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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.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up more than 17% in November
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:30 pm
Statewide local sales tax collections grew by 17.5% in November compared to the same month in 2020, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced. Overall, local collections totaled almost $1.6 billion, up $235 million from November of last year. Collections for the month were also notably robust when compared to prepandemic levels, up 9.2% (or $133 million) from November of 2019.
PBA of New York State members play critical role in Gov. Hochul's emergency deployment of state incident management team
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 02:00 pm
Established in 2011, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State is a law enforcement labor union representing the interests of approximately 1,200 members of the New York State Agency Police Services Unit (APSU).
New York State Office for the Aging, Division of Veterans' Services partner with GetSetUp to offer online courses for veterans in January
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:55 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and New York State Division of Veterans' Services have partnered with GetSetUp - a peer-to-peer online learning community for older adults aged 50 and over - to offer a new series of classes in January and February specifically on veterans' benefits.
Hochul announces new framework to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced a framework for the state to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030, enough to annually power nearly 700,000 homes.
Higgins: New York to receive over $2.2 billion in federal highway funding
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 09:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced New York state will receive more than $2.223 billion in federal funding in fiscal year 2022 to rebuild the state's roads and bridges thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This represents a 21%-plus increase in federal highway funding for New York over the current year's allocation.
$8 million in infrastructure funding for Buffalo & Niagara Falls airports
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $8,771,135 in federal grant funding awarded to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) and Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG). The funding is provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and awarded to airports across the country through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Infrastructure Grant program.
Hochul: $40 million for supportive services to break cycles of homelessness
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $40 million is being awarded to 128 nonprofit organizations and local governments to provide services to residents of supportive housing developments in communities across New York.
Hochul: Minority and women-owned business enterprise utilization rate leads nation at 30.51%
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state has surpassed its official utilization rate goal for minority-and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) on state contracts with 30.51% - the highest in the country - for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Additionally, more than $3 billion in state contracts were awarded to MWBE firms during the same time period, with more than $21 billion in state contracts awarded since 2011.
Higgins leads push to support 'Buy American' provisions in new 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law'
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is leading a push to maximize and expedite U.S. "Buy American" policies as the country prepares to rebuild thanks to the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
AAA Western and Central New York's fleet technicians shine brighter with Guardian Angel Safety Lights
Wed, Dec 15th 2021 11:15 am
Darkness seems to set in so early every evening at this time of year! AAA Western and Central New York has provided each emergency roadside service technician in its Central and Western New York fleet operations with a Guardian Angel Safety Light to increase their visibility on darkened roads.
Higgins seeking applicants for 2022 internships
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins invites college students and graduate students interested in gaining valuable government experience to apply for an internship with his office. Internships are available in both office locations (Washington, D.C., and Buffalo), begin as early as January and continue through the end of May at the latest.
Impaired driving enforcement campaign running during holiday season
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced that state and local law enforcement agencies throughout New York will be stepping up patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season.
As WNY families receive final advance Child Tax Credit payment, Higgins pushes for extension
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:50 pm
On Dec. 15, families will receive the final advance Child Tax Credit payment authorized under the American Rescue Plan. Congressman Brian Higgins recently voted to extend the enhanced Child Tax Credit through the Build Back Better Act and is calling on the Senate to do the same.
Attorney General James again warns mortgage servicers of obligation to assist homeowners in need of COVID-19 relief
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has taken action to provide support to New Yorkers still recovering from the financial effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Higgins announces passage of legislation promoting mental health support for health care workers
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 1667, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, works to promote mental health support for health care professionals by providing $45 million annually from 2022 through 2024 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish and improve mental health education and awareness initiatives.
Indonesian gamelan music show, selamatan celebration with Javanese drummer Pak Wakidi Dwidjomartono
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 03:50 pm
St. John Grace Episcopal Church in Buffalo welcomes the community to an Indonesian gamelan music show and selamatan celebration with renowned Javanese drummer Pak Wakidi Dwidjomartono. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.
Hochul announces lighting of NYS landmarks to commemorate International Human Rights Day
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 03:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced landmarks would be lit blue today to commemorate International Human Rights Day - which is observed every year on Dec. 10 to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Higgins announces passage of legislation protecting education benefits for veterans attending college remotely
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 01:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced passage of the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act (H.R. 5545). The bill ensures veterans attending college remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive Veterans Affairs Department (VA) education benefits through June 2022.
 

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