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NYS DOT announces $18 million to reduce traffic congestion & vehicle emissions in Western New York
Mon, Jun 24th 2024 01:00 pm
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced $18 million in funding was awarded to support community-based investments that reduce vehicle emissions and congestion in Western New York.
Attorney general announces $8.8 million-plus for WNY to combat youth vaping
Fri, Jun 21st 2024 02:55 pm
New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Western New York will receive over $8.8 million from a historic $462 million multistate settlement that she secured from JUUL Labs Inc. (JUUL) for its role in the youth vaping epidemic that led to a dangerous rise in underage e-cigarette use nationwide.
FASNY voices concern about proposed OSHA changes
Thu, Jun 20th 2024 07:25 pm
The Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) gathered in Buffalo today to express their serious concerns about proposed changes to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations governing both career and volunteer fire departments.
OPRHP releases for public review & comment draft eligibility guidelines for Environmental Bond Act open space land conservation and recreational infrastructure projects
Thu, Jun 20th 2024 06:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today released for public review and comment draft eligibility guidelines to support open space land conservation and recreation infrastructure projects under the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022 (Bond Act).
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up 3.9% in May compared to last year
Mon, Jun 17th 2024 05:05 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 3.9% in May compared to the same month in 2023, according to data released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.78 billion, up $66.4 million from the same time last year.
National pump prices hold steady; New York's continue to drop
Mon, Jun 17th 2024 12:30 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.45, no change from last Monday. One year ago, the price was $3.58. The New York state average is $3.60, down 2 cents from last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.69.
With record-setting extreme heat expected, governor deploys statewide resources & urges New Yorkers to take precautions to protect their health
Mon, Jun 17th 2024 11:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul is urging New Yorkers to prepare for extreme heat that is forecast for the state this week. A prolonged period of heat and humidity is anticipated to begin Monday in the Genesee Valley and Finger Lakes, and then affect the entire state Tuesday through Friday.
Air quality health advisory in effect for Eastern Lake Ontario & Western New York regions
Mon, Jun 17th 2024 10:45 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar and State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald issued an air quality health advisory for Monday, June 17, for ozone to include the Eastern Lake Ontario and Western New York regions. The pollutant of concern is: Ozone The advisory will be in effect 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.
Keep cool to be heart-healthy in extreme heat
Mon, Jun 17th 2024 10:45 am
Record-high temperatures are bringing summer heat early this year around much of the U.S., and the American Heart Association is urging people to take extra steps to protect their hearts. Precautions are especially important for older adults and people with high blood pressure, obesity or a history of heart disease and stroke.
Attorney General James announces election protection hotline ahead of June primary elections
Fri, Jun 14th 2024 12:30 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will make its election protection hotline available for the upcoming June 25 primary election and during New York's early voting period, which runs from Saturday, June 15, through Sunday, June 23.
Tomorrow is first day of early voting in NY's primary races: Here's what voters can expect
Fri, Jun 14th 2024 12:30 pm
Tomorrow is the first day of early voting in New York and the only day unregistered New Yorkers can register to vote at a poll site and cast their ballot on the same day. This "Golden Day" happened thanks to advocates who fought to change the voter registration deadline from 25 days to 10 days before an election - which establishes just one day when New Yorkers can both register and vote in-person.
Hochul announces 28% decline in shootings, awards nearly $36 million to local law enforcement
Thu, Jun 13th 2024 06:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced continued progress in bringing down gun violence and awarded nearly $36 million to local law enforcement agencies to further reduce violent crime. Shooting incidents with injury declined 28% during the first five months of 2024 when compared to the same period last year, as reported by police departments participating in the state's "Gun Involved Violence Elimination" initiative.
NYSOFA highlights resources to prevent, identify, and report elder abuse
Wed, Jun 12th 2024 06:00 pm
In anticipation of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), the New York State Office for the Aging highlights resources to help the public identify and report abuse, including scams and other fraud tactics targeting older adults.
DEC announces proposed regulations to ease transition to paper sporting licenses and tags for license issuing agents
Wed, Jun 12th 2024 06:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced a regulatory proposal that would enable license issuing agents and officers (LIAs) to charge a nominal printing fee to recover costs associated with printing and mailing paper sporting licenses and other items sold through DEC's automated licensing system (DECALS). The proposal does not include any additional fees if the license buyer prints a license themselves.
Applications now open for FreshConnect CSA for SNAP program
Mon, Jun 10th 2024 04:10 pm
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced applications are open to New York organizations for the FreshConnect CSA for SNAP program. The program allows SNAP participants to access the popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model by providing farm organizations a way to partially subsidize the cost of weekly share purchases while also lending additional support to New York's farmers and producers.
WNY Regional Economic Development Council to hold CFA workshop & 'road shows'
Fri, Jun 7th 2024 12:20 pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) is presenting a consolidated funding application (CFA) workshop and a series of "road show" events for those interested in applying for funds through the latest round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
DEC announces opening of 2024 black bass season
Fri, Jun 7th 2024 12:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the open (harvest) season for largemouth and smallmouth bass, collectively known as black bass, begins June 15 and runs through Nov. 30.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers guidance to help identify and protect against scams targeting older adults
Wed, Jun 5th 2024 05:50 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is offering guidance to help raise awareness of scams that target older adults.
NYSOFA expands animatronic pet and intergenerational games initiatives to combat loneliness and related health risks
Wed, Jun 5th 2024 05:50 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging is launching phase 6 of its animatronic pet initiative and phase 2 of its intergenerational game project in partnership with Ageless Innovation, delivering 4,725 animatronic pets and games to older adults through New York state's aging network. Since 2018, NYSOFA has distributed 31,500 animatronic pets to older adults who are socially isolated and lonely - a program that has since been replicated in over 30 states.
Hochul announces start of $9.9 million project to rehabilitate 3 bridges in Erie County
Mon, Jun 3rd 2024 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced construction has begun on a $9.9 million project to rehabilitate three key bridges in Erie County, including the structures that carry Fillmore Avenue and Grider Street over state Route 33 - also known as the Kensington Expressway - in the City of Buffalo.
State Police to crackdown on speeding
Mon, Jun 3rd 2024 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police will target speeding and aggressive drivers during a special weeklong traffic enforcement initiative. This year's "Speed Week" enforcement crackdown starts Monday, June 3, and runs through Sunday, June 9.
Bea Hanson to lead New York State Office of Victim Services
Mon, Jun 3rd 2024 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Bea Hanson as director of the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS). In this role, she will oversee the state agency that supports and funds community-based programs that provide direct services to victims and survivors of crime.
Alzheimer's Association encourages people to take charge of their brain health
Mon, Jun 3rd 2024 10:30 am
This June, during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer's Association is encouraging all Americans to take charge of their brain health. Today, nearly 7 million people ages 65 and older in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer's dementia, including 426,500 in New York state. The lifetime risk for the disease at age 45 is one in five for women and one in 10 for men.
DEC: New York's 11th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week begins
Mon, Jun 3rd 2024 10:30 am
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (AGM) announced the state's 11th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) begins Monday, June 3.
'Get Outdoors & Get Together Day' on Saturday, June 8
Mon, Jun 3rd 2024 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced "Get Outdoors & Get Together Day" will be held Saturday, June 8, with events at more than 20 select locations across New York to bring people of all abilities, ages, identities and backgrounds together for a day of fun, healthy activities.
$39.6 million available to low-income New Yorkers for home energy efficiency and electrification upgrades
Fri, May 31st 2024 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and White House Senior Adviser John Podesta at the Andromeda Community Initiative in Queens on Thursday to celebrate New York state becoming the first state in the nation to offer the first phase of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR) Program funding to consumers.
Received a bill from the NYS Tax Department? Take advantage of convenient payment options
Fri, May 31st 2024 09:55 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminds taxpayers to take advantage of convenient options to pay outstanding tax bills. Information about payment methods are available on the Tax Department website, www.tax.ny.gov (search: Pay).
Biden-Harris administration announces first state in nation to launch home energy rebates program to lower families' utility bills
Fri, May 31st 2024 09:10 am
As part of President Biden's Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced New York is the first state in the nation to launch its home energy rebates program, created by the Inflation Reduction Act. New York's program will allow more low-and-middle-income families to take advantage of efficiency and clean energy upgrades that will make their homes more comfortable while saving money on their energy bills.
Hochul announces completion of $19 million affordable housing development in east Buffalo
Wed, May 29th 2024 07:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the completion of rehabilitation work at east Buffalo's former Public School 78, transforming the vacant building into 46 affordable apartments and space for community programs and services.
DEC announces start of 'NYHABS' online notification & reporting system for harmful algal blooms
Tue, May 28th 2024 12:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. James McDonald on Friday reminded New Yorkers to learn about and be aware of harmful algal blooms, or "HABs," as the 2024 HABs notification season starts.
DEC, Canal Corp. remind water recreationists to 'clean, drain, dry' watercraft & equipment to protect waters from aquatic invasive species
Fri, May 24th 2024 01:05 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Canal Corp. joined together today to remind those planning to visit New York's waters to "clean, drain, dry" their boats, trailers, fishing gear, and other equipment before recreating in New York's waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
DiNapoli releases annual IDA report
Fri, May 24th 2024 11:50 am
New York's local Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) reported 4,320 active projects with a record-high total value of $132 billion in 2022, an increase of $5 billion (3.9%), from 2021, according to state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's annual report.
AAA, community partners warn drivers of '100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers'
Fri, May 24th 2024 09:30 am
The "100 Deadliest Days" is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. AAA coined the phrase after examining troubling data regarding fatal crashes among teen drivers.
NYSUT: Overwhelming number of district budgets pass, pro-public school candidates elected statewide
Wed, May 22nd 2024 08:15 pm
New York State United Teachers issued the following statement after voters across the state turned out Tuesday to approve school budgets and elect school board members.
Hochul: $10 million grant funding to support efforts to reduce domestic terrorism & targeted violence
Tue, May 21st 2024 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $10 million in additional grant funding for state efforts to reduce domestic terrorism and targeted violence in the aftermath of the racist mass shooting that killed 10 people at a Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo on May 14, 2022.
DEC: Muskellunge fishing season opens in June
Tue, May 21st 2024 02:25 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the fishing seasons for muskellunge begin on June 1 in inland waters and on June 15 in Great Lakes waters: Lake Erie, upper Niagara River, lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, and tributaries to these waters.
FASNY offers lifesaving grilling tips for Memorial Day weekend & summer months
Tue, May 21st 2024 12:50 pm
As New Yorkers gear up to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, many will be turning on their grills for the first time this season. The Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) recommends all New Yorkers follow some basic tips to avoid barbecuing accidents and injuries. FASNY also urges everyone to never hesitate to call for help when needed.
DEC urges New York drivers to 'Give Turtles a Brake'
Tue, May 21st 2024 12:45 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar reminds New Yorkers that turtles are nesting in May and June, and encourages motorists to "Give Turtles a Brake."
Hochul directs flags to half-staff for fallen New York State Trooper
Mon, May 20th 2024 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today directed flags on state buildings to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on May 21 in honor of Staff Sgt. Benedicto Albizu Jr., a retired member of the New York State Police. On May 9, Albizu passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
Hochul: $50 million from Irish manufacturer Niacet Specialty Chemicals to strengthen semiconductor supply chain in Niagara Falls
Fri, May 17th 2024 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Irish manufacturer Niacet Specialty Chemicals, owned by the Kerry Group, will invest $50 million in its Niagara Falls facility to strengthen the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain in New York. The company, whose products are used in food preservation as well as in the semiconductor manufacturing process, will make an investment at its existing facility in Niagara Falls, increasing its production and creating 36 new, high-paying jobs.
 

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