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Nursing homes say safe staffing bill will hurt them. Resident advocates say it didn’t go far enough

Nursing unions are celebrating the recent passage of New York’s “safe staffing” bill, which will mandate nursing homes provide residents an average of at least 3.5 hours of direct nursing care each day. But two groups unhappy with the legislation are nursing home operators, who claim the bill was too harsh on their industry, and advocates for nursing home residents, who say the bill didn’t go far enough.

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As Ramadan ends, Islamic Society celebrates expansion

As local Muslims conclude of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the area's most important mosques is celebrating completion of a major addition to its facility in Amherst.

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Nursing unions are celebrating the recent passage of New York’s “safe staffing” bill, which will mandate nursing homes provide residents an average of at least 3.5 hours of direct nursing care each day. 

 

But two groups unhappy with the legislation are nursing home operators, who claim the bill was too harsh on their industry, and advocates for nursing home residents, who say the bill didn’t go far enough.

  

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A Western New York roundtable called “Fighting for Our Vote 2.0” will take participants through how to vote, what happens to your ballot after you submit it, myths and truths about voting, and issues that impact access to voting.

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While millions have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, the process started slowly as health officials worked through the logistics. Now, adolescents in New York State, ages 12 and over, are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, says getting young people vaccinated will allow schools to fully reopen, but there will be challenges in the distribution effort.


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New York State is following Washington, DC's approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for young people aged 12-15.

Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier

As local Muslims conclude of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the area's most important mosques is celebrating completion of a major addition to its facility in Amherst.

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Williamsville voters on Tuesday get an opportunity to decide who will sit on the school board, giving instructions to its only employee, incoming Superintendent Darren Brown-Hall.

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State lawmakers are looking to expand access to electric vehicles by allowing more manufacturers to sell directly to consumers in New York, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Legislators held a press conference in Albany Wednesday morning to push for a proposal that would allow for manufacturers other than Tesla to sell vehicles right to consumers.

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Fans attending Toronto Blue Jays games at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field this season will be separated based on whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Wednesday.

  

Mixed reaction to Stefanik's rise in GOP

May 12, 2021
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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney has been removed from her leadership role in the House of Representatives’ Republican Caucus, but waiting in the wings to replace Cheney is North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, currently the favorite to take on the roll of Conference Chair, the GOP’s third-highest ranking member in the House.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared in Buffalo Wednesday to discuss updated seating policies at Sahlen Field, where the Toronto Blue Jays will play their Major League Baseball home games beginning June 1. In addition to fans being let in this year, the ballpark will also serve as a COVID vaccination center.

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Updated May 13, 2021 at 10:49 PM ET

This week has brought a few dizzying updates to the year-long school-reopening story.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced new guidance that fully vaccinated people can safely do most indoor and outdoor activities without wearing masks or social distancing.

But much of the transportation sector still operates on pandemic-era rules. Here's what is and isn't changed by the updated guidance.

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A strike by thousands of nursing home workers appears likely to be averted. Nearly 3,000 workers in Connecticut have threatened to walk off the job starting tomorrow. Now it seems at least some of their demands have been met. NPR's Andrea Hsu has more.

ANDREA HSU, BYLINE: Tanya Beckford has been a certified nursing assistant for 24 years, 20 of those years she spent on the Alzheimer's unit, feeding and bathing residents, helping them go to the bathroom, rushing from person to person to keep up. She's tired of being called a hero.

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A strike by thousands of nursing home workers appears likely to be averted. Nearly 3,000 workers in Connecticut have threatened to walk off the job starting tomorrow. Now it seems at least some of their demands have been met. NPR's Andrea Hsu has more.

ANDREA HSU, BYLINE: Tanya Beckford has been a certified nursing assistant for 24 years, 20 of those years she spent on the Alzheimer's unit, feeding and bathing residents, helping them go to the bathroom, rushing from person to person to keep up. She's tired of being called a hero.

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Heritage Moments: Love Canal and the Niagara Falls 'housewives' who shook the world

Some 40 years after chemicals were first observed bubbling from the ground at Love Canal, the health risks resulting from the poisoning of the Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood are still making headlines today . Yet we sometimes forget that the Love Canal disaster might have amounted to little more than a footnote, were it not for the relentless defiance of a group of average citizens. Without the efforts of those citizens – most of them housewives -- the modern environmental movement as we know it today might not exist.

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