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Higgins outlines relief available for nonprofits in response to COVID-19
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 08:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is providing details on the programs made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
AHLA supports plan to add funds for small business loans, seeks additional action to protect hotel jobs
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 08:10 pm
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) expressed support for plans by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to provide an additional $250 billion in loans for small businesses. In a letter sent to congressional leadership today, AHLA urged Congress to make several updates to the CARES Act in addition to increasing the funding. AHLA also sent an urgent letter to the Federal Reserve and Treasury seeking action to prevent thousands of hotel properties from going into foreclosure.
Higgins: Almost $70 million heading to WNY colleges
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York college students and institutions are scheduled to receive more than $68.8 million in federal funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
KeyBank, First Niagara Foundation announce funding to support Catholic Health's COVID-19 response efforts
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is providing $60,000 to support Catholic Health's work on the frontlines of the local COVID-19 response.
Easter Bunny practicing social distancing in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
It seems the Easter Bunny has found a way to spread some holiday cheer in Niagara County this season while still maintaining social distancing. On Sunday, April 12, he'll be bringing that joy to neighborhoods around the Town of Niagara.
Town of Niagara trash collection updates
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:25 pm
The following statement was released on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on Wednesday, April 8.
Unemployed right now? NYS Department of Labor announces partnerships to boost tech capacity & make it easier for New Yorkers to file
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:20 pm
Facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services today announced a "tech surge" in partnership with Google Cloud, Deloitte and Verizon to improve the reliability of the state's online and telephone-based unemployment insurance application systems. The "tech surge" will include critical upgrades to the Department of Labor's technology systems that will increase its capacity to accept and process applications, making it easier for New Yorkers to apply for benefits.
Poloncarz: Working together to weather the storm
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 06:05 pm
I would like to open this month by thanking all of the health care workers; our nurses, our doctors, our Department of Health staff and epidemiologists on the ninth floor of the Rath Building. They are working many long hours, and we could not get through this coronavirus crisis without their dedication to public health and safety. They embody the resolve which we have always relied on to triumph over crises of any kind.
Hopping for happiness: Local NF resident festively spreads cheer during tough times
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gina Streck, a hairdresser at Salon Diaz, took matters into her own hands to spread some smiles this past week. With one of her favorite holidays of Easter coming up, Streck did drive-by visits to local children in the area dressed up as the one and only Easter Bunny.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 03:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
Next Town of Lewiston meeting can be viewed online
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 12:40 pm
The Town of Lewiston Board will meet and hold a public hearing regarding a proposed increase in the maximum amount authorized to be expended in connection with the establishment of the Town of Lewiston Water District. Councilmen will assemble at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13.
Lori Caso offers recipes for 'Cooking in Quarantine'
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 12:25 pm
I'm one of those folks who tends to bake when I'm stressed or anxious. So, you can only imagine how these weeks in quarantine have been. I've joked that the 19 in COVID-19 will represent my anticipated weight gain.
3 more coronavirus-related deaths in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 11:50 am
"We regretfully had three more county residents pass away from COVID-19 since our report yesterday morning," Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton said. "All of Niagara County sends our condolences to these families."
HUD 'moves quickly' to make nearly $300 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to communities across New York
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:40 pm
President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law last Friday, providing much-needed assistance to the American people as the country works diligently to combat COVID-19. Thanks to the president's leadership, families and communities across the country will immediately feel the impact of this relief package as the federal government works to make these funds available.
Nonprofit organizations serving Niagara County invited to apply for grant funding
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:30 pm
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, two grant funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, are now accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County. Qualifying nonprofits are welcome to apply for both grant funds.
Niagara Global Tourism Institute continues to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 01:05 pm
Main Street businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and employees who are wondering "what's next" during these unprecedented times can turn to Niagara Global Tourism Institute's TReC. The business incubator has put into place a number of virtual resources to help business owners navigate through this uncharted territory.
"The Pioneer Woman: Staying Home" episodes begin Saturday
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 12:55 pm
Today's world is changing day-to-day, one thing that will always stay the same is Ree Drummond's passion for cooking and whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen for her loved ones.
Elected leaders working to reduce crowd sizes
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 12:35 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order extending limitations he placed on social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. His mandate, "which closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events) ... shall be continued ... until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2020, unless later extended by a future executive order."
Niagara County COVID-19 update for April 8
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
For the kids: WarnerMedia networks to air 'Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate' special on Tuesday, April 14
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:25 am
WarnerMedia announced it will air the half-hour special, "Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate," simultaneously across HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang on Tuesday, April 14 (7-7:30 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also air on PBS KIDS at the same time, and will later air internationally in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Higgins: $204,000-plus for Michigan Street Baptist Church
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $204,845 in federal funding for the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition for protection and rehabilitation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church. The funding is provided through the National Park Service's (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program.
Cuomo: State will invest in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:10 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state will invest in private companies to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to scale and accelerate testing capacity. Businesses interested in working with the state to manufacture these rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or [email protected]
DA Wojtaszek: Domestic violence cases up since COVID-19
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:00 am
Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said domestic violence cases in Niagara County have significantly increased over the same time period last year, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic that ordered people to remain in their homes as much as possible.
Kaleida Health continues to receive personal protective equipment donations
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 09:55 am
In a continued effort to keep its workforce safe and healthy, Kaleida Health's purchasing and supply chain teams have been relentless in reaching out to vendors and business partners to secure additional equipment, supplies and PPE for staff, providers, patients and visitors.
Cuomo signs executive order regarding PPE, ventilators; Lomeo: 'A real-time solution for all hospitals and health care systems in New York state'
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 09:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an executive order related to the disbursement of personal protective equipment and ventilators:
Lewiston's Memorial Day parade canceled
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
It is with a heavy heart that Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee voted during a conference call on Saturday, the 4th of April, to cancel the remaining portion of our Memorial Day observance.
Sun protection & skin cancer awareness during COVID-19 pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
The spread of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has sparked concern worldwide and prompted many leaders to take decisive action to contain the virus. Several states have mandated citizens to stay home from work, socially distance and remain indoors, meaning people have found their time outside has been drastically reduced.
National Fuel donates to COVID-19 relief efforts
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
National Fuel Gas Company Foundation, the charitable giving arm of National Fuel Gas Co., on Tuesday announced a donation of $250,000 across the company's New York and Pennsylvania service territories to help address the most critical needs in the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual racing in Youngstown
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
All of us have been dealing with a new normal these last few weeks and many changes have been made to the way we are doing everyday things. Due to the current community restrictions, The Nancy Price Memorial 5K Run will be a virtual race.
Higgins: Nearly $2.6 million in federal funding to help WNY health clinics respond to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $2,589,795 in new emergency federal funding authorized by the House of Representatives on March 27.
HUD makes nearly $1.8 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to help Native American communities across New York
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:55 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced $200 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to American Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) across the country to respond to COVID-19.
Regents exams canceled
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 04:45 pm
The New York State Education Department on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the June 2020 administration of Regents exams, and released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements.
Rapid testing at Father Baker Manor identifies COVID-19 cases
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:55 pm
Catholic Health received more than 900 COVID-19 rapid test kits from Cepheid Inc. last Friday, making it possible for the health system to quickly test and contain the spread of the coronavirus at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park. In all, Catholic Health performed 600 tests throughout its system in just over one day, increasing total testing within Erie Country by 29%.
Niagara County DMV to begin vehicle registrations/transfer of plates
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski today announced his department has put a process in place that will allow people to register their vehicles and get license plates or transfer plates between vehicles. This limited service is available to Niagara County residents only.
Niagara County has first COVID-19 death
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:25 pm
Niagara County Public Information Officer Kevin Schuler on Tuesday said, "The Niagara County Department of Health today is sad to report the first COVID-19 related death of a Niagara County resident. The resident was a 58-year-old male with no underlying health conditions."
'We can all play a part in supporting strong & thriving families'
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Pinnacle Community Services has kicked off its second annual campaign by painting Niagara County blue (the color of child abuse prevention) in a virtual way.
NY Farm Bureau asks for direct assistance from USDA to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
New York Farm Bureau is requesting immediate help for farmers who are facing serious economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently passed CARES Act provides $9.5 billion in funding for USDA, and NYFB is encouraging that funding to be used for direct payments to farms.
Update on April-May shows at Seneca Resorts & Casinos
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
Seneca Resorts & Casinos entertainment shows have been postponed through May. Shows either have been rescheduled or are in the process of confirming rescheduling dates. This includes shows scheduled at Seneca Niagara Event Center, Seneca Niagara Bear's Den Showroom, and Seneca Allegany Event Center.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund: Grants totaling $4.5 million to 74 nonprofits
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:55 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County announced that it has granted $4.5 million to 74 organizations in less than two weeks after the fund was announced.
Alfred State launches emergency fundraiser for students
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Alfred State Pioneers are known for helping one another and overcoming great obstacles.
 

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