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Jacobs: DC protest 'unacceptable & has no place in a democracy'
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 04:55 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs released the following statement Wednesday afternoon, as protestors descended upon Washington, D.C., to protest the recent election for president, and the pending transition of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden:
Higgins: Scene in Washington 'domestic terrorism'
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement Wednesday afternoon, as protestors descended upon Washington, D.C., to protest the recent election for president, and the pending transition of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden:
Jacobs statement on objecting to Electoral College certification
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 01:05 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, released the following statement regarding objections to the certification of the Electoral College:
Cuomo proposal to legalize & create equitable adult-use cannabis program
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a proposal to legalize and create a comprehensive system to oversee and regulate cannabis in New York as part of the 2021 State of the State.
Ortt & Republican conference plan to 'Reset New York'
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 04:45 pm
As the legislative session is set to begin this week, Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Republican conference on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive vision to "Reset New York."
Niagara County: Driver's license expiration extended again
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 04:15 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Tuesday said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued executive order 202.87, which extends the expiration dates on licenses and permits that expired after March 1, 2020, to Jan. 29, 2021. In addition, the executive order also continues to require all in-person transactions at DMVs be done by appointment only.
WNY senior care providers join forces to form Lineage Group
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 01:50 pm
Niagara Lutheran Health System (parent of The GreenFields Continuing Care Community), Schofield Care, and Lutheran Jamestown have taken a significant step forward in their ongoing partnership.
Higgins announces expanded benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 12:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced veterans who have Parkinsonism, bladder cancer and/or hypothyroidism as a result of Agent Orange exposure may now apply for disability compensation provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) under the recently approved National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.
North Tonawanda City Council elects Pecoraro president
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 09:10 am
The North Tonawanda City Council on Monday selected Alderman-at-Large Robert Pecoraro to serve as council president at the annual reorganization meeting.
National Guard conducts fewer funeral honors in 2020 due to pandemic
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 12:25 pm
Pandemic restrictions on funeral services resulted in New York Army and Air National Guard honor guard teams providing over 2,000 fewer military funeral services in 2020 than in 2019.
Buffalo-area man provides inspiration to become tobacco-free in 2021
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 11:30 am
Michael F. is a shining example for all tobacco users to keep trying to quit, no matter how many attempts or how long the process takes. The Buffalo resident was one of the earliest clients of the New York State Smokers' Quitline's 20-year history and frequently utilized its free services.
Cuomo signs legislation banning 'most harmful uses' of trichloroethylene
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 11:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation (S.6829/A.8829-A) banning the "most harmful uses" of trichloroethylene, or TCE, a toxic chemical used in industrial and commercial processes. The legislation bans TCE's use as a vapor degreaser, an intermediate chemical in the production of other chemicals, a refrigerant, an extraction solvent or in any other manufacturing or industrial cleaning process or use.
Mt. St. Mary's to provide Catholic Health's first COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy clinic
Thu, Dec 31st 2020 01:15 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston will open Catholic Health's first monoclonal antibiotic therapy clinic for the treatment of COVID-19 beginning the week of Jan. 4. The outpatient clinic is designed for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 10 days, and are 65 years of age or older or have other chronic medical conditions that could lead to hospitalization.
Up next: COVID-19 vaccination scams
Tue, Dec 29th 2020 11:10 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 vaccinations to steal personal information.
Erie County Department of Health changes quarantine guidance
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 06:05 pm
Following an update by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on COVID-19 quarantine requirements, the Erie County Department of Health has changed the time period for quarantine from 14 days to 10 days past last exposure.
Niagara Falls Memorial to vaccinate select outside groups
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 10:30 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been directed by the New York State Department of Health to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to selected high-risk groups that provide services outside of the medical center.
NU Family Business Center podcast
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara University Family Business Center's next podcast will run from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. To preregister for the virtual presentation, CLICK HERE. Attendees will receive an email back from career services with log-in details.
CDC to require negative COVID-19 test for air travelers from United Kingdom
Sat, Dec 26th 2020 10:20 am
On Thursday, President Donald Trump took a step to protect the health of the American people by requiring air passengers arriving from the United Kingdom to test negative, via PCR or antigen test, no more than 72 hours before departure from the U.K. to the United States.
Lewiston Tops makes large donation to Salvation Army
Thu, Dec 24th 2020 07:00 am
DiMino Lewiston Tops owner Anthony DiMino is no stranger to giving. He has been featured often in this newspaper for his donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and local anglers. This week, he and his store went above and beyond, donating $15,000 to the Salvation Army for Christmas. Volunteers have been manning the red kettle during the holiday season.
Village of Lewiston signs LWRP, shares year-end thoughts
Thu, Dec 24th 2020 07:00 am
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees is hoping Center Street will qualify for future grant monies, now that the draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is nearly complete.
Santa Claus parade visits Youngstown
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:15 pm
On Saturday, Dec. 19, the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. held a spirited Santa Claus parade on neighborhood streets. The goal was to help brighten the holiday of many impacted by COVID-19.
Higgins announces house approval of COVID-19 disaster relief package
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Monday announced the House of Representatives approved a major coronavirus disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.
Statement from Speaker Heastie on December session
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 02:10 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie released the following statement on Monday:
VFW, Deal Realty send gifts to youth
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 01:05 pm
Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 teamed with Lewiston's Deal Realty and other volunteers (including Assemblyman Angelo Morinello) to present holiday presents to 50 youth from the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club and Tuscarora Indian Elementary School.
NHL, Players' Association announce plans for 2020-21 season
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 09:00 am
The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) recently announced an agreement to play a 2020-21 regular-season schedule of 56 games beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and concluding May 8.
Deposits 4 Food makes Christmas donation
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Deposits for Food (D4F) presented checks to Heart, Love & Soul and Community Missions totaling $2,000. The funds were obtained from the collection of returnable containers and scrap metal over the past few weeks. The donation is in recognition of the Christmas season and those in need during this difficult time.
New York state reminds snowmobilers to ride safely
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 05:40 pm
At the start of snowmobiling season, New York state urges riders to keep safety in mind, both when operating and during any breaks with fellow riders.
Grand Island Holiday Light Contest winners announced
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 02:55 pm
The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department has posted the winners of its 2020 Holiday Light Contest.
Catholic Health to serve as western region lead for COVID-19 vaccination planning
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 09:40 am
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a hub approach to implementing the state's COVID-19 vaccination administration plan. He named Catholic Health the western region hub lead.
Cuomo pleased with Western New York's progress; says shutdown depends on public action
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:50 pm
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this region is improving, in terms of new positive coronavirus cases. Most of Erie County is in an "orange" micro-cluster zone, with restrictions on gatherings, businesses permitted to open and houses of worship. This week, Cuomo placed most of Niagara County into a "yellow zone," with less-cumbersome restrictions.
Commissioner Zucker issues letter to hospital administrators detailing directives to expand capacity
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:45 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Wednesday issued a letter to hospital administrators to detail directives issued by the Department of Health with regard to expanding hospital capacity as New York continues to fight COVID-19. On Dec. 7, hospitals were directed to expand capacity by 25%. Four days later, they were directed to expand by an additional 25% or cancel elective surgeries.
NYS Department of Labor: $15 minimum wage phase-in to continue; Ortt opposes measure
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the state's $15 minimum wage phase-in will continue, with the next stage taking effect Dec. 31.
Memorial to realign primary care network
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday announced plans to realign its primary care network to better serve its growing number of patients.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections down 7.1% in November
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 7.1% in November compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. November's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for local governments statewide, $102 million less than in November 2019.
Cuomo signs legislation to prevent large-scale illegal waste dumping
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 05:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S6758-B/A10803a) to strengthen penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances.
New York: More than $100 million in additional food assistance for December
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:25 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For a 10th consecutive month, about 700,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive additional food benefits to bring them up to the maximum allowable amount for December.
Higgins leads effort to make sure Americans receive full COVID-19 relief payment they are owed
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is leading an effort to see that Americans receive the full COVID-19 relief payment they are entitled to under the CARES Act. Millions of individuals are still waiting for economic impact payments.
UB expert: Biden's emphasis on unity can take politics out of pandemic response
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:20 pm
President-elect Joe Biden's emphasis on national unity as part of his administration's messaging surrounding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is an effective tool that can help minimize the influence of political ideology on the public perception of scientific conclusions, according to a University at Buffalo professor of communication.
Poloncarz: Vaccines start to arrive, but won't be available to general public 'for months'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 03:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz updated residents on the coronavirus vaccine during a press conference Monday afternoon.
New York administers its first COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 12:40 pm
On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo virtually joined Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling, Northwell Health Director of Employee Health Services Dr. Michelle Chester, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center ICU Nurse Sandra Lindsay for the first administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.

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