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State Parks launches Historic Business Preservation Registry
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
Earlier this week, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the launch of the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry.
DEC announces adoption of regulations to significantly reduce electronic & foam packaging waste
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced the finalization of two regulations designed to help reduce waste going to landfills. The adoption of requirements to reduce electronic waste (e-waste) and enacting the Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Loose Fill Packaging Ban are intended to promote recycling and help prevent foam litter from affecting communities.
DiNapoli: State education employment program for New Yorkers with disabilities falling short
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
The program run by the New York State Education Department (SED) to help New Yorkers with disabilities gain employment, transition to independent living, and rise out of poverty is not fulfilling its mission because it too often leaves participants with inadequate plans that do not accomplish those goals, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Administration expands SBA pilot program targeting access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
Vice President Kamala Harris and Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), are announcing reforms to the agency's Community Advantage (CA) loan program, an SBA tool for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Companies (CDCs), microlenders and other mission-based lending partners, that prioritizes equitable access to capital for low-income borrowers and those from underserved communities.
Hochul issues proclamation honoring New York's Vietnam veterans, families for service & sacrifice
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring March 29, 2022, as Vietnam Veterans Day.
Take advantage of New York's triple play: e-file, Free File and direct deposit
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation Finance reminds taxpayers they can save money, prevent errors, and receive their entire refund sooner by e-filing with Free File software and choosing direct deposit.
State leaders debate criminal justice policies
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 10:10 am
Senate, Assembly GOP & law enforcement officials call for criminal justice changes; Hochul, Benjamin: Blaming bail reform for increase in violence that cities across America are facing isn't fair, isn't supported by data
New York proactively bans all fowl shows & exhibitions to safeguard against avian flu
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced it has issued an order to ban all live fowl shows and exhibitions in New York to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the state's poultry population.
DiNapoli: Despite progress, pay gap for women persists
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 01:35 pm
Median earnings for full-time working women in New York were 86 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2019, an annual wage gap of $8,821, according to a new analysis by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Hochul: Website with resources for Ukrainian people & allies in NY
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 10:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the launch of a new website containing resources offered by New York state and its partners to help Ukrainian people and their friends and allies here in New York.
Hochul announces State Police commitment to boosting ranks of female troopers
Wed, Mar 23rd 2022 03:55 pm
During Women's History Month, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the New York State Police joined other police departments across the country by signing the "30x30 Pledge," a commitment to increase the representation of women in the ranks while improving the experiences of women in law enforcement.
Ortt: Where is the transparency on bail reform?
Tue, Mar 22nd 2022 03:55 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt has penned a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul calling on her to keep the public informed on potential changes to bail and discovery reforms, and bring all stakeholders to the discussion table.
Hochul announces New York as top community solar market in US
Tue, Mar 22nd 2022 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York has become the top community solar market in the U.S. with more than one gigawatt of community solar installed and operational - enough to serve 209,000 homes across the state.
Opioid Settlement Board expands from 19 to 21 members
Mon, Mar 21st 2022 08:30 am
On Saturday, Gov. Kathy Hochul, after signing legislation expanding the Opioid Settlement Board from 19 members to 21 members, announced her two appointments to the board.
Hochul: Up to $1 million to expand opioid treatment program services
Fri, Mar 18th 2022 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of up to $1 million in funding for opioid treatment program providers to establish additional locations outside of their current facilities. This initiative is designed to help bring these services to currently underserved locations, and to address the growing need for OTP services across New York state.
Republican Leader Rob Ortt on state of emergency extension
Thu, Mar 17th 2022 04:30 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul extended her executive order declaring a state of emergency in New York to April 15. This is in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
HUD: $261 million in awards to help people experiencing homelessness
Wed, Mar 16th 2022 03:10 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced more than $2.6 billion in fiscal year 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition Awards for roughly 7,000 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S.
Hochul signs package of legislation to address workplace harassment & discrimination
Wed, Mar 16th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a package of legislation to address workplace harassment and discrimination.
Attorney General James issues statement on Comptroller DiNapoli's audit
Wed, Mar 16th 2022 02:05 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement Tuesday in response to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's audit of the New York State Department of Health's response to the coronavirus, which affirmed some of the findings of her January 2021 nursing homes report, most notably that DOH misrepresented the true number of deaths that occurred at nursing homes:
Formerly incarcerated & advocates in Buffalo kick off first town hall
Wed, Mar 16th 2022 02:05 pm
On Tuesday, advocates, the directly impacted, and organizers gathered at the Martha Mitchell Community Center on Buffalo's east side to kick off the first "Communities Not Cages" town hall in the state.
Hochul announces opening of application portal for hemp farmers seeking license to grow adult-use cannabis
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the web-based application portal for hemp farmers seeking to obtain a conditional license to grow adult-use cannabis in the 2022 growing season. The license was made possible by a law the governor signed last month.
'Friendly calls' program engages volunteers in effort to reduce social isolation for older adults
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 12:25 pm
Providers of aging services are seeking to expand programs that address social isolation in the pandemic, including volunteer models like "friendly calls."
New online wage & employment tools launched
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of two new interactive online resources designed to improve transparency and enhance access to employment statistics and occupational wage information.
Hochul: $2.5 million in funding for mental health resource center for schools
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 03:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of $2.5 million over five years to create and support a Mental Health Resource and Training Technical Assistance Center for Schools. The center will support all New York state public and private schools, and assist them in providing mental health education as part of the K-12 health curricula.
Hochul announces new actions to increase transparency & access to public records
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York is moving forward with "improvements to the process of responding to public records requests."
Applications open for 2022 Empire State Fellows program
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 03:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the application process for the 2022 class of Empire State Fellows.
Division of Consumer Protection helped New York consumers recoup nearly $3 million in 2021
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Division of Consumer Protection assisted 21,855 New Yorkers with a variety of consumer protection matters in 2021, resulting in a record $2,918,025 being returned to consumers' wallets. The announcement came on the final day of National Consumer Protection Week.
Hochul directs agencies to deploy emergency response assets as winter storm will impact majority of state with heavy snow & high winds
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 12:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed state agencies to deploy emergency response assets as a winter weather system is poised to deliver another round of heavy snow across most of New York beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday.
Up to $10,000 in utility payment assistance will expire March 15
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 11:55 am
Winter utility bills this season are noticeably higher in comparison to the past few years. Several factors are the cause, including a colder-than-normal January with customers turning up thermostats. Cost of the natural gas commodity is at the highest price in recent years. And with the COVID-19 pandemic not losing its grip, many people continue to work remotely and spend much more time in their homes without turning the heat down or lights off.
Protect your sensitive information and tax refund
Thu, Mar 10th 2022 08:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, along with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection, shared important tips to help New York taxpayers block identity thieves and tax fraudsters.
Hochul: New SNUG Street staff trained to deploy into communities to tackle gun violence
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the newest employees of the state's SNUG Street Outreach program will be deployed to sites in Albany, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy and Yonkers. Hochul met with the new staff and delivered virtual remarks at the team training on Wednesday.
Hochul announces nearly $24 million in federal funding for domestic violence & sexual assault programs
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York is distributing nearly $24 million in federal funding to domestic violence programs and shelters, sexual assault programs, and rape crisis centers. The funding will help these programs expand on-site coronavirus testing and vaccination availability, offset fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic, better reach underserved communities, and support the recent uptick in survivors seeking help.
DEC reminds New Yorkers annual residential brush burning prohibition starts March 16
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 03:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning will begin March 16 and run through May 14. DEC enforces the annual brush burning ban to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires each spring.
Hochul highlights available programs to help New Yorkers manage rising energy costs
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 02:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul reminds New Yorkers of programs and options available to address rising energy supply costs.
BBB tips on donating to help Ukraine relief activities
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 12:40 pm
News reports of Russia's attack on Ukraine may encourage concerned individuals to reach out and help victims affected by the conflict. Concerns grow about the current and potential emergency needs of the Ukrainian people. Generous donors want to help by supporting charities that are raising funds for assistance.
James warns consumers impacted by T-Mobile data breach of potential identity theft
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 10:35 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has provided guidance to consumers who may have been impacted by a 2021 T-Mobile data breach, following reports that the stolen information was put for sale on the dark web.
NYSOFA marks 50th anniversary of nutrition program & over 1 billion meals served to older adults
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 10:35 am
This national nutrition month in March, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) marks the 50th anniversary of the National Nutrition Program for the Elderly (NPE), established in 1972. The national program established grants to provide congregate and home-delivered meals to older adults who need nutrition support.
Attorney general warns New Yorkers to be cautious in charitable giving amid Ukrainian crisis
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 10:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has provided warnings and tips to New Yorkers who are seeking ways to support the Ukrainian people amid the ongoing conflict. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) warns people should be wary of sham charities attempting to take advantage of this humanitarian crisis, and ensure they are giving to credible organizations.
NYS Responsible Play Partnership kicks off National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Thu, Mar 3rd 2022 10:25 am
The New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and New York Council on Problem Gambling, which together comprise New York's Responsible Play Partnership, have marked the start of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) by announcing a mix of new technologies and creative initiatives designed to increase public awareness of problem gambling and promote access to available prevention, treatment and recovery services.
NYS OASAS announces availability of funding to support addiction prevention workforce
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 04:35 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the availability of up to $1 million in funding for OASAS-certified and funded prevention providers to establish and support paid internship positions. Providers can receive up to $21,000 under this initiative, which is focused on attracting diverse individuals into the prevention field and providing them a pathway toward a professional credential.
 

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