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New sales tax data reinforce 'troubling findings' of COVID-19 Economic Impact Report
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
The New York State Association of Counties announced that, this week, counties received their first installment of sales tax directly related to the first month where the statewide lock down on economic activity was in effect. In aggregate, the county sales tax collections compared to the same period last year were down about 26%. This ranges from about 16% to nearly 37% by county (not including tax rate changes).
NYSEG warns customers of new scam attempts
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, is urging customers to be vigilant of scammers posing as representatives of the energy companies. NYSEG has recently received reports of customers having accepted calls from people who claim to be employees or consultants of the company. Customers are urged to never give out personal or account information to unsolicited callers.
Cuomo announces state Department of Health investigating evidence COVID-19 can cause severe illness in children
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19. There have been 73 reported cases in New York where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19.
NYS Department of Labor to proactively inform applicants of their claim's status
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced a new initiative to proactively inform New Yorkers of the status of their unemployment benefit application to help them follow its progress. The effort, part of a broader campaign to proactively communicate with New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits, will use emails and text messages to keep New Yorkers informed throughout the process - from submission to approval.
Higgins: Over $1.3 million for health centers to expand community testing
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $1.3 million in funding awarded to federally qualified health care clinics to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Western New York. The supplemental funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, approved by the House of Representatives on April 23, which provided $25 billion to expand testing nationwide.
Cuomo: NYS will extend window for victims to file cases under Child Victims Act until Jan. 14
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state will extend the window for victims to file otherwise time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months, until Jan. 14, 2021.
Cuomo announces members of 'Reimagine Education' advisory council
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of New York's "Reimagine Education" advisory council - made up of educators, students, parents and education leaders - to help districts reimagine schools as they prepare to reopen while protecting health and safety, how virtual learning can bridge the gap, and supplement face to face education when schools reopen. The council - chaired by SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras - will be comprised of lower and higher education leaders from across the state.
Villa Maria College announces plan for phased reopening of campus
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
As we await a formal decision from elected officials, Villa Maria College has developed a plan that will allow for a phased reopening of its Buffalo campus.
Leaders welcome formal announcement of retail testing in Niagara Falls & Buffalo
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
Local leaders welcomed the formal announcement by Rite Aid of 46 additional COVID-19 testing sites across the country, including at two of the company's locations in the Cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo, scheduled to open on Monday, May 11.
Jacobs calls for an immediate fix to New York's unemployment system
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
Calling it the most dysfunctional and mismanaged aspect of New York state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is asking the Cuomo administration and the New York State Department of Labor to immediately commit all the necessary resources to fix what he called the "broken" unemployment system that still has not provided benefits to tens of thousands of New York residents who have been out of work since March.
Kearns requests federal funds for foreclosure prevention & relief services
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns submitted to the budget director of the County of Erie a request for CARES Act funding for foreclosure prevention and relief services resulting from COVID-19. Taking notice of the recent unemployment trends, Kearns said he expects Erie County residents to fall behind on their monthly mortgage payments. As such, foreclosure filings will be on a rise in the Erie County Clerk's Office.
Cuomo: Moratorium on COVID-19-related evictions will be extended until Aug. 20
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced the state's moratorium on COVID-related residential or commercial evictions will be extended for an additional 60 days, until Aug. 20. The governor also announced the state is banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
Congratulations, Dr. Angeles! What it's like to defend a PhD thesis on Zoom
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:50 pm
Like so much else in life, a rite of passage for doctoral students has gone virtual during COVID-19: the Ph.D. defense, in which students present their research and field questions from faculty before receiving a degree.
SBA: Paycheck Protection Program funds still available
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:25 pm
Billions of dollars in potentially forgivable Payroll Protection Program (PPP) capital remains available to small businesses and nonprofits to help provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed. PPP, created out by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is responsible for infusing billions of dollars of capital into small businesses nationwide and saving jobs.
Coronavirus stats for May 8
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:15 pm
Kaleida Health expands COVID-19 testing: General public can now tested - symptomatic or not
Fri, May 8th 2020 12:10 pm
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it has once again expanded laboratory testing for COVID-19, adding anyone in the general public, who is interested or needs it, regardless if they are symptomatic or not.
NFMMC to offer community testing for COVID-19
Thu, May 7th 2020 04:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will offer the community diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, beginning Monday, May 11.
Higgins announces over $609,000 in additional federal aid to WNY colleges serving low-income students
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced an additional $690,559 in federal funding for several local colleges and the students they serve.
Coronavirus stats for May 7
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:40 am
Where to get coronavirus testing
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
Kaleida celebrates National Nurses Week
Thu, May 7th 2020 10:40 am
Each year, from May 6-12, we celebrate National Nurses Week - an opportunity to recognize the nurses who are integral to the health and well-being of patients throughout the community.
Jacobs' statement health care volunteers paying New York state income taxes
Thu, May 7th 2020 08:30 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs issued the following statement earlier this week in response to news that out-of-state volunteer health care workers who traveled to New York to help fight the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic will be forced to pay New York state income taxes:
Higgins: National Science Foundation awards to support local COVID-19 research at Hauptman-Woodward
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the award of $600,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) for multiple research projects into the molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
Schmidt Futures will help integrate NYS practices & systems with best advanced technology tools to 'build back better'
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:35 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced Schmidt Futures will help integrate New York state practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to build back better. Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and executive chairman and founder of Schmidt Futures, will lead the state's 15-member blue ribbon commission and use what the state has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with new technologies, to improve telehealth and broadband access.
NYS Department of Labor: $5.8 billion in unemployment benefits paid to New Yorkers since COVID-19 pandemic began
Thu, May 7th 2020 07:15 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced that over $5.8 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to 1.5 million New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Counties call for federal aid to support reopening & avert dramatic cuts
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:55 pm
The New York State Association of Counties on Wednesday released an updated report on the economic impact of the novel coronavirus on New York's counties. It projects potentially catastrophic drops in revenue between $1.5 billion to $3.6 billion over the next year.
SBA to make economic injury disaster loans available to agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:50 pm
Earlier this week, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA's economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance programs. SBA's EIDL portal reopened as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the president a week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
WNY anticipating June reopening
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:15 pm
County leaders are not counting on Erie County or Niagara County coming off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" program when the executive order expires May 15.
Zoladz Construction donated 9,000 meals to 12 hospitals
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Zoladz Construction Co. Inc. of Alden donated almost 9,000 meals over the past two weeks to Kaleida Health, Catholic Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support their front-line health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Health receives donation of over 1,500 Fowler's Chocolates 'We Applaud You' candy bars
Wed, May 6th 2020 05:00 pm
Catholic Health caregivers and leadership smiled through their surgical masks earlier this week, as they were treated to the delivery of more than 1,500 "We Applaud You" Fowler's Chocolates candy bars by City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin at the Sisters of Charity Hospital Main Street Campus.
Coronavirus stats for May 6
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:25 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 6 in Erie and Niagara counties.
Catholic Health to resume elective surgery; Kaleida working toward that capability
Wed, May 6th 2020 01:10 pm
Catholic Health has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgery in Erie County.
Is the Village of Lewiston more at risk for COVID-19 outbreak now that spring has sprung?
Wed, May 6th 2020 12:55 pm
Dozens of people were out and about in the Village of Lewiston enjoying the summer-like weather. They were walking down Center Street, eating on picnic tables and sitting on benches, looking at monuments, licking ice cream in Academy Park, and sprawled out on Water Street, looking out on the river. Many of those people were not wearing a mask or cloth face covering.
Higgins announces plans to introduce US Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act
Tue, May 5th 2020 05:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Tuesday announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services - the National Medical Command (NMC) - charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics. He said it would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
COVID-19: More testing availability in Erie and Niagara counties
Tue, May 5th 2020 04:40 pm
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
When ventilators aren't enough: UB physician helped write global guidelines on specialized life support equipment for COVID-19
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:15 am
Ventilators may be among the best-known types of lifesaving medical equipment that the sickest COVID-19 patients need. But for a small number within that critically ill population, even ventilators are not enough. Those patients, about 10% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, will require life-support machines that temporarily function as their heart and lungs.
UB-led team developing 3-D-printed, reusable N95-like respirators
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
A University at Buffalo-led research team is developing plans to 3-D-print safe, effective and reusable N95-like respirators. The team, which includes local manufacturers and 3-D-printing enthusiasts, has submitted its work to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval.
Hospitality: AHLA releases industrywide hotel cleaning standards through 'Safe Stay' initiative
Tue, May 5th 2020 11:10 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has introduced "Safe Stay," an industrywide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America's hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. "Safe Stay" represents the top priority for the industry, the health and safety of guests and employees.
 

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