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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Town of Wheatfield: Safety changes coming to Niagara Falls Boulevard; town looking to extend fire contracts
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Wheatfield Supervisor Don MacSwan said he had a "positive meeting" with Department of Transportation officials where they provided a schedule for roadwork for the oft-maligned intersections along Niagara Falls Boulevard at Witmer and Ward roads.
Higgins: Postmaster's pause doesn't undo harm already implemented or protect against dismantling of USPS after November election
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, said the announcement by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy indicating he is temporarily pausing "sweeping changes" to the U.S. Postal Service doesn't demonstrate the postmaster has a true understanding of what the postal service means to Americans and provides no confidence that sabotage of the postal service won't continue.
Cuomo announces special enrollment for uninsured extended for additional 30 days
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through Sept. 15, as the state continues to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York state's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Preparing K-12 teachers to meet today's social challenges
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
As school districts nationwide grapple with several challenges as a new school year approaches, a program now in its second year at the University at Buffalo is equipping future K-12 teachers with the tools to address these issues head on.
COVID-19: 2 additional states added to travel advisory
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states meet 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 states are Alaska and Delaware. No areas have been removed.
Niagara County Pride to hold school supplies drive
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:20 am
For the next two weeks, Niagara County Pride - a program of The Pride Center of WNY - will be collecting backpacks and other school supplies to help kids in need this year. The group's goal is to collect 50 backpacks filled with supplies to be able to give to local children.
Erie County Department of Health offers tips to prevent mosquito bites as humid, warm weather brings out bugs
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is reminding residents to stay vigilant in eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and preventing mosquito bites as the summer season ends.
DiNapoli: State tax revenues down $3 billion through July
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
State tax receipts of $26.4 billion through the first four months of the state fiscal year were $3 billion, or 10.2%, below the same period last year, according to the July cash report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Comments sought on proposed electric & gas rates for NYSEG, RG&E customers
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
The New York State Public Service Commission announced it would hold four virtual public statement hearings beginning Aug. 26 and ending Aug. 27 to receive public comments on a joint proposal contemplating proposed changes in the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. (RG&E) electric and gas delivery rates and practices, as well as the proposed closure of six of 16 customer service walk-in offices operated by the companies.
Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 testing for agricultural workers
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing a collaborative community program for diagnostic COVID-19 testing for workers in agricultural settings.
Cuomo: New York state will provide health personnel to allow 9/11 tribute in light show to happen safely
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 09:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the following announcement Saturday regarding the National September 11 Memorial & Museum "Tribute in Light" event:
NY Farm Bureau statement on state's testing plan for farmworkers during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:15 pm
New York Farm Bureau has advocated for interagency state coordination related to testing, medical treatment, and emergency housing for farmworkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we support New York state's latest response announced today by the governor as our farms approach the all-important fall harvest season.
Cuomo: New testing initiatives to improve COVID-19 detection & control across New York
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a series of new initiatives related to COVID-19 testing that will improve New York state's ability to detect and control the virus in communities across the state.
Higgins responds to northern border travel restriction extension
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Friday's announcement that the Canadian government is extending travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada through Sept. 21:
Buffalo Prep raises more than $1 million since March, as community steps up to support racial & educational equity
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Buffalo Prep, a local nonprofit organization, has been awarded more than $1.26 million from local foundations and organizations since March. The largest one-time gift in the history of Buffalo Prep's 31-year existence was given by KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, in the amount of $750,000.
Bowling alleys can reopen Monday; gyms could be next
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday provided welcome news to bowlers across New York state.
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.
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.
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.
 

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