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Hochul signs legislation package to help individuals with disabilities
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a package of legislation to help individuals with disabilities in New York.
Higgins: $600,000 for International Institute of Buffalo to support trafficking survivors
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 01:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $600,000 awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB). Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and awarded through the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking program, this grant supports specialized housing and employment services for survivors of human trafficking.
New gallery directors at NACC
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 10:05 am
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center announced the appointment of Ray Robertson and Dana Tyrrell as co-gallery directors of the Townsend Gallery, Kudela Garden Gallery, and NACC permanent exhibitions.
$35 million for at least 1,400 supportive housing units across NYS
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 02:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced 192 conditional awards totaling $35 million to housing agencies in every region across New York to provide support services and operating funding for at least 1,400 units of supportive housing for homeless persons with special needs, conditions or other challenges.
BNSME's 26th annual golf tournament donates $10,000 to Junior Achievement of WNY
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 12:00 pm
Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives announced the proceeds of its 26th annual golf outing in June - in the amount of $10,000 - was donated to Junior Achievement of WNY.
New York State Office for the Aging, Division of Veterans' Services partner with GetSetUp to offer online courses for veterans in January
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:55 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and New York State Division of Veterans' Services have partnered with GetSetUp - a peer-to-peer online learning community for older adults aged 50 and over - to offer a new series of classes in January and February specifically on veterans' benefits.
Higgins: Federal awards for Launch NY & Seneca Nation to grow economic opportunities in distressed communities
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two Western New York entities will receive a combined $375,000 to support investment and economic opportunities in struggling communities. The U.S. Treasury awarded $225,000 to Launch NY, and $150,000 for the Seneca Nation of Indians Federal Credit Union.
COVID-19: New vaccine pop-ups designed to fight winter surge
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the deployment of more than 40 new pop-up vaccination sites across New York to fight the winter surge and rapidly spreading coronavirus omicron variant.
Higgins, Ortt, Morinello & Restaino announce expanded broadband & technology access at Niagara Falls Public Library
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 03:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino joined Niagara Falls Public Library Director Sarah Potwin on Friday to announce more than $210,000 in grants expanding access to broadband and technology for residents in Niagara Falls.
YMCA Buffalo Niagara to distribute food for Buffalo residents as part of holiday giveaway
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 10:40 am
YMCA Buffalo Niagara's "Y on the Fly" program will be distributing fresh produce for families of program participants as part of its holiday giveaway this weekend in the City of Buffalo.
'Check It! Challenge' could lead to lower risk of heart disease and stroke
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:15 pm
The American Heart Association is now recruiting participants for the "Check It! Challenge." The challenge is a communitywide program encouraging people to check, change, and control their blood pressure. This year, the program is expanding to be statewide.
Tis' the season to be giving: AT&T provides NFPD, personnel, free lunch to show appreciation to first responders
Wed, Dec 15th 2021 07:55 pm
In celebration of the holidays and to show appreciation to many of Niagara Falls' finest for all they do to keep the community safe - especially during the pandemic - AT&T purchased lunch for 100 police officers and other first responders working out of Niagara Falls Police Department's headquarters on Wednesday. AT&T hired Niagara County's own Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles food truck to provide the meals in front of the police department.
'Coffee with Chris' at Cristoforo Colombo Society
Wed, Dec 15th 2021 11:15 am
Niagara Falls City Councilman Chris Voccio has scheduled "Coffee with Chris" for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Cristoforo Colombo Society at 2223 Pine Ave.
Higgins encourages ADM to repair & preserve Great Northern grain elevator
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is encouraging swift action to repair one of Buffalo's iconic grain elevators. The Great Northern grain elevator, owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), was damaged during the weekend windstorm.
Scott Bieler of West Herr donates minivan to Family Promise of WNY
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Scott Bieler, president & CEO of West Herr Automotive Group, has generously donated a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SE to homeless children and their families at Family Promise of WNY.
Higgins announces passage of legislation promoting mental health support for health care workers
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 1667, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, works to promote mental health support for health care professionals by providing $45 million annually from 2022 through 2024 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish and improve mental health education and awareness initiatives.
National gas price average drops by 3 cents again this week
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.52, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.26.
National Grid assessing weekend weather
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 01:55 pm
National Grid is increasing staffing, extending evening and overnight work shifts, and closely monitoring an upstate New York weather forecast that calls for high winds, scattered rain and potential thunderstorms on Saturday. In preparation for the storm, the company has increased its statewide field force and activated its comprehensive emergency response plan, including:
Digital Equity Portal launches in New York
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 11:40 am
The NYS Digital Equity Portal is an interactive, online data mapping tool for communities across the state seeking data on New Yorkers' ability to access the internet to advance digital equity.
WEDI: Additional $1 million investment in new West Side Bazaar
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:30 pm
Carolynn Welch, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), announced an additional $1 million in new gifts have been pledged to "Building Community, Building Opportunity, Building the New West Side Bazaar," its $7.5 million capital campaign. This round of funding puts the campaign at $4.5 million, well past the halfway mark of the $7.5 million campaign.
Memorial Medical Center postpones Premier gala
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 03:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced it will postpone its signature black tie gala, the Premier, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
DEC proposes changes to freshwater fishing regulations to help make angling more accessible & enjoyable
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 03:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of a proposal to "clarify and simplify" sportfishing regulations based on public feedback and DEC fisheries manager reviews of rules associated with the management of the state's fisheries. The proposed rulemaking also includes a limited number of waterbody-specific regulation changes to support improved management of these waters.
William Mattar raises awareness, donations for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy code blue shelter
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
William Mattar's law offices begin their "William Mattar 4 Code Blue" campaign, raising awareness for code blue homeless shelters in our community, highlighting the vital operations of code blue, and the urgent call for supplies and donations to help those in need during frigid winter nights.
Counties seek to restore local control of sales tax revenue, bolster public health & increase flexibility in 2022 legislative session
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
The New York State Association of Counties has released its 2022 legislative program, which lays out the top priorities for New York's counties for the upcoming state legislative session. The program includes proposed policies and legislation to restore local control over sales tax, invest in public health, and help counties deliver services with improved efficiency and lower cost to local taxpayers.
New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-26) complete, ready for review
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:30 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the completion of the Final New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-2026)/Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
Seniors support local pet rescue
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 04:10 pm
Heritage Manor of Lockport is asking for the community's help to support a cause that is near and dear to its heart.
Christina P. Orsi named new president of The John R. Oishei Foundation
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 11:15 am
The board of directors of The John R. Oishei Foundation announced Christina P. Orsi will lead the region's most comprehensive private foundation. Named as the new president, Orsi will be the first woman to hold that title in the organization's history, succeeding Robert D. Gioia, who retires in January 2022 after 15 years of service.
Second Generation Theatre teams with Explore & More Museum, Buffalo Riverworks to present 'Once Upon a Holiday'
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Get lost in a winter wonderland with Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, Buffalo Riverworks, and Second Generation Theatre at "Once Upon a Holiday," a family-friendly holiday festival. On Dec. 18, families are invited to Riverworks to enjoy holiday cheer, music, dancing, skating and shopping.
AAA reminds community of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 6-10, 2021) aims to promote the importance of mobility and transportation to ensure older adults remain active in the community (i.e., shopping, working, volunteering, etc.)
National gas price average drops by 3 cents
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.36, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.54 - down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.25.
'Candy Cane Story Lane' at Old Falls Street features fun for families
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement and its College of Education have teamed up with Old Falls Street USA to transform the three-block entertainment district into "Candy Cane Story Lane." For the month of December, children and their families can take a self-guided stroll along the path to read Gregg and Evan Spiridellis' charming story "Are You Grumpy Santa?" On Saturdays, those who answer questions about the story will receive a free treat courtesy of Bryce's Snack Trailer.
ESD announces start of construction for Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition project
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 04:40 pm
Empire State Development on Friday announced the beginning of stabilization work on the roof and foundation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church. The Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition project, a not-for-profit organization that owns the church, is one of the recipients of a portion of ESD's $65 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, and will allow for increased tourism and visitation to Buffalo's historic Michigan Street African American Corridor.
Higgins announces a $482,172 American Rescue Plan Grant for Seneca Nation
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $482,172 American Rescue Plan grant for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Awarded through the Department of Education and funded by the American Indian Resilience in Education program, the grant supports education and cultural literacy programs.
Special Olympics New York to host 'Buffalo Polar Plunge,' Woodlawn Beach clean up
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 08:40 am
For those ready to "take the plunge" into the freezing waters of Lake Erie, the "Buffalo Polar Plunge" is nearly here.
NYSDOT to host public information meeting on proposed safety enhancement project on Walnut & Ferry avenues in Niagara Falls
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 08:40 am
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will host a public information meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, pertaining to a proposed highway safety improvement project scheduled to begin next fall on U.S. Route 62, Walnut and Ferry avenues, in the City of Niagara Falls.
Diocese of Buffalo names finalized families of parishes for 'Road to Renewal'
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 06:05 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo's "Road to Renewal" effort, which has the goal to reinvigorate the Catholic faith, fully optimize parish and diocesan resources, and increase the reach and impact of ministries throughout Western New York, has announced the finalized "Families of Parishes" model.
League of Women Voters of New York State announces $1 million gift
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 06:05 pm
On Giving Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of NYS (LWVNYS) announced it has received an anonymous $1 million donation to expand and strengthen its "fight to defend democracy and voting rights for all."
Niagara Falls Public Library announces efforts to increase Wi-Fi connectivity, opening of maker space
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:55 pm
The Niagara Falls Library announces the grand opening of a maker space at 1425 Main St. The opening event will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Mayor Robert Restaino and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello will be in attendance.
Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union sponsoring Town of Amherst Holiday Market
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
Cornerstone Community FCU is the presenting sponsor for the Town of Amherst Holiday Market. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. CCFCU recently celebrated its first physical location in Erie County, at 315 Stahl Road, Getzville.
Festive choral event at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:15 am
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral will have a "Festal Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday in Advent." The event takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at 139 Pearl St., Buffalo.

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