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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hochul signs NYS Living Donor Support Act into law
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.1594/A.146A) into law, enacting the New York State Living Donors Support Act, the first state program in the nation allowing individuals to be reimbursed for the costs of kidney and liver donations.
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."
Hochul signs legislation allowing individuals to become one-day marriage officiants
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation S.739A/A.6300A into law, creating a new path for people over the age of 18 to apply for "one-day designation," authorizing them to solemnize a single marriage on a specified day in the state of New York.
DEC announces adoption of Advanced Clean Cars II rule for new passenger cars and light-duty truck sales
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conversation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the adoption of new requirements to "reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector." The Advanced Clean Car II regulations will require all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York state to be zero-emissions by 2035.
Hochul signs legislative package to crack down on pandemic fraud
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package to crack down on pandemic fraud. Her team said, "By increasing rewards for reporting fraud and increasing penalties for fraud that occurs during state emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic, these new laws will deter individuals from committing this crime as well as encourage the reporting of fraud."
Hochul signs legislative package to support pedestrians, bikers & riders
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package supporting pedestrians, bikers and transit riders across New York. These new laws aim to increase Department of Transportation support for municipal "Complete Streets" projects, and require regional transportation boards have voting seats for transit dependent individuals.
Excelsior Scholarship application open for new applicants for spring 2023
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants for the spring 2023 term is open here. The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid, allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free.
NYS: Expanded financial assistance & protections for victims and survivors of crime
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced three laws expanding financial assistance and protections for victims and survivors of crime who have not been physically injured are now effective.
Hochul announces New York State Historic Preservation Awards for 2022
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced that nine projects and one individual are being recognized with 2022 New York State Historic Preservation Awards. Projects highlighted with this year's awards include a community-led establishment of a historic district in Chautauqua County, transformational design of historic garden space in Westchester County, and the completed restoration of a historic pier in New York City.
NY National Guard conducts 9,825 military funerals in 2022
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 09:40 am
New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen expect to provide military funeral honors for the families of 9,825 New York veterans by the time 2022 ends on Dec. 31.
Hochul deploys National Guard, says 'Roads are closed throughout Western New York and will be, probably through Christmas Day'
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced deployments of additional personnel and assets to areas in Western New York impacted by a historic blizzard causing impossible travel conditions in the Buffalo area and beyond.
Higgins announces House approval of 2023 federal budget; package includes more than $24.67 million for WNY projects
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 07:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives has approved the 2023 federal budget, funding federal programs, ranging from veteran services to transportation projects, for the upcoming year.
Nearly $30 million in final Excluded Workers Fund payments to be sent to New Yorkers in need
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 07:15 pm
More than 1,900 New Yorkers are set to receive benefits as part of the final round of payments from the state's historic Excluded Workers Fund (EWF). Nearly $30 million will be sent before the end of the year. In total, more than 130,000 EWF applications have been approved and, minus administrative costs, the entirety of the $2.1 billion fund will soon be distributed to eligible New Yorkers.
Hochul signs legislation to conserve 30% of land and water by 2030
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 07:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (A.5390B/S.6191A) that sets the goal to support and contribute to national efforts to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030.
Consumer alert: Attorney General James warns against price-gouging during Winter Storm Elliott
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:30 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued an alert reminding consumers and businesses across the state against price-gouging during and in the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliott. The powerful storm has already brought heavy wind, ice, snow and freezing rain to Western New York and other regions throughout the state, and is expected to continue.
Hochul signs legislative package to bolster disaster preparedness efforts
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a legislative package to improve disaster preparedness efforts across New York.
NYS Department of Labor announces new process to 'make tax season easier for customers'
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Thursday announced it is "improving the process for unemployment insurance customers to get their 1099-G form this tax season." NYSDOL will be automatically mailing the form to New Yorkers who claimed benefits in 2022 and have not opted to receive the form electronically.
Hochul signs Buy American Salt Act into law to support jobs, state economy
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed the Buy American Salt Act (S.9441/A.7919-A) to allow New York public agencies and authorities that use rock salt or sodium chloride to purchase salt mined in the U.S.
Higgins announces approval of National Heritage Act
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved the National Heritage Area Act (S.1942). The bill reauthorizes all Niagara Heritage Areas, including those in Niagara Falls and along the Erie Canal, for the next 15 years, ensuring a long-term federal commitment to investments in these areas.
Hochul signs legislation to protect consumers from potential prepaid gift card scams
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (A.266A/S.145B) designed to protect consumers from scammers by requiring businesses give notice of potential scams when selling gift cards.
Hochul signs legislation establishing statewide rape kit tracking system
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S7867-A/A9596-A) to establish a statewide electronic tracking system for sexual offense evidence collection kits, commonly known as rape kits. Her team said, "This tracking system will ensure that all survivors of sexual assault have access to information about the status and location of their kits."
State agencies prepare emergency response assets ahead of incoming weather system expected to impact state Thursday through holiday weekend
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets in advance of significant winter weather system expected to create multiple hazards statewide beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday.
Hochul signs legislation expanding access to PrEP & PEP medication that help prevent HIV
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.688/A.807) requiring insurance companies to cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to help prevent against HIV infection.
Minimum wage increase for upstate New Yorkers
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state will continue with the $15 minimum hourly wage phase-in for upstate counties on Dec. 31. Workers outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County will see an increase by $1 per hour, from $13.20 to $14.20, following a statutorily required economic analysis conducted by the New York State Division of the Budget.
Hochul signs Warehouse Worker Protection Act into law
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (S. 8922/A. 10020) into law.
NYS: Legislation establishes statewide pay transparency law
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.9427-A/A.10477) establishing a statewide pay transparency law in New York state, requiring employers to list salary ranges for all advertised jobs and promotions.
Hochul announces start of adult-use cannabis retail sales
Wed, Dec 21st 2022 01:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced sales of legal, regulated adult-use cannabis will start Dec. 29 at a dispensary in Manhattan, operated by Housing Works, the nation's largest minority-controlled HIV/AIDS service organization and largest community-based HIV/AIDS service organization.
NYS: $234 million in additional food assistance for December
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for December. 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.
HUD: Homelessness declined by 18.7% in New York
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 02:45 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its 2022 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1 to Congress. The report found that there were 582,462 people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. on a single night in January 2022. In New York, the yearly point-in-time count found 74,178 people experiencing homelessness, an 18.7% decrease from 2020.
DEC reminds hunters of late-season deer-hunting opportunities
Mon, Dec 19th 2022 01:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded hunters that many deer-hunting opportunities are still available in New York, and encouraged new and experienced hunters to participate.
 

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