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Ortt calls for local CARES Act relief
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 10:00 am
Recently, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release $1 billion in unused federal CARES Act funds that remain in New York state's coffers.
City of Niagara Falls allocates funds to Catholic Charities for housing relief
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 04:15 pm
In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino announced the allocation of nearly half a million dollars in aid to Catholic Charities to help local families avoid eviction and homelessness.
UB asks: Could adjuvants play a role in developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine?
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:40 pm
Agents that enhance the immune response to foreign molecules, called adjuvants, will likely play a role in developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine.
Executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions through Jan. 1
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through Jan. 1, 2020.
NYS residents urged to stay away from 40 states, as Arizona, Maryland added to COVID-19 travel advisory
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Gove. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Arizona and Maryland were added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Cuomo releases 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 12:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday released the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, indicating New York has one of the lowest positivity rates in the nation.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on extension of US-Canada travel ban through Nov. 21
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26) who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to the continued closing of the U.S.-Canada border:
DiNapoli: Halfway through year, revenue hole persists
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 11:05 am
Halfway through the state's fiscal year, state tax receipts are trailing last year by $2.8 billion, according to the September state cash report released by New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
New York state announces more than $100 million in additional food assistance for October
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:55 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 19
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 19
EPA takes action to protect public from coronavirus protection scam
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 09:45 am
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 has issued 29 advisory letter and eight notices of warning to entities operating in New York and New Jersey to address pesticide products and devices that were found to be marketed with unsubstantiated claims of efficacy against the novel coronavirus (the cause of COVID-19) and other pathogens.
Advocates praise Cuomo's expansion of SNAP nutrition assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced new measures that will expand eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, to up to 75,000 community college students across the state who are enrolled in vocational classes.
Cuomo outlines new microcluster strategy to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that arise in fall
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday outlined New York's new "microcluster" strategy to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that may come with the fall and winter weather. The microcluster strategy is predicated on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement.
NFMMC to test for COVID-19 Wednesday at City Market, Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:05 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has scheduled another COVID-19 community testing date for this week. That testing will take place from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at the City Market, Pine Avenue at 15th Street. Testing also is scheduled from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Bethany Baptist Church, 2002 Forest Ave.
New York ski resorts allowed to reopen with 50% indoor capacity beginning Nov. 6
Sun, Oct 18th 2020 03:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced ski resorts can reopen with 50% indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, Nov. 6.
Cuomo addresses coronavirus vaccine
Sun, Oct 18th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced the New York State Department of Health has released a draft COVID-19 vaccination administration program that serves as an initial framework for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York.
Buffalo Sabres, BlueCross BlueShield distribute PPE kits to WNY schools
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York have teamed up to welcome Western New York teachers and students back to the classroom by providing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to several schools across our community. Each kit includes face coverings and hand sanitizer to help keep teachers, students and staff safe as they resume in-person education.
Survey: 9 in 10 voters support Congress passing another COVID-19 relief bill to help distressed businesses
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
Americans are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of the economy, and 90% support Congress passing another economic stimulus bill to help distressed small businesses and employees, according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
UB: Eviction was a problem long before the pandemic's arrival
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:55 am
Although sweeping eviction bans issued during the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal and many state governments have temporarily halted the removal of unemployed tenants from their homes, the current public health crisis has actually amplified, rather than created, what is a festering national housing issue, according to a University at Buffalo social work researcher.
Cuomo: State will withhold funds for localities & schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health law
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health laws.
Cuomo announces charges against promoter of Chainsmokers concert
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the Department of Health has charged "In the Know Experiences" - the concert promoter involved in the July concert in Southampton featuring the band the Chainsmokers - with violating the public health law.
Erie County Department of Health addresses rise in new COVID-19 cases; Niagara County reports first death since August
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 12:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is offering an analysis on recent increases in new daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Erie County residents:
Ohio, Michigan and Virginia added to NYS travel advisory; list now at 38 states
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Ohio, Michigan and Virginia have been added to New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
New York State Health Facilities Association statement on new visitation guidelines for nursing homes
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 03:40 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), a statewide association representing over 425 long-term care facilities, issued the following statement following NYSHFA's delivery of the attached letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Howard Zucker concerning the state's nursing home visitation and staff testing policies.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 01:40 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
CAO of WNY implements COVID-19 strategy across all programming
Mon, Oct 12th 2020 10:45 am
The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) has shifted its focus directly on COVID-19 as the coronavirus' negative impact on the region's underserved populations increases. CAO's website is updated to promote its comprehensive COVID-19 relief services and meet the community's needs.
Cuomo: COVID-19 rapid testing to be made available for every county in New York
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced COVID-19 rapid result testing will be made available to every county in New York.
SBA, Treasury announce 'Simpler' PPP forgiveness for loans of $50,000 or less
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:05 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, on Thursday released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America's smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Memorial Medical Center announces next round of COVID-19 test dates
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has updated its COVID-19 community testing calendar for October. The testing is supported by CDBG funds allocated by the City of Niagara Falls. There will be no charge for city residents.
DiNapoli: Pandemic hit to sales tax revenue threatening fiscal health of local governments
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 02:20 pm
New York's municipalities collected nearly $17 billion in sales tax revenue in 2019, representing 9.7% of all local government revenue, according to a comprehensive report on local sales tax released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Every county and city in the state, along with many towns and villages, depend on these funds to pay for essential services and operations, revealing the statewide impact of the revenue losses from the pandemic.
COVID-19: Cuomo announces new cluster action initiative
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a new cluster action initiative to address COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up in Brooklyn and Queens, and Broome, Orange and Rockland counties.
New Mexico added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New Mexico has been added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
COVID RELIEF NOW coalition releases new ad
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:50 pm
The COVID RELIEF NOW Coalition, comprised of more than 225 public and private sector groups, on Tuesday released a new ad called "No Recess without Relief," imploring Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID-19 economic relief. The ad is running across digital platforms.
Coronavirus update for Oct. 5
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 07:15 pm
Coronavirus update for Oct. 5
Wegmans, Erie County partner to offer drive-thru flu shot clinics
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 03:20 pm
Wegmans Pharmacy and the Erie County Department of Public Health are making it safer and easier for local residents to get their flu shots with two drive-thru community flu shot clinics this fall. During the events, participants may remain in their cars while a Wegmans pharmacist, wearing additional protective gear, administers the vaccination.
NFMMC announces more COVID-19 community testing
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 03:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct community testing for COVID-19 at four additional sites beginning this week. The testing is supported by CDBG funds allocated for by the City of Niagara Falls. There will be no charge for city residents.
AG James renews suspension of state debt collection for 7th time as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 10:40 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state has renewed - for the seventh time - an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
NYSAC: Better state testing required
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 10:40 am
Statement by the New York State Association of Counties in response to the "lack of guidance and protocols for coronavirus testing":
Additional COVID-19 testing to take place Monday at Maple Avenue Elementary School
Sun, Oct 4th 2020 04:10 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Maple Avenue Elementary School, 952 Maple Ave., Niagara Falls.
 

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