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DEC announces adoption of regulations to significantly reduce electronic & foam packaging waste
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced the finalization of two regulations designed to help reduce waste going to landfills. The adoption of requirements to reduce electronic waste (e-waste) and enacting the Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Loose Fill Packaging Ban are intended to promote recycling and help prevent foam litter from affecting communities.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides consumers tips for smart travel
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection reminds New Yorkers of their rights as they plan spring and summer travel. Travel disputes remain one of the top complaints handled by DCP.
$50 million available to increase student access to mental health services
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced up to $50 million in available funding for school districts to improve student access to mental health resources and assist students who have experienced trauma that has impacted their education. A request for proposals has been issued by the New York State Office of Mental Health, who will administer the program.
NYS DOS: 2022 Economic & Infrastructure Development Grants available for northern border communities
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
The New York State Department of State recently announced the availability of more than $5 million in federal grant funding for economic and community development within New York's northern border region. Competitive grant funding is available for qualified projects within New York's 28 federally designated Northern Border Regional Commission counties.
Hochul: $125 million relief programs support state's tourism industry
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the launch of applications for two tourism grant programs designed to support and revitalize New York's tourism and hospitality industry.
State Parks launches Historic Business Preservation Registry
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
Earlier this week, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the launch of the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry.
94th Oscars on ABC attracts 16.6 million total viewers, hits 3.8 rating with adults 18-49
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 01:05 pm
The 94th Oscars on ABC attracted an average audience of 16.6 million total viewers and delivered a 3.8/28 among adults 18-49 based on National Live+Same Day program data of the Sunday broadcast.
Taking Back Sunday takes 'Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series' stage July 10
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 01:00 pm
The Rich Entertainment Group (REG) and Buffalo Waterfront Management Group (BWMG) announce Long Island-born American rock band Taking Back Sunday will play the "Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series" at the Lakeside Event Lawn, presented by the Upstate Honda Dealers, on July 10 show. Special guests Hot Rod Circuit and Buffalo's own Super American will join the band. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Administration expands SBA pilot program targeting access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
Vice President Kamala Harris and Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), are announcing reforms to the agency's Community Advantage (CA) loan program, an SBA tool for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Companies (CDCs), microlenders and other mission-based lending partners, that prioritizes equitable access to capital for low-income borrowers and those from underserved communities.
DiNapoli: State education employment program for New Yorkers with disabilities falling short
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
The program run by the New York State Education Department (SED) to help New Yorkers with disabilities gain employment, transition to independent living, and rise out of poverty is not fulfilling its mission because it too often leaves participants with inadequate plans that do not accomplish those goals, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Higgins announces 2-year U.S. Coast Guard reauthorization
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard through the end of 2023. The bill provides $12.8 billion for Coast Guard operation, maintenance, construction, research and staffing in 2022, and $13.9 billion for 2023.
Memorial recognizes Black Maternal Health Week
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's P3 Center for Teens, Moms & Kids will host a day of awareness and advocacy in recognition of Black Maternal Health Week on Wednesday, April 13.
Higgins honors Vietnam vet Roger Dearmyer on National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 10:10 am
Marking National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Tuesday, Congressman Brian Higgins honored local veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Erie County Sheriff's Deputy and U.S. Army Specialist Roger Dearmyer, who recently passed on Dec. 31. Higgins' team said Dearmyer is "remembered by many as a hero on foreign soil and at home."
Buffalo Bisons: 'What's New' & 'What's Back' at Sahlen Field in 2022
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 10:05 am
After welcoming the Toronto Blue Jays for portions of the past two seasons, the Buffalo Bisons are poised to have a full season of baseball at their ballpark in 2022.
Hochul issues proclamation honoring New York's Vietnam veterans, families for service & sacrifice
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring March 29, 2022, as Vietnam Veterans Day.
Hochul seeks new COVID funding
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a letter to the New York congressional delegation "illustrating the need for additional federal funding for the national COVID-19 response to ensure preparedness for future variants. This funding will help New Yorkers continue to move safely forward through the pandemic."
FASNY's RecruitNY campaign returns for 13th year, highlighting need for creative recruitment
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:40 pm
Volunteer fire departments across New York will open their doors on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, as part of the 13th annual RecruitNY weekend. RecruitNY is a signature initiative designed to help increase membership in local volunteer fire departments. The number of volunteer firefighters has decreased significantly in recent years due to a variety of factors.
Take advantage of New York's triple play: e-file, Free File and direct deposit
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation Finance reminds taxpayers they can save money, prevent errors, and receive their entire refund sooner by e-filing with Free File software and choosing direct deposit.
Chris Tomlin releases 2-track single 'Always' and 'YAHWEH (No One)'
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:30 pm
Grammy Award-winning Christian artist Chris Tomlin released new music today, with a two-track single titled "Always." The release includes the songs "Always" and "YAHWEH (No One) [with Elevation Worship]," ahead of tonight's "Tomlin UNITED Tour" launching in San Diego at Pechanga Arena.
Economic development awards support more than 2,300 jobs, $671 million in capital investments
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved economic development awards to 17 companies that will support more than 2,300 jobs - nearly 1,600 newly created - and spur more than $671 million in capital investments.
$21 million in funding for nation's first assertive community treatment teams dedicated to children & their families
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $21 million in funding awards for 15 Youth Assertive Community Treatment teams. New York is the first state in the nation to enact such teams, which serve children ages 10 to 21, and their families, providing services and support in the home and community settings.
ECMC achieves national LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index 2022 'Leader Status'
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:10 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. announced it has achieved "Leader Status" in the Human Rights Campaign's LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). ECMC scored 100 points in the HEI to earn the "LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader" designation.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announces 2022 board appointments
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:10 pm
The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center board of directors confirmed its 2022 slate of officers, and reelected three incumbent members to the board at its annual meeting on Monday.
Beechwood resident becomes a supercentenarian
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:10 pm
Celestine Siemankowski Bowman - Sally, a resident at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville - will celebrate a significant milestone on April 5, when she turns 110 years old. There will be a special birthday celebration at Beechwood, located at 2235 Millersport Highway, with her family, and then amongst her friends at the site.
Brad Paisley announces 'World Tour 2022'
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 12:55 pm
One of country music's most talented and decorated male solo artists, global superstar Brad Paisley will launch "World Tour 2022" in North America on May 27 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. This summer, Paisley will head overseas on his ninth European tour and will end the run with his first-ever tour in Australia this fall. The international shows are his first since 2019.
'Happy Together Tour' returns to Erie County Fair
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 12:50 pm
An ensemble lineup of legendary pop music superstars from the 1960s and '70s returns to The Buffalo News Grandstand at the 2022 Erie County Fair. The "Happy Together Tour" will take to the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Community Bank N.A. to support American Diabetes Association's 'Project Power'
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 12:50 pm
"Project Power" is the initiative of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) with the aim to slow the trajectory of childhood obesity through health promotion, nutrition education, increased physical activity, and family involvement for elementary school-aged youth to help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the complications of diabetes. Community Bank N.A. has committed to support the ADA and virtual "Project Power" in the City of Buffalo.
State leaders debate criminal justice policies
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 10:10 am
Senate, Assembly GOP & law enforcement officials call for criminal justice changes; Hochul, Benjamin: Blaming bail reform for increase in violence that cities across America are facing isn't fair, isn't supported by data
DEC prepares to kick off unofficial start of spring with trout fishing opportunities
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 10:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Monday announced the upcoming start of the spring trout fishing season, which his team said provides excellent angling opportunities statewide thanks to the state's extensive stocking program and considerable number of wild trout fisheries.
New York Power Authority fishing piers to open for season
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 10:05 am
New York Power Authority fishing facilities including the fishing pier at the base of NYPA's Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant will open for the season Friday, April 1, weather and water levels permitting. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site will also be available if temperatures remain above freezing.
Niagara University 'Takes Back the Night' on March 31
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 10:00 am
Niagara University is inviting the community to "Take Back the Night" on March 31 through participation in an annual event that aims to end sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms.
Hochul announces opening of 2022 New York state master teacher program application
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 01:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the 2022 New York state master teacher program application for K-12 STEM teachers in all regions.
Tops Friendly Markets & Herban Fresh partner for contest supporting community gardens
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 01:50 pm
Tops Friendly Markets is partnering with refrigerated soup line Herban Fresh for a contest supporting the launch of the Herban Fresh Farm Fund. The contest will be open to nonprofit groups and schools with one winner being awarded $5,000 for the purpose of building or enhancing a local community garden in the areas Tops operates.
Buffalo Bills: $600M investment from NYS will be matched by investments from NFL, Bills & Erie County to keep team for 30 years
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced an agreement between New York state, Erie County and the NFL's Buffalo Bills franchise for a $1.4 billion new stadium in Orchard Park. Hochul's negotiations secured a 30-year commitment for the Bills to remain in Buffalo, and a combined $550 million from the NFL and Bills - approved by the NFL owners.
Higgins: $17 million-plus in federal funding for WNY hospitals
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 10:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced grants totaling over $17.1 million to hospitals in Western New York. The awards were made through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist hospitals with urgent needs related to the national health emergency.
Jazz stars Ethan Iverson & Tom Harrell unite on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 10:05 am
Ethan Iverson and Tom Harrell - two of modern jazz's foremost leading lights - will perform as part of the "Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic" series at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall.
NT Neighborhood Watch announces David 'Bozo' Matecki as 2022 Dyngus Day Parade grand marshal
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 10:05 am
The North Tonawanda Neighborhood Watch announced this year's Dyngus Day parade will be led by grand marshal David "Bozo" Matecki. While discussing potential candidates, the committee said it was important to "find an individual who truly encapsulates the spirit of Dyngus Day. After a great deal of deliberation, there was really only one person who fit the bill, and his name is 'Bozo.' "
Gas prices fluctuate: Higher oil prices stall relief at pump
Mon, Mar 28th 2022 10:00 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.25, no change from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.86. The New York state average is 4.35, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.91.
Upcoming Grand Island Library raffle to feature colorful book pillows
Sat, Mar 26th 2022 10:20 am
Children between the ages of newborn and 12 years will have the opportunity to win books and colorful book pillows in a raffle being held at the Grand Island Memorial Library in April. Thirteen book pillows were donated to the library by members of the Grand Island Golden Age Center.
Grand Island: Love Road residents bring backyard flooding issues to Town Board
Sat, Mar 26th 2022 10:10 am
Christa Regal has lived on Love Road for eight years. In that period of time, she said her neighbors have been unable to enjoy their backyards because of persistent drainage issues and copious amounts of standing water. "I'm just thankful that I have a raised little concrete patio that I am able to sit on. If it weren't for that little patio, I would have not been able to sit in the backyard at all."
 

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