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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.
NFMMC invites COVID-19 community testing requests, updates current test schedule
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 03:25 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is accepting requests to perform community-based diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
Cuomo signs executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Sept. 20
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until Sept. 20.
Cuomo signs into law 'sweeping' November election reforms
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed into law what his camp called "sweeping election reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and be counted in November."
Cuomo advising local health departments to prepare for COVID-19, seasonal flu double-teaming people this fall
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:10 pm
Speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York is in "the second half of the game" - hopefully - with regard to fighting the coronavirus. He said local health departments need to prepare for flu season while not detracting from COVID-19 testing and tracing. Moreover, he said schools need to have a plan to mitigate a possible spread of the virus once campus doors reopen.
No appointment necessary: Catholic Health expands CH Care OnDemand 24/7 telehealth program throughout WNY
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:45 pm
How would you like to talk to a doctor or medical provider anytime day or night, without an appointment, for all those medical issues that aren't quite serious enough for a trip to the hospital, but need medical attention sooner rather than later? Catholic Health is now offering CH Care OnDemand, giving Western New Yorkers 24/7 access to a medical provider, within minutes, for nonemergent conditions - all from a phone, computer or tablet.
Erie County Department of Health will provide inspections to gyms & fitness centers that seek to reopen
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:40 pm
After reviewing the "New York Forward" guidance related to reopening fitness centers and gyms, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is announcing a blanket approval for these facilities to reopen Monday, Aug. 24, under the conditions listed below.
Cuomo announces special enrollment for uninsured extended for additional 30 days
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through Sept. 15, 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.
Report: Hotel industry facing historic wave of foreclosures
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
A new national report shows the hotel industry is facing a historic wave of foreclosures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate small business hotel owners and its workforce.
Preparing K-12 teachers to meet today's social challenges
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
As school districts nationwide grapple with several challenges as a new school year approaches, a program now in its second year at the University at Buffalo is equipping future K-12 teachers with the tools to address these issues head on.
Erie County Office of Agriculture unveils 'Erie Grown Passport'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:30 pm
The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced a new initiative aimed at promoting local agriculture, a sector hard-hit the COVID-19 pandemic, with the launch of the "Erie Grown Passport."
Every Person Influences Children, Jericho Road Community Health Center launch 'Storytime In Your Neighborhood'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:50 pm
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) announced the upcoming "Storytime In Your Neighborhood" series, in collaboration with the Jericho Road Community Health Center. The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
COVID-19: 2 additional states added to travel advisory
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states - all of which have significant community spread - to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are Alaska and Delaware. No areas have been removed.
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 17
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 01:55 pm
Cuomo allowing gyms to reopen next week
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced gyms in New York can reopen beginning Monday, Aug. 24.
ESAAL pushing for safe reopening of assisted living hair salons, reinstated community dining
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:40 am
Blanket rules for both skilled nursing facilities and adult care/assisted living continue to be enforced by New York state despite stark differences in the characteristics of the two resident populations, and despite difference in COVID-related data. The pandemic has required assisted living residents to be isolated for a long time to the detriment of their emotional and mental well-being.
DiNapoli: State tax revenues down $3 billion through July
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
State tax receipts of $26.4 billion through the first four months of the state fiscal year were $3 billion, or 10.2%, below the same period last year, according to the July cash report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Buffalo Learning Enrichment Television program announced
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
A series of half-hour courses will premiere today, for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, which are designed to help them receive distance learning instruction because they are lacking internet or computer access.
Comments sought on proposed electric & gas rates for NYSEG, RG&E customers
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:15 am
The New York State Public Service Commission announced it would hold four virtual public statement hearings beginning Aug. 26 and ending Aug. 27 to receive public comments on a joint proposal contemplating proposed changes in the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. (RG&E) electric and gas delivery rates and practices, as well as the proposed closure of six of 16 customer service walk-in offices operated by the companies.
Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 testing for agricultural workers
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 10:45 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing a collaborative community program for diagnostic COVID-19 testing for workers in agricultural settings.
Cuomo: New York state will provide health personnel to allow 9/11 tribute in light show to happen safely
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 09:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the following announcement Saturday regarding the National September 11 Memorial & Museum "Tribute in Light" event:
7 million COVID-19 tests conducted to date in New York state
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 09:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced 7 million diagnostic tests for COVID-19 have been conducted to date in New York state, and that the number of positive cases Saturday - 0.78% - was below 1% for the ninth day in a row.
Attorney General James renews suspension of state debt collection for 5th time as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Sat, Aug 15th 2020 10:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday announced the state will, on Sunday, renew for the fifth time an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection.
NY Farm Bureau statement on state's testing plan for farmworkers during COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:15 pm
New York Farm Bureau has advocated for interagency state coordination related to testing, medical treatment, and emergency housing for farmworkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we support New York state's latest response announced today by the governor as our farms approach the all-important fall harvest season.
Cuomo: New testing initiatives to improve COVID-19 detection & control across New York
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a series of new initiatives related to COVID-19 testing that will improve New York state's ability to detect and control the virus in communities across the state.
Higgins responds to northern border travel restriction extension
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Friday's announcement that the Canadian government is extending travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada through Sept. 21:
Buffalo Prep raises more than $1 million since March, as community steps up to support racial & educational equity
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Buffalo Prep, a local nonprofit organization, has been awarded more than $1.26 million from local foundations and organizations since March. The largest one-time gift in the history of Buffalo Prep's 31-year existence was given by KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, in the amount of $750,000.

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