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NYS announces more than $200 million in additional food aid for May
Sat, May 8th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive at least the maximum allowable level of food benefits for May. For a 15th consecutive month, these emergency supplemental SNAP benefits are being provided to individuals and households already enrolled in SNAP.
'VAX LIVE' concert seeks to 'Reunite The World'
Fri, May 7th 2021 05:45 pm
Hosted by Selena Gomez with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Prince Harry, J Balvin and H.E.R., "VAX LIVE" was taped before an audience of vaccinated frontline health care and essential workers at SoFi Stadium. This event will air Saturday, May 8, on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio App, at 8 p.m. The concert will also air on FOX at 11 p.m.
Six Flags Darien Lake & Genesee County to offer vaccinations
Fri, May 7th 2021 04:35 pm
Six Flags Darien Lake is teaming up with the Genesee County Health Department to offer a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the park on Tuesday, May 11.
Niagara Falls: Restaino announces continuation of expedited temporary outdoor seating permits to safely increase seating & dining capacities at local businesses
Fri, May 7th 2021 04:00 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino announced the continuation of the expedited process for local businesses to apply for temporary permits for outdoor seating/dining service. This system was developed last year in response to the economic effects felt throughout the Niagara Falls community due to COVID-19 and increased reopening efforts by local government to support local businesses.
Cuomo signs first-in-nation HERO Act into law
Fri, May 7th 2021 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released this statement on Thursday:
Cuomo: Large-scale outdoor venue capacity increase with new fully vaccinated fan sections starting May 19
Wed, May 5th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced large-scale outdoor event venues will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet starting May 19. This will apply to outdoor sports, performing arts and live entertainment, and horse and auto racing venues statewide. Appropriate social distancing, masks and other applicable health protocols will still apply.
Cuomo signs extension of COVID-19 Emergency Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Act, Protect Our Small Businesses Act
Wed, May 5th 2021 08:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an extension of the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 and the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act. The legislation (S.6362-A/A.7175-A) extends protections prohibiting residential and commercial evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic until Aug. 31.
Free citizen public health training program opens
Wed, May 5th 2021 08:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the citizen public health training course for New Yorkers to learn about preparedness for and prevention of public health emergencies from top public health experts will open on Wednesday, May 5.
AHLA: State-by-state breakdown on projected hotel industry job loss for 2021
Tue, May 4th 2021 01:50 pm
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently released new data showcasing the ongoing devastating impact of COVID-19 on hotel industry employment, including projected hotel job loss through the end of 2021. Without targeted relief from Congress, nationwide, hotels are expected to end 2021 down 500,000 jobs. Hotels are the only major hospitality and leisure segment yet to receive direct aid.
Cuomo, Murphy & Lamont: 'Significant' easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings & venues
Mon, May 3rd 2021 02:10 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced a "significant easing" of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the region's businesses, venues and gatherings given "significant progress" in vaccinations and sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Higgins pushes for US action to allow family reunification at northern border
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, spoke with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the existing order closing the U.S.-Canada border to nonessential travel. In the call, Higgins made an urgent appeal to expand the definition of essential traveler to allow for families to reunite.
Office for the Aging director urges New Yorkers to take CV19 CheckUp
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 01:45 pm
Greg Olsen, director of the New York State Office for the Aging, urges all New Yorkers to take the CV19 CheckUp, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual's risks associated with COVID-19 based on their circumstances. The CV19 CheckUp provides recommendations and resources to help reduce an individual's pandemic risks.
Hotel industry & union join to urge Congress for aid
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 01:45 pm
The American Hotel & Lodging Association and UNITE HERE, the largest hospitality workers union in North America, joined forces to call on Congress to pass the Save Hotel Jobs Act. AHLA said, "The bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), provides a lifeline to hotel workers, providing the assistance they need to survive until travel returns to prepandemic levels."
Relay For Life to hold an in-person event
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 12:05 pm
Relay For Life will be held in person this year - the first time since 2019. This year's event has been scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Fuccillo Hyundai dealership, 1910 Alvin Road.
Erie County plans prom-themed 'teen vaccine' clinics
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
When Erie County Department of Health vaccine clinic managers scheduled teen COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Saturday, May 1, creative sparks started to fly.
New York to provide 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for pop-up site targeting 16- to 25-year-old population in Buffalo
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York state will provide 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and establish a new pop-up site targeting 16- to 25-year-olds in Buffalo. He also announced the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will provide 1,000 day passes to help eligible residents reach the pop-up site.
NC Department of Health offering several free COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Niagara County
Thu, Apr 29th 2021 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health will hold several free COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Niagara County throughout the month of May.
Higgins announces relief available for restaurants
Thu, Apr 29th 2021 08:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will begin accepting applications at noon Monday, May 3. The program, funded through the American Rescue Plan and run by the Small Business Administration (SBA), will provide struggling restaurants with federal COVID-19 relief. Applicants can register through the SBA's application portal beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.
Cuomo: State will end food & beverage service curfew
Wed, Apr 28th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the midnight food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31.
Memorial Medical Center honors staff for heroic efforts
Wed, Apr 28th 2021 09:40 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center joined together Tuesday to celebrate and recognize staff for what it called their "heroic efforts set forth throughout the pandemic, including the important role in Niagara County's mass-vaccination effort."
ECDOH shares NYSACHO statement on COVID-19 prevention & response activities in schools
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 04:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing the New York State Association of County Health Officials statement from NYSACHO Executive Director Sarah Ravenhall concerning COVID-19 prevention and response activities in schools:
New York to adopt new CDC guidance on mask use for fully vaccinated people
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 04:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New York state will adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidance on mask use for fully vaccinated people. The guidelines state fully vaccinated people - defined as two or more weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine - no longer need to wear masks outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.
All NYS mass-vaccination sites open to walk-in appointments for eligible adults
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that, beginning Thursday, April 29, all New York state mass-vaccination sites will be open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-served basis for all.
SBA: Applications opening for $28.6 billion-plus Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:45 pm
SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations at 9 a.m. EDT Friday, April 30, and open applications at noon Monday, May 3, for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
SBA launches supplemental targeted advance for small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 05:05 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance - called supplemental targeted advances - to provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECDOH: 3 'teen vaccine' clinics planned for May 1
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 02:55 pm
After securing a supply of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine late last week, the Erie County Department of Health has scheduled three COVID-19 vaccination PODs especially for 16- and 17-year-olds and their families on May 1.
Festivals getting closer to approval, as Cuomo announces 2021 'Reimagined' New York State Fair
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 02:55 pm
It's looking better and better for outdoor summer festivals.
FDA & CDC lift recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine use following 'thorough safety review'
Sat, Apr 24th 2021 11:45 am
The Centers for Disease Control released this press release on Friday:
SBA to reopen Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for applications
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 04:15 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal at 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theaters, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.
Cuomo: Western New York has not taken COVID-19 seriously enough
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Western New York's state-leading percentage of new coronavirus cases is a direct result of resident behavior. Speaking to the press Friday, he echoed a statement made earlier this week by Erie County leaders.
SBA announces first-of-its-kind technology initiative for Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the first round of technology partners participating in a new initiative for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) - a program that will allow eligible restaurants and other food establishments to access the RRF application or data they need to fill out the application through their trusted point-of-sale (POS) service providers. SBA announced a partnerships with Clover, NCR Corp., Square and Toast in this effort to provide a customer-centric approach to the delivery of relief funds.
NYS Council on the Arts announces unprecedented $100 million investment in nonprofit arts & culture organizations
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 04:45 pm
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) announced that it will provide over $100 million in funding in support of the state's effort to rebuild and bolster the nonprofit arts and culture sector in the post-COVID-19 era.
Cuomo: Decision on festivals coming soon
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 07:00 am
Will large-scale outdoor festivals and concerts be back this summer - and if so, what will the safety requirements look like?
COVID-19: NYS mass-vaccination sites will accommodate walk-in appointments for individuals over the age of 60 beginning April 23
Wed, Apr 21st 2021 07:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning Friday, April 23, 16 mass vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments for individuals age 60 and older.
Higgins responds to closed-border extension; advocates for reopening plan
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 02:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the northern border caucus, addressed the renewed shutdown of the border between the U.S. and Canada in remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Assembly passes Hero Act, aims to protect workers from infectious diseases in workplace
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 01:30 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner and Assembly member Karines Reyes announced the New York State Assembly passed the Hero Act, which will establish health and safety standards to protect New Yorkers from airborne infectious diseases in the workplace (A.2681-B, Reyes).
Niagara County Department of Health opens up vaccine appointments for this week at Transit Drive-In
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 12:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will hold its COVID-19 point-of-dispensing vaccine clinic this week at the Transit Drive-In located in Lockport. New first-dose vaccine appointments for eligible individuals 18 years of age and older are now available.
COVID-19: Movie theater capacity increasing to 33%; museums, aquariums, zoos & botanical gardens increase to 50%
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He announced movie theater capacity will increase to 33% starting April 26. Also on that day, low-risk, indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment - including museums, aquariums, zoos and botanical gardens - will increase to 50% capacity.
Ortt: Senate Democrats' executive power repeal is a sham
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 05:10 pm
Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt penned a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's counsel "demanding the executive publicly post the need for the extension of his arbitrary executive orders - in particular, the restaurant curfew and the mandate that food be purchased along with alcoholic beverages - as is required by law."
Applications being accepted for $26.6 million pandemic fund for first responders & essential workers
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 01:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced applications are being accepted for the $26.6 million available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund.
 

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