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'Friendly calls' program engages volunteers in effort to reduce social isolation for older adults
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 12:25 pm
Providers of aging services are seeking to expand programs that address social isolation in the pandemic, including volunteer models like "friendly calls."
New online wage & employment tools launched
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of two new interactive online resources designed to improve transparency and enhance access to employment statistics and occupational wage information.
Hochul: $2.5 million in funding for mental health resource center for schools
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 03:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of $2.5 million over five years to create and support a Mental Health Resource and Training Technical Assistance Center for Schools. The center will support all New York state public and private schools, and assist them in providing mental health education as part of the K-12 health curricula.
Hochul announces new actions to increase transparency & access to public records
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York is moving forward with "improvements to the process of responding to public records requests."
Applications open for 2022 Empire State Fellows program
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 03:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the application process for the 2022 class of Empire State Fellows.
Division of Consumer Protection helped New York consumers recoup nearly $3 million in 2021
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Division of Consumer Protection assisted 21,855 New Yorkers with a variety of consumer protection matters in 2021, resulting in a record $2,918,025 being returned to consumers' wallets. The announcement came on the final day of National Consumer Protection Week.
Hochul directs agencies to deploy emergency response assets as winter storm will impact majority of state with heavy snow & high winds
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 12:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed state agencies to deploy emergency response assets as a winter weather system is poised to deliver another round of heavy snow across most of New York beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday.
Up to $10,000 in utility payment assistance will expire March 15
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 11:55 am
Winter utility bills this season are noticeably higher in comparison to the past few years. Several factors are the cause, including a colder-than-normal January with customers turning up thermostats. Cost of the natural gas commodity is at the highest price in recent years. And with the COVID-19 pandemic not losing its grip, many people continue to work remotely and spend much more time in their homes without turning the heat down or lights off.
Protect your sensitive information and tax refund
Thu, Mar 10th 2022 08:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, along with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection, shared important tips to help New York taxpayers block identity thieves and tax fraudsters.
Hochul: New SNUG Street staff trained to deploy into communities to tackle gun violence
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the newest employees of the state's SNUG Street Outreach program will be deployed to sites in Albany, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy and Yonkers. Hochul met with the new staff and delivered virtual remarks at the team training on Wednesday.
Hochul announces nearly $24 million in federal funding for domestic violence & sexual assault programs
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York is distributing nearly $24 million in federal funding to domestic violence programs and shelters, sexual assault programs, and rape crisis centers. The funding will help these programs expand on-site coronavirus testing and vaccination availability, offset fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic, better reach underserved communities, and support the recent uptick in survivors seeking help.
DEC reminds New Yorkers annual residential brush burning prohibition starts March 16
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 03:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning will begin March 16 and run through May 14. DEC enforces the annual brush burning ban to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires each spring.
Hochul highlights available programs to help New Yorkers manage rising energy costs
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 02:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul reminds New Yorkers of programs and options available to address rising energy supply costs.
BBB tips on donating to help Ukraine relief activities
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 12:40 pm
News reports of Russia's attack on Ukraine may encourage concerned individuals to reach out and help victims affected by the conflict. Concerns grow about the current and potential emergency needs of the Ukrainian people. Generous donors want to help by supporting charities that are raising funds for assistance.
James warns consumers impacted by T-Mobile data breach of potential identity theft
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 10:35 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has provided guidance to consumers who may have been impacted by a 2021 T-Mobile data breach, following reports that the stolen information was put for sale on the dark web.
NYSOFA marks 50th anniversary of nutrition program & over 1 billion meals served to older adults
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 10:35 am
This national nutrition month in March, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) marks the 50th anniversary of the National Nutrition Program for the Elderly (NPE), established in 1972. The national program established grants to provide congregate and home-delivered meals to older adults who need nutrition support.
Attorney general warns New Yorkers to be cautious in charitable giving amid Ukrainian crisis
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 10:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has provided warnings and tips to New Yorkers who are seeking ways to support the Ukrainian people amid the ongoing conflict. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) warns people should be wary of sham charities attempting to take advantage of this humanitarian crisis, and ensure they are giving to credible organizations.
NYS Responsible Play Partnership kicks off National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Thu, Mar 3rd 2022 10:25 am
The New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and New York Council on Problem Gambling, which together comprise New York's Responsible Play Partnership, have marked the start of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) by announcing a mix of new technologies and creative initiatives designed to increase public awareness of problem gambling and promote access to available prevention, treatment and recovery services.
NYS OASAS announces availability of funding to support addiction prevention workforce
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 04:35 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the availability of up to $1 million in funding for OASAS-certified and funded prevention providers to establish and support paid internship positions. Providers can receive up to $21,000 under this initiative, which is focused on attracting diverse individuals into the prevention field and providing them a pathway toward a professional credential.
SBA Administrator Guzman on observing Women's History Month 2022
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 09:50 am
On Tuesday, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), issued the following statement to commemorate Women's History Month.
Higgins renews push to drop 'discriminatory' blood donation restrictions
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 03:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is among the members of Congress calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to end its policy which, they said, "discriminates against members of the LGBTQ+ community who wish to donate blood."
'FAST NY' grant program designed to attract key industries to shovel-ready sites
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced plans for the new Focused Attraction of Shovel-Ready Tracts New York ("FAST NY") grant program to attract and expand key growth industries to New York. The governor announced the program at the New York State Economic Development Council Conference in Albany.
New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence acknowledges February as Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 04:05 pm
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) recognizes February as Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month in New York state. In an effort to curb the issue of teen dating abuse, OPDV is running a monthlong campaign to provide teens with a positive framework for building healthy relationships.
MHANYS calls for public policy response to 'mental health crisis in higher education'
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 12:00 pm
The Mental Health Association in New York State Inc. (MHANYS) has released a white paper calling for a public policy response to what it called a "mental health crisis in higher education."
From Niagara Falls to the Mario Cuomo Bridge: NYS shines light on problem gambling
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 12:00 pm
With the rapid expansion of gambling and the record-breaking introduction of mobile sports betting, there is no better time to bring the issue of problem gambling to the forefront. The New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) and its seven regional Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) are calling on everyone to "shine the light" on problem gambling during Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) this March.
Attorney General James delivers over $640,000 to breast cancer organizations
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:55 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has delivered more than $640,000 to five nonprofit organizations that are leading the fight against breast cancer.
Hochul announces availability of $65 million in federal emergency home heating aid
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $65 million in funding remains available to help low- and middle-income New Yorkers avoid having their home heating disconnected, or exhausting their heating source amid fuel price increases this winter.
NYS OASAS announces availability of funding to improve transportation services for individuals affected by addiction
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:05 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports has announced the availability of up to $500,000 to establish transportation demonstration projects aimed at testing regional solutions to improve transportation services for people who are in need of supportive services for substance use disorder, including treatment and recovery services. Two awards of up to $250,000 each will be made in upstate New York, one in a rural county and one in an urban county.
DEC announces 2021 was safest-ever season for New York hunters
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the 2021 hunting seasons in New York were the safest ever, with the lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents since record-keeping began. DEC environmental conservation police officers investigated nine hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) in 2021, including one fatality.
Hochul announces 4-year labor agreement with Police Benevolent Association of New York State
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced her administration has reached a contract agreement with the Police Benevolent Association of New York State for a four-year term (running until March 31, 2023), which was ratified by union membership.
Hochul signs conditional cannabis cultivation bill
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed legislation creating a new conditional adult-use cannabis cultivator license, establishing a pathway for existing New York hemp farmers to apply for a conditional license to grow cannabis in the 2022 growing season for the forthcoming adult-use cannabis market.
New data shows FTC received 123,684 fraud reports from New York consumers in 2021
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 01:55 pm
The Federal Trade Commission received 123,684 fraud reports from consumers in New York in 2021, according to newly released data.
State funding to assist Asian American community organizations across New York
Mon, Feb 21st 2022 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced $10 million in awards for organizations providing services to Asian American communities that were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
NYS: 'Major investments' to improve psychiatric support for those in crisis
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced major investments to help improve access to acute mental health care and hospital psychiatric beds across New York.
Hochul announces availability of up to $1.5 million to expand telehealth services for addiction treatment
Fri, Feb 18th 2022 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the availability of up to $1.5 million in federal funding under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) to allow providers to expand telehealth services for addiction treatment.
Tax tips to simplify your filing experience
Thu, Feb 17th 2022 08:10 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Thursday encouraged taxpayers to follow some important filing tips before they submit their income tax returns.
Senate Republicans: End the emergency now
Thu, Feb 17th 2022 08:05 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Thursday announced he will introduce a resolution to immediately end the "statewide disaster emergency" declared by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this week.
Hochul announces $500,000 grant and partnership with IMG to support independent designers during New York Fashion Week
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a partnership with IMG to implement a $500,000 grant program to assist small, independent fashion designers with grants of $50,000 each to offset certain costs of their New York Fashion Week show productions for the September season.
Attorney general warns of tracking threat from 'malicious Apple AirTag users'
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued a consumer alert with safety recommendations to protect New Yorkers from what her team called "bad actors using Apple AirTags to track individuals' locations and their belongings for harmful purposes."
DEC issues guidance to avoid coyote conflicts
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 03:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes to protect the public and their pets.
 

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