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NYS Launches COVID Alert NY – the official Exposure Notification App created by the New York State Department of Health

Posted on: October 1st, 2020 by kcavalleri

NYS Department of Health has developed an official NY Exposure Notification System app, ‘COVID Alert NY’.

Now you can use your phone in the fight against COVID-19 and get exposure alerts, without compromising your privacy or personal information.

This app is available now on both the Google Play And App Store.

Want to know more? Check out the links below for more details and FAQs.

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Posted on: August 27th, 2020 by kcavalleri


For Immediate Release: 8/27/2020


Yesterday More Than 100 New Cases were Reported in Western New York for First Time Since May

Team to Open Free Rapid Testing Sites with Results in 15 Minutes

 Eight Temporary Testing Sites Throughout Region Open on Saturday

Call 833-NYSTRNG to Schedule an Appointment

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today deployed a testing SWAT team to Western New York to address the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region. The team will open free rapid testing sites across the region in partnership with Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, and Catholic Health. Eight new testing sites will open on Saturday, August 29.

Sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday through Wednesday. All residents are eligible for tests and appointments can be made by calling 833-NYSTRNG (697-8764). New York State will deploy 50 rapid testing machines to support the effort and will deploy more as needed. All tests are free of charge and the results will support the contact tracing efforts being conducted to monitor and control the virus spread. 

“In Western New York, we have a caution flag out and we’re going to fly it a little higher today. The region’s infection rate was 2 percent yesterday, which is not good news,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re going to deploy a SWAT team from the Department of Health that is going to conduct additional testing at eight sites in the region using Abbott testing machines, which provide same-day results literally within the hour. We’re focusing on Western New York and we’re going to continue to focus on it. Thank you to our partners Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and Catholic Health for their assistance with this effort.”

A list of the eight new testing sites is available below:

Deleavan-Grider Community Center

877 E. Delavan Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14215

True Bethel Baptist Church

907 E. Ferry St.

Buffalo, NY 14211

Northwest Buffalo Community Center

155 Lawn Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14207

Dunkirk Fire Murphy Training Grounds

665 Brigham Road

Dunkirk, NY 14048


6205 Main St.

Williamsville, NY 14221

Vigilant Fire Hall

666 Main St.

West Seneca, NY 14224

John A. Duke Senior Center

1201 Hyde Park Blvd.

Niagara Falls, NY 14301

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier

32 Cottage St.

Lockport, NY 14094

Western New York’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests has been above 1 percent for nine straight days. The region’s daily average number of new cases is now 70 cases per day, the highest since mid-June. It is driven in part by clusters, including a food processing plant in Chautauqua County that has been tied to 53 cases to date, but there is also evidence of community spread which this testing effort is designed to help detect and control.

Jody Lomeo, President & CEO of Kaleida Health, said,“This is a great example of collaboration and working together to help the community when it is in need. The Governor’s leadership and initiative to bring rapid testing here this weekend is important from a public health standpoint. With the increase in positive COVID-19 cases across Western New York, it is incumbent upon us – the health system, our government and the community – to come together and help find a solution. Collectively, we all need to continue to do all that we can to expand testing and ensuring access in the community for anyone who wants or needs to get tested.”

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, President and CEO, Erie County Medical Center Corporation said, “ECMC is very appreciative of Governor Cuomo’s leadership and commitment to the health and safety of the residents of Western New York and our frontline workers. Our dedicated and experienced caregivers are ready to support the activation of the state’s rapid test sites, which will provide us with valuable information on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With our partners at Kaleida Health and other healthcare providers, we ask our fellow citizens to continue to adhere to vitally important precautions like masking, social distancing and hand hygiene to ensure we protect our family, friends and neighbors.”

Catholic Health President & CEO Mark Sullivan said,
 “New York’s ability to effectively test and contact trace depends on close collaboration between the state and its hospitals, and we are proud to partner with Governor Cuomo in this latest effort to address a spike in Western New York’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Together we will use our shared resources to provide free rapid COVID testing in more places so we can continue to slow the spread and save lives in the region.”


Press Release

City of Niagara Falls Develops Plan for the Removal of Extra Waste Carts by August 29, 2020

Posted on: August 20th, 2020 by kcavalleri

(Niagara Falls, NY, August 20, 2020) The city of Niagara Falls and Modern Disposal have developed a plan for the removal of excess waste (blue) and recycling (green) carts. For Niagara Falls residents who have extra waste and recycling carts for which a service change request has been filed and approved, Modern Disposal will be picking up these carts for removal on August 29, 2020, starting at 8 a.m.

Niagara Falls Department of Public Works has been and are continuing to send out letters to residents who have approved requests for removal of the extra carts. These letters will include information explaining what the procedure for removal is, as well as providing yellow tags and zip ties to mark and indicate carts that are to be removed.

Residents are asked to prepare their extra carts as follows:

  • Carts put out for removal must have the yellow tag attached to them. Carts that do not have a tag will not be removed.
  • Carts must be visible and accessible.
  • Carts must be at the streets edge.
  • Carts (for both waste and recycling) must be empty at the time of removal.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Works at (716) 286-4826.


Press Release

City Hall Is Now Open to the Public with COVID-19 Guidelines in Place

Posted on: July 15th, 2020 by psmith
City Hall COVID-19 Guidelines and Upcoming Meeting Dates

2020 Virtual Business Information

Posted on: July 9th, 2020 by psmith
2020 Virtual Business Flyer

New – Council Meeting Attendance Requirements

Posted on: July 8th, 2020 by mlubonski
New - Council Meeting Attendance Requirements

City of Niagara Falls New Outdoor Patio Permit Initiative

Posted on: July 7th, 2020 by psmith


Niagara Falls Social Justice Commission

Posted on: June 29th, 2020 by psmith

June 26th Press Conference – 2020 Summer Youth Services Programming and Niagara Falls Social Justice Commission Announcements

Click here for the video

Niagara Falls Social Justice Commission

The Niagara Falls Social Justice Commission will address inequality across a variety of platforms in the community.  The task of the commission is to break out in the various committees to examine ways for our community to address inequality in various areas. The results may involve local action–or may require state or federal action. Whatever the case may be, the commission will present a blueprint or roadmap for how these items may be addressed. The commission will meet during the months of July and August.

The five principal areas the commission will address include: law enforcement, health care, education, housing, and employment.

Listed below is a list of commissioners who will be serving on the various committees:

Law Enforcement

  • Rev. Craig Pridgen – President of NF Ministerial Council
  • Anthony Restaino – City of Niagara Falls City Administrator

Health Care

  • Dr. LaVonne Ansari – Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Center
  • Joseph Ruffalo – President and Chief Executive Officer of NFMMC


  • Fr. James Maher – President of Niagara University
  • Mark Laurrie – Superintendent of NF School District


  • Robyn Krueger – President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Missions
  • Clifford Scott – Executive Director of the NF Housing Authority


  • Bishop Jesse Scott – President of Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope
  • Dr. Rolanda Ward – Faculty Director of Niagara University’s OSTAPENKO Center for Race, Equality and Mission

The Niagara Falls Social Justice Commission was created—and overseen by Mayor Robert Restaino.


Parking Restrictions Will Be In Effect – 6/29/2020

Posted on: June 24th, 2020 by psmith

Starting Monday, June 29th, parking restrictions such as alternate parking and time limited parking will be in effect.

Governor Cuomo Announces Gatherings of up to 25 People Will Be Allowed in Phase Three of Reopening

Posted on: June 15th, 2020 by psmith

Governor Cuomo Announces Gatherings of up to 25 People Will Be Allowed in Phase Three of Reopening


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