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UB: Eviction was a problem long before the pandemic's arrival
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:55 am
Although sweeping eviction bans issued during the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal and many state governments have temporarily halted the removal of unemployed tenants from their homes, the current public health crisis has actually amplified, rather than created, what is a festering national housing issue, according to a University at Buffalo social work researcher.
Cuomo announces creation of regional domestic violence councils to engage local stakeholders in state's work to modernize & improve services for survivors
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of Domestic Violence Regional Councils that will address issues around domestic violence services and implement modern changes for improved survivor outcomes.
NOCO installing iWave Technology Systems in restaurants, businesses & homes as a measure to take on COVID-19
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
As colder weather quickly approaches, businesses are looking at ways to ensure customer and employee safety as activities move indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many safety items on their lists: the installation of air filtration systems.
Poloncarz presents 2021 Erie County proposed budget
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 10:45 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Thursday by Director of the Erie County Office of Budget and Management Robert Keating to present his fiscal year 2021 proposed Erie County budget to the Erie County Legislature, acknowledging the fiscal pressures put on by the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining measures designed to bridge a resulting initial budget gap of nearly $82 million.
Cuomo signs legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 08:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed into law legislation (S.8598/A.10628) designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York. The new law celebrates Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
Cuomo: State will withhold funds for localities & schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health law
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health laws.
Ohio, Michigan and Virginia added to NYS travel advisory; list now at 38 states
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Ohio, Michigan and Virginia have been added to New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Cuomo, Hochul announce comprehensive $35 million cleanup for former Bethlehem Steel site
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced that, under a consent order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc. and its parent corporation ArcelorMittal USA are responsible for a comprehensive cleanup estimated to cost at least $35 million at the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 01:40 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Clean out your cupboards: Erie County Department of Health promotes 'Drug Take Back Day' event Oct. 24
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 11:00 am
On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., eight sites in Erie County and 20 across Western New York will be set up for residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, this is the 19th nationwide event held since its start in 2010.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues with National Mammography Day on Oct. 16
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 10:45 am
Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place for the entire month of October, and Friday, Oct. 16, marks National Mammography Day.
Volunteers urgently needed for FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels program
Mon, Oct 12th 2020 03:00 pm
As FeedMore WNY continues to respond to the increased need for food assistance in WNY as a result of the pandemic, it is in urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound neighbors through its Meals on Wheels program.
CAO of WNY implements COVID-19 strategy across all programming
Mon, Oct 12th 2020 10:45 am
The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) has shifted its focus directly on COVID-19 as the coronavirus' negative impact on the region's underserved populations increases. CAO's website is updated to promote its comprehensive COVID-19 relief services and meet the community's needs.
SBA, Treasury announce 'Simpler' PPP forgiveness for loans of $50,000 or less
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:05 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, on Thursday released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America's smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 

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