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New York State Department of Labor announces minimum wage increase for home care aides
Fri, Oct 14th 2022 12:50 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Thursday announced a minimum wage increase for home care aides. Effective Oct. 1, through Public Health Law ยง 3614-f, the minimum wage for home care aides has been increased to $17 per hour in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, and $15.20 per hour for the remainder of New York.
Hochul signs legislation ending practice of charging additional fee on outstanding student debt
Fri, Oct 14th 2022 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.7862B/A.10261) ending the practice of charging an additional fee to debtors when collecting outstanding debts owed to the state resulting from educational expenses. Prior to this law, a fee of 22% was added by state law on top of the total debt due.
AG James, Hochul release statements on court decision to temporarily keep New York's concealed carry gun laws
Wed, Oct 12th 2022 09:05 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday released the following statement after an appellate judge granted an interim administrative stay on U.S. District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby's decision in Antonyuk v. Hochul, meaning the full Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) will remain in effect.
NYS: More than $246M in federal funding for emergency preparedness & counterterrorism efforts
Wed, Oct 12th 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $246 million in federal funding to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness efforts across New York.
As open enrollment begins, NYSOFA encourages older adults to utilize free, statewide Medicare counseling program
Wed, Oct 12th 2022 04:05 pm
Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. It's the time when beneficiaries can make changes in their health plan or prescription drug coverage and other options that take effect Jan. 1.
NYS: Tax relief being mailed to eligible New Yorkers
Wed, Oct 12th 2022 04:05 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced it has started mailing additional financial relief to eligible New Yorkers. The Tax Department is issuing $475 million in additional New York state child and earned income tax payments to about 1.8 million people. Most of the checks should arrive by the end of October.
Higgins: $365,535 in federal funding for Buffalo Food Justice Project, led by Massachusetts Avenue Project & Grassroots Gardens of Western New York
Tue, Oct 11th 2022 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $365,535 awarded to the Massachusetts Avenue Project and Grassroots Gardens of Western New York. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Community Food Projects Grant program. It will support the Buffalo Food Justice Project, which aims to address food equity and access in underserved communities.
NY Army National Guard is only state Army Guard to meet recruiting goals for 2022
Tue, Oct 11th 2022 02:45 pm
The New York Army National Guard was the only state Army National Guard to exceed its recruiting goals for the federal fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30, 2022.
NYS Canal Corp. announces fall fishing initiative in WNY is now an annual program to support fishing environment, angling community & local businesses
Fri, Oct 7th 2022 05:00 pm
The New York State Canal Corp. announced that, after a successful two-year trial run, its fall fishing initiative is now a permanent annual program that will release regulated flows of water from the Erie Canal into Lake Ontario tributaries in Western New York each fall.
Judge temporarily blocks portions of Concealed Carry Improvement Act
Thu, Oct 6th 2022 08:55 pm
On Thursday, Judge Glenn T. Suddaby of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York granted a temporary restraining order in the case Antonyuk v. Hochul, temporarily blocking or modifying some provisions of New York's Concealed Carry Improvement Act - the state gun control law passed in July.
Hochul signs legislative package designed to strengthen New York's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise program
Thu, Oct 6th 2022 08:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a legislative package intended to strengthen New York's program to support Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. She signed the new legislation in conjunction with the state's 12th annual MWBE forum, which runs through Oct. 7.
New York Lottery offers retailers new training to prevent underage gambling
Thu, Oct 6th 2022 09:25 am
The New York State Gaming Commission's Division of Lottery announced the launch of new training for Lottery retailers "to reinforce the importance of age verification and other best practices as part of New York state's commitment to responsible gaming."
Checklist eases tax filing ahead of extension deadline
Tue, Oct 4th 2022 04:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded taxpayers that the deadline to submit personal income tax returns on extension is Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. The Tax Department website,, can help make filing personal income tax returns simple, fast and free.
Hochul issues proclamation designating October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, highlights resources for resident & small businesses
Mon, Oct 3rd 2022 03:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation designating October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
DEC: Trapping permits now available for Oak Orchard, Tonawanda & John White wildlife management areas
Mon, Oct 3rd 2022 11:20 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will start accepting trapping permit applications today for three DEC wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Region 8.
DEC releases draft Great Lakes action agenda to help restore, protect & revitalize NYS region
Mon, Oct 3rd 2022 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released the draft "New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda 2022-2030," a multiyear action plan to guide restoration and conservation, and foster sustainable, resilient communities in New York's Great Lakes region.
15 finalists for 43North 2022 startup competition
Fri, Sep 30th 2022 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced 15 finalists for the eighth edition of 43North's annual startup competition. The finalists will meet in Buffalo at the end of October to pitch their ideas in the hopes of securing $1 million and gain the opportunity to grow their business in Buffalo - one of the nation's fastest-growing tech hubs.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor fallen FDNY EMS LT. Alison Russo-Elling
Fri, Sep 30th 2022 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff today in honor of fallen FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo-Elling. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise and returned to full-staff following Russo-Elling's funeral service.
Hochul announces further action to address polio, increase support for county health departments
Thu, Sep 29th 2022 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced additional steps New York is taking to address evidence of circulating poliovirus in this state, including an official declaration to further support local health departments in driving immunizations.
Eight Days of Hope to help those affected by Hurricane Ian
Wed, Sep 28th 2022 10:50 am
Eight Days of Hope (EDOH) is ready to deploy its rapid response equipment and team to the location of impact following Hurricane Ian.
Ryan urges NYS Health Department to 'honor intent of "safe staffing" law'
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
On Monday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan sent a letter urging the New York State Department of Health to abandon a proposed change to New York's nursing home "safe staffing" law passed last year in order to maintain the original intent of the law.
Hochul announces crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced actions to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud after a New York State Department of Labor investigation found that insurance fraud accounted for more than $11 million in benefits payments in August. These benefits were paid almost exclusively to those working while also collecting unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic.
Hochul: Second phase of third-party CDL road test program to address truck & bus driver shortage
Mon, Sep 26th 2022 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the start of the second phase of her plan to allow third parties to offer the commercial driver license road test, expanding eligibility to public and private entities.
Fish for free Saturday
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 09:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced Saturday, Sept. 24, is a "Free Fishing Day" in New York state. This free freshwater fishing day is one of six held annually. It coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is celebrated to promote outdoor activities that are significant contributors to New York's economy and help support fish and wildlife conservation.
NYS: Nearly $7.9 million to help farms reduce environmental footprints, prepare for extreme weather events
Fri, Sep 23rd 2022 09:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced nearly $7.9 million is being awarded through the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program to help more than 70 farms across the state reduce their environmental footprints and prepare for extreme weather events related to climate change.
New York State Smokers' Quitline encourages Hispanic/Latinx community to be nicotine-free
Wed, Sep 21st 2022 07:00 am
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York State Smokers' Quitline continues to offer its solidarity and resources to achieve better health for all. In New York state, the Hispanic/Latinx community comprises approximately 20% of the total population, and the Quitline celebrates the community's contributions, influence and culture.
Higgins applauds FAA action rejecting Republic Airways' appeal to 'sidestep' pilot training rules
Tue, Sep 20th 2022 07:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins applauded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) denial of a request by Republic Airways for an exemption of the 1,500-hour training requirement for pilots. In the FAA's decision, it found "that a grant of exemption would not be in the public interest or provide an equivalent level of safety."
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections in August increase by nearly 13% over last year
Mon, Sep 19th 2022 12:45 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 12.6% statewide in August compared to the same month in 2021, according to a recent analysis released by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Statewide local collections totaled $1.7 billion, up nearly $192 million from the same time last year.
Higgins & Castor lead national push for increased lung cancer screening
Mon, Sep 19th 2022 10:20 am
House of Representatives Cancer Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Brian Higgins and Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida recently hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill titled "Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives." The event featured experts from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center presenting information on:
Hochul urges New Yorkers to be aware of scams tied to federal student debt relief
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a warning to consumers about scammers taking advantage of the recent student debt relief plan to steal borrowers' money and personal information.
Higgins: $480,000 in federal funding for Parent Network of WNY
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $480,000 over four years awarded to the Parent Network of Western New York.
DEC announces annual Arbor Day poster contest
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of DEC's annual Arbor Day poster contest. Each year, DEC's urban and community forestry program coordinates the contest to promote the value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers' lives. The winner of the contest will have their photo or artwork reproduced as the 2023 Arbor Day poster to commemorate the holiday.
Hochul announces free car seat checks during Child Passenger Safety Week
Fri, Sep 16th 2022 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee announced free child car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians will be available across the state during Child Passenger Safety Week, which starts today and concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 24.
Hochul signs legislation to expand public servants' access to student loan forgiveness
Thu, Sep 15th 2022 11:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed legislation, her team said, "to expand and simplify access to the federal public service loan forgiveness program statewide. The new legislation establishes uniformity around what qualifies as full-time employment for the purposes of accessing PSLF, and allows public service employers to certify employment on behalf of workers, eliminating substantial barriers to applying for and accessing PSLF."
Higgins to join United We Stand Summit at White House
Wed, Sep 14th 2022 01:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is planning to be at the White House on Thursday for President Joe Biden's United We Stand Summit. The White House announced plans for the event in August, citing the need to address hate-fueled violence in the aftermath of recent events, including the mass shooting in Buffalo.
NYS: Expansion of Virtual Career Center to connect more New Yorkers to careers
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Department of Labor has expanded its Virtual Career Center, "a cutting-edge online platform to help New Yorkers accelerate their career search."
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for September
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 07:00 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 September. 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.
State Agriculture Department asks residents to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly
Mon, Sep 12th 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is asking residents in Western New York to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly (SLF) after a population was found in the Buffalo area.
Crude prices continue to fall, pushing pump prices lower
Mon, Sep 12th 2022 11:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.72, down 7 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.18. The New York state average is $3.89, down 12 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.28.
Hochul signs legislation to support 9/11 victims, first responders, and their loved ones
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:15 pm
Ahead of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed five pieces of legislation to provide support to 9/11 victims and survivors and their families. Her team said, "This support will help to remove barriers and delays from Victim Compensation Fund and workers' compensation claims. In addition, a highway will be designated to honor James Kennelly, a volunteer firefighter who assisted with search, rescue and recovery efforts."

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