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NYS casinos allowed to reopen with limited capacity
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 08:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen starting Sept. 9 with a 25% occupancy limit.
Spectrum Health offers safe summer events for youth & young adults
Thu, Sep 3rd 2020 10:00 am
The youth pro-social program of Spectrum Health and Human Services is offering some free outdoor experiences for youth and young adults who are trying to quit or reduce their drug or alcohol use. There are separate group activities for teens 16 and 17 years or age and young adults from 18 to 30 years of age.
Poloncarz: 'We should not be the highest region in New York state'
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 07:15 pm
Speaking to the press Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Western New York controls its own destiny - and will determine if Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolls back "New York Forward" reopening permissions - based on how its residents respond to the coronavirus.
UB: With COVID-19, sexual and gender minority groups face increased health risks, UB expert says
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 12:15 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified health disparities among minority racial and ethnic populations. Amy Hequembourg, Ph.D., associate professor in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, is also concerned about another population facing disproportionate health risks: sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations.
New York to extend partnership with HelloFresh to combat food insecurity amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Division of Veterans' Services will extend a partnership with HelloFresh, the world's leading meal kit delivery company, to combat food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB reports 22 off-campus students have tested positive for COVID-19
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 11:20 am
The University at Buffalo learned Tuesday that 22 off-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. This brings the total number of confirmed cases within the UB community to 27, including one employee, since Aug. 21 when the first cases were reported.
NYS: Absentee ballot portal is now open and requests can be made directly online
Wed, Sep 2nd 2020 11:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the launch of New York's absentee ballot portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3 election. The governor acted by executive order to allow any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic to request an absentee ballot.
COVID-19: Niagara County to give out masks for children
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 03:20 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold three drive-thru events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week at the Public Safety Training Facility in Lockport to distribute masks for children going back to school.
REPORT: Cuomo's 20% school cuts would impact minority students, high-need districts most
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 02:40 pm
A report released Tuesday by the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education shows how Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pandemic-era policies continue a trend of balancing the state's budget at the expense of the educational resources and opportunities for Black, brown and low-income students.
Cuomo reminds New Yorkers of free COVID-19 testing availability in Oneonta and Western New York
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday reminded New Yorkers of the availability of free COVID-19 testing in Oneonta and Western New York. Three new temporary rapid testing sites will open in the City of Oneonta, Otsego County, tomorrow at 11 a.m. After tomorrow, the sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
New York offers guidance for agritourism businesses as fall approaches
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 02:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced new state guidance for agritourism businesses as New York enters the fall season.
Alaska and Montana added to NYS travel advisory
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states - Alaska and Montana - meet the metrics to qualify for New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
Cuomo, labor leaders call on Congress to provide $59B to address 'catastrophic budget shortfalls' resulting from COVID-19
Mon, Aug 31st 2020 02:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and prominent New York labor leaders on Monday called on Congress to provide $59 billion to address what they called catastrophic budget shortfalls that impact the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of workers in the state.
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 31
Mon, Aug 31st 2020 01:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 31
Cuomo provides update on WNY coronavirus cases
Sun, Aug 30th 2020 05:25 pm
"Western New York, for those of you who are interested, we've been watching Western New York. It has been, we have a caution flag up on Western New York. The infection rate yesterday was 1.6%. That's still the highest in the state."
COVID-19 hospitalizations, intubations drop to new lows; WNY testing sites open
Sat, Aug 29th 2020 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced New York state's COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. Hospitalizations dropped to 458, the lowest number since March 16, and intubations dropped to 48, the lowest number since mid-March. New York state's infection rate has been less than 1% for 22 straight days - though it's been as high as 2% this week in Western New York.
DiNapoli: New law will help local governments weather coronavirus pandemic
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:30 pm
Legislation introduced at the request of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that will help ease the financial difficulties facing local governments and school districts and give them greater fiscal flexibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been signed into law.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao: Approximately $1.2 million to 8 tribal governments for COVID-19 response
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $1.2 million in recent grant awards to eight tribal governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald Trump on March 27.
New York State Health Facilities Association calls on Cuomo to revise nursing home and assisted living testing & visitation policies
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:20 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 nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout New York, delivered a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling on the state to revise its current policies concerning nursing home and assisted living COVID-19 staff testing and resident visitation restrictions.
M&T Bank announces fall schedule for its complimentary webinar series: 'Managing Through Challenging Times'
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:20 pm
M&T Bank announced the fall schedule for its "Managing Through Challenging Times" webinar series. Sponsored by M&T's Commercial Bank, the series provides guidance for renewable energy, not-for-profit, health care and commercial real estate business owners, while spotlighting less-obvious opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSUT calls on state to make masks mandatory at all times in schools
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:40 pm
New York State United Teachers - joined by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, local educators and others - on Thursday called on the state to update Department of Health school reopening guidelines to make mandatory the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation.
Senior lunch program temporarily suspended at Duke Senior Center for rapid COVID-19 testing
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:20 pm
In response to Thursday's announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the implementation of the "SWAT" rapid COVID-19 testing sites being set up around Western New York, the senior lunch program at the John A. Duke Senior Center is temporarily suspended from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
Reopening at St. Peter RC School in Lewiston: 'FAITH...FAMILY...FUTURE...SAFE'
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 12:00 pm
To say that things are different now than they were six short months ago is an understatement for sure. Life had come to almost a complete halt back in March and at St. Peter School we felt the impact of COVID-19 like everyone else.
When mom-to-be has COVID-19: UB neonatologist's paper sets best delivery room practices for health care team
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 10:25 am
But when the mother-to-be tests positive for COVID-19, or is suspected of having the virus, the stakes get higher. Keeping mom, baby and the health care team as safe as possible adds another layer of concern for everyone involved. Taking steps to minimize risks becomes a priority.
COVID-19: Cuomo raising WNY caution flag; adds caveat to college reopening
Thu, Aug 27th 2020 01:30 pm
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, New York state's rate of positive coronavirus tests has been less than 1% for 20 straight days.
Coronavirus: Higgins, Cuomo, Murphy, Lamont oppose new CDC policy
Thu, Aug 27th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, and governors Andrew Cuomo, Phil Murphy (New Jersey) and Ned Lamont (Connecticut) all have stated their opposition to new guidance issues this week from the Centers for Disease Control.
New York State Insurance Fund announces new program rewarding businesses for purchase of PPE
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 07:40 pm
New York state's largest workers' compensation carrier - the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) - introduced a new COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) premium credit program that will make it more affordable for its policyholders to get back to business.
Cuomo on new CDC guidance that says people exposed to COVID-19 do not need to get tested: 'It totally violates public health standards and rationale'
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 06:45 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave remarks on the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say people do not necessarily need to get tested for COVID-19 after coming in contact with people who have tested positive.
Higgins critical of Trump administration's guidance limiting COVID testing coverage & decision by WNY insurance companies to follow suit
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is objecting to a decision by insurance companies to stop covering the costs of some COVID-19 testing - and what he called the administration's loophole that allows companies to do it.
5 states removed from NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requiring 14-day quarantines
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced five states - Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana - have been removed from New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. Guam has been added.
SBA offers online resources for small businesses to help with economic recovery
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 06:50 pm
Entrepreneurs can take advantage of free online training and other resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist them during this period of economic recovery.
Cuomo issues executive order to 'bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 05:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order to "bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote." The order requires county boards of elections to take concrete steps to inform voters of upcoming deadlines, be prepared for upcoming elections and help ensure absentee ballots can be used in all elections.
Cuomo announces new, record-low COVID-19 test positivity rate - even as WNY is flagged
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new record-low COVID-19 test positivity rate of 0.66%. At the same time, he said, "Western New York we have a caution flag and we're focusing on it and trying to understand exactly what is happening."
New York State Office for the Aging encourages older New Yorkers stay up to date with recommended immunizations
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 11:20 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is encouraging older New Yorkers to make sure they are up to date with all recommended immunizations, including those that provide protection against respiratory illnesses such as influenza and pneumococcal disease. It said routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clarification issued on new unemployment bonus
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 06:15 pm
It appears New Yorkers will be able to receive an additional $300 in unemployment benefits.
Investments announced to expand telepractice addiction services across NYS
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the award of funding for the purchase and installation of equipment to enhance telepractice addiction services statewide. A press release said, "Expanded telepractice capacity ensures access to critical addiction services for individuals and families who may not otherwise seek out treatment."
Cahill informs residents of unemployment insurance updates
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 03:35 pm
In recognizing the uncertainty surrounding federal unemployment assistance, Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (Ulster/Dutchess) has issued updated guidance regarding currently available benefits for New Yorkers.
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh approves reopening of gyms
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 11:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh on Friday announced she is approving the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, including indoor classes, in Niagara County on Monday, Aug. 24 - the earliest date allowed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He left the decision on gym reopenings to local county officials.
NYS: New record-high number of COVID-19 tests reported & lowest hospitalizations since March 16
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a new record-high number of COVID-19 test results - 98,880 - were reported to New York state on Thursday. The governor also announced hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time, to 490, the lowest number since March 16. The number of ICU patients dropped to 119, the lowest number since March 15. The rate of positive tests - 0.72% - was below 1% for the 14th straight day.
NYSUT demands full funding for public schools and colleges
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 09:10 am
New York State United Teachers on Thursday denounced plans to cut funding for school districts and public higher education in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. As public schools, colleges and universities prepare for the start of a new school year, the state's most recent financial plan includes the withholding of funds in order to balance the budget.
 

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