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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.
Ortt urges New Yorkers to say no to Albany's gas stove ban
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 05:15 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Friday stood with Sen. George Borrello and Assemblyman Mike Norris to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the legislative majorities to stop what they call "radical, costly energy policies that restrict New Yorkers' freedoms and hurt New Yorkers' pockets - such as the recent proposal to ban gas stoves."
Hochul urges New Yorkers to take steps to safeguard their private data
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced steps New Yorkers can take to safeguard themselves from having their personal data compromised online. In recognition of Data Privacy Week, the State Office of Information Technology Services has teamed with other state agencies to promote techniques for protecting private data including raising awareness of phishing schemes, using strong passwords, and exhibiting greater caution with information shared on social media.
DEC releases 2020-22 report on restoring, enhancing health of New York's Great Lakes
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 04:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos released the 2020-2022 Great Lakes Program Report that highlights collaborative efforts to conserve, restore, protect and enhance New York's Great Lakes land and water resources.
NYSEG and RG&E launch electric and gas bill relief for customers
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:55 pm
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused continued financial hardship for residents and businesses, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) have launched the next phase of the statewide program that provides additional relief to residential and small-business customers.
DiNapoli: State Department of AG and Markets should improve pollinator protection program
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:55 pm
New York state has more than 7 million acres of farmland, and many of its crops are dependent on pollination by bees and other pollinators. To address a drastic decline in the population of these essential pollinators, in 2016 the state created the pollinator protection plan.
Hochul announces availability of $7.5 million for opioid treatment programs
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 03:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of up to $7.5 million for state-certified providers and other treatment programs to establish low-threshold buprenorphine services to address opioid addiction and save lives.
NYS: More than $390 million in financing to build more than 1,600 affordable and supportive homes across state
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced more than $390 million has been awarded through bonds and subsidies to create or preserve more than 1,600 affordable, sustainable and supportive homes across the state.
DEC encourages anglers to safely enjoy ice fishing this winter
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 10:55 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded anglers to be safe when venturing onto the ice this season, especially given recent variations in weather conditions.
$672 million electric and gas utility bill relief for New Yorkers
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 10:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that 478,000 residential customers and 56,000 small businesses in New York state will receive assistance totaling $672 million to pay off unaffordable past-due utility bills. The announcement, Hochul's team noted, is the largest utility customer financial assistance program in state history - and follows a series of policies announced last week to address energy affordability and emissions reductions.
DEC announces 2023 exam dates for licensed guides program
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced exam schedules for individuals seeking to become licensed guides. DEC is offering exams for guiding in camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking, and rock- or ice-climbing.
New York State Department of Labor receives $9.1 million grant to 'break barriers to unemployment insurance for underserved communities'
Wed, Jan 18th 2023 07:50 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) was awarded a $9.1 million grant from the U.S Department of Labor (USDOL) to "promote equitable access to New York's unemployment insurance (UI) program."
NYS: $38.2 million initiative to address street homelessness
Tue, Jan 17th 2023 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the availability $38.2 million in state funding to establish eight "Safe Options Support" teams that "will provide intensive outreach, engagement and care coordination services to individuals who are experiencing homelessness in areas of the state outside of New York City."
State landmarks to be illuminated red, green & black in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 01:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced New York state landmarks will be lit red, green and black tonight to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hochul proclaimed Jan. 16 as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to commemorate the 94th birthday of one this country's most influential leaders.
Commissioner Ball delivers state of agriculture address at 191st annual New York State Agricultural Society Forum
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:35 am
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, on Jan. 12, delivered the state of agriculture address at the 191st New York State Agricultural Society Annual Forum. The event, which is traditionally the oldest and largest meeting of its kind in the state, took place at the OnCenter in Syracuse.
DiNapoli: School district and big city tax levy cap at 2% for second straight year
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:30 am
Property tax levy growth for school districts and the state's biggest cities will be capped at 2%, the same as last year, according to data recently released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Consumer alert: Attorney General James provides tips for New Yorkers to protect themselves from mail theft
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 10:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently issued a consumer alert to warn New Yorkers about mail theft, and to provide recommendations from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to protect themselves from this federal crime.
AG James takes action to stop gun distributors from illegally shipping 'ghost gun' parts into New York
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 10:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against 10 national gun distributors, demanding that they immediately stop selling and shipping illegal unfinished and/or unserialized frames and receivers, or "ghost gun" parts, to New York consumers.
NYS: $1.5 million in federal funding for new juvenile delinquency prevention pilot project
Fri, Jan 13th 2023 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced police departments in Buffalo, Schenectady and Yonkers are sharing $1.5 million in federal funding over five years to implement pilot programs designed to provide alternatives to arrest for justice-involved youth, and build trust between youth and police in the three cities.
New York State Department of Labor unveils strengthened sexual harassment prevention policy
Fri, Jan 13th 2023 04:50 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has released what it calls "a strengthened, nation-leading sexual harassment prevention model policy."
Highlights of Hochul's State of the State, responses
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 05:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul offered her State of the State address on Tuesday.
Hochul announces 'comprehensive plan' to 'fix New York state's continuum of mental health care'
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 10:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced, as part of the 2023 State of the State, a "comprehensive plan to overhaul New York's continuum of mental health care and drastically reduce the number of individuals with unmet mental health needs throughout the state."
New wage atlas shows more than half of New Yorkers earn below a living wage
Tue, Jan 10th 2023 10:50 am
A new, digital wage atlas launched by Cornell University researchers shows that more than half of New Yorkers earn below a living wage.
Educational Conference Board calls on state lawmakers to keep promise of full Foundation Aid funding
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 04:00 pm
New York's major statewide education organizations released a report detailing the need for the state to keep its promise of full Foundation Aid funding in the 2023-24 state budget, along with other legislative priorities.
Morinello announces committee assignments
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 04:00 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-Niagara Falls, announced that he has been selected to serve on the Assembly Labor, Tourism, Veterans' Affairs and Economic Development committees. He will also be the ranking minority conference member on the Standing Committee on Codes, which evaluates issues and legislation regarding the state's criminal and civil justice systems.
NYS Department of Labor reminds employers to display new veterans' benefits & services poster in workplaces
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 03:35 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), in partnership with the New York State Division of Veterans' Services (NYS DVS), announced all New York state employers with more than 50 employees are now required to display a new veterans benefits and services poster.
NY Sea Grant, DEC announce $460,000 in grants available to support projects that implement Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities
Mon, Jan 9th 2023 02:20 pm
New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, announced funding is available for projects that apply an ecosystem-based management approach to address local watershed challenges.
Hochul announces promotion of New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Denise Donnell to major general
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the promotion of Denise Donnell - the first woman to command the New York Air National Guard - to the two-star rank of major general. Donnell was the first woman to command one of the New York Air National Guard's five flying wings, and is one of only five women to attain the rank of major general in the New York National Guard.
Sens. Ortt & Gallivan urge oversight hearings to assess NYS response to historic WNY 'Blizzard of '22'
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 10:30 am
On Friday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Sen. Patrick Gallivan sent a letter to the chairs of the Senate committees on Transportation, Investigations and Government Operations and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs urging them to conduct oversight hearings to assess the state's response during the historic "storm of a century" in Western New York last month.
New York state's 2023 tribute to legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be aired on PBS stations
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented as a statewide broadcast event, "New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Paths to Change," airing on PBS stations throughout New York beginning Sunday, Jan. 15. The public may also attend a free screening of the tribute on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany; or watch the program beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16.
State Police issue more than 32,900 tickets during national DWI crackdown that ran through New Year's Day
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police issued 32,934 tickets and arrested 453 people for impaired driving during the national DWI crackdown, which started Wednesday, Dec. 14, and continued through New Year's Day Sunday. Troopers arrested 453 people for DWI, and investigated 4,417 accidents, which resulted in 528 people being injured and eight fatalities.
USDA to conduct hemp survey
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:50 pm
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will send the hemp production and disposition inquiry to over 1,000 northeastern state producers on Jan. 19. This follows NASS' 2021 hemp acreage and production survey. Like the 2021 questionnaire, this year's survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp in the U.S. in 2022.
DEC: Several new requirements taking effect for 2023 to protect consumers from harmful chemicals
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Several new laws are taking effect in the new year to "help protect public health and the environment by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals in everyday items," the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced.
IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storm in New York
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Victims of severe winter storm beginning Dec. 23, 2022, now have until April 18, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced.
Hochul announces first-ever round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant awards totaling more than $6 million
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $6 million in grants to eight projects across the state through the first round of the Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs.
NYS Department of Labor establishes process to expedite employment certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently announced it has put enforcement measures in place to avert employment certification delays for those applying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). This program allows eligible full-time public service and nonprofit workers to apply to have the remainder of their federal student loan debt forgiven after 120 qualifying payments.
Hochul urges recipients of government assistance to protect themselves against card skimming
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently urged New Yorkers who receive government assistance via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card to take steps to protect themselves from criminals who have been using "skimming" devices to steal the benefits from unsuspecting recipients.
Hochul signs Digital Fair Repair Act into law
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed the Digital Fair Repair Act (S4104-A/A7006-B) into law, her team said, "making New York the first state in the nation to guarantee the right to repair, protecting consumers from anticompetitive efforts to limit repair."
 

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