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Higgins: $800,000-plus in telehealth funding for WNY
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $803,135 to in federal funding to provide telehealth services to Western New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program.
Everything you need to know about phase 2, as Western New York continues its reopening process
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 04:50 pm
Western New York is entering phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan on Tuesday.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force created in response to health disparities related to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
People of color and those with compromising health conditions make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths according to national, state and regional data. In response to these facts, community leaders in Niagara Falls announced the creation of the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
Cuomo announces dentists can reopen statewide
Sun, May 31st 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced New York dentists can reopen statewide on Monday.
Cuomo offers guidance on phase 2; Wydysh: 'I don't see any reason that WNY should not begin phase two next week'
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:55 pm
Speaking Friday on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "From my perspective, I don't see any reason that Western New York should not begin phase two next week; and it appears that we are on target to do so."
NFMMC updates schedule for community COVID-19 testing
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has updated its schedule for performing community diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The schedule, effective immediately, was revised to better reflect public demand for this testing.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces $1 million in new grants to support nonprofits in Western New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:25 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, announced it has awarded nearly $1 million to an additional 47 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $6.6 million, supporting a total of 156 nonprofit organizations. This collaborative philanthropic effort was created in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and has been coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
SBA, Treasury Department announce $10 billion for CDFIs to participate in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions. CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
Higgins: Over $20 million in federal emergency funding for WNY nursing homes
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NY Farm Bureau encourages farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
COVID-19 antibody test scheduling resumes with Erie County Department of Health
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
Scheduling for COVID-19 antibody test appointments has resumed for Erie County Department of Health clinics taking place in June.
Higgins announces passage of legislation extending death and disability benefits to public safety officers contracting COVID-19
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to hold free virtual educational conference to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's during pandemic
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. This event is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts, as well as special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." It is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
Coronavirus stats for May 29
Fri, May 29th 2020 11:30 am
Coronavirus stats for May 29
NYS issues details on phase two of reopening: More retail, no restaurant changes
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:55 am
Details are now available for phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process.
Following Higgins' push, administration extends federal orders for National Guard
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, welcomed news that the Trump administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The president had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard members serving on the frontlines of the pandemic response ineligible for federal benefits.
Cuomo issues executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The mandate builds on the state's ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.
Coronavirus stats for May 28
Thu, May 28th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for May 28
Erie County Fair postponed until 2021
Wed, May 27th 2020 10:25 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, announced Wednesday that it has decided to postpone the 2020 Erie County Fair (originally scheduled to be held Aug. 12-23).
Coronavirus stats for May 27
Wed, May 27th 2020 12:20 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 27
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to perform COVID-19 testing at residential sites
Tue, May 26th 2020 08:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is expanding its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Niagara Falls.
NCCC hosts virtual commencement celebration for grads
Tue, May 26th 2020 04:30 pm
On Saturday, May 23, Niagara County Community College hosted a virtual commencement celebration for the Class of 2020, recognizing over 900 graduates. The prerecorded video allowed graduates to submit a photo of themselves, future plans, and messages of appreciation to friends and family. Additionally, the video included remarks from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson, and NCCC President William Murabito.
Cuomo: 'We're going to turn the page on COVID-19'
Tue, May 26th 2020 04:05 pm
As part of his Tuesday morning press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced good news, in terms of COVID-19 stats in New York.
Child Care centers hit hard by COVID-19, according to study by Niagara University's Levesque Institute
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:00 pm
A report recently released by Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement reveals some sobering statistics concerning the current and future status of Niagara County's licensed, center-based child care centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for May 26
Tue, May 26th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for May 26
Hotel industry across US & Canada unite around enhanced safety, cleaning standards
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently announced hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed "Safe Stay," AHLA's enhanced industrywide cleaning guidelines.
Cuomo: State & local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.
Cornell: US social distancing stabilized, but did not reduce, spread of COVID-19
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:10 am
We were expecting a peak, but we reached a plateau.
Cuomo: New York professional sports leagues can begin training camps; reopens campgrounds, RV parks, veterinarian practices
Mon, May 25th 2020 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in state while following appropriate health protocols.
Cuomo: NY could enter phase two sooner than expected
Sat, May 23rd 2020 12:50 pm
At a Saturday press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state regions could enter phase two of his "New York Forward" reopening process earlier than expected. Originally, he said locations would have to wait two weeks before going into the next stage.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to get outside safely, responsibly & locally during state's ongoing response to COVID-19
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:20 pm
Prior to the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation close to home during the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. DEC recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, show respect, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.
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.
 

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