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Cuomo, Malatras announce FDA approval for COVID-19 saliva swab test
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:20 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras on Wednesday announced the individual saliva swab diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences has been granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
DiNapoli: Medicaid audits find more than $700 million in 'unnecessary costs and overpayments'
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 01:30 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli recently released five audits of the Department of Health's (DOH) Medicaid program that identified approximately $706.6 million in what his office called "unnecessary, improper or questionable payments," and made several recommendations for improving the program.
Survey: 74% of hotels will lay off more employees without further aid
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:10 pm
As devastated industries wait for Congress to pass another round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry remains on the brink of collapse because of the pandemic. Results show 68% of hotels have less than half of their typical, precrisis staff working full time, and without further governmental assistance, 74% of respondents said they would be forced to lay off additional employees.
HUD awards over $212 million in CARES Act relief funds to New York
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 09:30 am
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently announced the allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The allocation focuses funds toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. To date, HUD has provided nearly $5 billion in CDBG funding nationwide to help communities combat the coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship.
New York State Office for the Aging launches new tool to help older new & high-risk individuals protect themselves from COVID-19
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 02:05 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of "CV19 CheckUp" in New York, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual's risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior, and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections down 7.8% in August
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Local government sales tax revenue declined by 7.8% in August compared to the same period last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. August's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for counties and cities, or $111 million less than in August 2019.
Cuomo announces executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Oct. 20
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until Oct. 20.
Cuomo: WNY appears 'stabilized' with coronavirus cases
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:05 pm
Speaking to the press on Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Western New York is making progress toward lowering its number of daily positive coronavirus cases. Throughout the summer, this region was among the highest in daily percentage, crossing 2% on several occasions. The governor has said the infection rate is manageable at 1% or lower.
Department of Labor: Nearly $1.9 billion in lost wages assistance paid to New Yorkers, state approved by FEMA for 3 additional weeks of benefits
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 10:45 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Thursday announced New York has paid nearly $1.9 billion in lost wages assistance (LWA) benefits to 2.26 million New Yorkers this week, representing retroactive payments of $300 for the weeks ending Aug. 2, 9 and 16. In total, New York state has now paid $44.5 billion in benefits to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic - representing more than 21 typical years' worth of benefits paid in just six months.
NFMMC to conduct COVID-19 testing Friday at Tops
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 02:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept 18, at Tops Markets, 1000 Portage Road, Niagara Falls.
Section VI moves forward with fall sports
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:30 pm
The Athletic Council of Section VI has accepted the results of the formal postcard ballot that went out to its membership, and will move forward with fall sports. Over 70 districts submitted votes through the ballot process with 67 pledging their support for a Sept. 21 start date.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces funding to support collaborative solutions to regional challenges
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:25 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a collaborative philanthropic effort launched in mid-March to address the COVID-19 crisis in the community, is announcing multiple grants through its "Moving Forward Together" (formerly "Build Back Better") initiative. All of the grants support coordinated efforts to meet systems change needs in the region.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on news of US-Canada travel ban extension
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to multiple news reports indicating the travel ban will be extended between the U.S. and Canada:
Cuomo: Special enrollment for uninsured extended through end of 2020
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 11:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended through Dec. 31, 2020, as the state continues to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York state's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
UB: Predicting path of COVID-19 from Wuhan to Buffalo
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 11:25 am
Jennifer Surtees is a biochemist at the University at Buffalo. For more than two decades, her research has focused on genome stability and how mutations threaten that stability and sometimes lead to cancer.
6 states removed from travel advisory; Puerto Rico added
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced six states - California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio - have been removed from New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. The Northern Mariana Islands were also removed. Puerto Rico has been added.
Cuomo launches video with Paul Rudd to encourage millennials to wear a mask
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday launched the latest "Mask Up, America" campaign video, this one featuring Paul Rudd. The video is aimed at younger Americans to inform them of the importance of wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect themselves and others.
Cuomo on Halloween: 'I would not ban trick-or-treaters'
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 01:45 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would not ban trick-or-treaters from going door to door this Halloween during an interview with News 12 Long Island with Tara Joyce.
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 14
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 01:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 14
New York State Center for Assisted Living statement on National Assisted Living Week
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), a statewide association representing over 425 long-term care facilities, issued the following statement in recognition of National Assisted Living Week.
NYS: More than $100 million in additional food assistance for September
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 12:05 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid food insecurity.
ESAAL helps families visit loved ones residing in assisted living communities across New York
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 11:45 am
After frequent and growing pleas from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL), its member assisted living communities, their residents and family members, on Sept. 9 the New York State Department of Health offered more flexible rules for allowing resumption of resident-family visits, removing a significant obstacle referred to as the 28-day rule. ESAAL is grateful to the department for the change, which allows more assisted living communities to be eligible to resume family visitation with residents.
$2.3 million in CARES Act funding awarded to help small & mid-sized manufacturers recover from COVID-19
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 11:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $2.3 million in federal CARES Act funding for four organizations to provide critical services to small and mid-sized manufacturers as they adapt to changing market conditions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
$88.6 million in CARES Act funding available to assist child care providers during COVID-19
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 11:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $88.6 million in federal CARES Act funding is available to assist child care providers through "New York Forward" grants as they adjust their programs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins: Additional $9M in COVID-19 emergency funding for WNY communities
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive over $9 million in federal emergency funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
HUD urges localities to prevent evictions by using grant funds
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 11:00 am
Consistent with President Donald Trump's executive order "Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reiterated the Trump administration's commitment to minimize displacement and evictions resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic national emergency.
Higgins: $6.137 million in CARES Act funding to help small businesses in Erie & Niagara counties
Wed, Sep 9th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding over $6 million in funding to help small businesses in Erie and Niagara counties and a total of $19 million across Western New York. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by the House of Representatives on March 27.
Cuomo: Campaign to ensure New Yorkers are aware of expanded options for voting
Wed, Sep 9th 2020 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a public awareness campaign to ensure New Yorkers know all the ways they can vote in November's election, including voting early, voting absentee or voting in person on Election Day.
Assisted living providers, residents & families frustrated by New York state 'inaction'
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 04:25 pm
According to the Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL), there continues to be no progress made working with the New York State Department of Health to reopen hair salons and make family visitation more workable in assisted living communities.
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 8
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 8
4 states added to travel advisory requiring 14-day quarantine
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced four additional states - Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia - meet the metrics to qualify for New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been removed.
Cuomo launches 'The COVID-19 Report Card'
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the launch of "The COVID-19 Report Card," an online dashboard that tracks real-time COVID-19 infections and testing operations of every New York school and school district.
Cuomo signs legislation requiring plans to protect public workers in future health emergencies
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S8617B/A10832) requiring all public employers to create plans to adequately protect workers in the event of another state disaster emergency involving a communicable disease.
SUNY starts COVID-19 case tracker dashboard for 64 colleges & universities
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Chancellor Jim Malatras on Monday announced the launch of a SUNY systemwide COVID-19 case tracker dashboard. The centralized dashboard will provide real time, up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases, testing, and quarantine and isolation space availability across SUNY's 64 colleges and universities to more efficiently monitor, respond to, and contain the virus.
COVID-19: UB on-campus cases total 40; surveillance testing begins
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 04:05 pm
The University at Buffalo confirmed Friday its review of reported cases of COVID-19, as of Sept. 3, indicates UB currently has 40 active on-campus cases, including 38 students and two employees.
NYS stopping tax lien sale, halts collection of medical & student debt owed to state
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James released the following statements regarding the governor's executive order stopping New York City's annual tax and water lien sale in an effort to protect homeowners as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues.
NYSUT: In absence of statewide action, counties should mandate masks in schools
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 01:50 pm
After calling for a statewide mandate that masks be worn at all times indoors during the school day, New York State United Teachers said that, in the absence of statewide action, county governments should mandate such a policy for school districts within their jurisdiction.
WNY 'SWAT' team results
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 10:00 am
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the results of the state's "SWAT" team's focused testing effort in Western New York over the past five days. A total of 6,385 tests were performed at eight sites with results delivered in 15 minutes. A total of 266 positive cases were identified, for a positivity rate of 4.1%. Contact tracing efforts in partnership with local health departments are ongoing.
ESAAL's advocacy helps secure federal funding for private pay assisted living facilities
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 09:30 am
Following many months of "aggressive advocacy calling on financial relief needed for the assisted living facilities," Empire State Association of Assisted Living announced private-pay assisted-living providers may now apply for funding from the Provider Relief Fund through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Cuomo announces school reporting requirements and online dashboard to track COVID-19
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 09:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York school districts will be required to provide the Department of Health with daily data on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each school beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.
 

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