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Higgins urges Western New Yorkers to join 10 million American households registered for broadband benefit
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging all eligible Western New Yorkers to join more than 10 million American households that have signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the nation's largest broadband affordability program. His team said, "Thanks to the 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,' this program is providing millions of families who previously lacked access or could not afford this critical utility, with affordable and reliable broadband access."
NYS: Nearly $2 billion in wagers over first 30 days of mobile sports wagering
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the successful launch of mobile sports wagering in New York state, with nearly $2 billion in wagers taken during the first 30 days of operation. Her team said, "This record-breaking success, more than any other state has ever reported, will generate more than $70 million in tax revenue for New York state, providing funds to be allocated toward programs that support education, youth sports, and more."
Hochul establishes office of chief disability officer
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Disability Officer to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. She appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the state's first chief disability officer.
NYS: Protect yourself from a bad tax preparer: Review recently enhanced Consumer Bill of Rights
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the Consumer Bill of Rights Regarding Tax Preparers has been bolstered to better protect the public from dishonest tax preparers who prey on unsuspecting New Yorkers.
Senate Republicans: End COVID mandates
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
On Monday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference called for an end to what they called "unconstitutional mandates promulgated by Gov. Kathy Hochul and her Department of Health." The Republicans announced they would force a vote on the New York Senate floor to end the mandates.
Marking 13th anniversary of Flight 3407 tragedy, Higgins & families remain vigilant in protecting flight safety measures
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 04:00 pm
The 13th anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 marks the first time since the tragedy that all flight safety measures recommended as a result of the event have been implemented, but Congressman Brian Higgins and the Families of Flight 3407 remain "on guard to protect the multiple improvements made."
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up 19% in 2021
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 10:20 am
Local government sales tax collections totaling $19.6 billion increased by 19.1%, or $3.1 billion, in 2021 compared to last year, according to a report released this week by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This was the highest annual increase on record after a historic low in 2020 when local sales tax collections declined by 10%. Annual growth in 2019 was 4.7%.
$230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in February
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 02:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for February. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, bringing in roughly $230 million in federal funding into the state's economy.
DEC announces annual 'Buffer in a Bag' program
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 02:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the application period for the Trees for Tribs' "Buffer in a Bag" program is open. Qualifying private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
Higgins announces approval of Postal Service Reform Act
Wed, Feb 9th 2022 12:30 pm
On Wednesday, Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of the Postal Service Reform Act (HR3076), legislation designed to protect local jobs, improve the fiscal standing of the United States Postal Service (USPS), and preserve trusted mail service delivery for Americans.
DiNapoli: NYS Common Retirement Fund reports third quarter results
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
The New York State Common Retirement Fund's estimated return in the third quarter of the state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 was 4.74% for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. It ended the quarter with an estimated value of $279.7 billion.
In celebration of Black History Month, SBA announces new funding to expand outreach centers for women entrepreneurs through Minority Serving Institutions
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced the availability of $1.5 million for 10 new grant opportunities for established Minority Serving Institutions aspiring to host a Women's Business Center (WBC) to provide local outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs.
Hochul: $64 million to aid struggling families and survivors of domestic violence
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced more than $64 million in federal funding to help struggling New Yorkers with children, multigenerational households, and survivors of domestic violence with their expenses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Hochul, AAA update New Yorkers on winter storm impacts & response
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 03:55 pm
Earlier this afternoon, Gov. Kathy Hochul provided an update to New Yorkers on statewide winter storm impacts and state agency response efforts as a storm system continues to impact most of the state with heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain, knocking out power to more than 52,000 customers.
Hochul urges New Yorkers to e-file in order to claim all available tax benefits
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of Free File software, which, her team said, "can help millions of taxpayers claim valuable tax credits without the cost of hiring a paid tax preparer. The software provides savings as well as puts money directly in your pocket by ensuring you claim the credits you deserve, including the earned income tax credit (EITC)."
Attorney General reminds New Yorkers about increased protections from surprise medical bills
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 01:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently reminded New Yorkers of new safeguards against surprise bills. She did this, her team said, "to protect consumers from unexpected and often devastating medical bills."
DEC releases updated strategic plan for state forest management
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 01:25 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of the 10-year update to the strategic plan for state forest management. The draft plan is available for public comment through March 4, and will help guide the management of all state forests and the development of state forest unit management plans.
NYS OASAS launches media campaign to raise awareness of problem gambling services
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 09:10 am
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced the launch of the "Stick to the Game Plan" campaign. The goal of this new, multifaceted campaign is to bring awareness to problem gambling and how to prevent it, and to help direct people in need to problem gambling services.
DiNapoli: Money earmarked for highway & bridge infrastructure siphoned off
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 04:00 pm
Highway and bridge projects have been shortchanged because the state continues to use money in the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund (DHBTF) to pay down debt from past projects and cover the operating costs for state agencies, according to a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Grants available for roadside markers commemorating history in New York state
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 01:55 pm
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation announced the next round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program officially opened Monday. This roadside marker program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York within the timeframe of 1740-1922.
Higgins urges Western New Yorkers to claim Earned Income Tax Credit
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging Western New Yorkers to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - a tax provision that helps lift working families out of poverty. In 2021, 25 million Americans received the credit, however it is estimated 20% of eligible taxpayers - about 6 million people - failed to claim the benefit.
NYS: Don't miss out on valuable tax benefits on National Earned Income Tax Credit Day
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:40 am
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. When the federal, New York state and New York City earned income tax credits are combined, they can be worth up to $9,083 for a family with three or more children.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor fallen NYPD officers Rivera & Mora
Thu, Jan 27th 2022 07:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of fallen New York Police officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Jan. 28, the day of Officer Rivera's funeral service, and returned to full-staff at sunset on Feb. 2, following Officer Mora's funeral service.
Hochul convenes new Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday led the first meeting of the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns. The multistate consortium convened to share intelligence, tools, tactics and strategies to combat gun violence, especially as it relates to the trafficking of firearms between states.
Hochul announces new resources to aid workers with long-haul COVID-19 workers' compensation claims
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced New York state is offering new, online educational opportunities to help workers who believe they contracted COVID-19 due to an exposure at work, especially those suffering from ongoing long-haul symptoms.
Alicka Ampry-Samuel joins HUD as regional administrator for New York & New Jersey
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 09:55 am
President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Alicka Ampry-Samuel to serve as HUD regional administrator for region II, serving New York and New Jersey. Ampry-Samuel will oversee HUD operations, including the New York City Regional Office and field offices in Buffalo, Albany, and Newark, New Jersey.
EARTHDAY.ORG announces Earth Day 2022 theme: 'Invest In Our Planet'
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 09:55 am
EARTHDAY.ORG, the global organizer of Earth Day, on Tuesday announced the theme for Earth Day 2022 will be "Invest In Our Planet."
Hochul: SUNY Board ends practice of withholding transcripts from students with outstanding balances
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the State University of New York Board of Trustees has ended the practice of withholding transcripts from students with outstanding balances, effective immediately.
Wreaths Across America honors 'The Four Chaplains' with special Facebook Live event
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:50 pm
On Thursday, Feb. 3, Wreaths Across America will honor the American heroes known as "The Four Chaplains" with a special Facebook Live event at noon, from the Balsam Valley Chapel and tip lands located in Downeast Maine.
Senate Republicans unveil 'End the Exodus' economic plan as part of 'Take Back NY' agenda
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 08:45 am
The New York State Senate Republican Conference on Monday unveiled its "End the Exodus" economic plan as part of the ongoing "Take Back NY" 2022 Agenda.
Hochul: Kensington Expressway project would help 'reunite communities & right the wrongs of the past'
Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 05:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Buffalo on Saturday to announce the proposed $32.8 billion state capital plan includes nearly $3 billion for infrastructure projects her team said "promote equity, connectivity and multimodal transportation opportunities for communities all across New York state.
Hochul signs legislation to allow voting by absentee ballot through 2022, due to COVID-19 pandemic
Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation to allow voting by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic through 2022. Her team said, "This legislation continues to allow New Yorkers to request an absentee ballot during the pandemic where there is a risk of contracting or spreading disease that may cause illness to the voter or other members of the public."
Hochul: More than $3.7 million to support addiction prevention services across state
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the award of more than $3.7 million to expand evidence-based addiction prevention services throughout New York. Funding was awarded to providers in each of the state's 10 economic development regions, and will support prevention providers who had their services negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) is administering this funding.
Attorney General James provides guidance to New Yorkers following expiration of eviction moratorium
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 04:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday issued guidance to remind New Yorkers of the various rights and protections for residents following the expiration of New York's eviction moratorium on Jan. 15.
Expanded 'solar-for-all' program approved for National Grid's low-income customers
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:20 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the first phase of a program where low-income electric customers of National Grid currently enrolled in the company's energy affordability program (EAP) will be automatically enrolled in a new expanded solar-for-all program (E-SFA), which, when fully implemented, will save these customers an estimated $5 a month on their utility bills.
Higgins urges Haaland to include Thomas Indian School in Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians, is urging the U.S. Department of the Interior to include the former Thomas Indian School, located on the Cattaraugus Territory, in the department's Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. The school was attended by hundreds of Seneca and other indigenous children, severely impacting native culture and language.
NYS: $25 million in grants to help low- and moderate-income homeowners make critical repairs, accessibility modifications
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 07:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced $25 million in grant awards have been made to nonprofit organizations and municipalities in every region of New York to support safe and affordable homeownership. The grants will help low- and moderate-income homeowners make repairs or safety upgrades to their homes and provide down payment assistance for first-time buyers.
Statement by the New York State Association of REALTORS Inc.
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
The New York State Association of REALTORS Inc. recently released the following statement:
Higgins announces passage of legislation honoring hockey legend Willie O'Ree
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of S. 452, the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act. The bill, co-led by Higgins and Congressman Mike Quigley - who serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Hockey Caucus - honors the legacy of the first Black player in the National Hockey League, Willie O'Ree, by providing him with the Congressional Gold Medal.
NY Senate Republicans: No more mandates
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
The New York State Senate Republican Conference on Wednesday called upon Gov. Kathy Hochul and Democrats to end what they called "one-size-fits-all Albany mandates, and return to a system of governance based on facts, collaborative decision making, and guidance."
 

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