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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.
NYS: $1.5 million in federal funding for new juvenile delinquency prevention pilot project
Fri, Jan 13th 2023 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced police departments in Buffalo, Schenectady and Yonkers are sharing $1.5 million in federal funding over five years to implement pilot programs designed to provide alternatives to arrest for justice-involved youth, and build trust between youth and police in the three cities.
New York State Department of Labor unveils strengthened sexual harassment prevention policy
Fri, Jan 13th 2023 04:50 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has released what it calls "a strengthened, nation-leading sexual harassment prevention model policy."
Highlights of Hochul's State of the State, responses
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 05:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered her State of the State address on Tuesday.
Hochul announces 'comprehensive plan' to 'fix New York state's continuum of mental health care'
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 10:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced, as part of the 2023 State of the State, a "comprehensive plan to overhaul New York's continuum of mental health care and drastically reduce the number of individuals with unmet mental health needs throughout the state."
New wage atlas shows more than half of New Yorkers earn below a living wage
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 10:50 am
A new, digital wage atlas launched by Cornell University researchers shows that more than half of New Yorkers earn below a living wage.
Educational Conference Board calls on state lawmakers to keep promise of full Foundation Aid funding
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 04:00 pm
New York's major statewide education organizations released a report detailing the need for the state to keep its promise of full Foundation Aid funding in the 2023-24 state budget, along with other legislative priorities.
Morinello announces committee assignments
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 04:00 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-Niagara Falls, announced that he has been selected to serve on the Assembly Labor, Tourism, Veterans' Affairs and Economic Development committees. He will also be the ranking minority conference member on the Standing Committee on Codes, which evaluates issues and legislation regarding the state's criminal and civil justice systems.
NYS Department of Labor reminds employers to display new veterans' benefits & services poster in workplaces
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 03:35 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), in partnership with the New York State Division of Veterans' Services (NYS DVS), announced all New York state employers with more than 50 employees are now required to display a new veterans benefits and services poster.
NY Sea Grant, DEC announce $460,000 in grants available to support projects that implement Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 02:20 pm
New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, announced funding is available for projects that apply an ecosystem-based management approach to address local watershed challenges.
Hochul announces promotion of New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Denise Donnell to major general
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the promotion of Denise Donnell - the first woman to command the New York Air National Guard - to the two-star rank of major general. Donnell was the first woman to command one of the New York Air National Guard's five flying wings, and is one of only five women to attain the rank of major general in the New York National Guard.
Sens. Ortt & Gallivan urge oversight hearings to assess NYS response to historic WNY 'Blizzard of '22'
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 10:30 am
On Friday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Sen. Patrick Gallivan sent a letter to the chairs of the Senate committees on Transportation, Investigations and Government Operations and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs urging them to conduct oversight hearings to assess the state's response during the historic "storm of a century" in Western New York last month.
New York state's 2023 tribute to legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be aired on PBS stations
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented as a statewide broadcast event, "New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Paths to Change," airing on PBS stations throughout New York beginning Sunday, Jan. 15. The public may also attend a free screening of the tribute on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany; or watch the program beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16.
State Police issue more than 32,900 tickets during national DWI crackdown that ran through New Year's Day
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police issued 32,934 tickets and arrested 453 people for impaired driving during the national DWI crackdown, which started Wednesday, Dec. 14, and continued through New Year's Day Sunday. Troopers arrested 453 people for DWI, and investigated 4,417 accidents, which resulted in 528 people being injured and eight fatalities.
USDA to conduct hemp survey
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:50 pm
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will send the hemp production and disposition inquiry to over 1,000 northeastern state producers on Jan. 19. This follows NASS' 2021 hemp acreage and production survey. Like the 2021 questionnaire, this year's survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp in the U.S. in 2022.
DEC: Several new requirements taking effect for 2023 to protect consumers from harmful chemicals
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Several new laws are taking effect in the new year to "help protect public health and the environment by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals in everyday items," the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced.
IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storm in New York
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Victims of severe winter storm beginning Dec. 23, 2022, now have until April 18, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced.
Hochul signs Digital Fair Repair Act into law
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed the Digital Fair Repair Act (S4104-A/A7006-B) into law, her team said, "making New York the first state in the nation to guarantee the right to repair, protecting consumers from anticompetitive efforts to limit repair."
Hochul urges recipients of government assistance to protect themselves against card skimming
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently urged New Yorkers who receive government assistance via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card to take steps to protect themselves from criminals who have been using "skimming" devices to steal the benefits from unsuspecting recipients.
NYS Department of Labor establishes process to expedite employment certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently announced it has put enforcement measures in place to avert employment certification delays for those applying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). This program allows eligible full-time public service and nonprofit workers to apply to have the remainder of their federal student loan debt forgiven after 120 qualifying payments.
Hochul announces first-ever round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant awards totaling more than $6 million
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $6 million in grants to eight projects across the state through the first round of the Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs.
Hochul signs NYS Living Donor Support Act into law
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.1594/A.146A) into law, enacting the New York State Living Donors Support Act, the first state program in the nation allowing individuals to be reimbursed for the costs of kidney and liver donations.
Hochul signs legislative package to support pedestrians, bikers & riders
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package supporting pedestrians, bikers and transit riders across New York. These new laws aim to increase Department of Transportation support for municipal "Complete Streets" projects, and require regional transportation boards have voting seats for transit dependent individuals.
Hochul signs legislative package to crack down on pandemic fraud
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package to crack down on pandemic fraud. Her team said, "By increasing rewards for reporting fraud and increasing penalties for fraud that occurs during state emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic, these new laws will deter individuals from committing this crime as well as encourage the reporting of fraud."
DEC announces adoption of Advanced Clean Cars II rule for new passenger cars and light-duty truck sales
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conversation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the adoption of new requirements to "reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector." The Advanced Clean Car II regulations will require all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York state to be zero-emissions by 2035.
Hochul signs legislation allowing individuals to become one-day marriage officiants
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation S.739A/A.6300A into law, creating a new path for people over the age of 18 to apply for "one-day designation," authorizing them to solemnize a single marriage on a specified day in the state of New York.
NYS: Expanded financial assistance & protections for victims and survivors of crime
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced three laws expanding financial assistance and protections for victims and survivors of crime who have not been physically injured are now effective.
Excelsior Scholarship application open for new applicants for spring 2023
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants for the spring 2023 term is open here. The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid, allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free.
Hochul announces New York State Historic Preservation Awards for 2022
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced that nine projects and one individual are being recognized with 2022 New York State Historic Preservation Awards. Projects highlighted with this year's awards include a community-led establishment of a historic district in Chautauqua County, transformational design of historic garden space in Westchester County, and the completed restoration of a historic pier in New York City.
NY National Guard conducts 9,825 military funerals in 2022
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 09:40 am
New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen expect to provide military funeral honors for the families of 9,825 New York veterans by the time 2022 ends on Dec. 31.
Hochul deploys National Guard, says 'Roads are closed throughout Western New York and will be, probably through Christmas Day'
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced deployments of additional personnel and assets to areas in Western New York impacted by a historic blizzard causing impossible travel conditions in the Buffalo area and beyond.
Nearly $30 million in final Excluded Workers Fund payments to be sent to New Yorkers in need
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 07:15 pm
More than 1,900 New Yorkers are set to receive benefits as part of the final round of payments from the state's historic Excluded Workers Fund (EWF). Nearly $30 million will be sent before the end of the year. In total, more than 130,000 EWF applications have been approved and, minus administrative costs, the entirety of the $2.1 billion fund will soon be distributed to eligible New Yorkers.
Higgins announces House approval of 2023 federal budget; package includes more than $24.67 million for WNY projects
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 07:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives has approved the 2023 federal budget, funding federal programs, ranging from veteran services to transportation projects, for the upcoming year.
Hochul signs legislation to conserve 30% of land and water by 2030
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 07:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (A.5390B/S.6191A) that sets the goal to support and contribute to national efforts to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030.
Consumer alert: Attorney General James warns against price-gouging during Winter Storm Elliott
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:30 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued an alert reminding consumers and businesses across the state against price-gouging during and in the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliott. The powerful storm has already brought heavy wind, ice, snow and freezing rain to Western New York and other regions throughout the state, and is expected to continue.
Hochul signs legislative package to bolster disaster preparedness efforts
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a legislative package to improve disaster preparedness efforts across New York.
Hochul signs legislation to protect consumers from potential prepaid gift card scams
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (A.266A/S.145B) designed to protect consumers from scammers by requiring businesses give notice of potential scams when selling gift cards.
Higgins announces approval of National Heritage Act
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved the National Heritage Area Act (S.1942). The bill reauthorizes all Niagara Heritage Areas, including those in Niagara Falls and along the Erie Canal, for the next 15 years, ensuring a long-term federal commitment to investments in these areas.
 

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