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Hochul announces further action to address polio, increase support for county health departments
Thu, Sep 29th 2022 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced additional steps New York is taking to address evidence of circulating poliovirus in this state, including an official declaration to further support local health departments in driving immunizations.
Eight Days of Hope to help those affected by Hurricane Ian
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
Eight Days of Hope (EDOH) is ready to deploy its rapid response equipment and team to the location of impact following Hurricane Ian.
Ryan urges NYS Health Department to 'honor intent of "safe staffing" law'
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
On Monday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan sent a letter urging the New York State Department of Health to abandon a proposed change to New York's nursing home "safe staffing" law passed last year in order to maintain the original intent of the law.
Hochul announces crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced actions to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud after a New York State Department of Labor investigation found that insurance fraud accounted for more than $11 million in benefits payments in August. These benefits were paid almost exclusively to those working while also collecting unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic.
Hochul: Second phase of third-party CDL road test program to address truck & bus driver shortage
Mon, Sep 26th 2022 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the start of the second phase of her plan to allow third parties to offer the commercial driver license road test, expanding eligibility to public and private entities.
Fish for free Saturday
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 09:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced Saturday, Sept. 24, is a "Free Fishing Day" in New York state. This free freshwater fishing day is one of six held annually. It coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is celebrated to promote outdoor activities that are significant contributors to New York's economy and help support fish and wildlife conservation.
NYS: Nearly $7.9 million to help farms reduce environmental footprints, prepare for extreme weather events
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 09:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced nearly $7.9 million is being awarded through the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program to help more than 70 farms across the state reduce their environmental footprints and prepare for extreme weather events related to climate change.
New York State Smokers' Quitline encourages Hispanic/Latinx community to be nicotine-free
Wed, Sep 21st 2022 07:00 am
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York State Smokers' Quitline continues to offer its solidarity and resources to achieve better health for all. In New York state, the Hispanic/Latinx community comprises approximately 20% of the total population, and the Quitline celebrates the community's contributions, influence and culture.
Higgins applauds FAA action rejecting Republic Airways' appeal to 'sidestep' pilot training rules
Tue, Sep 20th 2022 07:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins applauded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) denial of a request by Republic Airways for an exemption of the 1,500-hour training requirement for pilots. In the FAA's decision, it found "that a grant of exemption would not be in the public interest or provide an equivalent level of safety."
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections in August increase by nearly 13% over last year
Mon, Sep 19th 2022 12:45 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 12.6% statewide in August compared to the same month in 2021, according to a recent analysis released by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Statewide local collections totaled $1.7 billion, up nearly $192 million from the same time last year.
Higgins & Castor lead national push for increased lung cancer screening
Mon, Sep 19th 2022 10:20 am
House of Representatives Cancer Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Brian Higgins and Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida recently hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill titled "Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives." The event featured experts from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center presenting information on:
Hochul urges New Yorkers to be aware of scams tied to federal student debt relief
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a warning to consumers about scammers taking advantage of the recent student debt relief plan to steal borrowers' money and personal information.
Hochul announces free car seat checks during Child Passenger Safety Week
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee announced free child car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians will be available across the state during Child Passenger Safety Week, which starts today and concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 24.
DEC announces annual Arbor Day poster contest
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of DEC's annual Arbor Day poster contest. Each year, DEC's urban and community forestry program coordinates the contest to promote the value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers' lives. The winner of the contest will have their photo or artwork reproduced as the 2023 Arbor Day poster to commemorate the holiday.
Higgins: $480,000 in federal funding for Parent Network of WNY
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $480,000 over four years awarded to the Parent Network of Western New York.
Hochul signs legislation to expand public servants' access to student loan forgiveness
Thu, Sep 15th 2022 11:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed legislation, her team said, "to expand and simplify access to the federal public service loan forgiveness program statewide. The new legislation establishes uniformity around what qualifies as full-time employment for the purposes of accessing PSLF, and allows public service employers to certify employment on behalf of workers, eliminating substantial barriers to applying for and accessing PSLF."
Higgins to join United We Stand Summit at White House
Wed, Sep 14th 2022 01:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is planning to be at the White House on Thursday for President Joe Biden's United We Stand Summit. The White House announced plans for the event in August, citing the need to address hate-fueled violence in the aftermath of recent events, including the mass shooting in Buffalo.
NYS: Expansion of Virtual Career Center to connect more New Yorkers to careers
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Department of Labor has expanded its Virtual Career Center, "a cutting-edge online platform to help New Yorkers accelerate their career search."
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for September
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
State Agriculture Department asks residents to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly
Mon, Sep 12th 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is asking residents in Western New York to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly (SLF) after a population was found in the Buffalo area.
Crude prices continue to fall, pushing pump prices lower
Mon, Sep 12th 2022 11:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.72, down 7 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.18. The New York state average is $3.89, down 12 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.28.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers grandparents tips to avoid ever-evolving grandparent scam
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:15 pm
In recognition of Grandparents Day, the New York State Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) calls attention to scams targeting grandparents.
Hochul signs legislation to support 9/11 victims, first responders, and their loved ones
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:15 pm
Ahead of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed five pieces of legislation to provide support to 9/11 victims and survivors and their families. Her team said, "This support will help to remove barriers and delays from Victim Compensation Fund and workers' compensation claims. In addition, a highway will be designated to honor James Kennelly, a volunteer firefighter who assisted with search, rescue and recovery efforts."
Statewide initiatives to raise awareness during Suicide Prevention Month
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new digital public service campaign and other statewide initiatives to raise awareness of suicide prevention efforts and the mental health resources available to all New Yorkers.
NYS OASAS announces launch of new website to promote overdose prevention education
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:00 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the launch of the new "Project COPE" website, which promotes overdose prevention and harm reduction education in New York.
Hochul: $475 million in tax relief for 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers and families
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders announced $475 million in tax relief for eligible low-income New Yorkers and families as part of the state's ongoing effort to combat inflation and improve affordability.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor Queen Elizabeth II
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday, Sept. 9, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
Hochul announces start of 2022 fall foliage & travel season in New York
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the start of New York state's 2022 fall foliage and travel season, highlighted by the return of I LOVE NY's fall foliage reports and a new I LOVE NY broadcast and digital marketing campaign to showcase popular fall activities and attractions.
Mean streets: Urban traffic fatalities now exceed those on rural roads
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more people are now killed on the nation's city streets than on rural roads, with speed playing a critical factor.
Gas prices continue to drop, as fall approaches
Tue, Sep 6th 2022 02:50 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.78, down 7 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.19. The New York state average is $4, down 13 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.28.
DEC encourages new hunters & trappers to register for hunting, trapping education courses
Mon, Sep 5th 2022 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season that they must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter or trapper education course before obtaining the appropriate sporting license or hunting privilege.
State Police & local law enforcement to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this Labor Day weekend
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force through Labor Day weekend as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DWI campaign. The enforcement period runs through Monday, Sept. 5.
Hochul announces suspension of construction-related lane closures for Labor Day
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, to ease travel throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Consumer alert: New York DCP urges families to follow guidance to help minimize risk of child identity theft
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:10 am
In recognition of National Child Identity Theft Awareness Day on Sept. 1, the Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) urges parents to take preventative actions to safeguard their children's identities.
ESD's Western New York office a $25 million winner of federal Build Back Better Challenge
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:10 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced New York's Empire State Development Western New York regional office was awarded $25 million from the federal Build Back Better Challenge, the U.S. Economic Development Administration's "marquee program" under the American Rescue Plan.
DEC accepting waterfowl hunting permit lottery entries for duck hunting
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:05 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting entries for a special permit to hunt waterfowl at two popular wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Western New York. The special permit will allow for hunting on the first Saturday and first Sunday of the Western Zone duck season at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMAs. The WMAs are primarily in Genesee and Niagara counties, with a small portion in Orleans and Erie counties.
DEC announces finalization of campground and day-use area unit management plan to help combat aquatic invasive species
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the finalization of a unit management plan amendment to guide siting, construction, and management of watercraft decontamination facilities at DEC campgrounds and day-use areas. The construction and permanent placement of watercraft decontamination facilities supports DEC's ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Seggos, Feeding New York State: 1-million-pound milestone in ongoing food waste & donation initiative
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 10:30 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Feeding New York State, the state association of New York's 10 Feeding America member food banks, recently announced a total of 1 million pounds of food was donated to hungry New Yorkers as part of the ongoing implementation of the state's Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law.
DEC finalizes regulation to 'expand, improve wild turkey hunting'
Wed, Aug 31st 2022 01:45 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced changes to wild turkey hunting regulations that will provide hunters additional hunting opportunities. The finalized regulation establishes a spring turkey season in Suffolk County in 2023, with a season limit of one bearded bird, and makes No. 9 shot legal for hunting turkeys statewide during the fall and spring seasons.
Heastie announces establishment of Great Lakes Watershed Task Force
Tue, Aug 30th 2022 06:05 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the creation of a Great Lakes Watershed Task Force to be chaired by Assemblyman Patrick Burke. The task force will examine economic development and environmental issues unique to communities in the Great Lakes watershed.
 

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