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Hochul: $76 million affordable housing development and fresh food market in Buffalo's central business district
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new, $76 million development with 201 mixed-income affordable homes and a brand-new, 22,000-square-foot fresh food market will open soon in Buffalo. 201 Ellicott was constructed on an underutilized city-owned surface parking lot in Buffalo's central business district after undergoing brownfield remediation.
Higgins announces approval of legislation delivering federal funding to help states tackle opioid crisis
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2021 (H.R. 2379). The bipartisan legislation provides $1.75 billion each year from 2022 through 2027 to help states and tribes prevent and reduce substance abuse. The annual allocation represents an increase over the $1.5 billion provided for 2021.
DEC announces leftover deer management permits available Nov. 1
Wed, Oct 20th 2021 03:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Wednesday announced remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several wildlife management units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1.
New York Power Authority donates retired electric vehicles to NYS educational institutions for clean energy workforce training
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:50 pm
The New York Power Authority on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative pilot program to donate retired electric vehicles to regional educational institutions for use in automotive training programs to help students learn the skills needed to enter the clean energy workforce.
Higgins cosponsors legislation addressing cargo pilot fatigue
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is cosponsoring the Safe Skies Act of 2021 (H.R. 4075). This bill, led by Rep. Salud Carbajal of California, builds on previous flight safety legislation to ensure that cargo pilots fly a safe number of hours and have sufficient rest.
Doty to be honored
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 09:00 pm
The Niagara River Masonic Lodge No. 785 will honor Maj. Clyde Doty of the New York State Park Police for his heroism on Nov. 7, 2019, at the brink of the Falls. Doty will be presented with the prestigious DeWitt Clinton Award, which is given for extraordinary public service.
Tops partners with Pandol Bros. to honor veterans
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 02:50 pm
Tops Friendly Markets has partnered with Pandol Bros. to honor veterans. Through Veterans Day, customers will find specially packaged red, black and green grapes in participating Tops Friendly Markets stores that will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
DiNapoli: ESD falls short in evaluation of nearly $2 billion of economic development programs
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 02:45 pm
Empire State Development, the public authority responsible for administering many of New York state's economic development programs, has failed to fully evaluate most of its programs to determine if they are boosting the state's economy and promoting promised job and business growth, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
American Heart Association fills key position
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 02:40 pm
The American Heart Association (AHA) announced a new member to its Buffalo-Niagara team.
City of Niagara Falls announces Halloween hours
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 02:40 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino recently announced Halloween in the City of Niagara Falls will be observed from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
Niagara County Legislator Owen Steed to host community forum on county services
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:30 pm
Niagara County Legislator Owen Steed will host a community forum for residents to learn about many of the services available to them through Niagara County and partner agencies. The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Doris Jones Family Resource Center, 2001 9th St., Niagara Falls.
'Food as Medicine': Buffalo to lead growing national movement
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:20 pm
You are what you eat, and though that idea was first articulated and explored in the 19th century and beyond, now, some of the nation's leading medical experts and nutritionists will collaborate with Western New York's leading advocates to proactively advance the concept further and highlight the fact that food is indeed medicine, advancing a movement here in Western New York that has been growing rapidly in the U.S. in recent years.
Batavia Downs events generate support of 'Operation Warm'
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:20 pm
Western Region Off Track Betting President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek was joined by Batavia Downs employees and members of the Batavia Fire Department as a check for $2,000 was presented to "Operation Warm." The initiative provides brand-new shoes and coats to needy children across the North America.
As families prepare to receive next Child Tax Credit Payment, Higgins heads back to Washington to fight for it to be included in Build Back Better Act
Thu, Oct 14th 2021 08:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins expressed his support to extend the expanded Child Tax Credit for the next five years through the Build Back Better Act, which builds on the success of the American Rescue Plan and invests in the American people.
ECMC's Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility one of Newsweek's Best Nursing Homes 2022
Thu, Oct 14th 2021 08:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. announced Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility was recognized on Newsweek's Best Nursing Homes 2022 list.
WNY youth stress dangers of menthol to community during tie-dye event
Wed, Oct 13th 2021 04:45 pm
Last week, I gathered with students across Buffalo and Niagara Falls for an event highlighting dangers of menthol-flavored tobacco products. This was the first activity of this school year for our Tobacco-Free Erie and Niagara's youth program, Reality Check.
Higgins: $248,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding for Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties
Tue, Oct 12th 2021 09:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $248,077 awarded to Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. (NACS). Funded by the American Rescue Plan and awarded through the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the grant supports tribes and organizations seeking to ensure the survival and vitality of Native American languages.
Team Buffalo seeks new members for Transplant Games of America
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 05:35 pm
Team Buffalo is seeking transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families to join in preparations for the Transplant Games of America. The team includes members of the organ, cornea, tissue, and bone marrow transplant community from around Western New York.
Gas prices see sharp increase as crude oil prices continue to rise
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 09:25 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.27, up 7 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.19. The New York average is $3.35 - up 7 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.26.
Aminatta Forna kicks off 2021-22 BABEL author series Oct. 14
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 09:45 pm
Just Buffalo Literary Center welcomes novelist and essayist Aminatta Forna to Buffalo this Thursday for a lecture and conversation at Kleinhans Music Hall. The event begins at 8 p.m., with doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at
Bishop Michael W. Fisher reinstates 4 priests; Anderson & Associates skeptical
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 09:15 pm
Following independent investigations and review and recommendation by the independent review board of the Diocese of Buffalo concerning allegations which the diocese determined to be unsubstantiated, Bishop Michael W. Fisher has accepted the IRB's recommendations and has reinstated the following priests who were previously placed on administrative leave:
AAA shares motorcycle safety tips for bikers & drivers
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 09:10 pm
Saturday, Oct. 9, is National Motorcycle Ride Day, and AAA Western and Central New York is reminding both drivers and bikers of key safety tips as bikers make the most of the final rides of the season.
Hochul signs legislation package to combat opioid crisis
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.911/A.2354, S.1795/A.533, S.2523/A.868, S.6044/A.128, S.7228/A.5511) aimed toward reducing drug-related overdose deaths across New York - and encouraging those suffering from addiction to seek help in their recovery.
UB School of Management to honor alumni executives, leaders in COVID-19 vaccine effort
Thu, Oct 7th 2021 12:45 pm
The University at Buffalo School of Management will honor the co-leaders of the Western New York Vaccination Hub and several alumni at the school's annual awards ceremony this fall.
$25 million available to strengthen security at nonprofit organizations
Thu, Oct 7th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the availability of an additional $25 million to help nonprofit organizations improve the security of their facilities to better protect those at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.
Higgins: $250,000 for Buffalo Refugee Careers Pathway Project
Wed, Oct 6th 2021 03:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $250,000 federal grant has been awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo and community partners through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The funding will support continuation of the Buffalo Refugee Careers Pathway Project.
Kiwanis Club installation ceremony
Wed, Oct 6th 2021 02:50 pm
The Kiwanis Club of Northern Niagara County held its installation of 2021-22 officers on Sunday.
City of Niagara Falls, Haudenosaunee Elders & Niagara River Iroquois Dancers at opening ceremony for Niagara Falls Indigenous Peoples weekend at Niagara Reservation State Park
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 05:30 pm
The City of Niagara Falls, in collaboration with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Niagara Parks, Niagara Falls Illumination Board, Atlantis School For Gifted Youngsters, Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) Elders, and Niagara River Iroquois Dancers, will kick off the opening ceremony for Indigenous Peoples weekend at 6 p.m. Thursday at Terrapin Point in Niagara Reservation State Park.
Botanical Gardens presents newest rendition of 'Gardens After Dark': 'Autumn Twilight'
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 10:05 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced its latest exhibit in the "Gardens After Dark" series, "Autumn Twilight." Happening on select nights throughout the month of October, visitors can enjoy the warm glow of the fall season.
Niagara Hospice holds remembrance event at Transit Drive-In
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 09:25 am
Niagara Hospice recently held a remembrance celebration event at the Transit Drive-In in Lockport. Nearly 200 Niagara County family members attended to honor loved ones who died under hospice care during the past year.
Grand opening of innovative Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the nation's first nature trail specifically designed to address the sensory needs of those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities is open at Letchworth State Park.
$144,500-plus in American Rescue Plan funding for Buffalo History Museum
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced The Buffalo History Museum was awarded $144,518 in American Rescue Plan funding to support the continuation of programs and protection of local jobs during the pandemic.
Higgins announces $750,000 in federal funding for Launch NY
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $750,000 federal grant awarded to Launch NY. Funded by the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), the grant will support Launch NY's investments in technology-driven start-ups across upstate New York.
$20 million in stabilization funding to support addiction service providers in NYS
Thu, Sep 30th 2021 10:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced New York state has secured $20 million in federal funding through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program to assist addiction service providers with loss of revenue and operating expenses incurred as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Niagara Area Foundation accepting grant applications through Oct. 15
Thu, Sep 30th 2021 10:40 pm
The Niagara Area Foundation, a geographic division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations for the 2021 grant cycle. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and can be submitted online at
Memorial to hold vaccine booster clinics
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 02:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will begin holding weekly community COVID-19 vaccine booster shot clinics this week.
HEAP application assistance returning for senior citizens
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 08:20 pm
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino announced the return of HEAP application assistance for seniors, offered in cooperation with the Niagara County Office of the Aging.
NYS, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper announce completion of $2 million Buffalo Blueway public access project at DEC Ohio Street Site
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 08:20 pm
Empire State Development, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of the $2 million renovated Buffalo Blueway site, DEC's Buffalo River - Ohio Street fishing access site. The ESD-funded project, completed by BNW, adds to the network of public access points along the city's waterways as part of the Buffalo Blueway project, a regional effort to improve and enhance waterfront access and opportunities for recreation.
Special Olympics NY opens student registration for first 'Cool School Polar Plunge' in Buffalo
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 07:00 am
Special Olympics New York has opened student registration for its first "Cool School Polar Plunge," an entire day dedicated to Western New York students who commit to raising funds for local Special Olympics athletes by plunging into the cold water at Woodlawn Beach State Park on Friday, Dec. 3. First Student will award $1,000 scholarships to the top male and female fundraisers, who will also be crowned "king and queen" at the event.
Hochul announces launch of mapping survey to examine quality & availability of broadband across state
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 07:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the launch of a Broadband Mapping Consumer Survey to assist in New York's first-ever in-depth statewide mapping study of broadband to identify the availability, reliability and cost of high-speed broadband services across the state.

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