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DEC announces $1.35 million for second round of Forest Conservation Grant program
Fri, Feb 17th 2023 01:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the second round of competitive grants for the Forest Conservation Easements for Land Trusts (FCELT) Grant program. In partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, a total of $1.35 million in grant funding is available for DEC to award to eligible, accredited land trusts to purchase conservation easements on forested land for the purpose of protecting these lands from future development.
PSC approves upstate transmission projects to 'eliminate bottlenecks constraining delivery of clean, renewable energy'
Fri, Feb 17th 2023 12:30 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission has authorized the major upstate electric utilities to develop 62 local transmission upgrades designed to reduce congestion in three upstate regions as called for by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or Climate Act.
Counties united in opposition to budget proposal that would take $625 million from local taxpayers
Wed, Feb 15th 2023 05:40 pm
One unintended consequence of the proposed $227 billion state budget is that it will increase the cost of home ownership and rents across New York state, according to testimony presented today by the NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC).
NYS Homes and Community Renewal & Community Preservation Corp. announce applications open for $250 million climate friendly homes fund
Wed, Feb 15th 2023 05:25 pm
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and The Community Preservation Corp. announced applications for New York's new $250 million climate friendly homes fund (CFHF) are now open.
NYS: $658 million to strengthen access to high-quality health care
Wed, Feb 15th 2023 11:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $658 million in state funding to support 127 projects that will "protect and transform" New York state's health care delivery system.
'Free Freshwater Fishing Days' in NYS
Wed, Feb 15th 2023 11:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the 2023 dates for "Free Freshwater Fishing Days" in New York. The requirement for a freshwater fishing license is waived during the following six days this year: Feb. 18-19; June 24-25; National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 23; and Nov. 11.
Hochul launches initiative to offer fully paid parental leave to New York state employees
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 05:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched a "nation-leading initiative to offer fully paid parental leave benefits to New York state employees," her team said. "The governor announced in a policy bulletin that more than 10,000 unrepresented state employees will be eligible to receive 12 weeks of fully paid leave to use for bonding with a newborn, fostered or adopted child. The majority of employees will be able to take leave starting today."
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides tips to save on transportation costs
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 01:40 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is providing tips to help consumers reduce spending on transportation costs. These tips are part two of DCP's five-part consumer alert series to help New Yorkers save money amidst inflation and rising costs.
DEC announces annual 'Buffer in a Bag' program
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 12:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the application period for the "Trees for Tribs" "Buffer in a Bag" program is now open. Qualifying private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, combat climate change, and improve wildlife habitat.
Department of Labor establishes career development ambassador program to help educators promote career exploration for students
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 12:10 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) announced its partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to launch the career development ambassador program.
Taxes: Receive your money faster, and quickly check on your refund
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 12:05 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded taxpayers of the fastest and easiest ways to file their tax returns, check their refund status, and receive their money as quickly as possible.
DEC announces 'second successful year' of youth deer hunt pilot program
Tue, Feb 14th 2023 11:25 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced results of the second year of a pilot program allowing mentored 12- and 13-year-old hunters to harvest deer with a firearm or crossbow. The results show youth big game hunters enjoyed another safe, successful, and well-attended season afield.
Impaired driving enforcement campaign during Super Bowl weekend
Fri, Feb 10th 2023 05:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that state and local law enforcement agencies throughout New York will be stepping up patrols and targeting impaired driving over the Super Bowl weekend. The enforcement campaign will run from Friday, Feb. 10, through Monday, Feb. 13. This safety initiative is designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. It is sponsored by STOP-DWI with funding from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket
Fri, Feb 10th 2023 05:00 pm
If you worked in the past year and earned $59,187 or less, you can get your federal and state taxes e-filed for free, and you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). That is why I am pleased that the Erie County Clerk's Office is raising awareness of the critical support of the United Way's MyFreeTaxes program.
$7.6 million available to support improvements to animal shelters
Fri, Feb 10th 2023 02:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced $7.6 million is available to support animal shelters and humane societies in making "critical upgrades" at New York's animal shelters. This is the fifth round of funding for New York State's Companion Animal Capital Fund, the first state-funded program in the nation to provide for shelter improvement projects. Funded projects will enhance animal care and help to ensure adoptions for New York's dogs and cats.
NYS Office of General Services announces relaunching of online auctions for state government surplus
Fri, Feb 10th 2023 02:40 pm
New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner Jeanette Moy announced the relaunch of the state's online surplus property auctions on a new platform operated by GovDeals.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for February
Fri, Feb 10th 2023 02:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive a supplemental allotment of food benefits for February, including those already receiving the maximum allowable level.
Higgins' amendment would end COVID vaccine requirement for Canadians crossing into US by land
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has submitted an amendment, under consideration this week, which would end the requirement for showing proof of vaccination for Canadians entering the U.S. along land ports of entry.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grew 12.7% to $22.1 billion in 2022
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am
Local government sales tax collections in New York state totaled $22.1 billion in calendar year 2022, up 12.7%, or $2.5 billion, from 2021, due to strong sales statewide - especially in New York City - according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
OASAS announces availability of 'lifesaving resources to address state's opioid crisis'
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:40 am
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) on Friday announced new distribution plans for overdose reversal medication naloxone (known as Narcan) and fentanyl test strips.
Higgins, Kilmer, Kelly, Fitzpatrick to cochair bipartisan House cancer caucus
Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:00 am
U.S. Reps. and co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus Brian Higgins (NY-26), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Mike Kelly (PA-16) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced the relaunch of the House cancer caucus in the 118th Congress.
DiNapoli: Thruway Authority toll increases should be last option
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 03:20 pm
The New York State Thruway Authority has proposed a multiyear schedule of systemwide toll increases to begin in 2024, but a new report from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli identifies concerns with the proposal and urges the Thruway Authority to first improve its operations and maximize non-toll revenues. DiNapoli's office reviewed a decade of the Thruway Authority's finances and the toll hike proposal, and found gaps in essential information necessary to evaluate the proposal.
Hochul announces details of $1 billion plan to 'overhaul' New York's continuum of mental health care
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced details of her comprehensive, $1 billion multiyear plan to "overhaul the continuum of mental health care and drastically reduce the number of individuals with unmet mental health needs throughout the state."
On National Missing Person's Day, New York's specialized police officers reassure families their missing loved ones remain a priority
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 07:00 am
The uncertainty and fear from having a loved one go missing is a pain that too many families endure - often for a lifetime. The 1,100 officers of the PBA of New York State (PBANYS) routinely work to reunite families of the missing, including students from the State University of New York and sportsmen and visitors who become lost or missing in state forests and parks.
Hochul announces highlights of executive budget
Wed, Feb 1st 2023 11:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday outlined her fiscal year 2024 executive budget.
BBB scam alert: How Social Security recipients can stay alert to the cost-of-living adjustment scams
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:50 pm
Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for recipients of Social Security benefits and Supplementary Security Income (SSI). Due to inflation, payments can increase by 8.7% this year. It's a significant increase - the highest COLA approved in more than 40 years - and scammers are taking advantage. If you or a loved one receive Social Security benefits, stay alert to the signs of a scam.
DiNapoli calls for 'long-needed state debt reform'
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:50 pm
New York state has one of the nation's highest debt levels, largely because measures to restrict the excessive use of debt have been circumvented over the years in state budgets. Since the Debt Reform Act was passed in 2000, state-supported debt outstanding increased by $25 billion. Over the next five years, this debt is projected by the Division of the Budget to increase by $26 billion, or 42%, from $61.9 billion in state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 to $88 billion in SFY 2026-27.
Department of State launches new electronic notary license system to provide online services to New Yorkers
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:45 pm
The New York State Department of State announced the availability of an online application and registration portal for notaries starting Feb. 1.
Consumer alert: Department of State's DCP warns of credit and debit card skimming scams
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 05:45 pm
During Identity Theft Awareness Week, the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection warned New Yorkers of credit and debit card skimming scams where thieves place "skimming" devices at ATMs, gas station pumps and other unattended payment terminals to steal card information.
State Agriculture Department seeking program administrators to manage two new grant funds
Mon, Jan 30th 2023 03:55 pm
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is now accepting proposals for program administrators for the $1 million Beginning Farmers Grant Program and for the $4 million Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmers Grant Program.
Senate Republican Leader Ortt & Sen. Jake Ashby call upon governor to support returning veterans in executive budget
Mon, Jan 30th 2023 01:40 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Sen. Jake Ashby, ranking Member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, have penned a letter calling upon Gov. Kathy Hochul to include support for veterans in her executive budget.
Don't miss valuable tax credits on National Earned Income Tax Credit Day
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 12:20 pm
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.
Rural Housing Coalition shares mobile home community preservation guide
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 11:40 am
When you live in a mobile home community, you may own your home, but not the land underneath it.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP reminds parents to pay attention to lifesaving information related to product recalls
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 10:30 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection urges parents and caregivers to pay attention to product recalls. In January, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which issues product recalls across all categories of consumer goods, reissued earlier recalls for two inclined sleep products after additional infant deaths were reported. Inclined sleepers are dangerous for babies and increase the risk of suffocation.
Hochul announces completion of more than 1,000 joint counterterrorism exercises across state in 2022
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 10:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Counter Terrorism conducted training exercises at more than 1,000 locations statewide in 2022, partnering with New York State Police and counterterrorism experts from more than 80 state and local law enforcement agencies in assessing the ability of retail businesses and mass-gathering sites to recognize and report suspicious activity in nearly every county in the state.
NYS: More than 8,000 public safety professionals completed training at State Preparedness Training Center in 2022
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 08:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany trained more than 8,000 local, state and federal public safety professionals from a variety of disciplines and agencies, including law enforcement, the fire service, and emergency management, from across New York state and beyond in 2022.
Cornell, NYSEG pilot app to help consumers moderate electricity use
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 08:00 pm
Extreme weather and changing patterns of electricity use have led to blackouts and unpredictable utility bills across the nation.
US Fish and Wildlife Service extends effective date to reclassify northern long-eared bat as endangered
Wed, Jan 25th 2023 11:30 am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is delaying the effective date of the final rule to reclassify the northern long-eared bat from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is extending the effective date by 60 days, from Jan. 30 to March 31, 2023.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for January
Tue, Jan 24th 2023 02:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for January.
Hochul recognizes first responders & community heroes for their actions during December blizzard
Mon, Jan 23rd 2023 09:55 am
On Saturday, Gov. Kathy Hochul recognized first responders and community heroes in Buffalo for their actions during the December blizzard.
 

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