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Hochul: Statewide listening tour to address 'future of farming'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday launched a statewide listening tour on "the future of farming in New York state." Her team said a series of listening sessions will allow the state to hear directly from farmers about their priorities in addressing climate, workforce and economic challenges, and will help inform the state's federal priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and the environment.
DiNapoli: Number of New Yorkers behind on utility bills soared during pandemic
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
The devastating number of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant increase in the number of residential customers owing money to their utility companies, with one in eight customers in arrears as of March 2022, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
DiNapoli: Tax cap set at 2% in 2023
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
Property tax levy growth will again be capped at 2% for 2023 for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year, according to data released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects tax cap calculations for all counties, towns and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 13 villages.
DEC tracking beech trees threat
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced beech leaf disease (BLD), which affects all species of beech trees, was identified in 35 counties in New York state to date. Included is Erie and Niagara counties.
New legislation expands pedestrian & bicyclist safety
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.1078B/A.5084A) that requires new drivers to learn about pedestrian and bicyclist safety awareness as a component of the prelicensing exam and as a prerequisite for obtaining a license to operate a motor vehicle.
NYS HCR: $50 million available to help land banks eradicate blight, aid communities that continue to struggle from foreclosure crisis
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the launch of a new $50 million land bank Initiative, the first-ever dedicated source of state funding to help New York's land banks reduce blight and transform vacant properties in communities across the state.
NYS banning smoking in state-owned parks & beaches
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.4142/A.5061) prohibiting smoking in all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers and group camps. Smoking in these designated areas will be punishable with a civil fine of $50.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for July
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 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 July. 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.
Higgins announces approval of Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the final passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act (S. 3373). The bill is a comprehensive measure that seeks to address the challenges that toxic-exposed veterans face in accessing critical health care services through the Department of Veteran Affairs.
DEC issues fire danger reminder
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when building campfires this summer. Dry weather throughout June and July has increased the risk of fires.
Hochul signs legislative package to protect rights of public benefit recipients & strengthen access to social services
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she signed a legislative package of two bills designed to protect the rights of New Yorkers who receive public benefits, and strengthen access to social services. Her team said these two bills will increase transparency on the rights of those applying to receive assistance and improve access to food assistance.
Hochul announces new SMS-text effort to deliver latest monkeypox information to New Yorkers
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new SMS-text notification effort to deliver the latest monkeypox information directly to New Yorkers. Her team said this is the newest component of New York state's ongoing monkeypox response.
Hochul announces successful implementation of 988 suicide & crisis lifeline
Thu, Jul 14th 2022 09:10 pm
Earlier this week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced what her team called "the successful implementation of 988 in New York state as the new three-digit number to call or text to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline."
Niagara Scenic Parkway travel advisory
Wed, Jul 13th 2022 01:05 pm
The New York State Department of Transportation announced sign replacement work would begin on a portion of Niagara Scenic Parkway in the City of Niagara Falls next week. As a result, lane closures will occur.
NYSOFA annual report details services to older New Yorkers, aging population trends, statistics
Wed, Jul 13th 2022 12:35 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) has published a comprehensive 2021 annual report detailing the work of aging service providers who delivered vital services to over 1.3 million older adults and their families in 2021.
Higgins requests meeting with Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to address Underused Housing Tax
Tue, Jul 12th 2022 12:05 pm
In response to the government of Canada's decision to impose an annual 1% tax on the value of vacant and underused properties that are not owned by Canadians, Congressman Brian Higgins wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Canadian Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.
$5.7 million in federal COVID-19 relief to New York's marine fishing industries
Mon, Jul 11th 2022 02:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $5.7 million in federal aid provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act is being distributed to New York's seafood, marine commercial, and for-hire fishing industries.
Department of Labor announces new social media account to improve accessibility for Spanish-speaking New Yorkers
Mon, Jul 11th 2022 01:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new Facebook account to expand accessibility for Spanish-speaking New Yorkers.
Applications open for $343 million in child care provider grants targeting workforce
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced applications will be accepted for $343 million in federal funding that will directly benefit child care providers and continue to help stabilize the industry. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is administering the funds.
Higgins invites Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to visit Buffalo & 'witness division' caused by Kensington & Scajaquada expressways
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:50 pm
As the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) kicks-off a new federal grant program aimed at reconnecting divided communities, Congressman Brian Higgins suggests Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg should take the opportunity to witness first-hand how transportation decisions of the past have impacted the City of Buffalo.
$250 million Restore New York application period to open July 11
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Restore New York grant program will open July 11. This $250 million program encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures.
ESD announces application launch for Tourism Partner Sub-Awards Grant
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the application launch for the New York State EDA Tourism Partner Sub-Awards Grant program, designed to support the post-pandemic recovery of the state's travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.
DEC announces release of draft Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fisheries management plan
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 11:15 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of a draft Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fisheries management plan and is seeking public comment through Aug. 14.
Hochul signs legislation targeting 'unfair ticketing practices' in live event industry
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 10:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.9461/A.10500) "targeting unfair, anticonsumer ticketing practices in the live event industry."
Nearly 11 million Excelsior Passes issued to date
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 10:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than 10.9 million Excelsior Passes have been issued to date. As the first-in-the-nation platform continues to evolve to meet New Yorkers' needs, and as the original Excelsior Pass types expire, the state reminds New Yorkers to retrieve the latest and most robust pass option available, Excelsior Pass Plus.
DEC joins Great Lakes, northeast states & Canadian provinces aquatic invasive species landing blitz
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with seven Great Lakes states, six northeast states, and six Canadian provinces, announced the newly expanded annual aquatic invasive species landing blitz. This international campaign informs boaters and the general public about the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Air quality health advisory issued for Western New York & NYC metro
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 12:25 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett issued an air quality health advisory for the Western New York and New York City metro regions for Friday, July 1.
National Grid reminds customers to verify identity of individuals claiming to be energy company representatives
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 03:20 pm
National Grid reminds customers to safeguard their information and verify the identity of any representative that visits or calls their home to discuss their energy bills.
NYSDOT increasing use of flashing yellow arrows throughout WNY
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 09:45 am
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez recently announced work will continue in Western New York to upgrade traffic signals with yellow arrow phases to more safely accommodate motorists making left turns at intersections. Traffic signals featuring a flashing yellow arrow phase will be installed at more locations as intersection improvements are made.
Leading international expert & decorated Army vet. Ahern to head cross-agency efforts to counter cyber threats
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Colin Ahern as the state's first chief cyber officer. A leading expert in cybersecurity, cyber resilience, and intelligence, Ahern will lead cross-agency efforts to protect New York from "increasingly prevalent and sophisticated cyber threats - working to ensure the security and cyber resilience of the state's information assets and critical infrastructure and integrity of the state's information assets."
Gas prices drop as oil prices retreat
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.90, down 8 cents from last Monday. One year ago, the price was $3.10. The New York state average is $4.96, down 5 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.15.
Higgins honors Hispanic American Vietnam veteran Luis R. Sierra
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins recently honored the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veteran Luis R. Sierra, presenting the service medals Sierra earned during the ninth annual Hispanic American Heritage Council Community Breakfast at D'Youville University.
Legislation added to 'safeguard absentee ballots & protect New Yorkers' right to vote'
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:15 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.253A/A.1144A) to, her team said, "safeguard absentee ballots and protect New Yorkers' right to vote by ensuring that ballots are not voided due to stray marks or writing as long as the express intent of the voter is unambiguous."
'Free Fishing Weekend' June 25-26 in New York state
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a "Free Fishing Weekend" in New York June 25-26. This event marks two of the state's six "Free Fishing Days" offered every year to increase fishing participation and awareness of the fishing opportunities in New York, and introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing.
$178.8 million in funding to support transportation enhancements in 75 communities across NYS
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $178.8 million has been awarded to 75 communities across New York for "projects that promote environmentally friendly modes of travel and make it easier and safer to walk, bike or hike."
During National Pollinator Week, NYS highlights actions to promote & protect pollinator health
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:20 pm
The New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and Environmental Conservation (DEC) have highlighted several new actions New York state has taken to promote honeybee health and better protect pollinators statewide.
New York state announces expanded FreshConnect Checks program for veterans
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 05:10 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and Division of Veterans Services (DVS) announced an expanded FreshConnect Checks program that aims to increase participation in the program by veterans, servicemembers, and their immediate families.
BBB warning: Bulky Bean LLC took orders, money without delivering product, consumers say
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:15 pm
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York warns consumers to use caution when ordering from Bulky Bean LLC. BBB received a high volume of complaints and reports from consumers who placed orders, paid, and did not receive the items.
DEC announces implementation of new federal requirements for recreational fishing of black sea bass and scup
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced new recreational saltwater fishing regulations for black sea bass and scup that take effect immediately in New York's marine and coastal district. These regulatory changes are necessary for New York state to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) by reducing recreational harvest of scup and black sea bass.
DEC announces falconry, wildlife rehabilitator & leashed tracking dog examinations
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals, are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.
 

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