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BBB tip: Thinking of sharing your senior photo on Facebook? Think twice!
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 11:50 am
It seems harmless and fun! A bunch of friends on Facebook or other social media are sharing their senior portraits, including the high school name and graduation year, to support the graduating class of 2020 (most of whom are at home because of the coronavirus pandemic).
Higgins announces launch of 'Get My Payment' portal
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced residents can now check the status of direct payments provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury announced the launch of the "Get My Payment" app, which allows Americans to track the status of their emergency relief funding and add bank direct deposit information if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn't already have it on file.
Niagara County loses 4 more to COVID-19; latest county stats
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 11:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
New York NCAA Division I basketball coaches unite as 'Team New York' to combat COVID-19
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 09:35 am
Inspired by the leadership and actions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, two of New York's top young basketball coaches have launched a historic partnership between the state's 44 men's and women's NCAA Division I basketball head coaches who have come together to form "Team New York." As part of the team, each coach will use their social media platform to share public health guidelines with their audience in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Community continues to generously donate PPE
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 09:15 am
In a continued effort to keep our workforce safe and healthy, Kaleida Health's purchasing and supply chain teams have been relentless in reaching out to vendors and business partners to secure additional equipment, supplies and PPE for staff, providers, patients and visitors.
NYSAC announces 'NY Counties Lead' campaign to highlight contributions of counties during COVID-19 pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:30 pm
Today, during a digital press conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced a new public awareness campaign called "NY Counties Lead" that is focused on telling stories from the front lines of the war against COVID-19.
HUD gives housing authorities, tribes additional flexibility to focus on tenants during pandemic
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today is granting public housing authorities (PHA), Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) waiver authorities and ultimate flexibilities so agency staff can focus on assisting their tenants and properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing provides housing assistance to approximately 3.5 million families across the country.
Poloncarz issues emergency order closing campgrounds
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Tuesday issued a local emergency order closing all campgrounds, as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, which require a permit to operate under the New York state sanitary code. The order also prohibits the use, at any campground within Erie County, of any camping cabin, camping unit, campsite, or seasonal campsite as defined by 10 NYCRR 7-3.1, by any individual at any time.
Erie County COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 14
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 03:30 pm
As of 3 p.m., ECDOH received a total of 1,730 reports of positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 84 COVID-19-related deaths among Erie County residents.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 14
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Higgins: Over $23.53 million in emergency funding for local airports
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a total of $23,539,403 in federal funding to support local airports whose operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County Department of Social Services shares resources for families in crisis
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:30 pm
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Erie County Department of Social Services is reminding residents that help and supports are available for families feeling increased stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Citizen announces new artists to join 'One World: Together at Home' global special to celebrate & support health care workers in fight against COVID-19
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:15 pm
International advocacy organization Global Citizen announced an expanded list of artists who will appear in the "One World: Together at Home" global broadcast special, being held in support of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic being led by the World Health Organization.
Tops updates limited-item list; to provide American-made cloth masks as additional safety measure to store associates
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Beginning this week, Tops will be rolling out additional safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Those safety measures include providing all of its associates with American-made cloth face masks to ensure their associates health and well-being while serving the community as essential workers. This safety measure is in addition to the 5,000 face shields already distributed to its workforce.
Catholic Health converts former nursing home into Western New York's first COVID-19 post-acute center
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 06:45 pm
Catholic Health continues to build on its "COVID-19 Continuum" by partnering with the McGuire Group to reopen the former AbsolutCare Nursing Home in Orchard Park and convert it into a dedicated COVID-19 continuing care facility.
Stapleton: Niagara County '2-3 weeks behind downstate' plateau
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 03:25 pm
As downstate New York continues to see a plateau in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and less coronavirus-related deaths each day, the New York City area is rapidly approaching its pandemic apex. Niagara County isn't quite moving that fast.
Cuomo & neighboring state governors outline plan to determine when business can reopen
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday presented what he called "a smart way" and "an informed way, guided by experts and data, and science, and not in a political way," to reopen business across New York and its neighbor states.
Higgins: COVID-19 relief grants available for art organizations
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced grants are available through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide financial assistance for local arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Congress included $75 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the arts industry.
AG James leads coalition urging federal government to ensure emergency stimulus payments go to families, not debt collectors
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sent two letters to the federal government in an effort to help Americans deal with the ensuing economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis.
Niagara County: Drug overdoses spike during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:15 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti, along with Niagara County law enforcement partners, report drug overdose cases have increased during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of drug overdose cases dispatched by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office from Jan. 1 through April 6 has increased over 35% for the same time frame in 2019.
Free civil legal services available through Neighborhood Legal Services' virtual 'justice bus'
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Serving Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, Neighborhood Legal Services is a free civil legal services firm specializing in domestic violence prevention, divorce, eviction prevention, health insurance access, disability, student loans, SNAP, shelter and other government benefits.
Parent Network of WNY supports families of individuals with disabilities during pandemic
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm
Parent Network of WNY, a nonprofit agency servicing families of individuals with disabilities, is continuing to offer support through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus: Niagara County officially crosses 200 positive cases
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:55 am
"We regretfully report one death, a 66-year-old male with underlying health conditions," a press release said.
Wegmans issues COVID-19 update
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:50 am
Wegman's corporate announced the following on Monday.
Cuomo returns ventilators, thanks Pathways Nursing Home for 'generous contribution' in fight against COVID-19
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:35 am
On Easter Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo returned ventilators to the Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna. Pathways Nursing home made an unsolicited contribution of these lifesaving machines to New York state as part of the ongoing efforts against COVID-19. The governor also delivered cookies baked by his daughters for staff and nursing home residents.
Cuomo issues executive order directing employers to provide masks to employees who interact with public
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:30 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced he will issue an executive order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.
Erie County Senior Services, partners seek volunteers to assist with transportation, deliveries, more for seniors & disabled community
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:25 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others has announced a new partnership to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connections for seniors and the disabled.
'Good Neighbors Against Covid-19': Online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against Covid-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the COVID-19 crisis as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services.
Local law firm to deliver thousands of free meals to frontline health care workers at WNY hospitals
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 11:00 am
In support of area doctors, nurses and hospital staff working diligently on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, local personal injury law firm John J. Fromen Attorneys at Law, P.C., is set to deliver over 4,500 free meals to local health care facilities across Western New York.
Kaleida Health launches telehealth platform, expands testing for frontline
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 09:45 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates over the weekend regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Wydysh: Despite flattening curve, 'New York State on PAUSE' still in effect; golf courses, boat launches added to closure list
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:35 pm
In her Saturday afternoon appearance on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said this is no time to abandon the physical distancing measures put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Easter: NOT CANCELED! Area photos
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:00 pm
With "New York State on PAUSE," and its residents staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, families will be apart. Churches will be closed. Stores are shut. ... But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate.
Niagara County Department of Health update for April 11
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
New York upping antibody testing
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York is ramping up antibody testing, what he called a key component of any plan to reopen the economy. The state is currently conducting 300 of these antibody tests, and is on track to conduct 1,000 per day by next Friday and 2,000 per day by the following week.
2nd Niagara County Correctional Facility employee positive for COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:00 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a civilian support staff employee of the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Empire State Development updates list of essential occupations
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:55 am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order 202.8 of March 20, 2020 required non-essential businesses in New York State to reduce their onsite workforce by 100%. Only organizations and entities that were deemed essential by the Executive Order are exempt from these restrictions. Empire State Development (ESD) has updated its formal guidelines regarding essential businesses as of April 9, 2020. Please note that ESD's guidance is subject to change as the State adapts its response to combating COVID-19.
Flags at half-mast
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:40 am
In a message to Kaleida Health employees, Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, said, "As we join together as a community to fight this virus, it is important to remember that every person who lost their battle with COVID-19 was someone's loved one. These are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends and neighbors."
U.S. Treasury details for distribution of COVID-19 direct payments
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins detailed the U.S. Treasury's plan for distribution of direct payments to Americans provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
Higgins: Over $1 million headed to WNY public safety departments for response to COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced several Western New York communities are slated to receive a combined $1,019,019 in federal funding to assist public safety agencies with the emergency response to the coronavirus outbreak.
 

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