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Attorney General James issues warning about scam targeting grandparents during pandemic
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 11:25 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an alert to New Yorkers, warning them about the "grandparent scam," a common phone scam that targets senior citizens with calls from fraudsters posing as a grandchild of the victim and asking for money.
'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.
FeedMore WNY receives $100,000 donation from Kohl's through 'A Community with Heart' program
Fri, Jan 1st 2021 07:00 am
FeedMore WNY recently received a $100,000 grant from Kohl's to help the hunger-relief nonprofit continue its COVID-19 response efforts and meet the increased demand for food assistance throughout Western New York as a result of the pandemic.
Cuomo announces completion of 750-mile Empire State Trail
Wed, Dec 30th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced completion of the Empire State Trail, now the nation's longest multiuse state trail, which will be fully open on Dec. 31.
After 'long, difficult road,' Schumer, Higgins announce US agreement with Sudan 'will finally deliver justice' for Buffalo's Granville family
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:45 pm
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins announced the omnibus budget package approved by Congress includes "long-overdue justice" for a Western New York family.
National Grid alerts customers to holiday scams
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:25 pm
With the holidays in full swing and the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial stress on many individuals, National Grid is alerting customers about recent reports of scams where imposters are promising refunds or discounts. Here's how scammers are trying to prey on customers:
Deposits 4 Food makes Christmas donation
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Deposits for Food (D4F) presented checks to Heart, Love & Soul and Community Missions totaling $2,000. The funds were obtained from the collection of returnable containers and scrap metal over the past few weeks. The donation is in recognition of the Christmas season and those in need during this difficult time.
Higgins: $115,000-plus to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for project addressing flooding in Lexington Green neighborhood
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $115,347 in federal funding provided through the 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for the design of a Buffalo Creek floodplain project aimed at reducing flooding in the Lexington Green neighborhood in the Town of West Seneca.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal announces expansion of COVID-19 rent relief program through Feb. 1
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 09:00 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the COVID-19 rent relief program will be reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. HCR will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and running through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Cuomo: New York state will advance $1.5 billion to organizations needing cash flow until early 2021
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York will advance $1.5 billion to organizations that need cash flow until February or March 2021, as the state awaits a federal stimulus package that helps America's state and local governments. The step will be taken amid media reports that Congress will pass a stimulus package that does not include funding for state and local governments.
American Heart Association warns of snow shoveling health hazards
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 11:45 am
The American Heart Association says that, for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the association warns the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, as the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart.
Carbon monoxide safety reminders
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:45 pm
Village of Lewiston Building and Zoning Officer Ken Candella is sharing this message from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection. DCP stated:
Jersey Mike's Subs makes $300,000 challenge grant to Wreaths Across America
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 01:50 pm
National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) recently announced Jersey Mike's Subs, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 2,500 locations nationwide, has made a $300,000 challenge grant to support the mission to "Remember, Honor, Teach."
How does vitamin D supplementation affect falls in the elderly? It's complicated
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 01:30 pm
A study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine that shows no benefit from higher doses of vitamin D in the frail elderly, while of interest, is not the final chapter on how vitamin D affects this population, according to an editorial in the same issue of the journal.
Cuomo announces results of State Police Thanksgiving crackdown on impaired & reckless driving
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 04:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York State Police issued 13,887 tickets during this year's Thanksgiving traffic enforcement initiative, which targeted unsafe driving behaviors during the holiday weekend.
NYS Office of Mental Health issues RFP to continue work of Project Teach
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 12:55 pm
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued a Request for Proposals to continue and enhance the work of Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children's Health), which creates collaborations between primary care providers, such as pediatricians, and behavioral health care providers. This allows primary care providers to better address their patients' mild to moderate mental health concerns and provide mental health services to children, adolescents and their families.
Heart disease risk in women increases leading up to menopause; early intervention is key
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 02:20 pm
The menopause transition, the years leading up to menopause, is a time of increasing heart disease risk for women. Monitoring women's health and lifestyle, while integrating early intervention strategies for good cardiovascular health, are important, especially during midlife and during menopause to help prevent heart disease, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, "Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Implications for Timing for Early Prevention," recently published in its flagship journal, Circulation.
New York State Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers to get their flu shot
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is reminding older adults and caregivers about the importance of getting their flu vaccination as soon as possible. Flu season is already underway - and can last as late as May. NYSOFA said the flu shot is an essential preventive care service that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tops to bring spirit of the season with gingerbread houses to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 04:00 pm
Tops Friendly Markets is pleased to once again support Oishei Children's Hospital, but this time in a "sweet and delicious way!"
Higgins announces passage of legislation aimed at increasing access to affordable, quality child care
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the passage of H.R. 8326, the Child Care is Economic Development Act of 2020 (CED) Act.
DEC proposes changes to streamline, simplify black bass fishing regulations
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to black bass (smallmouth and largemouth bass) fishing regulations to make these regulations easier to understand while continuing to successfully manage these species for future angler enjoyment.
Higgins announces approval of legislation authorizing $5 billion to address opioid prevention & treatment measures
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020. The bill provides funding to states and tribes for opioid prevention and treatment measures.
NYS honors older volunteers at Older New Yorkers' Day virtual celebration
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) on Tuesday celebrated Older New Yorkers' Day virtually, recognizing 87 volunteers from across the state who "demonstrate their extraordinary value every day to their family, friends and community." The celebration traditionally takes place each year in May in Albany; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it was premiered as a virtual event.
VA Western New York Healthcare System encourages veterans to leave smoking behind during annual Great American Smokeout
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging veterans to take the first step. On Nov. 19, vets are invited stop smoking as part of the annual Great American Smokeout to improve their physical and mental health by combining cessation counseling with other VA clinical resources and support.
Niagara County Department of Health reports rabid raccoon in Town of Newfane
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health confirmed a rabid raccoon near Lake Road and Phillips Road, Town of Newfane, on Thursday. A hunter was attacked by the raccoon before killing it on Nov. 7. NCDOH submitted the animal for testing to the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center, Griffon Laboratory. The hunter will coordinate with the Department of Health's nursing division to receive post-exposure rabies prophylaxis.
FASNY applauds Cuomo for signing 'critical recruitment & retention legislation'
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 11:20 am
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed critical legislation addressing the growing decline in volunteer firefighters across the state. The bill (S.7589-B / A.9779-A) was sponsored by Sen. James Gaughran and Assembly member Fred Thiele.
Emergency Physicians urge Thanksgiving precautions to avoid becoming COVID-19 super-spreader event
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 10:45 am
This Thanksgiving, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends holiday hosts and guests prioritize efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take steps to protect the health and safety of friends and family.
Krabbe study: UB researcher narrows time window for administering specific treatment to infants with disease
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:15 am
A team of University at Buffalo researchers have published a paper in Nature Communications that is helping to define the best time to give a specific treatment to infants born with Krabbe disease (KD). This treatment has been found to prolong life for these infants, for as long as a few years.
Veterans becoming tobacco-free can use Quitline & other tailor-made tools
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:10 am
Veterans understand to win in battle, they need a plan and the right tools. This Veterans Day, the New York State Smokers' Quitline wants veterans who use tobacco products to know many tailor-made resources are available to help them become tobacco-free and overcome nicotine dependence.
Community Foundation accepting applications for 2021 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 08:40 am
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is accepting applications for the 2021 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds competitive grant process.
US Department of Transportation announces 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement mobilization
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 03:05 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday kicked off the annual "Click It or Ticket" national seat belt enforcement mobilization, reminding everyone that seat belts save lives.
NYSEG and RG&E remind customers New York's HEAP enrollment has begun
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 03:05 pm
With the cold weather arriving and customers seeking to heat their homes, NYSEG and RG&E on Mondau reminded customers that enrollment for New York's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is now open.
Study: Pregnant women with severe nausea, vomiting found relief with seizure drug
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 10:25 am
A rare, debilitating condition in pregnancy that causes nausea and vomiting so severe that some women end up terminating their pregnancies can be effectively treated with the seizure drug gabapentin. That is the finding of a new study of 21 women with the condition led by the University at Buffalo and published Oct. 29 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Maternal Fetal Medicine.
FeedMore WNY Foundation's holiday wreath & centerpiece sale to benefit hungry community members
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 10:10 am
Community members can spread holiday cheer and support their neighbors in need by participating in FeedMore WNY Foundation's holiday wreath and centerpiece sale in partnership with Lavocat's Family Greenhouse and Nursery.
NYSEG, RG&E provide customer safety tips to avoid carbon monoxide exposure
Fri, Nov 6th 2020 12:20 pm
NYSEG and RG&E reminded customers to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their family from dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) fumes.
Drowsy driving: Don't be asleep at the wheel
Fri, Nov 6th 2020 09:30 am
Nov. 1-8 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, and AAA has advice for motorists to avoid the dangerous habit.
Attorney General James advises New York voters with absentee ballot errors
Tue, Nov 3rd 2020 05:10 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday issued an alert to New Yorkers who voted by absentee ballot to inform them of their rights under New York state's new "notice and cure" law.
NYS OASAS announces launch of new campaign to raise awareness of dangers of excessive alcohol use during pandemic
Tue, Nov 3rd 2020 10:20 am
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) on Monday announced the launch of a new alcohol awareness campaign to caution people of the warning signs of excessive alcohol use, and where to go to get help. In addition to warning signs, the campaign will also help offer alternatives to using alcohol for stress management, at a time when the danger of excessive alcohol use is increased as a result of the pandemic.
Fall back into safety: Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 05:00 am
As Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding all New Yorkers to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. They should also clean those units and test them to insure they are working. Alarms equipped with removable batteries should have them replaced.
Consumer alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection offers fire safety tips in Fire Prevention Month
Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:25 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP), in partnership with the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC), advises New Yorkers to "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen" during Fire Prevention Month.
 

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