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Air quality health advisory issued for Western New York
Thu, Apr 13th 2023 07:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald issued an air quality health advisory for the Long Island, New York City Metro, Lower Hudson Valley, Eastern Lake Ontario, Central and Western New York regions for Friday, April 14.
Hochul announces new initiative to double buying power for SNAP recipients at farmers markets
Wed, Apr 12th 2023 06:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new initiative that will double the buying power for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients at farmers markets across New York.
DiNapoli: Value of IDA projects grew 10% in 2021 to $126 billion
Wed, Apr 12th 2023 08:55 am
New York's 107 local industrial development authorities (IDAs) reported 4,324 active projects with an aggregate value of $126 billion in 2021, a 10.4% (or $11.9 billion) increase compared to 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The number of IDA projects increased by 1.5%.
Delgado signs and launches pledge for accountability against gender-based violence
Tue, Apr 11th 2023 03:45 pm
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has launched a yearlong "Pledge of Accountability: Engaging Men & Boys Against Gender-Based Violence," a digital Pledge that "encourages men and boys to become better allies, to recognize many of the behaviors that contribute to gender-based violence are associated with negative masculine stereotypes, and to speak up against gender-based violence in their lives."
Consumer alert: NYS DCP releases guide with scam prevention tips for first-time homebuyers
Tue, Apr 11th 2023 03:45 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 important scam prevention tips for first-time homebuyers. The guide is part two of a five-part consumer alert series to help New Yorkers navigate housing scams, which are a continuously growing risk for consumers.
One week to file your tax return! Find out if you qualify for Free File
Tue, Apr 11th 2023 03:45 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded New Yorkers and others who may need to file a personal income tax return that the deadline to file and pay any taxes owed is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Tuesday, April 18.
With increased fire danger, DEC issues reminder: Annual residential brush burning prohibition in effect through May 14
Tue, Apr 11th 2023 03:45 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds New Yorkers about the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning that lasts March 16 through May 14. With warmer temperatures and lower humidity, the risk of fire increased across the state this week. The fire danger map for the 2023 fire season on DEC's website is updated with the latest fire conditions.
ESD, NYS Homes and Community Renewal encourage owners & managers of eligible residential properties to participate in ConnectALL's $100 million residential connectivity program
Tue, Apr 11th 2023 03:45 pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) are encouraging owners and managers of affordable housing properties across the state to indicate their interest in the $100 million Affordable Residential Connectivity Program, which will provide no-cost installation of fiber broadband wiring and equipment upgrades under Gov. Kathy Hochul's ConnectALL initiative.
Canalway Trail System received over 10 million visits during pandemic
Mon, Apr 10th 2023 05:05 pm
The Erie Canalway Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail continue to receive high levels of use year after year, according to the newly released "Who's on the Trail 2022: Canalway Trail" report from Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corp. (NYSCC).
Bryan Erwin named chair of State Council of Parks
Mon, Apr 10th 2023 04:55 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Gov. Kathy Hochul designated Bryan Erwin of Mattituck the new chair of the State Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
DEC issues guidance to reduce conflicts with bears
Mon, Apr 10th 2023 10:15 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on Friday reminded New Yorkers to remove or secure outdoor food sources that may attract black bears.
Tax time! Protect your personal information and refund when filing taxes
Thu, Apr 6th 2023 10:15 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection shared advice to help New York taxpayers prevent identity theft and tax fraud. Taxes are due Tuesday, April 18. Filing promptly and observing the following tips can help keep your personal information safe and speed your refund.
Hochul designates April 5 'Start By Believing Day' to support survivors of sexual assault
Thu, Apr 6th 2023 09:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday issued a proclamation designating April 5 as "Start by Believing Day," part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of supporting survivors of sexual assault. "Start by Believing Day" is part of a national effort by End Violence Against Women International to educate families, friends, colleagues, and law enforcement and other professionals about how to improve their response if someone discloses an assault.
Biden-Harris administration announces $270 million for drinking water infrastructure upgrades in New York
Wed, Apr 5th 2023 11:25 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $270 million to New York essential drinking water infrastructure upgrades across the state through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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