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Cuomo signs 'Say Their Name' reform agenda package
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed the "Say Their Name" reform agenda package following the death of George Floyd and an ongoing pattern of police brutality against minority communities across the nation. These landmark policing reforms will help reduce inequality in policing and reimagine the state's criminal justice system. The reforms include:
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for June 12, 2020
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:55 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for June 12, 2020
Niagara County seeks REDI change
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara County Legislature members Dave Godfrey, Irene Myers, John Syracuse and Chairwoman Becky Wydysh recently sent the attached letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting he waive the local match requirement for REDI projects.
Melissa DeRosa issues report to governor outlining COVID-19 domestic violence task force's initial recommendations to reimagine NYS approach to services for domestic violence survivors
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa on Thursday issued a report to Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlining the COVID-19 domestic violence task force's initial recommendations to reimagine New York's approach to services for domestic violence survivors. Cuomo has accepted these recommendations in full and is directing the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, along with other sister agencies of the Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Office of Victim Services, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Health, to use these recommendations to update and improve domestic violence services in New York.
Bad Behavior: Drivers know it's wrong, but many do it anyway
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's latest research finds drivers who have been in at least one crash in the past two years are significantly more likely to engage in risky behaviors like speeding or texting, even when they think the police may catch them. After three months of staying at home, AAA urges drivers to keep everyone safe on the roads and warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits.
Schumer & Higgins announce $600,000-plus for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 07:00 pm
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins announced Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will receive $600,456 in federal funding to expand telehealth services to Western New Yorkers. The funding, included by Congress in the CARES Act, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program. Both Schumer and Higgins reached out to the FCC to advocate on behalf of Roswell Park.
EPA: $900,000 in revolving loan funds to clean, reuse brownfield sites including Niagara County
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:30 pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced $900,000 of supplemental funding is slated for successful brownfields revolving loan fund (RLF) programs to clean up brownfields sites in Camden (New Jersey), Niagara County and New York City.
Higgins calls for streamlined process to ensure WNYers without internet access receive COVID-19 relief payments
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue "simple guidance and dedicated resources" to assist Americans without internet access in receiving their economic impact payments. After receiving outreach from constituents, Higgins worked with other House Ways and Means Committee members to stand up for those struggling with accessing the payments they deserve.
Cuomo announces new coronavirus dashboard
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a daily testing results dashboard to complement the early warning dashboard for New Yorkers and local governments to easily track the COVID-19 daily test results by region and county as all regions in the state are now reopening.
Higgins: Canada's exception to allow crossings to visit family is first step
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, responded Monday to an announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau granting permission to cross the border to visit family, calling the policy change "an incremental step forward."
Cuomo signs legislation authorizing local governments to extend deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S.8122-B/ A.10241-A) authorizing local governments to extend the deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15, 2020, in recognition of the hardships many families and businesses continue to face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate majority advances policing reforms legislative package
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 04:00 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance a major policing reforms legislative package which, it said, "includes the repeal of 50-a and other important bills to help implement real improvements to law enforcement efforts in New York."
Heastie: Assembly to pass legislative package to protect New Yorkers, improve police & community relations, bring transparency & accountability to criminal justice system
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie on Monday announced that, this week, the New York State Assembly will pass a package of legislation to protect New Yorkers, improve police and community relations, and bring transparency and accountability to the criminal justice system.
SBA: New PPP rules changes give small businesses more options
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:45 pm
The recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act provides additional clarity and flexibility for small business owners to meet the requirements of the PPP loan program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. When the president signed the bipartisan legislation into law, it gave more time and discretion for when and how the loans can be spent to keep employees on payroll and keep up with accounts payable to further assist the nation's economy in its recovery from COVID-19 closures.
Seneca Nation announces reopening dates for gaming operations
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:15 pm
The Seneca Nation has approved reopening plans for its class II and class III gaming operations, clearing the way for thousands of local employees to begin returning to work and contributing to Western New York's economic recovery.
Niagara County Department of Health performs field surveillance for ticks, warns against exposure & risk of Lyme disease
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
Ticks and tick-borne diseases are a public health concern in Western New York, including Niagara County. With warmer weather, ticks are actively feeding and reproducing.
Cuomo signs legislation extending deadline to submit absentee ballots to day of election
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23. The governor previously issued executive orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections and ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.
Niagara Falls goes blue & gold for bent curve
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced landmarks across New York state would be lit in blue and gold in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
Cuomo allowing limited outdoor graduations
Sun, Jun 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New Yorkers have done an admirable job of "bending" the coronavirus infection curve. To that end, will be allow small, outdoor high school graduation ceremonies.
Cuomo announces lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since COVID-19 pandemic began
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York state has reached the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Thursday, 42 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just eight weeks ago. The number of total hospitalizations was down to 2,728 from a record-high of 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic.
Two Buffalo police officers suspended following shoving incident
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:25 am
At the end of a protest Thursday at Niagara Square in the City of Buffalo, WBFO caught two Buffalo Police Department officers engaging with a 75-year-old man. That individual is shown being shoved and falling to the ground. He remained there until medical help arrived.
LPD, Lew-Port to hold 'modified' celebration for senior class
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 am
The Lewiston Police Department and Lewiston-Porter High School this week announced plans for what area officials are calling a "modified" community celebration in salute for the high school's Class of 2020.
Cuomo allowing drive-in graduation ceremonies
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 04:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-thru graduation ceremonies this year. The state will reexamine socially distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.
Erie County: Poloncarz announces 2020 COVID-19 budget deficit plan in effort to address fiscal challenges
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced his 2020 COVID-19 budget deficit remediation plan, identifying budgetary gap-closing measures to address a projected $137.8 million pandemic-related deficit in the county's fiscal year 2020 budget. The plan identifies seven key measures, including usage of some fund balance and closeouts of some capital projects, to bridge the gap caused by significant losses in sales tax, hotel occupancy taxes, and other revenue generators since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
SLA offers guidance for restaurants offering outdoor seating
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 08:30 am
In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to allow restaurants to offer outdoor seating in phase two, the New York State Liquor Authority posted the following:
Cuomo: Outdoor dining at restaurants permitted in phase two of reopening
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in phase two of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered phase two.
Jastrzemski: DMVs not open yet
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 02:30 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski issued the following statement Wednesday regarding Department of Motor Vehicle offices:
Brickyard fire 'could've been a lot worse'
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Speaking Monday morning with local leaders, Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Les Myers said it was fortunate last week's fire at the Brickyard Brewing Company didn't carry over to the neighboring project, which is under construction.
Niagara County Fair postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:50 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County's board of directors held a special meeting on Friday, May 29, resulting in the decision to postpone the Niagara County Fair until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force created in response to health disparities related to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
People of color and those with compromising health conditions make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths according to national, state and regional data. In response to these facts, community leaders in Niagara Falls announced the creation of the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
ECMC opens state-of-the-art KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Erie County Medical Center Corp. celebrated the opening of the institution's new $55 million KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department, which will double the size of the existing 40-year-old facility and feature state-of-the-art technology and equipment for the region's only level one adult trauma center.
Justice for George Floyd: Protests in Niagara Falls called 'peaceful'
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 09:30 am
Dozens of people showed up Sunday night in different parts of Niagara Falls to protest the untimely death of George Floyd.
State of emergency in Erie County; 10 arrests following Buffalo protest
Sun, May 31st 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn on Sunday afternoon announced the arrest of 10 people following a protest Saturday night in the City of Buffalo. He said his office is investigating general property damage in the downtown area, as well as arson at City Hall, and looting and property damage in Amherst and Kenmore.
Cuomo offers guidance on phase 2; Wydysh: 'I don't see any reason that WNY should not begin phase two next week'
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:55 pm
Speaking Friday on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "From my perspective, I don't see any reason that Western New York should not begin phase two next week; and it appears that we are on target to do so."
2020 Paddles Up canceled; solo paddle & online prize giveaway to replace popular summer event
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced the 2020 Paddles Up at Beaver Island State Park has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health.
NYS issues details on phase two of reopening: More retail, no restaurant changes
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:55 am
Details are now available for phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process.
Following Higgins' push, administration extends federal orders for National Guard
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, welcomed news that the Trump administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The president had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard members serving on the frontlines of the pandemic response ineligible for federal benefits.
Cuomo issues executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The mandate builds on the state's ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.
Erie County Fair postponed until 2021
Wed, May 27th 2020 10:25 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, announced Wednesday that it has decided to postpone the 2020 Erie County Fair (originally scheduled to be held Aug. 12-23).
 

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