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Niagara County issues update on Maple Avenue School
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Friday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Higgins announces House approval of updated Heroes Act
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:25 am
On Thursday, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved updated Heroes Act legislation providing $2.2 trillion to address the urgent needs of the ongoing economic and health crisis, including direct relief to Americans and local municipalities.
Govs. Cuomo & Murphy launch exposure notification apps to help stop spread of COVID-19
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday announced the launch of COVID-19 exposure notification mobile apps in their respective states that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to a COVID exposure. The apps, "COVID Alert NY" and "COVID Alert NJ," notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security.
Higgins announces details of proposed Heroes Act COVID relief package
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced details of a newly released pandemic response package from the House of Representatives that provides relief to families, communities and businesses struggling due to the current pandemic. The updated Heroes Act legislation provides $2.2 trillion to address the immediate needs of the ongoing economic and health crisis, including direct relief to Americans and local municipalities.
NYS initiative to train 1,000+ workers to install green building technologies to combat climate change
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the Career Pathway Training Partnerships program in high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and electric heat pump technologies to prepare New Yorkers for the growing number of job opportunities in the clean energy industry.
National Grid files proposal for up to $50 million in COVID-19 relief
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:40 am
National Grid on Tuesday filed a customer assistance proposal with its New York regulator that would provide up to $50 million in financial assistance to support its most economically vulnerable residential customers as well as businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic's financial impact.
Governor to meet with Orthodox Jewish community leaders to address COVID-19 clusters
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 10:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced he will meet with Orthodox Jewish leaders to address COVID-19 clusters in communities downstate. The governor also announced Colorado was added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. Arizona and Virginia were removed.
COVID-19: Cuomo appoints members of clinical advisory task force to review vaccines for safety and efficacy
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday appointed the members of the state's independent clinical advisory task force that will review every COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the federal government, and will advise New York state on the vaccines' safety and effectiveness in fighting the virus.
NYS executive order reminds international travelers coming from level 2 & 3 countries to quarantine, fill out travel form
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed an executive order reminding international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and 3 countries to quarantine and fill out the New York State Department of Health traveler health form to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as countries across the globe experience second waves of the virus.
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 28
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 28
Maple Avenue Elementary to host COVID-19 testing
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 01:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Maple Avenue Elementary School, 952 Maple Ave.
Cuomo: Moratorium on COVID-19-related residential evictions extended until Jan. 1, 2021
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state's Tenant Safe Harbor Act will be expanded until Jan. 1, 2021, to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The executive order extends the protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act to eviction warrants that existed prior to the start of the pandemic.
Empire State Development expands 'New York Forward' loan fund to include Paycheck Protection Program recipients
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 01:40 pm
Empire State Development announced Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF).
Cuomo: New York to vet coronavirus vaccines
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 04:45 pm
Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will conduct its own review of potential coronavirus vaccines.
Administration: $200 million from CDC to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.
Realtors: Competition fuels New York housing market in August
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 11:55 am
With pending sales remaining at high levels, combined with low housing inventory, the current competitive bidding market continued in August, according to the housing report released Wednesday by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
Keeping skin healthy during COVID-19
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 10:00 am
Washing your hands and wearing a face mask are your best defense against the spread of COVID-19, but for many it is taking a toll on their skin.
Memorial to conduct COVID-19 testing Friday at City Market
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:30 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept 25, at the Niagara Falls City Market on East Market Street.
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.

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