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Crash Responder Safety Week: AAA reminds drivers to 'Slow Down, Move Over'
Mon, Nov 14th 2022 02:25 pm
Crash Responder Safety Week is Nov. 14-18, 2022, and this year's theme is "Respect Our Roadside Heroes." AAA Western and Central New York reminds drivers to help protect workers and emergency personnel along roadways by following the "Slow Down, Move Over" law.
New York State has surpassed half a billion dollars in mobile sports wagering tax revenue
Sat, Nov 12th 2022 10:30 am
Earlier this week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that, since early January - when mobile sports wagering became available in New York - the state has collected $542 million in taxes (through the week ending Oct. 30), "far surpassing" every other state in the nation.
New York State Smokers' Quitline hosts webinar on nicotine and stress
Wed, Nov 9th 2022 01:00 pm
The New York State Smokers' Quitline encourages health care professionals and community workers to prioritize tobacco dependence treatment in today's increasingly stress-filled world. Contrary to common perception, continued use of tobacco and vape products does not relieve stress, but rather reduces nicotine withdrawal.
Hochul announces 'Free Fishing Day' on Nov. 11 to honor veterans
Wed, Nov 9th 2022 12:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state is honoring veterans with a statewide "Free Fishing Day" on Friday, Nov. 11. Selected to coincide with Veterans Day, Nov. 11 will mark the final "Free Fishing Day" of the year.
Apply for NYS $25 million Digital Game Development Tax Credit
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced initial applications are now open for the first New York State Digital Game Development Tax Credit Program to support games that begin development on or after Jan. 1, 2023.
Higgins, Huizenga & US colleagues seek to engage Canadian counterparts in effort to solve NEXUS backlog
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 01:00 pm
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2), along with fellow Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary group members Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), are seeking to engage their Canadian counterparts to help solve underlying issues creating major delays in the NEXUS system.
Hochul: Nearly $300 million in state grants for local water infrastructure improvements
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 01:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly $300 million is being awarded to communities through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Grant, Intermunicipal Grant, Green Innovation Grant, and Engineering Planning Grant programs to fund critical water infrastructure projects across New York.
DEC to operate deer & bear check station on opening weekend of regular big game season
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:40 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation encourages hunters to visit the Region 9 deer and bear check station on Route 16 in the Town of Holland during the opening weekend of the regular big game season.
Hochul launches public awareness campaign to protect New Yorkers against respiratory illnesses
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched a new public awareness campaign about respiratory virus infections spreading this fall, and the steps New Yorkers can take to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
NYS: Expanded assistance for income-eligible Medicare beneficiaries
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more New Yorkers will be eligible for additional financial assistance in 2023 through the newly expanded Medicare savings program. Adopted through the fiscal year 2023 state budget, the increased income-eligibility limits will help older adults and individuals with disabilities pay for health care costs, which is estimated to save them an average of $7,000 annually.
NYS Department of Agriculture accepting applications for nearly $26 million New York Food for New York Families
Thu, Nov 3rd 2022 09:40 am
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is accepting applications for its nearly $26 million New York Food for New York Families. The program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to provide a boost to New York farmers, increase communities' access to local foods, and further enhance the resiliency of New York's food system.
Hochul & Higgins announce $500,000 in federal funding to support targeted violence & domestic terrorism prevention efforts
Wed, Nov 2nd 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced New York was awarded $500,000 in federal funding to further the state's efforts in combatting targeted violence and domestic terrorism.
Hochul announces 5-year plan to aid New Yorkers with developmental disabilities
Wed, Nov 2nd 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities has completed a five-year strategic plan to help strengthen supports and services for New Yorkers.
At start of Adoption Awareness Month, Hochul announces $4.7 million for adoption-related services
Tue, Nov 1st 2022 02:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $4.7 million in federal funding to support a range of adoption-related services administered through the state Office of Children and Family Services.
NYS Department of Civil Service announces professional career opportunities online exam is open for registration to fill hundreds of jobs across state government
Tue, Nov 1st 2022 01:55 pm
The New York State Department of Civil Service announced individuals interested in a career in state public service can apply and complete the professional career opportunities (PCO) exam, a civil service exam used to fill more than 150 professional entry-level titles across New York agencies.
Applications open for round two of Restore New York
Tue, Nov 1st 2022 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the second round of Restore New York grant program applications are open. The $250 million program encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures.
Higgins: More than $571,000 to support green workforce development in Buffalo
Mon, Oct 31st 2022 04:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined by City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Sewer Authority General Manager O.J. McFoy, and Heart of the City Neighborhoods on Monday to announce a federal investment totaling $571,934 in the Buffalo Green Infrastructure Stewardship and Workforce Development Program. Funding for the initiative, secured by Higgins as part of the federal 2022 budget, will provide training for careers in green infrastructure maintenance.
Hochul issues New York state challenge to FCC broadband data
Mon, Oct 31st 2022 04:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced New York's ConnectALL office has submitted over 31,000 addresses from across the state to the Federal Communications Commission under the broadband data collection challenge process.
Home heating assistance available for eligible New Yorkers
Mon, Oct 31st 2022 11:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced New Yorkers needing help paying their heating bills can begin applying for home heating assistance on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
National average gas price stabilizes, but New York prices climb more than 14 cents in one week
Mon, Oct 31st 2022 10:55 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.76, down 3 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.40. The New York state average is $3.82, up 14 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.55.
DEC: Leftover deer management permits available
Mon, Oct 31st 2022 10:40 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several wildlife management units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1.
In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, Hochul signs legislation to prevent opioid overdoses on college campuses
Fri, Oct 28th 2022 05:10 pm
In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation (S.3448A/A.4485B) that will require all public colleges in New York to have a supply of opioid antagonists in their housing facilities.
Attorney general reminds public servants to apply for student debt relief ahead of deadline
Thu, Oct 27th 2022 10:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James reminded public servants to apply for the Limited Waiver Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline.
Attorney General James announces election protection hotline
Thu, Oct 27th 2022 10:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will make its Election protection hotline available for the Nov. 8 election, and during New York's early voting period (Saturday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 6).
Ahead of bilateral meetings, Higgins urges action on 'issues critical to US-Canada relationship'
Thu, Oct 27th 2022 09:55 pm
Ahead of bilateral meetings between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Canadian Global Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the leaders to address what his team called "several key issues especially important to communities and economies positioned on either side of the border."
Higgins: $100,000 federal grant to support Journey's End Refugee Services' Brewster Street farm
Wed, Oct 26th 2022 10:10 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $100,000 awarded to Journey's End Refugee Services. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and awarded through the Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement, Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, the grant will support the Brewster Street Farm, an urban agricultural program that engages Western New York's refugee community and addresses local food insecurity.
NYS: $30 million Empire State Teacher Residency Program to increase teacher support & retention
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 05:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the launch of the Empire State Teacher Residency Program through the New York State Department of Labor. This program will:
Hochul, Attorney General James announce 'major expansion' in 'Red Flag Law' usage 'to protect New Yorkers from gun violence'
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 03:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James on Monday announced a major expansion in usage of New York state's "Red Flag Law" to further protect New Yorkers from gun violence.
State School Boards Association brings its annual convention to Syracuse
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 11:40 am
Some 1,500 school board members and other school district leaders from throughout New York state are expected to gather in Syracuse this week at the New York State School Board's Association's 2022 Annual Convention and Education Expo to explore such timely issues as student mental wellness, school security, school climate, student achievement and academic improvement.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to help protect bats during Bat Week
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 07:00 am
In observance of the internationally recognized Bat Week, held Oct. 24-31 each year to raise awareness about the critical role of bats in the environment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Friday encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to refrain from visiting caves and mines during the fall and winter months.
NYS: $234 million in additional food assistance for October
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 10:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for October. 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.
NYS: Nearly $38 million in federal funds to provide a boost to New York farmers, bring more local foods to communities & schools
Thu, Oct 20th 2022 08:55 pm
Gov Kathy Hochul announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $38 million to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Education Department to further enhance the resilience of New York's food system by providing a boost to farmers and increasing access to local foods.
League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara launches electronic voter guide for November election on Vote411.org
Thu, Oct 20th 2022 08:25 pm
Vote 411, the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara's electronic voter guide, is now live! Candidate information is available for all candidates running in the general election on Nov. 8. The information includes biographical details and responses to questions posed by the League, as well as links to candidates' social media and campaign websites.
NYS OASAS launches statewide addiction awareness campaign amidst ongoing overdose epidemic
Thu, Oct 20th 2022 08:25 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the launch of a new statewide awareness campaign to direct the public to what it called "critical addiction resources," and "help reduce overdose rates and save lives."
Higgins: $250,000 in federal funding for Plymouth Crossroads
Thu, Oct 20th 2022 08:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $250,000 awarded to Plymouth Crossroads. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and awarded through the Administration for Children and Family Services, Family and Youth Bureau, the grant will provide support services and resources for runaway and homeless youth in Western New York.
Start of construction on $55 million wastewater treatment project in Buffalo
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 08:40 pm
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the start of construction on a $55 million wastewater improvement project at the Bird Island Wastewater Treatment Facility in the City of Buffalo.
NYS Department of Labor: New multifactor authentication initiative to increase cybersecurity
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 09:05 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday announced a new multifactor authentication (MFA) initiative is now in use throughout the unemployment insurance (UI) system to provide "top-tier cyber protection" for New Yorkers. This coincides with October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month, as designated by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Hochul signs legislative package strengthening protections & support for survivors of domestic violence as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 09:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed a package of legislation that her team said will strengthen protections for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence by ensuring guns are seized from abusive partners, and protecting the confidentiality of survivors. Hochul signed the five bills into law alongside survivors, advocates and legislative champions at Union Settlement, a nonprofit providing resources to survivors in East Harlem.
DEC reminds homeowners & landlords to prioritize safety with home heating this fall, winter
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 09:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation advised homeowners and landlords to put safety first when preparing for home heating needs this fall and winter.
Higgins: New York state will receive over $2.7 billion for infrastructure investments in 2023
Wed, Oct 19th 2022 08:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced New York state will receive $2,714,577,528 in federal formula funding for infrastructure investments in 2023. This allocation, made possible thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, represents a 22% increase over the $2.223 billion 2022 allocation, which was already 21% higher than 2021 funding levels.
 

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