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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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."
Grand Island Town Board to consider public hearing on Amazon Project Olive proposal
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:00 am
Just a week after the developer of Project Olive put the Amazon warehouse development "on pause," the "play" button was hit again.
The Market In The Square & 'Country 106.5' WYRK 'Famous Polish Cheesecake Donut' fundraising challenge to benefit ECMC
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:55 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. officials announced The Market In The Square and "Country 106.5" WYRK have launched a special "Famous Polish Cheesecake Donut" Northtowns versus Southtowns fundraising sale challenge to support ECMC.
New protections for homeowners, renters in pandemic
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:10 pm
Attorney General Letitia James announced $10 million in grant funding as part of a total $20 million allocation to support New York homeowners struggling with foreclosure. ... New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the deadline to file applications for the COVID rent relief program has been extended by one week through Thursday, Aug. 6.
$94 million for school technology upgrades through Smart Schools Bond Act
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced approval of 148 Smart Schools investment plans aimed at improving school security and reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.
UB researcher recruiting women whose partners are problem drinkers
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Women whose partners have a drinking problem are the focus of a clinical trial being conducted by Robert G. Rychtarik, Ph.D., senior research scientist in clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
Town of Lewiston: EnSol plan flares up at session
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:45 am
At issue here is concern over a site plan application submitted by Niagara Properties - EnSol Inc. - of Niagara Falls. The company has been working with the town's Planning Board and Environmental Commission over past months and wishes to create a soil recycling center and composting facility on some 10 acres of land it owns on the north side of the 1100 block of Pletcher Road.
Higgins announces passage of legislation to increase ride-share safety, assist child care facilities & working families during COVID
Thu, Jul 30th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced passage of H.R. 4686, Sami's Law. The bill requires transportation network companies (TNC) ensure drivers display front and rear license plates, scannable codes on windows for riders to verify they are entering the correct vehicle, and illuminated signs visible both day and night to ensure the safety of passengers.
Farmers market coupon distribution drive-thru heads to Niagara Falls
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 04:40 pm
The Niagara County Office for the Aging will distribute farmers market coupon booklets 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, Aug. 6 (or a rain date of Friday, Aug. 7), at John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls.
Bounce celebrates life & legacy of Rep. John Lewis
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 02:35 pm
Bounce will broadcast live the farewell memorial service for Rep. John Lewis Thursday, July 30, starting at 11 a.m. ET. The funeral will also be live-streamed at BounceTV.com. Link to preview here.
Cuomo issues letter to New York's congressional delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate-passed relief package
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today issued a letter to New York's congressional delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate passed relief package.
NYSSBA: Board members wary of safely reopening schools in September without additional funding
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 11:30 am
A majority of New York school board members would like to see students go back to their classrooms on a full-time or part-time basis in September, but they have reservations about whether they can do that safely without additional funding, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.
Survey: Only 37% of hotels have brought back at least half of their employees
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 10:10 am
As Congress debates a new round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows the pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry and its employees.
New York Power Authority, Siemens Energy to lead world-class cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 09:55 am
The New York Power Authority and Siemens Energy Inc. announced a new collaboration to develop an industrial cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The first-of-its-kind industrial cybersecurity monitoring, research and innovation center will focus on detecting and defending against cyberattacks on critical infrastructure owned and operated by NYPA, the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation.
BBB: Seeds from China? Unordered Amazon goods? Brushing scams are back!
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 07:00 am
People around the country are receiving mysterious seed packets in the mail from China. While the shipping package may be mislabeled as jewelry or other merchandise, the contents are instead unlabeled seeds.
Calspan acquires Aero Systems Engineering
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 06:05 pm
Calspan Technology Holding Corp., the parent company to a group of entities including Buffalo-based aerospace and automotive research company Calspan Corp., announced the acquisition of Aero Systems Engineering Inc. (ASE) in St. Paul, Minnesota. The transaction was effective July 24. The new company will operate as Calspan Aero Systems Engineering Inc. (Calspan ASE).
Spider-panicked driver crashes into Yacht Club dock, hitting two boats
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 04:05 pm
At approximately 6:12 a.m. Tuesday, an officer from the Niagara Falls Police Department traffic unit responded to the LaSalle Yacht Club, at 73 S.68th St., to investigate a vehicle crash.
New York Power Authority board approves economic development support of more than 960 jobs around state
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 01:25 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees on Tuesday approved economic development awards in support of 960 jobs and $153 million in capital investments statewide in support of New York's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Charities WIC Healthy Baby Festival to go virtual
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 12:05 pm
Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program Healthy Baby Festival is going virtual this year. Expectant and young families are invited to attend the festival virtually through an event on Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Facebook page on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection reminds businesses & consumers about unsolicited telemarketing calls during state of emergency
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:55 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is reminding businesses and consumers about state law related to telemarketing activity during a declared state of emergency. On Dec. 18, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to anyone in an area subject to a declared state of emergency.
Bike path network ecotourism 'gold standard'
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:15 am
Greg Stevens, executive director of the Niagara River Greenway, and Jim Sharpe, chair of Grand Island's Long Range Planning Committee, invited volunteer members of their organizations for two bicycle rides recently to understand Grand Island's current trail network and identify gaps in trail connectivity.
Higgins urges CBP to create guidance on caregiver crossings as US-Canada border travel restrictions continue
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish clear guidance for patient caregivers when crossing the U.S.-Canada border to give better certainty to families and the medical institutions providing care.
Sahlen looking forward to having Blue Jays in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
Sahlen Packing Co. is honored to have its name on what first was called Pilot Field in downtown Buffalo, New York, just minutes away from our home on Howard Street. Few people from the Sahlen family would have guessed - when we agreed to a 10-year naming rights agreement nearly 30 years after Sahlen Field opened - that our name would be associated to this extent with that of a Major League Baseball team's home. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it's that anything is possible.
Cuomo: Clean energy investments to benefit over 350,000 low-to-moderate income households
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a nation-leading initiative between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state's investor-owned utilities for a new framework to increase access to energy-efficiency and clean energy solutions for low-to-moderate income households and affordable multifamily buildings.
Coronavirus stats for July 27
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 12:15 pm
Coronavirus stats for July 27
NBC Sports announces commentary & production details ahead of NHL's 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 10:55 am
NBC Sports has announced details for its commentary and production plans ahead of the NHL's "Return to Play" this week, leading into the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers that begin Saturday, Aug. 1, with five games across NBC and NBCSN.
Unproven 'stem cell' therapies for COVID-19 pose harm to public, says UB expert
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 10:55 am
Be wary of "stem cell" therapy as a preventative treatment for COVID-19, warns Laertis Ikonomou, University at Buffalo expert on stem cell and gene therapies.
Cuomo calls on Republican members of New York's congressional delegation to fight for state, local aid in federal stimulus package
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 09:00 am
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on Republican members of New York's congressional delegation to fight for state and local aid in the federal stimulus package, which is expected to be announced this week.
 

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