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Cuomo to send 'New York Cares' package to President Trump & first lady
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he is sending a "New York Cares" get well package to President Trump and first lady Melania Trump following news they contracted the novel coronavirus. The care package will include fresh apples from Upstate farms, bagels from New York City, cheesecake from Junior's, chicken wings from Dinosaur BBQ, and apple cider.
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity is now taking donations for Habitat ReSale pop-up store
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity is hosting a one-of-a-kind Habitat ReSale pop-up store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at its new office location. Funds raised will help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need (and keeps extra building supplies and home furnishings out of landfills). Items for sale will have been donated to the pop-up store and are then sold to the community at a fraction of retail price.
NYS Office for the Aging recognizes older New Yorkers on 30th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 10:30 am
The New York State Office for the Aging, on Thursday, commemorated the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, passed by the United Nations on Dec. 14, 1990. Each Oct. 1, the International Day of Older Persons recognizes the important contributions older adults make to communities across the world, and this year raised awareness of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the health and wellness of the older adult population.
Higgins: $375,000 in federal funding for Launch NY
Thu, Oct 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $375,000 federal grant from the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund for Launch NY, an Upstate New York nonprofit Venture Development Organization (VDO) that supports and invests in high-growth, high-impact companies across the 27 westernmost counties in New York.
Higgins advocates for approval of Fairness to Kids with Cancer Bill
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 05:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling for Congress to approve the Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act (H.R. 4429). The proposed legislation, which Higgins is cosponsoring, seeks to achieve parity between the share of federal funding for cancer research that is allocated to pediatric cancer research and the percentage of the U.S. population that is under the age of 18.
Woman fatally shot near 20th Street and Center Avenue
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 04:50 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino's office reported that, at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, a 25-year-old Niagara Falls woman was shot and killed at 20th Street and Center Avenue.
Higgins announces details of proposed Heroes Act COVID relief package
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced details of a newly released pandemic response package from the House of Representatives that provides relief to families, communities and businesses struggling due to the current pandemic. The updated Heroes Act legislation provides $2.2 trillion to address the immediate needs of the ongoing economic and health crisis, including direct relief to Americans and local municipalities.
NYS initiative to train 1,000+ workers to install green building technologies to combat climate change
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the Career Pathway Training Partnerships program in high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and electric heat pump technologies to prepare New Yorkers for the growing number of job opportunities in the clean energy industry.
National Grid files proposal for up to $50 million in COVID-19 relief
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:40 am
National Grid on Tuesday filed a customer assistance proposal with its New York regulator that would provide up to $50 million in financial assistance to support its most economically vulnerable residential customers as well as businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic's financial impact.
COVID-19: Cuomo appoints members of clinical advisory task force to review vaccines for safety and efficacy
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday appointed the members of the state's independent clinical advisory task force that will review every COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the federal government, and will advise New York state on the vaccines' safety and effectiveness in fighting the virus.
48th annual Black Achievers celebration goes virtual this weekend
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:45 pm
On Oct. 3, Black Achievers Inc., will honor 36 outstanding individuals when it hosts the 48th annual Black Achievers Virtual Awards Celebration. Earlier this month, Buffalo Black Achievers CEO Herbert L. Bellamy Jr. released the names of six special award recipients.
Higgins announces passage of bills aimed at honoring & supporting nation's veterans
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced passage of bills aimed at honoring and supporting this nation's veterans through improvements in health care, mental health care and earned benefit programs.
NYS executive order reminds international travelers coming from level 2 & 3 countries to quarantine, fill out travel form
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed an executive order reminding international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and 3 countries to quarantine and fill out the New York State Department of Health traveler health form to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as countries across the globe experience second waves of the virus.
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 28
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 28
Cuomo: Moratorium on COVID-19-related residential evictions extended until Jan. 1, 2021
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state's Tenant Safe Harbor Act will be expanded until Jan. 1, 2021, to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The executive order extends the protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act to eviction warrants that existed prior to the start of the pandemic.
Niagara County announces community engagement meetings on sheriff's office
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 03:00 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh and Acting Sheriff Michael Filicetti on Friday announced the next steps Niagara County is taking to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate that local governments undertake a police reform and reinvention collaborative initiative.
Land conservancy files suit against seller; current buyer speaks out
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The story surrounding the sale of a former farmland site in the Town of Niagara took a number of interesting turns this week. The Town of Niagara Farmland Conservancy says it will file a lawsuit against the George Mannoe family, the former owners of a 26-acre parcel located on the east side of Miller Road after they decided to sell to another buyer, Alexis Johnson.
Town of Niagara cancels more events due to COVID-19
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The Town of Niagara announced a number of event cancellations this week, including some related to wintertime festivities. The cancellations were announced via the following message, which was posted to the town's website earlier this week:
Town of Niagara board: Public hearing scheduled for aerospace project
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
Among the news from this week's Town of Niagara board meeting was that the town is scheduling a public hearing regarding the rezoning of property at the former U.S. Army Reserve Center from light industrial to heavy industrial.
Salvation Army Empire State Division sets out to 'Rescue Christmas' due to immense impact of COVID-19
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 01:05 pm
For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.
Administration: $200 million from CDC to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.
Niagara Falls Fire Department memorial service canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Niagara Falls Fire Department Mutual Aid Association is canceling the annual memorial service held to honor brothers and sisters who have passed away this past year.
Memorial to conduct COVID-19 testing Friday at City Market
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:30 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept 25, at the Niagara Falls City Market on East Market Street.
Higgins announces approval of suicide prevention legislation
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives has approved four pieces of legislation to further federal efforts toward suicide prevention in the U.S.
During Climate Week, Cuomo announces finalization of new standards to cut hydroflourocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigerants
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations have been finalized to significantly reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons in New York and help prevent these climate-altering gases from affecting the state's environment and public health.
Sun safety tips for outdoor learning and recreation
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 01:35 pm
With summer winding down and school beginning, you may find that sun protection isn't top of mind like it is during warmer months. But harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are present year-round and can be just as dangerous in the schoolyard as they are at the beach. With many schools implementing outdoor learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sun protection for children when they head to school is more important than ever.
Higgins announces approval of CROWN Act
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved HR 5309, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The bill explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair texture or style, commonly experienced by Black Americans.
5 states added to travel advisory, 10 million COVID-19 diagnostic tests conducted
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced five states - Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming - have been added to New York State's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
HUD awards over $212 million in CARES Act relief funds to New York
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 09:30 am
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently announced the allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The allocation focuses funds toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. To date, HUD has provided nearly $5 billion in CDBG funding nationwide to help communities combat the coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship.
New York State Office for the Aging launches new tool to help older new & high-risk individuals protect themselves from COVID-19
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 02:05 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of "CV19 CheckUp" in New York, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual's risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior, and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections down 7.8% in August
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Local government sales tax revenue declined by 7.8% in August compared to the same period last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. August's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for counties and cities, or $111 million less than in August 2019.
Cuomo announces executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Oct. 20
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until Oct. 20.
Voters with disabilities in 5 counties can get free rides to vote
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:50 pm
Independence Express, the transportation branch of Western New York Independent Living Inc. will provide free van rides to people with disabilities living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties who need a ride to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Or, if one would prefer to cast a vote prior to Election Day, one can get a ride to a designated early voting site in their county during its limited hours of operation between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1.
DEC: Youth Pheasant Hunting Weekend for Western New York
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 11:50 am
A special youth-only pheasant hunting weekend will be held in Western New York on Oct. 10-11, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced. The hunt will occur one week prior to the regular pheasant hunting season and enables junior hunters (ages 12-15 years old) to hunt pheasants with a licensed adult companion. The 2020-21 regular pheasant season opens Oct. 17.
Information sought, as Niagara Falls woman struck in hit and run accident
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 10:10 am
At approximately 11:52 p.m. on Sunday, a 36-year-old Niagara Falls woman was struck by a vehicle while she was attempting to cross Walnut Avenue at 20th Street.
Cuomo announces 'Free Fishing Day,' Saturday, Sept. 26
Sat, Sep 19th 2020 07:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York residents can fish for free on Saturday, Sept. 26, which is National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated each year to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and target shooting.
Niagara County Department of Health encourages communities to protect themselves against flu - especially this season
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 04:20 pm
It's fall, and influenza (flu) season is here again. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. The virus also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Flu can cause severe illness, hospitalization and death. Anyone can get the flu, and serious problems can occur at any age.
DMV to expand online services
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding online services, making it easier for New Yorkers to do business with the DMV from the comfort of their homes, and allowing the DMV to serve more customers in person who cannot complete their transactions online.
Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick to keynote at NU
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:50 pm
Niagara University will present the first in its "Transformative Visions" presidential speaker series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Castellani Art Museum. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, will be the inaugural speaker for the series, which will feature conversations with visionaries who have imagined and struggled to create a just future.
Audit: Wheatfield in 'decent position' to weather COVID-19-related financial problems
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
Despite the effects of the pandemic, the Town Wheatfield received a generally favorable review of its finances this week by independent auditing firm Drescher and Malecki. However, the town was cautioned to monitor its finances closely as harsh reductions in sales tax revenue and state aid funding are looming.

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