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Hochul signs gun safety legislation strengthening bans on realistic-looking imitation weapons used to commit crimes
Tue, Aug 16th 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.687/A.3998) to strengthen restrictions on imitation weapons, which can be used to commit crimes.
Hochul directs DEC to expand drought watch
Tue, Aug 16th 2022 12:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to issue an updated drought watch after consulting with the State Drought Management Task Force and federal partner agencies.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for August
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 04:35 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 August. 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.
Hochul: $10 million partnership to assist direct support professionals
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities has entered into a $10 million partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals to expand opportunities for professional credentialing for direct support professionals in the developmental disabilities field throughout the state. Her team said the three-year agreement will help professionalize the direct support professional workforce and address worker shortages.
Statewide effort to prevent speeding
Sat, Aug 13th 2022 02:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced law enforcement agencies throughout New York state will be increasing patrols to target speeding from Aug. 14-21. Speed Awareness Week is a high-visibility enforcement campaign supported by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to stop speeding and prevent avoidable crashes caused by unsafe speed.
New York state recognizes National Farmers' Market Week
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 05:10 pm
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, during National Farmers' Market week, highlighted what his team called "critical programs that increase access to fresh and local foods available at New York state farmers' markets and that provide a boost to New York's agricultural industry.
Hochul signs new laws to enhance street safety, prevent traffic deaths & crack down on hit-and-run crashes
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed a legislative package to enhance street safety, prevent traffic-related fatalities, and crack down on hit-and-run incidents. Two new laws will allow municipalities to reduce speed limits to 25 miles per hour, and increase fines for leaving car crash scenes without reporting them.
NYS: Major increase in 'Red Flag Law' usage by law enforcement statewide
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced a "major increase" in applications for extreme risk protection orders under New York's "Red Flag Law" - with "substantially more ERPOs filed in the last three months than in all of 2021."
Hochul addresses attack on Salman Rushdie
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday addressed the attack on Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.
National Health Center Week: Higgins announces new American Rescue Plan funding for local health centers
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 12:30 pm
During National Health Centers Week, Congressman Brian Higgins announced a total of $262,000 in federal funding awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo, Evergreen Health Services, Jericho Road Ministries, and Neighborhood Health Center.
Attorney General James announces election protection hotline ahead of August primary
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 12:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will make its election protection hotline available for the Aug. 23 election and during New York's early voting period, which runs from Saturday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 21.
State agriculture commissioner announces New York awarded more than $100,000 to grow its farm-to-school program
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 12:25 pm
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the Department of Agriculture and Markets was awarded a $110,000 USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) grant to grow its farm-to-school program. A press release said, "The grant will support producer readiness trainings that will help New York's farmers access the farm-to-school market, and provide the tools, resources and connections needed to sell their farm products to schools across the state."
Hochul: $44.4 million in assistance for struggling families with children
Thu, Aug 11th 2022 08:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the distribution of $44.4 million in federal pandemic funding to help struggling New Yorkers with children to cover back-to-school and early life nutritional expenses. Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund will provide New Yorkers on Public Assistance with one-time payments of $214 for each child ages 3 to 17, and $150 for each child younger than 3 in their household.
NYSOFA, OASAS delivering 100,000 drug deactivation & disposal pouches to older adults
Thu, Aug 11th 2022 08:25 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), and aging services partners are bringing prescription drug safe-disposal efforts to older adults throughout New York.
Hochul signs legislation to honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural & financial institutions
Wed, Aug 10th 2022 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a legislative package to honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural and financial institutions.
Hochul signs legislation to promote job opportunities, help job seekers secure new employment opportunities
Wed, Aug 10th 2022 12:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation that will increase public awareness on job opportunities in New York state. Legislation (A.8458A/S.6803A) will authorize the New York State Department of Labor to develop a public awareness campaign that will promote the New York State Job Bank - an online resource maintained by the NYSDOL to connect job seekers with over 250,000 jobs across all industries.
Hochul announces issuance of guidance to support counties' development of domestic terrorism prevention plans
Tue, Aug 9th 2022 12:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the issuance of new guidance for counties throughout New York to support the development of domestic terrorism prevention plans, which each county and the City of New York are responsible for developing under executive order 18.
Hochul signs legislation providing access to benefit information for National Guard members
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 04:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed legislation (S.666-A/A.5832-A) that requires information on the benefits and services available to National Guard members in both written form and on the Division of Military and Naval Affairs website.
Pump prices continue to drop; gas demand tapers off in some parts of country
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.06, down 15 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.19. The New York state average is $4.43, down 9 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.22.
NYSSBA offers summer leadership event for school board members Aug. 12-13
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
School board members from around New York will gather at the Crowne Plaza Albany - Desmond Hotel on Aug. 12 and 13 for a series of education sessions designed to introduce new members to the fundamentals of board service, and enable veteran members to enhance their governance knowledge and skills.
New 'Tackle Box' smartphone feature to enhance fishing-related tourism in New York
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the state's new "Tackle Box" mobile phone feature to, her team said, "enhance fishing-related tourism by making it easier for new and experienced anglers to enjoy the great fishing offered throughout New York.
New York State Insurance Fund has returned more than $550 million to New York businesses
Fri, Aug 5th 2022 10:40 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the New York State Insurance Fund, New York's largest workers' compensation insurer, distributed more than $550 million over the past year to New York businesses through its discounts and dividends programs.
Attorney general takes action to crack down on rampant robocalls; urges US DOT to address widespread airline cancelations & delays
Thu, Aug 4th 2022 10:45 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James is taking action to crack down on rampant robocalls and protect consumers nationwide. She joined a coalition of 50 attorneys general to form a nationwide, bipartisan Anti-Robocall Litigation Taskforce to investigate and take legal action against telecommunications companies responsible for enabling a majority of foreign robocalls into the U.S. The taskforce will work to cut down on illegal robocalls made to consumers nationwide.
HUD: $2.8 billion to help people experiencing homelessness
Wed, Aug 3rd 2022 10:00 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will provide $2.8 billion in competitive funding to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. It said the funding opportunity reflects the Biden-Harris administration's continued commitment to equity and evidence-based solutions to address homelessness.
Work for the DPW
Tue, Aug 2nd 2022 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Civil Service (DCS) and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday announced the online civil service exam period is open for motor vehicle representatives. The exam, which is being offered as an online exam for the first time, is used to fill positions across the DMV. Qualified candidates can take the exam online until 11:59 P.M. Wednesday, Aug. 31.
NYS: Launch of intellectual & developmental disabilities advisory council on domestic violence
Mon, Aug 1st 2022 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the launch of the intellectual and developmental disabilities advisory council, which is designed to strengthen the capacity of both the domestic violence and the intellectual and developmental disability systems to increase access to domestic violence services for individuals with IDD who are also survivors of domestic violence. Through the advisory council, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council will work together to develop and implement skills training for intellectual and developmental disability and domestic violence service providers.
Hochul declares state disaster emergency in response to ongoing monkeypox outbreak
Mon, Aug 1st 2022 11:00 am
Governor Kathy Hochul has issued an executive order declaring a state disaster emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The executive order enables the state to respond more swiftly to the outbreak, and allows health care professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated.
Pump prices continue to drop
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 11:00 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.36, down 17 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $3.16. The New York state average is $4.58, down 12 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.19.
Hochul: Child care desert grant awardees receive nearly $70 million in federal funding
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 01:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly $70 million in grant funding has been awarded to newly licensed, registered or permitted child care programs in areas of the state without sufficient child care slots, known as child care deserts.
Hochul $387 million in COVID-19 relief being delivered to local governments
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 01:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $387 million is being delivered to 1,452 local governments across the New York to help boost their pandemic response infrastructure. Her team said the announcement is part of the state's ongoing preparation efforts to tackle any potential pandemic-related surges this fall and winter.
NYS: New online dashboards to expand access to unemployment data
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the launch of two new interactive online dashboards to improve access to unemployment data for all New Yorkers.
Portal open for $30 million in additional federal funding to expand existing child care programs in child care deserts
Wed, Jul 20th 2022 05:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the portal is now open to apply for $30 million in additional federal grant funding to expand existing child care programs in areas of the state without sufficient child care slots, known as child care deserts. The funds, which are part of the $100 million child care desert initiative approved in the fiscal year 2022 enacted budget, are being made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and will be administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
Monkeypox vaccine distribution following 2B allocation from federal government
Wed, Jul 20th 2022 02:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul, along with the New York State Department of Health, announced the distribution of the JYNNEOS vaccine in New York, following an additional allocation of 8,822 doses to New York state from the federal government. New York City will receive its own allocation of 23,963 doses directly from the federal government.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP warns military community to be aware of scams targeting servicemembers
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 05:15 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds active service members, veterans, and their families to be on alert for scams targeting the military community. The rise in these scams take a variety of forms, such as deceptive financial services, identity theft, online shopping, employment and even impersonation, just to name a few.
AHA: Keep cool to be heart-healthy in extreme heat
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 02:45 pm
With high temperatures in the forecast, 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.
Launch of statewide workplace sexual harassment hotline
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 02:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a statewide hotline, 1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773), for issues of workplace sexual harassment. The confidential hotline will be operated by the New York State Division of Human Rights and will connect workers who have faced sexual harassment with experienced pro-bono attorneys to advise them.
Hochul: Statewide listening tour to address 'future of farming'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday launched a statewide listening tour on "the future of farming in New York state." Her team said a series of listening sessions will allow the state to hear directly from farmers about their priorities in addressing climate, workforce and economic challenges, and will help inform the state's federal priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and the environment.
DiNapoli: Tax cap set at 2% in 2023
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
Property tax levy growth will again be capped at 2% for 2023 for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year, according to data released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects tax cap calculations for all counties, towns and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 13 villages.
DiNapoli: Number of New Yorkers behind on utility bills soared during pandemic
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
The devastating number of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant increase in the number of residential customers owing money to their utility companies, with one in eight customers in arrears as of March 2022, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
NYS HCR: $50 million available to help land banks eradicate blight, aid communities that continue to struggle from foreclosure crisis
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the launch of a new $50 million land bank Initiative, the first-ever dedicated source of state funding to help New York's land banks reduce blight and transform vacant properties in communities across the state.
 

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