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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.
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.

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