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Community Services for Every1 creates region's first domestic violence program to aid victims with disabilities
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 01:50 pm
Community Services for Every1 received a federal grant from the Department of Justice through the Office of Violence against Women in the amount of $325,000 to fund its new domestic violence program to aid victims with a disability, and partner with the Family Justice Center and Niagara University to continue an ongoing collaborative designed to benefit people diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities who have experienced domestic violence in Western New York.
NYS casinos allowed to reopen with limited capacity
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 08:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen starting Sept. 9 with a 25% occupancy limit.
BBB Tips: Don't click on that text! 5 ways to avoid delivery scams
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 12:15 pm
Some consumers have recently been getting text messages that say a major delivery carrier needs them to "update delivery preferences" on a package by clicking on a link. The problem? The text is a scam, and the link results in the theft of personal information.
NYS: Absentee ballot portal is now open and requests can be made directly online
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 11:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the launch of New York's absentee ballot portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3 election. The governor acted by executive order to allow any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic to request an absentee ballot.
Catholic Health and its foundations notified of nationwide data breach
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 05:35 pm
In mid-July, Catholic Health and its foundations were notified by a third-party software vendor, Blackbaud Inc., of a cyber security breach that impacted the health system and other nonprofit organizations locally and throughout the country. The breach, which was part of a potential donor data base, included the names, medical record numbers, and dates of service for patients who received care in Catholic Health from 2016 through May of this year.
Alaska and Montana added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states - Alaska and Montana - meet the metrics to qualify for New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 31
Mon, Aug 31st 2020 01:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 31
Hurricane Laura impacts pump prices
Mon, Aug 31st 2020 10:00 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.23, up 4 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.58. The New York state average is $2.29 - up 4 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.77.
Cuomo provides update on WNY coronavirus cases
Sun, Aug 30th 2020 05:25 pm
"Western New York, for those of you who are interested, we've been watching Western New York. It has been, we have a caution flag up on Western New York. The infection rate yesterday was 1.6%. That's still the highest in the state."
COVID-19 hospitalizations, intubations drop to new lows; WNY testing sites open
Sat, Aug 29th 2020 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced New York state's COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. Hospitalizations dropped to 458, the lowest number since March 16, and intubations dropped to 48, the lowest number since mid-March. New York state's infection rate has been less than 1% for 22 straight days - though it's been as high as 2% this week in Western New York.
Cuomo kicks off 2020 virtual Great New York State Fair special events & activities
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a full slate of virtual Great New York State Fair special events and activities allowing New Yorkers to safely enjoy the fair until its return in 2021.
NYSUT calls on state to make masks mandatory at all times in schools
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:40 pm
New York State United Teachers - joined by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, local educators and others - on Thursday called on the state to update Department of Health school reopening guidelines to make mandatory the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation.
Senior lunch program temporarily suspended at Duke Senior Center for rapid COVID-19 testing
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:20 pm
In response to Thursday's announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the implementation of the "SWAT" rapid COVID-19 testing sites being set up around Western New York, the senior lunch program at the John A. Duke Senior Center is temporarily suspended from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
Town of Lewiston hears about community solar benefits
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
As its local law extending a moratorium on utility scale energy system installations continues, the Lewiston Town Board learned more about the concept of community solar at Monday's regular meeting.
Residents fear DOT work on Ward Road intersection too little, too late
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
Earlier this week, the New York State Department of Transportation took preliminary steps to address an area long considered one of the most dangerous roadways in the Town of Wheatfield - a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard running between Errick and Sy roads, including the intersection at Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Cuomo: 1,222 tickets already issued by State Police in 2020 under 'Operation Hardhat'
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the New York State Police has already issued 1,222 tickets during "Operation Hardhat," an initiative between State Police, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority.
Survey: Frequent travelers cite priorities for hotel stays
Thu, Aug 27th 2020 12:55 pm
A new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult shows a number of improvements to health and sanitation protocol at U.S. hotels would have considerable impact on guests' comfort levels staying there, with the top three including face coverings for employees (87% a lot/some impact) and guests (85%), suspending daily housekeeping of rooms (86%), and utilizing technology to reduce direct contact (85%).
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Niagara Falls Memorial team up to support Niagara University athletics
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 07:40 pm
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center have signed agreements with Niagara University to provide sports medicine services to Niagara University's Division I and club sports programs beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
Cuomo on new CDC guidance that says people exposed to COVID-19 do not need to get tested: 'It totally violates public health standards and rationale'
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 06:45 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave remarks on the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say people do not necessarily need to get tested for COVID-19 after coming in contact with people who have tested positive.
Erie County to support all county municipalities with coronavirus relief funding
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 06:45 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Wednesday announced Erie County will be designating a portion of its coronavirus relief funds from the U.S. CARES Act to support municipalities with reimbursement for non-personnel costs associated with their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara Falls to be illuminated in celebration of 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 04:50 pm
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Niagara Falls will be illuminated red, white and blue for 15 minutes at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.
Niagara Falls: 9/11 memorial service canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 10:40 am
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the safety of the public, the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Fire Department made the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel the 9/11 memorial service.
Higgins critical of Trump administration's guidance limiting COVID testing coverage & decision by WNY insurance companies to follow suit
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is objecting to a decision by insurance companies to stop covering the costs of some COVID-19 testing - and what he called the administration's loophole that allows companies to do it.
5 states removed from NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requiring 14-day quarantines
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced five states - Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana - have been removed from New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. Guam has been added.
ESD, Verizon Media announce $506,766 in awards for Verizon Media's Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County & Lockport
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 02:50 pm
Empire State Development and Verizon Media on Tuesday announced the 2020 funding recipients for the Verizon Media Community Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development.
Niagara Falls Memorial announces September 11 Day of Service & Remembrance activities
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 07:00 am
A community church bell ringing, virtual military veterans and families support conference, youth service campaign and candlelight memorial service are among activities planned for Niagara County residents when they join volunteers across the U.S. in observing this year's September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
Governor signs legislation authorizing use of life-saving opioid overdose reversal medications by public entities
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 06:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S8259/A7812A) authorizing the use of opioid antagonists by additional people and entities for opioid overdose prevention.
Cuomo issues executive order to 'bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 05:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order to "bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote." The order requires county boards of elections to take concrete steps to inform voters of upcoming deadlines, be prepared for upcoming elections and help ensure absentee ballots can be used in all elections.
New York State Office for the Aging encourages older New Yorkers stay up to date with recommended immunizations
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 11:20 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is encouraging older New Yorkers to make sure they are up to date with all recommended immunizations, including those that provide protection against respiratory illnesses such as influenza and pneumococcal disease. It said routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coaches vs. Cancer 716 Golf Classic to benefit American Cancer Society
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 11:20 am
Division I NCAA coaches from across the state, and special guests will participate in the inaugural 716 Golf Classic at Harvest Hill Golf Course. Coaches scheduled to appear, or play include Mark Schmidt of Saint Bonaventure University, Jim Whitesell of Buffalo, Greg Paulus of Niagara University and Reggie Witherspoon of Canisius College. Various media personalities including Sal Capaccio of Entercom and WGR 550-AM are also set to appear.
Clarification issued on new unemployment bonus
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 06:15 pm
It appears New Yorkers will be able to receive an additional $300 in unemployment benefits.
Cuomo announces results of statewide crackdown on speeding
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced law enforcement agencies throughout the state issued 21,428 tickets for speeding during Speed Awareness Week, which ran from Aug. 6-12. During that time, officers also issued 30,273 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations, such as impaired and distracted driving.
NYS: New record-high number of COVID-19 tests reported & lowest hospitalizations since March 16
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a new record-high number of COVID-19 test results - 98,880 - were reported to New York state on Thursday. The governor also announced hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time, to 490, the lowest number since March 16. The number of ICU patients dropped to 119, the lowest number since March 15. The rate of positive tests - 0.72% - was below 1% for the 14th straight day.
U.S. Department of Transportation reminds everyone to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 09:05 am
At a virtual event Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off its Labor Day impaired driving high-visibility enforcement campaign, reminding Americans not to drive impaired. This year's high-visibility enforcement will be supported by a $10 million national advertising campaign. Motorists can expect to see increased law enforcement on the road through Sept. 7.
Niagara County Community College selected for FAA training program
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 04:30 pm
On Thursday, Niagara County Community College announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected its drone operator training program for the unmanned aircraft systems-collegiate training program (UAS-CTI).
NFMMC invites COVID-19 community testing requests, updates current test schedule
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 03:25 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is accepting requests to perform community-based diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
Cuomo signs executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Sept. 20
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until Sept. 20.
Cuomo signs into law 'sweeping' November election reforms
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed into law what his camp called "sweeping election reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and be counted in November."
Erie County to support all county school districts with coronavirus relief funding
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 12:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced Erie County will be designating a portion of its coronavirus relief funds - more than $15.2 million from the U.S. CARES Act - to support local school districts in their efforts to bring students and staff back to school and/or enable distance learning.
Town of Niagara: New deal on telecom easement to pay for water tower painting
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
A new lease agreement in the Town of Niagara for the telecommunication easement on the municipality's water tower will pay for a much-needed paint job.
 

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