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USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

 

On Tuesday, USCIS issued final guidance on a recent decision requiring new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites, stating the agency will generally not punish employers that don’t file new petitions based on location changes that occurred before April 9. According to the new guidance, if an H-1B employee was moved to a new location on or before April 9, which is the date the Administrative Appeals Office handed down its decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, the agency will generally not pursue adverse actions, even if the employer doesn’t file an amended petition. 

However, USCIS will not cancel any adverse actions that it has already started or completed before July 21. 

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Niagara Falls Agrees to Get Help from State's Financial Restructuring Board


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Two years ago, lawmakers in Niagara Falls could have taken action to get their financial house in order with some help from the state. But they waited until Monday night to take action.

In October of 2013, the state's newly formed Financial Restructuring Board sent a letter to the Niagara Falls City Administrator notifying the city that it was eligible to receive assistance.

It offered a comprehensive review of the city's finances and up to $5 million in grants and/or loans.

Despite it going to the city council several times in the past, the agreement wasn't approved until Monday night.

"It doesn't hurt to have a separate set of eyes on the issue," said Council Chair Andrew Touma.

Niagara Falls Residents want better neighborhoods


NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Frustrated. Feeling ignored. Two feelings expressed by many residents of Niagara Falls. They want better neighborhoods and more attention to the areas residents, who are taxpayers live, instead many believe all interest is focused on tourism and downtown development.

Niagara Falls is a destination spot for people to visit from across the world. Yet just blocks away from the magnificent beauty are neighborhoods that could use a makeover.

"We need to rebuild Niagara falls, if its a block, if its a corner, these empty lots are not bringing in our tax base, they're just sitting there. The more houses they take down, the less taxes we have," said Candace Corsaro, a longtime resident of the Cataract City.

The place she calls home she says is in the hood, "a hood is some place that is kind of ran down, destroyed people don't care and it bothers me a lot," said Corsaro.

Turnaround on NF State Park Problems


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- We're continuing our week-long investigation into Niagara Falls. The region's second-largest city surrounds one of the natural wonders of the world but it's struggling to stay afloat. And the state park has not brought big attractions around it. It turns out not all the millions of dollars generated by the park even stays in Niagara Falls.

Corey Frank has worked at Niagara Falls hotels for years and he sees a problem. There's very little to bring the tourists from the park to the city. Frank says "For instance they dug a big hole over here and they were gonna put an aquarium in there...the next Mayor came in...no that's not a good idea so you filled the hole up...so many times that happened here. The money is what's important. We need some investors. We need to do what's right with this money."

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Catholic Charities Breastfeeding Walks, Healthy Baby Festivals set for July 31, Aug. 5

Catholic Charities Breastfeeding Walks, Healthy Baby Festivals set for July 31, Aug. 5

Family fun walks, children’s activities, games, education, community resource tables and prizes are all part of the annual Breastfeeding Walks & Healthy Baby Festivals hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31 in Delaware Park in Buffalo and on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.

The Buffalo walk and festival will be at the Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street entrance of Delaware Park, and the Niagara Falls event will be held in Hyde Park near the splash pad at Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue.
All are invited to attend, especially families, caregivers and anyone in support of a healthy start for babies or who would like to learn more about breastfeeding.

NU Student Uses Social Media To Land Spot On Food Network Cooking Show

NU Student Uses Social Media To Land Spot On Food Network Cooking Show

A Niagara University student has leveraged a self-professed addiction to Instagram into a starring appearance on one of television’s most popular competitive cooking shows.

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions Set for Aug. 2

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions Set for Aug. 2

 

Eight of the top drum corps in the world will visit Western New York on Sunday, Aug. 2, for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions taking place at 7 p.m. in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. Scheduled to compete at the event are the Blue Devils, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Blue Stars, Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, Bluecoats and Cadets!

“After a one-year hiatus from ‘The Ralph’ due to stadium renovations, we are pleased to be back,” said Jack Gaylord Jr., organizer of the musical event. “The stadium has a rich history, not only in name but for hosting drum corps events, as three Drum Corps International World Championships and four Drums Along the Waterfront events have taken place at the Orchard Park facility.