--Today is the final day of three days of strike votes for unions representing over 7,00 workers at Kaleida Health. Polls are open until 9 pm, for members of the CWA, SEIU and Operating Engineers unions. If a strike is authorized, it would not occur until June 21. Talks with a federal mediator are set for tomorrow.
--A bill to mandate minimum nursing staffing at New York's 185 acute care hospitals has begun advancing in the state Assembly while gathering two-dozen bipartisan sponsors in the Senate led by the Health Committee chairman.
Advocates say required staffing of one nurse for every two intensive-care patients and to 1-to-4 ratios in regular medical-surgical units will improve patient care, reduce deaths and readmissions and keep hospitals financially intact. California has a similar mandate.
New York hospitals oppose it, saying the ratios would cost them and nursing homes about $3 billion annually, infringe on flexibility to shift staff as needed and cut some services and beds as it did in California.
--Business First's annual rankings of the region's schools puts Williamsville's Transit Middle at the top of the list, for the fifth year in a row. The annual study is based on various measurements of student performance as reported to the New York State Dept. of Education.
--Ontario Knife in Franklinville is asking the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency for incentives to support a $4.37 million expansion of their factory complex.