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Environmental justice & indigenous resistance focus of Niagara University's 'Transformative Visions' presidential series
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 10:00 am
Niagara University will present the third in its "Transformative Visions" presidential speaker series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Dina Gilio-Whitaker, policy director and a senior research associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, will discuss environmental justice and indigenous resistance.
Academy Park bandshell move, design approved by Village Board
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 09:30 am
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees approved a plan to move the Academy Park bandshell, and expand the structure's capabilities, at its monthly meeting Monday night.
Cuomo orders state landmarks lit purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Thu, Oct 22nd 2020 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced properties and landmarks across New York will be illuminated purple this evening to mark "Wear Purple Day," a national initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence. The Gov. Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, home to the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, also has been illuminated all week for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
HEAP season starts Nov. 2
Thu, Oct 22nd 2020 09:35 am
The 2020-21 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season will open Nov. 2 with a streamlined application process.
City of Niagara Falls allocates funds to Catholic Charities for housing relief
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 04:15 pm
In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino announced the allocation of nearly half a million dollars in aid to Catholic Charities to help local families avoid eviction and homelessness.
UB asks: Could adjuvants play a role in developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine?
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:40 pm
Agents that enhance the immune response to foreign molecules, called adjuvants, will likely play a role in developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine.
Higgins: Nearly $5,000 for NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls will receive a $4,977 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Counseling program.
Junior Achievement of WNY celebrates 100 years - virtually
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:40 pm
On Thursday, Oct. 29, Junior Achievement of WNY will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the "Virtual JA Inspiring Tomorrows Centennial Gala," with the support of presenting sponsor Wells Fargo and pillar sponsors Delta Air Lines and M&T Bank.
NYS residents urged to stay away from 40 states, as Arizona, Maryland added to COVID-19 travel advisory
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Gove. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Arizona and Maryland were added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Cuomo releases 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 12:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday released the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, indicating New York has one of the lowest positivity rates in the nation.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on extension of US-Canada travel ban through Nov. 21
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26) who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to the continued closing of the U.S.-Canada border:
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 19
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 19
Cuomo outlines new microcluster strategy to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that arise in fall
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday outlined New York's new "microcluster" strategy to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that may come with the fall and winter weather. The microcluster strategy is predicated on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement.
Cuomo announces actions to expand eligibility & ease access to food assistance for New Yorkers
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced actions aimed at reducing food insecurity among community college students, older adults and disabled New Yorkers. These actions include expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility to up to nearly 75,000 low-income college students enrolled in career or technical education course work, and shortening the SNAP application for those on fixed incomes in an effort to encourage greater enrollment among eligible older adults and disabled individuals.
Buffalo Sabres, BlueCross BlueShield distribute PPE kits to WNY schools
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York have teamed up to welcome Western New York teachers and students back to the classroom by providing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to several schools across our community. Each kit includes face coverings and hand sanitizer to help keep teachers, students and staff safe as they resume in-person education.
UB: Eviction was a problem long before the pandemic's arrival
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:55 am
Although sweeping eviction bans issued during the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal and many state governments have temporarily halted the removal of unemployed tenants from their homes, the current public health crisis has actually amplified, rather than created, what is a festering national housing issue, according to a University at Buffalo social work researcher.
Cuomo announces creation of regional domestic violence councils to engage local stakeholders in state's work to modernize & improve services for survivors
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of Domestic Violence Regional Councils that will address issues around domestic violence services and implement modern changes for improved survivor outcomes.
NOCO installing iWave Technology Systems in restaurants, businesses & homes as a measure to take on COVID-19
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
As colder weather quickly approaches, businesses are looking at ways to ensure customer and employee safety as activities move indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many safety items on their lists: the installation of air filtration systems.
Poloncarz presents 2021 Erie County proposed budget
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 10:45 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Thursday by Director of the Erie County Office of Budget and Management Robert Keating to present his fiscal year 2021 proposed Erie County budget to the Erie County Legislature, acknowledging the fiscal pressures put on by the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining measures designed to bridge a resulting initial budget gap of nearly $82 million.
Cuomo signs legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 08:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed into law legislation (S.8598/A.10628) designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York. The new law celebrates Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
Cuomo: State will withhold funds for localities & schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health law
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health laws.
Ohio, Michigan and Virginia added to NYS travel advisory; list now at 38 states
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Ohio, Michigan and Virginia have been added to New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Cuomo, Hochul announce comprehensive $35 million cleanup for former Bethlehem Steel site
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced that, under a consent order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc. and its parent corporation ArcelorMittal USA are responsible for a comprehensive cleanup estimated to cost at least $35 million at the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 01:40 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Clean out your cupboards: Erie County Department of Health promotes 'Drug Take Back Day' event Oct. 24
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 11:00 am
On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., eight sites in Erie County and 20 across Western New York will be set up for residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, this is the 19th nationwide event held since its start in 2010.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues with National Mammography Day on Oct. 16
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 10:45 am
Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place for the entire month of October, and Friday, Oct. 16, marks National Mammography Day.
Volunteers urgently needed for FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels program
Mon, Oct 12th 2020 03:00 pm
As FeedMore WNY continues to respond to the increased need for food assistance in WNY as a result of the pandemic, it is in urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound neighbors through its Meals on Wheels program.
CAO of WNY implements COVID-19 strategy across all programming
Mon, Oct 12th 2020 10:45 am
The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) has shifted its focus directly on COVID-19 as the coronavirus' negative impact on the region's underserved populations increases. CAO's website is updated to promote its comprehensive COVID-19 relief services and meet the community's needs.
SBA, Treasury announce 'Simpler' PPP forgiveness for loans of $50,000 or less
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:05 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, on Thursday released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America's smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Niagara County to hold outdoor career fair at Oppenheim Park
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training will hold an outdoor career fair next Thursday, Oct. 15, at Oppenheim Park for those seeking employment. More than 20 companies with open positions have signed up to take part.
International Day of the Girl: 'My Voice, Our Equal Future'
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:30 pm
In celebration of International Day of the Girl on Sunday, Oct. 11, Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to stand with the 1 billion-plus girls around the world who are fighting for their voice and an equal future. In these uncertain times, Girl Scouts is here to provide consistency and stability for girls. Girl Scouts isn't cancelled and continues to adapt to meet the needs of girls today.
AAA: October's focus is safety
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Safety is a top concern among several organizations this month. AAA Western and Central New York supports several efforts to keep consumers, homeowners and motorists safe. Here's a sampling of some current campaigns that are crossing over today and throughout the month:
Higgins: As Canada adjusts border policy to expand family reunification measures, time for US to do same
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:05 pm
This week, the Canadian government expanded exemptions to current U.S.-Canada border restrictions allowing for additional family reunification measures. Now, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling on the U.S. government to do the same.
Army Corps releases alternative 3 project for NFSS
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 07:00 am
The U.S. Amy Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, reports the public comment period is now underway on the plans to what is referred to as the alternative 3 "balance of plant" remediation at the Niagara Falls Storage Site in Lewiston.
Higgins & Martoche: $527,000-plus in federal funding to expand trauma counseling available to those who come before Buffalo's Human Trafficking Intervention Hub Court
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Buffalo City Court judge the Hon. Amy Martoche were joined by Evergreen Health, Via Evaluation and the Erie County Department of Health to announce a federal grant totaling $527,112 to provide new, innovative court-based trauma intervention to human trafficking survivors who are justice-involved.
Ortt, local lawmakers call for repeal of broadband expansion fee
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 10:15 am
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt was joined by Orleans County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey at a press conference Thursday morning, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to repeal a fee on broadband installers they said could threaten the expansion of broadband into under-served rural communities.
Higgins joins Community Services for Every1, Family Justice Center to announce $875,000 in federal funding to assist victims of domestic violence
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 01:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center to announce two federal grants from the Department of Justice totaling $875,000. The first, through the Office of Violence against Women in the amount of $550,000, provides resources for transitional housing and support services for individuals escaping domestic violence.
New Mexico added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New Mexico has been added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Higgins: Federal funding available to help fire departments with costs related to COVID-19
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins encouraged local volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for the second round of federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Higgins speaks directly with NTSB chairman about Western New York airplane crash
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:25 pm
Monday afternoon, Congressman Brian Higgins spoke directly with National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt about concerns related to the federal investigation into the recent airplane crash in Western New York.

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