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Senate & Assembly majorities announce joint legislative hearings on impact of COVID-19
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 06:05 pm
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a series of joint legislative hearings to be convened over the coming weeks. The hearings will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted New York with specific focuses on higher education, residential health care facilities, hospitals, the primary elections, workers, veterans and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Each of the hearings will be livestreamed on the Senate and Assembly websites.
VIDEO, PICS: Niagara Falls USA welcome plaza has grand opening
Tue, Jul 14th 2020 04:00 pm
Visitors will find a brand-new entryway at the oldest state park in America. On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joined New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid and Western District Director Mark Mistretta, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, and Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino in officially opening a $6.2 million welcome plaza at Niagara Falls State Park.
Erie County COVID-19 data shows increase in cases in younger adults
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 05:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is reporting a noticeable increase in the percentage of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases among the 20-29-year-old and 30-39-year-old age groups.
Gov. launches statewide fair housing initiative
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the launch of a statewide effort to analyze and address segregated living patterns and housing disparities in New York. Under the governor's leadership, the state is moving forward with the Fair Housing Matters NY initiative despite what his team called "the federal government's proposal to gut fair housing regulations required by the Fair Housing Act."
Cuomo urges drivers to slow down in work zones as New York continues reopening
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 03:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, State Police and the Thruway Authority, on Monday reminded motorists of the importance of moving over for highway workers, first responders and others who assist with motor vehicle crashes and roadside incidents.
NACC: 'Jazz on the Steps' featuring Custode & Parisi Jazz Trio
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 02:45 pm
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center announced "Jazz on the Steps," an outdoor summer concert event scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.
Everyone can compete during 'Census PUSH WEEK'
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 02:45 pm
States, counties, cities, towns and communities will compete in a regional challenge during "Census PUSH WEEK" to determine who can "PUSH" a greater self-response rate from July 27 to Aug. 2, just days before the start of census non-response follow-up operations on Aug. 11.
SBA provided $20 billion to small businesses and nonprofits through economic injury disaster loan advance program
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 02:45 pm
On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, nonprofits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. In order to assist the greatest number of small businesses, the EIDL Advance provided $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.
Family Promise of WNY doubles capacity: Newly renovated shelter to benefit families experiencing homelessness
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 12:25 pm
Family Promise of Western New York, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, has completed critical upgrades to its shelter facility and is reopening for intakes in August with double the capacity. This reopening is in anticipation of predicted mass evictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and unemployment throughout the region. Improvements include private family units, additional bathrooms and a fire safety system.
Local public relations awards program moves to online format for 2020
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 12:25 pm
Like most events in 2020, a yearly tradition for the local public relations industry will be a little different this year. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter announced its 31st Annual Excalibur Awards will shift to an online format for 2020. The organization encouraged practitioners and organizations throughout Western New York to submit their best public relations campaigns and tactics from 2019 and 2020 to prsabuffaloniagara.org no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.
6 tips to keep pets safe during storm season
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 12:25 pm
While no one is immune from the devastation of a natural disaster, preparing before a storm hits is key to keeping everyone in your family - including your pets - safe. It's even more important now - in an era of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic - that pet parents have a plan to keep their furry family members out of harm's way if forced to take shelter elsewhere.
Coronavirus stats for July 13
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for July 13
Paddles Up goes online for 2020
Sat, Jul 11th 2020 07:00 am
Paddles Up, an annual summer event at Beaver Island State Park, will have to wait until 2021 to celebrate its 15th year in the Niagara River. The event has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health, announced Michelle Lockett, community engagement manager at Niagara River Greenway.
Coalition to save Fantasy Island introduced
Sat, Jul 11th 2020 06:55 am
New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, who has fond memories of visiting Fantasy Island with his family and friends, calls the efforts of Empire Adventures to bring back the amusement park on Grand Island extremely important, and said he supports the route outlined at a press conference on Thursday.
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino initiating response protocols, as team member confirmed positive for COVID-19
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 06:20 pm
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino was made aware a team member working at the resort has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual last worked at the resort on July 4, and is now recovering at home. The resort has initiated immediate response protocols set forth in its phased reopening plan.
Emergency physicians & residents discouraged by US restrictions on international health workforce
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 03:15 pm
America's leading medical associations, including the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Medical Association, are cautioning the Trump administration that its decision to restrict visas for qualified foreign workers could have a dangerous impact on access to care for this nation's patients.
New York state to send COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York state will send the COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida as the state struggles with a resurgence of cases. Florida is waiting for a further supply from the federal government and New York will provide enough Remdesivir to help the state care for 280 COVID-19 patients until the federal shipment arrives. New York's shipment of the medication will arrive in Florida tomorrow.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 10, 2020
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 01:35 pm
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 10, 2020
Wheatfield Town Board holds first Town Hall meeting since March
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 12:50 pm
On July 6, the Wheatfield Town Board held its first public meeting at the Town Hall since it was shuttered in March due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Town Hall reopened July 15 with a slew of new safety precautions. Rows of seats in the courtroom have been taped off to ensure social distancing, and board members are spaced widely apart.
Traffic safety becoming a concern in Lewiston neighborhood
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 12:15 pm
As the River Region continues to reopen to some sense of normalcy coming off the COVID-19 pandemic, area residents are also beginning to experience the signs of increased activity.
Erie County boosts small businesses with microenterprise loan/grant program
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:40 am
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP), in conjunction with the Erie County Business Task Force, is boosting small business in Erie County with the microenterprise loan/grant program, providing microenterprises with five employees or fewer up to $35,000 in a loan/grant to build their business.
During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Cuomo advances new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health & substance use disorders
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:30 am
During National Minority Metal Health Awareness Month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo advanced new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders.
Erie County Office of Consumer Protection working to educate, inform consumers
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined by Jessica Poleon, director of the Erie County Office of Consumer Protection, to discuss the new office and its functions. Created in 2019 to ensure Erie County's residents have access to education, information and resources regarding consumer protection, the office will investigate and resolve consumer complaints through voluntary mediation and educate Erie County consumers on their rights and responsibilities as consumers.
Lewiston Museum reopens to public
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 03:05 pm
The Historical Association of Lewiston announced plans to reopen the Lewiston Museum, which has been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins & Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announce joint legislative hearing on independent redistricting
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 10:50 am
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Wednesday announced the legislative task force on demographic research and reapportionment (LATFOR), Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Government Operations Committee will hold a joint legislative hearing Wednesday, July 15, to evaluate the 2014 constitutional amendments providing for independent redistricting in advance of the first redistricting process since their enactment.
UB expert offers tips for coping with extreme heat and humidity
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 01:30 pm
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat-related illnesses, while preventable, are responsible for more than 600 deaths in the U.S. each year. At greatest risk are the elderly, young children, and people with some chronic conditions, such as obesity.
AAA warns motorists of extreme heat and dangers of hot vehicles
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 11:45 am
With heat warnings issued across the region, AAA Western and Central New York is reminding motorists to be aware of the dangers of hot cars. On average, 37 children die in hot cars every year. While an overwhelming majority of these deaths are accidental, such tragedies are often preventable.
Niagara County encourages residents to stay cool, hydrated and informed of cooling center locations
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 11:45 am
High temperatures can cause serious heat-related illness. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body is unable to properly cool itself through perspiration. People who are more susceptible to heat-related illness are young children, older adults, outside workers, and people with chronic medical conditions.
Higgins announces federal grants for first responders in Niagara County & Amherst
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and Ellicott Creek Fire Co. to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
Cuomo: 3 more states added to quarantine list
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced three 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 Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Erie County District Attorney's Office presents virtual speaker series to Buffalo Public School students
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 10:50 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that, in lieu of an in-person community conversation, his office created a virtual speaker series that was distributed Monday to Buffalo Public School students. The video, "Buffalo Strong: Inspirational Moments for Our Youth," features more than a dozen government leaders, community activists and artists from the Buffalo area offering words of encouragement to students who finished the school year at home due to the pandemic.
Cuomo directs flags at half-staff for fallen soldier
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed flags on state government buildings to remain at half-staff in recognition of a Fort Drum Soldier who died in Afghanistan on Friday, July 3.
BOCES: 'Public education is, and has been, a place where tolerance and kindness are learned, practiced & valued'
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 09:45 am
The 14 local school superintendents of the districts comprising the Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services would like to add to the conversation regarding the protests and reform movements that have occurred across the nation over the last several weeks.
Clinical research resumes 'safely and carefully' at UB
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 09:15 am
Almost all research at the University at Buffalo other than that focused on COVID-19 was paused on March 23. The move, a direct result of the growing pandemic, was made to reduce the risk of viral transmission. When UB administrators made that announcement, they noted it was a difficult but necessary decision made after a great deal of thought.
Northern Border Caucus co-chairs Higgins & Stefanik lead bipartisan push for US & Canada to develop framework for phased reopening of border
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 09:00 am
As the nation headed into what would typically be a busy weekend for cross-border travel, Congress members Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), co-chairs of the Northern Border Caucus, were leading a push for the U.S. and Canada to develop guidance that prepares for reopening while the border is under its current shutdown.
State Park swimming pools open
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend under the standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.
Memorial COVID-19 testing tops 5,000 mark
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Thursday that it has conducted more than 5,200 tests of area residents for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
National organizations tap UB pediatrics researchers to establish patient registries, develop guidelines for treating children with COVID-19
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
A paper and two editorials by University at Buffalo pediatrics researchers call attention to key issues in health care that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light; they also recommend guidelines for evaluating and treating children infected with COVID-19. All were published in Progress in Pediatric Cardiology.
DEC issues fire danger warning
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety during the upcoming holiday weekend. Dry weather throughout the month of June has increased the risk of fires.
WNY departments of health remind residents of travel advisory
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:25 pm
Governors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a travel advisory on June 25 that requires all individuals traveling from states with significant community transmission of COVID-19 to remain under quarantine for a period of 14 days. As of June 30, those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
 

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