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Higgins announces House approval of Great American Outdoors Act
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, invests in the nation's natural resources and fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually.
Painters Plus & NT officials team up for 10th annual Project H.O.P.E.
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 07:00 am
North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced another city resident will experience an exterior paint makeover this summer.
Emergency physicians & nurses remind patients 'ER is safest place in a medical emergency'
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 08:00 pm
With rates of COVID-19 spiking in certain regions and different parts of the country in various stages of reopening, America's emergency physicians and nurses have a message to the nation's patients: Do not delay care if you think you're having a medical emergency.
Senate and Assembly majorities advance anti-SLAPP legislation to protect free speech
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 07:40 pm
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Wednesday announced the Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that offers legal protection to any individual or entity sued for exercising their free speech rights.
Higgins calls for swift action to reopen waterfront destinations
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 07:40 pm
Public parks and outdoor spaces have become increasingly cherished and frequented during the ongoing pandemic, but a recent visit to Buffalo's Outer Harbor left Congressman Brian Higgins wondering why the public is being locked out of so many outdoor destinations.
Higgins announces approval of National Defense Authorization Act
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6395, the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill providing funding for the nation's military bases, research and operations. The legislation includes a maritime heritage amendment submitted by Higgins, as well as measures related to COVID-19 response suggested in Higgins' pandemic preparedness bill.
Cuomo announces largest combined solicitations for renewable energy ever issued in US to combat climate change
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the largest combined clean energy solicitations ever issued in the U.S., seeking up to 4,000 megawatts of renewable capacity to combat climate change. New York's second offshore wind solicitation seeks up to 2,500 megawatts of projects, the largest in the nation's history, in addition to last year's solicitation, which resulted in nearly 1,700 megawatts awarded.
Mayor Walter Sendzik applauds new Government of Canada agreement to fund a 'safe economic restart' plan that includes funding for Canadian municipalities
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 03:20 pm
Walter Sendzik, vice president of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and mayor of St. Catharines, announced support for the new Government of Canada agreement to fund a "safe economic restart" plan, which includes funding for Canadian municipalities.
Hotel industry, reeling from COVID-19 economic fallout, lays out priorities for 'COVID 4.0'
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 03:20 pm
As lawmakers consider additional legislation to address the ongoing health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent a letter to Congress calling for additional help in several areas, including extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for severely impacted businesses and their employees, creating targeted lending facilities and liquidity measures to help hoteliers meet debt service, and passing tax reforms to benefit both hotel employees and employers. Together, these provisions would help ensure hotels can retain and rehire employees, protect employees and guests, keep hotel doors open, and incentivize Americans to travel again when it's safe.
Cuomo: Individuals traveling to New York from 10 additional states required to quarantine for 14 days
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 01:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced 10 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.
Erie County receiving federal assistance to mitigate impacts of COVID-19
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 01:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning announced $1.5 million in Emergency Solutions Grant ("ESG") funds from the federal CARES Act is coming to Erie County to be used for emergency shelter services for the homeless and potentially homeless populations, along with $320,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") funding from the federal CARES Act for local food pantry assistance, allowing much greater outreach into many of Erie County's rural areas.
Some assisted living communities forced to put visitation on hold
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 01:35 pm
On July 10, the New York Department of Health issued a health advisory allowing for limited visitation to begin for assisted living communities. Eager to reunite residents with their loved ones, ESAAL immediately began working with its 300 members to begin implementing all of the previsitation requirements, including submitting a safety plan to the New York State Department of Health and developing a formal visitation plan to share with families and the public.
Cuomo, joined by Mayor Van R. Johnson, announces New York state to establish 2 church testing sites in Savannah COVID-19 hotspots
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced New York will establish two testing sites in COVID-19 hotspots in Savannah, Georgia. The sites, located in Temple of Glory Community Church and Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship, will provide up to 500 tests per day. Both sites are located in highly impacted minority communities. The governor made today's announcement with Savannah Mayor Van R. Johnson II.
New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announces new public awareness 'Prevent Overdose' campaign to help save lives
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 03:55 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) announced the launch of a new fentanyl campaign designed to prevent overdose deaths and empower the public with information needed to help save lives. The statewide "Prevent Overdose" campaign will run for four weeks and is designed to raise awareness about the perilous dangers of mixing fentanyl with illicit drugs such as counterfeit prescription pills, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine (both powder and crack), ecstasy and others.
Niagara SPCA breaks ground on $1.5 million surgical suite
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 01:00 pm
Donning hard hats and shovels, local officials joined administrators from the Niagara County SPCA for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, as the organization gets set to begin construction on a $1.5 million state-of-the-art surgical suite. The end result will be a 2,000-square-foot facility complete with an X-ray room, which the SPCA said it's never had before.
NCCC postpones annual Foundation Scholarship Gala
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 12:20 pm
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Niagara County Community College has decided to postpone its 30th annual Foundation Scholarship Gala. The event, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, will now be held in spring 2021. No official date has been set at this time.
Cuomo: 2 threats remain in coronavirus battle; state will shut again if people noncompliant
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 12:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered the following comments in a press conference Monday morning in New York City.
New York State Office for the Aging encourages older New Yorkers and caregivers to prepare for extreme heat this summer during pandemic
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 10:05 am
The New York State Office for the Aging is urging older New Yorkers and their family members to take precautions in extreme heat, as high temperatures and humidity, coupled with COVID-19, can create hazardous conditions for older adults. Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heat stroke and death.
NYSUT, AFT demand school districts follow state Department of Health guidance for reopening
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 09:50 am
New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers have demanded school districts follow school reopening guidance issued by the governor and state Department of Health that mandates social distancing, reduced occupancy and the use of masks, among other safety measures.
Grand Island Town Board: Project Olive at top of workshop meeting agenda Monday
Sat, Jul 18th 2020 07:00 am
Project Olive representatives are expected to meet with the Grand Island Town Board on Monday after an apparent setback before the town's Planning Board.
Higgins wants answers from national testing czar on resources pulled from Western New York
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 05:10 pm
In a letter to the U.S. coronavirus testing czar, Congressman Brian Higgins is seeking answers to new indications that supplies needed to test for coronavirus are being redirected outside of the Western New York area.
Air quality health advisory issued for Western New York & Eastern Lake Ontario
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 02:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D. issued an air quality health advisory for the areas of Western New York and Eastern Lake Ontario for Saturday, July 18.
NYSPHSAA to delay fall sports start date & cancel fall championships
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 02:10 pm
The officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted to delay the official start date of the fall 2020 sports season, cancel the fall 2020 regional and state championships, and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 task force when it convened as a working group for the third time Thursday morning.
As New Yorkers plan 'staycations,' FASNY reminds families to stay safe
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:05 pm
Many New Yorkers could use a summer vacation right about now. Unfortunately, the changing number of COVID-19 cases across the country has many people thinking twice. With safety concerns and travel restrictions, family vacations this summer may just be 'staycations' or at least 'stay close-to-home' vacations.
Attorney General James renews suspension of state debt collection for 4th time as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:05 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state is again renewing, for the fourth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
Visit Buffalo Niagara launches customer confidence program
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
The "Tourism Task Force to Reopen Buffalo," under the guidance of Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler, has created a communitywide customer confidence program designed to reassure meeting, group and sporting event customers that "Buffalo is determined to do what it takes to remain competitive as the tourism industry begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."
Higgins' measure on northern border travel included in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which included report language requested by Higgins related to essential traveler exceptions at the northern border.
WEBR: Longtime local radio veteran celebrates 99th birthday
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:45 am
Not many of us remember the "golden age of radio" (1930s to 1940s), but Don Lange, 37-year veteran of Buffalo radio does. Don began his radio career at the original WEBR radio in 1941, and was later promoted to chief engineer. He retired in 1978 ... and oh, the stories he can tell about old-time radio! Shortly after retiring, Don began the huge task of rebuilding the Wurlitzer organ at the Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda.
NYS Department of Health, State Office for the Aging announce plan to improve support services for long-term care residents and their families
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:25 am
The New York State Department of Health and State Office for the Aging announced a five-point plan to help long-term-care residents and their families access services through the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, provide additional resources to residents and families appealing involuntary discharges, expand the ombudsman volunteer program, "reimagine" a multiagency workgroup to enhance services, and provide up to $1 million in funding for long term care facilities to purchase tablets, webcams, headphones or other accessories to help residents stay connected with family and LTCOP during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital adopts new anesthesia model
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 11:30 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital announced the implementation of a new anesthesia model.
New York state announces an additional $100 million in food assistance for SNAP recipients
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 09:40 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) on Wednesday announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance for New Yorkers adversely affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. About 700,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable benefit for July to help them avoid food insecurity.
Sheriffs of New York state call for Legislature and governor's support of law enforcement
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 09:40 am
In a series of coordinated press conferences Wednesday, New York state sheriffs presented a number of legislative proposals aimed at protecting law-enforcement personnel and the public they serve. These proposals were the result of weeks of conversations among sheriffs about their concerns for the safety of their deputies as a result of the atmosphere of disrespect for law enforcement being promoted or tolerated in so many quarters today.
Cuomo announces special health insurance enrollment extension through NY State of Health marketplace
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through Aug. 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.
Buffalo Bills join BFLO Store to celebrate 716 Day
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 02:50 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment welcomes the BFLO Store as the Official Retailer of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills organization will join together with the BFLO Store staff to kick off the partnership Thursday, when the BFLO Store hosts the 716 Day Small Business Market at the Eastern Hills Mall.
UB unveils health guidelines for start of the new academic year
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 02:50 pm
In late August, University at Buffalo students, faculty and staff will return to campus for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. The global COVID-19 pandemic has made planning for this annual ritual more important than ever.
Limited visitation for assisted living communities now allowed
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 10:15 am
The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) has been leading New York assisted living communities in advocating for outdoor visitation, and is pleased the Department of Health has finally allowed indoor and outdoor visitation across the state.
Statement by Higgins on extension of border restrictions between US & Canada
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the U.S. Canada Inter-parliamentary Group, released the following statement in response to published reports of a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Canada extending crossing restrictions along the northern border:
New York, 14 states & DC to ramp up electrification of buses & trucks
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New York, along with 14 states and the District of Columbia, will develop an action plan to ramp up electrification of buses and trucks. In a joint memorandum of understanding, the state committed to work collaboratively to accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses and long-haul delivery trucks.
Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced four 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 Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. Delaware has been removed.

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