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Bowling alleys can reopen Monday; gyms could be next
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday provided welcome news to bowlers across New York state.
NYS Department of Labor thwarts more than $1 billion in unemployment insurance fraud during pandemic, stops more than 40,000 fraudulent claims
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:50 am
The New York State Department of Labor announced it has prevented more than $1 billion from falling into fraudsters' hands during the coronavirus pandemic, identifying and stopping more than 42,200 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since mid-March. In the past five months, DOL has referred more unemployment fraud cases to federal prosecutors than the department did in the past 10 years combined.
Cuomo announces new campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new social media campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking and "help dispel common misconceptions about the crime and its victims." Starting this month, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking will begin sharing a series of graphics aimed at correcting these misconceptions along with information about how to report trafficking cases.
HUD awards over $55 million to New York public housing authorities to help keep residents housed
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:20 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced $472 million in CARES Act funding to help low-income families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cahill informs patients of recently released guidance pertaining to medical offices & COVID-19 fees
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:20 am
Assembly member Kevin A. Cahill announced new guidance issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) regarding coronavirus related service fees charged by medical and dental offices.
Memorial Medical Center to resume community testing for COVID-19
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 04:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will resume COVID-19 diagnostic testing at select community sites beginning Friday.
Orleans/Niagara BOCES to hold four informational sessions on school reopening
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 01:40 pm
Orleans/Niagara BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Clark Godshall will hold four informational sessions on YouTube Live to address concerns and procedures for reopening all sites.
NYS Legislature to hold hearing on impact of COVID-19 on New York state hospitals
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 09:40 am
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in New York peaked in mid-April at almost 19,000 with more than 5,200 people in intensive care units (ICU) across the state. New York and its hospital system took a number of steps to begin preparing to handle the projected surge in hospital admissions related to COVID-19.
UB School of Social Work creates resource to help instructors transition from classrooms to remote instruction
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 12:05 pm
Faculty and staff members in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work have created an online resource to guide instructors, across disciplines and across different colleges and universities, who are transitioning their classrooms from a traditional seated environment to remote learning.
UB: How to achieve health equity during a global pandemic topic of Igniting Hope conference
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:45 am
For years, Blacks living in certain ZIP codes in Buffalo have been almost three times as likely to die prematurely than whites living in other areas of the city. And that was before COVID-19.
WellNow Urgent Care announces COVID-19 testing programs for universities & colleges
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:45 am
On Tuesday, WellNow Urgent Care announced its new offering of on-campus COVID-19 testing clinics for universities and colleges. Programs will offer molecular (PCR) COVID-19 testing administered to students, faculty and school staff by WellNow professionals. Each program will be custom developed to meet the needs and testing requirements outlined by the school.
NYS Legislature to hold hearing on impact of COVID-19 on 2020 primary elections
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:00 am
Senate Elections Committee Chair Zellnor Myrie, Senate Local Government Committee Chair James Gaughran, Assembly Election Law Committee Chair Charles Lavine and Assembly Local Governments Committee Chair Fred Thiele Jr. will take testimony to review voter turnout and systemic issues related to voting in the 2020 primary elections to evaluate how well New York handled voting during a pandemic and explore potential solutions to issues that arose during the election.
Cuomo launches new PSA as latest in series of 'Mask Up, America' campaign
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday released a new "Mask Up, America" public service announcement, highlighting the effective use of masks during the 1918 deadly Influenza pandemic that infected 500 million people - a third of the world's population. The advertisement features archival photos of the use of masks during the 1918 outbreak, which was crucial to preventing the spread of the deadly virus, to inspire Americans to wear masks today.
Niagara County hosting drive-thru event offering cloth masks and hand sanitizer
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will host a drive-thru to provide cloth face masks and hand sanitizer that will be pre-packaged.
COVID-19: Western New York has highest positive infection rate over 3-day period
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 11:15 am
Western New York has had New York state's highest positive coronavirus test rate over the past three days of reporting.
Cuomo, Stewart-Cousins, Heastie send joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining urgent need for federal aid for state & local governments
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday sent a joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining the urgent need for federal aid for state and local governments in the anticipated relief package. The state needs $30 billion in aid over the next two years to meet its obligations.
Representing NYS adult care facilities, ESAAL testifies before NYS Legislature on COVID-19 challenges
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:25 pm
The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) provided testimony to the New York State Legislature's residential health care facilities and COVID-19 hearing on Aug. 3.
Cuomo: Schools can reopen in New York
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave each New York school district the go-ahead to reopen for in-person learning.
Cuomo unanimously voted to serve as National Governors Association chair
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 11:00 am
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday was unanimously voted to serve as chair of the National Governors Association during the virtual 2020 summer meeting. Cuomo, who will become the longest-serving governor in the country next year, is also the first governor from New York to become NGA's chair - and the first "big state" governor to take the gavel in nearly 50 years.
Higgins: Expanded national service would support COVID-19 recovery
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced his cosponsorship of the Pandemic Response & Opportunity Through National Service Act (HR 6702). Upon enactment, his camp said, "this legislation would provide critical funding to a number of national service programs, mobilizing thousands of Americans to respond to the damages wrought by the COVID pandemic."
City of Niagara Falls seeks to reallocate CDBG funds for COVID-19 testing
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara Falls is on a mission to move forward in maintaining access to COVID-19 test kits for residents.
Cuomo: Schools will reopen on a regional basis
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said he will reopen schools in the same way he reopened businesses across New York state: On a regional basis.
New York gyms not opening anytime soon
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:35 pm
It was expected gyms and bowling alleys would welcome patrons back once a region entered the fourth and final phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening plan - but that wasn't the case.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Neighborhood Health Center receives COVID-19 antibody grant funding
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:55 am
Daughters of Charity Ministries Inc., through its mission and ministry impact program, has awarded Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center $20,000 to provide free COVID-19 antibody testing at the center, located at 3101 Ninth St., Niagara Falls.
Department of Financial Services takes action to protect patients from PPE fees
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services has issued new guidance to New York health insurers to ensure patients are not charged personal protective equipment fees by health care providers that participate in their insurer's network.
Reopening schools: NYSUT, UFT demand clear, statewide policy for building shutdown, tracing, quarantine protocols in event of positive COVID-19 cases
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:45 am
As the state prepares to make decisions regarding reopening school buildings this week, New York State United Teachers and the United Federation of Teachers on Wednesday demanded that state health officials issue clear protocols for how and when school districts must close their buildings, and how health officials will perform contact tracing and initiate quarantines in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school this fall.
Cuomo: More than $2.3 million awarded through 'New York Forward' loan fund
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 01:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced more than $2.3 million has been awarded to support 61 businesses and residential landlords with COVID-19-related costs and expenses through the "New York Forward" loan fund. Of the 61 loans, 54 were provided to minority- and women-owned businesses; 10 loans were provided to residential landlords; two loans were awarded to veteran-owned businesses; and one loan supported a nonprofit organization.
COVID-19: Rhode Island meets metrics to qualify for travel advisory; WNY infection rate drops
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an additional state meets 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 state is Rhode Island, bringing the total to 35.
COVID-19: Western New York has highest rate of infection on Sunday
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 06:00 pm
Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, Western New York had the highest number (by percentage) of positive coronavirus cases in New York state, at 2.2%. That includes 54 new cases in Erie County and three in Niagara County.
Ortt: Democrat-controlled nursing home hearing fails to get answers on deaths from DOH in absence of subpoenas
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:45 pm
New York State Senate Republicans on Monday renewed calls for the Senate to use its subpoena power after, empty testimony from DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker left grieving families whose loved ones died in nursing homes without new information about why this tragedy occurred.
Grand Island Central School District: Hybrid reopening of school planned for September
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Central School will embark on a hybrid reopening of school in September, school board members learned at a monthly meeting last Monday.
Town of Niagara Senior Center to remain closed
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:05 am
The following update was posted on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on July 28.
Cuomo: 'Just because a school district says we're open does not mean students are going to go'
Sun, Aug 2nd 2020 03:35 pm
Speaking to the press on Sunday about in-class instruction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's about the parents being comfortable."
UB: If widely deployed, strategies such as wearing masks can help WNY avoid a COVID-19 outbreak like those in the South & West
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 07:00 am
Major challenges await Western New York and other parts of the state in late summer and early fall, but there are strategies the community can take to reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks, according to University at Buffalo data scientists.
North Tonawanda School District superintendent Q&A on district reopening plans
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:35 pm
On Wednesday, North Tonawanda School Superintendent Gregory J. Woytila provided an update on the district's reopening plans during a Q&A via Facebook Live. The update comes as school districts across the state are set to submit their reopening plans to New York state by the end of this week.
New protections for homeowners, renters in pandemic
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:10 pm
Attorney General Letitia James announced $10 million in grant funding as part of a total $20 million allocation to support New York homeowners struggling with foreclosure. ... New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the deadline to file applications for the COVID rent relief program has been extended by one week through Thursday, Aug. 6.
New York counties to Congress: No skinny bill
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:35 pm
The New York State Association of Counties called on Congress to reject proposals to pass a stripped-down "skinny" coronavirus relief bill and come to an agreement on a recovery package that provides local governments with direct, flexible aid to offset a steep loss of revenues and increased costs associated with fighting COVID-19 locally.
ACEP warns against COVID-19 misinformation
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:35 pm
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) cautions everyone to be wary of unsourced information or opinion masquerading as public health advice during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Cuomo: 12 NYS companies to start producing COVID-19-related equipment & supplies to support in-state needs
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 12 New York companies have received support from the state to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. A press release said, "While the state currently has some of the lowest transmission rates in the U.S., preparing for a possible "second wave" is vital to protecting essential health care workers and the public."
Cuomo: More than $30 million to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing & flu prevention in advance of fall flu season
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced more than $30 million to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention in advance of the fall flu season.

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