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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.
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.
 

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