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Cuomo reminds surrogates & parents of their new insurance rights, protections during gestational surrogacy
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday reminded New Yorkers about new insurance protections and rights for surrogates and parents that will take effect on Feb. 15. These new insurance protections and rights were part of the governor's fiscal year 2021 enacted budget that legalized gestational surrogacy in New York.
NF police reports to be made available
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:35 pm
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.
The Weeknd announces his return to the global stage with 'After Hours World Tour'
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:30 pm
Global music superstar and Super Bowl LV halftime show headliner The Weeknd announced his 104-date global tour will kick off on Jan. 14, 2022, in Vancouver at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena. Additional stops include Buffalo, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and Berlin, before wrapping Nov. 16 in London at The O2.
Netflix, 'Mank,' 'The Crown' lead Golden Globe nominations
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
On Wednesday, six-time Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson announced the nominees for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
Higgins reappointed to serve on House Ways & Means Committee, Budget Committee
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has been reappointed to serve on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means, including its subcommittees on social security, health, and trade.
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.
People with disabilities to let their voices be heard at WNY Independent Living's virtual Legislative Education Week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) is participating in the New York Association for Independent Living (NYAIL)'s 2021 virtual Legislative Education Week from Feb. 8-12. People with disabilities in the Western New York area will have the opportunity to speak with local, state and federal elected officials and make their representatives aware of the issues that are important to them.
Cuomo signs legislation repealing 'walking while trans' ban
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S.2253/A.654) repealing portions of a law - known as the "walking while trans" ban - that his camp said led to arbitrary and discriminatory policing of transgender women.
Karen Healy-Case launches campaign for Erie County sheriff
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Karen Healy-Case, former lieutenant and district chief for the Buffalo Police Department, launched her campaign for Erie County Sheriff on Wednesday. In a one-minute announcement video, linked below, Healy-Case pledged" to use her decades of experience in law enforcement and the private sector to give taxpayers the results and protection they deserve."
Quitline: Support available for Black residents who use tobacco products
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
With 86% of Black tobacco users in New York state addicted to menthol cigarettes and the tobacco industry continuing to heavily market these products in urban neighborhoods, the odds appear stacked against the Black population to become tobacco-free. Fortunately, most want to quit and plenty of free resources are available, including individualized support through the Submitted by the New York State Smokers' Quitline.
USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture awards $4.6M to expand Double Up Food Bucks
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 07:00 am
Field & Fork Network announced that it has been awarded a four-year, $4.6 million federal grant through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP), by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The funding will continue expanding the Double Up Food Bucks nutrition incentive program across New York.
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.
CBP takes hold of another half-ton of marijuana
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:40 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Lewiston cargo facility seized another 1,070 pounds of marijuana in a commercial shipment.
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).
Canisius welcomes distinguished educator, author & Board of Regents member for Black History Month Celebration
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:05 pm
In recognition of Black History Month, Canisius College will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual presentation from Catherine Collins, Ph.D., a member of the New York State Board of Regents. Sponsored by the ALANA Student Center at Canisius College, the event is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Feb. 10. To register for the live webinar, click here.
Lineup comes together for 'Oates Song Fest 7908'
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:05 pm
John and Aimee Oates, Drive Entertainment Group and NugsTV announced more artists who recently signed on to perform and raise funds for Feeding America on March 20 (8 p.m. EST). Sharing duties as Oates co-host will be the mysterious, mystical and musical internet sensation Saxsquatch.
Super Bowl weekend DWI crackdown
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced Niagara County law enforcement agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
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.
Kenan Center launches virtual dinner & show for Valentine's Day
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
The Kenan Center's "Jazz at the Taylor" series has continued virtually due to COVID-19, and for the next show has partnered with Shamus Restaurant to offer a dinner and a show package for Valentine's Day.
Independent audit determines Buffalo Diocese in full compliance with Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:50 pm
The independent Rochester auditing firm of StoneBridge Business Partners has conducted a thorough audit of the policies and protocols of the Diocese of Buffalo with regard to training, reporting and ensuring safe environments for young people according the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' mandated Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It found the diocese to be in full compliance. The audit covers the period of 2019 to 2020.
River Valley Worship releases 'The Ensemble Project' on Feb. 12
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:50 pm
In partnership with BEC Recordings, River Valley Worship announced "The Ensemble Project," their newest release, out Feb. 12. The first song to drop from the album, "Shadows // Spotlights," is available now on all digital platforms. A live video is also out and can be viewed below.
Arts Services Inc. celebrates 10 years
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:25 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI) announced a new name and logo as it heads into its 10-year anniversary in 2021. ASI is now officially doing business as Arts Services Inc., to reflect its current services to the arts and cultural industry of Western New York. Along with the name change, ASI has released a new logo and color scheme that more closely connects to the industry it serves and supports.
Trocaire College nursing student receives refurbished car through Recycled Rides
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:25 pm
Just in time for the first week of the spring semester, Jasmaine West, a nursing student at Trocaire College, has received a refurbished car thanks to the generosity of Travelers and the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program. Through this collaboration, businesses representing all facets of the collision industry - insurers, auto repair shops, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others - partner to refurbish and donate vehicles to individuals and service organizations in need.
History Center has brand-new exhibit coming soon
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:20 pm
Opening on Presidents Day weekend, the History Center of Niagara County's latest exhibit is "The Lockwood Legacy: Belva Lockwood and the Fight for Equal Rights in America."
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.
'Big R': Mackenzie Kulesza Memorial scheduled for May 14
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 01:20 pm
Ransomville Speedway will honor the memory of 11-year-old Mackenzie Kulesza on Friday, May 14, with a 36-lap feature event for the Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks at the Niagara County oval.
Heart health: Wear Red Day 2021 is Friday
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 01:15 pm
As American Heart Month kicks off, women are urged to live fierce in their pursuit of heart health.
Randy Travis, Chris Young, Michael W. Smith, Lorrie Morgan set for 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute To Charlie Daniels
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 09:50 am
David Corlew and Associates recently announced this year's Volunteer Jam will be rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns. The 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels, previously scheduled for Feb. 22, will now take place Wednesday, Aug. 18 (7 p.m. CT), at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Niagara Falls: Voccio to seek reelection
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 09:45 am
Niagara Falls City Councilman Chris Voccio announced he will seek reelection.
Hartman named chair of 2021 Taste of Buffalo
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 09:45 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops announced Amber Hartman, a benefits manager at the human resources company Employer Services Corp., was elected chair of the festival's board of directors. She will lead planning efforts for the 38th annual event, which takes place July 10-11.
Catholic Health to resume limited hospital visitations
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:55 pm
Catholic Health will welcome visitors back to its hospitals starting Wednesday, Feb. 3. Visiting hours will resume from 2-6 pm daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main St. Campus only).
FamilySearch has 'RootsTech Connect 2021'
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:50 pm
FamilySearch has announced the RootsTech 2021 conference will be a free, global, virtual event in 2021.
HUD renews $246 million to 521 local homeless programs in NY
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:50 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Local homeless assistance programs in New York were awarded nearly $246 million.
NBC Sports' 'Frozen February' features 29 hockey games in 28 days
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
NBC Sports launches "Frozen February" today, a month-long celebration of hockey featuring 29 games over the course of 28 days across the NHL, NWHL and Notre Dame hockey, as well as digital and social content centering on the intersection of race and diversity in the sport as part of Black History Month. Coverage begins tonight and includes nine games this week.
Erie County Senior Services offering more ways to keep seniors engaged
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
Tapping into the expertise of departmental health and wellness staff and leveraging extensive preexisting online resources, the Erie County Department of Senior Services has unveiled its updated webpage packed with activities, lessons and numerous engaging opportunities to help seniors combat isolation.
Birds on the Niagara set for Valentine's Day weekend
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
Birds on the Niagara (BON21) announced the third annual Birds on the Niagara International Celebration of Winter Birds will be held Feb. 12-14. BON21 is the only international North American bird festival. This year, it is a virtual event with free access, including a special presentation by keynote speaker and author Dr. J. Drew Lanham.

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