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Study identifies possible antidote for club drug GHB overdose
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:45 pm
Diclofenac and other non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may limit the passage of gamma hydroxybutyric acid (a narcolepsy medication and illicit party drug commonly known as GHB) to the brain, decreasing the potential for fatal overdose, according to a University at Buffalo study.
Hochul announces changes to accelerate state rent relief program, attract more applicants
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced a series of changes to both attract more applications and accelerate payments within New York state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Under the governor's direction, the state will invest an additional $1 million in marketing and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the rent relief program, the available funding, and the strong tenant eviction protections in place for those who apply.
Hochul has 'comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
On her first day in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new plan to help ensure a "safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers fueled by the delta variant."
Higgins announces updates to IRS Child Tax Credit Portal
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 11:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced improvements to the Child Tax Credit update portal to make it easier for families to update information important to delivering the monthly payments.
DiNapoli: Problems plague state's rent relief program; federal funds to help renters at risk
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:00 pm
Financial relief has been slow to reach New York's pandemic-hit renters because of poor management by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in implementing the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), according to a new report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Assembly to provide final report on Cuomo
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Judiciary Chair Charles Lavine:
Cuomo signs legislation enacting 'Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act'
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation (S.5257C/A.6593B), enacting the "Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act," which provides a mechanism for the state to finance the acquisition and/or conversion of distressed hotels and/or commercial office properties by the appropriate nonprofit organizations for the purpose of maintaining or increasing affordable housing.
Cuomo: NYS Assembly not moving forward with impeachment proceedings
Fri, Aug 13th 2021 02:50 pm
Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on impeachment investigation:
Heastie provides comments on impeachment process
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 12:00 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie provided the following comments Monday following a judiciary committee meeting on the impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (edited for style):
$35 million available to fund operating costs of at least 1,400 supportive housing units
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the sixth funding round of his Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which will provide up to $35 million in service and operating funds for at least 1,400 supportive housing units. Since its creation in 2016, ESSHI has provided operating funds for more than 5,400 units of supportive housing.
AG: Independent investigators find Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated state & federal laws
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
The independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James - led by Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark - on Tuesday released their report into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. After nearly five months, the investigators concluded that Gov. Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women - including former and current state employees - by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing and hugging, and making inappropriate comments.
Nearly $1.1 billion in grants to support child care providers, enable return to workplace
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York will administer nearly $1.1 billion in federal funding directly to child care providers to help stabilize the industry and enable more parents to return to the workplace fulltime.
Cuomo signs legislation making it easier for families to find & collect unclaimed child support payment
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation (S.7153/A.7942) making it easier for families to locate and collect their unclaimed child support payments. The new law establishes an efficient, streamlined process for unclaimed funds to be turned to the state comptroller's office, where families then can more efficiently locate the payments they are entitled to receive.
Cuomo signs legislation relating to a civil cause of action for human trafficking
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.672/A.3186) that allows victims of human trafficking to recover actual, compensatory and punitive damages or other appropriate relief. This legislation also amends current law that requires an action to be commenced within 10 years of victimization to state an action can be commenced within 15 years after victimization has occurred.
OPWDD celebrates anniversary of ADA with launch of accessible events guide
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 01:10 pm
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities announced it has issued an accessible events guide to assist people and organizations in planning in-person and virtual events that are both inclusive and accessible. OPWDD is releasing the new guide to coincide with the upcoming 31st anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Cuomo: 'Streamlined' application process for rent relief program
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new "streamlined" application process for New York's rent relief program to help eliminate potential barriers for eligible New Yorkers to receive funding.
Cuomo signs legislation establishing domestic violence advocate-victim privilege
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation (S.1789/A.2520) establishing a domestic violence advocate-victim privilege wherein domestic violence advocates shall not disclose any communication made by a client to the advocate except in certain circumstances.
More than 1,800 jobs available for at-risk youth in WNY, Rochester & Syracuse areas following gun violence community meetings
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:45 am
Following Thursday's gun violence prevention community meetings in the Western New York, Syracuse and Rochester areas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 1,813 jobs will be available for at-risk youth across these three areas in the ZIP codes that make up each zone: 14701,14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14214, 14215, 14301, 14303, 14304 and 14305 in the Western New York area; 14605, 14606, 14608, 14609, 14611, 14613, 14615, 14619 and 14621 in the Rochester area; and 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13207, 13210 and 13224 in the Syracuse area.
Cuomo signs legislation raising age of consent for marriages to 18
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation (S.3086/A.3891) raising the age of consent to be married in New York state to 18. This new measure builds upon legislation ending child marriage, which the governor signed in 2017 by removing the ability for 17-year-olds to be married with parental and judicial consent.
Cuomo: $16 million to reduce gun violence in 20 cities across NYS
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced $16 million to fund workforce training and job placement programs in 20 cities most impacted by gun violence across New York.
Highway Workers Memorial to debut at 2021 Great New York State Fair
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a new memorial honoring fallen highway workers across New York is currently under construction and will be unveiled at the 2021 Great New York State Fair.
NYS Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board releases progress report
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:55 pm
The New York State Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board announced the release of its third and most recent report to the Legislature and the governor that highlights its work and its progress on previously issued recommendations for improving quality of life, community acceptance, and supports and services for New Yorkers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Cuomo: Nearly $4 million awarded to grow community heat pump networks across NYS
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced nearly $4 million in awards to 23 projects under the first round of the Community Heat Pump Systems Pilot program to advance community thermal networks that harness geothermal and waste energy to heat and cool buildings.
Cuomo signs legislation to increase public awareness of pregnancy-related health condition
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3475/A.6531) enacting "Lian's Law," authorizing the Department of Health to add information about preeclampsia - including detection, risk factors and possible options for treatments - to its health care and wellness education and outreach program.
Disability Pride Celebration to recognize signing of Americans with Disabilities Act
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:30 pm
Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) and several other disability services providers will host the annual Disability Pride Celebration, a weeklong virtual series of activities from July 26-30, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Clean Path New York: $270 million investment fund for development of the new green economy
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:25 pm
Clean Path New York announced a $270 million fund to "provide an opportunity for all New Yorkers to thrive in the new green economy."
Niagara County closes portion of West Canal Park in Pendleton; marina remains open
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:25 pm
Niagara County Department of Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal on Wednesday said the county has closed a portion of West Canal Marina and Park on Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Pendleton to clean up storm damage incurred Tuesday night.
Ortt urges constituents to join in ensuring fair redistricting effort
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:30 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Tuesday urged constituents and all New Yorkers to become involved and make their voices heard in the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts to help ensure fair representation in state and federal government for this region and across the state.
NYS OASAS announces new public awareness campaign to highlight importance of social support in fight against addiction
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:00 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) on Tuesday announced the launch of the new "Connections" campaign to remind New Yorkers of the importance of social connections in the battle against addiction and substance use disorder.
Attorney General James calls on federal regulators to improve child car seat safety standards
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday co-led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take stronger measures to protect children while traveling in car seats. NHTSA is the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that regulates child car seats.
Cuomo signs legislation protecting New Yorkers from telemarketing by text message
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S.3941/A.6040) expanding New York state's definition of telemarketing to include marketing by text message. New Yorkers have protection against unwanted robocalls under state law, but texting was not previously defined as telemarketing, exempting it from those protections. This legislation closes that loophole.
Higgins pushes for Child Tax Credit permanence on eve of first payment
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, is pushing to make the expanded Child Tax Credit permanent, days before the first payment is scheduled to be released. Payments are set to begin hitting families' bank accounts on Thursday, July 15, and will be disbursed monthly through December.
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection, DMV warn of text message phishing scam
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:00 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicles warn New Yorkers of a text message phishing scheme. Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to obtain data or sensitive personal information to be used to commit identity theft or trick the recipient into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.
'Slow Down, Move Over' is a law in all 50 states
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:00 am
AAA Western and Central New York is reminding motorists to "Slow Down, Move Over" after a tragic incident in Cincinnati. The AAA family is deeply saddened by the death of one of our drivers over Independence Day weekend. 32-year-old Glenn Ewing was placing a AAA member's vehicle on the back of a tow truck when he was hit by a passing vehicle. Glenn's death underscores why "Slow Down, Move Over" laws are critical to safety and drivers must slow down, and move over into the next lane, if they can do so safely.
Higgins cosponsors legislation providing funding and support to accelerate ALS research
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced support for the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, seeks to expand and accelerate the research, development and approval of treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Cuomo declares first-in-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of 'comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York'
Wed, Jul 7th 2021 03:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of what his team called a "new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York."
JCOPE posts 2020 financial disclosure statements for members of Legislature
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 10:00 am
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics has posted the 2020 annual statements of financial disclosure of the members of the Legislature who were in office as of the statutory May 15 filing deadline.
Park rangers to administer EpiPens to treat allergic reactions
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 08:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.4375/A.4652) authorizing forest rangers, park rangers and environmental conservation police officers to possess and administer EpiPens. Epinephrine is commonly used to treat serious allergic reactions such as bee stings, insect bites, food allergies or exercise-induced shock.
$110 million is available to fund community-based mobility and environmental mitigation projects
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 08:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $110 million in new funding is available to support community-based investments designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of local and regional transportation systems, while promoting safety and mobility.
Cuomo announces suspension of road and bridge construction during July 4th holiday
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 11:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, July 2, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, to ease travel throughout the July 4th holiday weekend.

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