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UB commencements have gone virtual, but there's still plenty of ways to celebrate
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:20 pm
Some 6,027 University at Buffalo students are candidates to receive 6,600 degrees and certificates this commencement season.
AMA to host national tribute to celebrate new medical student graduates
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:15 pm
The American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will host a national celebration to honor the 30,000 medical students who are graduating this spring. It will bring together leading voices in health care, science and culture to offer encouragement, advice and inspiration to these future physicians.
Girl Scouts of Western New York cancel summer camps
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:15 pm
The Girl Scouts of Western New York will not open its day and resident camps for more than 2,000 girls this summer due to safety concerns about the COVID-19 virus, officials announced.
DiNapoli: April sales tax collections decline over 24% after COVID-19 shutdown
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:05 pm
Local sales tax collections dropped 24.4% in April compared to April 2019, leaving many of New York's local governments grappling with shortfalls, according to state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Sales tax collections totaled $1.02 billion in April.
NYS announces $880 million in temporary food assistance for New York's school children
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:00 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced additional food assistance of more than $880 million to help New Yorkers with children who previously received free and reduced-price meals at school. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program will provide eligible households with a total of about $420 per child, with school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus stats for May 12
Tue, May 12th 2020 01:20 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 12
Niagara County and COVID-19: Wydysh encourages everyone to get tested
Tue, May 12th 2020 01:10 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh is encouraging all residents to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test. She said this is a prudent move to ensure public health, as well as a necessary component required for reopening Western New York.
North Tonawanda officials sponsor Thursday food drive
Tue, May 12th 2020 10:00 am
The elected leaders in North Tonawanda are sponsoring a food drive this Thursday to benefit the North Tonawanda Inter-Church Food Pantry. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave.
Higgins calls for $5 billion investment in coronavirus research
Tue, May 12th 2020 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling for a $5 billion investment over the next five years supporting research led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the treatment and prevention of coronavirus disease.
Attorney General James provides direction for law enforcement on unlawful evictions during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, May 11th 2020 06:50 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James provided direction to law enforcement departments throughout New York state so they have clear guidance on how to protect the public from unlawful evictions both during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis and into the future.
Gov. Cuomo releases 'NY Forward Reopening' plan; Poloncarz, Wydysh provide county updates
Mon, May 11th 2020 04:55 pm
In a YouTube update Monday, Poloncarz said, "Western New York has met five of the seven metrics, pursuant to the date that was received from Western New York. ... The two things that we have not yet met, which is our hospitalization declines, over a 14-day period or a three-day average, as well as hospitalization deaths over a 14-day period or an average."
NYS Health Facilities Association statement on Cuomo's new policy for nursing homes
Mon, May 11th 2020 12:20 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, representing nearly 400 skilled nursing providers and adult care/assisted living communities with more than 100,000 employees who provide essential long-term care services through New York, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's press conference on Sunday:
Kaleida Health offering antibody testing to general public
Mon, May 11th 2020 12:15 pm
Kaleida Health released the following updates over the weekend regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Coronavirus stats for May 11
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for May 11
Halestorm announce #ROADIESTRONG support campaign
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:30 am
Grammy Award-winning rock band Halestorm recently announced the #ROADIESTRONG support campaign aimed at providing essential financial assistance to road crews all over the world who make live music possible. Under the newly launched initiative, fans can purchase #ROADIESTRONG merchandise and make donations, with all proceeds going to Live Nation's "Crew Nation," a global relief fund for live music crews.
Higgins: Over $65 million in COVID-19 hotspot funding awarded to local hospitals
Mon, May 11th 2020 10:05 am
Over the weekend, Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York hospitals will receive more than $65.4 million in federal funding designated for the nation's health care facilities hardest hit by COVID-19 cases.
Cuomo: New York is notifying 49 other states of COVID-19-related illness in children
Mon, May 11th 2020 09:55 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced New York is notifying 49 other states across the country of emerging cases of COVID-related illness in children. The state is currently investigating 85 reported cases in New York where children - predominantly school-aged - are experiencing symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease or a toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers and an additional two deaths are currently under investigation.
Cuomo launches new initiative to expand access to testing in low-income communities and communities of color
Sat, May 9th 2020 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced the launch of a new initiative to expand access to testing in low-income communities and communities of color. The state is partnering with Northwell Health to establish an initial 24 temporary testing sites at churches in predominately minority communities in downstate New York to build on the state's network of downstate testing sites.
Cuomo: State helping to develop national criteria for identifying & responding to COVID-related illness in children
Sat, May 9th 2020 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced that, at the request of the CDC, the state is helping to develop the national criteria for identifying and responding to COVID-related illness. The State Department of Health is also partnering with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand COVID-related illnesses in children and the possible genetic basis of this syndrome.
Kaleida Health offering antibody testing to general public; provides update on waiver application; honors nurses
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:40 am
Kaleida Health President and CEO Jody Lomeo said, "Today we received official approval from the New York State Department of Health for the waiver applications to resume limited elective surgical cases at Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. We have also received confirmation that the waiver applications for the Buffalo General Medical Center and our two surgery centers are currently under review."
Attorney General James fights for access to PPP funds for small businesses
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James and a coalition of 23 additional attorneys general called for key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and equitably to the small businesses that were the originally intended recipients of the loans.
NYSEG, RG&E donate additional $300,000 to local emergency COVID-19 response and recovery effort
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, in conjunction with the Avangrid Foundation announced this week an additional donation of $175,000 to emergency response organizations across its service area to support their ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The funds will be distributed as follows: $125,000 to various community relief funds, and $50,000 to 14 food resource organizations and programs.
NYS Health Facilities Association: Residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities 'least able to withstand the insidious COVID-19 virus'
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living issued the following statement this week in response to the number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
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.
 

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