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ESD, Homes and Community Renewal detail more than $100 million available through 'New York Forward' loan fund
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:05 pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) on Friday detailed the $100 million "New York Forward" loan fund announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, aimed at providing working capital loans to small businesses focusing on MWBEs, small landlords and nonprofit organizations that did not receive funding from the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and economic injury disaster loans. The fund will target those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 20 or fewer employees, and small landlords who own small multifamily rental portfolios.
Cuomo launches $100 million 'New York Forward' loan fund to help small businesses
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the launch of the $100 million "New York Forward" loan fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.
Wear a mask! Western New Yorkers make a video that sends this critical message
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:40 pm
Most New Yorkers know that, when they're in public, they should wear a mask; but as anyone who's been outside lately knows, it's a message that bears repeating.
Nursing homes: Too many facilities severely understaffed before COVID-19
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:10 pm
In times of crisis, sufficient staffing is critical to a nursing home's ability to care for residents. In the months leading up to the coronavirus pandemic, however, most facilities failed to maintain sufficient staffing to meet every resident's needs, according to the newest federal nursing home data (fourth quarter of 2019).
Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins announce plans to convene session next week
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:00 pm
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Friday announced the New York State Legislature plans to convene session next week to pass legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 26, with session scheduled for the days following.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development funding announcement: 'NY Forward' loan fund
Fri, May 22nd 2020 02:55 pm
On Friday, Gov. Cuomo announced the New York Forward Loan Fund aimed at supporting New York state small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and "NYS on PAUSE."
Coronavirus stats for May 22
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:50 am
Coronavirus stats for May 22
Cuomo: Summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spread. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue. School districts must also develop a plan for students with disabilities who participate in extended summer school year programs over the summer to ensure they receive instruction.
Percy: 'Brighter days are ahead'
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:35 pm
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, which is typically the official kickoff to our busy summer season, I know that we are all feeling a sense of anxiousness and fear about the outlook of our industry. While we cannot change the current circumstances we are facing, I would like to take this opportunity to share a bit of hope with all of you that brighter days are ahead.
Following spike in domestic violence during COVID-19 DeRosa & NYS Council on Women and Girls launch task force to find innovative solutions to crisis
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:30 pm
Following a spike in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and the New York State Council on Women and Girls on Wednesday announced the creation of a new task force to find innovative solutions to this crisis. The task force will identify solutions to help domestic violence survivors, with the specific goal of looking beyond the traditional ways that services have been provided in the past.
Buffalo General celebrates 200th COVID-19 patient discharged
Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 pm
Andrea Holloway, a 28-year-old patient care assistant at Buffalo General Medical Center, was discharged Wednesday after a nearly month-long battle with COVID-19. She was Kaleida Health's first recipient of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, as part of a clinical trial.
Cuomo to allow religious gatherings of no more than 10 people; drive-in & parking lot services will be allowed statewide
Wed, May 20th 2020 03:30 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning Thursday, May 21, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide where strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks. Additionally, drive-in and parking lot services will also be allowed beginning Thursday.
Coronavirus stats for May 20
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 20
Hotel industry, 'on brink of collapse,' releases roadmap to recovery
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:15 pm
With new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing staggering job loss to the hospitality and leisure industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association today released a "Roadmap to Recovery," calling on Congress to prioritize relief for hotel workers and small businesses in the next stimulus package. The April Jobs Report showed the hospitality and leisure industry was the hardest hit, losing 7.7 million jobs - nearly as many jobs as the next four sectors combined.
Department of Labor: $10 billion-plus in unemployment benefits paid to over 2 million New Yorkers during pandemic; pre-4/22 application backlog reduced to 7,580
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:10 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the backlog of pending unemployment benefit applications has been reduced to 7,580 - representing what it called "major progress since an unprecedented crush of applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic flooded the DOL's systems in March." This universe of unprocessed applications includes those that are missing critical information and cannot be processed, duplicates, and abandoned claims. Additionally, since the passage of the Federal CARES Act, 562,766 pandemic unemployment assistance applicants have received unemployment benefits.
Niagara County to host drive-thru mask pickup for businesses
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:00 pm
Niagara County has begun phase one of "New York Forward" with some businesses beginning to reopen. As such, Legislator Will Collins on Wednesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services is hosting a two-day drive-thru mask pickup station for those who need to acquire face coverings for their employees.
AARP calls on NYS to address COVID-19's 'disproportionate impact on older NYers of color'
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:15 pm
Earlier this week, AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in conjunction with AARP New York's presentation of testimony at the Joint New York State Senate and Assembly public hearing on "Exploring Solutions to the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Communities":
Cuomo implementing 2-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 sites across state to allow increased visitations for family members
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State to implement a two-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 hospitals across the state - including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center - to allow increased visitations for family members and loved ones. As part of the pilot program, visits will be time limited. Visitors will be provided with and must wear PPE and are subject to symptom and temperature checks.
Coronavirus stats for May 19
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 19
Cuomo: State bringing in international experts to help advise state's reopening plan
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state is bringing in international experts to help advise the state's reopening plan. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, senior lecturer at Imperial College London, will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.
Jacobs introduces legislation to protect privacy rights in contact tracing
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has introduced legislation (S8327) to protect the privacy rights of New York residents as the state begins to engage in contact tracing efforts as a key part of its reopening strategy.
Felony hearings, pleas resume in Erie County courts
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced felony hearings and pleas will resume - in a virtual courtroom setting - in criminal cases in Erie County this week as New York state comes off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "PAUSE" executive order.
NYS Department of Labor: $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits paid during COVID-19 pandemic, including nearly $290 million released through new system for back pay
Mon, May 18th 2020 08:55 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This figure includes nearly $290 million in back pay that was processed in the past two weeks and which was unlocked through a new, streamlined process that allows New Yorkers to easily submit federally mandated weekly certifications they had missed, unlocking previous weeks' benefits.
SBA, Treasury release Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:10 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions for the application.
NCCC to offer PPE training for manufacturing industry
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:10 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development Department, in conjunction with the NCCC Small Business Development Center, will offer virtual training classes for businesses throughout Western New York to prepare for reopening.
Catholic Health resumes full elective surgery schedule this week
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:05 pm
Following approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgeries in Catholic Health on May 5, the health system expects to complete a full caseload of procedures this week. Catholic Health began a limited elective surgery schedule last week, after becoming the first hospital system in Erie County to receive a waiver from the Department of Health to begin performing procedures that have been suspended since early March.
NCCC to offer free webinar on reopening for retail & service businesses
Mon, May 18th 2020 03:20 pm
The Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with NCCC Workforce Development will hold a free online training workshop for Western New York businesses to help them prepare for reopening. It will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27. The presentation will be repeated later the same day from 1-3:30 p.m.
Erie County Department of Health to offer COVID-19 antibody tests to Erie County residents
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:40 pm
Starting Tuesday, May 19, the Erie County Department of Health will offer a series of clinics for COVID-19 antibody testing.
Coronavirus stats for May 18
Mon, May 18th 2020 12:35 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 18
Western New York reopening
Mon, May 18th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said Western New York will enter into phase one of his "New York Forward" reopening on Tuesday. Nonessential services have been closed since March 20, when Cuomo put "New York State on PAUSE" to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Hochul offers additional details on phase one reopening
Mon, May 18th 2020 11:15 am
In a conference call Monday morning with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul offered additional details on what phase one of "New York Forward" entails. She is head of the "control room" monitoring when Western New York can begin to exit Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" shutdown.
Integer donates face shields for frontline workers
Mon, May 18th 2020 09:55 am
Integer, which includes Greatbatch Medical, Lake Region Medical and Electrochem, recently donated 1,000 face shields to the Kaleida Health workforce battling COVID-19. The company plans to donate another 1,000 face shields in the coming weeks. (Photo courtesy of Kaleida Health)
New York offers comprehensive new testing site map
Sun, May 17th 2020 02:25 pm
On Sunday, the governor's office posted a site where people can find coronavirus test sites by ZIP code.
Cuomo: WNY can reopen; phase one details
Sun, May 17th 2020 12:35 pm
Western New York is poised to come off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" executive order.
Higgins announces House approval of Heroes Act
Sat, May 16th 2020 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced Friday the House of Representatives approved the Heroes Act, the fourth emergency bill directed at addressing the resources and relief needed by to communities battling COVID-19.
Heroes Act: NYSAC applauds House, seeks resolution from Senate, president
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:30 pm
"The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Heroes Act, a fifth stimulus proposal that includes funding for the essential public employees providing essential services in our communities. This legislation includes direct and flexible recovery aid to states and local governments - including counties. "We now urge the U.S. Senate and President Trump to coalesce around a bipartisan agreement as soon as possible so that counties can continue to battle the pandemic while we safely reopen our economies at the local level."
AG James, Cuomo again renew suspension of state debt collection as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, May 15th 2020 04:50 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the state has again renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to New York that was specifically referred to the office of the attorney general (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
Cuomo, Poloncarz, Wydysh: You reopen when you are smart about controlling virus
Fri, May 15th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday took five New York state regions off his "PAUSE" list, allowing them to reopen.
Cuomo outlines additional measures businesses need to employ at reopening; Wydysh, Poloncarz offer update on what WNY companies should do
Fri, May 15th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday outlined additional safety measures businesses should employ once they are allowed to enter phase one of his reopening procedure:
 

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