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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.
Division of Consumer Protection, Office for New Americans alert consumers to online English learning & phone scams
Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:20 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and Office for New Americans are alerting consumers about online English learning and phone scams targeting students, parents and immigrants. These scams are based on threats requiring the end consumer to pay money immediately or face repercussions by authorities.
AG issues voter protection guidance ahead of Nov. 3 election
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 07:00 am
Attorney General Letitia James issued guidance to Board of Election offices and law enforcement entities throughout the state to protect New Yorkers from voter intimidation on, and before, Election Day.
OASAS: Award to expand addiction prevention services across NYS at start of red ribbon week & national prevention campaign
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 03:15 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the award of nearly $800,000 to expand the "Triple P" Positive Parenting Program, an evidence-based prevention practice that has been shown to reduce risky behaviors among youth. Nine OASAS prevention providers were awarded funding under this initiative, which was provided through the federal State Opioid Response Grant and administered by OASAS.
HEAP season starts Nov. 2
Thu, Oct 22nd 2020 09:35 am
The 2020-21 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season will open Nov. 2 with a streamlined application process.
Higgins announces new resources in effort to reduce youth homelessness in Erie County
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined representatives from the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, BestSelf Behavioral Health and Compass House to announce more than $2.37 million in federal funding and a coordinated strategy to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in Erie County.
Cuomo announces creation of regional domestic violence councils to engage local stakeholders in state's work to modernize & improve services for survivors
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of Domestic Violence Regional Councils that will address issues around domestic violence services and implement modern changes for improved survivor outcomes.
Volunteers urgently needed for FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels program
Mon, Oct 12th 2020 03:00 pm
As FeedMore WNY continues to respond to the increased need for food assistance in WNY as a result of the pandemic, it is in urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound neighbors through its Meals on Wheels program.
Deadline to file tax returns and claim impact money is quickly approaching
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:05 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Thursday reminded New Yorkers of two important deadlines:
Cuomo urges New Yorkers to register as organ donors; issues guidance to insurance industry clarifying coverage for PrEP, related services
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:00 pm
On New York State Organ Donor Enrollment Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents to register as organ donors through the New York State Donate Life Registry. His office said the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all areas of the health care system, including organ donation. The registry is "a safe and easy way to register to become an organ donor and give someone a second chance at life."
Higgins announces passage of legislation promoting training for elder abuse cases involving individuals with Alzheimer's
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Wednesday announced passage of H.R. 6813, the Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act. This measure ensures the Department of Justice's elder abuse training materials take into account individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
NYS Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers about upcoming Medicare open enrollment period
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 02:30 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds older New Yorkers that this year's Medicare open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
Operation Christmas Child aims to reach millions of children with hope this year
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:50 pm
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan's Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child - making sure millions of children experience the "Good News" and great joy of the holiday. Samaritan's Purse is committed to its mission of reaching millions of children across the globe with hope.
Buffalo City Mission launches virtual program for annual 'Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge'
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:30 pm
On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Mission kicked off the fifth year of its "Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge," a communitywide initiative that brings together area schools, church youth groups and other youth programs to engage students of all ages in an exciting, educational and action-oriented food drive challenge.
DEC asks bowhunters to report deer that may have died from EHD
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asked bowhunters who may encounter deer affected by epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) this fall to report the find to DEC. EHD is a viral disease of whitetail deer that cannot be contracted by humans. Reports from hunters help DEC track the disease's potential spread.
NYSEG and RG&E remind customers of natural gas safety tips as cold weather approaches
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:00 pm
With cold weather just around the corner, customers will be firing up furnaces and other appliances for the first time this season. NYSEG and RG&E urge the public to recognize the potential signs of a natural gas leak and review the following safety tips about what do if a leak is suspected.
Project Connect Niagara to support local providers in wake of COVID-19
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
Project Connect Niagara, an annual effort designed to connect local residents with critical services, has pivoted during the time of COVID-19. This year, instead of an in-person event, organizers will partner with local providers to make an impact through the distribution of care packages.
DEC reminds fall campers to follow firewood requirements to prevent spread of invasive species
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:40 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on Thursday, marked the beginning of fall camping season by reminding New Yorkers and visitors to prevent the spread of damaging invasive species by following state firewood requirements when obtaining wood for campfires. In recognition of October as National Firewood Awareness Month, DEC is releasing new PSA across the state to help raise awareness about firewood movement and its role in spreading invasive species.
DEC seeks public input on proposed endangered species protections
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday announced the agency is accepting public comment on a revised regulatory proposal to strengthen protections for threatened and endangered wildlife in New York.
Eastern Standard Provisions, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital team up to launch special 'St. Jude Gift of Hope' artisanal soft pretzel box
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 05:35 pm
In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Eastern Standard Provisions Co. has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to release the "St. Jude Gift of Hope Box," which features a special selection of the Boston-based snack food brand's hand-twisted soft pretzels, artisanal salts, newly released sugars, and "Sprinkle Hope" collectible stickers. Eastern Standard Provisions will donate $10 from every sale to support the mission of St. Jude: "Finding cures. Saving children."
Salvation Army Empire State Division sets out to 'Rescue Christmas' due to immense impact of COVID-19
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 01:05 pm
For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
It's Life Insurance Awareness month, and AAA Western and Central New York has important life insurance tips. An essential component of insurance coverage, life insurance is not only highly recommended by AAA insurance agents, but your life insurance needs change based on major life events, so it's important to review it regularly.
The Tool Library expands service area & inventory to bring affordable tool access to communities across WNY
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 11:55 am
The Tool Library announced that, starting today, it will expand its tool sharing service to allow membership from eight Western New York counties. Originally servicing residents in Erie and Niagara counties exclusively, individuals can now join from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well.
HANCI offering free personal care aide training in October
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 10:05 am
HANCI's mission to keep people living safely at home has never been more important. With the protection of our clients and caregivers as our highest priority during the coronavirus pandemic and always, we have mobilized our team so we can stay on the front lines, providing the highest level of care to our clients - safely. If you are the type of person who rises to the occasion and wants to make a real difference in the lives of others through your work, we want to meet you!
Cuomo encourages all eligible New Yorkers to register to vote
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the following announcement on Tuesday (National Voter Registration Day):
Higgins announces approval of Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the approval of H.R. 4995, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2020. The bill seeks to resolve disparities in access to maternal health care among rural and minority populations.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo & Erie County online family support groups available
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 01:30 pm
National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo & Erie County (NAMI) family support groups are available for adult family members and caregivers (over age 18) of people living with mental illness.
'Walk Off Hunger' offers variety of options across WNY for community members to support neighbors in need
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
As FeedMore WNY continues to respond to the increased need for food assistance in the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FeedMore WNY Foundation encourages Western New Yorkers to support their neighbors in need by participating in "Walk Off Hunger" from Oct. 3-10.
New York State Smokers' Quitline launches audio/video podcast series: 'New York QuitCast'
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:10 pm
As part of its enhanced outreach efforts to both health care professionals and those who currently smoke or vape, the New York State Smokers' Quitline launched "New York QuitCast," an audio/video podcast series.
Local recycler relaunches donation program to benefit Camp Good Days
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 03:55 pm
Sunnking, an electronics recycling company based in Brockport, has reopened registration for its annual "e-Scrap for Camp" fundraiser in Buffalo. This follows a four-month pause due to COVID-19. The program raises money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Emergency physicians recognize National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:50 pm
In recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (Sept. 17), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) applauded efforts to protect health care heroes on the frontlines - and called for "meaningful change to break down barriers that prevent emergency physicians and other health care professionals from seeking mental health treatment."
Voters with disabilities in 5 counties can get free rides to vote
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:50 pm
Independence Express, the transportation branch of Western New York Independent Living Inc. will provide free van rides to people with disabilities living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties who need a ride to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Or, if one would prefer to cast a vote prior to Election Day, one can get a ride to a designated early voting site in their county during its limited hours of operation between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1.
Cuomo: New York state will honor life & legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with statue in Brooklyn
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced New York state will honor the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn - her birthplace. The governor will appoint a commission to select an artist and undergo a location selection process.
Aquarium of Niagara to adopt uncommon lobster found in seafood shipment at Tops Markets
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:25 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara will welcome an orange lobster into its animal collection after it arrived in a seafood shipment to Tops Friendly Markets on Transit Road in Lockport.
Gender pay gap isn't closing - and signs point to a divide wider ahead
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 02:45 pm
AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches issued the following statement in response to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau:
DEC announces actions to protect Salmon River fish populations
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced actions underway to mitigate the impacts of low water flows along the Salmon River during the upcoming salmon run that draws thousands of anglers each year. In addition, new angling regulations and recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect to ensure the health and safety of both natural resources and the public.
Cuomo announces digital campaign to raise awareness on suicide prevention in New York
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 02:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new digital campaign to raise awareness and to inform all New Yorkers of the suicide prevention resources available across the state. He also issued a proclamation recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Month and Sept. 10 as Suicide Prevention Day in New York.
HRSA awards Ryan White grant to ECMC for food pharmacy program to benefit HIV/AIDS patients
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 10:40 am
Erie County Medical Center Corp. recently received notification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration of a Ryan White HIV/AIDS program grant award of $147,842.
Emergency physicians urge everyone to recognize warning signs of suicide, know how to help
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 05:15 pm
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges everyone to do their part to support those who may be struggling with depression or other mental health challenges by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, knowing how to help, and becoming more familiar with resources available in each community.

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