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Attorney General James issues guidance to protect New Yorkers' stimulus payments from debt collectors
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 04:10 pm
Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James took action to protect millions of New Yorkers and block debt collectors from seizing billions of dollars in emergency stimulus payments authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
SBA to increase lending limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:50 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and nonprofit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from six months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
Excelsior Pass to help fast-track reopening of businesses & entertainment venues statewide
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the launch of Excelsior Pass, a free, voluntary platform developed in partnership with IBM, which, his team said, "utilizes proven, secure technology to confirm an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines."
Higgins: Almost $11 million to expand vaccine access in WNY
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding totaling $10,819,250 for Neighborhood Health Center, Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB), and Jericho Road Community Health Center. The funding, included in the American Rescue Plan, will help health centers expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities.
'California variants' detected in Erie County COVID-19 samples
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 02:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Friday announced five specimens collected from Erie County residents in January have been identified as containing COVID-19 "California variants." This comes from the genetic sequencing of nearly 1,000 specimens by the interdisciplinary team at the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Launch of free citizen public health training program to educate and empower New Yorkers as public health leaders
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of a free, online citizen public health training course for New Yorkers to learn about preparedness for and prevention of public health emergencies from top public health experts.
NYS vaccinations: 14 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 14 community-based pop-up vaccination sites are coming online over the next week at houses of worship, community centers and local businesses. These sites are expected to vaccinate more than 4,200 people throughout the week.
NYS: Revised nursing home visitation guidance to align with federal guidelines
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Thursday announced the release of revised nursing home visitation guidance to align with guidelines recently released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Allegany DOH temporarily accepting vax appointments from neighboring counties
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:20 am
Due to a larger-than-expected influx of coronavirus vaccine doses from New York state, the Allegany County Department of Health is temporarily opening registration for vaccinations appointments to eligible residents in seven neighboring counties at its mass vaccination site in Wellsville through Sunday.
Legislation expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine for all veterans is signed into law
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26 announced President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the VA VACCINE Act of 2021, which expands the number of veterans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include all veterans, not just those currently enrolled in the VA health care system.
NCDOH distributing vaccinations
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 02:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health received 500 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine from New York state and quickly set up point-of-dispensing (POD) operations to ensure prompt use.
NYS attorney general calls on Facebook & Twitter to stop spread of 'anti-vaxxer coronavirus disinformation'; companies addressing issue
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 12:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 12 attorneys general, on Wednesday called on Facebook and Twitter to take stronger measures to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine disinformation being spread by "anti-vaxxers" on their social media platforms.
'Management of our shared border must be prioritized'
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
A joint statement of Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and the Hon. Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P., co-chairs of the U.S. and Canadian sections of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG), respectively:
Catholic Health hosts luminaria event & prayer service
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Western New York. While the year has been filled with sadness, fear and uncertainty, there have also been signs of hope and resilience.
Health insurance: Open enrollment period to end of 2021
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced expanded tax credits available through NY State of Health, New York's health plan marketplace. The expansion will result in more New Yorkers being eligible for financial assistance and the further reduction in health insurance premiums in New York.
Catholic Health to redevelop St. Joseph campus into outpatient & ambulatory care center
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Health had been preparing to implement its 2020-25 strategic plan. Like many things, the plan was put on hold to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
Morinello, Senate & Assembly GOP call for repeal of Cuomo's 'restaurant red tape'
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 12:45 pm
Republican Assemblyman Angelo Morinello joined members of the Senate and Assembly minority conferences on Monday for a press conference calling for the repeal of two of Gov. Cuomo's executive orders - 202.52 and 202.74 - which require customers to purchase food with any order of an alcoholic beverage, while forcing restaurants and bars to close at 11p.m.
Niagara County: If state says it's our call, we will greenlight full school reopening
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 02:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Monday said they are in favor of allowing school districts that can meet the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) safety measure to fully reopen - provided they continue to meet the other existing opening guidelines.
Higgins: Vaccine progress & collaboration should allow for US-Canada border to fully reopen this summer
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is continuing to push for a full reopening of the border between the U.S. and Canada by July and encouraging a partial reopening, including additional exemptions to allow families to reunite, much sooner. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the northern border closing to nonessential travel.
COVID-19: 'Roll Up Your Sleeve' campaign encourages houses of worship of all faiths to sign up as vaccination sites
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the launch of the "Roll Up Your Sleeve" campaign to promote houses of worship of all faiths across the state to sign up as vaccination sites for their communities. Worship sites can begin to serve as points of distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine starting in April, significantly increasing the number of doses they can administer.
COVID-19: Pharmacies can vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities; age 50 now vaccine-eligible
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new guidance has been rolled out allowing pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.
SBA launches portal to begin accepting shuttered venue operators grant applications on April 8
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 05:15 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8.
'New York Forward' COVID-safe offices partnership to expand access to testing for employers
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the "New York Forward" COVID-safe offices partnership with major commercial real estate partners to expand access to COVID-19 testing for employers. As part of the initiative, 21 participating landlords have committed to provide space and facilitate access to testing services for tenants interested in conducting regular diagnostic testing of their employees.
CDC adjusts in-person school guidelines; reactions
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 05:05 pm
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted "Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention."
NYS & COVID-19: More fans can return to sports, entertainment venues
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined by Major League Baseball dignitaries on Thursday as he announced the New York Mets and New York Yankees can resume play with spectators in the stadiums beginning April 1.
More community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 16 community-based pop-up vaccination sites are coming online over the next week at churches, public housing developments and community centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate more than 4,500 people throughout the week.
HEALTHeLINK awarded federal funding to expand immunization information sharing
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 09:30 am
HEALTHeLINK is the recipient of federal funding from the Strengthening the Technical Advancement and Readiness of Public Health via Health Information Exchange (The STAR HIE Program): "Improving COVID-19 Vaccination Data: Connecting Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to Health Information Exchanges" from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Higgins: More than $391 million for school districts in Erie & Niagara counties
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 02:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced school districts in Erie and Niagara counties will receive over $391 million in funding provided through the American Rescue Plan recently approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden.
NYS: COVID-19 vaccination appointments now available at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced appointments are now available at 10 new state-run mass-vaccination sites across the state, including The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls at 101 Old Falls St. All 10 sites will open Friday, March 19, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Each site will have the ability to vaccinate more than 1,000 New Yorkers daily, dependent on supply from the federal government.
Jacobs helps pass legislation to extend Paycheck Protection Program
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:50 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, cosponsored and helped pass H.R. 1799, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act.
Higgins, Pascrell hail IRS move to allow Americans to keep full stimulus payments
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
U.S. Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), chairman of the House Ways and Subcommittee on Oversight, celebrated a decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to allow recipients of stimulus checks under the CARES Act to enjoy their full stimulus award. Under the IRS's move, Americans who claim the recovery rebate credit will not have their stimulus garnished or diminished by existing federal tax liabilities.
SBA extends deferment period for all COVID-19 EIDL & other disaster loans until 2022
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 11:30 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.
COVID-19: Wedding receptions & catered events can resume statewide
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 07:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced wedding receptions and catered events can resume statewide. All venues hosting weddings and catered events must follow the state's strict health and safety protocols, including the following requirements:
NYS Health Facilities Association statement on 'nursing home reform' bills
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 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 organization representing over 425 skilled nursing and assisted living providers - issued the following statement in response to various "nursing home reform" bills in the Legislature.
Cuomo signs legislation granting employees time off to receive COVID-19 vaccination
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 05:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation (S.2588-A/A.3354-B) granting public and private employees time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Under this new law, employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per injection that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued.
Hochul marks pandemic's anniversary, receives J&J vaccine
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 05:25 pm
Almost exactly a year to the day since the coronavirus global pandemic was declared, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul marked the solemn occasion in downtown Buffalo at Catholic Health's Associate Regional Training Center by thanking health care workers for their "courage" and received a dose of the life-saving vaccine.
Grand Island: COVID-19 shots resume at K of C
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
While the prospect of an injection is not usually a happy occasion, the administering of COVID-19 shots at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday was, for some, a cause to celebrate.
Biden: 'America is coming back'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:45 am
On Thursday, after he signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law, President Joe Biden said, "America is coming back."
Biden: All adult Americans to be eligible for vaccinations by May 1; targets July 4 as return to 'normal'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:35 am
Thursday night, in his first primetime address, President Joe Biden announced the next phase of a "war-time effort" to vaccinate the U.S. population, with the goal of getting the nation closer to "normal" by July 4, Independence Day.
Memorial inoculates more than 200 against COVID-19 at Doris Jones Community Center
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:50 pm
A clinical team from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center dispensed 240 doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine Thursday during an afternoon clinic at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center in Niagara Falls.

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