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Flynn to serve as president of National District Attorneys Association
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 05:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has been elected by his peers to serve as the president of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Flynn, who was unanimously voted as president-elect by NDAA members last summer, was officially named president Monday afternoon at the "Pass the Gavel" ceremony at the organization's Summer Summit in Denver.
Hochul: Statewide listening tour to address 'future of farming'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday launched a statewide listening tour on "the future of farming in New York state." Her team said a series of listening sessions will allow the state to hear directly from farmers about their priorities in addressing climate, workforce and economic challenges, and will help inform the state's federal priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and the environment.
$5 million in funding to support launch of new & existing cannabis accreditation programs - including at NCCC
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced SUNY and CUNY community colleges will receive $5 million in funding to support the creation or enhancement of short-term credential programs or course offerings that provide pathways to employment in the cannabis industry.
DiNapoli: Tax cap set at 2% in 2023
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
Property tax levy growth will again be capped at 2% for 2023 for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year, according to data released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects tax cap calculations for all counties, towns and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 13 villages.
DiNapoli: Number of New Yorkers behind on utility bills soared during pandemic
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
The devastating number of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant increase in the number of residential customers owing money to their utility companies, with one in eight customers in arrears as of March 2022, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
'Electrify Lewiston': EV showcase curated by Gallo Restaurants & National Grid set for Aug. 6
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:20 pm
Bring all your questions, your appetite, and your family to "Electrify Lewiston," a one-day event created by National Grid and Gallo Restaurants, on Saturday, Aug. 6. From 3-6 p.m., attendees can meet EV drivers, auto representatives, charging installers, e-bike and e-scooter vendors on Gallo's patio at 402 Center St., Lewiston.
Contemporary blues master Walter Trout to play Kleinhans Music Hall
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall welcomes Walter Trout to the Mary Seaton Room at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, with opening act: the Girls of Grosh. Presale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19. The general public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Worship Initiative's Aaron Williams shares 'The Hope of Christ'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:55 pm
Singer/songwriter and veteran worship leader Aaron Williams is set to bow his anticipated full-length debut, "The Hope of Christ," on Aug. 5. The Worship Initiative release was produced by Williams and Alan Thomas (joan), and features 10 pop-driven live worship selections "extolling the boundless grace, love and rest offered by the savior."
Empire State Wrestling turns '20'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:55 pm
Over the past two decades, Empire State Wrestling grew from its humble roots running at various halls in the Niagara Falls area to blossoming into Western New York's premier independent wrestling promotion. It is only appropriate, then, that Empire State Wrestling (ESW) commemorates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 13, by holding a milestone event at Buffalo RiverWorks - one of downtown Buffalo's premier entertainment destinations.
Western New York Shelby and Mustang Club hosts Nickel City Mustang Roundup
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:55 pm
The Western New York Shelby and Mustang Club will host the Nickel City Mustang Roundup July 29-31 at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel at 1340 Millersport Highway in Amherst. More than 400 cars are expected in the show, with some coming from as far away as California. Organizers said spectator turnout of 2,500 is expected during the course of the event.
Pump prices down: National average drops 16 cents
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:30 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.52, down 16 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $3.17. The New York state average is $4.69, down 11 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.20.
Legislator Hill says new disc golf course in Royalton Ravine Park a 'huge hit'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:30 pm
The new disc golf course that opened at the beginning of summer in Royalton Ravine Park appears to be a huge hit with Niagara County residents, according to Niagara County Legislator Mike Hill. This is the second disc course opened by Niagara County Parks, with the original located in Burmaster Park at Bond Lake.
Public health update for Olcott Beach
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:25 pm
On Saturday, the Niagara County Department of Health rescinded a beach advisory at Olcott Beach, noting water quality is once again suitable for recreational swimming.
First Presbyterian church embarks on restoration project
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:25 pm
With the nearing of their 200th anniversary, members and friends of First Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls have set out to restore the bell tower of their building at 311 First St., Niagara Falls.
Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church celebrates a century of faith & service in LaSalle neighborhood of Niagara Falls
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:25 pm
"Serving Christ and Community since 1922" is the theme of the Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church 100th anniversary celebration event to be held Saturday, July 23, for membership and friends from the community. The church opened in 1922 and continues to serve at that very same location today. The land for the church was part of a fruit tree farm and was donated by the family of the late Jonathan Bowen.
New legislation expands pedestrian & bicyclist safety
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.1078B/A.5084A) that requires new drivers to learn about pedestrian and bicyclist safety awareness as a component of the prelicensing exam and as a prerequisite for obtaining a license to operate a motor vehicle.
NYS HCR: $50 million available to help land banks eradicate blight, aid communities that continue to struggle from foreclosure crisis
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the launch of a new $50 million land bank Initiative, the first-ever dedicated source of state funding to help New York's land banks reduce blight and transform vacant properties in communities across the state.
DEC tracking beech trees threat
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced beech leaf disease (BLD), which affects all species of beech trees, was identified in 35 counties in New York state to date. Included is Erie and Niagara counties.
Celebrating National Ice Cream Day with Sand Dock Sundaes at The Silo
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:00 am
Patrons at The Silo Restaurant on Sunday celebrated National Ice Cream Day in extraordinary fashion: Competing in the Sand Dock Sundae Challenge.
Eight Days of Hope hosts third annual outreach in Buffalo
Sat, Jul 16th 2022 10:50 am
Eight Days of Hope will host 1,500 volunteers between July 16-23 in Buffalo. During this time, EDOH will offer free home repairs to homeowners in the Fillmore District. Hundreds of projects will be completed during this eight-day outreach.
Grand Island students recognized for service and advocacy
Sat, Jul 16th 2022 07:00 am
At Monday's Grand Island Board of Education meeting, eight students were recognized for efforts made outside of the classroom. Jon Minton, Connor Lenhard and Zander Crevlin, all members of Troop 630, were honored for their work in achieving the status of Eagle Scout.
Obituary: Marilyn Frances (nee Pawlowski) Kogut
Sat, Jul 16th 2022 07:00 am
Marilyn Frances (nee Pawlowski) Kogut passed away on Nov. 29, 2020, at age 78.
Obituary: Charlotte Gifford Kathan
Sat, Jul 16th 2022 07:00 am
Charlotte Gifford Kathan, age 92, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, formerly of Youngstown, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
Tyra Banks returns as host & executive producer of 'Dancing With The Stars' on Disney+; welcomes new cohost Alfonso Ribeiro
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:30 pm
Tyra Banks is back as host and executive producer of "Dancing with the Stars" for her third consecutive season. Joining her as cohost is "DWTS" season 19 Mirrorball champion Alfonso Ribeiro. Expert judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough also resume their seats on the ballroom floor. The season 31 premiere date on Disney+ will be announced at a later date.
Chris Tomlin releases 'Holy Forever' off new worship project
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:20 pm
Grammy-Award winning artist Chris Tomlin is set to release a new full-length worship project, "ALWAYS," on Sept. 9, and is revealing the cover, track listing, featured artists, preorder here and new song "Holy Forever" today.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for July
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for July. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
NYS banning smoking in state-owned parks & beaches
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.4142/A.5061) prohibiting smoking in all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers and group camps. Smoking in these designated areas will be punishable with a civil fine of $50.
Cody Carnes says 'Be Glad'
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 pm
Multi-Grammy-nominated artist, songwriter and worship leader Cody Carnes has just released a new studio song, "Be Glad," available everywhere today. Along with the new song, a lyric video debuted today for "Be Glad."
DEC issues fire danger reminder
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when building campfires this summer. Dry weather throughout June and July has increased the risk of fires.
Higgins announces approval of Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the final passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act (S. 3373). The bill is a comprehensive measure that seeks to address the challenges that toxic-exposed veterans face in accessing critical health care services through the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Hochul signs legislative package to protect rights of public benefit recipients & strengthen access to social services
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she signed a legislative package of two bills designed to protect the rights of New Yorkers who receive public benefits, and strengthen access to social services. Her team said these two bills will increase transparency on the rights of those applying to receive assistance and improve access to food assistance.
Completion of $3.5 million supportive housing development in North Tonawanda
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the completion of a $3.5 million supportive housing project in downtown North Tonawanda. Supported through the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, the adaptive reuse of the structure, at 49 Tremont St., created 12 units of affordable housing, including eight studio apartments with on-site supportive services to help women who have experienced homelessness and are survivors of domestic violence.
Niagara Wine Trail hosts annual Wine Festival at Academy Park
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:50 pm
The Niagara Wine Trail is bringing back its annual Wine Festival after a two-year pandemic hiatus. The two-day event takes place in Lewiston's Academy Park, Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 24, from noon to 5 p.m.
Debut album from Ryan Ellis shares 'Heart Of The Father'
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:50 pm
The debut album from singer, songwriter and performing artist Ryan Ellis is out now (Provident Label Group/Sony Music). The self-titled project (listen here) features six songs from his 2021 EP, "Episode I" ("Heart Of The Father," "Keep My Eyes Up"), along with seven additional tracks such as "Son Of David" featuring Brandon Lake and his new radio single "All My Praise."
'UB on the Green' returns July 21 with Nerds Gone Wild
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:25 pm
Party band Nerds Gone Wild will headline the return of "UB on the Green," the University at Buffalo's free outdoor performance series, which is back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ryan presents Empire Award, announces funding for Stitch Buffalo
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:25 pm
On Thursday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan presented Stitch Buffalo with a New York State Senate Empire Award in recognition of the organization's work to empower refugee and immigrant women in Western New York. As part of the presentation, Ryan announced he has secured a $10,000 state grant to support Stitch Buffalo's continued work.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers tips for summer travel
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:25 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection reminds New Yorkers of their rights as summer travel heats up.
Buffalo History Museum debuts exhibit featuring renowned Seneca artist
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:20 pm
The Buffalo History Museum presents "Hodinöhsö:ni' Resurgence: Marie Watt, Calling Back, Calling Forward," which runs until Oct. 30.
Hochul announces new SMS-text effort to deliver latest monkeypox information to New Yorkers
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new SMS-text notification effort to deliver the latest monkeypox information directly to New Yorkers. Her team said this is the newest component of New York state's ongoing monkeypox response.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo awards more than $930,000 to WNY organizations
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 11:50 am
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced awards totaling more than $930,000 to 41 Western New York nonprofit organizations through its 2022 competitive grants process.

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