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Agriculture commissioner: Applications open for New York AEM-Leopold Conservation Award
Tue, Jan 18th 2022 11:40 am
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced applications are open for the 2022 Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Leopold Conservation Award.
DiNapoli: State ends third quarter of state fiscal year on solid financial footing
Mon, Jan 17th 2022 01:35 pm
Tax receipts for the first nine months of state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 continue to exceed projections, totaling $84.4 billion.
Cahill introduces legislation to modernize bottle bill
Mon, Jan 17th 2022 09:45 am
Assembly member Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) recently introduced legislation that would update the New York State Returnable Container Law, expanding the list of redeemable bottles and raising the deposit to a 10-cent return (A.8668, Cahill).
Higgins: 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law' will deliver $378.4 million to fix bridges in 2022
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced New York is set to receive a record $378.4 million federal investment in bridges in 2022 thanks to funding provided through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law. Nearly $1.9 billion will be allocated for New York bridges over the next five years.
NYS's 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Exhibition draws record-breaking number of submissions
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and Office of General Services (OGS) on Friday announced a record-breaking number of students participated in the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Exhibition.
NYS: Legislation will lower statutory judgment interest rates, ease debt burden on New York consumers
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:50 pm
Assembly member Helene E. Weinstein announced legislation signed into law by Gov. Hochul will ease the financial burden on New Yorkers with consumer debt judgments against them, especially low-income New Yorkers and those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic (A.6474-A, Weinstein).
Senate & Assembly Republicans call on Farm Laborers Wage Board to reject reduction of overtime threshold to 'save future of farming in New York state'
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:45 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, along with Sens. George Borrello and Ed Rath, and Assembly members Angelo Morinello, Stephen Hawley and Mike Norris, on Thursday urged the Farm Laborers Wage Board to vote against the reduction of the overtime threshold below the current 60 hours established in the Farm Laborer Fair Labor Practices Act (FLFLPA) of 2019.
Hochul: Nearly $1 billion in financing for affordable housing
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced $991 million in bonds and subsidies awarded to create or preserve 3,242 affordable, sustainable and supportive homes across the state.
Hochul announces joint letter to US Treasury calling for additional federal rental relief
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced New York is joining California and New Jersey in calling on the federal government to prioritize additional rental relief funding for high tenant states that have exhausted their initial federal allocation.
Hochul announces plan to address truck & bus driver shortage
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced a plan to help address a "critical shortage" of truck and bus drivers by "significantly expanding the availability of road tests for commercial driver license (CDL) applicants.
NYS GOP: Restore public safety now
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 03:40 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay, their fellow Republicans, and law enforcement professionals from around the state are calling for "an immediate restoration to public safety in New York."
NYS Dems 'build on election reforms & further empower New York voters'
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 03:40 pm
On Monday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and the Senate Democratic majority advanced legislation to "improve New York state's electoral system, expand voting on college campuses, empower New York voters to participate in democracy, and continue protecting voters at the polls amidst the ongoing pandemic."
NYSOFA, AgingNY, Pets Together partner to connect older adults with therapeutic power of pets using online platform
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 11:40 am
In a continuing effort to combat social isolation, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) have partnered with Pets Together, a national nonprofit organization, to connect older New Yorkers with the therapeutic power of pets using the Pets Together video chat service, which offers social interactions aimed at reducing loneliness and stress.
OGS announces visitor access changes to State Capitol, Legislative Office Building due to COVID
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 11:10 am
Due to the evolving concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) and the omicron variant, the Office of General Services on Saturday announced it is implementing new rules for visitors that will be in effect as of today at the Capitol and Legislative Office Building in Albany. It said these restrictions are to ensure the health and well-being of all employees and the public during the 2022 legislative session.
Hochul: $4.5 million in funding to improve addiction prevention efforts in high-need communities
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of up to $4.5 million in federal funding under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program to develop substance use and misuse prevention coalitions in underserved areas of New York.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor 'brave Americans who defended our nation's capitol in the face of insurrection'
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 08:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Thursday "in honor of the brave Americans who defended the United States Capitol Building during the attempted insurrection of 2021."
UB, Stony Brook comment on State of the State
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 06:50 pm
A joint statement from the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University on being designated as New York State's flagship public universities:
Reactions to Hochul's State of the State address
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 06:50 pm
State leaders offered response to Gov. Kathy Hochul's State of the State address.
Hochul: Billion-dollar rescue plan for small businesses, new tax relief for millions of middle-class New Yorkers
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 06:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced a new, billion-dollar rescue plan for small businesses as part of the 2022 State of the State.
Hochul delivers 2022 State of the State, with 'New Era for New York' agenda
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday delivered her 2022 State of the State address, outlining her plan for a "New Era for New York." Hochul outlined nine key components of her agenda.
Senate Republicans unveil 'Take Back New York' 2022 legislative agenda
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 12:20 pm
The New York State Senate Republican Conference today officially released its "Take Back New York" 2022 legislative agenda. It said, "A response to the neglect and decline of our state created by Democrat one-party rule, 'Take Back New York' would restore balance and common sense to government while vigorously rejecting the extreme policies of the past three years."
Erie, Niagara counties receive state matching funds through shared services initiative
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced Cayuga, Chemung, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Erie, Madison and Niagara counties together received a total of more than $2.7 million in state matching funds via the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.
Hochul, AG James continue efforts to defend SALT deduction
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 02:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey filed a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court to continue their lawsuit against the federal government for what they called an "unlawful and unprecedented cap on the deduction for state and local taxes," known as SALT.
Hochul announces plan to institute term limits & outside income ban for statewide elected officials
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a plan to institute term limits for the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller as the first proposal of the 2022 State of the State. The governor will also propose a ban on outside income for statewide elected officials while serving in office. These reforms are aimed at increasing accountability and trust in the integrity of state government.
Hochul announces availability of $90 million in federal emergency home heating aid
Tue, Dec 28th 2021 02:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a "substantial" year-over-year increase in available emergency home heating aid - with more than $90 million in federal funding 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.
Celebrate 2022 outdoors with 'First Day Hikes' at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas & public lands
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently encouraged New Yorkers to spend time in the outdoors this holiday season and celebrate the new year at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails and public lands across the Empire State on Jan. 1, 2022. The variety of hikes offered includes seal walks, fire tower treks, lakefront trails, boardwalks, towpaths, walks along waterfalls, historic estates and military forts.
Higgins & Roswell Park CEO Johnson join Congressional Cancer Caucus briefing as US marks 50th anniversary of National Cancer Act
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Roswell Park CEO Dr. Candace Johnson recently joined a Congressional Cancer Caucus briefing with National Cancer Institute director Dr. Ned Sharpless and other national leaders discussing the National Cancer Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 23, 1971, and efforts to continue making strides in cancer research and treatment.
DEC announces proposed changes to superfund and brownfield site cleanup regulations
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced proposed changes to the state's regulations for the clean-up of contaminated sites that will advance efforts to revitalize communities and protect public health and the environment statewide.
Hochul signs legislation addressing labor and health care inequalities for women
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation addressing several challenges facing women and people of color. These bills address labor and health inequalities, from ensuring proper menstrual care is accessible, to promoting more women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Hochul signs legislation to improve state response to COVID-19 pandemic
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a package of legislation designed to improve New York's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This legislative package will "take a major step forward in the state's efforts to increase vaccination rates and study the effects this pandemic has had on our economy and health care system," her office stated.
Attorney General James asks consumers to report price-gouging of at-home COVID-19 testing kits, other in-demand items
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently issued a consumer alert to New Yorkers concerning potential price-gouging of over-the-counter coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing products for at-home use, as well as other in-demand essential products. This alert, her office stated, "comes in light of a surge of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, which has resulted in the rise of New Yorkers seeking to use at-home testing kits before gathering with friends and loved ones for the holidays."
Hochul announces suspension of construction-related lane closures during peak holiday travel days
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 06:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways will be suspended from at 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, through 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27. Construction will also be suspended from 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, through 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, to ease travel for motorists.
Applications open for 'Nurses For Our Future' scholarship
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the application period for the "Nurses For Our Future." The scholarship will cover tuition for 1,000 new or current health care workers to earn an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) at a two-year or four-year New York state public college or university.
Hochul signs legislation to improve health care services
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package aimed toward improving health care services.
Hochul signs legislation to support bars, restaurants, breweries & other small businesses
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a legislative package "removing red tape and assisting new bars, restaurants and other alcoholic beverage businesses to open more quickly," her team said.
Hochul signs legislation package to help individuals with disabilities
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a package of legislation to help individuals with disabilities in New York.
Hochul announces $230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in December
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:25 am
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 December. 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 this month, and more than $2.4 billion since January.
Attorney General James calls for changes to standards for realistic toy guns as holiday shopping season continues
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:35 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James continues her fight to promote gun safety and reform gun regulations by urging the Biden-Harris administration to increase safety standards for realistic toy firearms.
DPS details consumer rights, protections & programs to help pay utility bills and avoid shutoffs
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:35 pm
The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) updated its work to educate consumers on their rights and protections regarding utility shutoffs, programs to assist with utility arrears, and information for those seeking heating assistance this winter.

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