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Ortt urges constituents to join in ensuring fair redistricting effort
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:30 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Tuesday urged constituents and all New Yorkers to become involved and make their voices heard in the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts to help ensure fair representation in state and federal government for this region and across the state.
NYS OASAS announces new public awareness campaign to highlight importance of social support in fight against addiction
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:00 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) on Tuesday announced the launch of the new "Connections" campaign to remind New Yorkers of the importance of social connections in the battle against addiction and substance use disorder.
Attorney General James calls on federal regulators to improve child car seat safety standards
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday co-led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take stronger measures to protect children while traveling in car seats. NHTSA is the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that regulates child car seats.
Cuomo signs legislation protecting New Yorkers from telemarketing by text message
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S.3941/A.6040) expanding New York state's definition of telemarketing to include marketing by text message. New Yorkers have protection against unwanted robocalls under state law, but texting was not previously defined as telemarketing, exempting it from those protections. This legislation closes that loophole.
Higgins pushes for Child Tax Credit permanence on eve of first payment
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, is pushing to make the expanded Child Tax Credit permanent, days before the first payment is scheduled to be released. Payments are set to begin hitting families' bank accounts on Thursday, July 15, and will be disbursed monthly through December.
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection, DMV warn of text message phishing scam
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:00 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicles warn New Yorkers of a text message phishing scheme. Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to obtain data or sensitive personal information to be used to commit identity theft or trick the recipient into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.
'Slow Down, Move Over' is a law in all 50 states
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:00 am
AAA Western and Central New York is reminding motorists to "Slow Down, Move Over" after a tragic incident in Cincinnati. The AAA family is deeply saddened by the death of one of our drivers over Independence Day weekend. 32-year-old Glenn Ewing was placing a AAA member's vehicle on the back of a tow truck when he was hit by a passing vehicle. Glenn's death underscores why "Slow Down, Move Over" laws are critical to safety and drivers must slow down, and move over into the next lane, if they can do so safely.
Higgins cosponsors legislation providing funding and support to accelerate ALS research
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced support for the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, seeks to expand and accelerate the research, development and approval of treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Cuomo declares first-in-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of 'comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York'
Wed, Jul 7th 2021 03:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of what his team called a "new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York."
JCOPE posts 2020 financial disclosure statements for members of Legislature
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 10:00 am
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics has posted the 2020 annual statements of financial disclosure of the members of the Legislature who were in office as of the statutory May 15 filing deadline.
Park rangers to administer EpiPens to treat allergic reactions
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 08:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.4375/A.4652) authorizing forest rangers, park rangers and environmental conservation police officers to possess and administer EpiPens. Epinephrine is commonly used to treat serious allergic reactions such as bee stings, insect bites, food allergies or exercise-induced shock.
$110 million is available to fund community-based mobility and environmental mitigation projects
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 08:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $110 million in new funding is available to support community-based investments designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of local and regional transportation systems, while promoting safety and mobility.
Cuomo announces suspension of road and bridge construction during July 4th holiday
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, July 2, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, to ease travel throughout the July 4th holiday weekend.
Higgins leads House legislation to help people struggling with Alzheimer's and their families
Wed, Jun 30th 2021 03:25 pm
As Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month comes to a close, Congressman Brian Higgins announced bipartisan legislation to help families across the country dealing with Alzheimer's disease. The Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer's Act would help the 95% of individuals with dementia that have one or more other chronic conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.
Cuomo: State Police crackdown on drunk and drugged driving during July 4th holiday
Wed, Jun 30th 2021 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state will increase patrols and crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions this 4th of July weekend. State troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
FASNY offers lifesaving fire safety tips to keep your friends & family safe during July 4th celebrations
Wed, Jun 30th 2021 07:00 am
As vaccinated New Yorkers begin to gather for nicer weather, many will be hosting barbecues and parties for the upcoming Fourth of July. These holiday celebrations can pose serious safety hazards due to an increase in firework use and outdoor cooking. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) offers some key safety tips for your friends and family to follow this Fourth of July.
$1.7 million, requested by Higgins for small business development in WNY, advances in committee
Tue, Jun 29th 2021 04:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal legislation, which includes $1.7 million to help small businesses in Western New York, has crossed an initial legislative hurdle. A House Appropriations subcommittee approved a bill including $950,000 for the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) to support expansion of the West Side Bazaar, and $750,000 for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Buffalo State to help small businesses in Western New York expand e-commerce and grow an online presence.
Esposito takes state leadership role with Knights of Columbus
Tue, Jun 29th 2021 04:15 pm
Williamsville's Charles D. Esposito, the permanent deacon at St. Peter & Paul R.C. Church, was elected to the position of New York state deputy for the Knights of Columbus.
AAA Insurance shares pool safety tips
Sat, Jun 26th 2021 11:00 am
More than 3,500 people drown each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drowning is also one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 9. Many of these fatalities occur even with supervision.
State landmarks to be lit red, orange, yellow, green, blue & violet in celebration of Pride Month
Fri, Jun 25th 2021 10:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced landmarks statewide will be lit red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet in celebration of Pride Month and the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Marriage Equality Law in New York. Landmarks will be lit to Sunday, June 27.
Ortt joins federal representatives in calls to protect WNY's Canadian property owners
Thu, Jun 24th 2021 08:35 am
On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt joined calls from New York's federal representatives to stop any taxes on foreigners who currently own a vacant property in Canada. Along with increased COVID-19 vaccination thresholds, the Canadian government announced it was moving forward with a plan to tax foreign owners whose properties remain vacant.
NYS: $2.5 million expansion of first-in-the-nation initiative to prevent elder abuse
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a $2.5 million expansion of the first-in-the-nation enhanced multidisciplinary teams initiative, which protects vulnerable adults at risk of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Higgins urges expediency as US-Canada plan for border reopening
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:30 pm
With United States and Canadian officials expected to discuss plans to reopen the border, Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement urging both nations to act with urgency:
Cuomo announces education and equitable enforcement campaign to boost pedestrian safety
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced law enforcement will be participating in the "Operation See! Be Seen!" pedestrian safety campaign from June 11-24 to decrease pedestrian-involved crashes.
Following Higgins' request, CBP launches virtual interviews for Trusted Traveler Program renewals
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed news U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new pilot program to allow Trusted Traveler Program members to conduct renewal interviews virtually. The initiative comes after Higgins sent a letter requesting CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) resume NEXUS interviews, despite ongoing travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, by allowing the required in-person interview to be held online.
New York State Senate confirms New York Power Authority trustee
Wed, Jun 9th 2021 11:00 am
The New York State Senate has confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nomination of Bethaida Gonzalez as a new member of the New York Power Authority board of trustees and the Canal Corp. board of directors. Gonzalez, a Syracuse resident, is the first Latina to serve on the NYPA board.
Statement by Higgins on US-Canada border
Tue, Jun 8th 2021 03:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, released the following statement Tuesday in response to ongoing discussions about U.S.-Canada border restrictions:
Cuomo recognizes 40 years since first AIDS diagnosis in US
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released this statement on the 40th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis in America:
Higgins & Jacobs push to bring KC-46A Pegasus aircraft to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
Congress members Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are leading a push to have the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) host the next KC-46A Pegasus reserve component.
Niagara County DPW announces work on Sunset Drive in Lockport
Fri, Jun 4th 2021 04:20 pm
Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal said roadwork on Sunset Drive in Lockport from Upper Mountain Road to Stone Road will begin Monday, June 14. The work includes repairing drainage structures, regrading side ditches and resurfacing Sunset Drive.
NYS: $3.5 billion in assistance for renters & small businesses
Wed, May 26th 2021 08:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York State announces new online resources to combat human trafficking, raise awareness
Mon, May 24th 2021 06:00 pm
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) announced a pair of online resources aimed at facilitating human trafficking referrals to New York state. These resources include a new digital handbook to assist service providers and victim advocates with making human trafficking referrals, and an e-reporting system that allows them and law enforcement to submit these referrals electronically.
Cyclists embark on cross-state ride to raise awareness for National Missing Children's Day
Fri, May 21st 2021 03:00 pm
This upcoming week, a group of volunteer bicyclists from across New York will set off on a 350-mile, cross-state journey to raise awareness and support for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and National Missing Children's Day, on May 25. The four-day ride will also serve as a pre-event to NCMEC's "Miles for Hope," a monthlong awareness and fundraising mission to benefit NCMEC taking place later this fall.
DEC announces 2021 'I BIRD NY' challenges
Wed, May 19th 2021 03:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of the 2021 "I BIRD NY" challenges for beginning and experienced birders. Two levels of challenges provide the opportunity to identify birds and learn about birdlife and offer a chance to win birding equipment.
Higgins announces approval of bills expanding protections for pregnant employees & improving maternity care for veterans
Tue, May 18th 2021 01:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and H.R. 958, the Protecting Moms Who Served Act. The bipartisan bills address health and safety issues for expecting mothers.
JCOPE posts 2020 financial disclosure statements for statewide elected officials
Tue, May 18th 2021 01:25 pm
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced it has posted the 2020 annual statements of financial disclosure of the statewide elected officials who were in office as of the statutory May 15 filing deadline.
2021 TCS New York City Marathon to return for 50th running
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the TCS New York City Marathon will return for its 50th running this year, on Nov. 7. The race will operate at 60% of its usual participant field for a total of 33,000 runners.
Higgins announces passage of bills expanding mental health initiatives in schools
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of several bills that aim to assist students by establishing and expanding mental health initiatives in schools.
Higgins: No more extensions; calls for expanded border crossings by Memorial Day & fully open by July
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins says new public health guidance confirms the border between the U.S. and Canada can safely reopen. The congressman, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, is pressing the White House to end the orders banning nonessential travel. Orders have been issued monthly for over a year.

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