New York - Great Niagara

Kimberly Thompson
Tel: 518-402-0102

Erie County

Come to Buffalo and Erie County! Whether you're here for a visit, vacation or a business meeting, we invite you to explore, be entertained or just relax as you discover why people—of all ages, nationalities and cultures—love being in Buffalo...the Gateway to Niagara. With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival in February, to the Taste of Buffalo, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and the National Garden Festival (which features America's largest garden walk) in the summer, our events bring in visitors from all over the world.

Visit the world-class art collection at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and have lunch at the AK Cafe.

Experience the restorations of two magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright homes—the Martin House Complex in Buffalo’s beautiful Parkside neighborhood and the Graycliff Estate overlooking Lake Erie in nearby Derby.

Take a photo at Terrapin Point in Niagara Falls State Park, ride the Maid of the Mist and experience the hurricane deck at the Cave of the Winds.

Sample a simmering plate of authentic Buffalo wings at the Anchor Bar—the place they were invented.

Discover why architecture buffs love Buffalo. Buffalo tours of downtown or the Allentown Preservation District.

Check out the antique shops, galleries, pubs, boutiques and bistros of the Elmwood Village, recently named one of America’s top ten neighborhoods by the American Planning Association.

Visit the “Gateway to the West” at the recently restored Canalside and step aboard the World War II-era destroyer and submarine at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Take in a concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the acoustic and architectural perfection of Kleinhans Music Hall or see a show in the awe-inspiring splendor of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

Stop and smell the flowers at the magnificent tri-domed crystal palace of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens or enjoy the new otter and sea lion exhibits at the historic Buffalo Zoo.

Go out on the town. Chippewa Street’s bars, clubs and restaurants really rock!

Genesee County

Welcome to Genesee County, NY - a fun and friendly destination located halfway between Buffalo and Rochester! Most known for our family fun at Darien Lake Theme & Waterpark Resort, we've also become popular with Southern Ontario groups for our outstanding golf getaways. For those who enjoy a good thrill - we dare you to a ghost hunt at Rolling Hills Asylum, a popular northeast paranormal experience nestled in our countryside! Play here, stay here! Easy access to the entire Greater Niagara region, plenty of hotels, motels and campgrounds, an abundance of dining choices, quaint Main Streets, charming towns and villages and friendly folks. Don’t miss a stop by our new War of 1812 Honorary International Peace Garden at Batavia where a sea of international flags will greet you.

Niagara County

What's the big attraction?

It's Niagara Falls, of course.

But the magic doesn't end there. We have an inland ocean at the Aquarium of Niagara, an incredibly intact colonial era fortification at Old Fort Niagara, the historic Erie Canal, off Broadway entertainment, year round festivals, and enough water and fish to put a smile on any angler's face. Join us and witness the wonder of Niagara!

Orleans County

Nestled along the Lake Ontario shoreline, Orleans County is blessed with natural beauty, quaint Victorian villages and a rich history. From the Erie Canal and the Seaway Trail, to railroading history, farm markets and world class sportfishing on the Oak Orchard River, you'll find good times around every bend just 45 minutes from the mighty Niagara.

Wyoming County

Wyoming County is located an hour's drive from Buffalo, Rochester or Corning, NY.

Wyoming County is a nature lover's paradise with many exciting outdoor adventures awaiting you.

If you are simply seeking a quiet romantic get-away, try one of our secluded country inns. And for the culture lovers, we have many wonderful galleries and museums.

J1 Waivers:

The New York State Department of Health sponsors 30 physicians each year for J-1 visa waivers under the New York “State 30” Program. Applications submitted by the deadline (usually late November/early December) are reviewed on a competitive basis with final decisions being made by March. The program does not provide direct recruitment services for J-1 candidates.

This program is open to all specialties.  Candidates must agree to practice, or serve populations residing, in federally designated underserved areas in New York State for three years if granted a waiver and H-1B visa by U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.   The Program Information Bulletin and application materials can be found at:

J1 Contact Information

Steve Swanson
New York State Department of Health
Tower Bldg Room 1695
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237-0001
Phone: 518-473-7019
New York State Department of Health

Kimberly Thompson
New York State Department of Health
Tower Bldg Room 2040
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237-0001
Phone: 518-402-0102
New York State Department of Health


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