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State departments of Environmental Conservation, Agriculture & Markets announce 8th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The state departments of Environmental Conservation, and Agriculture and Markets, announced New York's eighth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held June 6-12. Organizations are encouraged to connect with their local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to begin planning events.
Empire State Trail & Boilermaker race to hold first trail challenge
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a partnership between the Empire State Trail and the nationally known Boilermaker race to create the "Empire State Trail Challenge" - a four-month virtual race where participants can register and log their miles to reach milestones tied to virtual progress along the Empire State Trail.
DEC launches annual 'Look for the Zero' campaign urging homeowners to purchase phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer
Tue, Apr 6th 2021 05:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the launch of the annual "Look for the Zero" public awareness campaign to encourage homeowners to go phosphorus-free when using lawn fertilizer. DEC is encouraging consumers to review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer.
Cuomo, legislative leaders announce agreement on budget
Tue, Apr 6th 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday announced an agreement on the fiscal year 2022 New York state budget. They said the final budget accomplishes major legislative priorities, including:
New York State Division of Human Rights announces new actions to promote fair housing
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 12:20 pm
The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) recently announced the launch of statewide public awareness campaign for Fair Housing Month to ensure all New Yorkers are fully aware of the state's antidiscrimination protections in housing. The campaign will include social media advertising, internet display advertising, informational materials and videos, and educational events.
Office for the Aging releases video tutorial series to help eligible older New Yorkers access federal, state & local benefits
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 12:20 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging, in collaboration with state agencies and other partners, has created a series of videos on how to complete and submit applications for benefits for older New Yorkers and other eligible individuals.
Website launch for Office of Cannabis Management
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the website launch for the New York State Office of Cannabis Management. This website educates the public on the OCM's regulatory structure which, with the Cannabis Control Board, will oversee the licensure, cultivation, production, distribution, sale and taxation of medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp within New York.
Cuomo accepts recommendations of 'Reimagine New York' Commission
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo accepted the final recommendations of the "Reimagine New York" Commission across its three focus areas: connectivity, telehealth and work.
Higgins calls for quick congressional action on American Jobs Plan
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the Biden administration rollout of the American Jobs Plan.
AAA Western and Central New York urges safe driving amid legalization of adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 11:00 pm
With Gov. Cuomo signing legislation today legalizing adult-use cannabis in New York state, AAA Western and Central New York is urging the public to educate themselves on the dangers of impaired driving. Effective consumer education is important to keeping New York roads safe. Regardless of marijuana's legal status, all motorists need to avoid driving while impaired. Simply put, if you've used marijuana, don't drive. And if you plan to drive, don't use marijuana.
Cuomo signs legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis, fulfilling a key component of his 2021 State of the State agenda.
New York State Legislature passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 09:45 am
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated, "Tonight, the New York State Legislature took the first step in a major leap forward for the Empire State by passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis. I thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and the many legislators who worked tirelessly on this issue for securing passage of this historic legislation."
Legislation expanding access to veterans treatment courts
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 05:35 pm
On Monday night, landmarks around the state lit in red, green and yellow - colors of Vietnam service ribbon - to honor war veterans
AAA: National average gas price drops
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 12:00 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86, down 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.02. The New York state average is $2.91 - no change from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.34.
Cuomo & legislative leaders announce agreement to legalize adult-use cannabis
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Saturday announced an agreement on legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) to legalize adult-use cannabis.
Flags to half-staff in honor of State Trooper
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of New York State Trooper Joseph Gallagher, who died from injuries he suffered three years ago when he was struck by a vehicle while on duty assisting a disabled motorist. Flags were at half-staff beginning Sunday and through interment.
NYS: Expanded language access policy, virtual forum on rise in hate crimes against Asian-American community
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 09:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the signing of an executive order significantly expanding the state's language access policy, ensuring more New Yorkers will have access to important services regardless of the language they speak. Additionally, he announced a virtual public forum, in response to the rise of hate incidents and attacks against Asian-Americans across New York and the country, will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30.
Jacobs leads call to protect New Yorkers from 'devastating tax hikes'
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, was joined by Congress members Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Lee Zeldin (NY-01) and Andrew Garbarino (NY-02) in calling on New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins to eliminate proposals to raise state taxes for the new fiscal year.
Launch of free citizen public health training program to educate and empower New Yorkers as public health leaders
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of a free, online citizen public health training course for New Yorkers to learn about preparedness for and prevention of public health emergencies from top public health experts.
DEC releases proposed updates for regulations governing use of state wildlife management areas
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft proposal for public comment that would update regulations governing public use of the state's vast network of wildlife management areas (WMAs).
State agencies prepare emergency response assets as weather system poses multiple threats
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as a weather system is forecast to impact upstate locations starting Friday with high winds in Western New York and the Finger Lakes regions, lakeshore flooding along Lake Erie and potential flooding in the North Country through Saturday.
Health insurance: Open enrollment period to end of 2021
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced expanded tax credits available through NY State of Health, New York's health plan marketplace. The expansion will result in more New Yorkers being eligible for financial assistance and the further reduction in health insurance premiums in New York.
DEC, NY Sea Grant: $200,000 in grants available to support projects engaging youth in implementing Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 12:45 pm
New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, announced funding is available for projects that engage youth under the age of 21 and address local watershed challenges and New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities. A total of $200,000 - up to $25,000 per project - in New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants will be awarded.
Cuomo, Mujica talk state budget
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 04:30 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Budget Director Robert Mujica Jr. updated New Yorkers on the state's executive budget. Here is an excerpt from that conversation:
DEC issues guidance to reduce conflicts with bears
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminded New Yorkers to avoid conflicts with bears by taking down bird feeders and securing garbage.
All 6 of WNY's FQHCs call on state to reverse or delay 340B 'carve out'
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:45 am
Earlier this week, all of Western New York's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) together called on New York to reverse or delay the 340B "carve out" included in the 2021 state budget, which is currently being negotiated. The 340B "carve out," they said, "would mean a devastating loss in funding for the region's most vulnerable and traditionally marginalized patients, which include communities of color, individuals living with HIV, refugees and the LGBTQ+ community."
Legal Aid files lawsuit to secure New Yorkers in prison access to COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:40 am
The Legal Aid Society has filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on behalf of three persons incarcerated in New York state prisons, "demanding the state grant people in custody the same access to the COVID-19 vaccine that has been afforded others in virtually every other congregate residential setting - settings which by their very nature place individuals at high risk for contracting and transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19."
PSC approves electric reliability standards to meet peak summer demand
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:25 am
The New York State Public Service Commission has approved an increase in the amount of electricity kept in reserve during the summer peak in New York to ensure adequate levels of electricity capacity are available to serve peak load and system emergency conditions.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to lead Assembly's impeachment investigation of governor's conduct
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:15 am
Speaker Carl Heastie and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine announced the New York State Assembly retained the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to lead an impeachment investigation into allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
NYS: Nearly $15 million to support water quality conservation projects
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced nearly $15 million has been awarded to support agricultural water quality conservation projects across the state, benefiting 147 farms. The funding is being provided through the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control program, which supports projects that address water quality challenges in priority watersheds and protect the environment.
Canalway Trail System drew more than 4 million visits in 2020
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:20 pm
Use along the Erie Canalway Trail and Champlain Canalway Trail increased in 2020, according to the 2020 "Who's on the Trail" report from Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corp. The Canalway Trail system as a whole saw an estimated 4.2 million visits in 2020, including just under 4 million visits to the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail between Albany and Buffalo, and approximately 288,000 visits to the 90-mile Champlain Canalway Trail between Waterford and Whitehall.
NYS Health Facilities Association statement on 'nursing home reform' bills
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:20 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) - a statewide organization representing over 425 skilled nursing and assisted living providers - issued the following statement in response to various "nursing home reform" bills in the Legislature.
Toll booth removal & interchange reconstruction to resume on NYS Thruway
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced toll plaza removal and interchange reconstruction will resume on the New York State Thruway's former ticketed system this week and is expected to be completed, weather-permitting, by the end of summer.
New guidance from Department of Financial Services for 'fair & prompt' payment of health insurance claims
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the issuance of new guidance by the Department of Financial Services alerting insurers of new protections for patients and health care providers that limit health insurance claims denials and inappropriate payment reductions or delays related to medically necessary services.
ESD's 'NY Ventures' & NYSTAR announce 'Built by Women: Frank Conversations with Women Founders and Funders' series
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:15 pm
Empire State Development announced the "Built by Women: Frank Conversations with Women Founders and Funders" virtual speaker series will begin on Thursday, March 18, with the first event, "Lift Off: Raising your Seed Round" at 12:30 p.m.
Cuomo doubles-down on not resigning
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 05:30 pm
Despite two investigations into alleged sexual misconduct, six female accusers and growing calls for his resignation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said it's the people that elected him into office, and it's the people who will ultimately determine his innocence or guilt. Cuomo emphatically said he did not inappropriately touch anyone, and he will not resign.
Jacobs: Governor a 'distraction,' must resign
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 01:25 pm
Higgins to Cuomo: Time to resign
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins provided this statement on Friday:
DiNapoli announces sale of $636 million state of New York general obligation bonds
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:15 am
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Thursday announced the details of the competitive sale scheduled for March 16 of tax-exempt and taxable New York state general obligation bonds, totaling $635.9 million.
Higgins announces passage of 'commonsense' gun violence prevention bills
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021; and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. The legislation, both cosponsored by Higgins, would close background check loopholes in federal law.
 

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