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Schumer & Higgins call on postmaster general to address 'dangerous' traffic situation at Williamsville Post Office
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 01:50 pm
"Fed up with repeated excuses and delays," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, are calling on the United States Postal Service to fix what they called a "dangerous" traffic situation in the vicinity of the Williamsville Post Office branch.
New York's brownfield cleanup program marks successful year
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:55 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced another year of successful environmental cleanups as part of the state's brownfield cleanup program (BCP).
Niagara Falls City Council issues response to Brown's resignation from Water Board
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:55 am
On Tuesday, the Niagara Falls City Council received Patrick Brown's request to step down as the board's appointee to the Niagara Falls Water Board. As Brown explained in his letter, his decision was based on his family's best interest.
Higgins: Federal fire grants available to local departments for fire prevention & safety
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the fire prevention and safety grant application period is now open with a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.
New area leadership for Lockport ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 11:15 am
R. Bradley Simpson, the stake president of the Buffalo NY Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has called a new bishopric for the Lockport ward located at 6339 Hamm Road.
Higgins & Buffalo State College SBDC to host virtual workshop preparing small businesses for funding opportunities
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins and SUNY Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) invite local small businesses to a free virtual workshop to help prepare for future funding opportunities by identifying and reviewing required documents and financial information for funding applications.
Funding for Great Lakes projects available
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:50 pm
The Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) recently announced the call for proposals for 2021 Great Lakes Research Consortium small grants funding. Grants are available up to $25,000 per project as seed funding for new, cooperative projects that contribute to the protection and restoration of the health of New York's Great Lakes and for ecosystem-based management
Council for Older Adults calls for heritage recipes
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:45 pm
The Council for Older Adults in Niagara County launched a unique project to document the area's cultural history through food. The COA invited all Niagara County residents to submit traditional family recipes to preserve and commemorate their cultural history and honor their loved ones through the creation of a community cookbook. "A Taste of History: Heritage Recipes from Niagara County" will be available for sale later this year for a nominal fee.
Buffalo Rotary donating $50,000 to bolster local pandemic relief
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:20 pm
Due to the extraordinary need in the community caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Buffalo will provide much-needed aid to six local organizations that have been challenged to provide assistance to people in need of basic food and supplies.
Following Higgins' request, $13.5 million+ in federal funding directed to Buffalo Harbor breakwater
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced plans for major improvements to the north breakwater in the Buffalo Harbor thanks to $13.5 million in federal funding. The resources were included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District's funding allocation work plan released this week.
Girls on the Run of Buffalo partnering with Rite Aid Foundation to impact lives
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates community-level health challenges, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations, The Rite Aid Foundation is partnering with Girls on the Run International to support the health and wellness of girls today and into the future.
Memorial to hold free COVID-19 testing event
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center will conduct free community testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Niagara Falls Public Library's Earl W. Brydges Building, 1425 Main St. The testing will be funded by the CARES Act grant provided to Memorial by the City of Niagara Falls.
Expansion of Mandela Market on Buffalo's East Side
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the completion of the Mandela Market's expansion project on the East Side of Buffalo. The $145,000 expansion, at 272 E. Ferry S., was supported by funding from the state's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund and Buffalo Billion II initiative. It is designed to provide greater access to fresh fruit and vegetables for a neighborhood partially covered by a USDA-designated second standard food desert.
Cornerstone Community FCU unveils 'Community Cornerstone' Award program in partnership with WYRK
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
Cornerstone Community FCU, in partnership with WYRK "Country 106.5 Radio", announced a new monthly award program that honors individuals going above and beyond to positively impact the community. Every month, a winner is selected from online nominations at
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo accepting letters of intent for 2021 competitive grant process
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is accepting letters of intent for its 2021 competitive grant process through 4 p.m. Feb. 1.
21st century technology helps explain 19th century engineering marvel
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:45 am
The Erie Canal Discovery Center/Lockport Visitor Center has been given a 21st century technology boost to help tourists and local residents understand the 19th century Erie Canal locks of Lockport.
SOTS: Proposal to expand home ownership in historically redlined communities to bridge racial wealth gap
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a targeted package of reforms aimed at increasing homeownership rates in communities that have been adversely impacted by redlining, as part of his 2021 State of the State. The package would enable low- and moderate-income borrowers - particularly households of color - to achieve homeownership and put historically underserved communities on track to close the racial wealth gap.
Higgins & Poloncarz announce $81,000-plus for senior volunteer program
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Erie County Senior Services was awarded an $81,391 federal grant through the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program.
Buffalo Broadcasters to host 'Toast and Taste' with Kevin LoVullo
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:05 pm
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association will host its first virtual wine tasting event with wine expert Kevin LoVullo at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.
Cuomo talks infrastructure on day 4 of SOTS
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday continued his 2021 State of the State address. His 2021 agenda - "Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew" - features a suite of initiatives to not only begin reopening New York as the state continues its work to defeat the COVID-19 virus, but also investing billions into infrastructure improvements to build a new New York.
UB to offer Indigenous health disparities course this spring
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:45 am
As the University at Buffalo seeks to expand its commitment to Indigenous studies, a new course being offered this spring in the School of Public Health and Health Professions aims to teach students about the health disparities Indigenous populations face.
NCDOH: First week of POD at Transit Drive-In Theatre successful due to planning & partnerships
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announces the first week of Point of Dispensing (POD) operations was a large success due to years of planning and valuable partnerships.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2021 scholarship process is open
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo scholarship application process for the 2021-22 academic year is now open. Applications are due by May 1, and must be submitted online.
Olmsted's South Park Arboretum secures first curator
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 11:20 am
After a thorough nationwide search, on Jan. 4 the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy welcomed Margaret Lapp as the organization's first curator for the South Park Arboretum. Thanks to a "generous" capacity grant from KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation, the funded curator position will commence administering the first six of 11 phases approved for returning the Olmsted original design.
Notice of bar date for filing claims against Diocese of Buffalo
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 04:55 pm
The United States Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of New York has set Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) as the deadline (the "bar date") for asserting claims against the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, in the diocese's Chapter 11 proceeding, including any claims relating to sexual abuse.
NOCO enters $120 million agreement for 15 solar arrays
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 02:00 pm
NOCO, on Monday, announced the company has reached a master agreement with developers to purchase the solar credits from approximately 15 solar array installations across the National Grid and NYSEG service territories. The $120 million contract is estimated to generate approximately 60 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Niagara Falls State Park announces handicraft lottery
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
Applications for the 2021 Native American handicraft sales permits are available for the upcoming summer season at Niagara Falls State Park.
Niagara Falls City Council seeks Planning Board candidates
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 08:35 pm
The Niagara Falls City Council is seeking candidates for the Planning Board. The council is looking to fill positions for immediate opportunities, as well as openings that may arise in the near future.
Niagara County clerk reminds pistol permitholders to recertify
Thu, Jan 7th 2021 08:35 pm
Niagara County Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Thursday reminded pistol permitholders that, under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of Jan. 15, 2013, pistol permit holders must recertify every five years with the New York State Police Office. That means those who received their permits in 2016 must recertify by the date of issuance on their permit.
County executives offer vaccine help, call for increased cooperation & information sharing with state's distribution efforts
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 09:35 am
With New York State reaching grim milestones in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, county executives from around the state held a press briefing Tuesday where they pledged to help the state increase its vaccine distribution efforts.
'Major increase to Great Lakes funding, backed by Higgins, becomes law
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 09:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the congressional Great Lakes task force, announced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (GLRI) has been signed into law, delivering a "major increase" in funding for the Great Lakes.
Refuse cart add or removal forms due by end of January
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 04:45 pm
The City of Niagara Falls reminds residents that, during the month of January, they may request to add/remove refuse carts from their property. There will be no administrative fee associated with these requested changes if they are made by the respective deadline of Monday, Feb. 1.
Syracuse to run for Newfane town supervisor
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 01:30 pm
Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse issued this statement:
Foti to run for Niagara County legislator seat
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 01:30 pm
Republican Shawn Foti announced he would seek election to the Niagara County Legislature this November to the seat currently held by Legislator John Syracuse. Syracuse announced he will not seek reelection in order to run for Newfane town supervisor. Foti currently serves on the Newfane Planning Board.
New York State Snowmobile Association cautions riders about early season conditions, potential hazards
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 11:30 am
The snow has begun to fly in many parts of New York, and snowmobile season is imminent.
Erie County Department of Health announces virtual Narcan training schedule for winter 2021
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 11:30 am
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announced the winter 2021 schedule for virtual trainings on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and on using Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
Jacobs sworn into 117th Congress
Mon, Jan 4th 2021 11:10 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, released the following statement after being sworn into the 117th Congress:
Erie County DA begins new term of office
Thu, Dec 31st 2020 10:45 am
John J. Flynn was sworn in for a second term as Erie County district attorney at a small event held in his office on Wednesday afternoon.
Niagara Falls advisory on water bill payments
Wed, Dec 30th 2020 11:10 am
$19 million in water quality grant funding available for infrastructure improvements
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $19 million in federal grant funding is available to municipalities through the consolidated funding application for infrastructure projects that protect or improve water quality. This funding is made available through two programs: the Green Innovation Grant Program and Engineering Planning Grant Program.

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