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SBA's economic injury disaster loans & advance program reopened to all eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Destination Niagara USA: 'Unified in Safety' a shared commitment to keep each other safe
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
Destination Niagara USA has released commitment guidelines to support the safety of locals, the hospitality and tourism community, and visitors to Niagara Falls USA as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Attorney General James urges Apple and Google to take steps to protect consumers using coronavirus contact tracing apps
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday urged two of the world's largest technology companies - Apple, maker of the iPhone, and Google, developer of the Android operating system - to take necessary steps to protect consumer information and privacy as New Yorkers and Americans across the country continue to battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Cuomo: Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in phase three of reopening
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:05 pm
The governor announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter phase three on Tuesday, while the Capital Region is still on track to enter phase three on Wednesday. Business guidance for phase three of the state's reopening plan is available here.
'The Summer We Camped At Home': Girl Scout camp reimagined
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 01:35 pm
Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) on Monday launched its new reimagined Girl Scout summer camp with "The Summer We Camped At Home" virtual summer camp experience. This new form of summer camp allows girls and their families a variety of ways to stay connected and get outdoors given the limited camp and outdoor options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSEG and RG&E to resume work delayed by COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:25 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., announced they will begin a phased approach to resuming customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase will begin in the coming weeks and will include work that will directly support customer safety and service reliability, such as indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete.
NYS: SNAP recipients to receive additional $100 million in food assistance
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:15 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance for New Yorkers adversely affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. About 750,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable benefit for June to help them avoid food insecurity.
UB announces plans for fall semester; to offer mix of in-person & online instruction
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:50 am
The University at Buffalo is planning to return to campus this fall, offering educational and research programs under a "modified in-person" format.
Coronavirus stats for June 15
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for June 15
City of North Tonawanda update
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas announced the following on Saturday:
NU: Learn how to lead your business during COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
Learn from a panel of top executives in the automotive and real estate industries, as well as business consultants, about ways to help guide a business and employees into the future as society continues to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This last in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic" will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 18, via Zoom.
Cuomo: Low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three can begin July 6
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6, with up to two spectators allowed per child.
Cuomo warns regions could 'PAUSE' again if noncompliant; SLA will target misbehaving eateries
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:25 am
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned he could stop reopened regions from advancing to the next phase, knock them down a phase, or send them back to "New York State on PAUSE" nonessential closings if they get too loose with safety regulations designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Governor signs legislation suspending forfeiture of unemployment benefits during COVID-19 state of emergency
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 09:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8275-A/A.10348) suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 state of emergency, aligning with the executive order he issued on May 14. Over 44 million Americans across the U.S. have applied for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this number is expected to grow as the pandemic continues.
Sleepaway camps to remain closed this summer
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Saturday said sleepaway camps will not be permitted to operate this summer, because of the possibility the coronavirus could spread among children.
Western New York expected to enter phase 3 on Tuesday
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday reaffirmed Western New York is slated to enter phase three on Tuesday.
Niagara County tourism entities await word on when, how they can reopen
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 03:40 pm
As Niagara County prepares for phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process, answers, dates and procedures have been given for a number of items. The reemergence of one significant sector, however, is still unknown: Tourism.
Coronavirus stats for June 12
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:00 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 12
Higgins: Over $52.8 million to help WNY hospitals respond to COVID-19 costs
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York hospitals will receive over $52.8 million in federal funding designated for the nation's health care facilities who serve the most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB medical students have designed, manufactured and delivered hundreds of face shields statewide
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 10:30 am
If you phone Jordan Levine pretty much anytime, day or night, you can hear the steady hum of a 3-D printer in the background.
PSC starts proceeding aimed at addressing impacts of COVID-19 crisis on customers, utilities
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:55 am
Earlier this week, the New York State Public Service Commission, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New York's utilities and ratepayers, established a crucial and new proceeding to identify and address the effects on utility and other PSC-regulated services and programs in New York.
Melissa DeRosa issues report to governor outlining COVID-19 domestic violence task force's initial recommendations to reimagine NYS approach to services for domestic violence survivors
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa on Thursday issued a report to Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlining the COVID-19 domestic violence task force's initial recommendations to reimagine New York's approach to services for domestic violence survivors. Cuomo has accepted these recommendations in full and is directing the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, along with other sister agencies of the Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Office of Victim Services, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Health, to use these recommendations to update and improve domestic violence services in New York.
New FTC data finds travel & vacation problems top list of COVID-19-related complaints from consumers
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 08:30 pm
Reports about travel and vacation problems topped the list of COVID-19-related complaints from consumers in New York, while nationally reports about online shopping top the list of consumer complaints, according to new data released by the Federal Trade Commission.
Coronavirus stats for June 11
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:35 am
Coronavirus stats for June 11
HUD provides New York over $400 million in CARES Act funding for homeless populations amid coronavirus recovery
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:25 am
Earlier this week, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced the allocation of $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. This funding is in addition to $1 billion of ESG grants announced within a week of President Donald Trump signing the CARES Act.
Macy's welcomes back customers in Western New York
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
Macy's is reopening to customers and communities in the Buffalo area, offering a curated assortment of beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the items to click and pick-up, just in time for Father's Day.
Niagara County Department of Health encourages safely enjoying outdoors
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
With warmer weather and gradual reopening of Niagara County, the Niagara County Department of Health encourages individuals to enjoy the outdoors safely during COVID-19.
FeedMore WNY awarded $10,000 donation through Liberty Mutual & Safeco Insurance emergency community support grants
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance recently announced a $10,000 donation to FeedMore WNY - nominated by Stephen Mayo of Walsh Duffield - as part of an emergency community support grant to help independent agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation will go directly to FeedMore WNY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to Western New Yorkers of all ages in need.
Passenger seat program resumes
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:20 am
Schumer & Higgins announce $600,000-plus for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 07:00 pm
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins announced Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will receive $600,456 in federal funding to expand telehealth services to Western New Yorkers. The funding, included by Congress in the CARES Act, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program. Both Schumer and Higgins reached out to the FCC to advocate on behalf of Roswell Park.
Leveraging a powerful weapon in the fight against COVID-19: Ontology
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:30 pm
The mass of growing and constantly changing data resulting from multiple disciplines represents one of the biggest challenges researchers and public health officials must confront while trying to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins calls for streamlined process to ensure WNYers without internet access receive COVID-19 relief payments
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue "simple guidance and dedicated resources" to assist Americans without internet access in receiving their economic impact payments. After receiving outreach from constituents, Higgins worked with other House Ways and Means Committee members to stand up for those struggling with accessing the payments they deserve.
Pappas offers information for NT restaurant and patio seating reopenings
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Because the signs of reopening North Tonawanda are positive, city leaders are making decisions to let business and recreation areas reopen on a case-by-case basis. One notable feature is the allowance of restaurants to open patio seating in accordance with New York state protocols and SLA approval, if required.
COVID-19 testing is available at Niagara University
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Niagara University, in partnership with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, is offering COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays throughout the month of June.
Coronavirus stats for June 10
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 03:45 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 10
Cuomo announces new coronavirus dashboard
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a daily testing results dashboard to complement the early warning dashboard for New Yorkers and local governments to easily track the COVID-19 daily test results by region and county as all regions in the state are now reopening.
What Erie County residents need to know about contact tracing, isolation & quarantine for COVID-19
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:25 pm
As Western New York moves through the phases of reopening with "New York Forward," the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) contact tracing program will continue to be an important part of reducing community transmission of COVID-19 in Erie County.
Niagara County making goggles available to hair salons, barbershops
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has goggles available for hair salons and barbershops to help them meet the state reopening guidelines. Andres said the guidelines initially required face shields, but now have been amended by New York state to include goggles.
New York provides details on phase 3: Restaurants/food service, tattoo facilities, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology & nail specialty
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 12:45 pm
The "New York Forward" website now has details on phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan. Western New York is expected to enter this stage on Tuesday, June 16.
Higgins: More than $4.4 million in additional CARES Act aid for WNY
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive more than $4.4 million in additional federal aid to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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