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Erie Community College's search for a new president is being extended.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that most COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have ended in New York -- but he didn't discontinue the emergency powers he’s held since March 2020 -- and that has state Republican leaders fuming.

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After living through the nightmare of this COVID-19 school year, some local students want big changes in the way schools are run.

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The New York State Department of Health said Tuesday's lifting of state COVID-19 restrictions means upcoming Buffalo Bills home games at Highmark Stadium will be able to include its full capacity of fans in attendance.

Lifting COVID restrictions opens up local economy

Jun 16, 2021
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The good news is that the local economy is improving and more tourists are coming to town. The bad news is there is a shortage of workers to staff businesses and serve those tourists.

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The top Republican in the state legislature asks, if most of the COVID-19 restrictions are ending with New York's adult vaccination total hitting 70%, why won't the governor give up his emergency powers?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he is lifting all remaining state COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements for masks and social distancing, and capacity limits at events, now that New York has reached the governor’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold his regular COVID-19 briefing at 12:15 p.m. Monday at One World Trade Center in New York City. Watch it live here.

Border between Ontario and Quebec reopens Wednesday

Jun 15, 2021
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Effective Wednesday, the border between Ontario and Québec will be open to all traffic again. It was closed on April 19 to prevent the spread of variants of COVID-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is one-tenth of a percentage point away from his goal of having 70% of New Yorkers age 18 and over obtain at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement Monday that the New York State Fair will be able to operate at 100% capacity this summer provides hope for county fairs, who have been waiting for further guidance.

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The Kenan Center wears many hats as a small arts organization in Lockport. It’s home to a gallery, a theater, a Montessori School and recreation programming. And coming out of the pandemic, it’s looking to grow.


A Buffalo man and an Oklahoma woman are charged with allegedly defrauding the COVID-relief Paycheck Protection Program of $1 million.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Syracuse. Watch it live here at 11:30 a.m.

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The Family Justice Center of Erie County will dedicate its new permanent satellite office on Grand Island Saturday -- and it is expected to be busy when fully open by September.

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On the north side of the Niagara River, the sun is out, the beer is cold and customers will start their weekend on the patios of bars and restaurants. Long-awaited, Ontario lifts months of COVID lockdown restrictions three days earlier than planned.

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New York’s legislative session is drawing to a close, but without the usual frenzy of hallways crowded with lobbyists and protesters and few last minute backroom deals. For the second year in a row, the New York State Capitol has been off limits to visitors and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing multiple scandals, is largely isolated from the negotiations.

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday approved a resolution to revoke the emergency powers granted to County Executive Mark Poloncarz last June, early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID lid comes off Ontario Friday. Three days early, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions can open their doors and outdoor patios again. However, the larger question is, when will non-essential travel start to flow again on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

Locally and across the country, COVID infection rates are dwindling. It's welcomed news, but health officials remain concerned about the spread of a variant that has emerged from India. The variant, which has been named "Delta," is widespread in the United Kingdom, says Dr. Nancy Nielsen, the Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "It's already responsible for six percent of the cases in the U.S."

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The Canada Border Services Agency says it's looking to hire a global technology firm to help develop a biometric strategy in response to evolving cross-border issues, including COVID-19.

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Hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo eased mask rules, protesters were along Walden Avenue outside the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga protesting masks.

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After a weekend of confusion for schoolchildren, their parents and teachers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified changes in mask policy for schools in New York on Monday. He said children don’t have to wear masks outside, but do have to wear them inside.


Well into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. border with Canada is still mostly closed, except for essential workers. On Sunday, however, Canada approved an exemption to facilitate the Stanley Cup semifinals.

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It looks like New York State is not ready to change its guidance on masking yet for grades K-12.

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New York State’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has hit a new record low.

Pathstone Mental Health

As students limp to the finish line of this school year, many are believed to be mentally beaten down by loneliness, lack of knowledge and problems trying to learn online, potentially in a home where there are siblings in the same fix. That is the result of a new study of 90,000 kids across the Niagara River in Ontario.

Canada's public health agency says people can mix COVID-19 vaccines if they want to, citing cases where local supply shortages or health concerns might otherwise prevent some from completing their two-dose vaccination regimen.

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New York failed to provide desperately needed protective gear, testing and help with staffing for group homes serving residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of those homes and family members told lawmakers at a legislative hearing Thursday.

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A little thing like COVID-19 couldn't stop the music. But after a year of virtual and radio broadcast performances, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the resumption of in-person concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall.