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NYS: Claim the tax credits you deserve - and file for free!
Wed, Apr 5th 2023 11:10 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance encourages New Yorkers to review their eligibility for valuable tax credits. Many New Yorkers with income of $73,000 or less can avoid the cost of hiring a paid tax preparer to claim their credits by filing their tax returns using the department's Free File program.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP releases guide with tips for navigating rental scams
Tue, Apr 4th 2023 05:45 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection announced the release of a comprehensive guide with practical tips to help New Yorkers identify and avoid rental scams.
Higgins hails release of National Cancer Plan
Tue, Apr 4th 2023 02:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Cancer Caucus, hailed the release of a National Cancer Plan, which sets "an aggressive agenda to cut cancer deaths in half over the next 25 years."
Hochul issues proclamation declaring April Child Abuse Prevention Month
Mon, Apr 3rd 2023 07:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in New York State, issuing a proclamation and directing that 13 state landmarks be illuminated in blue tonight in commemoration (including Niagara Falls).
Hochul issues proclamations declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child
Mon, Apr 3rd 2023 10:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in New York, issuing a proclamation. Coinciding with this proclamation, the State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence will conduct weekly "Sexual Violence 101" training, and collaborate with the state Office of General Services to host an exhibit to honor survivors' experiences and recognize International Denim Day.
NYS: Heightened monitoring in response to increase in false threats to schools
Mon, Apr 3rd 2023 10:00 am
Over the weekend, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced heightened monitoring in response to the recent increase in "swatting" calls, or the false reporting of a serious law enforcement emergency, such as a bomb threat, hostage situation or homicide, across the state and country.
NYRx: NYS launches new statewide Medicaid pharmacy benefit program
Mon, Apr 3rd 2023 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched NYRx, the state's new pharmacy benefit program, which is designed to improve prescription drug access and coverage for the 8 million New Yorkers enrolled in Medicaid statewide.
Hochul issues proclamation celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility
Fri, Mar 31st 2023 01:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation declaring March 31, 2023, Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrating the trans community in New York state and across the country. The governor also announced that New York state landmarks will be lit pink, white and light blue tonight, March 31, in celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility.
Need more time to file your NYS Tax returns? Request an automatic extension
Thu, Mar 30th 2023 09:10 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded Western New York taxpayers who need more time to file their state tax returns - whether due to the December 2022 snowstorm or for other reasons - that requesting an automatic extension of time to file is easy using the "Request an Extension" button on the Tax Department's website at (search: extension).
Hochul announces availability of $2.2 million for programs to connect New Yorkers with addiction services
Thu, Mar 30th 2023 09:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of $2.2 million through the state's Opioid Settlement Fund to help connect vulnerable New Yorkers to addiction services and other critical supports.
Solar forecasting study led by NYPA shows benefits of deploying technology to maintain effective grid operations
Thu, Mar 30th 2023 08:45 pm
The New York Power Authority and its research partners have completed a multiyear study to help New York state's growing solar industry deploy weather forecasting technology to better anticipate power generation and improve electric grid reliability.
NYS to receive $100 million to expand broadband infrastructure, provide high-quality internet to 100,000 underserved families & homes
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced New York state will receive $100 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury through the American Rescue Plan to expand high-speed internet.
Hochul issues proclamation honoring Vietnam veterans and families for service & sacrifice
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation declaring March 29, 2023, as Vietnam Veterans Day.
Ryan urges state to extend tax-filing deadline for Western New York
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:50 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan has sent a letter urging the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to push back the deadline for Western New Yorkers to file their state income tax returns to match the new federal filing deadline recently set by the IRS.
Take advantage of New York's triple play: E-file, Free File & direct deposit
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:45 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded taxpayers they can save money, prevent errors, and receive their tax refund sooner by e-filing with Free File software, and choosing direct deposit when they file their tax returns.
DiNapoli announces review of NYS Health Department's progress in addressing 'nursing home pandemic failures'
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:35 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office will conduct a follow-up review of the state Department of Health (DOH) after an audit released in March 2022 exposed weaknesses in DOH's ability to address the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes.
NYSOFA presents new resource guide to help older adults caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Wed, Mar 29th 2023 10:20 am
For Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) presents a new resource guide for older adult caregivers of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DDs).
New York state announces two grant opportunities to help farmers combat climate change and protect water quality
Tue, Mar 28th 2023 04:05 pm
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced two grant opportunities totaling $28.5 million for projects intended to help New York's farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate water and soil quality concerns, and increase on-farm resiliency to climate change.
Higgins welcomes Canada's action postponing penalties associated with new underused housing tax
Tue, Mar 28th 2023 03:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed an announcement by the government of Canada that it is postponing fines and interest associated with late-filed underused housing tax (UHT) returns through Oct. 31, 2023.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides tips for consumers planning spring & summer travel
Tue, Mar 28th 2023 12:15 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is providing tips to consumers planning for spring and summer travel.
Free File your income tax returns
Mon, Mar 27th 2023 11:20 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded taxpayers that Free File software options - available at - can make filing federal and state income tax returns fast and free for qualifying New Yorkers.
Higgins & Huizenga welcome Canada's commitment to invest over $300 million in Great Lakes
Mon, Mar 27th 2023 10:40 am
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Bill Huizenga (MI-04) welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement - following bilateral discussions - that Canada will make a $420 million ($306 million U.S.) investment in the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.
New York Lottery announces new draw close time for Mega Millions ticket sales
Mon, Mar 27th 2023 10:40 am
The New York Lottery announced that, starting April 4, Mega Millions ticket purchases for a Mega Millions draw held on the same day must be made by 10 p.m.
Lawmakers, advocates, school administrators, parents & teachers call for governor to fully fund free school meals for all students in budget
Fri, Mar 24th 2023 04:00 pm
With $280 million in funding for universal free school meals included in both the Senate and Assembly budget proposals, legislators, school administrators, parents and teachers from the Buffalo-area joined the Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids Coalition at Springville Elementary School on Friday to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul to address the crisis of childhood hunger in schools by fully funding a statewide, permanent "Healthy School Meals for All" program in the fiscal year 2024 state budget.
Morinello: 'Raise the Age' caused more harm than good
Thu, Mar 23rd 2023 09:40 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-Niagara Falls, joined Assembly members, senators and district attorneys from across the state to call for an amendment to the "Raise the Age" law, which went into effect in 2018, increasing the age for youth who can be prosecuted as an adult to from 16 to 18 years of age.
Hochul announces initiative to improve food benefit access for women, infants & children
Thu, Mar 23rd 2023 09:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new client feedback initiative her team said will improve understanding of the challenges New Yorkers face enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC.
NYS DCP alerts New Yorkers of poisonous home hazards during Poison Prevention Week
Tue, Mar 21st 2023 01:05 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips" during National Poison Prevention Week, the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is reminding New Yorkers of prevention measures to reduce the risk of poisoning.
Attorney General James warns New Yorkers to be cautious of practices targeting Jewish communities before Passover
Mon, Mar 20th 2023 01:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a consumer alert urging New Yorkers to be cautious of potential discriminatory pricing practices at car washes in advance of Passover. In previous years, there have been reports of car wash businesses in predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City raising prices by as much as 50% for Jewish customers seeking cleaning services close to Passover.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grew by over 14% in February compared to last year
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 03:45 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 14.1% in February compared to the same month in 2022, according to an analysis released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.64 billion, up $203 million compared to the same time last year.
During visit to Buffalo, Buttigieg meets with Higgins, Hochul, Schumer, Gillibrand & Brown to highlight $55M Reconnecting Communities grant
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 03:45 pm
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Congressman Brian Higgins, Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, the Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC), as well as other community members and local leaders at the Buffalo Museum of Science to celebrate the $55 million Reconnecting Communities Program grant to Buffalo.
DEC announces 2023 camping reservation changes
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 11:50 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced changes to reservations at DEC campgrounds for the upcoming season, including new, same-day reservations to help add flexibility and ease to last-minute bookings.
St. Patrick's Day: Hochul announces crackdown on impaired driving
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 11:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving as St. Patrick's Day celebrations get underway starting this weekend. This special traffic enforcement detail, which is funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, begins Friday, March 17, and runs through Sunday, March 19.
Almost one month until Tax Day: File your tax return simply & quickly
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 11:35 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded taxpayers that information available on its website,, can help make filing personal income tax returns simple, fast and free for qualifying New Yorkers.
Hochul: New online tool to help New Yorkers access child care
Wed, Mar 15th 2023 08:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced efforts to help working families access child care throughout New York state, including launching a new online screening tool for them to check eligibility and reestablishing a statewide task force to develop an implementation plan for universal child care.
Hochul: New report on gender wage gap in recognition of Equal Pay Day
Tue, Mar 14th 2023 03:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the release of a new report from the New York State Department of Labor on the state's gender wage gap.
Hochul promotes New York state maple industry during Maple Month
Tue, Mar 14th 2023 11:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul encouraged New Yorkers to support their local maple producers. The governor highlighted New York's upcoming Maple Weekends events and activities, which will take place March 18-19 and 25-26, along with other special events and promotions throughout the month.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers job seekers tips to avoid employment scams
Tue, Mar 14th 2023 11:00 am
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is warning job seekers to avoid common employment scams.
Hochul announces dedicated outreach team to connect east Buffalo residents with programs & services
Mon, Mar 13th 2023 02:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $500,000 has been awarded to a local human services agency to conduct community and direct, door-to-door outreach to households in the east Buffalo community to help residents access government benefits, services and programs.
NYSOFA seeks input from individuals 60-plus in state's first-ever comprehensive survey of older adults
Mon, Mar 13th 2023 12:50 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) urges all individuals 60-plus to answer a newly launched statewide Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA).

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