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DEC, State Parks launch domestic & sexual violence prevention training to help make recreational areas safer
Tue, May 17th 2022 05:45 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have launched new trainings to help prevent domestic and sexual violence at the hundreds of parks, campgrounds, day-use areas, trails, boat launches, and other public outdoor spaces operated across New York.
Governor updates New Yorkers on efforts to address opioid epidemic
Mon, May 16th 2022 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday updated New Yorkers regarding ongoing efforts to address the opioid epidemic. In response to the newly released information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that more than 107,000 Americans died of overdoses last year, the governor is "reinforcing ongoing investments and her continued commitment to addressing this critical issue."
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on call with White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha
Mon, May 16th 2022 04:05 pm
"Today, I spoke with White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha about the state of the pandemic and the administration's preparation plans to ensure states have the resources, supplies and distribution networks needed to manage potential surges across the country this summer and fall.
State Parks announces availability of historic barn rehabilitation tax credit program
Mon, May 16th 2022 01:55 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the launch of the revitalized historic barn rehabilitation tax credit. The new program allows state taxpayers who rehabilitate their historic barns to earn a credit against state income tax owed.
NYSERDA: $10 million available for carbon-neutral community economic development projects
Mon, May 16th 2022 01:25 pm
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced $10 million is available under the fourth round of the carbon neutral community economic development program as part of round XII of Gov. Kathy Hochul's Regional Economic Development Council initiative announced May 2.
BBB warning: Watch out for fake appeals for donations to Buffalo shooting victims
Mon, May 16th 2022 09:50 am
After the horrific shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, many people asked how they could help the victims, the families, and the neighbors in the area. As we see with national tragedies, scammers often try to take advantage of the situation.
AG James warns New Yorkers to be careful of sham charities responding to Buffalo shootings
Mon, May 16th 2022 09:25 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday issued an alert urging New Yorkers to beware of potentially fraudulent charities created in the wake of what her team called "the hate-filled terror attack in Buffalo."
Hochul announces $28 million in assistance for struggling families with children
Fri, May 13th 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the distribution of $28 million in federal pandemic funding this month to help struggling New Yorkers with children to cover expenses incurred during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Governor signs legislation protecting victims of domestic violence
Fri, May 13th 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation protecting victims of domestic violence from discrimination. Legislation (S.8417B/A.9601B) expands protections for victims of domestic violence to areas of discrimination where they were not previously guaranteed, such as housing and public accommodations.
Higgins welcomes inclusion of 3 WNY Indian boarding schools in newly released report
Fri, May 13th 2022 10:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins recognized U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for conducting a newly released investigation that details the federal government's role in Indian boarding schools, including three sites in Western New York. Higgins received early news of the findings in a call with U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland.
DEC reminds New Yorkers to use caution when outdoor burning once state's residential brush burning prohibition ends
Thu, May 12th 2022 08:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers that, despite the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning coming to an end on May 14, caution is still required, and fires can still easily and quickly escape and spread.
Higgins calls on FAA to reject a regional airline's request to cut pilot training requirement in half
Thu, May 12th 2022 07:45 pm
In remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Brian Higgins called on the Federal Aviation Administration to reject a request by Republic Airlines to cut the minimum pilot training standard in half.
Resources for New York families amid infant formula shortages
Thu, May 12th 2022 07:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced resources for New York families amid nationwide infant formula shortages. On Feb. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to use certain powdered infant formula products from Abbott Nutrition's facility in Sturgis, Michigan; and Abbott initiated a voluntary recall of certain products.
Average summer residential electric prices expected to be higher
Thu, May 12th 2022 07:45 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission announced that New York's electric grid and its electric utilities are prepared for increased summer demand for electricity. However, the price for electricity paid by full-service residential customers on average is expected to be higher than a year ago, depending on demand and weather conditions.
New watchdog bureau to tackle prescription drug costs
Wed, May 11th 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the first-in-the-nation approach to bring oversight to pharmacy benefit managers with the creation of the Department of Financial Services' Pharmacy Benefits Bureau.
Hochul: 7-year labor agreement with Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82
Wed, May 11th 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her administration has reached a contract agreement with the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, AFSCME, AFL-CIO for a seven-year term running until March 31, 2023. The agreement is subject to ratification by union membership, which will occur later this month.
Hochul: Historic $140 million in arts & culture grant funding through New York State Council on the Arts
Wed, May 11th 2022 11:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced record grant funding is now available through the New York State Council on the Arts. The agency's first five grant opportunities of fiscal year 2023 are now open for artists and arts and culture organizations across New York.
City of Buffalo's innovative virtual 311 call center operation featured in national publication
Tue, May 10th 2022 04:30 pm
The City of Buffalo's successful use of a virtual 311 call center has once again received national attention.
DEC launches new paint recycling program to help consumers & businesses safely dispose of leftover paint
Tue, May 10th 2022 04:30 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the New York state postconsumer paint collection program is underway, making it easier for households and businesses to safely dispose of leftover paint.
New York State Health Facilities Association statement on National Skilled Nursing Care Week
Mon, May 9th 2022 04:50 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) - a statewide association representing nearly 450 long-term care facilities - issued the following statement in recognition of National Skilled Nursing Care Week.
New York Sea Grant & DEC announce $400,000 available in grants for Great Lakes basin projects
Mon, May 9th 2022 04:30 pm
New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, announced $400,000 in grant funding now available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects in support of New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda.
Gas prices increase significantly; diesel prices hit new record highs
Mon, May 9th 2022 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.33, up 14 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.96. The New York state average is $4.52, up 17 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.
NYSOFA, NYSDOH, partners present 4-part online training series to help overcome health disparities for older adults
Mon, May 9th 2022 10:45 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and Dr. Melicent R. Miller of Health Forward have partnered on a four-part self-directed learning series to equip providers with the tools to overcome health disparities among diverse populations of older adults.
Hochul signs legislation to provide addiction & mental health services training for first responders
Sat, May 7th 2022 10:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed legislation S.07144/A.07686 providing addiction and mental health services training, including crisis intervention team training, mental health first aid, implicit bias and naloxone training, to firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in regions where crisis stabilization centers are located.
State lawmakers highlight historic investment in Western New York schools
Fri, May 6th 2022 01:35 pm
On Friday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan, Assembly member Jon Rivera and Assembly member Bill Conrad gathered at Hamburg High School to highlight the $31 billion investment in New York's schools included in the recently passed state budget for fiscal year 2022-23. The budget provides a $169.2 million (6.8%) increase in funding for school districts in Western New York as part of a $2.1 billion increase in total funding for New York's schools.
NY Responsible Play Partnership, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel team up to promote responsible gaming
Fri, May 6th 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports and New York Council on Problem Gambling - which together comprise New York's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP) - came together Thursday with executive management at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel to discuss steps being taken to address problem gambling.
Diesel prices hit record high
Fri, May 6th 2022 01:30 pm
Diesel fuel prices at the local, state and national levels have reached a new high today. Today's national average price for a gallon of diesel is $5.51, up $2.41 from one year ago when the price was $3.10. In New York, the average price for diesel is $6.32, up $3.14 from one year ago when the price was $3.18.
Hochul signs legislation preventing colleges from withholding transcripts because of unpaid debts
Wed, May 4th 2022 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation S.5924-C/A.6938-B that prohibits colleges from withholding a student's transcript because of unpaid debts or charging individuals who owe debts a higher fee to obtain their transcript. This legislation ensures students can access their transcript when necessary, so that they may continue their education or find a job.
Higgins urges US Trade Representative Tai to address proposed property tax hike on Americans during upcoming visit to Canada
Wed, May 4th 2022 11:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to address the issue of Canada's proposed property tax on American property owners during bilateral conversations planned for this week.
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Tue, May 3rd 2022 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday issued a proclamation celebrating May 2022 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Hochul also announced the appointment of David Chen to the New York State Court System Second Department Judicial Screening Committee.
Hochul announces expanded eligibility for $15 million in cooling assistance
Mon, May 2nd 2022 05:15 pm
Gov. Hochul announced $15 million is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program to help low-income individuals and families who lack air conditioning to stay cool during the upcoming summer months.
Hochul announces launch of round XII Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Mon, May 2nd 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
NBC Sports features NYS Canal Corp.'s fall fishing and ACE programs for second year in a row
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 05:30 pm
The NBC Sports television show "On the Water: Angling Adventures" recently featured the New York State Canal Corp.'s fall fishing program for the second year in a row.
On Arbor Day, NYPA launches 'Tree Power 2.0'
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 03:00 pm
In celebration of Arbor Day, the New York Power Authority launched "Tree Power 2.0," a program for customers that provides a one-to-one match for tree plantings at customer locations to increase native biodiversity and natural carbon storage. The program expands on NYPA's ongoing environmental stewardship practices by strategically planting native trees at Power Authority customer locations throughout the state.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up 21% in first quarter of 2022
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 12:50 pm
Local government sales tax collections grew by 21.1%, or $901 million, in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Collections for the three-month period totaled nearly $5.2 billion, with growth at least partially driven by inflation, which hit a 40-year-high in March.
NYS: 2 SNAP-Ed funding opportunities totaling up to $2 million to continue bringing food to underserved communities
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 12:45 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced two funding opportunities totaling up to $2 million through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program.
Hochul announces funding for Holocaust Survivors Initiative
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 10:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced $2.6 million in funding provided by the FY 2023 enacted budget to support the Holocaust Survivors Initiative. This funding, to be administered by New York State Office for the Aging, will be used to increase access to health care-related services, provided by community-based organizations for those who suffered in the Holocaust.
NYS: More than $6.3 million to support victim services in communities hardest hit by gun violence
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 10:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced more than $6.3 million in federal funding that will allow seven programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan and Albany, Erie and Onondaga counties to expand their anti-gun violence work and increase services for victims and families.
'Plastic Pollution and You': NY Sea Grant curriculum teaches ways to reduce impact
Wed, Apr 27th 2022 02:50 pm
New York Sea Grant has published "Plastic Pollution and You," a 126-page, 15-lesson curriculum focused on a human-induced threat to the health of New York's marine and freshwater aquatic ecosystems.
Marking 100th anniversary of Commission on Cancer
Wed, Apr 27th 2022 02:15 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) and Mike Kelly (R-PA-16), co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

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