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USDA to gather data about farm labor
Thu, Mar 14th 2024 07:20 pm
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its biannual agricultural labor survey in April.
DEC reminds New Yorkers: Annual residential brush burning prohibition starts March 16
Thu, Mar 14th 2024 07:20 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminds New Yorkers of the start of the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning. Since 2009, DEC has enforced the annual brush-burning ban from March 16 through May 14 to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires.
Hochul announces St. Patrick's Day weekend statewide impaired driving enforcement & education campaign
Thu, Mar 14th 2024 12:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced increased patrols by New York State Police and local law enforcement to combat alcohol and drug-impaired and reckless driving as celebrations for St. Patrick's Day get underway statewide. This traffic enforcement detail will run Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. It is funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
New York Power Authority seeks developers for SUNY Niagara Community College solar project
Wed, Mar 13th 2024 08:20 pm
The New York Power Authority is seeking developers to implement an up to 6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) energy project with the option of battery energy storage at SUNY Niagara Community College in Sanborn.
DEC announces 2024 'I BIRD NY' Challenge
Tue, Mar 12th 2024 05:05 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of the 2024 "I BIRD NY" Challenge for birders of all ages and abilities. The challenge provides opportunities to identify birds and learn about birdlife and awards program finishers with a commemorative "I BIRD NY" Challenge patch and the chance to win birding equipment.
NYS Department of Labor recognizes Equal Pay Day, affirms commitment to closing gender wage gap
Tue, Mar 12th 2024 05:05 pm
Today, on Equal Pay Day, the New York State Department of Labor recognizes the persistent struggle against the gender wage gap, and reiterates its commitment to achieving pay equity in New York state.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP releases 50 ways New Yorkers can save money
Tue, Mar 12th 2024 05:00 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) shares its money savings guide, which offers 50 ways New Yorkers can save and manage finances on everyday expenses. The guide includes tips for saving money on groceries, utilities, transportation, shopping and entertainment.
President's budget designates $155 million for Buffalo District projects
Tue, Mar 12th 2024 10:10 am
The president's budget for fiscal year 2025, released yesterday, includes more than $7.2 billion in discretionary funding for the civil works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with just over $155 million set aside for Buffalo District projects.
DEC announces falconry, wildlife rehabilitator, and leashed tracking dog examinations
Tue, Mar 12th 2024 09:40 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 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 April 12. DEC is offering the examinations online and at no cost to participants to increase access to the examinations.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor fallen New York National Guard members & State Trooper
Mon, Mar 11th 2024 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday directed flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning at sunrise on March 11 until interment in honor of fallen members of the New York National Guard, Casey Frankoski and John Grassia. Grassia also served as a New York State Trooper.
DEC issues public safety information & viewing guidance ahead of 2024 solar eclipse
Mon, Mar 11th 2024 03:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is providing valuable tips to help the public prepare to recreate safely and responsibly as New Yorkers count down the days to the highly anticipated total solar eclipse, which occurs Monday, April 8.
Hochul announces new protocols to ensure New Yorkers receive continuity of health care services following cyberattack
Fri, Mar 8th 2024 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced health insurers were directed to follow new protocols and assist health care providers to ensure New Yorkers have access to uninterrupted health care services.
Hochul celebrates Women's History Month & International Women's Day
Fri, Mar 8th 2024 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation designating March as Women's History Month to celebrate the achievements of New York women. Additionally, the governor directed New York state landmarks to be lit purple tonight, March 8, on International Women's Day.
DEC announces completion of projects to replace greenhouse gas refrigerants in disadvantaged communities
Thu, Mar 7th 2024 08:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the completion of two projects that successfully demonstrate the use of sustainable refrigerants in grocery stores as a replacement for climate-altering greenhouse gas refrigerants.
During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, NYS OASAS highlights ongoing work & services available to address problem gambling
Thu, Mar 7th 2024 08:15 pm
To mark Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) is taking new actions to address the needs of New Yorkers related to problem gambling.
New York Farm Bureau releases 2024 federal legislative priorities
Thu, Mar 7th 2024 08:10 pm
New York Farm Bureau's national priorities aim for a strong farm bill and critical reforms that will improve market opportunities and the farm economy for New York agriculture. They are based on member-approved public policy positions and were outlined today during a press call with NYFB President David Fisher and National Affairs Coordinator Ashley Oeser.
xNYS Department of Labor celebrates Women in Construction Week
Wed, Mar 6th 2024 07:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is participating in Women in Construction Week, taking place March 3-9.
Hochul launches NYS' first training stipend program for volunteer firefighters
Wed, Mar 6th 2024 07:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched New York's first training stipend program for volunteer firefighters.
Have you heard about the direct file pilot program?
Wed, Mar 6th 2024 07:15 pm
New York state and the Internal Revenue Service have created a new program that allows eligible New Yorkers to e-file their federal and state personal income tax returns for free. The program allows taxpayers to save hundreds of dollars on tax preparation fees.
Hochul, Code for America announce March 12 launch of free program to help New Yorkers file tax returns online
Wed, Mar 6th 2024 07:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and civic tech nonprofit Code for America announced the March 12 launch date for a new tool aimed at making it easier for eligible New Yorkers to file their taxes at no cost.
Status of child care in NYS report to be released
Mon, Mar 4th 2024 03:55 pm
Two out of five New Yorkers with children report that they or an adult member of their household decided to forgo employment outside of their home due to child care, according to survey data from Cornell University's 2023 Empire State Poll.
Hochul: Federal approval to expand access to high-quality, affordable health insurance
Mon, Mar 4th 2024 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Treasury have approved New York's Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver application to expand the Essential Plan, a public health insurance program offered through the NY State of Health, to New Yorkers with incomes up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Line, $37,650 annual income for an individual.
NYS Tax Department offers free tax filing help in Buffalo area for eligible taxpayers
Mon, Mar 4th 2024 11:40 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance encourages eligible New Yorkers to take advantage of its free Taxpayer Assistance Program (TAP). Certified NYS Tax Department staff will guide eligible taxpayers as they electronically prepare and file their basic federal and state tax returns themselves for free.
During National Nutrition Month, NYSOFA highlights statewide programs providing 22 million meals to older adults annually
Mon, Mar 4th 2024 11:40 am
During National Nutrition Month, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds older New Yorkers and their families of the many state and local programs available to support overall health and wellness, particularly nutritional health for individuals ages 60 and over.
Gas prices creep ahead: Milder weather and spring break road trips will drive up demand
Mon, Mar 4th 2024 09:55 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.35, up 9 cents from last Monday. One year ago, the price was $3.40. The New York state average is $3.32, up 2 cents from one week ago. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.43.
During Maple Month, governor highlights New York's 'thriving' maple industry
Fri, Mar 1st 2024 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday encouraged New Yorkers to support their local maple producers during Maple Month. She highlighted New York's upcoming Maple Weekends events and activities, which will take place March 16-17 and 23-24, along with other special events and promotions throughout the month.
DEC releases NYS hunting safety statistics for 2023
Fri, Mar 1st 2024 11:45 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has released hunting safety statistics for the 2023 seasons, and thanked hunters for their ongoing commitment to following responsible practices to keep communities safe.
DEC now accepting applications for annual 'buffer in a bag' program
Fri, Mar 1st 2024 11:40 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the application period for the agency's "buffer in a bag" opens today.
DEC reminds New Yorkers annual residential brush burning prohibition starts March 16
Thu, Feb 29th 2024 07:30 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning begins March 16 and runs through May 14. Since 2009, DEC has enforced the annual brush burning ban to help prevent wildland fires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires.
ESD: ConnectALL challenge period begins March 19
Thu, Feb 29th 2024 07:30 pm
Empire State Development (ESD) announced the opening of the ConnectALL Office's New York State Broadband Challenge Portal for residents, local governments, nonprofits and internet service providers to help New York state fine tune which locations could be eligible for new broadband service grants.
Skyrocketing Mega Millions, Powerball & NY Lotto jackpots generate $63.9 million for NYS schools, lottery retailers
Thu, Feb 29th 2024 07:30 pm
The jackpots for three of New York's most popular draw games - Mega Millions, Powerball and NY Lotto - are skyrocketing and have generated more than $63.9 million for New York's public schools and small businesses across the state.
SUNY starts Institute for Local News
Thu, Feb 29th 2024 07:30 pm
The State University System of New York launched the first ever systemwide local news program this spring to inform rural communities and provide rich learning experiences for students.
National Grid prepares for high winds, lake-effect snow as spring-like weather shifts to winter conditions
Wed, Feb 28th 2024 11:35 am
National Grid is preparing for today's shift from spring-like conditions to winter weather by increasing staffing and extending work shifts through Thursday.
NYSEG, RG&E preparing for widespread wind event expected to impact state
Wed, Feb 28th 2024 11:20 am
New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric are preparing for a windstorm. The widespread wind event is expected to impact New York state from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. This storm has the potential to impact all of NYSEG and RG&E's service areas, which includes Western New York, Rochester, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.
New York State Fire Service Alliance rallies in Albany for volunteer firefighter legislation
Tue, Feb 27th 2024 12:05 pm
Last year, New York led the nation in residential fire deaths, with 154 home fire fatalities statewide between January and December of 2023 according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Sadly, we've seen this trend continue with 24 residential fire deaths reported in New York since Jan. 1 - the most of any state this year. In fact, New York has been among the top four U.S. states for home fire deaths for more than a decade, totaling 1,358 home fire fatalities since 2014.
More than 100 New York state newspapers form coalition to advocate for local journalism amid turbulent times & increasing closures
Mon, Feb 26th 2024 09:45 am
On Friday, a statewide group of local news organizations, comprising over 100 local newspapers in New York, launched The Empire State Local News Coalition, a joint advocacy effort to advance a legislative package that would deliver long-term sustainability to the sector.
Deadline to upgrade to Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1
Fri, Feb 23rd 2024 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded seniors that, for most localities, the deadline to apply for greater property tax savings through the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1. Basic STAR exemption recipients who turn 65 this year and meet the eligibility requirements should apply to their assessor for the Enhanced STAR exemption.
Hochul announces 'significant growth' of New York's agricultural education & FFA programs
Fri, Feb 23rd 2024 12:40 pm
During National FFA Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced "significant growth" in New York state's agriculture education and FFA programs.
Hochul releases New York State Cybersecurity Grant plan
Fri, Feb 23rd 2024 10:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has released the New York State Cybersecurity Grant plan, which details a whole-of-state approach to reduce cyber risk and build cyber resiliency in local governments statewide.
Hochul releases new tool to protect low-income New Yorkers from losing EBT benefits to scams or skimming
Wed, Feb 21st 2024 06:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new tool for New Yorkers who receive government assistance via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card to protect themselves from criminals who use "skimming" devices to steal benefits. Beginning today, a new EBT lock/unlock tool on the ConnectEBT app will enable card users to lock their EBT cards when not in use to protect their benefits from scammers.
 

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