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Cuomo announces new campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new social media campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking and "help dispel common misconceptions about the crime and its victims." Starting this month, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking will begin sharing a series of graphics aimed at correcting these misconceptions along with information about how to report trafficking cases.
Cahill informs patients of recently released guidance pertaining to medical offices & COVID-19 fees
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:20 am
Assembly member Kevin A. Cahill announced new guidance issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) regarding coronavirus related service fees charged by medical and dental offices.
NYS: Nearly $1 million to expand mobile addiction treatment services
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $972,717 awarded to five addiction treatment service providers across New York to enable them to purchase and operate mobile treatment vehicles. The goal of this initiative is to expand the availability and access to addiction treatment services in underserved regions of the state. Funding is being administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports and was awarded through the federal State Opioid Response Grant.
Higgins sounds alarm, calls for reversal as USPS pulls mail equipment out of Buffalo
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 10:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, wants the postmaster general to return the equipment that is being taken out of the William Street mail processing facility in Buffalo.
EC statement on Amazon
Thu, Aug 13th 2020 08:55 am
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued the following statement Wednesday after Amazon informed Erie County it was withdrawing its application for a permit to build a new national logistics and distribution center on Grand Island:
Memorial Medical Center to resume community testing for COVID-19
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 04:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will resume COVID-19 diagnostic testing at select community sites beginning Friday.
AAA comments on rear seat belt law
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 10:45 am
Gov. Cuomo signed a new law Monday, which goes into effect Nov. 1, requiring all passengers to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a motor vehicle, including passengers of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Until now, passengers over age 16 were not required to wear seat belts in the rear seat in New York. The new law, championed by AAA New York state, will save lives and prevent injuries across state roadways by requiring all occupants in a motor vehicle to buckle up.
NYS Legislature to hold hearing on impact of COVID-19 on New York state hospitals
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 09:40 am
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in New York peaked in mid-April at almost 19,000 with more than 5,200 people in intensive care units (ICU) across the state. New York and its hospital system took a number of steps to begin preparing to handle the projected surge in hospital admissions related to COVID-19.
Extension of governor's executive order forces cancellation of Ransomville Speedway's 2020 season
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 04:40 pm
The continued extension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order No. 202.32, which prohibits spectators at auto racing events, has forced Ransomville Speedway management to announce the cancellation of its 2020 racing season.
City of Niagara Falls extending refuse fee due date to Aug. 31
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 04:40 pm
The City of Niagara Falls is extending the due date for collection of the first installment of the refuse fee from the original extension date of Aug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2020. In response to calls received, the mayor is moving the payment date out in order to address outstanding service change requests.
Board of Regents appoints Dr. Betty A. Rosa as interim commissioner of education
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 02:25 pm
The Board of Regents on Tuesday appointed Dr. Betty A. Rosa as interim commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of New York, the State Education Department announced.
Legislation signed prohibiting housing providers from discriminating against persons with a disability who have support animals
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today (S6172/A7331) prohibiting housing providers from discriminating against a person who relies on an animal for assistance alleviating symptoms or the effects of a disability. Housing providers must now provide "a reasonable accommodation by permitting a support animal to live in a home that otherwise would have prohibited pets."
UB: How to achieve health equity during a global pandemic topic of Igniting Hope conference
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:45 am
For years, Blacks living in certain ZIP codes in Buffalo have been almost three times as likely to die prematurely than whites living in other areas of the city. And that was before COVID-19.
Census takers have begun visiting nonresponding households in Erie & Niagara counties
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 07:10 pm
The U.S. Census Bureau has begun following up in person with households in Erie and Niagara counties that have not yet responded to the 2020 census.
Catholic Health names James M. Garvey executive vice president & chief operating officer
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 06:15 pm
Catholic Health has named James M. Garvey its executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Cuomo announces Friday deadline for school districts that have not submitted plans for in-person learning
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a Friday deadline for school districts that have not submitted plans for in-person learning. His office claimed 107 school districts had not submitted a plan for in-person learning. Districts that fail to meet the Friday deadline will be unable to provide in-person learning this year.
Higgins demanding extension of census reporting deadlines
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined a group of 89 members Monday calling on congressional leadership to include funding for the census in the next COVID-19 relief package, accompanied by a necessary extension to census reporting deadlines. The letter follows a recent announcement by the Census Bureau to suddenly end field data collection by Sept. 30.
Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act, backed by Higgins, becomes law
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 03:50 pm
The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act (H.R. 886), a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has been signed into law. This legislation "provides support for and assistance to those brave Americans who have dutifully served in the armed forces."
Grand Island Town Board: Public hearing on Amazon incentive zoning set for Aug. 13
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 10:50 am
Islanders will have the first opportunity since March to tell the Grand Island Town Board face to face what they think of the proposed Amazon warehouse project.
Cuomo on school reopening: ' "If and how" is left to local school districts'; meetings with parents, teachers mandatory
Sun, Aug 9th 2020 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a Sunday conference call with reporters, said, "I announced the other day that, by the (coronavirus) viral infection rate, all school districts in the state can open - can open. 'If and how' is left to the local school districts."
School groups respond to Cuomo's decision to reopen
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:25 pm
Different state education groups responded Friday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to reopen schools for in-class education.
Cuomo, Stewart-Cousins, Heastie send joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining urgent need for federal aid for state & local governments
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday sent a joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining the urgent need for federal aid for state and local governments in the anticipated relief package. The state needs $30 billion in aid over the next two years to meet its obligations.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Neighborhood Health Center receives COVID-19 antibody grant funding
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:55 am
Daughters of Charity Ministries Inc., through its mission and ministry impact program, has awarded Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center $20,000 to provide free COVID-19 antibody testing at the center, located at 3101 Ninth St., Niagara Falls.
Consumer alert: New York State Division of Consumer Protection offers tips to New Yorkers on upcoming outreach for census
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:30 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) on Wednesday issued guidance to New Yorkers about census takers who will be visiting homes that haven't yet responded to the census beginning this week.
Cuomo directs State Police hate crimes task force to assist in investigation of assault against transgender man in Rochester
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement on Wednesday: "I am outraged by reports of an assault against a 30-year-old black transgender man in Rochester. New York will never tolerate such rancorous acts of hate, and I am directing the State Police hate crimes task force to provide any and all resources necessary to bring the assailants to justice.
Cuomo directs State Department of Public Service to investigate utilities in wake of 'failed storm response'
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 01:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement on Wednesday:
Russ gives again: Russell J. Salvatore Foundation donates an additional $200,000 to Buffalo City Mission
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:40 am
The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation announced a $200,000 commitment to help complete the dining room in the Buffalo City Mission's new Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. The new room will be named the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Room, with a tag line that states, "Be our guest and let the City Mission do the rest."
Niagara Wheatfield Central School District outlines reopening plan
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 02:15 pm
The Niagara Wheatfield Central School District is moving forward with a two-program model as it submits its reopening plans to New York state.
Cuomo, Hochul announce start of construction on new affordable housing development on Buffalo's east side
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of construction on Mount Aaron Village, a new affordable housing development on Genesee Street in Buffalo. The complex will have 59 units, including 18 apartments that will be dedicated specifically for people who need supportive services to live independently.
Cuomo: More than $2.3 million awarded through 'New York Forward' loan fund
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 01:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced more than $2.3 million has been awarded to support 61 businesses and residential landlords with COVID-19-related costs and expenses through the "New York Forward" loan fund. Of the 61 loans, 54 were provided to minority- and women-owned businesses; 10 loans were provided to residential landlords; two loans were awarded to veteran-owned businesses; and one loan supported a nonprofit organization.
NYS Tax Department: 57% increase in use of Free File program
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 01:05 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the Free File program experienced a 57% increase in use this tax filing season. Over a quarter-million taxpayers took advantage of the free tax preparation and filing software available through the Tax Department website, saving New Yorkers more than an estimated $51 million in tax preparer and tax software expenses.
COVID-19: Rhode Island meets metrics to qualify for travel advisory; WNY infection rate drops
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an additional state meets the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added state is Rhode Island, bringing the total to 35.
ECMC awarded 3-year CARF accreditation for medical rehab program
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 10:15 am
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp.'s acute inpatient rehabilitation unit was accredited for a period of three years (through June 30, 2023).
IRS grants Higgins' request to extend Federal Historic Tax Credit deadlines
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 10:15 am
Following a request by Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and other members, the Internal Revenue Service is granting an extension giving Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) applicants additional time to fulfil necessary requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo signs legislation regulating oil- and gas-related waste
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S3392/A2655) regulating waste from oil or natural gas in New York as hazardous waste.
Award-winning Respect My Vote! campaign relaunches for 2020 election
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:45 pm
Hip Hop Caucus, the political arm of hip-hop, is relaunching its Respect My Vote! nonpartisan campaign just in time for the 2020 election. Respect My Vote! is the longest-running, most successful Hip Hop voter mobilization campaign. This year, the 2020 campaign is focused on ensuring communities are able to vote amidst the COVID-19 crisis, returning citizens exercise their right to vote, and young people are inspired to vote on issues such as racial justice and climate justice.
Ortt: Democrat-controlled nursing home hearing fails to get answers on deaths from DOH in absence of subpoenas
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:45 pm
New York State Senate Republicans on Monday renewed calls for the Senate to use its subpoena power after, empty testimony from DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker left grieving families whose loved ones died in nursing homes without new information about why this tragedy occurred.
Consumer alert: New York State Division of Consumer Protection warns of rise in online shopping complaints during pandemic
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:30 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers to a rise in online shopping complaints as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Cuomo signs legislation extending lookback window for child victims act
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S7082/A9036) extending the lookback window for victims to file claims under the Child Victims Act, regardless of when or how long ago the alleged abuse occurred.
Grand Island rally held in opposition of proposed Amazon warehouse
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 04:25 pm
Attorney Jim Duggan, a volunteer for The Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI), told nearly 100 supporters at a rally Friday evening, "We are dealing with a David vs. Goliath situation here and Amazon is proposing a monstrosity of a project for Grand Island."

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