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Higgins: Canada's exception to allow crossings to visit family is first step
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, responded Monday to an announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau granting permission to cross the border to visit family, calling the policy change "an incremental step forward."
Cuomo signs legislation authorizing local governments to extend deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S.8122-B/ A.10241-A) authorizing local governments to extend the deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15, 2020, in recognition of the hardships many families and businesses continue to face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SBA: New PPP rules changes give small businesses more options
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:45 pm
The recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act provides additional clarity and flexibility for small business owners to meet the requirements of the PPP loan program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. When the president signed the bipartisan legislation into law, it gave more time and discretion for when and how the loans can be spent to keep employees on payroll and keep up with accounts payable to further assist the nation's economy in its recovery from COVID-19 closures.
NCCC to offer PPE training for hospitality industry
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development department will offer online training targeting businesses involved in the reopening of the hospitality sector. This awareness-level training is geared for employees who will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their work space.
Learn how COVID-19 is impacting supply chain
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:50 am
Join a panel of supply chain professionals on Thursday, June 11, from 3-4 p.m. as they discuss the challenges that many organizations are facing all along the supply channels, including why there are shortages and how these supply disruptions are impacting businesses that are currently operating, as well as those that are beginning to reopen.
Cuomo signs legislation banning price gouging of personal protective equipment
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8189/A.10270) banning price gouging of personal protective equipment. His office said, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been countless instances of egregious price gouging, particularly of critical medical supplies - such as masks and hand sanitizer - that are desperately needed by our hospitals and other health care facilities. This legislation will help ensure access to these critical supplies for health care workers and the general public."
Cuomo signs legislation extending deadline to submit absentee ballots to day of election
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23. The governor previously issued executive orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections and ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.
Niagara Falls goes blue & gold for bent curve
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced landmarks across New York state would be lit in blue and gold in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
Cuomo allowing limited outdoor graduations
Sun, Jun 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New Yorkers have done an admirable job of "bending" the coronavirus infection curve. To that end, will be allow small, outdoor high school graduation ceremonies.
Houses of worship can reopen
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced houses of worship - churches, mosques and synagogues - can reopen to 25% capacity in phase two regions. Previously, the governor said these institutions couldn't reopen until phase four of his "New York Forward" reopening plan.
Restaino arranging safety supplies event for Falls businesses
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino has arranged for Niagara County Emergency Services to host a drive-thru event for sanitizer and/or cloth face coverings for pickup to help assist local businesses in the Niagara Falls area. This event will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Niagara Falls High School.
Cuomo announces lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since COVID-19 pandemic began
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York state has reached the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Thursday, 42 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just eight weeks ago. The number of total hospitalizations was down to 2,728 from a record-high of 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for June 5
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 11:30 am
Coronavirus stats for June 5
Erie County COVID-19 information line changing hours of operation
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County's COVID-19 information line will change its hours of operation beginning Saturday, June 6 The new hours for the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Cuomo offers additional thoughts on outdoor dining
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 04:05 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered some additional ideas on outdoor dining, a caveat he granted eateries in phase two reopening regions.
Cuomo allowing drive-in graduation ceremonies
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 04:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-thru graduation ceremonies this year. The state will reexamine socially distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.
In modeling COVID-19 locally, UB informatics experts focus on community reopening
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 03:45 pm
In a few short months, an interdisciplinary team of University at Buffalo researchers has reoriented its focus from academic pursuits in order to model the local transmission of COVID-19 cases. Now, with the first wave of cases subsiding, members are turning their attention to modeling the effects of reopening the local economy.
Coronavirus stats for June 4
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 01:20 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 4
US Transportation Secretary Chao: $48.6 million for NYSDOT COVID-19 response
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 03:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Wednesday announced a $48.6 million grant award to the New York State Department of Transportation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald Trump on March 27.
Cuomo: Outdoor dining at restaurants permitted in phase two of reopening
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in phase two of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered phase two.
Coronavirus stats for June 3
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 02:30 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 3
Jastrzemski: DMVs not open yet
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 02:30 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski issued the following statement Wednesday regarding Department of Motor Vehicle offices:
NCCC to offer free webinar on training for reopening restaurants
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 05:05 pm
The Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with Workforce Development, will hold training for Western New York restaurants to help them prepare for reopening.
Niagara Falls Memorial's ER1 Emergency Department announces telehealth service
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 03:00 pm
Area residents concerned about visiting the emergency room during the COVID-19 pandemic now have another option for seeking care.
Coronavirus stats for June 2
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 12:55 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 2
Higgins: $800,000-plus in telehealth funding for WNY
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $803,135 to in federal funding to provide telehealth services to Western New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program.
Everything you need to know about phase 2, as Western New York continues its reopening process
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 04:50 pm
Western New York is entering phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan on Tuesday.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force created in response to health disparities related to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
People of color and those with compromising health conditions make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths according to national, state and regional data. In response to these facts, community leaders in Niagara Falls announced the creation of the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
Cuomo announces dentists can reopen statewide
Sun, May 31st 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced New York dentists can reopen statewide on Monday.
Cuomo offers guidance on phase 2; Wydysh: 'I don't see any reason that WNY should not begin phase two next week'
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:55 pm
Speaking Friday on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "From my perspective, I don't see any reason that Western New York should not begin phase two next week; and it appears that we are on target to do so."
NFMMC updates schedule for community COVID-19 testing
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has updated its schedule for performing community diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The schedule, effective immediately, was revised to better reflect public demand for this testing.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces $1 million in new grants to support nonprofits in Western New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:25 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, announced it has awarded nearly $1 million to an additional 47 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $6.6 million, supporting a total of 156 nonprofit organizations. This collaborative philanthropic effort was created in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and has been coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
SBA, Treasury Department announce $10 billion for CDFIs to participate in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions. CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
Higgins: Over $20 million in federal emergency funding for WNY nursing homes
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NY Farm Bureau encourages farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
COVID-19 antibody test scheduling resumes with Erie County Department of Health
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
Scheduling for COVID-19 antibody test appointments has resumed for Erie County Department of Health clinics taking place in June.
Higgins announces passage of legislation extending death and disability benefits to public safety officers contracting COVID-19
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to hold free virtual educational conference to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's during pandemic
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. This event is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts, as well as special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." It is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
Coronavirus stats for May 29
Fri, May 29th 2020 11:30 am
Coronavirus stats for May 29
 

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