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New round of 'Cannabis Conversations'
Wed, Apr 20th 2022 10:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new round of public service advertisements in the "Cannabis Conversations" campaign, New York's first public education initiative focused on informing New Yorkers on the state's cannabis law. This wave of the campaign goes into more depth on the dangers of impaired driving, the risks of youth cannabis use, how to safely store cannabis in a home, and how to respectfully consume cannabis in public.
Attorney General James distributes first funds from opioid settlements to Western New York
Tue, Apr 19th 2022 04:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday distributed the first round of payments from the opioid settlements to counties in Western New York and Buffalo.
Attorney General James reminds landlords to not raise rents if they accept pandemic rental assistance
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an advisory to landlords reminding them that they cannot raise rents if they accepted or plan to accept funding from the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which was recently expanded in the state's budget.
DEC: $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants - the largest amount of funding for this program to date - for 51 not-for-profit land trusts across the state.
CBP warns of phone scams
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it is aware of numerous telephone scams targeting residents nationwide. It stated:
Niagara County clerk: Schedule your registration appointments for boats, motorcycles now
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski encourages residents to schedule their appointments with the Department of Motor Vehicles soon for those who need to get their boats, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles registered for summer.
DiNapoli: State fiscal year 2021-22 tax revenues $3.3 billion over final projections
Sat, Apr 16th 2022 01:30 pm
Tax collections for state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 totaled $121.1 billion - $3.3 billion higher than forecast by the Division of the Budget in the amended executive budget financial plan released in February, and more than $30 billion higher than DOB's initial forecasts from May 2021, according to the March state cash report released this week by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Hochul announces approval of first adult-use cannabis conditional cultivation licenses to farms in New York
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 07:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Cannabis Control Board approved 52 adult-use cannabis conditional cultivator licenses across the state. These are the first adult-use cannabis licenses granted in New York, and they advance the Seeding Opportunity Initiative.
Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns
Tue, Apr 12th 2022 05:35 pm
Late Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced, "I have accepted Brian Benjamin's resignation effective immediately. While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as lieutenant governor. New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them."
National Fuel reminds public to 'Call Before You Dig'
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 02:55 pm
April is Safe Digging Month. In recognition, National Fuel is reminding homeowners and professional contractors to "Call Before You Dig."
DiNapoli: State needs to do more for growing mental health crisis in schools
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 02:45 pm
Too many of New York school districts' mental health teams are understaffed, with too few available services and inconsistent and limited oversight of mental health education for students, an audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli found.
Gas prices continue to drop
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 01:30 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.11, down 8 cents change from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.86. The New York state average is 4.22, down 7 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.89.
Hochul announces FY 2023 budget investments to deliver tax relief to New Yorkers
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced multiple tax relief investments in the fiscal year 2023 budget. The enacted budget includes tax relief for the middle class, small businesses and homeowners to provide more cash for working families across the state.
Hochul announces highlights of New York budget; GOP, state leaders react
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 10:55 am
Over the weekend, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced highlights of what her team called an "historic" fiscal year 2023 budget, which "blends record investments into the long-term future of New York along with significant one-time aid to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented fiscal responsibility."
Hochul announces 'successful start' to interstate task force on illegal guns
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 09:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced 1,753 firearms have been removed from the state's streets in the two months since she convened the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns - a 20% increase in the overall number of guns seized due to increased cooperation and communication from the state and regional partnership.
Hochul announces agreement on FY 2023 New York state budget
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 10:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced an agreement to address key priorities in the fiscal year 2023 New York state budget. Her team said, "This bold and fiscally responsible plan makes historic investments in communities across the state that will bring relief to New Yorkers recovering from the pandemic and launch New York's economic comeback."
More than 70 million over-the-counter COVID-19 tests distributed to New Yorkers in recent months
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 10:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced more than 70 million over-the-counter coronavirus tests have been distributed, to date, by New York state, as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers protected throughout the pandemic.
NYS: $62.4 million available to strengthen statewide emergency communications and interoperability infrastructure
Wed, Apr 6th 2022 06:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $62.4 million is available to support county-level efforts to strengthen emergency communications and interoperability infrastructure utilized by local first responders.
Higgins: Nearly $31 million in transit funding for NFTA
Wed, Apr 6th 2022 06:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority will receive $30,962,912 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration for fiscal year 2022. Thanks to a historic $20 billion national investment in public transit included in the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law."
Hochul issues proclamation designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Tue, Apr 5th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday issued a proclamation designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in New York.
DEC issues guidance to reduce conflicts with bears
Tue, Apr 5th 2022 02:25 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds New Yorkers to take down bird feeders and secure garbage to avoid potential conflicts with black bears.
New York State Smokers' Quitline launches 'Learn2QuitNY' comprehensive text program
Tue, Apr 5th 2022 02:25 pm
The New York State Smokers' Quitline (Quitline) recently unveiled a resource to help tobacco and electronic nicotine product users take control of their health. "Learn2QuitNY," a free comprehensive six-week text program, provides step-by-step guidance for New York state residents to learn and practice skills that promote freedom from nicotine dependence. Residents can enroll by visiting
NYS Office of Mental Health announces funding to strengthen suicide prevention efforts for veterans & uniformed personnel
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 08:40 pm
The New York State Office of Mental Health announced funding for a new initiative to strengthen resiliency and suicide prevention efforts among military veterans and uniformed personnel, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service members, and corrections officers.
Social Security Administration to resume in-person services at local offices
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 08:40 pm
Statement from Social Security Administration Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi:
'Cannabis Conversations' is New York's first public education campaign on cannabis
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 02:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced "Cannabis Conversations," New York state's first public health education campaign on cannabis to inform the public on the state's cannabis law, including who can consume, where to consume, and how to consume safely.
NYS Department of State: Additional $4 million available to local governments for efficiency initiatives through countywide shared services program
Mon, Apr 4th 2022 02:20 pm
The New York State Department of State announced the availability of $4 million in funding designed to aid local governments in their efforts to implement efficiency and cost-saving measures that were identified under a previously submitted countywide shared services initiative (CWSSI) plan, but never implemented or completed.
Ortt, GOP lawmakers reach out to legislative leaders to collaborate on 'fair & bipartisan' district maps
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 04:20 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Republican lawmakers today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie calling for a collaborative approach to creating what they called "fair and bipartisan legislative district maps."
Higgins calls for continued discussions on Canada's proposed property tax on Americans
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 02:55 pm
During a U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee hearing, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, asked U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai to continue discussions related to Canada's proposed 1% tax on United States citizens owning property in Canada.
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.

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