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FASNY offers lifesaving fire safety tips to keep your friends & family safe during July 4th celebrations
Wed, Jun 30th 2021 07:00 am
As vaccinated New Yorkers begin to gather for nicer weather, many will be hosting barbecues and parties for the upcoming Fourth of July. These holiday celebrations can pose serious safety hazards due to an increase in firework use and outdoor cooking. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) offers some key safety tips for your friends and family to follow this Fourth of July.
$1.7 million, requested by Higgins for small business development in WNY, advances in committee
Tue, Jun 29th 2021 04:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal legislation, which includes $1.7 million to help small businesses in Western New York, has crossed an initial legislative hurdle. A House Appropriations subcommittee approved a bill including $950,000 for the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) to support expansion of the West Side Bazaar, and $750,000 for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Buffalo State to help small businesses in Western New York expand e-commerce and grow an online presence.
Esposito takes state leadership role with Knights of Columbus
Tue, Jun 29th 2021 04:15 pm
Williamsville's Charles D. Esposito, the permanent deacon at St. Peter & Paul R.C. Church, was elected to the position of New York state deputy for the Knights of Columbus.
AAA Insurance shares pool safety tips
Sat, Jun 26th 2021 11:00 am
More than 3,500 people drown each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drowning is also one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 9. Many of these fatalities occur even with supervision.
State landmarks to be lit red, orange, yellow, green, blue & violet in celebration of Pride Month
Fri, Jun 25th 2021 10:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced landmarks statewide will be lit red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet in celebration of Pride Month and the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Marriage Equality Law in New York. Landmarks will be lit to Sunday, June 27.
Ortt joins federal representatives in calls to protect WNY's Canadian property owners
Thu, Jun 24th 2021 08:35 am
On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt joined calls from New York's federal representatives to stop any taxes on foreigners who currently own a vacant property in Canada. Along with increased COVID-19 vaccination thresholds, the Canadian government announced it was moving forward with a plan to tax foreign owners whose properties remain vacant.
NYS: $2.5 million expansion of first-in-the-nation initiative to prevent elder abuse
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a $2.5 million expansion of the first-in-the-nation enhanced multidisciplinary teams initiative, which protects vulnerable adults at risk of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Higgins urges expediency as US-Canada plan for border reopening
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:30 pm
With United States and Canadian officials expected to discuss plans to reopen the border, Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement urging both nations to act with urgency:
Cuomo announces education and equitable enforcement campaign to boost pedestrian safety
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced law enforcement will be participating in the "Operation See! Be Seen!" pedestrian safety campaign from June 11-24 to decrease pedestrian-involved crashes.
Following Higgins' request, CBP launches virtual interviews for Trusted Traveler Program renewals
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed news U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new pilot program to allow Trusted Traveler Program members to conduct renewal interviews virtually. The initiative comes after Higgins sent a letter requesting CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) resume NEXUS interviews, despite ongoing travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, by allowing the required in-person interview to be held online.
New York State Senate confirms New York Power Authority trustee
Wed, Jun 9th 2021 11:00 am
The New York State Senate has confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nomination of Bethaida Gonzalez as a new member of the New York Power Authority board of trustees and the Canal Corp. board of directors. Gonzalez, a Syracuse resident, is the first Latina to serve on the NYPA board.
Statement by Higgins on US-Canada border
Tue, Jun 8th 2021 03:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, released the following statement Tuesday in response to ongoing discussions about U.S.-Canada border restrictions:
Cuomo recognizes 40 years since first AIDS diagnosis in US
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released this statement on the 40th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis in America:
Higgins & Jacobs push to bring KC-46A Pegasus aircraft to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
Congress members Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are leading a push to have the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) host the next KC-46A Pegasus reserve component.
Niagara County DPW announces work on Sunset Drive in Lockport
Fri, Jun 4th 2021 04:20 pm
Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal said roadwork on Sunset Drive in Lockport from Upper Mountain Road to Stone Road will begin Monday, June 14. The work includes repairing drainage structures, regrading side ditches and resurfacing Sunset Drive.
NYS: $3.5 billion in assistance for renters & small businesses
Wed, May 26th 2021 08:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York State announces new online resources to combat human trafficking, raise awareness
Mon, May 24th 2021 06:00 pm
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) announced a pair of online resources aimed at facilitating human trafficking referrals to New York state. These resources include a new digital handbook to assist service providers and victim advocates with making human trafficking referrals, and an e-reporting system that allows them and law enforcement to submit these referrals electronically.
Cyclists embark on cross-state ride to raise awareness for National Missing Children's Day
Fri, May 21st 2021 03:00 pm
This upcoming week, a group of volunteer bicyclists from across New York will set off on a 350-mile, cross-state journey to raise awareness and support for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and National Missing Children's Day, on May 25. The four-day ride will also serve as a pre-event to NCMEC's "Miles for Hope," a monthlong awareness and fundraising mission to benefit NCMEC taking place later this fall.
DEC announces 2021 'I BIRD NY' challenges
Wed, May 19th 2021 03:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of the 2021 "I BIRD NY" challenges for beginning and experienced birders. Two levels of challenges provide the opportunity to identify birds and learn about birdlife and offer a chance to win birding equipment.
Higgins announces approval of bills expanding protections for pregnant employees & improving maternity care for veterans
Tue, May 18th 2021 01:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced approval of H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and H.R. 958, the Protecting Moms Who Served Act. The bipartisan bills address health and safety issues for expecting mothers.
JCOPE posts 2020 financial disclosure statements for statewide elected officials
Tue, May 18th 2021 01:25 pm
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced it has posted the 2020 annual statements of financial disclosure of the statewide elected officials who were in office as of the statutory May 15 filing deadline.
2021 TCS New York City Marathon to return for 50th running
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the TCS New York City Marathon will return for its 50th running this year, on Nov. 7. The race will operate at 60% of its usual participant field for a total of 33,000 runners.
Higgins announces passage of bills expanding mental health initiatives in schools
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of several bills that aim to assist students by establishing and expanding mental health initiatives in schools.
Higgins: No more extensions; calls for expanded border crossings by Memorial Day & fully open by July
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins says new public health guidance confirms the border between the U.S. and Canada can safely reopen. The congressman, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, is pressing the White House to end the orders banning nonessential travel. Orders have been issued monthly for over a year.
Cuomo signs legislation protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from debt collectors
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.5923-A/A.6617-A) protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from being garnished by debt collectors.
Higgins: Nearly $1.4 million to boost home health care assistance for families in New York
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the New York State Department of Health will receive $1,398,324 in federal funding included in the American Rescue Plan to support home visiting services for at-risk children and families struggling under the pandemic.
Senate Republican leaders call on Cuomo to suspend gas tax
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Deputy Leader Andrew Lanza on Wednesday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the state gas tax in the wake of a ransomware attack that caused the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.
Funding to help farmers protect New York's water quality
Tue, May 11th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $13 million is available to support agricultural water quality conservation projects across the state. Administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the agricultural non-point source abatement and control program provides farms with funding to plan or implement the best management practices to protect New York's waterways and help preserve the environment.
DEC, State Parks encourage campers to use local firewood while enjoying outdoors
Tue, May 11th 2021 12:40 pm
With the start of the 2021 camping season underway, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Erik Kulleseid encouraged campers to use local firewood and follow state firewood regulations to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
Higgins & Huizenga named co-chairs of Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group
Tue, May 11th 2021 12:40 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins and Bill Huizenga were appointed by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as co-chairs of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group. The collective is comprised of a coalition of elected leaders from both countries "committed to advancing dialogue on policies of mutual interest. Bilateral issues of discussion include trade, border management, Great Lakes, security and economic opportunity."
Cuomo: Virtual town hall & listening sessions for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Mon, May 3rd 2021 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, New York will host a virtual town hall and a weeklong series of listening sessions with state agencies to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community. State agencies will also launch a multiagency social media campaign throughout the month of May to celebrate and spread awareness about Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with #NYSCelebratesAAPI.
DEC: May 2-8 is Compost Awareness Week
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:45 pm
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced New York State Compost Awareness Week is May 2-8.
NYS: $15 million in cooling assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $15 million is available to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from serious health issues exacerbated by heat to stay cool during the upcoming summer months.
Higgins announces progress in fight against opioid epidemic
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced major progress in the fight against opioid addiction, following news by the Biden administration that it would expand access to the most effective medication for opioid addiction, buprenorphine.
10th 'I Love My Park Day' celebrates NYS state parks, historic sites & public lands
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
More than 120 New York State parks, historic sites and public lands are hosting volunteer events this weekend as part of the 10th annual "I Love My Park Day."
Buttigieg: $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in response to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:45 pm
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company's business operations, workforce and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
NYS: $2.8 million available for municipal charging stations and zero-emission vehicles
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced $2.8 million is now available to help municipalities purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles for fleet use and to install public charging stations. Administered by the State Department of Environmental Conservation and announced during the weeklong celebration of Earth Day 2021, the grants are part of New York's commitment to support municipal efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
DEC: Additional $500,000 for statewide effort to improve food scrap recycling & prevent food waste
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced DEC is adding $500,000 to the $1.5 million previously announced to help reduce food waste and combat food insecurity statewide.
On Earth Day 2021, AG James highlights environmental accomplishments in Western New York
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
To celebrate Earth Day 2021, New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday highlighted a number of local, statewide and federal public health and environmental protection efforts that her office has taken to protect communities in Western New York.
 

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