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DiNapoli: Unemployment taxes on employers poised to increase to repay $9B owed to federal government
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 12:45 pm
The historic surge in unemployment claims at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly depleted the New York State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, resulting in the state borrowing from the federal government to pay claims. State UI tax rates have already risen to the highest level permissible under law in 2021. Unless the state or federal government takes significant action, federal UI tax rates on employers will also increase in 2022 and beyond, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Draft State Historic Preservation Plan available for review
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:10 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-2026)/Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
NYS Office of Mental Health announces funding to create 10 new youth assertive community treatment teams
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:35 am
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued a request for proposals to award $9.4 million in funding to expand youth assertive community treatment teams throughout New York.
Free resources available to connect New York job seekers with careers
Tue, Sep 7th 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul is promoting numerous free state resources that are available to help connect New Yorkers with vacant jobs as they transition back to the workforce or explore new career paths.
Hochul signs 4 pieces of legislation to 'boost workplace safety & put more money in workers' pockets'
Tue, Sep 7th 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed four pieces of legislation designed to "help boost workplace safety and put more money in the pockets of working New Yorkers."
Hochul signs legislation extending virtual public meetings
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.50001/A.40001) extending virtual access to public meetings under New York state's Open Meetings Law, which allows people to virtually participate in local government meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hochul signs new moratorium on COVID-related residential & commercial evictions into law, effective through Jan. 15, 2022
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed into law a new moratorium on COVID-19-related residential and commercial evictions for New York state, which is in effect until Jan. 15, 2022. Under the new law, all protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act for residential tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic will remain in place, along with new protections on commercial evictions.
Higgins announces launch of
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the launch of, what he called an easier way for Western New York families to sign up to receive the Child Tax Credit. The new portal, made possible through a collaboration between the White House and Code for America, includes a mobile-friendly design that allows parents to register on a cellular phone with both English and Spanish language features available.
Hochul announces removal of final toll barrier on NYS Thruway
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the removal of the final toll booths on the New York State Thruway, a "historic and significant milestone" in the $355 million cashless tolling design-build project.
Hochul 'disappointed' in SCOTUS housing ruling
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued the following statement Friday on the Supreme Court ruling on eviction moratorium:
Reminder from National Grid: Aug. 31 deadline approaching for bill payment assistance through HEAP
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 10:50 am
National Grid urges its Buffalo and other Western New York customers who need help paying their energy bill to apply now for federally funded assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Emergency HEAP program.
Hochul signs proclamation naming Aug. 26 Women's Equality Day
Thu, Aug 26th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a proclamation naming Aug. 26, 2021, Women's Equality Day.
Hochul announces selection of Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor
Thu, Aug 26th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the selection of Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor.
Study identifies possible antidote for club drug GHB overdose
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:45 pm
Diclofenac and other non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may limit the passage of gamma hydroxybutyric acid (a narcolepsy medication and illicit party drug commonly known as GHB) to the brain, decreasing the potential for fatal overdose, according to a University at Buffalo study.
Hochul announces changes to accelerate state rent relief program, attract more applicants
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced a series of changes to both attract more applications and accelerate payments within New York state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Under the governor's direction, the state will invest an additional $1 million in marketing and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the rent relief program, the available funding, and the strong tenant eviction protections in place for those who apply.
Hochul has 'comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
On her first day in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new plan to help ensure a "safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers fueled by the delta variant."
Higgins announces updates to IRS Child Tax Credit Portal
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 11:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced improvements to the Child Tax Credit update portal to make it easier for families to update information important to delivering the monthly payments.
DiNapoli: Problems plague state's rent relief program; federal funds to help renters at risk
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:00 pm
Financial relief has been slow to reach New York's pandemic-hit renters because of poor management by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in implementing the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), according to a new report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Assembly to provide final report on Cuomo
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Judiciary Chair Charles Lavine:
Cuomo signs legislation enacting 'Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act'
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation (S.5257C/A.6593B), enacting the "Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act," which provides a mechanism for the state to finance the acquisition and/or conversion of distressed hotels and/or commercial office properties by the appropriate nonprofit organizations for the purpose of maintaining or increasing affordable housing.
Cuomo: NYS Assembly not moving forward with impeachment proceedings
Fri, Aug 13th 2021 02:50 pm
Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on impeachment investigation:
Heastie provides comments on impeachment process
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 12:00 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie provided the following comments Monday following a judiciary committee meeting on the impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (edited for style):
$35 million available to fund operating costs of at least 1,400 supportive housing units
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the sixth funding round of his Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which will provide up to $35 million in service and operating funds for at least 1,400 supportive housing units. Since its creation in 2016, ESSHI has provided operating funds for more than 5,400 units of supportive housing.
AG: Independent investigators find Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated state & federal laws
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
The independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James - led by Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark - on Tuesday released their report into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. After nearly five months, the investigators concluded that Gov. Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women - including former and current state employees - by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing and hugging, and making inappropriate comments.
Nearly $1.1 billion in grants to support child care providers, enable return to workplace
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York will administer nearly $1.1 billion in federal funding directly to child care providers to help stabilize the industry and enable more parents to return to the workplace fulltime.
Cuomo signs legislation making it easier for families to find & collect unclaimed child support payment
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation (S.7153/A.7942) making it easier for families to locate and collect their unclaimed child support payments. The new law establishes an efficient, streamlined process for unclaimed funds to be turned to the state comptroller's office, where families then can more efficiently locate the payments they are entitled to receive.
Cuomo signs legislation relating to a civil cause of action for human trafficking
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.672/A.3186) that allows victims of human trafficking to recover actual, compensatory and punitive damages or other appropriate relief. This legislation also amends current law that requires an action to be commenced within 10 years of victimization to state an action can be commenced within 15 years after victimization has occurred.
OPWDD celebrates anniversary of ADA with launch of accessible events guide
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 01:10 pm
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities announced it has issued an accessible events guide to assist people and organizations in planning in-person and virtual events that are both inclusive and accessible. OPWDD is releasing the new guide to coincide with the upcoming 31st anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Cuomo: 'Streamlined' application process for rent relief program
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new "streamlined" application process for New York's rent relief program to help eliminate potential barriers for eligible New Yorkers to receive funding.
Cuomo signs legislation establishing domestic violence advocate-victim privilege
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation (S.1789/A.2520) establishing a domestic violence advocate-victim privilege wherein domestic violence advocates shall not disclose any communication made by a client to the advocate except in certain circumstances.
More than 1,800 jobs available for at-risk youth in WNY, Rochester & Syracuse areas following gun violence community meetings
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:45 am
Following Thursday's gun violence prevention community meetings in the Western New York, Syracuse and Rochester areas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 1,813 jobs will be available for at-risk youth across these three areas in the ZIP codes that make up each zone: 14701,14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14214, 14215, 14301, 14303, 14304 and 14305 in the Western New York area; 14605, 14606, 14608, 14609, 14611, 14613, 14615, 14619 and 14621 in the Rochester area; and 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13207, 13210 and 13224 in the Syracuse area.
Cuomo signs legislation raising age of consent for marriages to 18
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation (S.3086/A.3891) raising the age of consent to be married in New York state to 18. This new measure builds upon legislation ending child marriage, which the governor signed in 2017 by removing the ability for 17-year-olds to be married with parental and judicial consent.
Cuomo: $16 million to reduce gun violence in 20 cities across NYS
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced $16 million to fund workforce training and job placement programs in 20 cities most impacted by gun violence across New York.
Highway Workers Memorial to debut at 2021 Great New York State Fair
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a new memorial honoring fallen highway workers across New York is currently under construction and will be unveiled at the 2021 Great New York State Fair.
NYS Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board releases progress report
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:55 pm
The New York State Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board announced the release of its third and most recent report to the Legislature and the governor that highlights its work and its progress on previously issued recommendations for improving quality of life, community acceptance, and supports and services for New Yorkers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Cuomo: Nearly $4 million awarded to grow community heat pump networks across NYS
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced nearly $4 million in awards to 23 projects under the first round of the Community Heat Pump Systems Pilot program to advance community thermal networks that harness geothermal and waste energy to heat and cool buildings.
Cuomo signs legislation to increase public awareness of pregnancy-related health condition
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3475/A.6531) enacting "Lian's Law," authorizing the Department of Health to add information about preeclampsia - including detection, risk factors and possible options for treatments - to its health care and wellness education and outreach program.
Disability Pride Celebration to recognize signing of Americans with Disabilities Act
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:30 pm
Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) and several other disability services providers will host the annual Disability Pride Celebration, a weeklong virtual series of activities from July 26-30, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Clean Path New York: $270 million investment fund for development of the new green economy
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:25 pm
Clean Path New York announced a $270 million fund to "provide an opportunity for all New Yorkers to thrive in the new green economy."
Niagara County closes portion of West Canal Park in Pendleton; marina remains open
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:25 pm
Niagara County Department of Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal on Wednesday said the county has closed a portion of West Canal Marina and Park on Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Pendleton to clean up storm damage incurred Tuesday night.

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