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COVID-19 and your safety: Niagara County offers tips on making masks
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:25 pm
Can't find masks online? Need to make a cloth covering? Not sure how? Niagara County has some suggestions.
Colvin Cleaners creates COVID-19 face mask program for WNY customers & nonprofits
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Stepping into action when needed is part of the Colvin Cleaners mission to help the Western New York community. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billoni family, owners of Colvin Cleaners, has created an innovative program to provide free, reusable, washable face masks for customers and local nonprofit agencies - including nursing and group homes, which need them most.
Cuomo: 'NYS on PAUSE' extended until May 15
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he is extending the "New York State on PAUSE" mandate until May 15, as he wants to see the COVID-19 infection rate lower before he reopens schools and businesses.
Cuomo & neighboring state governors outline plan to determine when business can reopen
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday presented what he called "a smart way" and "an informed way, guided by experts and data, and science, and not in a political way," to reopen business across New York and its neighbor states.
Empire State Development updates list of essential occupations
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:55 am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order 202.8 of March 20, 2020 required non-essential businesses in New York State to reduce their onsite workforce by 100%. Only organizations and entities that were deemed essential by the Executive Order are exempt from these restrictions. Empire State Development (ESD) has updated its formal guidelines regarding essential businesses as of April 9, 2020. Please note that ESD's guidance is subject to change as the State adapts its response to combating COVID-19.
U.S. Treasury details for distribution of COVID-19 direct payments
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins detailed the U.S. Treasury's plan for distribution of direct payments to Americans provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
Unemployed right now? NYS Department of Labor announces partnerships to boost tech capacity & make it easier for New Yorkers to file
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:20 pm
Facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services today announced a "tech surge" in partnership with Google Cloud, Deloitte and Verizon to improve the reliability of the state's online and telephone-based unemployment insurance application systems. The "tech surge" will include critical upgrades to the Department of Labor's technology systems that will increase its capacity to accept and process applications, making it easier for New Yorkers to apply for benefits.
Regents exams canceled
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:45 pm
The New York State Education Department on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the June 2020 administration of Regents exams, and released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements.
Higgins shares information on COVID-19 relief for families & students
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:15 pm
In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Congress has taken swift action, through three funding packages, to provide emergency relief hospitals, communities and workers.
Higgins: Seniors will now receive automatic COVID-19 stimulus payments
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and his colleagues on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security requested and won agreement by the U.S. Department of Treasury to automatically provide stimulus checks to senior citizens who are Social Security recipients - reversing course on previous directives that would have required seniors to complete forms to receive the COVID-19 relief payment.
Small business: Higgins provides details on Paycheck Protection Program, employee retention tax credit
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 01:15 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete halt of community and business activity for many in Western New York. Until the pandemic risk subsides, many businesses will continue to be interrupted.
Empire State Development offers resources for those impacted by 'New York on PAUSE'
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:25 pm
Empire State Development sent the following information to Niagara County elected leaders, who are sharing it with NFP.
Destination Niagara USA breaks down CARES Act
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:15 pm
Destination Niagara USA sent the following information to Niagara County elected leaders, who are sharing it with NFP.
Cuomo extends 'New York State on PAUSE' 2 weeks
Sun, Mar 29th 2020 04:55 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced all "New York State on PAUSE" functions will be extended for the next two weeks. He also directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks, through April 15. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.
Faith community works to keep connected with congregations
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 07:00 am
Though elected leaders and nonprofit agencies are working around the clock to provide resources and educate the public on all of the above, many people still want to seek out their regular places of comfort, guidance and support for further reassurance: Churches, temples and mosques.
Chamber, LPD look to start community watch program
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 10:05 am
Local leaders are working to establish a community watch program within the River Region as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and businesses are working with reduced staff.
Cuomo puts 'New York on PAUSE'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to "assure uniform safety for everyone."
Cuomo: 100% of 'nonessential' workforce to stay home; here's the list of 'essentials'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted the following: "I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others."
Chamber of Commerce ready to assist
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 02:50 pm
Our community's new normal is drastically different than what it was one week ago. Businesses, organizations and residents have had to adapt to changes that seem to be happening by the hour. New ways of doing business has evolved with owners becoming innovative with what they have to offer. Some businesses have had to adjust their hours or close - hopefully temporarily. The workplace has changed, the community has changed, the home has changed. It is a change for everyone.
 

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