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Erie County DA's office remembers lives lost to opioid addiction, remains committed to prosecuting drug dealers
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 12:55 pm
In observance of Black Balloon Day, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and his office remain committed to fighting the opioid epidemic in Western New York as we mourn those who have died from opioid use.
Erie County Real Property Tax Services sees surge in tax payments
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 12:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services has seen a surge in 2021 tax payments as residents increasingly avoided paying in person in favor of paying online or, even more popular, mailing in their payment.
Kenny Rogers' '21 Number Ones' double-vinyl set to be released for first time
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:55 am
Capitol Records Nashville and UME will release "Kenny Rogers' 21 Number Ones" for the first time on vinyl on April 30. The collection features 21 No. 1 hits, plus the bonus track, "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer" (his cross-over smash with Kim Carnes).
Jennifer Garner, Kelsea Ballerini, Delroy Lindo & Emma Corrin on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:55 am
Jennifer Garner returns to "Live" to talk about the film "Yes Day," and "Happy Pets Week" continues with professional dog trainer Robert Haussmann talking about pet "socialization."
Grace Vanderwaal ushers in new era with 'Don't Assume What You Don't Know'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:55 am
On Friday, acclaimed singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal returned with her newest single, "Don't Assume What You Don't Know," along with an official video via Columbia Records.
NYSUT calls for more COVID testing in schools
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:35 am
New York State United Teachers called for school districts to ramp up COVID-19 testing efforts for students and staff as many explore ways to bring more students back for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.
SBA Buffalo celebrates Women's History Month
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:35 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo District Director Franklin J. Sciortino likes to say women are playing a central role in successfully building, growing and pivoting their businesses.
NYS: $100 million in additional food assistance for March
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:20 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for March. Roughly half of all households participating in SNAP will receive the supplemental allotment later this month, which will result in an infusion of roughly $100 million into the state's economy.
Black Balloon Day event to remember lives lost to opioid epidemic
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and its families and consumer support and advocacy group is coordinating activities for National Black Balloon Day (Saturday, March 6). The event began in 2016 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Erie County has participated each year.
ESD, NYPA announce start of interior demolition & refurbishment for sugar refinery at former Bethlehem Steel Site
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
Empire State Development and New York Power Authority announced Miami-based sugar cane refiner Sucro Sourcing has begun interior demolition and refurbishment for its sugar refinery at the former Bethlehem Steel Site in Lackawanna.
Niagara County Golf Course now part of 'Thank a Vet Program'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch on Thursday announced the Niagara County Golf Course will now offer a discount to veterans who have signed up for the county's "Thank a Vet" program.
Price Rite Marketplace, University at Buffalo football team partner to 'Sack Hunger'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
While last year's college football season was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn't stop Price Rite Marketplace and the University at Buffalo football program from teaming up in the fight against food insecurity through the annual "Sack Hunger" campaign.
Shadowing experience helps BOCES students focus on career path
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:05 am
Many of the Orleans/Niagara BOCES career and technical education (CTE) classes encourage students to accept either shadowing (non-paid internships) or capstoning (paid internships) opportunities. Work Based Coordinator Susan Francis says these experiences are invaluable to CTE students.
Eastern Hills Mall launches 'Off-Broadway Market'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 10:05 am
Each weekend in March and through Easter, Eastern Hills Mall will offer a holiday shopping experience with established mall retailers, traditional vendors Western New Yorkers have come to rely on for Easter treats, and some exciting new merchants. It's a shopper's paradise that mall executives are calling, "The Off-Broadway Farmers & Artisans Market."
Schoellkopf Health Center begins in-person visitation
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:50 am
It's been a year in the making, but Ken Kenney was finally reunited with his wife, Nancy, on Thursday when Schoellkopf Health Center resumed in-person visitation at the facility.
3 new, short-term mass vaccination sites to expand state's roll-out of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced three new, short-term mass vaccination sites that will utilize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in an expansion of New York's roll-out of the new vaccine. Future vaccine allocations, when they are delivered, will be used to establish additional sites throughout the state.
Cornerstone Community FCU donates $3,500 to Lockport CARES
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:40 am
Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union (FCU) announced its commitment to make a "significant investment" to Niagara County nonprofits - starting with Lockport CARES - that provide men, women, and families with children with emergency shelter, material needs and compassionate care with dignity and respect.
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Village of Lewiston gets favorable financial review; looks to shore up public safety
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 08:55 am
The Village of Lewiston made it through the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in fine fashion. How the numbers look for the brunt of the pandemic is yet to be fully determined.
Niagara County Department of Health removes quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons in alignment with updated guidance
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 06:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued an update Thursday regarding quarantine requirements, to reflect the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state guidance.
Ready, set, roll: Mallwitz Island Lanes brings back popular Cosmic Bowling
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 11:00 am
Mallwitz Island Lanes is bringing back its popular Cosmic Bowling this weekend, now that a curfew has been lifted with the winning of a second lawsuit against the state by local restaurants, bars and dining establishments.
Vehicle becomes entrapped under semi in car accident
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 09:30 am
Wednesday at approximately 1:30 p.m., a sedan traveling westbound in the 3300 block of Lockport Road struck and became entrapped under a tractor-trailer that was making a left turn into RUS Industries.
City of Niagara Falls Councilman Andrew Touma announces retirement
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 09:30 am
At Wednesday evening's Niagara Falls City Council Meeting, Councilman Andrew Touma announced his retirement from the board.
Cuomo issues apology
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:35 pm
In the wake of accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an apology at the end of his press conference on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he emphatically said he didn't touch any woman in a untoward manner.
Event, arts & entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity beginning April 2
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
Republican leaders Ortt & Barclay: Democrats' 'repeal' of Cuomo's emergency powers a bogus bill; Heastie says GOP offering 'misinformation'
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:15 pm
On Wednesday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay blasted the proposal advanced by the majorities in the State Legislature to, as they said, "supposedly revoke" Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers. The leaders, joined by members of their respective conferences, repeated their calls for "a straight repeal of the governor's emergency powers instead of this bogus backroom deal."
Cuomo announces opening of state-FEMA mass-vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester & Yonkers
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the opening of the New York state-FEMA mass-vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers. These sites are part of New York's ongoing efforts to fight vaccine hesitancy and bring the vaccine to communities underserved by traditional health care institutions.
D'oh way! FOX renews 'The Simpsons' for 33rd & 34th seasons
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:35 pm
Emmy Award-winning "Animation Domination" kingpin "The Simpsons" has been renewed for its 33rd and 34th seasons on FOX, carrying the series to 2023 and a total of 757 episodes.
Higgins: infrastructure report card points to urgent need for substantial federal investment
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, said release of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure should be an urgent call to action. The report, issued March 3, gives U.S. infrastructure a "C-" grade overall.
Dr. Carrie Teresa Isard named inaugural recipient of Klein-Carnell Rising Scholar Award
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:05 pm
Dr. Carrie Teresa Isard, chair and associate professor of communication studies at Niagara University, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Klein-Carnell Rising Scholar Award. The new honor recognizes a graduate of Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication whose scholarly achievements within the first seven years since graduation indicate promise of a major research career in any field relevant to communication or media.
Morinello: No one is above human decency
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:00 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-I-Ref-Niagara Falls, issued the following statement on Wednesday:
Biden: US on track to vaccinate all adults by end of May
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
President Joe Biden offered the following remarks Tuesday on efforts to vaccinate the American public against the coronavirus:
BPO extends its virtual programming through end of 2020-21 season
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:40 pm
Though the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra said it remains hopeful it will once again play for live audiences soon. The BPO announced the extension of its "BPOnDemand" virtual performance series through the end of the 2020-21 concert season in June.
Vaccine: Niagara County POD staying in Lockport, as largest shipment is expected
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday announced Niagara County is expecting to receive 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccination next week - by far the most the county has ever received for a single week. The county is expecting 5,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 1,500 Moderna that must be dispensed in that week. These doses would nearly double the total amount of vaccine doses Niagara County has received to date.
NCSO, NFPD to host Explorers Post
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 11:45 am
Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced the Niagara County Sheriff's Office will host an Explorers Post in partnership with Superintendent John Faso and the Niagara Falls Police Department.
NYSEG, RG&E raise awareness of utility scams during National Consumer Protection Week
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 11:25 am
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) this week join Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) to recognize National Consumer Protection Week, which aims to educate customers on how they can guard against becoming victims of impostor utility scams.
Mike Bonesky Memorial set for July 6 at Ransomville Speedway
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 11:00 am
When the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series begins its Western Region schedule at the Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday, July 6, drivers will be competing in a $1,000 to win event - and will race for $3,000 in lap monies and other contingencies in honor and memory of avid fan and former racing columnist Mike Bonesky.
First virtual hiring event at Six Flags Darien Lake
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 10:55 am
Six Flags Darien Lake will begin the search for over 1,500 employees with a virtual hiring event on Saturday, March 6, followed by a second virtual hiring event on Saturday, March 13. Applicants may apply and interview online for positions at the park, waterpark, and the hotel and campgrounds.
EPA announces availability of up to $6 million in annual environmental justice grants
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 09:35 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of up to $6 million in grant funding under The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program and The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program.

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