Buffalo Niagara is still behind in the race to recover from Covid job losses

Buffalo Niagara’s hospitality industry has been hit hard during the Covid lockdown.

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Buffalo Niagara is still behind in the race to recover from Covid job losses

Recessions have never been good for the Buffalo Niagara region — and the one that came with Covid-19 is no different.

The Buffalo Niagara region was hit by the lockdown, losing nearly one in four jobs in just two months, while about one in seven jobs nationwide. That’s a huge difference, due in part to our reliance on tourism and the hard-hit leisure and hospitality industries. The closure of the Canadian border was another major blow.

So we started from a deeper hole than the rest of the country, which means our way back was longer and harder. We didn’t do badly considering how far behind we were from the start, said SUNY Buffalo State economist Fred Floss.

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But more than two and a half years into the pandemic, we’re still climbing out of this hole, while most of the rest of the country has either climbed out or is close enough to see a way out.

In fact, according to an analysis by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, only three other metro areas — Honolulu, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh — have a further way to regain all the jobs lost during the recession than the Buffalo Niagara region. Here around 1 in 25 jobs that disappeared during the Covid lockdown has still not returned.

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The Thanksgiving tradition continues as thousands gather for the turkey trot

More than 12,000 runners and walkers took part on Delaware Avenue for the 127th YMCA Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving ritual believed to be the longest consecutive run in North America.

Former University at Buffalo runner Liam Hilbert, who has competed in the Turkey Trot since he was 9, repeated as the race winner. The event has become a family tradition for Hilbert as this is his 16th birthdayth consecutive year in the field.

24-year-old Hilbert won the 8K race in 24 minutes and 5 seconds, improving on his winning time from last year’s 24:43.

Anne-Marie Blaney, who runs for the Hanson-Brooks Running Group in Michigan, won the women’s race in 26:45.

Click here to see photos from this year’s event.

After an unimaginable loss, Mark Talley finds meaning in Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been Geraldine Talley’s favorite holiday, who would set off at 3am every year to cook for family and friends.

In the days following her death at Tops last May by a racist mass murderer, her son Mark was overcome with grief and utter despair. His only way to fight back was to do what he’d been doing all his adult life. He saw so many needy and suffering in his city surrounding him and began to assemble a mission built around a coalition of community groups.

And that searing journey got him where he was on Thanksgiving morning: on the city’s sidewalks in two locations with a legion of volunteers providing clothes, cakes and turkey dinners for as many as could need them, so great as he can imagine it in honor of his mother.


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Covid-19 in numbers as the world approaches in three years from the start

Almost 645 million infections. More than 6.6 million dead, including more than 1.1 million Americans.

These numbers are among the numbers that are beginning to tell the story of the Covid-19 pandemic around the globe and in upstate New York.

More than 100 million Americans have tested positive and more than 1.1 million have died, the highest national total reported anywhere in the world.

More than 81% of deaths in the US have occurred in people over the age of 65, a number 97 times higher than that of 18- to 29-year-olds, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 59,220 Covid-related deaths were reported in New York state as of Monday. Of those in the state who died outside of New York City, 53% were female, 75% white, 12% black, 7% Hispanic, and 3% each Asian and/or other race.

Thirty-nine were children 9 and under; 35 aged 10-18. There were 51,295 aged 60 or older. The largest age group, 15,918, was in their 80s.

Nearly 54% of the state’s deceased residents had high blood pressure and 33% had diabetes. Twenty-two percent had high cholesterol, 14% coronary artery disease, 13% dementia, 12.2% kidney disease, 11.9% COPD, 10.8% cancer, 10.1% atrial fibrillation, and 8% heart failure.


Rod Watson: The town’s “good ideas” could get even better with a little help from its friends: $331 million in federal aid — with more to come — looks good on paper. But in a policy environment, implementing them in a way that directs aid to the communities that need it most will require engaging advocates at the grassroots level by ensuring their input is upfront. Continue reading


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In this season of giving, WGRZ celebrates a local nonprofit leader who is nationally recognized in the community service arena. Melissa Holmes speaks to Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, who will take over as CEO of the next month Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

There will be many activities at 716 this holiday weekend. From the Lancaster Fire Truck Parade in Christmasville to the The biggest disco in the worldsays WKBW’s Anthony Reyes that there are numerous events that will keep people in the festive mood.

If you’re hosting out-of-town guests this bank holiday weekend, a trip to niagara falls could be on the itinerary. Thetravel.com compares visitor experiences from both sides of the border. Renee Cosme writes that the Canadian side offers broader “panoramic” views, but that visitors to the American side can “feel the roar of the falls better.”

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