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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.
Hochul signs Buy American Salt Act into law to support jobs, state economy
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed the Buy American Salt Act (S.9441/A.7919-A) to allow New York public agencies and authorities that use rock salt or sodium chloride to purchase salt mined in the U.S.
NYS Department of Labor announces new process to 'make tax season easier for customers'
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Thursday announced it is "improving the process for unemployment insurance customers to get their 1099-G form this tax season." NYSDOL will be automatically mailing the form to New Yorkers who claimed benefits in 2022 and have not opted to receive the form electronically.
Hochul signs legislation establishing statewide rape kit tracking system
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S7867-A/A9596-A) to establish a statewide electronic tracking system for sexual offense evidence collection kits, commonly known as rape kits. Her team said, "This tracking system will ensure that all survivors of sexual assault have access to information about the status and location of their kits."
State agencies prepare emergency response assets ahead of incoming weather system expected to impact state Thursday through holiday weekend
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets in advance of significant winter weather system expected to create multiple hazards statewide beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday.
Hochul signs legislation expanding access to PrEP & PEP medication that help prevent HIV
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.688/A.807) requiring insurance companies to cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to help prevent against HIV infection.
Minimum wage increase for upstate New Yorkers
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state will continue with the $15 minimum hourly wage phase-in for upstate counties on Dec. 31. Workers outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County will see an increase by $1 per hour, from $13.20 to $14.20, following a statutorily required economic analysis conducted by the New York State Division of the Budget.
NYS: Legislation establishes statewide pay transparency law
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.9427-A/A.10477) establishing a statewide pay transparency law in New York state, requiring employers to list salary ranges for all advertised jobs and promotions.
Hochul signs Warehouse Worker Protection Act into law
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (S. 8922/A. 10020) into law.
Hochul announces start of adult-use cannabis retail sales
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced sales of legal, regulated adult-use cannabis will start Dec. 29 at a dispensary in Manhattan, operated by Housing Works, the nation's largest minority-controlled HIV/AIDS service organization and largest community-based HIV/AIDS service organization.
NYS: $234 million in additional food assistance for December
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 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 this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
HUD: Homelessness declined by 18.7% in New York
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 02:45 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its 2022 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1 to Congress. The report found that there were 582,462 people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. on a single night in January 2022. In New York, the yearly point-in-time count found 74,178 people experiencing homelessness, an 18.7% decrease from 2020.
DEC reminds hunters of late-season deer-hunting opportunities
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 01:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded hunters that many deer-hunting opportunities are still available in New York, and encouraged new and experienced hunters to participate.
Hochul signs legislation to crack down on violent crimes against police officers
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 06:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation to crack down on violent crimes against police officers. Legislation (S.772A/A.6318B) will establish a "Blue Alert" system to aid in the identification, location and apprehension of individuals suspecting of killing or seriously wounding a police officer.
Optimum adds Optimum Mobile to Affordable Connectivity Program offerings
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 12:45 pm
Optimum, a brand of Altice USA, announced households that enroll in the federal government's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) can now receive free or reduced-price wireless service through Optimum Mobile after applying the program's maximum $30 credit.
Nor'easter impacting parts of upstate, with prolonged snow event along lakes Erie & Ontario through Monday
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday provided an update on the season's first nor'easter expected to impact parts of upstate New York with a foot or more of heavy, wet snow throughout the day Friday, while also urging those in regions bordering Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to prepare for a prolonged lake effect snow event that could produce up to 4 feet of snow in some locations starting Friday night through Monday.
NYS unveils licensed cannabis dispensary verification tool
Thu, Dec 15th 2022 09:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday unveiled a "New York State Licensed Cannabis Dispensary" verification tool that will be posted in the windows of legally licensed retail dispensaries, which are set to begin opening before the end of this year.
Hochul urges caution in advance of winter storm expected to impact most of New York Thursday through Saturday
Thu, Dec 15th 2022 09:20 am
Winter weather will cause hazardous travel conditions in multiple regions, with potential for power outages in areas with heavy snowfall.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grow by nearly 9% in November
Wed, Dec 14th 2022 04:25 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 8.8% in November compared to the same month in 2021, according to an analysis released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.72 billion, up $139 million compared to the same time last year.
Hochul announces economic development awards in support of more than 12,000 jobs, spurring more than $410 million in capital investments
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved economic development awards to 25 companies that will support more than 12,000 jobs - nearly 500 newly created - and spur more than $410 million in capital investments.
NYS: $63 million to boost home energy assistance payments
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 02:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced New York has received an additional $63 million in federal funding that will be used to increase the base home heating assistance eligible households will receive. With the additional funding, eligible homeowners and renters could receive up to $1,126 from the Home Energy Assistance Program to help keep their homes warm this winter in the face of higher energy costs.
US Attorney's Office announces new public procedures to report environmental concerns
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 02:10 pm
U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced members of the public who have concerns regarding environmental issues within the community can now report those concerns to the U.S. Attorney's Office, as well as other federal and state agencies.
Major snowstorm brewing for northeastern US
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 01:45 pm
AccuWeather meteorologists expect the enormous storm to create a spinoff system near the Atlantic coast that is likely to bury some locations of the interior Northeast with a foot or more of snow later this week, as well as trigger areas of icy conditions and coastal flooding.
Interactive online learning & socialization available for older New Yorkers this winter
Tue, Dec 13th 2022 01:45 pm
Free online classes are available to any older adult in New York through the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) - a simple way to connect with others right from home throughout the holiday season and winter.
Hochul announces new electric vehicle fast charging stations along major travel corridor between Mid-Hudson & Western New York regions
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a dozen new electric vehicle fast chargers have been deployed along the primary travel corridor from the Southern Tier to Western New York.
Hochul convenes working group to support New York farmers
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 02:35 pm
Gov. Hochul on Monday announced a special working group of state agencies and agricultural community stakeholders will collaborate to support New York farmers and help boost the agricultural industry.
Hochul announces launch of new hate & bias prevention unit within NYS Division of Human Rights
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 01:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the New York State Division of Human Rights is launching a statewide hate and bias prevention unit, which is charged with leading public education and outreach efforts, serving as an early warning detection system in local communities, and quickly mobilizing to support areas and communities in which a bias incident has occurred.
US Economic Development administration visit ESD, Buffalo grantees to kick off efforts under federal 'Build Back Better Regional Challenge'
Fri, Dec 9th 2022 02:25 pm
Empire State Development announced U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Alvord visited Buffalo to kick off the projects awarded under the "Build Back Better Regional Challenge." The EDA team met with the Western New York Manufacturing Coalition and held a roundtable discussion before concluding the visit with a tour of Buffalo Manufacturing Works and the Northland Corridor.
Legislation to help New Yorkers heat their homes during emergencies
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 06:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (A.1451A/S.8426) to allow homeowners leasing liquified petroleum gas tanks to receive emergency deliveries from any supplier during times of a qualifying emergency, helping homeowners keep the heat on during severe weather emergencies and other critical periods.
Higgins announces final approval of Respect for Marriage Act
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 06:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, announced the final approval of the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R.8404). The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, will constitutionally recognize same-sex marriage, and formally repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Higgins announces federal action protecting hundreds of WNY workers from pension cuts
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 06:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced hundreds of Western New Yorkers will benefit from action by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., provided through the American Rescue Plan, to protect the retirement savings of Central States Pension Fund workers and retirees.
Hochul signs legislation to protect nursing home residents from infection, keep loved ones informed
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 08:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed legislation that will require residential health care facilities to "swiftly update residents as well as their family members and guardians when an infection is detected within the facility. It also requires nursing homes to have a plan in place to accommodate exposed or infected residents to stop the spread of the infection."
NYS: New regulation to protect consumers who relied on incorrect provider network information
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 08:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services has adopted a regulation to "protect consumers from unfair, surprise costs when they relied on incorrect information in their insurer's health care provider directory."
Higgins announces military service academy advisory panel
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 07:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins named nine local residents to serve on a service academy advisory committee. The panel met Dec. 4 to interview local high school students applying to one of the U.S. service academies, and to recommend those deserving of a nomination.
Higgins: $4.5 million to support shoreline restoration at Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $4.5 million awarded to the City of Buffalo by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Awarded through the National Coastal Resilience Fund, the grant will support shoreline resiliency and improve public waterfront access at Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park.
Hochul signs legislation to crack down on unwanted telemarketing calls
Tue, Dec 6th 2022 04:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed legislation to crack down on unwanted telemarketing calls. Legislation S.8450-B/A.8319-C requires telemarketers to give customers the option to be added to the company's do-not-call list at the outset of certain telemarketing calls. The new legislation is designed to help safeguard New Yorkers from continuous unwanted calls.
Hochul signs legislation to ensure eligible votes are counted
Tue, Dec 6th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation to protect New Yorkers' right to vote and improve the voting process. Legislation (S.284C/A.642C) requires the counting and canvassing of affidavit ballots cast by eligible voters who appear at the wrong polling place, as long as they are voting in the correct county and assembly district.

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