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On World Blood Donor Day - during Pride Month - Higgins pushes FDA to 'end discriminatory policies related to blood donations'
Tue, Jun 14th 2022 11:35 am
On World Blood Donor Day, Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change existing blood donation standards that, his team said, discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
$2.7 million grant to feed more remote, rural, tribal & low-income New Yorkers
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 03:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced New York state was awarded $2.7 million in Reach and Resiliency grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand The Emergency Food Assistance Program's reach into remote, rural, Tribal, and low-income areas currently underserved by the program.
$46 million investment for thruway pavement improvement projects in Western New York
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced a $46 million investment for two pavement improvement projects on the New York State Thruway (I-90) in Erie and Genesee counties. The two projects include resurfacing of more than 100 lane miles between Exit 47 (Rochester - LeRoy - I-490 - NY Route 19) to beyond Exit 48A (Pembroke - Medina - NY Route 77).
Hochul: SUNY chosen name, pronoun policy to create more open & accepting environments on campuses
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the State University of New York Board of Trustees directed all 64 SUNY campuses to update their policies regarding the use of a chosen name and pronouns to ensure that transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students' identities are fully reflected and represented in campus systems. This change is the next step taken in SUNY's mission to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Hochul: $234 million in additional food assistance for June
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for June. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
$5 million-plus to expand access to addiction services in New York
Fri, Jun 10th 2022 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the award of more than $5 million for two initiatives to expand addiction services in New York state and help people in need better access treatment and other support.
Higgins & Jacobs ask FAA to reject request for exemption to pilot training rules enacted following crash of Flight 3407
Tue, Jun 7th 2022 10:45 am
Congress members Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to reject a request by Republic Airways for an exemption to the 1,500-hour pilot training requirement.
Attorney General James warns New Yorkers about cryptocurrency investment risks
Fri, Jun 3rd 2022 05:10 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently issued an alert to New Yorkers to remind them of "the dangerous risks of investing in cryptocurrencies after the market reached record lows last month and investors lost hundreds of billions."
DOT announces successful statewide 'Trash Blitz'
Fri, Jun 3rd 2022 04:55 pm
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced 1,650 department maintenance employees and office staff participated in a "Trash Blitz" across the state to commemorate Earth Day 2022, and encourage motorists to properly dispose of trash. The teams across regions collected 11,146 bags of litter along state highways.
Higgins announces House Oversight Committee hearing on Buffalo & Uvalde mass shootings
Fri, Jun 3rd 2022 04:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing on gun violence following recent deadly mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney released details about the hearing, which will be held on 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8.
$15 million in funding to support development of new integrated supported housing for people with developmental disabilities
Fri, Jun 3rd 2022 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the release of an Integrated supportive housing application available to qualifying service providers and housing developers. The 2022 funding opportunity, to be administered by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, will award $15 million in capital funding to expand access to affordable, accessible, non-certified supportive housing options for people with developmental disabilities.
Hochul announces regional revitalization partnership for Buffalo, Niagara Falls & Rochester
Wed, Jun 1st 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday released details for the regional revitalization partnership, a multiyear collaborative initiative between New York's Empire State Development, local municipalities and private philanthropic partners. Components of the RRP, which will target economically distressed city neighborhoods in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester, were initially announced on April 25 by Hochul as part of the fiscal year 2023 New York state budget.
NYS celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Wed, Jun 1st 2022 04:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday issued a proclamation designating June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The governor also announced the first Latino openly LGBTQ+ judge nominated to the New York State Court of Claims, along with several additional measures recognizing LGBTQ+ New Yorkers and celebrating their contributions to the state, including the launch of "I LOVE NY" LGBTQ+ 2022 Pride Guide, the raising of the LGBTQ+ progress flag across the state, the illumination of state landmarks in the colors of the LGBTQ+ Pride flag, and the opening of a new exhibition in the State Capitol spotlighting LGBTQ+ service members in the U.S. military during Pride Month.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15
Tue, May 31st 2022 02:20 pm
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15 and, during the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
NYS Association of Counties, State's Business Community & Democratic legislators urge Hochul to keep farm labor overtime at 60 hours
Tue, May 31st 2022 02:20 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), the Business Council of New York State (BCNYS), the National Federation of Independent Businesses of New York (NFIB), Upstate United, and Democratic legislators Billy Jones and Carrie Woerner are calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul and Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon to maintain the overtime threshold at 60 hours on family farms across New York state.
NYSOFA, AgingNY and Trualta provide free web-based support platform for all family caregivers in NYS
Tue, May 31st 2022 01:25 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) have partnered with Trualta to offer Trualta's web-based caregiver education and support platform at no cost to any unpaid caregiver in New York state.
NYS OPWDD announces release of 5-year draft strategic plan
Fri, May 27th 2022 04:35 pm
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has released the agency's 2023-2027 draft strategic plan for public review and comment.
Hochul announces suspension of construction-related lane closures for Memorial Day weekend
Fri, May 27th 2022 10:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, May 27, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, to ease travel throughout Memorial Day weekend.
Ryan, Senate majority pass bill to improve Holocaust education in New York
Wed, May 25th 2022 04:05 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and the Senate majority passed legislation (S.121B) designed to improve Holocaust education in New York schools. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Anna Kaplan and Assembly member Nily Rozic, has already passed the Assembly and now heads to Gov. Kathy Hochul's desk for her signature. Ryan is a co-sponsor of the legislation.
NYSOFA brings ElliQ Proactive care companion to older adults, reducing social isolation, supporting independence, connection & engagement
Wed, May 25th 2022 09:50 am
Building on its comprehensive effort to battle social isolation and support aging-in-place, the New York State Office for the Aging is delivering voice-operated smart technology into the homes of over 800 older adults.
NYS: $22 million in funding for Smart Growth, LWRP & brownfields
Tue, May 24th 2022 04:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced available funding for three Department of State community planning and development programs.
DEC announces 2021-22 deer harvest estimates
Tue, May 24th 2022 03:20 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced hunters in New York harvested an estimated 211,269 deer during the 2021-22 hunting seasons. The season's harvest was down 17% last year.
Hochul signs Adult Survivors Act
Tue, May 24th 2022 03:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed the Adult Survivors Act (S.66A/A.648A), creating a one-year lookback window for survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over the age of 18 to sue their abusers regardless of when the abuse occurred.
NYS OASAS announces award of more than $475,000 to support addiction prevention workforce
Tue, May 24th 2022 03:20 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the award of $478,874 to 23 prevention providers across New York state to support the creation of paid internship positions. This program is designed to provide individuals a pathway into the prevention field, and to increase diversity within the prevention workforce.
Antonio Delgado to be sworn-in as lieutenant governor on May 25
Mon, May 23rd 2022 12:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado will be sworn in as lieutenant governor on Wednesday, May 25. Upon Delgado's resignation from Congress, Hochul will follow the process set out by law and issue a proclamation declaring a special election that will align with the recently set August election date.
$2 billion in child care subsidies to support low-income and working families, child care providers
Mon, May 23rd 2022 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the largest investment in child care subsidies in New York State history will be distributed - $2 billion to increase the number of families receiving child care financial assistance and the amount child care providers are paid for their essential services.
NYS Division of Human Rights launches 'Human Rights Through the Eyes of Our Students' statewide student art competition
Mon, May 23rd 2022 07:00 am
The New York State Division of Human Rights announced the launch of the "Human Rights Through the Eyes of Our Students" art competition.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up nearly 16% in April
Fri, May 20th 2022 04:50 pm
Local government sales tax collections grew by 15.7% in April compared to the same month in 2021, according to an analysis released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.7 billion, up $232 million from April of last year.
Higgins announces action & resources to improve access to baby formula
Fri, May 20th 2022 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced action by the House of Representatives and the president to improve access to baby formula.
Increases in sexually transmitted infections prompt reminder from ECDOH: STIs are treatable
Thu, May 19th 2022 03:25 pm
In response to notable growth in certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Erie County, the Erie County Department of Health is sharing data about these increases, and providing information about STI testing and treatment.
DEC announces draft regulations to reduce waste sent to landfills, improve waste management & reduce solid waste's climate change impacts
Wed, May 18th 2022 06:05 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced proposed regulations for review "to further protect public health and the environment by making significant changes" to several of the state's current regulations governing the management of solid waste.
NYS OASAS announces award of $800,000 to expand opioid addiction treatment services in New York
Wed, May 18th 2022 06:00 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) announced the award of $800,000 to four opioid treatment program (OTP) providers to establish new locations outside of their existing facilities. These programs will help to bring OTP services to currently underserved locations and continue to address the ongoing need for treatment throughout New York.
DEC, State Parks launch domestic & sexual violence prevention training to help make recreational areas safer
Tue, May 17th 2022 05:45 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have launched new trainings to help prevent domestic and sexual violence at the hundreds of parks, campgrounds, day-use areas, trails, boat launches, and other public outdoor spaces operated across New York.
Governor updates New Yorkers on efforts to address opioid epidemic
Mon, May 16th 2022 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday updated New Yorkers regarding ongoing efforts to address the opioid epidemic. In response to the newly released information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that more than 107,000 Americans died of overdoses last year, the governor is "reinforcing ongoing investments and her continued commitment to addressing this critical issue."
Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on call with White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha
Mon, May 16th 2022 04:05 pm
"Today, I spoke with White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha about the state of the pandemic and the administration's preparation plans to ensure states have the resources, supplies and distribution networks needed to manage potential surges across the country this summer and fall.
State Parks announces availability of historic barn rehabilitation tax credit program
Mon, May 16th 2022 01:55 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the launch of the revitalized historic barn rehabilitation tax credit. The new program allows state taxpayers who rehabilitate their historic barns to earn a credit against state income tax owed.
NYSERDA: $10 million available for carbon-neutral community economic development projects
Mon, May 16th 2022 01:25 pm
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced $10 million is available under the fourth round of the carbon neutral community economic development program as part of round XII of Gov. Kathy Hochul's Regional Economic Development Council initiative announced May 2.
BBB warning: Watch out for fake appeals for donations to Buffalo shooting victims
Mon, May 16th 2022 09:50 am
After the horrific shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, many people asked how they could help the victims, the families, and the neighbors in the area. As we see with national tragedies, scammers often try to take advantage of the situation.
AG James warns New Yorkers to be careful of sham charities responding to Buffalo shootings
Mon, May 16th 2022 09:25 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday issued an alert urging New Yorkers to beware of potentially fraudulent charities created in the wake of what her team called "the hate-filled terror attack in Buffalo."
Governor signs legislation protecting victims of domestic violence
Fri, May 13th 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation protecting victims of domestic violence from discrimination. Legislation (S.8417B/A.9601B) expands protections for victims of domestic violence to areas of discrimination where they were not previously guaranteed, such as housing and public accommodations.

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