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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."
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:

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