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DEC joins Great Lakes states & Canadian provinces to announce 2nd annual 'Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz'
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 12:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with seven Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces, announced the second annual "Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz," a regional campaign to inform boaters and others about the risks of introducing and spreading these invasive pests. During this coordinated outreach effort, partners throughout the Great Lakes region will be educating the public at hundreds of water access sites from June 28 to July 5.
#AdoptAPupInACup: De Dee's Dairy puts shelter dogs in ice cream cups to help them get adopted
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:45 am
Niagara County SPCA has teamed up with De Dee's Dairy in Niagara Falls on a brand-new #AdoptAPupInACup campaign to help raise funds and get shelter dogs get adopted.
Niagara County Clerk Jastrzemski: More services opening
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 05:00 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Wednesday announced additional services provided by the county clerk's office would be reopening on Monday, June 29, including appointments for all DMV transactions at the Niagara Falls location, as well as appointments for the Veterans Service Agency and the Pistol Permit Office.
State Parks releases final scoping document for statewide greenway trails plan
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 02:15 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division of Environmental Stewardship and Planning announced the release of the final scoping document for the Draft Statewide Greenway Trails Plan and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS).
'New York Forward' provides details on phase 4
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 11:50 pm
The "New York Forward" website has begun to detail the fourth phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan. Western New York is expected to enter this stage on Tuesday, June 30.
DEC issues fire danger warning
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:20 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when burning wood and brush outdoors during recent dry conditions. Although the state's prohibition on residential brush burning ended in May, fire danger still exists.
Higgins: Nearly $15,000 for NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls will receive a $14,969 grant through the U/S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's housing counseling program.
Erie County DA's Office warns public about potential charges for setting off illegal fireworks
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is reminding residents that setting off fireworks is not only dangerous and disruptive, but also an illegal activity.
MLK Jr. Park splash pad officially opens for summer 2020 season
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 09:45 am
Safe summer fun has arrived as decade-long partners the City of Buffalo, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announce the opening of the MLK Jr. splash pad at the historic Humboldt Basin.
AARP NY applauds new law designed to safeguard nursing home residents
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:00 pm
A new law designed to safeguard nursing homes against future pandemic outbreaks and other public health emergencies is a good first step in providing vital protection to residents, AARP New York announced.
Niagara County officials seek waiver for REDI projects
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 09:45 am
As planning continues toward restoration of Niagara County shoreline areas under the New York State Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI), Niagara County legislators are now putting out the call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider waiving the 5% local funding share.
Erie County: Make your living spaces safer during National Healthy Homes Month
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:40 am
With so many people now spending a significant amount of time at home, the Erie County Department of Health is urging homeowners and renters to reduce the risk of preventable injuries inside the home during National Healthy Homes Month in June.
New York State Office for the Aging reminds New Yorkers to remain vigilant against COVID-19 scams
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:40 am
New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds New Yorkers of all ages to stay aware of scams surrounding the novel coronavirus. Scams have become even more sophisticated in recent years, and although COVID-19 cases are currently on the decline across the state, scammers continue to seek to take advantage of uncertainty surrounding the virus.
Catholic Health to resume hospital visitations on June 20
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 10:15 pm
Catholic Health is finalizing a plan to safely welcome visitors back to its hospitals on Saturday, June 20. Current visitor restrictions will remain in effect until that time. New processes and guidelines are being finalized based on directives issued Wednesday by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), which include limited visiting hours, limits on the number of visitors at one time, required facial masking, and health screenings for all visitors.
DEC announces June 27-28 is 'Free Fishing Weekend' in New York state
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:30 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced a "Free Fishing Weekend" for June 27-28. The event is the second of six "Free Fishing Days" offered in New York state every year.
Niagara County Legislator Chris Robins: 'Let the kids play'
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 12:50 pm
Niagara County Legislator Chris Robins on Wednesday called on New York state to update its guidance on organized youth sports to allow practices to begin immediately.
International disability rights leader to address people with disabilities in Niagara County
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 07:00 am
As it has for several years for its annual Disability Pride festivities, Independent Living of Niagara County is celebrating the anniversary of the Supreme Court "Olmstead v. LC" decision (June 22, 1999), which confirmed the Americans with Disabilities Act's provision that people with mental health disabilities have the right to live in the least-restrictive environment (that is, in our communities).
Can an inhaled steroid help COVID-19 patients feel better faster? UB study aims to find out
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:20 am
Researchers from the University at Buffalo are conducting a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of an inhaler-based medication on non-critical COVID-19 patients, using in-home visits, telemedicine and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to evaluate subjects and collect data.
Empower has jobs available for those out of work
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:15 am
People looking for work are invited to interview for temporary and permanent direct care positions at Empower. The not-for-profit organization is looking for additional help to support people with disabilities living in sites in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, the Town of Niagara, Sanborn and Lockport. Open interviews will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Empower's administrative offices, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.
Elder Abuse Month: Beware of scams
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:45 am
As June is Elder Abuse Month, this is a prime example of the crimes scammers commit to prey on our vulnerable elder population. If you suspect a family member is a victim of fraud, call your local police agency or NY CONNECTS (1-800-342-9871) to report.
ECMC medical intensive care unit receives national award of excellence
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 04:40 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the hospital's medical intensive care unit (MICU) has again been awarded a silver-level American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence, which is a three-year designation highlighting the unit's achievement of exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. ECMC's MICU had previously received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in June 2017 and is one of 16 silver- level Beacon awards in New York for 2020.
Niagara County Department of Health offers free drive-thru rabies immunization clinic in Wilson
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:25 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health, in partnership with the Niagara County Veterinary Society, will hold a free "drive-thru" rabies immunization clinic from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
NYS: SNAP recipients to receive additional $100 million in food assistance
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:15 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance for New Yorkers adversely affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. About 750,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable benefit for June to help them avoid food insecurity.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Hold Free Virtual Educational Conference
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:10 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. It is designed to provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts. Guest speaker is Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." The event is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
Higgins: $2.2 million-plus grant for University at Buffalo to support Parkinson's research
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of a five-year federal grant totaling $2,224,925 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to University at Buffalo for the development of a method to accurately diagnose Parkinson's disease (PD) before clinical symptoms are present.
Niagara County launches household hazardous waste voucher program
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:05 pm
The Niagara County Department of Public Works on Friday announced the launch of a household hazardous waste residential voucher program. Niagara County residents will be able to dispose of up to 50 pounds of acceptable waste at no cost.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announces grant awards from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 11:00 am
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced 98 Western New York organizations received more than $2 million in grant awards from endowment funds created to carry on the legacy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
Higgins: Over $52.8 million to help WNY hospitals respond to COVID-19 costs
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York hospitals will receive over $52.8 million in federal funding designated for the nation's health care facilities who serve the most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Giving Project launches 'Ticket to Ride' campaign benefiting Fantastic Friends of WNY
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:25 am
The Giving Project has teamed up with Fantastic Friends of WNY for a sweepstakes where they will be giving away a 2020 Vanderhall Carmel Blackjack, sponsored by PLB Sports and Entertainment (PLBSE) the inventor of "Flutie Flakes." PLBSE saw an opportunity to help give back to the Western New York community, which made the cereal famous, by joining the "Ticket to Ride" campaign.
FeedMore WNY awarded $10,000 donation through Liberty Mutual & Safeco Insurance emergency community support grants
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance recently announced a $10,000 donation to FeedMore WNY - nominated by Stephen Mayo of Walsh Duffield - as part of an emergency community support grant to help independent agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation will go directly to FeedMore WNY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to Western New Yorkers of all ages in need.
Passenger seat program resumes
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
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 calls on Trump to apologize for tweet disparaging Buffalo protester: 'It is wholly unacceptable'
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:10 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on President Donald Trump to apologize for a tweet this morning claiming Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester who was allegedly shoved to the ground by two Buffalo Police Department officers, could be a member of antifa and might have staged the fall.
Niagara County making goggles available to hair salons, barbershops
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has goggles available for hair salons and barbershops to help them meet the state reopening guidelines. Andres said the guidelines initially required face shields, but now have been amended by New York state to include goggles.
Higgins: More than $4.4 million in additional CARES Act aid for WNY
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive more than $4.4 million in additional federal aid to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
Lockport CARES to reopen
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:45 am
The board of directors and the executive director are happy to announce that Lockport CARES will re-open Monday June 15, at our 188 Genesee St. shelter, with modifications, to accept men, women and families experiencing emergency homelessness. Beginning with our 7 p.m. shift on Monday, June 15, guests will be welcomed into our shelter from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week. This new modification will continue for 30 days and then be reconsidered based on safety factors and overall effectiveness of the shelter.
 

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