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Higgins' amendment would end COVID vaccine requirement for Canadians crossing into US by land
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has submitted an amendment, under consideration this week, which would end the requirement for showing proof of vaccination for Canadians entering the U.S. along land ports of entry.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grew 12.7% to $22.1 billion in 2022
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am
Local government sales tax collections in New York state totaled $22.1 billion in calendar year 2022, up 12.7%, or $2.5 billion, from 2021, due to strong sales statewide - especially in New York City - according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
OASAS announces availability of 'lifesaving resources to address state's opioid crisis'
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:40 am
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) on Friday announced new distribution plans for overdose reversal medication naloxone (known as Narcan) and fentanyl test strips.
Higgins, Kilmer, Kelly, Fitzpatrick to cochair bipartisan House cancer caucus
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:00 am
U.S. Reps. and co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus Brian Higgins (NY-26), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Mike Kelly (PA-16) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced the relaunch of the House cancer caucus in the 118th Congress.
DiNapoli: Thruway Authority toll increases should be last option
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 03:20 pm
The New York State Thruway Authority has proposed a multiyear schedule of systemwide toll increases to begin in 2024, but a new report from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli identifies concerns with the proposal and urges the Thruway Authority to first improve its operations and maximize non-toll revenues. DiNapoli's office reviewed a decade of the Thruway Authority's finances and the toll hike proposal, and found gaps in essential information necessary to evaluate the proposal.
Hochul announces details of $1 billion plan to 'overhaul' New York's continuum of mental health care
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced details of her comprehensive, $1 billion multiyear plan to "overhaul the continuum of mental health care and drastically reduce the number of individuals with unmet mental health needs throughout the state."
On National Missing Person's Day, New York's specialized police officers reassure families their missing loved ones remain a priority
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 07:00 am
The uncertainty and fear from having a loved one go missing is a pain that too many families endure - often for a lifetime. The 1,100 officers of the PBA of New York State (PBANYS) routinely work to reunite families of the missing, including students from the State University of New York and sportsmen and visitors who become lost or missing in state forests and parks.
Hochul announces highlights of executive budget
Wed, Feb 1st 2023 11:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday outlined her fiscal year 2024 executive budget.
DiNapoli calls for 'long-needed state debt reform'
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:50 pm
New York state has one of the nation's highest debt levels, largely because measures to restrict the excessive use of debt have been circumvented over the years in state budgets. Since the Debt Reform Act was passed in 2000, state-supported debt outstanding increased by $25 billion. Over the next five years, this debt is projected by the Division of the Budget to increase by $26 billion, or 42%, from $61.9 billion in state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 to $88 billion in SFY 2026-27.
BBB scam alert: How Social Security recipients can stay alert to the cost-of-living adjustment scams
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:50 pm
Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for recipients of Social Security benefits and Supplementary Security Income (SSI). Due to inflation, payments can increase by 8.7% this year. It's a significant increase - the highest COLA approved in more than 40 years - and scammers are taking advantage. If you or a loved one receive Social Security benefits, stay alert to the signs of a scam.
Department of State launches new electronic notary license system to provide online services to New Yorkers
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:45 pm
The New York State Department of State announced the availability of an online application and registration portal for notaries starting Feb. 1.
Consumer alert: Department of State's DCP warns of credit and debit card skimming scams
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:45 pm
During Identity Theft Awareness Week, the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection warned New Yorkers of credit and debit card skimming scams where thieves place "skimming" devices at ATMs, gas station pumps and other unattended payment terminals to steal card information.
State Agriculture Department seeking program administrators to manage two new grant funds
Mon, Jan 30th 2023 03:55 pm
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is now accepting proposals for program administrators for the $1 million Beginning Farmers Grant Program and for the $4 million Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmers Grant Program.
Senate Republican Leader Ortt & Sen. Jake Ashby call upon governor to support returning veterans in executive budget
Mon, Jan 30th 2023 01:40 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Sen. Jake Ashby, ranking Member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, have penned a letter calling upon Gov. Kathy Hochul to include support for veterans in her executive budget.
Don't miss valuable tax credits on National Earned Income Tax Credit Day
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 12:20 pm
On National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging taxpayers to review their eligibility for this valuable benefit.
Rural Housing Coalition shares mobile home community preservation guide
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 11:40 am
When you live in a mobile home community, you may own your home, but not the land underneath it.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP reminds parents to pay attention to lifesaving information related to product recalls
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 10:30 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection urges parents and caregivers to pay attention to product recalls. In January, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which issues product recalls across all categories of consumer goods, reissued earlier recalls for two inclined sleep products after additional infant deaths were reported. Inclined sleepers are dangerous for babies and increase the risk of suffocation.
Hochul announces completion of more than 1,000 joint counterterrorism exercises across state in 2022
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 10:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Counter Terrorism conducted training exercises at more than 1,000 locations statewide in 2022, partnering with New York State Police and counterterrorism experts from more than 80 state and local law enforcement agencies in assessing the ability of retail businesses and mass-gathering sites to recognize and report suspicious activity in nearly every county in the state.
NYS: More than 8,000 public safety professionals completed training at State Preparedness Training Center in 2022
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 08:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany trained more than 8,000 local, state and federal public safety professionals from a variety of disciplines and agencies, including law enforcement, the fire service, and emergency management, from across New York state and beyond in 2022.
Cornell, NYSEG pilot app to help consumers moderate electricity use
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 08:00 pm
Extreme weather and changing patterns of electricity use have led to blackouts and unpredictable utility bills across the nation.
US Fish and Wildlife Service extends effective date to reclassify northern long-eared bat as endangered
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 11:30 am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is delaying the effective date of the final rule to reclassify the northern long-eared bat from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is extending the effective date by 60 days, from Jan. 30 to March 31, 2023.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for January
Tue, Jan 24th 2023 02:10 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 January.
Hochul recognizes first responders & community heroes for their actions during December blizzard
Mon, Jan 23rd 2023 09:55 am
On Saturday, Gov. Kathy Hochul recognized first responders and community heroes in Buffalo for their actions during the December blizzard.
Ortt urges New Yorkers to say no to Albany's gas stove ban
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 05:15 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Friday stood with Sen. George Borrello and Assemblyman Mike Norris to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the legislative majorities to stop what they call "radical, costly energy policies that restrict New Yorkers' freedoms and hurt New Yorkers' pockets - such as the recent proposal to ban gas stoves."
Hochul urges New Yorkers to take steps to safeguard their private data
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced steps New Yorkers can take to safeguard themselves from having their personal data compromised online. In recognition of Data Privacy Week, the State Office of Information Technology Services has teamed with other state agencies to promote techniques for protecting private data including raising awareness of phishing schemes, using strong passwords, and exhibiting greater caution with information shared on social media.
DEC releases 2020-22 report on restoring, enhancing health of New York's Great Lakes
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 04:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos released the 2020-2022 Great Lakes Program Report that highlights collaborative efforts to conserve, restore, protect and enhance New York's Great Lakes land and water resources.
NYSEG and RG&E launch electric and gas bill relief for customers
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:55 pm
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused continued financial hardship for residents and businesses, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) have launched the next phase of the statewide program that provides additional relief to residential and small-business customers.
DiNapoli: State Department of AG and Markets should improve pollinator protection program
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:55 pm
New York state has more than 7 million acres of farmland, and many of its crops are dependent on pollination by bees and other pollinators. To address a drastic decline in the population of these essential pollinators, in 2016 the state created the pollinator protection plan.
Hochul announces availability of $7.5 million for opioid treatment programs
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of up to $7.5 million for state-certified providers and other treatment programs to establish low-threshold buprenorphine services to address opioid addiction and save lives.
NYS: More than $390 million in financing to build more than 1,600 affordable and supportive homes across state
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced more than $390 million has been awarded through bonds and subsidies to create or preserve more than 1,600 affordable, sustainable and supportive homes across the state.
DEC encourages anglers to safely enjoy ice fishing this winter
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 10:55 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded anglers to be safe when venturing onto the ice this season, especially given recent variations in weather conditions.
$672 million electric and gas utility bill relief for New Yorkers
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 10:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that 478,000 residential customers and 56,000 small businesses in New York state will receive assistance totaling $672 million to pay off unaffordable past-due utility bills. The announcement, Hochul's team noted, is the largest utility customer financial assistance program in state history - and follows a series of policies announced last week to address energy affordability and emissions reductions.
DEC announces 2023 exam dates for licensed guides program
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced exam schedules for individuals seeking to become licensed guides. DEC is offering exams for guiding in camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking, and rock- or ice-climbing.
New York State Department of Labor receives $9.1 million grant to 'break barriers to unemployment insurance for underserved communities'
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:50 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) was awarded a $9.1 million grant from the U.S Department of Labor (USDOL) to "promote equitable access to New York's unemployment insurance (UI) program."
NYS: $38.2 million initiative to address street homelessness
Tue, Jan 17th 2023 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the availability $38.2 million in state funding to establish eight "Safe Options Support" teams that "will provide intensive outreach, engagement and care coordination services to individuals who are experiencing homelessness in areas of the state outside of New York City."
State landmarks to be illuminated red, green & black in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 01:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced New York state landmarks will be lit red, green and black tonight to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hochul proclaimed Jan. 16 as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to commemorate the 94th birthday of one this country's most influential leaders.
Commissioner Ball delivers state of agriculture address at 191st annual New York State Agricultural Society Forum
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:35 am
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, on Jan. 12, delivered the state of agriculture address at the 191st New York State Agricultural Society Annual Forum. The event, which is traditionally the oldest and largest meeting of its kind in the state, took place at the OnCenter in Syracuse.
DiNapoli: School district and big city tax levy cap at 2% for second straight year
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:30 am
Property tax levy growth for school districts and the state's biggest cities will be capped at 2%, the same as last year, according to data recently released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Consumer alert: Attorney General James provides tips for New Yorkers to protect themselves from mail theft
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 10:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently issued a consumer alert to warn New Yorkers about mail theft, and to provide recommendations from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to protect themselves from this federal crime.
AG James takes action to stop gun distributors from illegally shipping 'ghost gun' parts into New York
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 10:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against 10 national gun distributors, demanding that they immediately stop selling and shipping illegal unfinished and/or unserialized frames and receivers, or "ghost gun" parts, to New York consumers.
 

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