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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.
Coronavirus stats for June 9
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for June 9
Higgins: Canada's exception to allow crossings to visit family is first step
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, responded Monday to an announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau granting permission to cross the border to visit family, calling the policy change "an incremental step forward."
Cuomo signs legislation authorizing local governments to extend deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S.8122-B/ A.10241-A) authorizing local governments to extend the deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15, 2020, in recognition of the hardships many families and businesses continue to face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SBA: New PPP rules changes give small businesses more options
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:45 pm
The recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act provides additional clarity and flexibility for small business owners to meet the requirements of the PPP loan program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. When the president signed the bipartisan legislation into law, it gave more time and discretion for when and how the loans can be spent to keep employees on payroll and keep up with accounts payable to further assist the nation's economy in its recovery from COVID-19 closures.
NCCC to offer PPE training for hospitality industry
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development department will offer online training targeting businesses involved in the reopening of the hospitality sector. This awareness-level training is geared for employees who will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their work space.
Learn how COVID-19 is impacting supply chain
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:50 am
Join a panel of supply chain professionals on Thursday, June 11, from 3-4 p.m. as they discuss the challenges that many organizations are facing all along the supply channels, including why there are shortages and how these supply disruptions are impacting businesses that are currently operating, as well as those that are beginning to reopen.
Cuomo signs legislation banning price gouging of personal protective equipment
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8189/A.10270) banning price gouging of personal protective equipment. His office said, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been countless instances of egregious price gouging, particularly of critical medical supplies - such as masks and hand sanitizer - that are desperately needed by our hospitals and other health care facilities. This legislation will help ensure access to these critical supplies for health care workers and the general public."
Cuomo signs legislation extending deadline to submit absentee ballots to day of election
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23. The governor previously issued executive orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections and ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.
Niagara Falls goes blue & gold for bent curve
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced landmarks across New York state would be lit in blue and gold in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
Cuomo allowing limited outdoor graduations
Sun, Jun 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New Yorkers have done an admirable job of "bending" the coronavirus infection curve. To that end, will be allow small, outdoor high school graduation ceremonies.
Houses of worship can reopen
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced houses of worship - churches, mosques and synagogues - can reopen to 25% capacity in phase two regions. Previously, the governor said these institutions couldn't reopen until phase four of his "New York Forward" reopening plan.
Restaino arranging safety supplies event for Falls businesses
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino has arranged for Niagara County Emergency Services to host a drive-thru event for sanitizer and/or cloth face coverings for pickup to help assist local businesses in the Niagara Falls area. This event will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Niagara Falls High School.
Cuomo announces lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since COVID-19 pandemic began
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York state has reached the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Thursday, 42 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just eight weeks ago. The number of total hospitalizations was down to 2,728 from a record-high of 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic.
Coronavirus stats for June 5
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 11:30 am
Coronavirus stats for June 5
Erie County COVID-19 information line changing hours of operation
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County's COVID-19 information line will change its hours of operation beginning Saturday, June 6 The new hours for the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Cuomo offers additional thoughts on outdoor dining
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 04:05 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered some additional ideas on outdoor dining, a caveat he granted eateries in phase two reopening regions.
 

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