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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.
Open enrollment for New Yorkers extended through March 31
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
As part of New York's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended through March 31. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Memorial to hold free COVID-19 testing event
Thu, Jan 21st 2021 12:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center will conduct free community testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Niagara Falls Public Library's Earl W. Brydges Building, 1425 Main St. The testing will be funded by the CARES Act grant provided to Memorial by the City of Niagara Falls.
ECDOH cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to lack of supply
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of scheduled ECDOH COVID-19 vaccination Points-of-Distribution (PODs) for Saturday, Jan. 23, and Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 25-27. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
Cuomo: $130 million proposal to help highly impacted small businesses with tax credits
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a $130 million proposal to enact the Pandemic Recovery and Restart Program to help highly impacted small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the fiscal year 2022 executive budget.
60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans approved in first week
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has approved approximately 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program's reopening on Monday, Jan. 11, through to Sunday, Jan. 17.
Cuomo outlines fiscal year 2022 budget; draws mixed reviews
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday outlined the fiscal year 2022 executive budget to reimagine, rebuild and renew New York in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
NYS: Senate majority looks to help small businesses build back
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance major legislation to support the small businesses that have taken the brunt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County remembers those lost to COVID-19
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Erie County will participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance today to remember and honor the nearly 400,000 lives - including nearly 1,400 Erie County residents - lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country.
NYSUT calls on state to seek federal testing waiver amid ongoing challenges of pandemic
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:30 am
New York State United Teachers called on the state Education Department to request a federal waiver of grade 3-8 and high school testing requirements - just as New York was granted last year - amid the ongoing challenges students and educators statewide are facing related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo offers SOTS proposal to boost partial unemployment benefits
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a proposal to boost partial unemployment insurance benefits to New Yorkers who return to work part-time, as part of his 2021 State of the State. The plan would ensure unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week.
Cuomo issues letter to Pfizer Chairman/CEO Albert Bourla asking to directly purchase COVID-19 vaccines for NYS
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued a letter to Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla asking for the ability to purchase COVID-19 vaccines directly from Pfizer, as the company is not bound by commitments that Moderna made under Operation Warp Speed.
SOTS: Proposal to open Dormitory Authority's low-cost finance, design and construction services to all nonprofits & school districts
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 01:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a proposal to open the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's low-cost financing, design and construction services to all nonprofits and school districts, as part of his 2021 State of the State agenda.
Counties recognize Schumer's leadership in pushing aid for local governments
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 12:45 pm
The New York State Association of Counties recently recognized U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and his partnership with President-elect Joe Biden on a new coronavirus stimulus package NYSAC said will "move the economy forward and help the states and local governments that have been on the front lines of this pandemic since last March."
Norris' 'NY Business Emergency Relief Act' priority for Assembly GOP
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 07:00 am
On Friday, Assemblyman Mike Norris shared that, following the launch of his new legislation known as the New York Business Emergency Relief Act, the Assembly minority conference announced it had chosen to include the entirety of the plan in its omnibus 2021 pro-business package, "Jump-Start New York: A Plan for Economic Recovery."
Erie County DOH cancels upcoming COVID-19 vaccine PODS
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 03:00 pm
On Saturday, the Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of all scheduled ECDOH coronavirus vaccination point-of-distribution clinics (PODs) for next Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 18-20. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
More in-person learning weighed for Sidway
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 07:00 am
"COVID" and "hybrid" were the operative words at Monday's Grand Island School Board meeting. There was good news on both fronts for district students, parents, faculty and staff.
NYS/SNAP: 6-month increase in food benefits
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a 15% increase to their monthly food benefits for January through June. In addition, all households will receive the maximum monthly benefit for January under the emergency food assistance that has been issued since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Higgins presses for restaurant relief in next COVID-19 package
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for federal grants for restaurants to be included in the first COVID-19 emergency relief package approved by Congress under the new Biden administration.
NFMMC cancels COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to supply shortage
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center has not received enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to meet public demand.
Niagara Falls: Restaino announces disbursement of CARES Act funds
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
On Friday morning, Mayor Robert Restaino announces the disbursement of CARES Act grant funds to local community groups working to fight against the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 within the City of Niagara Falls community.
Hotels offer 50,000+ properties to help with vaccine rollout across country
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 02:30 pm
The American Hotel & Lodging Association is reporting "hotels are uniquely positioned to help with vaccine rollout." Here's why:
State comments on vaccination site information
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:40 am
On Thursday, Marcy Stevens, general counsel for the Office of Information Technology services, issued this statement regarding the "unauthorized use of unpublished scheduling link for state vaccination sites":
NCDOH: First week of POD at Transit Drive-In Theatre successful due to planning & partnerships
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announces the first week of Point of Dispensing (POD) operations was a large success due to years of planning and valuable partnerships.
President-elect Joe Biden aims for 100 million vaccinations within his first 100 days
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
On Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the American people about his American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan. He shared the following:
Niagara County Department of Health, 211 partner to ensure access to COVID-19 POD preregistration
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 12:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health and 211 Western New York have established a formal partnership to ensure access to county point of dispensing COVID-19 preregistration access for those within limited or no access to the internet.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
NYS counties renew push for bipartisan aid
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Wednesday called on the new Congress to pass a Coronavirus Stimulus Package that provides federal aid to state and local aid governments. NYSAC's call follows yesterday's announcement by incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supporting legislation that will assist New York and its local governments.
Memorial to hold offsite vaccination clinics as state expands eligible list
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 04:45 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will dispense COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify at the Niagara Falls City School District Field House on the Niagara Falls High School campus. Although people must belong to an eligible priority group to be vaccinated, the state this week significantly expanded its list of those groups.
State vaccination sites now open; none in WNY yet
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the first three state-run vaccination sites are now open and vaccinating eligible New Yorkers against the COVID-19 virus. The sites - the Jacob K. Javits Center, Westchester County Center and New York State Fair Expo Center - all opened Wednesday morning.
1.1 million PPP loans forgiven so far, totaling over $100 billion
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for more than $100 billion, providing what it called an "extraordinary amount of critical relief to America's small businesses just three months since the earliest PPP borrowers' covered periods ended."
Higgins not surprised by continuation of closed border
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Canada's announcement of the extension of the existing border restrictions:
Cuomo: New York to expand COVID vaccine eligibility to include those age 65-plus, immunocompromised
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday provided New Yorkers with new information related to coronavirus vaccination eligibility. In particular, those ages 65-plus, and the immunocompromised, can now register to receive their shots earlier than expected.
9 Wegmans pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccine to people 75+, UB South also a vaccination site
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:05 pm
Following New York state guidance, nine Wegmans locations in New York will receive a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people age 75 and older, as well as Wegmans pharmacy employees.
Counties call for flexibility, end to diversion of local sales tax in 2021 legislative agenda
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 05:00 pm
The New York State Association of Counties recently announced its priorities for the 2021 state legislative session and unveiled a wide range of policy proposals to improve county service delivery, increase efficiency, reduce program costs, and place counties on a sound fiscal footing as they continue to lead the local recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
SBA reopens PPP to community financial institutions
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 04:50 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Monday morning. SBA is continuing its "dedicated commitment to underserved small businesses" and to addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial institutions (CFIs) that typically serve these concerns.
Coronavirus stats for Jan. 11
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 04:05 pm
Here are today's numbers:
Additional New Yorkers, individuals 75+ can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:20 am
√ Initial groups of phase 1B now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, corrections officers, teachers and other school staff, in-person college instructors, child care workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters
Niagara County Department of Health offers COVID-19 POD eligibility, preregistration details
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 11:20 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) will conduct point-of-dispensing (POD) operations starting Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine availability statement
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing the following statement regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccine at its PODs - points of dispensing.

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