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Niagara County Legislature passes second extension of county tax deadline
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday night passed a resolution extending the deadline for payment of county taxes without interest and penalties until May 31. The resolution passed unanimously.
Kaleida Health offering temporary voluntary furloughs
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:50 am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related financial challenges that it is facing, Kaleida Health is offering a temporary voluntary furlough program for its staff.
KeyBank, M&T Bank partner with PSE effort to fight COVID-19
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:55 am
M&T Bank and KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, have teamed up with Pegula Sports & Entertainment in its direct community aid initiative. PSE began the initiative March 25 in partnership with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres Foundations. Together, the companies will provide $540,000 to aid front-line workers at Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in the local fight against COVID-19.
NYS DOL issues fact sheet on new and streamlined pandemic unemployment assistance application
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:50 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday released a fact sheet outlining how New Yorkers can apply for the COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program and answering the most common questions regarding the federal program. The release of this new resource follows the launch of a new, streamlined unemployment benefits application that will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster.
NYS Department of Labor launches new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance without having to first apply for unemployment insurance
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:00 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional unemployment insurance or the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance. This "one-stop-shop" for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor.
Tops associates to shop in parallel with Instacart to assist with increased demand for online orders
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 pm
During these unprecedented times when the directive is to stay at home and to limit your interaction with others, the demand for both curbside pick-up as well as home delivery has seen a sudden spike. In fact, since the onset of COVID-19 impacted our nation, services like Instacart saw longer wait times than usual, noting order volumes increased by 300% last week alone compared to the same period the previous year.
COVID-19 and your safety: Niagara County offers tips on making masks
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:25 pm
Can't find masks online? Need to make a cloth covering? Not sure how? Niagara County has some suggestions.
Counties update: Expanded testing in Erie, 4 additional deaths in Niagara
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 12:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing the expansion of its testing categories for people with COVID-19 symptoms who can be tested through the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Higgins pushes for congressional action to protect the post office
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for Congress to approve the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425), legislation appropriating $25 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for financial hardship related to the coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo issues executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 12:00 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday afternoon announced he would issue an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. The executive order was signed later in the evening, and will go into effect on Friday, April 17.
Amidst COVID-19 concerns, emergency physicians urge public not to delay necessary medical care
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:45 pm
As some communities face the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in their area, others are preparing for a surge of COVID-19-related cases. Emergency physicians continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and stay at home when possible, but, do not delay necessary medical care, especially if you think you are having an emergency.
Following Higgins' call, Treasury agrees to provide direct payments automatically to SSI recipients
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will now receive COVID-19 relief direct payments automatically. The U.S. Treasury had previously announced additional steps for SSI beneficiaries.
HUD gives housing authorities, tribes additional flexibility to focus on tenants during pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today is granting public housing authorities (PHA), Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) waiver authorities and ultimate flexibilities so agency staff can focus on assisting their tenants and properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing provides housing assistance to approximately 3.5 million families across the country.
Poloncarz issues emergency order closing campgrounds
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Tuesday issued a local emergency order closing all campgrounds, as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, which require a permit to operate under the New York state sanitary code. The order also prohibits the use, at any campground within Erie County, of any camping cabin, camping unit, campsite, or seasonal campsite as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, by any individual at any time.
Erie County Department of Social Services shares resources for families in crisis
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:30 pm
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Erie County Department of Social Services is reminding residents that help and supports are available for families feeling increased stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tops updates limited-item list; to provide American-made cloth masks as additional safety measure to store associates
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Beginning this week, Tops will be rolling out additional safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Those safety measures include providing all of its associates with American-made cloth face masks to ensure their associates health and well-being while serving the community as essential workers. This safety measure is in addition to the 5,000 face shields already distributed to its workforce.
Catholic Health converts former nursing home into Western New York's first COVID-19 post-acute center
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 06:45 pm
Catholic Health continues to build on its "COVID-19 Continuum" by partnering with the McGuire Group to reopen the former AbsolutCare Nursing Home in Orchard Park and convert it into a dedicated COVID-19 continuing care facility.
AG James leads coalition urging federal government to ensure emergency stimulus payments go to families, not debt collectors
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sent two letters to the federal government in an effort to help Americans deal with the ensuing economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis.
Free civil legal services available through Neighborhood Legal Services' virtual 'justice bus'
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Serving Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, Neighborhood Legal Services is a free civil legal services firm specializing in domestic violence prevention, divorce, eviction prevention, health insurance access, disability, student loans, SNAP, shelter and other government benefits.
Parent Network of WNY supports families of individuals with disabilities during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Parent Network of WNY, a nonprofit agency servicing families of individuals with disabilities, is continuing to offer support through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus: Niagara County officially crosses 200 positive cases
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:55 am
"We regretfully report one death, a 66-year-old male with underlying health conditions," a press release said.
Cuomo issues executive order directing employers to provide masks to employees who interact with public
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:30 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced he will issue an executive order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.
Wydysh: Despite flattening curve, 'New York State on PAUSE' still in effect; golf courses, boat launches added to closure list
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:35 pm
In her Saturday afternoon appearance on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said this is no time to abandon the physical distancing measures put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
New York upping antibody testing
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York is ramping up antibody testing, what he called a key component of any plan to reopen the economy. The state is currently conducting 300 of these antibody tests, and is on track to conduct 1,000 per day by next Friday and 2,000 per day by the following week.
Higgins: Over $1 million headed to WNY public safety departments for response to COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced several Western New York communities are slated to receive a combined $1,019,019 in federal funding to assist public safety agencies with the emergency response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Niagara Falls KeyBank, First Niagara Foundation announce support for Memorial Medical Center's COVID-19 response efforts
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is awarding a grant for $60,000 to support health care workers at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and their ongoing efforts to care for COVID-19 patients in the community.
Erie County Department of Health: Narcan distribution at Broadway Market
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 08:30 am
The Erie County Department of Health announced the following on Friday.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 03:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
HUD 'moves quickly' to make nearly $300 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to communities across New York
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:40 pm
President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law last Friday, providing much-needed assistance to the American people as the country works diligently to combat COVID-19. Thanks to the president's leadership, families and communities across the country will immediately feel the impact of this relief package as the federal government works to make these funds available.
Nonprofit organizations serving Niagara County invited to apply for grant funding
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:30 pm
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, two grant funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, are now accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County. Qualifying nonprofits are welcome to apply for both grant funds.
Cuomo: State will invest in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:10 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state will invest in private companies to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to scale and accelerate testing capacity. Businesses interested in working with the state to manufacture these rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or [email protected]
Sun protection & skin cancer awareness during COVID-19 pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
The spread of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has sparked concern worldwide and prompted many leaders to take decisive action to contain the virus. Several states have mandated citizens to stay home from work, socially distance and remain indoors, meaning people have found their time outside has been drastically reduced.
Higgins: Nearly $2.6 million in federal funding to help WNY health clinics respond to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $2,589,795 in new emergency federal funding authorized by the House of Representatives on March 27.
Rapid testing at Father Baker Manor identifies COVID-19 cases
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:55 pm
Catholic Health received more than 900 COVID-19 rapid test kits from Cepheid Inc. last Friday, making it possible for the health system to quickly test and contain the spread of the coronavirus at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park. In all, Catholic Health performed 600 tests throughout its system in just over one day, increasing total testing within Erie Country by 29%.
Niagara County DMV to begin vehicle registrations/transfer of plates
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski today announced his department has put a process in place that will allow people to register their vehicles and get license plates or transfer plates between vehicles. This limited service is available to Niagara County residents only.
NY Farm Bureau asks for direct assistance from USDA to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
New York Farm Bureau is requesting immediate help for farmers who are facing serious economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently passed CARES Act provides $9.5 billion in funding for USDA, and NYFB is encouraging that funding to be used for direct payments to farms.
NCSO officer tests positive for COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a corrections officer employed by the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This individual, who has been off work for the past two weeks after developing symptoms relating to the virus, is recovering at home. This is the first employee with the NCSO diagnosed with COVID-19.
Kaleida Health receives Eichel's donation of 1,300 face shields
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
How to curb smoking & vaping during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:20 pm
Uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic will create prolonged stress and anxiety throughout New York state and beyond. For those who smoke tobacco products or vape using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), the New York State Smokers' Quitline (Quitline) has a clear message in today's ever-changing world: Remember that online resources are available to help curb your use or quit altogether.
 

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