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State landmarks to be illuminated in recognition of World AIDS Day
Fri, Dec 1st 2023 02:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced 14 landmarks across New York will be illuminated red tonight in recognition of World AIDS Day.
DEC launches redesigned and mobile-friendly website
Fri, Dec 1st 2023 02:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially debuted a redesigned public website at www.dec.ny.gov that improves accessibility and the user experience, particularly on mobile devices. The site is significantly easier to use with cellphones, streamlines navigation, includes more powerful search capabilities, and offers new multimedia features to provide a more engaging visitor experience.
NYSOFA highlights winter energy assistance fairs, cold weather tips, emergency resources for older adults and their caregivers
Thu, Nov 30th 2023 07:55 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) announced a series of winter energy fairs in December that provide an opportunity for individuals to get help with programs related to energy affordability, weatherization, energy efficiency, and services for older adults. Additionally, NYSOFA highlights resources that are available to help ensure the safety of older adults - and all New Yorkers - during the winter months.
Hochul signs legislation to protect rights of seniors with HIV, members of LGBTQIA+ community
Thu, Nov 30th 2023 07:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation S.1783A/A.372A, which establishes a bill of rights for long-term care facility residents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or living with HIV. The bill prohibits long-term care facilities and their staff from discriminating against any resident on the basis of a resident's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or HIV status.
Attorney General James releases annual 'Pennies for Charity' report
Wed, Nov 29th 2023 08:55 am
In advance of GivingTuesday and the holiday season, New York Attorney General Letitia James released her annual "Pennies for Charity: Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers" report.
Avangrid announces eBill incentive to benefit local food banks
Tue, Nov 28th 2023 05:55 pm
Avangrid Inc., a leading sustainable energy company and member of the Iberdrola Group, announced a new way for customers to join their company in giving back this holiday season.
NYS DCP issues charity scam prevention tips as holiday season begins
Tue, Nov 28th 2023 02:25 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York State Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) aims to raise awareness about charity scams. The charitable spirit of New Yorkers is at an all-time high during the holiday season, so this week's tips are meant to serve as a guide when choosing causes to donate to so donations get to the right place and not in the hands of scammers.
Hochul signs legislation to keep kids safe from cardiac emergencies
Tue, Nov 28th 2023 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation S.7424/A.366A requiring camps and youth sports programs to establish automated external defibrillator implementation plans and to have at least one person trained to properly use the AED at camps, games and practice.
NYS DCP issues scam prevention tips for consumers in holiday season
Thu, Nov 23rd 2023 07:00 am
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection announces tips to help New Yorkers navigate the holiday shopping season.
New York State Parks celebrates Native American Heritage Month with new staff initiatives, special programming
Wed, Nov 22nd 2023 06:20 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced environmental educator and interpreter Yehehnakw√°hstha? (pronounced yeh-heh-naw-gwaw-staw) Kim Hill has joined the bureau of historic sites staff as interpreter of Native American history. Hill, Tuscarora Beaver Clan, is from the Tuscarora Nation, near Niagara Falls.
Hochul updates New Yorkers on bridge closures on US-Canadian border
Wed, Nov 22nd 2023 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on bridge closures on the U.S.-Canadian border following an incident on Rainbow Bridge. The governor also announced earlier today that the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force will be monitoring all points of entry to New York.
NYS: Crackdown on unsafe driving through Thanksgiving weekend
Tue, Nov 21st 2023 06:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police will participate in a special traffic enforcement initiative to crack down on unsafe driving behaviors through Thanksgiving weekend. The special traffic enforcement period runs from Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26, and will focus on impaired and distracted driving as well as speeding and the "Move Over Law."
NYS: More than $23 million for key community economic development programs
Tue, Nov 21st 2023 06:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $23 million has been awarded to support 101 communities across the state through part of round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
DEC: Regional workgroups to facilitate implementation of state's Great Lakes Action Agenda
Tue, Nov 21st 2023 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the agency is hosting a series of regional workgroup meetings to engage with the public about New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda 2023 (GLAA). The workgroups will assist in the implementation of the action plan to guide restoration and conservation and foster sustainable, resilient communities across New York's Great Lakes region.
NYS: Matthew's Law will allow drug testing supplies to be distributed by health care professionals or pharmacists
Mon, Nov 20th 2023 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation that "continues aggressive efforts to address the opioid and overdose epidemic." Matthew's Law, or S.2099C/A.5200B, expands the public's access to fentanyl testing supplies, a resource that protects public health by decreasing the chances of an accidental drug overdose.
Hochul encourages New Yorkers to make energy plan ahead of winter
Mon, Nov 20th 2023 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul encourages New Yorkers to prepare now to keep their homes and businesses warm heading into winter.
NYSEG and RG&E unveil online payment site for contractor and new service quotes
Fri, Nov 17th 2023 03:00 pm
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) announced a new online tool to help both contractors and homeowners with construction or new connection quotations for service. This is the next step in the companies' plan to improve customer service after pandemic-related challenges.
Hochul urges caution for Thanksgiving travel, as extreme winter weather forecasted
Fri, Nov 17th 2023 02:00 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Kathy Hochul urged caution ahead of Thanksgiving, as extreme winter weather is expected to impact holiday travel plans across Western New York and the North Country next week.
Kearns reminds motorists to submit vision test, as NYS DMV deadline approaches
Thu, Nov 16th 2023 06:30 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is reminding drivers, once again, that they are in risk of having their driver's license suspended if they fail to comply with New York State Department of Motor Vehicles vision screening policy.
State landmarks to be illuminated in green for National Runaway Prevention Month
Thu, Nov 16th 2023 06:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed state landmarks be illuminated in green tonight, Nov. 16, to mark New York's participation in raising awareness for National Runaway Prevention Month. The public awareness campaign aims to shine a light on the experiences of youth who have run away or are experiencing homelessness and highlight resources available to assist these youth.
Hochul: More than $28 million for recreation and historic preservation projects
Wed, Nov 15th 2023 08:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new awards through round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative with $26.6 million awarded through the state-funded Environmental Protection Fund to support 72 projects and $2.4 million from the federally funded Recreational Trails Program for 15 projects.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides tips to save on energy bills
Tue, Nov 14th 2023 02:15 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is providing tips for New Yorkers to save on energy costs this winter.
NYS: $16 million to help farms address impacts of climate change
Tue, Nov 14th 2023 02:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly $16 million is being awarded through round 7 of the Climate Resilient Farming Grant to help 116 farms across the state address the impacts of climate change. The program is a part of the state's agricultural environmental management framework that is locally led by county soil and water conservation districts and participating farmers.
Heart, Love & Soul to receives $100,000
Mon, Nov 13th 2023 04:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced more than $57 million has been awarded to support 238 projects across New York through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Round XIII included Empire State Development grant funds and Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which was made available on a continuous and competitive basis to support the immediate needs of communities.
New York State Department of Labor highlights available services in honor of veterans Day
Mon, Nov 13th 2023 09:35 am
To commemorate Veterans Day, the New York State Department of Labor reminds veterans statewide that the agency offers a wide variety of services designed specifically to help them find a new career path.
Legislative package to provide resources and support to veterans and their families
Fri, Nov 10th 2023 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed seven pieces of legislation that aim to provide resources and support to veterans and their families. Her team said, "These bills build upon this administration's dedication to acknowledging the sacrifices made by veterans and ensuring they can return to their civilian lives more easily."
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on end of SAG-AFTRA strike
Thu, Nov 9th 2023 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered the following statement on Wednesday: "I am pleased to see that SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement to end the actors' strike."
New York State Canal Corp. announces awards to upstate municipalities
Thu, Nov 9th 2023 03:15 pm
The New York State Canal Corp. announced eight upstate municipalities will receive more than $950,000 in grants through round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.
Hochul details first 'comprehensive overview' of crime trends across New York for 2023
Thu, Nov 9th 2023 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul detailed the first comprehensive overview of crime trends across New York state for 2023, highlighting a 6% decrease in violent crime outside of New York City during first six months of this year as compared to the first half of 2022.
National Family Caregivers Month: NYSOFA announces new offerings for family caregivers using free state online support portal
Thu, Nov 9th 2023 03:15 pm
During National Family Caregivers Month, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) announced several new offerings for subscribers of New York's caregiving portal - a resource that is available free of charge for any person in New York providing unpaid caregiving supports to a family member or friend.
Animal Shelter Appreciation Week: $5 million available to support improvements to animal shelters
Tue, Nov 7th 2023 04:00 pm
During Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $5 million is available to support animal shelters and humane societies in making critical infrastructure upgrades at New York's animal shelters.
ESD's ConnectALL office seeks public comment for state's proposals for federal BEAD funding, Digital Equity Plan
Tue, Nov 7th 2023 02:15 pm
Empire State Development's ConnectALL Office seeks public comment on three draft documents it said describe how New York will bridge the digital divide in the state.
Attorney general reminds New Yorkers of election protection hotline to assist voters on Election Day
Tue, Nov 7th 2023 02:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James reminded New Yorkers that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will operate its election protection hotline on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, and through Wednesday, Nov. 8, to help all New Yorkers who need assistance casting their ballots.
Hochul announces full deployment of state resources to respond to extreme weather this winter season
Fri, Nov 3rd 2023 12:45 pm
During Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state agencies have fully prepared all emergency response resources in advance of the upcoming winter season.
NYS landmarks to be lit purple in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Month
Wed, Nov 1st 2023 06:25 pm
Gov. Kathy today announced that multiple landmarks and bridges across New York will be illuminated in purple to recognize Epilepsy Awareness Month. The event aims to promote awareness of the disorder and expand services across New York.
Hochul celebrates 50th anniversary of New York State Tuition Assistance Program, opens program application
Wed, Nov 1st 2023 05:20 pm
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the New York State Tuition Assistance Program application is now open for applicants for the 2024-25 school year.
National Family Caregivers Month: NYSOFA highlights statewide programs & tools available to help caregivers
Wed, Nov 1st 2023 05:20 pm
Every year, 4.1 million New Yorkers assume the role of caregiver at some point, providing more than 2.6 billion hours of direct, hands-on, unpaid care to loved ones. The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and its network offer many services to support unpaid caregivers who are helping New Yorkers of any age.
Following Higgins' urging, Canada announces extension of deadline for Underused Housing Tax
Wed, Nov 1st 2023 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the news that the government of Canada is giving owners affected by the Underused Housing Tax until April 30, 2024, to file 2022 taxes without penalties. The announcement of the extension comes days after Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, called for a suspension of tax collection until the findings of a cost-benefit analysis and a House of Commons report are released.
NYSUT members raise over $275,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Wed, Nov 1st 2023 11:40 am
New York State United Teachers congratulated its 174 teams who participated in the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walks across the state, raising over $275,000 to save lives and fund the future of cancer research, patient support and advocacy.
New York state announces applications for home heating assistance availability
Tue, Oct 31st 2023 04:15 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance on Tuesday announced applications for home heating assistance will be accepted beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, throughout the state.
 

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