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Cuomo signs legislation protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from debt collectors
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.5923-A/A.6617-A) protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from being garnished by debt collectors.
Higgins: Nearly $1.4 million to boost home health care assistance for families in New York
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the New York State Department of Health will receive $1,398,324 in federal funding included in the American Rescue Plan to support home visiting services for at-risk children and families struggling under the pandemic.
Senate Republican leaders call on Cuomo to suspend gas tax
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Deputy Leader Andrew Lanza on Wednesday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the state gas tax in the wake of a ransomware attack that caused the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.
Funding to help farmers protect New York's water quality
Tue, May 11th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $13 million is available to support agricultural water quality conservation projects across the state. Administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the agricultural non-point source abatement and control program provides farms with funding to plan or implement the best management practices to protect New York's waterways and help preserve the environment.
DEC, State Parks encourage campers to use local firewood while enjoying outdoors
Tue, May 11th 2021 12:40 pm
With the start of the 2021 camping season underway, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Erik Kulleseid encouraged campers to use local firewood and follow state firewood regulations to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
Higgins & Huizenga named co-chairs of Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group
Tue, May 11th 2021 12:40 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins and Bill Huizenga were appointed by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as co-chairs of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group. The collective is comprised of a coalition of elected leaders from both countries "committed to advancing dialogue on policies of mutual interest. Bilateral issues of discussion include trade, border management, Great Lakes, security and economic opportunity."
Cuomo: Virtual town hall & listening sessions for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Mon, May 3rd 2021 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, New York will host a virtual town hall and a weeklong series of listening sessions with state agencies to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community. State agencies will also launch a multiagency social media campaign throughout the month of May to celebrate and spread awareness about Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with #NYSCelebratesAAPI.
DEC: May 2-8 is Compost Awareness Week
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:45 pm
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced New York State Compost Awareness Week is May 2-8.
NYS: $15 million in cooling assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $15 million is available to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from serious health issues exacerbated by heat to stay cool during the upcoming summer months.
Higgins announces progress in fight against opioid epidemic
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced major progress in the fight against opioid addiction, following news by the Biden administration that it would expand access to the most effective medication for opioid addiction, buprenorphine.
10th 'I Love My Park Day' celebrates NYS state parks, historic sites & public lands
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
More than 120 New York State parks, historic sites and public lands are hosting volunteer events this weekend as part of the 10th annual "I Love My Park Day."
Buttigieg: $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in response to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:45 pm
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company's business operations, workforce and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
NYS: $2.8 million available for municipal charging stations and zero-emission vehicles
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced $2.8 million is now available to help municipalities purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles for fleet use and to install public charging stations. Administered by the State Department of Environmental Conservation and announced during the weeklong celebration of Earth Day 2021, the grants are part of New York's commitment to support municipal efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
DEC: Additional $500,000 for statewide effort to improve food scrap recycling & prevent food waste
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced DEC is adding $500,000 to the $1.5 million previously announced to help reduce food waste and combat food insecurity statewide.
On Earth Day 2021, AG James highlights environmental accomplishments in Western New York
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
To celebrate Earth Day 2021, New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday highlighted a number of local, statewide and federal public health and environmental protection efforts that her office has taken to protect communities in Western New York.
Empire State Development: Applications available for New York Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program
Wed, Apr 21st 2021 10:55 am
Empire State Development announced the launch of the New York Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program. More than $1 million annually in matching funds will support diversity and inclusivity in job creation and training programs for New York's film and television industries.
State agencies to prepare emergency response assets as weather system will impact New York with snow & possible severe thunderstorm
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as a weather system is forecast to impact upstate areas overnight and into Wednesday morning with up to 6 or more inches of heavy, wet snow and possible thunderstorms, creating dangerous travel conditions and power outages.
$85 million New York Clean Transportation Prizes initiative
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the New York Clean Transportation Prizes program offering up to $85 million through three competitions for innovative global solutions to enhance clean transportation and mobility options and reduce harmful emissions across New York with a focus on underserved communities.
Assembly passes Hero Act, aims to protect workers from infectious diseases in workplace
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 01:30 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner and Assembly member Karines Reyes announced the New York State Assembly passed the Hero Act, which will establish health and safety standards to protect New Yorkers from airborne infectious diseases in the workplace (A.2681-B, Reyes).
Cuomo signs budget, announces continuation of middle-class tax cuts to help New Yorkers recover from economic hardship during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the fiscal year 2022 budget continues support for middle-class income tax cuts to help New Yorkers recover from economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins announces approval of bill aimed at protecting against carbon monoxide poisoning
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2021 (H.R. 1460). The bipartisan bill makes grants available to increase the distribution and installation of carbon monoxide detectors.
Higgins announces House passage of Paycheck Fairness Act
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 01:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced passage of H.R.7, the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Higgins announces passage of bills aimed at protecting seniors from scams
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 01:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of legislation aimed at protecting older Americans from scams and other fraudulent tactics targeting consumers.
Update on NYS investigation of Cuomo
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 01:35 pm
Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine statement:
New York State Parks releases final statewide Greenway Trails plan
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division of Environmental Stewardship and Planning announced the release of the Final Statewide Greenway Trails Plan/Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS).
April is Safe Digging Month
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission announced it is participating in the nationwide effort to recognize April 2021 as Safe Digging Month.
State departments of Environmental Conservation, Agriculture & Markets announce 8th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The state departments of Environmental Conservation, and Agriculture and Markets, announced New York's eighth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held June 6-12. Organizations are encouraged to connect with their local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to begin planning events.
Empire State Trail & Boilermaker race to hold first trail challenge
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a partnership between the Empire State Trail and the nationally known Boilermaker race to create the "Empire State Trail Challenge" - a four-month virtual race where participants can register and log their miles to reach milestones tied to virtual progress along the Empire State Trail.
DEC launches annual 'Look for the Zero' campaign urging homeowners to purchase phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer
Tue, Apr 6th 2021 05:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the launch of the annual "Look for the Zero" public awareness campaign to encourage homeowners to go phosphorus-free when using lawn fertilizer. DEC is encouraging consumers to review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer.
Cuomo, legislative leaders announce agreement on budget
Tue, Apr 6th 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday announced an agreement on the fiscal year 2022 New York state budget. They said the final budget accomplishes major legislative priorities, including:
New York State Division of Human Rights announces new actions to promote fair housing
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 12:20 pm
The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) recently announced the launch of statewide public awareness campaign for Fair Housing Month to ensure all New Yorkers are fully aware of the state's antidiscrimination protections in housing. The campaign will include social media advertising, internet display advertising, informational materials and videos, and educational events.
Office for the Aging releases video tutorial series to help eligible older New Yorkers access federal, state & local benefits
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 12:20 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging, in collaboration with state agencies and other partners, has created a series of videos on how to complete and submit applications for benefits for older New Yorkers and other eligible individuals.
Website launch for Office of Cannabis Management
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the website launch for the New York State Office of Cannabis Management. This website educates the public on the OCM's regulatory structure which, with the Cannabis Control Board, will oversee the licensure, cultivation, production, distribution, sale and taxation of medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp within New York.
Cuomo accepts recommendations of 'Reimagine New York' Commission
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo accepted the final recommendations of the "Reimagine New York" Commission across its three focus areas: connectivity, telehealth and work.
Higgins calls for quick congressional action on American Jobs Plan
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the Biden administration rollout of the American Jobs Plan.
AAA Western and Central New York urges safe driving amid legalization of adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 11:00 pm
With Gov. Cuomo signing legislation today legalizing adult-use cannabis in New York state, AAA Western and Central New York is urging the public to educate themselves on the dangers of impaired driving. Effective consumer education is important to keeping New York roads safe. Regardless of marijuana's legal status, all motorists need to avoid driving while impaired. Simply put, if you've used marijuana, don't drive. And if you plan to drive, don't use marijuana.
Cuomo signs legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis, fulfilling a key component of his 2021 State of the State agenda.
New York State Legislature passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 09:45 am
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated, "Tonight, the New York State Legislature took the first step in a major leap forward for the Empire State by passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis. I thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and the many legislators who worked tirelessly on this issue for securing passage of this historic legislation."
Legislation expanding access to veterans treatment courts
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 05:35 pm
On Monday night, landmarks around the state lit in red, green and yellow - colors of Vietnam service ribbon - to honor war veterans
AAA: National average gas price drops
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 12:00 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86, down 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.02. The New York state average is $2.91 - no change from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.34.
 

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