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Hochul signs legislation protecting seniors from fraudulent use of personal information
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed legislation (S.1560/A.1994) into law to protect seniors from fraudulent use of personal information by authorizing support services on identity theft through nonprofit agencies and law enforcement. The legislation allows the Office of the Aging and law enforcement to recognize identity theft as one of the many forms of elder abuse, and take appropriate action to help seniors.
Zogby: Overwhelming majority of NYS voters say open primaries will bring needed change to failing political system
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 11:55 am
A new poll by John Zogby Strategies reveals that overwhelming numbers of New Yorkers are ready to support open primaries, ending a long tradition of "party only" voters in primaries.
Increased EPA water infrastructure funding will provide more than $428,072,000 million in New York
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 09:55 am
On Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced funding that states, tribes and territories will receive in 2022 through the bipartisan infrastructure law. This funding, provided through EPA's State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, will create jobs while upgrading America's aging water infrastructure and addressing key challenges like lead in drinking water and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.
Hochul announces statewide initiative to help connect job seekers to employment
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new initiative to build upon extensive efforts already underway by the New York State Department of Labor to connect job seekers to the record more than 220,000 available jobs, tools and training resources.
Hochul signs package of legislation to support small businesses
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation to increase state agency support of small businesses in New York. Legislation S.033/A.3456 will create a small business liaison with the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, Labor, Transportation, and Taxation and Finance.
Office of Mental Health receives grant to expand access to fresh healthy produce to people with mental illness
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
The state Office of Mental Health (OMH) has received a $200,000 award to help people with mental illness gain access to healthy, fresh produce. The grant, from the state Health Foundation, will be used to expand the FreshConnect Checks program and bring mobile farmers markets to congregate housing sites for residents with serious mental illness. OMH will also develop a curriculum for residents focused on purchasing, preparing, and consuming healthy foods.
Hochul signs legislation creating 'streamlined system' for social service payments to child care providers
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation requiring local social service districts to offer a direct deposit payment option for subsidized child care. Her team said this would modernize and streamline the system for social service payments to child care providers. The Office of Children and Family Services is required to issue these new regulations within one year of the signing of this legislation.
League of Women Voters of New York State announces $1 million gift
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 06:05 pm
On Giving Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of NYS (LWVNYS) announced it has received an anonymous $1 million donation to expand and strengthen its "fight to defend democracy and voting rights for all."
Hochul: New round of federal funding to provide $5.7 million in COVID-19 relief to New York's marine fishing industry
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced an additional $5.7 million in federal funding is available from New York's Marine Fisheries Relief Program, established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, to provide financial relief for New York's marine fishing industry.
Higgins: $2.2 million for Evergreen Health
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $2.2 million over three years in federal monies for Evergreen Health. Funding in the amount of $731,362 will be provided to Evergreen annually through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Early Intervention Services Program.
New York's Responsible Play Partnership launches awareness campaign on 'perils of gifting Lottery tickets to minors'
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
The New York State Gaming Commission, together with the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling (the Council) - who collectively comprise New York's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP) - have introduced a new public service campaign that asks consumers to take greater responsibility for their Lottery gift-giving decisions.
Hochul announces virtual 'Ending the Epidemic Summit' to highlight state's HIV response efforts
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:15 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York's sixth annual "Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Summit" will be held virtually Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, to coincide with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.
Hochul signs legislation protecting New Yorkers from lead exposure in Christmas & holiday decorations
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 03:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation (S.05675/A.4522) into law to protect New Yorkers from lead exposure from Christmas lights and other holiday decorations by requiring a warning label for certain products that use lead-based electrical cord casings. The legislation defines seasonal and decorative lighting products, requires a proper warning label, and mandates a fine for any manufacturer who violates this legislation.
Hochul announces actions to increase access to food assistance for older adults, disabled New Yorkers
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced changes aimed at encouraging more food-insecure older adults and disabled individuals to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The changes include simplifying the SNAP application, extending the duration these households can receive benefits before needing to recertify, and eliminating the need for them to complete an interview during the recertification process.
Prices rise, sales fall in New York state in October
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:45 pm
Closed sales have continued to drop across the Empire State while home prices have risen for 18 consecutive months, according to the housing report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
ECHDC, HHL Architects announce Longshed Building receives local architects' Community Award
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:25 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) announced the Longshed Building was awarded the Community Award at the 2021 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Buffalo/WNY Design Awards.
Hochul signs legislation codifying Nourish New York into law
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation S.4892-A/A.5781-A enshrining the Nourish New York program permanently in state law. Her team said, "The signing of this legislation comes just before the Thanksgiving holiday, reaffirming New York's commitment to providing support to those facing food insecurity across the state."
Hochul announces more than $6 million available for animal shelter improvement projects
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced more than $6 million is available to support critical upgrades at New York's animal shelters. This is the fourth round of funding for New York's Companion Animal Capital Fund, which helps eligible organizations to make major improvements to their facilities to enhance animal care and health.
DiNapoli releases interactive map of local census results
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:00 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has released a report tracking New York's local demographic changes based on 2020 census data; and an interactive online map that breaks down population statistics by age, race and ethnicity, along with housing trends, in New York's cities, counties, towns and villages. DiNapoli's report provides a snapshot of New York state's population, which totaled more than 20.2 million in 2020, up 4.1% since 2010.
$2 million to boost addiction services in fight against opioid crisis
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York has secured $2 million in federal funding through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program to aid addiction service providers in the fight against the opioid crisis. The funding will be used to establish mobile medication units (MMUs) to dispense medications to treat substance use disorder, including methadone and buprenorphine.
Hochul: $1.5 billion-plus in funding for workers who directly support those with developmental disabilities
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will provide over $1.5 billion in one-time American Rescue Plan Act Funding to support recruitment efforts, retention incentives and vaccination bonuses for direct support professionals who provide support for people with developmental disabilities in an effort to address workforce shortages in this field.
Statewide campaign highlighting heating & utility assistance for struggling New Yorkers
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched a new digital media campaign designed to raise awareness of the various state programs available to help struggling New Yorkers pay heating and utility expenses to avoid potential service interruptions during the cold weather months ahead. With utility prices expected to spike this season, the campaign will also provide tips and best practices to help contend with higher-than-average home heating costs.
In meeting with Canadian Minister of Public Safety Mendicino, Higgins discusses need for speed on border passenger rail crossings
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:45 pm
During meetings between North American leaders, Congressman Brian Higgins met with Canada Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino to discuss topics of binational interest. The conversation included the need for binational coordination to allow for expedited cross-border passenger rail service.
Higgins announces approval of Protecting Moms Who Served Act
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the approval of the Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 (S.796). The bipartisan bill, originally introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Iraq War veteran, supports funding for maternity care for women who served in the military.
Hochul announces $25 million initiative to improve housing for farmworkers
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new, $25 million package in grants and loans to improve housing conditions for farmworkers and to protect the health and safety of this critical workforce.
PBA of New York State applauds Hochul for leadership on disguised gun ban
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBANYS) extended its deepest appreciation to Gov. Kathy Hochul for "her leadership in adding firearms made to look like toys to the definition of 'disguised guns,' which are illegal in the state of New York."
Hochul announces awardees of $25 million to offer free legal assistance to struggling tenants
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the legal service providers who will be awarded portions of the $25 million in federal funding to offer free legal assistance and comprehensive housing stability services.
OMH announces funding to support suicide prevention efforts for uniformed personnel
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 11:40 am
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announced the launch of a new initiative to strengthen suicide prevention efforts for uniformed personnel, including police and other law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service members (EMS), corrections officers and military veterans.
New York state requests additional federal funding for emergency rental assistance
Fri, Nov 12th 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York State has requested $996 million in additional federal funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help fulfill an unmet need among struggling tenants and landlords. Governor Hochul directed the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance - the agency administering New York's program - to apply for federal funding from reallocated sources sometime this fall.
Hochul signs package of legislation to crack down on robocalls
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation into law that will build on federal action to combat robocalls.
Hochul signs legislation to ensure used vehicles are sold with functioning airbags
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed legislation that prohibits used car dealers from selling vehicles at retail without a functioning airbag. Her team said, "This bill is titled 'Anthony Amoros' Law' after a young man from Rockland who died in a car crash in a car that, unbeknownst to him, was sold to him without airbags. Under this legislation, certificates given to vehicle buyers must certify that the vehicle is equipped with an airbag, as well as a readiness indicator light that indicates the airbag is functioning."
Filicetti appointed
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 04:10 pm
Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti has been appointed to the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Hochul signs legislation authorizing pharmacists to administer additional vaccines recommended by CDC to patients 18 and older
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 09:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation S.4807-A/A.6476 which expands the immunizations that licensed pharmacists can administer to patients who are 18 years or older.
Hochul signs legislation to reduce and manage waste
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed legislation requiring that local solid waste management plans make efforts to increase waste diversion, including by recycling and composting, and encouraging the elimination of the use of certain single-use plastic items at State University of New York and City University of New York campuses.
Hochul signs legislation expanding NYS paid family leave
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed a bill (S.2928-A/A.06098-A) that expands New York state's Paid Family Leave legislation to allow caring for siblings. Under the current law, employees cannot take leave to care for a sibling with a serious health condition.
Hochul announces on-time release of updated financial plan showing strengthening fiscal position with risk ahead
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 09:40 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the on-time release of the mid-year update to the New York State Financial Plan, which, her team said, "shows the state in a strong fiscal position as economic growth beats expectations with revenues projected to be an additional $4 billion higher than prior projections for the current year, fiscal year (FY) 2022. As a result of the strength in receipts, the plan is balanced in every year through FY 2025."
Hochul announces domestic violence prevention training for DEC, State Parks
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 09:40 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) will create, develop and launch a training program for public-facing employees of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Pilot program with Baby2Baby to provide diapers & other essential items to domestic violence services providers
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced a pilot program between national diaper bank Baby2Baby and six domestic violence services providers to distribute diapers and other essential items to survivors of domestic violence and their children in New York City, the Southern Tier and Western New York.
Higgins announces approval of legislation supporting grants for veteran treatment courts
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 4035, the Real Justice for Our Veterans Act of 2021. The bill provides $3 million annually from 2022 through 2027 for grants through the U.S. Department of Justice to local governments operating veteran treatment courts.

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