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Hotel industry, 'on brink of collapse,' releases roadmap to recovery
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:15 pm
With new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing staggering job loss to the hospitality and leisure industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association today released a "Roadmap to Recovery," calling on Congress to prioritize relief for hotel workers and small businesses in the next stimulus package. The April Jobs Report showed the hospitality and leisure industry was the hardest hit, losing 7.7 million jobs - nearly as many jobs as the next four sectors combined.
Department of Labor: $10 billion-plus in unemployment benefits paid to over 2 million New Yorkers during pandemic; pre-4/22 application backlog reduced to 7,580
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:10 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the backlog of pending unemployment benefit applications has been reduced to 7,580 - representing what it called "major progress since an unprecedented crush of applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic flooded the DOL's systems in March." This universe of unprocessed applications includes those that are missing critical information and cannot be processed, duplicates, and abandoned claims. Additionally, since the passage of the Federal CARES Act, 562,766 pandemic unemployment assistance applicants have received unemployment benefits.
Niagara County Pride, City of Niagara Falls uphold pride flag-raising tradition
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:05 pm
Niagara County Pride and the City of Niagara Falls will hold a modified pride flag-raising ceremony at 2 p.m. June 1 at Niagara Falls City Hall.
Niagara County to host drive-thru mask pickup for businesses
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:00 pm
Niagara County has begun phase one of "New York Forward" with some businesses beginning to reopen. As such, Legislator Will Collins on Wednesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services is hosting a two-day drive-thru mask pickup station for those who need to acquire face coverings for their employees.
ABC to present encore presentation of smash hit documentary 'The Last Dance'
Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 am
ABC will broadcast the 10-part sports documentary chronicling the life and career of legendary basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and the celebrated Chicago Bulls' teams of the 1990s, beginning Saturday, May 23 (8-10:02 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The series will continue on ABC on successive Saturdays through June 20, all airing 8-10:02 p.m.
Jericho Road opens new medical clinic in Buffalo City Mission's New Community Center
Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 am
Jericho Road Community Health Center has opened its fourth health center in the City of Buffalo, located in the Buffalo City Mission's new community center, the Alfiero Family Center for Hope and Promise. Located at 100 E. Tupper St., the clinic was developed in partnership with the City Mission as part of its $15 million center - scheduled to open later this fall to the whole community.
New York Power Authority board approves low-cost hydropower allocations to create 125 jobs in Western New York
Tue, May 19th 2020 04:00 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees on Tuesday approved low-cost hydropower allocations to Rosina Food Products in Erie County and Petri Baking Products in Chautauqua County to create 125 jobs and nearly $71 million in capital investments.
Island Dispatch for May 15, 2020
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:45 pm
The Island Dispatch for May 15, 2020
Salvation Army in need
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:35 pm
Maj. Celestin Nkounkon of the Salvation Army of the Tonawandas and a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Island is in desperate need of nonperishable food items and cash donations to assist in what has become an extremely busy drive-thru food pantry during this COVID-19 pandemic.
'Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel' returns
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:20 pm
HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" returns for an all-new episode Tuesday, May 26 (10 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The 277th episode is highlighted by a virtual roundtable discussion led by Gumbel, who is joined by players' association chiefs DeMaurice Smith (NFL), Michele Roberts (NBA), and Tony Clark (MLB) to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the re-start of professional sports in America.
Cuomo implementing 2-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 sites across state to allow increased visitations for family members
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State to implement a two-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 hospitals across the state - including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center - to allow increased visitations for family members and loved ones. As part of the pilot program, visits will be time limited. Visitors will be provided with and must wear PPE and are subject to symptom and temperature checks.
AARP calls on NYS to address COVID-19's 'disproportionate impact on older NYers of color'
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:15 pm
Earlier this week, AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in conjunction with AARP New York's presentation of testimony at the Joint New York State Senate and Assembly public hearing on "Exploring Solutions to the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Communities":
Artpark working to reschedule concerts; Patti LaBelle, BNL among acts with new date
Tue, May 19th 2020 02:55 pm
As virtually all of Lewiston's summer festivals and large-scale events are canceled, many people have asked about Artpark - will the venue be allowed to stage concerts this summer?
Village of Lewiston: Ridge Street traffic change; fireworks still a no-go
Tue, May 19th 2020 01:10 pm
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to restrict traffic on Ridge Street. The roadway is now a one-way street, with motorists entering via the Fourth Street corner and exiting onto Fifth Street.
VFW Post 313 to host Memorial Day car remembrance
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:45 pm
VFW Post 313 Quartermaster Lance Dickinson on Tuesday announced, "Since VFW Post 313 will not be able to have our traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Old Fort Niagara Cemetery this year, we would like those who are able to join us for a car drive-by remembrance at four local cemeteries.
'Grease' is the word: CBS adds broadcast television premiere of 'Grease Sing-A-Long' to 'Sunday Night Movies' on June 7
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:40 pm
CBS recently announced the addition of the broadcast television premiere of "Grease Sing-A-Long" to Sunday Night Movies, which features iconic films from the Paramount Pictures library, broadcast on the CBS Television Network. "Grease Sing-A-Long" will air June 7 (8:30-11 P.M. ET/PT) on the network and will feature follow-along lyrics to all the songs during the classic film for viewers to join in the fun and sing and dance throughout the movie.
FOX Entertainment renews 'Last Man Standing' & 'The Resident'
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:35 pm
FOX has renewed family comedy "Last Man Standing" and medical drama "The Resident" for the 2020-21 season, it was announced Tuesday by Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for FOX Entertainment. "Last Man Standing," starring Tim Allen, will enter its third season on FOX, and ninth in total. "The Resident" will enter its fourth season.
Mandy Moore & Justin Hartley co-host NBC's sixth annual 'Red Nose Day Special,' helping children in need
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:25 pm
"This Is Us" stars Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley will co-host NBC's "Red Nose Day Special" on Thursday, May 21 (9 p.m. ET /PT), joined by an all-star cast of Hollywood and music favorites coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives. The two-hour television event raises awareness and lifechanging funds for children in need in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the world's poorest communities.
Whoopi Goldberg, Shaquille O'Neal, Robin Roberts, Anthony Anderson & Earvin 'Magic' Johnson join as guests on 'After the Final Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special'
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:20 pm
"The View" moderator Whoopi Goldberg, NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts and "black-ish" star Anthony Anderson join previously announced NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson as guests on the prime-time one-hour special "After the Final Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special," airing Tuesday, May 19 (8 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
Seneca Gaming Corp. President & CEO Holly Gagnon to leave company
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:15 pm
Seneca Gaming Corp. on Tuesday announced the appointment of Chief Financial Officer David Sheridan as interim president and CEO. Former CEO Holly Gagnon's contract expires May 31.
Coronavirus stats for May 19
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 19
TV docs to join real doctors in AMA's salute to graduating medical students
Tue, May 19th 2020 12:05 pm
Actors who have portrayed doctors in TV and movies and other notable celebrities will join this nation's leading physicians in the American Medical Association's (AMA) national celebration of new medical student graduates. These leading voices in health care, science and culture will offer their encouragement, advice and inspiration in personalized, self-taped messages to the 30,000 future physicians who are graduating this spring.
Felony hearings, pleas resume in Erie County courts
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced felony hearings and pleas will resume - in a virtual courtroom setting - in criminal cases in Erie County this week as New York state comes off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "PAUSE" executive order.
Jacobs introduces legislation to protect privacy rights in contact tracing
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has introduced legislation (S8327) to protect the privacy rights of New York residents as the state begins to engage in contact tracing efforts as a key part of its reopening strategy.
Wegmans announces 1,842 new employee scholarship recipients in 2020
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Wegmans Food Markets announced the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,842 new recipients for the upcoming academic year. The company expects to pay out approximately $5 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2020-21 school year.
FASNY offers lifesaving BBQ and grilling tips during lockdown
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
As New Yorkers are beginning to emerge from "New York State on PAUSE," looking toward nicer weather and Memorial Day weekend, many will be dusting off and firing up their grills for the first time in months. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York urges all New Yorkers to follow some basic rules and tips to avoid accidents and injuries, and to remember not to hesitate to call for help needed.
Higgins calls on federal railroad administration to conduct swift & transparent investigation of train derailment in East Aurora
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to "thoroughly and expeditiously" investigate and publicly report on the details which led to a train derailment in East Aurora on Monday.
'Spread the Love' food drives seek peanut butter donations for FeedMore WNY
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
In order to help FeedMore WNY replenish its supplies and distribute more nutritious food to hungry neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit's board of directors and community ambassador council are encouraging the community to support the upcoming "Spread the Love" peanut butter drives. The food drives will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays, May 23 and 30, at various locations throughout Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties.
Cuomo: State bringing in international experts to help advise state's reopening plan
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state is bringing in international experts to help advise the state's reopening plan. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, senior lecturer at Imperial College London, will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.
Western New York residents encouraged to be counted in 2020 census
Tue, May 19th 2020 09:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino and Niagara Ministerial Council President the Rev. Craig Pridgen, senior pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, are teaming up to share information about the Census and stress how important it is for residents to be counted.
NYS Department of Labor: $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits paid during COVID-19 pandemic, including nearly $290 million released through new system for back pay
Mon, May 18th 2020 08:55 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This figure includes nearly $290 million in back pay that was processed in the past two weeks and which was unlocked through a new, streamlined process that allows New Yorkers to easily submit federally mandated weekly certifications they had missed, unlocking previous weeks' benefits.
SBA, Treasury release Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:10 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions for the application.
NCCC to offer PPE training for manufacturing industry
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:10 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development Department, in conjunction with the NCCC Small Business Development Center, will offer virtual training classes for businesses throughout Western New York to prepare for reopening.
Catholic Health resumes full elective surgery schedule this week
Mon, May 18th 2020 05:05 pm
Following approval from the New York State Department of Health to resume elective surgeries in Catholic Health on May 5, the health system expects to complete a full caseload of procedures this week. Catholic Health began a limited elective surgery schedule last week, after becoming the first hospital system in Erie County to receive a waiver from the Department of Health to begin performing procedures that have been suspended since early March.
NCCC to offer free webinar on reopening for retail & service businesses
Mon, May 18th 2020 03:20 pm
The Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with NCCC Workforce Development will hold a free online training workshop for Western New York businesses to help them prepare for reopening. It will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27. The presentation will be repeated later the same day from 1-3:30 p.m.
Northwest Jazz Festival will resume in 2021
Mon, May 18th 2020 03:05 pm
The Northwest Jazz Festival of Historic Lewiston, NY announced Monday this year's event was canceled.
America has voted! The newest 'American Idol' is Just Sam
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:50 pm
"American Idol" concluded its all-new, innovative and critically celebrated season on ABC on Sunday night, crowning Just Sam as the next singing sensation live during the epic grand finale event.
Songstress Jillian Edwards releases 'Meadow'
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:50 pm
On Friday, singer/songwriter Jillian Edwards released her new EP, "Meadow."
Appeal 2020 HOPE Day scheduled for Friday, May 22
Mon, May 18th 2020 02:45 pm
With less than two months to go in Appeal 2020, Catholic Charities announced HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving, will be held Friday, May 22, throughout Western New York. The first $58,750 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar, with gifts from donors who wish to remain anonymous, in the ongoing effort to reach the annual Appeal's $10 million goal.

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