide near- and long-term decision-making regarding future redevelopment of the building and grounds.
During season of giving, Red Cross urges blood donation
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 09:45 am
December may be the season of giving - but it's typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That's why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets this holiday season.
Cuomo directs flags to half-staff in observation of anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Sat, Dec 5th 2020 07:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, Dec. 7, in observation of the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the attack, more than 2,400 Americans were killed, including 40 New Yorkers.
Jastrzemski, Kearns: Driver's license expiration extended again
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 03:05 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Thursday said Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued executive order 202.79, which extends the expiration dates on licenses and permits that expired after March 1.
Survey says: Men are more aggressive behind the wheel
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 01:25 pm
Data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms the perception that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women.
1,779 tickets issued by State Police during 'Operation Hardhat'
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Police issued 1,779 tickets during this year's "Operation Hardhat," an initiative between State Police, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority, to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving when encountering construction, maintenance and emergency operations along state highways.

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