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Hochul: $44.4 million in assistance for struggling families with children
Thu, Aug 11th 2022 08:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the distribution of $44.4 million in federal pandemic funding to help struggling New Yorkers with children to cover back-to-school and early life nutritional expenses. Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund will provide New Yorkers on Public Assistance with one-time payments of $214 for each child ages 3 to 17, and $150 for each child younger than 3 in their household.
NYSOFA, OASAS delivering 100,000 drug deactivation & disposal pouches to older adults
Thu, Aug 11th 2022 08:25 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), and aging services partners are bringing prescription drug safe-disposal efforts to older adults throughout New York.
Hochul signs legislation to honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural & financial institutions
Wed, Aug 10th 2022 04:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a legislative package to honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural and financial institutions.
Hochul signs legislation to promote job opportunities, help job seekers secure new employment opportunities
Wed, Aug 10th 2022 12:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation that will increase public awareness on job opportunities in New York state. Legislation (A.8458A/S.6803A) will authorize the New York State Department of Labor to develop a public awareness campaign that will promote the New York State Job Bank - an online resource maintained by the NYSDOL to connect job seekers with over 250,000 jobs across all industries.
Hochul announces issuance of guidance to support counties' development of domestic terrorism prevention plans
Tue, Aug 9th 2022 12:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the issuance of new guidance for counties throughout New York to support the development of domestic terrorism prevention plans, which each county and the City of New York are responsible for developing under executive order 18.
Hochul signs legislation providing access to benefit information for National Guard members
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 04:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed legislation (S.666-A/A.5832-A) that requires information on the benefits and services available to National Guard members in both written form and on the Division of Military and Naval Affairs website.
New 'Tackle Box' smartphone feature to enhance fishing-related tourism in New York
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the state's new "Tackle Box" mobile phone feature to, her team said, "enhance fishing-related tourism by making it easier for new and experienced anglers to enjoy the great fishing offered throughout New York.
Pump prices continue to drop; gas demand tapers off in some parts of country
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.06, down 15 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.19. The New York state average is $4.43, down 9 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.22.
NYSSBA offers summer leadership event for school board members Aug. 12-13
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
School board members from around New York will gather at the Crowne Plaza Albany - Desmond Hotel on Aug. 12 and 13 for a series of education sessions designed to introduce new members to the fundamentals of board service, and enable veteran members to enhance their governance knowledge and skills.
New York State Insurance Fund has returned more than $550 million to New York businesses
Fri, Aug 5th 2022 10:40 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the New York State Insurance Fund, New York's largest workers' compensation insurer, distributed more than $550 million over the past year to New York businesses through its discounts and dividends programs.
Attorney general takes action to crack down on rampant robocalls; urges US DOT to address widespread airline cancelations & delays
Thu, Aug 4th 2022 10:45 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James is taking action to crack down on rampant robocalls and protect consumers nationwide. She joined a coalition of 50 attorneys general to form a nationwide, bipartisan Anti-Robocall Litigation Taskforce to investigate and take legal action against telecommunications companies responsible for enabling a majority of foreign robocalls into the U.S. The taskforce will work to cut down on illegal robocalls made to consumers nationwide.
HUD: $2.8 billion to help people experiencing homelessness
Wed, Aug 3rd 2022 10:00 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will provide $2.8 billion in competitive funding to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. It said the funding opportunity reflects the Biden-Harris administration's continued commitment to equity and evidence-based solutions to address homelessness.
Work for the DPW
Tue, Aug 2nd 2022 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Civil Service (DCS) and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday announced the online civil service exam period is open for motor vehicle representatives. The exam, which is being offered as an online exam for the first time, is used to fill positions across the DMV. Qualified candidates can take the exam online until 11:59 P.M. Wednesday, Aug. 31.
NYS: Launch of intellectual & developmental disabilities advisory council on domestic violence
Mon, Aug 1st 2022 11:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the launch of the intellectual and developmental disabilities advisory council, which is designed to strengthen the capacity of both the domestic violence and the intellectual and developmental disability systems to increase access to domestic violence services for individuals with IDD who are also survivors of domestic violence. Through the advisory council, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council will work together to develop and implement skills training for intellectual and developmental disability and domestic violence service providers.
Hochul declares state disaster emergency in response to ongoing monkeypox outbreak
Mon, Aug 1st 2022 11:00 am
Governor Kathy Hochul has issued an executive order declaring a state disaster emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The executive order enables the state to respond more swiftly to the outbreak, and allows health care professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated.
Pump prices continue to drop
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 11:00 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.36, down 17 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $3.16. The New York state average is $4.58, down 12 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.19.
Hochul: Child care desert grant awardees receive nearly $70 million in federal funding
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 01:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly $70 million in grant funding has been awarded to newly licensed, registered or permitted child care programs in areas of the state without sufficient child care slots, known as child care deserts.
Hochul $387 million in COVID-19 relief being delivered to local governments
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 01:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $387 million is being delivered to 1,452 local governments across the New York to help boost their pandemic response infrastructure. Her team said the announcement is part of the state's ongoing preparation efforts to tackle any potential pandemic-related surges this fall and winter.
NYS: New online dashboards to expand access to unemployment data
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the launch of two new interactive online dashboards to improve access to unemployment data for all New Yorkers.
Portal open for $30 million in additional federal funding to expand existing child care programs in child care deserts
Wed, Jul 20th 2022 05:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the portal is now open to apply for $30 million in additional federal grant funding to expand existing child care programs in areas of the state without sufficient child care slots, known as child care deserts. The funds, which are part of the $100 million child care desert initiative approved in the fiscal year 2022 enacted budget, are being made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and will be administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
Monkeypox vaccine distribution following 2B allocation from federal government
Wed, Jul 20th 2022 02:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul, along with the New York State Department of Health, announced the distribution of the JYNNEOS vaccine in New York, following an additional allocation of 8,822 doses to New York state from the federal government. New York City will receive its own allocation of 23,963 doses directly from the federal government.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP warns military community to be aware of scams targeting servicemembers
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 05:15 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds active service members, veterans, and their families to be on alert for scams targeting the military community. The rise in these scams take a variety of forms, such as deceptive financial services, identity theft, online shopping, employment and even impersonation, just to name a few.
AHA: Keep cool to be heart-healthy in extreme heat
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 02:45 pm
With high temperatures in the forecast, the American Heart Association is urging people to take extra steps to protect their hearts. Precautions are especially important for older adults and people with high blood pressure, obesity or a history of heart disease and stroke.
Launch of statewide workplace sexual harassment hotline
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 02:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a statewide hotline, 1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773), for issues of workplace sexual harassment. The confidential hotline will be operated by the New York State Division of Human Rights and will connect workers who have faced sexual harassment with experienced pro-bono attorneys to advise them.
Hochul: Statewide listening tour to address 'future of farming'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday launched a statewide listening tour on "the future of farming in New York state." Her team said a series of listening sessions will allow the state to hear directly from farmers about their priorities in addressing climate, workforce and economic challenges, and will help inform the state's federal priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and the environment.
DiNapoli: Tax cap set at 2% in 2023
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
Property tax levy growth will again be capped at 2% for 2023 for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year, according to data released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects tax cap calculations for all counties, towns and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 13 villages.
DiNapoli: Number of New Yorkers behind on utility bills soared during pandemic
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 01:55 pm
The devastating number of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant increase in the number of residential customers owing money to their utility companies, with one in eight customers in arrears as of March 2022, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
NYS HCR: $50 million available to help land banks eradicate blight, aid communities that continue to struggle from foreclosure crisis
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the launch of a new $50 million land bank Initiative, the first-ever dedicated source of state funding to help New York's land banks reduce blight and transform vacant properties in communities across the state.
New legislation expands pedestrian & bicyclist safety
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.1078B/A.5084A) that requires new drivers to learn about pedestrian and bicyclist safety awareness as a component of the prelicensing exam and as a prerequisite for obtaining a license to operate a motor vehicle.
DEC tracking beech trees threat
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 07:55 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced beech leaf disease (BLD), which affects all species of beech trees, was identified in 35 counties in New York state to date. Included is Erie and Niagara counties.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for July
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 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 July. 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.
NYS banning smoking in state-owned parks & beaches
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 03:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.4142/A.5061) prohibiting smoking in all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers and group camps. Smoking in these designated areas will be punishable with a civil fine of $50.
DEC issues fire danger reminder
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:55 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when building campfires this summer. Dry weather throughout June and July has increased the risk of fires.
Higgins announces approval of Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the final passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act (S. 3373). The bill is a comprehensive measure that seeks to address the challenges that toxic-exposed veterans face in accessing critical health care services through the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Hochul signs legislative package to protect rights of public benefit recipients & strengthen access to social services
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she signed a legislative package of two bills designed to protect the rights of New Yorkers who receive public benefits, and strengthen access to social services. Her team said these two bills will increase transparency on the rights of those applying to receive assistance and improve access to food assistance.
Hochul announces new SMS-text effort to deliver latest monkeypox information to New Yorkers
Fri, Jul 15th 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new SMS-text notification effort to deliver the latest monkeypox information directly to New Yorkers. Her team said this is the newest component of New York state's ongoing monkeypox response.
Hochul announces successful implementation of 988 suicide & crisis lifeline
Thu, Jul 14th 2022 09:10 pm
Earlier this week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced what her team called "the successful implementation of 988 in New York state as the new three-digit number to call or text to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline."
Niagara Scenic Parkway travel advisory
Wed, Jul 13th 2022 01:05 pm
The New York State Department of Transportation announced sign replacement work would begin on a portion of Niagara Scenic Parkway in the City of Niagara Falls next week. As a result, lane closures will occur.
NYSOFA annual report details services to older New Yorkers, aging population trends, statistics
Wed, Jul 13th 2022 12:35 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) has published a comprehensive 2021 annual report detailing the work of aging service providers who delivered vital services to over 1.3 million older adults and their families in 2021.
Higgins requests meeting with Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to address Underused Housing Tax
Tue, Jul 12th 2022 12:05 pm
In response to the government of Canada's decision to impose an annual 1% tax on the value of vacant and underused properties that are not owned by Canadians, Congressman Brian Higgins wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Canadian Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.
 

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