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Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official county newspaper
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick again announces the Grand Island Dispatch will serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2021 legislative year.
Grand Island restaurants bouncing back
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
When a state judge opened the door to indoor dining for Erie County eating establishments last Thursday, Jan. 14, patrons beat feet into Grand Island restaurants. The patter of their feet was music to the ears of restaurant owners, who were more than ready to comply with the required COVID-safe measures of 50% capacity, 6-foot distance between tables, no more than four people per table and 10 p.m. closing.
Thermo Fisher one step closer to $85M expansion
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
An approval by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's (ECIDA) Board of Directors on Wednesday for a tax incentive package presented by Grand Island's Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. should result in the life sciences company proceeding with plans to add an $85 million, 69,000-square-foot expansion to its research, development and manufacturing facility at 3175 Staley Road.
FeedMore WNY urges community to help 'Check Out Hunger'
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Western New Yorkers will be able to help feed their hungry neighbors while shopping for groceries at area retailers now and into the coming months. Dash's Market, Lexington Cooperative Market, The Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets will be holding their annual "Check Out Hunger" campaigns to support FeedMore WNY's programs and services.
Biden answers Higgins' call for northern border plan
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26, Buffalo/Niagara Falls), who serves as co-chair of congressional northern border caucus, said President Joe Biden's week one actions demonstrate a new beginning for the U.S.-Canada relationship.
Open enrollment for New Yorkers extended through March 31
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
As part of New York's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended through March 31. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Makeover planned at Schoellkopf Health Center
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Schoellkopf Health Center is about to get a $300,000 facelift.
60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans approved in first week
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has approved approximately 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program's reopening on Monday, Jan. 11, through to Sunday, Jan. 17.
NYS: Senate majority looks to help small businesses build back
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance major legislation to support the small businesses that have taken the brunt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County remembers those lost to COVID-19
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Erie County will participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance today to remember and honor the nearly 400,000 lives - including nearly 1,400 Erie County residents - lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country.
Niagara Falls DMV office to close for one week due to COVID-19
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 03:35 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Monday said the Niagara Falls office of the Niagara County DMV would be closed tomorrow until Monday, Jan. 25, due to COVID-19 cases forcing the isolation or quarantine of several staff members.
Fisher calls for peace on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:10 pm
A statement by Bishop Michael W. Fisher on the commemoration and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
SOTS: Proposal to require prominent disclosure of smart device recording
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a proposal to require companies to prominently disclose information about devices that can record and retain and transmit recordings, such as smartphones, smart speakers and smart TVs.
Norris' 'NY Business Emergency Relief Act' priority for Assembly GOP
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 07:00 am
On Friday, Assemblyman Mike Norris shared that, following the launch of his new legislation known as the New York Business Emergency Relief Act, the Assembly minority conference announced it had chosen to include the entirety of the plan in its omnibus 2021 pro-business package, "Jump-Start New York: A Plan for Economic Recovery."
Erie County DOH cancels upcoming COVID-19 vaccine PODS
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 03:00 pm
On Saturday, the Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of all scheduled ECDOH coronavirus vaccination point-of-distribution clinics (PODs) for next Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 18-20. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
SBA reopens PPP
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for first- and second-draw applications on Friday. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to all participating PPP lenders to submit first- and second-draw loan applications to SBA.
NYS/SNAP: 6-month increase in food benefits
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a 15% increase to their monthly food benefits for January through June. In addition, all households will receive the maximum monthly benefit for January under the emergency food assistance that has been issued since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Cuomo proposal to prevent those with active warrants from purchasing guns
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced his proposal to prevent individuals with active warrants for a felony or serious misdemeanor offense from purchasing guns as part of the 2021 State of the State agenda.
NFMMC cancels COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to supply shortage
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center has not received enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to meet public demand.
Niagara Falls: Restaino announces disbursement of CARES Act funds
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
On Friday morning, Mayor Robert Restaino announces the disbursement of CARES Act grant funds to local community groups working to fight against the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 within the City of Niagara Falls community.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
NYS counties renew push for bipartisan aid
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Wednesday called on the new Congress to pass a Coronavirus Stimulus Package that provides federal aid to state and local aid governments. NYSAC's call follows yesterday's announcement by incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supporting legislation that will assist New York and its local governments.
1.1 million PPP loans forgiven so far, totaling over $100 billion
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for more than $100 billion, providing what it called an "extraordinary amount of critical relief to America's small businesses just three months since the earliest PPP borrowers' covered periods ended."
Higgins, Jacobs disagree on effort to remove Trump
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 10:10 am
Rather, Pence said this should be a "time to heal" as Joe Biden prepares to be sworn-in as the next president.
Education leaders support Cuomo's broadband proposal
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 05:05 pm
New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider issued this statement following the second installment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 State of the State:
CAO of WNY appoints new CEO & president
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:55 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY's board of directors has selected Thomas U. Kim as its new president and CEO.
State of the State day 2: Cuomo talks affordable internet, supporting arts
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced his proposal to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable internet for all low-income families as part of the 2021 State of the State agenda.
Conservatives, GOP: State problems existed before COVID-19
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:30 pm
In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 State of the State address on Monday, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman Gerard Kassar said, "Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State was a pure political speech that failed to address the structural fiscal situation that multiplied the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Reactions to Cuomo's SOTS
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered his 2021 State of the State address on Monday.
Cuomo outlines 2021 agenda: 'Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew'
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 02:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday delivered his 2021 State of the State address. The governor's 2021 agenda - "Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew" - features nation-leading proposals to not only defeat COVID-19, but also tackle critical issues facing New York and the country, including jumpstarting New York's economic recovery; creating a fairer, more just state; reopening the state; becoming a leader in the growing green energy economy; and rebuilding and strengthening New York's infrastructure.
Niagara County Department of Health offers COVID-19 POD eligibility, preregistration details
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:20 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) will conduct point-of-dispensing (POD) operations starting Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Additional New Yorkers, individuals 75+ can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:20 am
√ Initial groups of phase 1B now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, corrections officers, teachers and other school staff, in-person college instructors, child care workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters
State of the State: Cuomo announces plans to combat violence, expand access to telehealth
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:00 am
Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to reveal details of his State of the State.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine availability statement
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing the following statement regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccine at its PODs - points of dispensing.
Cuomo: Expanded network to accelerate distribution of COVID-19 vaccine
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the expansion of the state's vaccination distribution network to help accelerate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Yorkers currently eligible under group 1A and begin the vaccination of New Yorkers eligible under group 1B.
Grand Island receives $50,000 for tree inventory
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded the Town of Grand Island $50,000 for a tree inventory and management plan that Town Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford said is of "critical importance to our future forestry and conservation projects."
Higgins calls for Trump's removal
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 08:40 pm
On Thursday, Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement regarding outgoing President Donald Trump:
ECMC goes red & blue for Buffalo Bills
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 08:30 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp., the official health care sponsor of The Buffalo Bills, this week illuminated its iconic tower lights in red and blue to demonstrate the strong support of the Buffalo Bills during the upcoming playoff games.
State clarifies vaccination eligibility
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 04:40 pm
"The State Department of Health has been having conversations with local governments today to discuss the ongoing COVID vaccination efforts. To summarize several points from these discussions and respond to some comments please be advised as follows:
Cuomo deploys 1,000 members of New York National Guard to Washington, DC
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 10:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement Wednesday night:

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