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Mobile sports betting expansion in NYS: How to get help with gambling problems
Wed, Apr 14th 2021 01:40 pm
This April, New York passed the legalization of mobile sports betting. Although leaders believe this will have a positive economic impact for New York state, potentially closing the budget deficit over time, increasing the availability and accessibility of gambling options may cause problems for those at risk.
Ditch the drink for a greater chance to become tobacco-free
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 02:30 pm
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national movement designed to reduce the stigma surrounding alcoholism and provide those struggling with useful resources and recovery tools.
Buffalo Sabres, ConnectLife team up to encourage blood donations
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 10:40 am
The Buffalo Sabres are teaming up with ConnectLife to call upon Western New Yorkers to donate blood during the month of April. All donors throughout the month will receive a Sabres-ConnectLife, royal blue long-sleeve T-shirt.
March 9 is Gambling Disorder Screening Day
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 02:25 pm
In honor of Gambling Disorder Screening Day (March 9) and Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is announcing the release of an online self-screening tool for individuals who want to explore their risk for problem gambling.
Protect yourself from identity theft during tax season
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 12:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, along with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection, shared important tips to help New York taxpayers guard against identity theft and prevent tax fraud.
NYSEG, RG&E raise awareness of utility scams during National Consumer Protection Week
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 11:25 am
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) this week join Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) to recognize National Consumer Protection Week, which aims to educate customers on how they can guard against becoming victims of impostor utility scams.
New Alzheimer's Association report examines racial & ethnic attitudes on disease, dementia care
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 01:20 pm
Findings from two national surveys appearing in the Alzheimer's Association 2021 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures report reveal discrimination is a barrier to Alzheimer's and dementia care.
MS Awareness Week is March 7-13
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 11:05 am
Every day, nearly 1 million people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States do whatever it takes to move their lives forward despite the challenges. By sharing their stories and raising awareness, we help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with MS.
National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to host 'Between Black and Blue: Complexity within Black Law Enforcement'
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 10:25 am
The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM), with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), will host a free virtual panel event, "Between Black and Blue: Complexity within Black Law Enforcement," at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.
Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 12:15 pm
Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. have had a significant impact on blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals - especially those with type O blood - to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can't wait.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month: NYS is facing problem gambling together
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:45 am
In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) in 2021, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is challenging everyone across New York state - individuals, agencies and communities alike - to come together to face problem gambling.
Bone-chilling temps pose danger to homeless
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:30 pm
The homeless in the Niagara Region have been dealt a double-blow, said officials at Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York announces 3rd annual young professionals committee meat raffle
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 02:10 pm
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York (RMHC of WNY) announced the third annual young professionals committee meat raffle will be virtual. Join it special guest star Rob Lederman live from the comfort of your own home at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, via an interactive Zoom broadcast. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY.
Tom who? 'Puppy Bowl XVII' an epic showdown between Team Ruff & Team Fluff
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 08:05 pm
Have no fear because television's cutest sports competition and the original call-to-adoption TV event, "Puppy Bowl," returns Sunday, Feb. 7, for the biggest, most exciting game to date, now as a three-hour event that can be viewed on both discovery+ and Animal Planet at 2 p.m. ET.
CBP warns residents of phone scam/caller impersonating officers/agents
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:00 pm
A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information from unsuspecting residents.
Castellani Art Museum poised for grand comeback in 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:15 pm
"We're moving forward," he said. "We have our goals, we have our time set, and we're working towards it as if life will get back to ('normal') and the museum can reopen and reenergize."
Norris shares love from students to seniors for annual Valentine's Day program
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:30 am
Assemblyman Mike Norris of Lockport collected handmade valentines from local students for seniors at community nursing homes. He said his program has special significance this year as nursing home residents have braved extreme isolation from their loved ones and gone without visitors because of the pandemic.
Quitline: Support available for Black residents who use tobacco products
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
With 86% of Black tobacco users in New York state addicted to menthol cigarettes and the tobacco industry continuing to heavily market these products in urban neighborhoods, the odds appear stacked against the Black population to become tobacco-free. Fortunately, most want to quit and plenty of free resources are available, including individualized support through the Submitted by the New York State Smokers' Quitline.
FamilySearch has 'RootsTech Connect 2021'
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:50 pm
FamilySearch has announced the RootsTech 2021 conference will be a free, global, virtual event in 2021.
Consumer Alert: Department of State & Division of Consumer Protection warn of email phishing scheme
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:15 pm
The New York State Department of State and the Division of Consumer Protection warned New Yorkers of an email phishing scheme. These illegitimate emails ask recipients to verify their profile to avoid experiencing delay and future problems in renewing their license. The messages link to a non-listed URL. Anyone who received such an email should delete it right away.
CAO of WNY launches COVID-19 nutrition assistance initiative through CARES Act
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:15 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY has launched its COVID-19 nutrition assistance initiative through CARES Act funding. The initiative enables CAO to expand its reach in Western New York by hosting more mobile food pantry events and delivering groceries to eligible seniors and those living with disabilities.
Help support Catholic Charities' goal of being a 'beacon of hope' for those in need
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 02:25 pm
Over the past year, 20,333 Niagara County neighbors in need of all ages were served by the 10 programs Catholic Charities offers here. We provided basic emergency assistance, including support for food and finding housing.
Higgins applauds Biden's executive order reversing ban on transgender individuals serving in military
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, applauded President Joe Biden's executive order revoking President Donald Trump's actions banning transgender troops from serving in the U.S. Military. Higgins released the following statement:
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.
Proposal for historic New York state election reform part of 2021 State of the State
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a transformational proposal that "continues to expand access to voting and improves procedures," as part of the governor's 2021 State of the State agenda by speeding up vote counting, and adding additional time for early voting. These efforts build on Cuomo's previous election reforms.
Statement from WNY religious leaders on events at Capitol Building
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:25 am
"We are shocked and dismayed by the events that occurred in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Though we come from many faiths, we all share a commitment to integrity in speech and compassion for all. What we saw demonstrated on Jan. 6 was a blatant disregard for integrity, human life and the democratic process."
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection urges New Yorkers to be aware of COVID-19 scams tied to federal economic impact payments
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 07:50 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 economic stimulus payments.
Heastie reelected New York State Assembly speaker
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 02:15 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued the following statement Wednesday:
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:

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