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Niagara County to hold outdoor career fair at Oppenheim Park
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training will hold an outdoor career fair next Thursday, Oct. 15, at Oppenheim Park for those seeking employment. More than 20 companies with open positions have signed up to take part.
International Day of the Girl: 'My Voice, Our Equal Future'
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:30 pm
In celebration of International Day of the Girl on Sunday, Oct. 11, Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to stand with the 1 billion-plus girls around the world who are fighting for their voice and an equal future. In these uncertain times, Girl Scouts is here to provide consistency and stability for girls. Girl Scouts isn't cancelled and continues to adapt to meet the needs of girls today.
Higgins: As Canada adjusts border policy to expand family reunification measures, time for US to do same
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:05 pm
This week, the Canadian government expanded exemptions to current U.S.-Canada border restrictions allowing for additional family reunification measures. Now, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling on the U.S. government to do the same.
AAA: October's focus is safety
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Safety is a top concern among several organizations this month. AAA Western and Central New York supports several efforts to keep consumers, homeowners and motorists safe. Here's a sampling of some current campaigns that are crossing over today and throughout the month:
Army Corps releases alternative 3 project for NFSS
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 07:00 am
The U.S. Amy Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, reports the public comment period is now underway on the plans to what is referred to as the alternative 3 "balance of plant" remediation at the Niagara Falls Storage Site in Lewiston.
Higgins & Martoche: $527,000-plus in federal funding to expand trauma counseling available to those who come before Buffalo's Human Trafficking Intervention Hub Court
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Buffalo City Court judge the Hon. Amy Martoche were joined by Evergreen Health, Via Evaluation and the Erie County Department of Health to announce a federal grant totaling $527,112 to provide new, innovative court-based trauma intervention to human trafficking survivors who are justice-involved.
Ortt, local lawmakers call for repeal of broadband expansion fee
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 10:15 am
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt was joined by Orleans County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey at a press conference Thursday morning, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to repeal a fee on broadband installers they said could threaten the expansion of broadband into under-served rural communities.
Higgins joins Community Services for Every1, Family Justice Center to announce $875,000 in federal funding to assist victims of domestic violence
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 01:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center to announce two federal grants from the Department of Justice totaling $875,000. The first, through the Office of Violence against Women in the amount of $550,000, provides resources for transitional housing and support services for individuals escaping domestic violence.
Higgins: Federal funding available to help fire departments with costs related to COVID-19
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins encouraged local volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for the second round of federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
New Mexico added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New Mexico has been added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Higgins speaks directly with NTSB chairman about Western New York airplane crash
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:25 pm
Monday afternoon, Congressman Brian Higgins spoke directly with National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt about concerns related to the federal investigation into the recent airplane crash in Western New York.
Maid of the Mist, State Parks, NYPA & ABB partner to launch first all-electric vessels
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 08:50 pm
The Maid of the Mist, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York Power Authority and ABB on Monday announced the Maid of the Mist launched the first two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels in the U.S. Guests from around the world will now enjoy a greener ride when visiting the nation's oldest state park - and the iconic boat tour that has navigated the waters below Niagara Falls since 1846.
NYSAC: Better state testing required
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 10:40 am
Statement by the New York State Association of Counties in response to the "lack of guidance and protocols for coronavirus testing":
Higgins & Jacobs call on NTSB to send investigators to scene of WNY airplane crash
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 09:30 am
Congress members Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to send investigators to the scene of fatal airplane crash in Genesee County. The Western New York leaders made the request in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator and NTSB chairman.
Governor honors 21 New York fallen firefighters
Sun, Oct 4th 2020 08:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced 21 names will be added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the Empire State Plaza to honor the memory and heroism of these first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Fire Prevention Month: FASNY reminds us to stay safe in kitchen
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:50 pm
Fire Prevention Month is getting underway and Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10) is rapidly approaching. As people across New York state are socially isolating by staying home, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York is urging residents to focus on kitchen and cooking safety.
Cuomo to send 'New York Cares' package to President Trump & first lady
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he is sending a "New York Cares" get well package to President Trump and first lady Melania Trump following news they contracted the novel coronavirus. The care package will include fresh apples from Upstate farms, bagels from New York City, cheesecake from Junior's, chicken wings from Dinosaur BBQ, and apple cider.
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity is now taking donations for Habitat ReSale pop-up store
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity is hosting a one-of-a-kind Habitat ReSale pop-up store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at its new office location. Funds raised will help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need (and keeps extra building supplies and home furnishings out of landfills). Items for sale will have been donated to the pop-up store and are then sold to the community at a fraction of retail price.
NYS Office for the Aging recognizes older New Yorkers on 30th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 10:30 am
The New York State Office for the Aging, on Thursday, commemorated the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, passed by the United Nations on Dec. 14, 1990. Each Oct. 1, the International Day of Older Persons recognizes the important contributions older adults make to communities across the world, and this year raised awareness of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the health and wellness of the older adult population.
Higgins: $375,000 in federal funding for Launch NY
Thu, Oct 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $375,000 federal grant from the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund for Launch NY, an Upstate New York nonprofit Venture Development Organization (VDO) that supports and invests in high-growth, high-impact companies across the 27 westernmost counties in New York.
Higgins advocates for approval of Fairness to Kids with Cancer Bill
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 05:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling for Congress to approve the Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act (H.R. 4429). The proposed legislation, which Higgins is cosponsoring, seeks to achieve parity between the share of federal funding for cancer research that is allocated to pediatric cancer research and the percentage of the U.S. population that is under the age of 18.
Woman fatally shot near 20th Street and Center Avenue
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 04:50 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino's office reported that, at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, a 25-year-old Niagara Falls woman was shot and killed at 20th Street and Center Avenue.
Higgins announces details of proposed Heroes Act COVID relief package
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced details of a newly released pandemic response package from the House of Representatives that provides relief to families, communities and businesses struggling due to the current pandemic. The updated Heroes Act legislation provides $2.2 trillion to address the immediate needs of the ongoing economic and health crisis, including direct relief to Americans and local municipalities.
National Grid files proposal for up to $50 million in COVID-19 relief
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:40 am
National Grid on Tuesday filed a customer assistance proposal with its New York regulator that would provide up to $50 million in financial assistance to support its most economically vulnerable residential customers as well as businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic's financial impact.
NYS initiative to train 1,000+ workers to install green building technologies to combat climate change
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the Career Pathway Training Partnerships program in high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and electric heat pump technologies to prepare New Yorkers for the growing number of job opportunities in the clean energy industry.
48th annual Black Achievers celebration goes virtual this weekend
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:45 pm
On Oct. 3, Black Achievers Inc., will honor 36 outstanding individuals when it hosts the 48th annual Black Achievers Virtual Awards Celebration. Earlier this month, Buffalo Black Achievers CEO Herbert L. Bellamy Jr. released the names of six special award recipients.
COVID-19: Cuomo appoints members of clinical advisory task force to review vaccines for safety and efficacy
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday appointed the members of the state's independent clinical advisory task force that will review every COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the federal government, and will advise New York state on the vaccines' safety and effectiveness in fighting the virus.
Higgins announces passage of bills aimed at honoring & supporting nation's veterans
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced passage of bills aimed at honoring and supporting this nation's veterans through improvements in health care, mental health care and earned benefit programs.
NYS executive order reminds international travelers coming from level 2 & 3 countries to quarantine, fill out travel form
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed an executive order reminding international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and 3 countries to quarantine and fill out the New York State Department of Health traveler health form to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as countries across the globe experience second waves of the virus.
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 28
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 28
Cuomo: Moratorium on COVID-19-related residential evictions extended until Jan. 1, 2021
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state's Tenant Safe Harbor Act will be expanded until Jan. 1, 2021, to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The executive order extends the protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act to eviction warrants that existed prior to the start of the pandemic.
Niagara County announces community engagement meetings on sheriff's office
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 03:00 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh and Acting Sheriff Michael Filicetti on Friday announced the next steps Niagara County is taking to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate that local governments undertake a police reform and reinvention collaborative initiative.
Town of Niagara board: Public hearing scheduled for aerospace project
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
Among the news from this week's Town of Niagara board meeting was that the town is scheduling a public hearing regarding the rezoning of property at the former U.S. Army Reserve Center from light industrial to heavy industrial.
Town of Niagara cancels more events due to COVID-19
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The Town of Niagara announced a number of event cancellations this week, including some related to wintertime festivities. The cancellations were announced via the following message, which was posted to the town's website earlier this week:
Land conservancy files suit against seller; current buyer speaks out
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The story surrounding the sale of a former farmland site in the Town of Niagara took a number of interesting turns this week. The Town of Niagara Farmland Conservancy says it will file a lawsuit against the George Mannoe family, the former owners of a 26-acre parcel located on the east side of Miller Road after they decided to sell to another buyer, Alexis Johnson.
Salvation Army Empire State Division sets out to 'Rescue Christmas' due to immense impact of COVID-19
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 01:05 pm
For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.
Niagara Falls Fire Department memorial service canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Niagara Falls Fire Department Mutual Aid Association is canceling the annual memorial service held to honor brothers and sisters who have passed away this past year.
Administration: $200 million from CDC to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.
Higgins announces approval of suicide prevention legislation
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives has approved four pieces of legislation to further federal efforts toward suicide prevention in the U.S.
Memorial to conduct COVID-19 testing Friday at City Market
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:30 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept 25, at the Niagara Falls City Market on East Market Street.

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