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GOP takes aim at Cuomo
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 11:40 am
Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Republican conference on Friday called on the Senate majority to convene a special session and immediately strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers. They also stressed the immediate need for a thorough, top-to-bottom investigation into the entire administration.
Higgins announces committee approval of COVID-19 relief for working families
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced, during a second full day of hearings on the American Rescue Plan, the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee approved several measures providing COVID-19 relief for families.
State issues comment on CDC quarantine adjustment
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a statement on updated Centers for Disease Control guidance eliminating quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people following close contact exposure:
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces additional $4.5 million in emergency needs grants to support nonprofits
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:10 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund announced it has awarded more than $4.5 million to over 300 nonprofit organizations in the region, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $13.1 million.
NYS: More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in 24 hours
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 106,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in New York in 24 hours. As of 11 a.m., New York's health care distribution sites have received 2,002,055 first doses and already administered 89% (1,787,189) first-dose vaccinations and 81% of first and second doses. The week 9 allocation from the federal government continues being delivered to providers for administration.
Morinello calls for subpoena of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in wake of AG nursing home report
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:40 pm
Republican Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and members of the minority conference held a press conference Thursday calling for a subpoena of New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker.
Live Well Erie encourages community: Unite to get vaccinated
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:25 pm
Like the rest of the nation, the people of Erie County have suffered devastating effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have lost hundreds of lives, and our way of life has been impacted in negative ways that we could not have predicted in early 2020. While we are encouraged by the newly approved vaccines, we pause to mourn with those who have lost loved ones, and to applaud the commitment of front-line health care workers and other essential worker heroes.
Cuomo on COVID: Statewide positivity is 3.54% - lowest since Nov. 25
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins announces House committee action on American Rescue Plan
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has begun its work on the American Rescue Plan, passing several components of the COVID-19 disaster relief package in committee.
Cuomo: Sports & entertainment events in major stadiums, arenas can reopen with limited spectators beginning Feb. 23
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, building off of the successful Buffalo Bills pilot program, sports and entertainment events in major stadiums and arenas with a capacity of 10,000 or more people can reopen with limited spectators beginning Feb. 23.
Niagara Small Business Development Center to offer free entrepreneurship webinars
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:15 am
The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a series of free entrepreneurship webinars aimed at those looking to enhance business skills and strengthen a new or existing business. The series will run from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting March 24 and ending May 19. The schedule of topics is as follows:
Cuomo announces proposal to establish NYS Cares + Baby2Baby Diaper Bank
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to establish the New York State Cares + Baby2Baby Diaper Bank as part of the 2021 Women's Agenda. Through a partnership with Baby2Baby, a national nonprofit that provides basic essentials for children under the age of 18, 20 million donated diapers will be made available to New York's emergency feeding programs for distribution to food banks throughout the state at no cost to families.
As House Ways & Means Committee begins hearings on COVID relief, Higgins provides details on package before Congress
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:30 am
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.
Municipalities in Erie & Niagara counties to receive $792 million+ in COVID-19 relief under Biden plan
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced Erie and Niagara counties will receive more than $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan. The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.
Niagara County DOH partners with Kenan Center for mass-vaccination POD
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 09:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health has collaborated with Kenan Center in Lockport to conduct point-of-dispensing (POD) operations through the month of February.
Higgins pushes for Western New York health centers to receive a direct federal allocation of COVID vaccine
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 04:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for Western New York Federally Qualified Health Centers to receive a direct allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government.
Erie County DOH expands eligibility for county-run COVID-19 testing sites
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 09:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is expanding eligibility for accessing a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at county-run test sites.
Cuomo: New Yorkers with comorbidities & underlying conditions can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites beginning Feb. 14
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced New Yorkers with comorbidities and underlying conditions can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites beginning Feb. 14, with the first appointments scheduled for Feb. 15.
Senate Republicans call on majority to hold multiple oversight hearings on health
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:25 pm
New York State Sen. Tom O'Mara and Patrick M. Gallivan requested Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger work with her leadership to schedule multiple joint legislative budget hearings on health instead of the single one scheduled later this month.
Norris: Invoke subpoena powers in nursing home hearings
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:10 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown each one of us and our world into uncharted territory. So many things have changed in these unprecedented times, from the ways we do business to how we live our lives, but what hasn't changed is the love for our families and those we hold dearest.
Cuomo: Winter storm will impact Saturday vaccine appointments at Buffalo State-run site
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 08:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced vaccine appointments scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the state-run site in Buffalo will be postponed due to winter weather affecting the area. The appointments will be rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, and Monday, Feb. 8. The site is located at the SUNY at Buffalo South Campus - Harriman Hall, 3435 Main St., Buffalo.
Cuomo announces list of comorbidities & underlying conditions eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, starting Feb. 15
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday released the list of comorbidities and underlying conditions that New York state will use to determine eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. New Yorkers who have one of the comorbidities on the list will be eligible for the vaccine beginning Feb. 15.
Erie County making progress with vaccinations
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to Erie County residents, including residents at nursing home facilities in Erie County based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Higgins fights to make sure neighborhood restaurants have fair access to COVID relief
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 12:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is pushing to ensure restaurant assistance in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package doesn't leave smaller, neighborhood restaurants behind.
Villa Maria College to implement plans for in-person fall semester
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:45 am
Villa Maria College announced it intends to resume face-to-face classes this August, in alignment with the start of its fall 2021 semester.
Our Lady of Peace completes 2nd COVID-19 vaccinations
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:00 am
Associates and residents at Ascension Living Our Lady of Peace wrapped up a second COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the end of January, during which time Walgreens administered 312 vaccines.
COVID-19: NT woman hospitalized before holidays heads home
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 07:00 am
Talia Kalisiak, a 20-year-old North Tonawanda woman hospitalized with COVID-19 since Nov. 11, finally made her way home on Feb. 3, thanks to the medical rehabilitation team at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
Niagara Falls Memorial, Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force hold community vaccination clinic
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 09:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Thursday joined the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force, a group consisting of more than 20 nonprofit leaders, in an innovative effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to people of color who reside in city neighborhoods and meet the state requirements for priority 1A or 1B vaccine recipients.
Joint statement from departments of health regarding travel & quarantine
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 02:55 pm
The leaders of the five Western New York county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) are providing the following joint statement related to the upcoming school breaks and the New York state travel advisory:
Community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate over 25,000 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
5 NYS companies to produce COVID-19-related equipment & supplies to support in-state needs
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced four additional New York companies and one company that has previously received state support will be awarded nearly $2 million in state support to produce supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These grant funds will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues that could lead to unfair pricing practices.
Survey: 56% of Americans likely to travel for vacation in 2021; 21% report traveling since pandemic
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows consumers are optimistic about traveling again in 2021, with 56% reporting they are likely to travel for vacation this year.
Catholic Health vaccinates members of law enforcement
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 05:50 pm
In addition to vaccinating nearly 8,000 of its associates and providers, Catholic Health has also vaccinated hundreds of members of the local law enforcement community against COVID-19, including members of the Buffalo Police Department.
NYS Department of Labor stops fraudsters from stealing more than $5.5 billion in unemployment benefits
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
The New York State Department of Labor announced it has identified over 425,000 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing fraudsters from stealing more than $5.5 billion in benefits. The DOL has referred hundreds of thousands of fraud cases to federal prosecutors, and continues to work with law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local level to hold fraudsters accountable.
Cuomo: Federal vaccine supply to increase to 20% for next 3 weeks
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of noon, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 91% (1,414,241) first-dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
Jacobs joins colleagues in calling for reinstatement of USDA program
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:30 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, joined colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to resume payments for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's coronavirus food assistance program (CFAP).
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections declined 10% in 2020
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 10% overall in 2020, or $1.8 billion, compared to the previous year, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This decline was steeper than the drop during the Great Recession, when local sales tax collections fell 6% statewide in 2009 compared to 2008.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund's 'Moving Forward Together' initiative announces regional food system assessment & planning effort
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund a collaborative philanthropic effort launched in March 2020 to address the COVID-19 crisis in the community, is announcing an important step forward for one of its "Moving Forward Together" initiatives convened to address food security in Western New York.
ECMC updates patient visitation
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:20 pm
Based on New York state's recent removal of "yellow zone" and "orange zone" restrictions in Western New York, Erie County Medical Center, on Tuesday afternoon, submitted to the New York State Department of Health the institution's updated patient visitation information.
New York state announces a boost in nutrition assistance
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
More than $100 million in emergency food assistance also to be distributed in February The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a 15% boost when their regular monthly food benefits are issued, as part of an increase that will continue through June.
 

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