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Zucker to school districts: You're in control
Thu, Aug 5th 2021 11:00 pm
On Thursday, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued the following statement: "With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are reestablished as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments."
ECDOH provides COVID-19 data update
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 05:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending July 31, ECDOH received reports for 535 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents; this is an 80% increase from the previous week's total of 297 cases, and a 10-fold increase in the past six weeks.
Free outdoor screening of Disney's 'Raya and The Last Dragon' at Artpark
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 04:55 pm
Artpark & Company announced a free community night screening compliments of T-Mobile. The Lewiston venue will show family-friendly "Raya and The Last Dragon" at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.
Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry & Lionel Richie, longtime host Ryan Seacrest set to return to 'American Idol'
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 04:50 pm
The iconic star-maker competition series "American Idol" welcomes back music industry legends Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie as judges, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help discover America's next singing sensation for a fifth season on ABC, while celebrating the franchise's historic 20th season overall, when it returns spring 2022.
$31 million mixed-use housing development completed in Buffalo
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday morning announced the completion of a $31 million mixed-use housing development on Buffalo's East Side. Supported through his Buffalo Billion initiative to revitalize neighborhoods and improve transportation, the Jefferson Avenue Apartments feature 90 affordable apartments, including 16 units with supportive services and more than 16,000 square-feet of commercial space.
$35 million available to fund operating costs of at least 1,400 supportive housing units
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the sixth funding round of his Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which will provide up to $35 million in service and operating funds for at least 1,400 supportive housing units. Since its creation in 2016, ESSHI has provided operating funds for more than 5,400 units of supportive housing.
KeyBank, in partnership with First Niagara Foundation, awards $765,000 to nonprofit organizations
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 01:50 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, has awarded five nonprofit organizations in Niagara County a total of $765,000. A press release stated, "These transformative grants are part of KeyBank's $40 billion National Community Benefits Plan and is symbolic of both organizations' commitment to empowering individuals and neighborhoods through investment in programs that provide long term enhancement to the quality of life."
$9 million in grant awards to galvanize more than 770 live performances across every region of New York
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the first of four rounds of grant awards to 438 performance organizations across New York state. In this round, 773 grants were awarded through the "Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants" program, developed by the New York State Council on the Arts.
NYSUT statement on COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 school staff
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
New York State United Teachers issued the following statement Monday regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 school staff:
AG: Independent investigators find Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated state & federal laws
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
The independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James - led by Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark - on Tuesday released their report into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. After nearly five months, the investigators concluded that Gov. Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women - including former and current state employees - by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing and hugging, and making inappropriate comments.
Aaron Reutzel wins Big R Outlaw Shootout; Cameron Tuttle tops Sportsman field
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 11:55 am
Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas, won his fourth NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-main and took his first win at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night. Cameron Tuttle from Wilson won his second Investor's Service Sportsman feature of the season.
As Canada prepares to open border, Higgins sounds alarm on US readiness
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 11:55 am
With Canada's plan to reopen the border to United States citizens less than a week away, Congressman Brian Higgins "is raising serious concerns about the lack of information and planning coming from the United States government," his team said.
Delegating effectively or avoiding responsibility?
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 07:00 am
Think about the last time your boss delegated a task to you. Did you perceive that request as a sign of strong leadership - or as your manager shirking responsibility? In the end, did you successfully complete the task, or find a way out of it?
Niagara County to hold household hazardous waste collection in Lewiston
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 07:00 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Legislator Irene Myers are co-sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Aug. 21, in conjunction with the Town of Lewiston, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and the Niagara County Department of Public Works. The event is open to all Niagara County residents. An appointment is required.
Cuomo on COVID: 'We have seen this movie before'; Niagara County not mandating facemasks
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:35 pm
At a press briefing on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged New Yorkers to "avoid reliving the COVID-19 movie" that played out last year.
Danny Gokey, Colton Dixon tour headed to Buffalo
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:30 pm
Three-time Grammy-Award nominee and "American Idol" alum Danny Gokey announced a headlining "Stand In Faith" Tour featuring special guest Colton Dixon. Gokey will take his energetic and multigenre live show on the road for an 11-city tour that will kick off Sept. 30. The "Stand In Faith" tour is produced by Transparent Productions.
Artpark adds Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus to JP Jofre, Alarm Will Sound double-bill
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:15 pm
Artpark & Company on Monday announced a performance by JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band and Alarm Will Sound as part of the "New Music in the Park" series on Aug. 7, in the Artpark Mainstage Theater. The performance is sponsored by HSBC Bank.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, to host free job fair
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:10 pm
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, has partnered with Niagara WorkSource One to host a free job fair on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Interested job-seekers are encouraged to come to the shopping center, located at 1900 Military Road, between the hours of 1-3 p.m. to learn more about the available career opportunities.
UB to implement indoor masking requirement starting Aug. 3
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:10 pm
Effective Tuesday, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors - regardless of their vaccination status - to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles.
Niagara County warns of new phone scam
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:10 pm
Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt on Monday warned residents of a scam that involves receiving a purported phone from Niagara County telling residents there has been a security breach in county government and asking them to verify personal information.
Guest editorial: Summer an advantageous time to become tobacco-free
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 07:00 am
The new year is a popular time for tobacco users to become tobacco-free; however, calling the New York State Smokers' Quitline and changing behaviors can make summertime ideal for making a quit-attempt. Quit Coaches are available to assist New York state residents seven days a week at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) and encourage tobacco users to consider the summer months as an advantageous time to stay tobacco-free.
With 496 new COVID-19 cases in past 7 days, Erie County experiencing 'substantial' transmission
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed 99 new COVID-19 cases for July 29, resulting in 496 new COVID-19 cases within the past seven days. Based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicators for community transmission, Erie County is now considered to have "substantial" COVID-19 transmission, with a case rate of 54 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
Cuomo signs legislation making it easier for families to find & collect unclaimed child support payment
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation (S.7153/A.7942) making it easier for families to locate and collect their unclaimed child support payments. The new law establishes an efficient, streamlined process for unclaimed funds to be turned to the state comptroller's office, where families then can more efficiently locate the payments they are entitled to receive.
Nearly $1.1 billion in grants to support child care providers, enable return to workplace
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York will administer nearly $1.1 billion in federal funding directly to child care providers to help stabilize the industry and enable more parents to return to the workplace fulltime.
UB to welcome 2020 grads to campus Oct. 1 for commencement
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
The University at Buffalo is making good on its promise to recognize members of the Class of 2020, whose commencement ceremonies were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lauren Alaina is 'Sitting Pretty On Top of the World'
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:35 am
Multi-Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina will release her new and most personal and soul-shifting album, "Sitting Pretty On Top of the World," on Friday, Sept. 3. Her third full-length album for Mercury Records Nashville follows on the heels of two critically acclaimed career-changing EPs released in 2020, "Getting Good" and "Getting Over Him."
Michael Feighan to release solo project 'Someone Prayed'
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:30 am
Artist/drummer/songwriter Michael Feighan will release his solo project, "Someone Prayed," on Oct. 15.
Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Niagara to reopen additional amenities
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:30 am
One week after its initial reopening, Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara announced the reopening of additional amenities and an increase of offerings at both properties. These additional amenities will reopen in accordance with provincial approvals with capacity limits and health and safety measures in effect.
Statewide effort to prevent speeding
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York State Police and local law enforcement will be increasing patrols to target speeding from July 31 to Aug. 8.
Carriage House Players casting roles
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:25 am
The Carriage House Players, in residence at the Taylor Theater in Lockport, are casting adults for the 2021-22 season. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St.
Lewiston Police Blotter for July 30, 2021
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:00 am
The following activity occurred Monday, July 19, to Sunday, July 25, as reported by the Lewiston Police Department. LPD reported 206 response calls during this period. For more information on arrests and other activity, visit the Lewiston Police Department's mobile app or its page on Facebook.
LPD: Previte announces crackdown on aggressive drivers
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:00 am
"It's gotten out of control. It's crazy, it's crazy; (and) it's happening around here."
Town of Lewiston: New questions arise over Townline Road solar project
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 09:15 am
Monday's regular meeting was a busy one for Lewiston Town Board members. Newsmakers included a planned state Department of Transportation improvement project for Hyde Park Boulevard; a favorable 2020 town audit report from Drescher Malecki LLP; Lewiston Police traffic concerns (see related story); and new questions arising over the Townline Road commercial-grade utility solar project by Saturn Power.
Full edition: The Tribune-Sentinel for July 30, 2021
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 09:10 am
Full edition: The Tribune-Sentinel for July 30, 2021
Superintendents: Native American schools crumbling while NYS fails to act
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 07:00 am
Crumbling brickwork, failing roofs, leaking windows, unsecure doors - three Native American schools in New York state, three disturbingly similar stories.
Country Music Association's 'CMA Summer Jam' airs Thursday, Sept. 2, on ABC
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 07:05 pm
Fresh off two nights of country music from the open-air Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville, the Country Music Association and ABC announced "CMA Summer Jam" will air Thursday, Sept. 2 (8 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Filmed amidst the skyline of downtown, the three-hour, artist-curated primetime special will feature individual performances and collaborations from more than 20 of the biggest stars in country music.
Niagara Falls City School District: Petrozzi sworn in as board president
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 07:05 pm
At its reorganization meeting on July 1, the Niagara Falls City School District Board of Education held a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected officers and board members.
Cuomo announces launch of $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 07:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of New York state's $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program, designed to help expand employment opportunities for workers and provide relief to COVID-19-impacted restaurants. Created as part of the fiscal year 2022 budget, the program offers a tax credit for the rapid hiring of restaurant workers to reduce the restaurant industry's pandemic-induced economic difficulties. Qualifying restaurants could receive a $5,000 tax credit per net new hire, totaling up to $50,000 in tax credits per business.
Could your body's insulin response influence your food choices? A UB study aims to find out
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 06:50 pm
What is the relationship between the foods people eat and their body's insulin response? The University at Buffalo's Behavioral Medicine Lab is launching a study that aims to find out.
Cuomo: Legislation prohibits schools from filing suit against parents or guardians for unpaid meal fees
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation (S.5151A/A.65277A) that prohibits schools and school districts from filing any type of lawsuit against parents or guardians for unpaid meal fees. The new law builds on measures from the governor's comprehensive "No Student Goes Hungry" program and helps protect students and families from legal tactics related to their inability to make payments for school meals.
 

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