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SUNY starts Institute for Local News
Thu, Feb 29th 2024 07:30 pm
The State University System of New York launched the first ever systemwide local news program this spring to inform rural communities and provide rich learning experiences for students.
National Grid prepares for high winds, lake-effect snow as spring-like weather shifts to winter conditions
Wed, Feb 28th 2024 11:35 am
National Grid is preparing for today's shift from spring-like conditions to winter weather by increasing staffing and extending work shifts through Thursday.
NYSEG, RG&E preparing for widespread wind event expected to impact state
Wed, Feb 28th 2024 11:20 am
New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric are preparing for a windstorm. The widespread wind event is expected to impact New York state from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. This storm has the potential to impact all of NYSEG and RG&E's service areas, which includes Western New York, Rochester, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.
New York State Fire Service Alliance rallies in Albany for volunteer firefighter legislation
Tue, Feb 27th 2024 12:05 pm
Last year, New York led the nation in residential fire deaths, with 154 home fire fatalities statewide between January and December of 2023 according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Sadly, we've seen this trend continue with 24 residential fire deaths reported in New York since Jan. 1 - the most of any state this year. In fact, New York has been among the top four U.S. states for home fire deaths for more than a decade, totaling 1,358 home fire fatalities since 2014.
More than 100 New York state newspapers form coalition to advocate for local journalism amid turbulent times & increasing closures
Mon, Feb 26th 2024 09:45 am
On Friday, a statewide group of local news organizations, comprising over 100 local newspapers in New York, launched The Empire State Local News Coalition, a joint advocacy effort to advance a legislative package that would deliver long-term sustainability to the sector.
Deadline to upgrade to Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1
Fri, Feb 23rd 2024 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded seniors that, for most localities, the deadline to apply for greater property tax savings through the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption is March 1. Basic STAR exemption recipients who turn 65 this year and meet the eligibility requirements should apply to their assessor for the Enhanced STAR exemption.
Hochul announces 'significant growth' of New York's agricultural education & FFA programs
Fri, Feb 23rd 2024 12:40 pm
During National FFA Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced "significant growth" in New York state's agriculture education and FFA programs.
Hochul releases New York State Cybersecurity Grant plan
Fri, Feb 23rd 2024 10:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul has released the New York State Cybersecurity Grant plan, which details a whole-of-state approach to reduce cyber risk and build cyber resiliency in local governments statewide.
Hochul releases new tool to protect low-income New Yorkers from losing EBT benefits to scams or skimming
Wed, Feb 21st 2024 06:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new tool for New Yorkers who receive government assistance via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card to protect themselves from criminals who use "skimming" devices to steal benefits. Beginning today, a new EBT lock/unlock tool on the ConnectEBT app will enable card users to lock their EBT cards when not in use to protect their benefits from scammers.
Applications to start for $60 million Restore New York program
Wed, Feb 21st 2024 11:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced applications for the next $60 million round of the Restore New York grant program will open tomorrow.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections near flat in January compared to last year
Wed, Feb 21st 2024 10:05 am
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 0.3% in January compared to the same month in 2023, according to data released today by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled nearly $1.9 billion, up $4.8 million from the same time last year.
Hochul announces two free snowmobiling weekends
Mon, Feb 19th 2024 06:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced two free snowmobile weekends for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers to rev their engines. This year's events will occur March 1-3 and now March 8-10, encouraging out-of-state visitors to come ride the 10,500 miles of snowmobile trails in New York state.
Norris & Morinello on why infrastructure must be a top priority in this budget
Fri, Feb 16th 2024 12:15 pm
Having safe roads, bridges, sewers and culverts is essential to public safety and to our economy.
Hochul awards $166 million in grants to 187 water quality projects across state
Fri, Feb 16th 2024 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $166 million is being awarded to 187 projects to improve water quality across the state.
NYS agriculture commissioner announces release of Council on Hunger and Food Policy annual report
Fri, Feb 16th 2024 11:35 am
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the Council on Hunger and Food Policy has issued its 2023 annual report. The council, which was formalized in statute in 2023, was charged by Gov. Kathy Hochul to outline ways to increase the use of healthy and locally grown foods in school meals, expand food access to underserved communities, and boost agricultural production and processing.
Double Up Food Bucks NY supporters call on State Legislature to continue funding program
Thu, Feb 15th 2024 10:40 pm
State Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D-Kingston), Assemblyman Demond Meeks (D-Rochester), Sen. George Borrello (R-Sunset Bay) and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R-Niagara Falls), along with Field & Fork Network, the American Heart Association, Tops Friendly Markets, and other supporting organizations, are calling on the State Legislature to continue funding Double Up Food Bucks NY with a $2 million appropriation in the fiscal year 2025 New York state budget.
Hochul announces $200 million in utility bill relief for 8 million
Thu, Feb 15th 2024 05:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Public Service Commission adopted a $200 million New York state energy bill credit to be administered by the large electric and gas utilities on behalf of their customers.
Hochul highlights over $49 million for local water infrastructure projects across state
Thu, Feb 15th 2024 05:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Environmental Facilities Corp. board of directors approved over $49 million in direct financial assistance for water infrastructure improvement projects across New York.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor fallen Trooper Steven A. Tyrrell
Thu, Feb 15th 2024 05:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff Feb. 16-17, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of fallen New York State Police Trooper Steven A. Tyrrell.
New York Power Authority, New York State Canal Corp. announce new, 5-year contract agreement with workforce that operates and maintains canal system
Wed, Feb 14th 2024 04:45 pm
The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corp. announced a new five-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association, Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. The labor union represents more than 380 New York State Canal Corp. employees who operate and maintain the 524-mile New York State Canal system. The NYPA and Canal Corp. board of trustees approved the agreement Feb. 6 at the regular public meeting.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP issues alert about romance scams
Wed, Feb 14th 2024 10:25 am
The New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is warning New Yorkers about romance scams and is offering information and tools to help identify and outsmart scammers who prey on people's emotions and trust.
Hochul announces special election in 26th Congressional District
Mon, Feb 12th 2024 09:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a special election to fill the vacancy in the 26th Congressional District created by the resignation of Brian Higgins will be held Tuesday, April 30. Hochul issued the proclamation on Feb. 12 pursuant to the Public Officers Law.
Skoufis, Krueger, Ryan announce results of tax incentives audit, propose package of 'pro-taxpayer reforms'
Mon, Feb 12th 2024 09:25 pm
New York State Sen. James Skoufis (D, 42nd District), Liz Krueger (D, 28th District) and Sean Ryan (D, 61st District) have announced the completion and public release of a long-awaited, independent audit of New York state tax incentives.
Norris calls for rollback on EV school bus mandate
Mon, Feb 12th 2024 02:35 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris, R-C-Lockport, joined his colleagues Monday to call for a rollback of the state's mandate that school districts convert school bus fleets to zero-emission buses starting in July 1, 2027, until July 1, 2045.
NYS: $100 million in grants for new after-school program
Mon, Feb 12th 2024 02:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $100 million in state grants - an increase of $17.7 million over last year's funding - will be made available to fund afterschool programs across New York.
Hochul issues proclamation celebrating Lunar New Year
Mon, Feb 12th 2024 10:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday issued a proclamation in honor of Lunar New Year 2024 and delivered a video message to all those celebrating the Year of the Dragon.
NYS crackdown on unsafe driving during Super Bowl weekend
Fri, Feb 9th 2024 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police, and local law enforcement agencies statewide, will crack down on impaired and reckless driving during Super Bowl weekend.
Plan ahead for Super Bowl Sunday to avoid impaired driving
Fri, Feb 9th 2024 02:20 pm
The big game is Sunday and, no matter which team you're rooting for, AAA Western and Central New York wants to remind drivers to have a plan in place to get home safely after a night of festivities. If a 150-pound adult drank three 12-ounce cans of beer during the game, studies show their reasoning would be less reliable and reaction time slowed.
New data shows FTC received 111,817 fraud reports from New York consumers in 2023
Fri, Feb 9th 2024 10:20 am
The Federal Trade Commission received 111,817 fraud reports from consumers in New York in 2023, according to newly released data.
Protect yourself from bad tax preparers: Know your rights
Thu, Feb 8th 2024 06:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance encourages taxpayers to know their rights when hiring a tax preparer. New York state's consumer bill of rights regarding tax preparers establishes standards to help protect the public from dishonest tax preparers.
NYSEG, RG&E remind customers of resources to manage energy bills
Thu, Feb 8th 2024 06:25 pm
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) are reminding customers of available resources to help manage their energy bills. The companies build and maintain a safe, reliable system to deliver electricity or natural gas to your home or business.
New York state agriculture commissioner: Applications accepted for AEM-Leopold Conservation Award
Thu, Feb 8th 2024 06:25 pm
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced applications are being accepted for New York state's fifth annual Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Leopold Conservation Award.
DEC releases Environmental Bond Act draft eligibility guidelines to support planting 25 million trees by 2033
Thu, Feb 8th 2024 06:20 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released for public comment new proposed eligibility guidelines to improve, expand, and assess the state's forestry efforts on public and private lands under the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022.
Another record attendance year at state parks
Wed, Feb 7th 2024 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced state parks, historic sites, campgrounds and trails operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation saw a record 84.1 million visits in 2023. Total visits statewide surged by nearly 4.7 million, a 6% increase, compared to the previous record year in 2022.
Hochul announces 'major enhancements' to teacher support & education workforce programs
Wed, Feb 7th 2024 05:30 pm
Gov. Hochul announced "major advancements" in two New York educational initiatives designed to strengthen the state's teaching workforce.
Hochul issues proclamation declaring February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Wed, Feb 7th 2024 08:50 am
Gov. Hochul has recognized February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in New York. Coinciding with the proclamation, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) launched a healthy relationship quiz aimed to help individuals spot the difference between green flags and red flags, and the "green flags" social media campaign.
Hochul expands access to internship experiences for 3,000 SUNY students
Tue, Feb 6th 2024 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced State University of New York campuses are investing nearly $10 million in annual state funding to provide 3,000 SUNY students with internships and other experiential learning opportunities before graduation.
Hochul announces new law to clarify disclosure of credit card surcharges goes into effect
Tue, Feb 6th 2024 01:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new consumer protection law that will go into effect on Feb. 11. Her team said, "This new law will amend and clarify New York's existing credit card surcharge law."
NYS general permit now available to expedite recovery efforts after major storm events
Mon, Feb 5th 2024 04:05 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have issued the first state programmatic general permit (NYSPGP-1), which authorizes activities to facilitate the recovery and restoration of damaged properties, projects, aquatic resources, and infrastructure following major storm events.
NYS announces 2024 'Free Fishing Days'
Mon, Feb 5th 2024 04:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the six designated 2024 "Free Fishing Days" in New York will take place on: Feb. 17-18 (Presidents' Day weekend), June 29-30, Sept. 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day). During these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for freshwater fishing on New York's waters.

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