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NYSCHSA president urges full state funding for local roads & bridges, vaccines for highway crews
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 07:55 pm
Joseph Wisinski, president of the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association, urged the New York State Legislature on Tuesday to restore cuts in highway funding made in the 2020-21 state budget to the proposed 2021-22 spending plan, and to add highway crews to the phase 1B eligibility list for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Statement from New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in response to OAG report
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:35 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Letitia James' investigation on nursing home coronavirus data:
Attorney general on nursing homes: Investigations reveal DOH publicly reported data undercounted COVID-19 deaths
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:00 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday released a report on her office's ongoing investigations into nursing homes' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, James has been investigating nursing homes throughout New York state based on allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.
WNY health leaders strongly suggest wrestling postponement
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 09:10 am
The leaders of the five county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) in Western New York provided the following joint statement Thursday, related to wrestling programs. This announcement follows updates to the "New York Forward" interim guidance for sports and recreation issued Jan. 22.
Cuomo announces extension of partnership with HelloFresh to combat food insecurity among veterans
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the extension of a partnership between the state of New York and leading meal kit company HelloFresh, focused on delivering free meal kits to veterans and military families in New York City who are presently confronting food insecurity.
DEC proposes regulations to improve food scrap recycling, prevent food waste
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Wednesday announced proposed regulations to implement a new statewide waste reduction initiative that supports food donation to help hungry New Yorkers and food recycling to help prevent the landfilling of food scraps. The proposed regulations would require composting and the donation of edible food by large food scrap generators to promote an effective reuse of materials otherwise headed for landfills.
Cuomo pulls WNY out of micro-cluster zones
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said the holiday coronavirus surge is over, and he canceled the micro-cluster zones in Erie and Niagara counties.
Niagara County gives greenlight to moderate- and higher-risk sports
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:50 am
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday said moderate- and higher-risk sports in Niagara County may proceed in accordance with New York state guidelines. Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether these sports could start back up would be made by each county's health director.
Erie County Department of Health cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is cancelling COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled for ECC South on Friday, Jan. 29, and ECC North and ECC South on Saturday, Jan. 30, due to lack of vaccine supply.
SBA takes steps to improve first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:35 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking steps to improve the first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review so that small businesses have as much time as possible to access much-needed PPP funds.
$466.8 million obligated to New York for COVID-19 vaccination costs
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:05 pm
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $466.8 million to New York for costs related to the COVID-19 vaccine mission.
Cuomo allowing elective surgery in Erie County; poised to lessen micro-cluster zone restrictions
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 10:00 pm
Speaking to the media Monday at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested he will lessen restrictions placed on Western New York - and Erie County, in particular - designed to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.
NYSUT statement on announcement state will seek federal testing waiver
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 08:05 pm
New York State United Teachers on Monday applauded the announcement the state Education Department will seek a federal waiver of grades 3-8 and high school testing requirements amid the ongoing challenges students and educators statewide are facing related to the coronavirus pandemic.
ECDOH: Higher-risk sports can resume
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing the following information for schools, coaching staff, athletes, parents of student-athletes and youth and adult amateur sports leagues in Erie County.
Norris: NY needs food security
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:25 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris, R-C-Lockport, joined colleagues from the Assembly minority conference last week to launch their newest omnibus package known as the Food Insecurity, Farm Resiliency and Rural Poverty Initiative.
Biden answers Higgins' call for northern border plan
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26, Buffalo/Niagara Falls), who serves as co-chair of congressional northern border caucus, said President Joe Biden's week one actions demonstrate a new beginning for the U.S.-Canada relationship.
Report: Hotel and travel outlook in 2021
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) on Thursday released "AHLA's State of the Hotel Industry 2021" outlining the forecasted state of the hotel industry in 2021 and into the immediate future. The report examines the high-level economics of the hotel industry's recovery, the specific impact on and eventual return of business travel, and consumer travel sentiments.
Cuomo: Investigations into prescription drug price spikes connected to pandemic
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the Department of Financial Services' newly formed Office of Pharmacy Benefits has initiated investigations into significant price spikes for six drugs that were connected to the COVID-19 pandemic by sending a demand pursuant to New York Insurance Law Section 111 requiring a statement from the manufacturer explaining the facts and circumstances surrounding the spikes.
Memorial to hold free COVID-19 testing event
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center will conduct free community testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Niagara Falls Public Library's Earl W. Brydges Building, 1425 Main St. The testing will be funded by the CARES Act grant provided to Memorial by the City of Niagara Falls.
Open enrollment for New Yorkers extended through March 31
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
As part of New York's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended through March 31. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Cuomo: $130 million proposal to help highly impacted small businesses with tax credits
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a $130 million proposal to enact the Pandemic Recovery and Restart Program to help highly impacted small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the fiscal year 2022 executive budget.
ECDOH cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to lack of supply
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of scheduled ECDOH COVID-19 vaccination Points-of-Distribution (PODs) for Saturday, Jan. 23, and Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 25-27. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans approved in first week
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has approved approximately 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program's reopening on Monday, Jan. 11, through to Sunday, Jan. 17.
Cuomo outlines fiscal year 2022 budget; draws mixed reviews
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday outlined the fiscal year 2022 executive budget to reimagine, rebuild and renew New York in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
NYS: Senate majority looks to help small businesses build back
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance major legislation to support the small businesses that have taken the brunt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County remembers those lost to COVID-19
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Erie County will participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance today to remember and honor the nearly 400,000 lives - including nearly 1,400 Erie County residents - lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country.
NYSUT calls on state to seek federal testing waiver amid ongoing challenges of pandemic
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:30 am
New York State United Teachers called on the state Education Department to request a federal waiver of grade 3-8 and high school testing requirements - just as New York was granted last year - amid the ongoing challenges students and educators statewide are facing related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo offers SOTS proposal to boost partial unemployment benefits
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a proposal to boost partial unemployment insurance benefits to New Yorkers who return to work part-time, as part of his 2021 State of the State. The plan would ensure unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week.
Cuomo issues letter to Pfizer Chairman/CEO Albert Bourla asking to directly purchase COVID-19 vaccines for NYS
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued a letter to Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla asking for the ability to purchase COVID-19 vaccines directly from Pfizer, as the company is not bound by commitments that Moderna made under Operation Warp Speed.
SOTS: Proposal to open Dormitory Authority's low-cost finance, design and construction services to all nonprofits & school districts
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a proposal to open the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's low-cost financing, design and construction services to all nonprofits and school districts, as part of his 2021 State of the State agenda.
Counties recognize Schumer's leadership in pushing aid for local governments
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 12:45 pm
The New York State Association of Counties recently recognized U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and his partnership with President-elect Joe Biden on a new coronavirus stimulus package NYSAC said will "move the economy forward and help the states and local governments that have been on the front lines of this pandemic since last March."
Norris' 'NY Business Emergency Relief Act' priority for Assembly GOP
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 07:00 am
On Friday, Assemblyman Mike Norris shared that, following the launch of his new legislation known as the New York Business Emergency Relief Act, the Assembly minority conference announced it had chosen to include the entirety of the plan in its omnibus 2021 pro-business package, "Jump-Start New York: A Plan for Economic Recovery."
Erie County DOH cancels upcoming COVID-19 vaccine PODS
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 03:00 pm
On Saturday, the Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of all scheduled ECDOH coronavirus vaccination point-of-distribution clinics (PODs) for next Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 18-20. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
More in-person learning weighed for Sidway
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 07:00 am
"COVID" and "hybrid" were the operative words at Monday's Grand Island School Board meeting. There was good news on both fronts for district students, parents, faculty and staff.
NYS/SNAP: 6-month increase in food benefits
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a 15% increase to their monthly food benefits for January through June. In addition, all households will receive the maximum monthly benefit for January under the emergency food assistance that has been issued since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Higgins presses for restaurant relief in next COVID-19 package
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for federal grants for restaurants to be included in the first COVID-19 emergency relief package approved by Congress under the new Biden administration.
NFMMC cancels COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to supply shortage
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center has not received enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to meet public demand.
Niagara Falls: Restaino announces disbursement of CARES Act funds
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
On Friday morning, Mayor Robert Restaino announces the disbursement of CARES Act grant funds to local community groups working to fight against the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 within the City of Niagara Falls community.
Hotels offer 50,000+ properties to help with vaccine rollout across country
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 02:30 pm
The American Hotel & Lodging Association is reporting "hotels are uniquely positioned to help with vaccine rollout." Here's why:
State comments on vaccination site information
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:40 am
On Thursday, Marcy Stevens, general counsel for the Office of Information Technology services, issued this statement regarding the "unauthorized use of unpublished scheduling link for state vaccination sites":
 

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