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Joint statement from departments of health regarding travel & quarantine
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 02:55 pm
The leaders of the five Western New York county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) are providing the following joint statement related to the upcoming school breaks and the New York state travel advisory:
Community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate over 25,000 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
5 NYS companies to produce COVID-19-related equipment & supplies to support in-state needs
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced four additional New York companies and one company that has previously received state support will be awarded nearly $2 million in state support to produce supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These grant funds will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues that could lead to unfair pricing practices.
Survey: 56% of Americans likely to travel for vacation in 2021; 21% report traveling since pandemic
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows consumers are optimistic about traveling again in 2021, with 56% reporting they are likely to travel for vacation this year.
Catholic Health vaccinates members of law enforcement
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 05:50 pm
In addition to vaccinating nearly 8,000 of its associates and providers, Catholic Health has also vaccinated hundreds of members of the local law enforcement community against COVID-19, including members of the Buffalo Police Department.
Cuomo: Federal vaccine supply to increase to 20% for next 3 weeks
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of noon, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 91% (1,414,241) first-dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
NYS Department of Labor stops fraudsters from stealing more than $5.5 billion in unemployment benefits
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
The New York State Department of Labor announced it has identified over 425,000 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing fraudsters from stealing more than $5.5 billion in benefits. The DOL has referred hundreds of thousands of fraud cases to federal prosecutors, and continues to work with law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local level to hold fraudsters accountable.
Jacobs joins colleagues in calling for reinstatement of USDA program
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:30 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, joined colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to resume payments for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's coronavirus food assistance program (CFAP).
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund's 'Moving Forward Together' initiative announces regional food system assessment & planning effort
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund a collaborative philanthropic effort launched in March 2020 to address the COVID-19 crisis in the community, is announcing an important step forward for one of its "Moving Forward Together" initiatives convened to address food security in Western New York.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections declined 10% in 2020
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 10% overall in 2020, or $1.8 billion, compared to the previous year, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This decline was steeper than the drop during the Great Recession, when local sales tax collections fell 6% statewide in 2009 compared to 2008.
ECMC updates patient visitation
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:20 pm
Based on New York state's recent removal of "yellow zone" and "orange zone" restrictions in Western New York, Erie County Medical Center, on Tuesday afternoon, submitted to the New York State Department of Health the institution's updated patient visitation information.
New York state announces a boost in nutrition assistance
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
More than $100 million in emergency food assistance also to be distributed in February The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a 15% boost when their regular monthly food benefits are issued, as part of an increase that will continue through June.
BBB tip: Don't share your COVID-19 vaccine card on social media
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:20 pm
Did you get your COVID-19 vaccine? Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning to everyone not to share a photo of your vaccination card on social media. The self-identifying information on it makes you vulnerable to identity theft and can help scammers create phony versions.
Cuomo: New York's COVID-19 positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:15 pm
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York's state's seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate had declined for 23 straight days.
Cuomo gives blessing to wedding receptions
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 04:50 pm
Speaking to the press on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the recent model of allowing pretested fans into Buffalo Bills Stadium can be replicated to include other events - including wedding receptions.
Higgins tells House & Senate leaders to Include RESTAURANTS Act in COVID relief package
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is pressing congressional leaders to make sure direct relief to restaurants is included in the next COVID-19 relief package.
Jacobs joins colleagues in calling for reopening US-Canadian border
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, has joined a bipartisan group to call on the Biden administration to work with the Canadian government to develop a cooperative plan to reduce cross-border travel restrictions.
Senate Republicans discuss plan to 'Reset NY's Restaurant & Hospitality Industry'
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 03:35 pm
On Friday, New York State Sens. Rob Ortt, George Borrello and Ed Rath shared a package of legislation to help "Reset New York's Restaurant and Hospitality Industry."
ECDOH provides vaccine distribution update
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 03:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to county residents, including those at nursing home facilities, based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Niagara Falls Memorial to resume patient visitation
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 11:55 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Friday announced it is allowing limited patient visitation in its acute care areas for first time since early December. The new visitation policy comes with a number of restrictions meant to keep patients and staff members safe.
Cuomo reminds New Yorkers they are not responsible for paying PPE charges from in-network health care providers
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo reminded insured New Yorkers they should not be charged for personal protective equipment by in-network health care providers under their state-regulated health and dental insurance coverage. Pursuant to State Department of Financial Services guidance, insurers are required to make sure consumers are not charged PPE-related fees by in-network providers.
Higgins & Stefanik lead bipartisan push for action on US-Canada border policy
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 10:25 am
Congressmembers Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Elise Stefanik, R-NY-21, who serve as co-chairs of the congressional northern border caucus, are leading a bipartisan letter making several recommendations to President Joe Biden's administration supporting opportunities to improve the existing situation at the U.S.-Canada border.
NYSCHSA president urges full state funding for local roads & bridges, vaccines for highway crews
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 07:55 pm
Joseph Wisinski, president of the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association, urged the New York State Legislature on Tuesday to restore cuts in highway funding made in the 2020-21 state budget to the proposed 2021-22 spending plan, and to add highway crews to the phase 1B eligibility list for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Section VI moves wrestling, creates new calendar
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 07:55 pm
The executive committee of Section VI on Thursday voted to move wrestling to the spring sports season. The decision came after the health departments in the five counties that make up the section released a joint statement of concern.
Statement from New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in response to OAG report
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:35 pm
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Letitia James' investigation on nursing home coronavirus data:
Attorney general on nursing homes: Investigations reveal DOH publicly reported data undercounted COVID-19 deaths
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:00 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday released a report on her office's ongoing investigations into nursing homes' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, James has been investigating nursing homes throughout New York state based on allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.
WNY health leaders strongly suggest wrestling postponement
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 09:10 am
The leaders of the five county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) in Western New York provided the following joint statement Thursday, related to wrestling programs. This announcement follows updates to the "New York Forward" interim guidance for sports and recreation issued Jan. 22.
Cuomo announces extension of partnership with HelloFresh to combat food insecurity among veterans
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the extension of a partnership between the state of New York and leading meal kit company HelloFresh, focused on delivering free meal kits to veterans and military families in New York City who are presently confronting food insecurity.
DEC proposes regulations to improve food scrap recycling, prevent food waste
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Wednesday announced proposed regulations to implement a new statewide waste reduction initiative that supports food donation to help hungry New Yorkers and food recycling to help prevent the landfilling of food scraps. The proposed regulations would require composting and the donation of edible food by large food scrap generators to promote an effective reuse of materials otherwise headed for landfills.
Cuomo pulls WNY out of micro-cluster zones
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said the holiday coronavirus surge is over, and he canceled the micro-cluster zones in Erie and Niagara counties.
Niagara County gives greenlight to moderate- and higher-risk sports
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:50 am
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday said moderate- and higher-risk sports in Niagara County may proceed in accordance with New York state guidelines. Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether these sports could start back up would be made by each county's health director.
Erie County Department of Health cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is cancelling COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled for ECC South on Friday, Jan. 29, and ECC North and ECC South on Saturday, Jan. 30, due to lack of vaccine supply.
SBA takes steps to improve first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:35 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking steps to improve the first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review so that small businesses have as much time as possible to access much-needed PPP funds.
$466.8 million obligated to New York for COVID-19 vaccination costs
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:05 pm
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $466.8 million to New York for costs related to the COVID-19 vaccine mission.
Cuomo allowing elective surgery in Erie County; poised to lessen micro-cluster zone restrictions
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 10:00 pm
Speaking to the media Monday at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested he will lessen restrictions placed on Western New York - and Erie County, in particular - designed to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.
NYSUT statement on announcement state will seek federal testing waiver
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 08:05 pm
New York State United Teachers on Monday applauded the announcement the state Education Department will seek a federal waiver of grades 3-8 and high school testing requirements amid the ongoing challenges students and educators statewide are facing related to the coronavirus pandemic.
ECDOH: Higher-risk sports can resume
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing the following information for schools, coaching staff, athletes, parents of student-athletes and youth and adult amateur sports leagues in Erie County.
Norris: NY needs food security
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:25 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris, R-C-Lockport, joined colleagues from the Assembly minority conference last week to launch their newest omnibus package known as the Food Insecurity, Farm Resiliency and Rural Poverty Initiative.
Biden answers Higgins' call for northern border plan
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26, Buffalo/Niagara Falls), who serves as co-chair of congressional northern border caucus, said President Joe Biden's week one actions demonstrate a new beginning for the U.S.-Canada relationship.
Report: Hotel and travel outlook in 2021
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) on Thursday released "AHLA's State of the Hotel Industry 2021" outlining the forecasted state of the hotel industry in 2021 and into the immediate future. The report examines the high-level economics of the hotel industry's recovery, the specific impact on and eventual return of business travel, and consumer travel sentiments.

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