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DEC announces 2020 'I BIRD NY' challenges
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the start of the 2020 "I BIRD NY" challenges for beginner and experienced birders. The program was launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in 2017, to build on the state's efforts to increase access to New York's vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature.
Cuomo signs legislation extending deadline to submit absentee ballots to day of election
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23. The governor previously issued executive orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections and ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.
New York State Parks to accept new camping reservations
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 pm
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will begin accepting new camping reservations beginning Monday, June 8, for check-in beginning June 22.
Niagara County 'OneStop' employment center to reopen
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 02:25 pm
Legislator Jesse Gooch on Friday announced the Niagara County Employment & Training "OneStop" Center located in the Trott Access Center will reopen on a limited basis beginning Monday, June 8. The center has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County COVID-19 information line changing hours of operation
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County's COVID-19 information line will change its hours of operation beginning Saturday, June 6 The new hours for the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Two Buffalo police officers suspended following shoving incident
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:25 am
At the end of a protest Thursday at Niagara Square in the City of Buffalo, WBFO caught two Buffalo Police Department officers engaging with a 75-year-old man. That individual is shown being shoved and falling to the ground. He remained there until medical help arrived.
In modeling COVID-19 locally, UB informatics experts focus on community reopening
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 03:45 pm
In a few short months, an interdisciplinary team of University at Buffalo researchers has reoriented its focus from academic pursuits in order to model the local transmission of COVID-19 cases. Now, with the first wave of cases subsiding, members are turning their attention to modeling the effects of reopening the local economy.
Siegel Foundation, partners announce food distribution on Buffalo's east side
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 03:05 pm
On Fridays, June 5-19, the Herb and Aaron Siegel Foundation will spearhead an effort to deliver meals across the East Side of Buffalo in order to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of partners Rich Products, Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Citizen Action of New York, Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Family Services and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Siegel Foundation will donate 1,000 meals on each of those days to families during these difficult times.
UB to host virtual Bloomsday celebration with Joyce fans around world
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 03:05 pm
James Joyce lovers worldwide are welcome to join the University at Buffalo for the James Joyce Collection Virtual Bloomsday Celebration, an evening to honor the famed writer's landmark book "Ulysses" - considered by many to be the novel of the 20th century.
Niagara Falls Memorial's ER1 Emergency Department announces telehealth service
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 03:00 pm
Area residents concerned about visiting the emergency room during the COVID-19 pandemic now have another option for seeking care.
Higgins: $800,000-plus in telehealth funding for WNY
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $803,135 to in federal funding to provide telehealth services to Western New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program.
Learn how to navigate financial impact of COVID-19 on family businesses
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
Join a panel of financial experts from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 4, as they provide insight into ways to navigate the financial challenges family businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The discussion, presented via Zoom, is the second in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Cuomo announces dentists can reopen statewide
Sun, May 31st 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced New York dentists can reopen statewide on Monday.
NFMMC updates schedule for community COVID-19 testing
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has updated its schedule for performing community diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The schedule, effective immediately, was revised to better reflect public demand for this testing.
Higgins: Over $20 million in federal emergency funding for WNY nursing homes
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Parks releases final scoping document for Draft Historic Preservation Plan, GEIS
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the final scoping document for the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-25) and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
NY Farm Bureau encourages farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
Higgins & Niagara County Clerk Jastrzemski announce VA accreditation to better serve veterans in WNY
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski announced the accreditation of Jeffrey M. Glatz, director of the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency. As a fully accredited representative of the American Legion, he can now work on the preparation and presentation of claims for veteran benefits.
10 Mile Garage and Sidewalk Sale postponed
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:25 am
Niagara Frontier Publications is postponing the annual 10 Mile Garage and Sidewalk Sale.
Food drive for Care-N-Share Food Pantry
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:20 am
The Town of Lewiston Senior Center will hold a food drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, to benefit the Care-N-Share Food Pantry in Ransomville. The donation drop-off will take place at the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road, to assist the pantry in restocking its shelves.
Census Bureau to deliver 2020 census questionnaires in most upstate counties
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:05 pm
The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in most upstate New York counties starting Wednesday, May 27. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child Care centers hit hard by COVID-19, according to study by Niagara University's Levesque Institute
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:00 pm
A report recently released by Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement reveals some sobering statistics concerning the current and future status of Niagara County's licensed, center-based child care centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carnegie Art Center announces a virtual art festival for artists, art collectors
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
The Carnegie Art Center (CAC) announced the Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Art Experience as an alternative to in-person art festivals this summer. The virtual festival will be a website that will be released to the public on July 1 and will be on view until Aug. 1. The CAC is currently seeking artists and craftspeople to apply to participate in the virtual festival. Deadline to submit artwork is Saturday, May 30.
Independent Health and YMCA present 'Fitness in the Parks: Home Edition'
Tue, May 26th 2020 09:45 am
Independent Health is once again teaming up with the YMCA to offer free fitness classes this summer with "Fitness in the Parks: Home Edition!" Through Facebook Live, a series of virtual fitness classes will be offered each week for the community to take part in from the comfort of their own home. All classes will continue to be led by certified YMCA instructors.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to get outside safely, responsibly & locally during state's ongoing response to COVID-19
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:20 pm
Prior to the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation close to home during the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. DEC recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, show respect, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.
Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins announce plans to convene session next week
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:00 pm
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Friday announced the New York State Legislature plans to convene session next week to pass legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 26, with session scheduled for the days following.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development funding announcement: 'NY Forward' loan fund
Fri, May 22nd 2020 02:55 pm
On Friday, Gov. Cuomo announced the New York Forward Loan Fund aimed at supporting New York state small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and "NYS on PAUSE."
Buffalo sports trivia to benefit American Cancer Society
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:55 am
Buffalo sports fans, assemble! Join Buffalo sports personality Sal Capaccio and the American Cancer Society at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, for the ACS's first virtual Buffalo sports trivia contest.
Niagara University's Mission Committee, Levesque Institute raise $2,700 for local agencies
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:40 am
A 10-day donation drive organized by Niagara University's Mission Committee and its Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement raised $2,700 to assist three community partners with local food efforts during COVID-19. Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier, the Magdalene Project of Niagara Falls and Heart, Love & Soul will each receive $900 to help as food costs rise and needs escalate as a result of the coronavirus.
New York state park beaches open for swimming
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:35 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation opened 16 beaches across the state for swimming on Friday, with lifeguards staffed at normal levels to ensure public safety.
Cuomo: Summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spread. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue. School districts must also develop a plan for students with disabilities who participate in extended summer school year programs over the summer to ensure they receive instruction.
AAA shares motorcycle safety tips for bikers and drivers
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:10 am
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and AAA Western and Central New York is reminding both drivers and bikers of key safety tips as the weather gets nicer. With Memorial Day weekend upon us, many bikers will choose to ride free on the open road amid summerlike temperatures. As an advocate for traffic safety, AAA hopes to reduce crashes and keep the rest of the spring and summer safe for all roadway users.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee announces Greenway awards
Wed, May 20th 2020 03:15 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announced five new awards totaling approximately $2 million for beautification and improvement projects along the Buffalo and Erie County portion of the Greenway.
Niagara County Pride, City of Niagara Falls uphold pride flag-raising tradition
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:05 pm
Niagara County Pride and the City of Niagara Falls will hold a modified pride flag-raising ceremony at 2 p.m. June 1 at Niagara Falls City Hall.
Niagara County to host drive-thru mask pickup for businesses
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:00 pm
Niagara County has begun phase one of "New York Forward" with some businesses beginning to reopen. As such, Legislator Will Collins on Wednesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services is hosting a two-day drive-thru mask pickup station for those who need to acquire face coverings for their employees.
Jericho Road opens new medical clinic in Buffalo City Mission's New Community Center
Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 am
Jericho Road Community Health Center has opened its fourth health center in the City of Buffalo, located in the Buffalo City Mission's new community center, the Alfiero Family Center for Hope and Promise. Located at 100 E. Tupper St., the clinic was developed in partnership with the City Mission as part of its $15 million center - scheduled to open later this fall to the whole community.
Cuomo: State bringing in international experts to help advise state's reopening plan
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state is bringing in international experts to help advise the state's reopening plan. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, senior lecturer at Imperial College London, will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.
Higgins calls on federal railroad administration to conduct swift & transparent investigation of train derailment in East Aurora
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to "thoroughly and expeditiously" investigate and publicly report on the details which led to a train derailment in East Aurora on Monday.
Jacobs introduces legislation to protect privacy rights in contact tracing
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has introduced legislation (S8327) to protect the privacy rights of New York residents as the state begins to engage in contact tracing efforts as a key part of its reopening strategy.
 

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