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Hochul signs legislation to support 9/11 victims, first responders, and their loved ones
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:15 pm
Ahead of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed five pieces of legislation to provide support to 9/11 victims and survivors and their families. Her team said, "This support will help to remove barriers and delays from Victim Compensation Fund and workers' compensation claims. In addition, a highway will be designated to honor James Kennelly, a volunteer firefighter who assisted with search, rescue and recovery efforts."
Statewide initiatives to raise awareness during Suicide Prevention Month
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new digital public service campaign and other statewide initiatives to raise awareness of suicide prevention efforts and the mental health resources available to all New Yorkers.
NYS OASAS announces launch of new website to promote overdose prevention education
Fri, Sep 9th 2022 10:00 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the launch of the new "Project COPE" website, which promotes overdose prevention and harm reduction education in New York.
Hochul: $475 million in tax relief for 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers and families
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders announced $475 million in tax relief for eligible low-income New Yorkers and families as part of the state's ongoing effort to combat inflation and improve affordability.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor Queen Elizabeth II
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday, Sept. 9, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
Hochul announces start of 2022 fall foliage & travel season in New York
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the start of New York state's 2022 fall foliage and travel season, highlighted by the return of I LOVE NY's fall foliage reports and a new I LOVE NY broadcast and digital marketing campaign to showcase popular fall activities and attractions.
Mean streets: Urban traffic fatalities now exceed those on rural roads
Thu, Sep 8th 2022 09:30 pm
According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more people are now killed on the nation's city streets than on rural roads, with speed playing a critical factor.
Gas prices continue to drop, as fall approaches
Tue, Sep 6th 2022 02:50 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.78, down 7 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.19. The New York state average is $4, down 13 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.28.
DEC encourages new hunters & trappers to register for hunting, trapping education courses
Mon, Sep 5th 2022 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season that they must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter or trapper education course before obtaining the appropriate sporting license or hunting privilege.
State Police & local law enforcement to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this Labor Day weekend
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force through Labor Day weekend as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DWI campaign. The enforcement period runs through Monday, Sept. 5.
Hochul announces suspension of construction-related lane closures for Labor Day
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, to ease travel throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Consumer alert: New York DCP urges families to follow guidance to help minimize risk of child identity theft
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:10 am
In recognition of National Child Identity Theft Awareness Day on Sept. 1, the Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) urges parents to take preventative actions to safeguard their children's identities.
ESD's Western New York office a $25 million winner of federal Build Back Better Challenge
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:10 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced New York's Empire State Development Western New York regional office was awarded $25 million from the federal Build Back Better Challenge, the U.S. Economic Development Administration's "marquee program" under the American Rescue Plan.
DEC accepting waterfowl hunting permit lottery entries for duck hunting
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:05 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting entries for a special permit to hunt waterfowl at two popular wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Western New York. The special permit will allow for hunting on the first Saturday and first Sunday of the Western Zone duck season at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMAs. The WMAs are primarily in Genesee and Niagara counties, with a small portion in Orleans and Erie counties.
DEC announces finalization of campground and day-use area unit management plan to help combat aquatic invasive species
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 11:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the finalization of a unit management plan amendment to guide siting, construction, and management of watercraft decontamination facilities at DEC campgrounds and day-use areas. The construction and permanent placement of watercraft decontamination facilities supports DEC's ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Seggos, Feeding New York State: 1-million-pound milestone in ongoing food waste & donation initiative
Fri, Sep 2nd 2022 10:30 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Feeding New York State, the state association of New York's 10 Feeding America member food banks, recently announced a total of 1 million pounds of food was donated to hungry New Yorkers as part of the ongoing implementation of the state's Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law.
DEC finalizes regulation to 'expand, improve wild turkey hunting'
Wed, Aug 31st 2022 01:45 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced changes to wild turkey hunting regulations that will provide hunters additional hunting opportunities. The finalized regulation establishes a spring turkey season in Suffolk County in 2023, with a season limit of one bearded bird, and makes No. 9 shot legal for hunting turkeys statewide during the fall and spring seasons.
Heastie announces establishment of Great Lakes Watershed Task Force
Tue, Aug 30th 2022 06:05 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the creation of a Great Lakes Watershed Task Force to be chaired by Assemblyman Patrick Burke. The task force will examine economic development and environmental issues unique to communities in the Great Lakes watershed.
NYS: $2.3 million in addiction services support
Tue, Aug 30th 2022 06:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced $2.3 million to support addiction prevention efforts and enhance access to transportation services for treatment.
Hochul launches statewide campaign to highlight funding for child care providers & families
Tue, Aug 30th 2022 01:55 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, launched a statewide multimedia campaign to help ensure eligible families access child care assistance.
On Women's Equality Day, Hochul announces state actions to combat sex discrimination
Fri, Aug 26th 2022 11:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced the New York State Division of Human Rights has awarded more than $2.3 million in the past year to 126 women who filed sex discrimination claims against employers, landlords and businesses across the state. In addition, the division has published new guidance on workplace protections against pregnancy discrimination.
DiNapoli: Despite challenges, agriculture among most resilient state industries during the pandemic
Wed, Aug 24th 2022 01:10 pm
Agriculture in New York state paid close to $1 billion in wages and produced roughly $3.3 billion in gross domestic product in 2021, according to a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
NYS: $20 million for addiction services providers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced up to $20 million is available to support addiction services providers in New York state that have been impacted by the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Humanities New York awards 38 Action Grants for programs on Indigenous history, incarceration, immigrant culture
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 05:20 pm
Humanities New York (HNY) announced $188,023 in summer Action Grants to 38 organizations for innovative public humanities offerings, which will take place primarily in autumn 2022. Awards were made to tax-exempt entities in nine regions of the state, and are regrants of funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Higgins supports push to distribute infrastructure funding for lead pipe replacement based on state need
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 11:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is among 50 members of Congress calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to see that funding authorized for lead service line (LSL) replacement through the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law" is allocated to states based on need.
NYS: Launch of $150 million expansion of tuition assistance program to part-time students
Fri, Aug 19th 2022 06:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the "historic" $150 million expansion of New York state's popular Tuition Assistance Program, which will now provide TAP to approximately 75,000 additional students who are pursuing their degree part-time.
With entire state classified as a high fire risk, DEC issues campfire safety reminder
Fri, Aug 19th 2022 05:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when building campfires, and consider going without a campfire unless absolutely necessary.
More than $500 million awarded to New York from Biden administration to support small businesses through American Rescue Plan
Fri, Aug 19th 2022 05:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state was awarded $501.5 million in federal funds through the State Small Business Credit Initiative, which was reauthorized and expanded as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
Hochul signs gun safety legislation strengthening bans on realistic-looking imitation weapons used to commit crimes
Tue, Aug 16th 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.687/A.3998) to strengthen restrictions on imitation weapons, which can be used to commit crimes.
Hochul directs DEC to expand drought watch
Tue, Aug 16th 2022 12:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to issue an updated drought watch after consulting with the State Drought Management Task Force and federal partner agencies.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for August
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for August. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
Hochul: $10 million partnership to assist direct support professionals
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities has entered into a $10 million partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals to expand opportunities for professional credentialing for direct support professionals in the developmental disabilities field throughout the state. Her team said the three-year agreement will help professionalize the direct support professional workforce and address worker shortages.
Statewide effort to prevent speeding
Sat, Aug 13th 2022 02:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced law enforcement agencies throughout New York state will be increasing patrols to target speeding from Aug. 14-21. Speed Awareness Week is a high-visibility enforcement campaign supported by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to stop speeding and prevent avoidable crashes caused by unsafe speed.
New York state recognizes National Farmers' Market Week
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 05:10 pm
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, during National Farmers' Market week, highlighted what his team called "critical programs that increase access to fresh and local foods available at New York state farmers' markets and that provide a boost to New York's agricultural industry.
Hochul signs new laws to enhance street safety, prevent traffic deaths & crack down on hit-and-run crashes
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed a legislative package to enhance street safety, prevent traffic-related fatalities, and crack down on hit-and-run incidents. Two new laws will allow municipalities to reduce speed limits to 25 miles per hour, and increase fines for leaving car crash scenes without reporting them.
NYS: Major increase in 'Red Flag Law' usage by law enforcement statewide
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 03:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced a "major increase" in applications for extreme risk protection orders under New York's "Red Flag Law" - with "substantially more ERPOs filed in the last three months than in all of 2021."
Hochul addresses attack on Salman Rushdie
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 01:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday addressed the attack on Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.
National Health Center Week: Higgins announces new American Rescue Plan funding for local health centers
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 12:30 pm
During National Health Centers Week, Congressman Brian Higgins announced a total of $262,000 in federal funding awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo, Evergreen Health Services, Jericho Road Ministries, and Neighborhood Health Center.
State agriculture commissioner announces New York awarded more than $100,000 to grow its farm-to-school program
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 12:25 pm
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the Department of Agriculture and Markets was awarded a $110,000 USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) grant to grow its farm-to-school program. A press release said, "The grant will support producer readiness trainings that will help New York's farmers access the farm-to-school market, and provide the tools, resources and connections needed to sell their farm products to schools across the state."
Attorney General James announces election protection hotline ahead of August primary
Fri, Aug 12th 2022 12:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will make its election protection hotline available for the Aug. 23 election and during New York's early voting period, which runs from Saturday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 21.

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