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DEC: Residential brush burning prohibited March 16 through May 14
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 02:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning will begin March 16, and run through May 14. With spring approaching, DEC is reminding residents that conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur.
EPA seeks public comment on protecting human health, environment from PBT chemicals
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 02:00 pm
Monday, in accordance with Biden-Harris administration executive orders and directives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked for additional public input on five final rules for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals issued Jan. 6 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Garvey appointed acting counsel to governor
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced Beth Garvey was appointed acting counsel to the governor. She replaces Kumiki Gibson who has served in this position since 2019 and has accepted a new position in the nonprofit sector.
AG James makes appointments to lead investigation into sexual harassment allegations against governor
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 05:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday announced the appointment of former Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim and employment discrimination attorney Anne L. Clark as the two attorneys who will lead an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Kim and Clark will be supported in the investigation by Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo and Yannick Grant.
Cuomo says he's not resigning
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:30 pm
On Sunday, two top New York State Democrats called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation.
Attorney General James defends age & background check requirements for semiautomatic assault rifle sales
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:20 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a multistate coalition of 19 attorneys general from around the nation, on Friday "continued the fight to ensure that states have the right to enact reasonable firearm regulations that protect public safety and reduce the prevalence of gun violence," her team said.
NYS Legislature passes legislation addressing governor's emergency powers; GOP calls action a 'sham'
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Senate Democratic majority on Friday advanced legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers the New York Legislature granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
NYS: $100 million in additional food assistance for March
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:20 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for March. Roughly half of all households participating in SNAP will receive the supplemental allotment later this month, which will result in an infusion of roughly $100 million into the state's economy.
Cuomo issues apology
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:35 pm
In the wake of accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an apology at the end of his press conference on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he emphatically said he didn't touch any woman in a untoward manner.
Republican leaders Ortt & Barclay: Democrats' 'repeal' of Cuomo's emergency powers a bogus bill; Heastie says GOP offering 'misinformation'
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:15 pm
On Wednesday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay blasted the proposal advanced by the majorities in the State Legislature to, as they said, "supposedly revoke" Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers. The leaders, joined by members of their respective conferences, repeated their calls for "a straight repeal of the governor's emergency powers instead of this bogus backroom deal."
Higgins: infrastructure report card points to urgent need for substantial federal investment
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 02:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, said release of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure should be an urgent call to action. The report, issued March 3, gives U.S. infrastructure a "C-" grade overall.
Cuomo announces agreement with Legislature to recognize $2.5 billion in additional revenue to NYS budget
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced consensus has been reached with both houses of the New York State Legislature to recognize $2.5 billion in additional revenue over two years.
Attorney General James secures $500,000 for homeowners in need of mortgage assistance
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 03:05 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $500,000 settlement with Champion, the reverse mortgage servicing division of Nationstar Mortgage LLC, over allegations Champion failed to provide homeowners with the clear, accurate information they needed to help protect their homes.
DiNapoli: State's fiscal picture has improved, but impact of pandemic revenue losses will linger
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 01:55 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli recently said there are some positive developments for the state's fiscal recovery from the pandemic, including higher-than-expected personal income tax collections and the prospect of significant aid from the federal government. However, risks remain and could threaten the state's fragile improvement.
New York's Responsible Play Partnership blankets state with events & information about problem gambling prevention, treatment, recovery
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 01:35 pm
Members of New York's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP), which include the New York State Gaming Commission, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG), announced a monthlong schedule of public events, professional trainings and general educational programming in support of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) in March.
AG James receives referral letter to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 03:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday released the following statement after the executive chamber issued a referral letter granting her request to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
Cuomo designates John B. Howard as interim Public Service Commission chair, Department of Public Service CEO
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 11:55 am
The New York State Department of Public Service announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated John B. Howard as the interim chair of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and interim CEO of the Department of Public Service. Howard fills the vacancy created Friday with the departure of John B. Rhodes, whose term as chair and CEO expired.
NYS: Schedule your free virtual tax filing assistance session today
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 11:55 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced registration for free virtual tax filing assistance sessions is now open. If your federal adjusted gross income in 2020 was $72,000 or less, you qualify to receive free virtual tax assistance from the Tax Department. We can guide you through the process of electronically preparing and filing your 2020 federal and state income tax returns at no cost.
Higgins announces passage of Equality Act protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 09:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, announced passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bill that ensures LGBTQ Americans are equally protected from discrimination under federal law.
Higgins applauds Biden's action to fill seats on USPS board
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 09:35 am
President Joe Biden has announced three nominees to fill vacant seats on the U.S. Postal Service board of governors. Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who has been pushing for new leadership, released the following statement:
Still time to be counted in 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 08:25 am
Farmers and ranchers still have time to respond to their 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. NASS will continue to accept responses through April to ensure an accurate picture of U.S. local and regional food systems.
New York Power Authority offers remote monitoring of utility assets to customers to reduce downtime, increase productivity
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 12:10 pm
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced the availability of an asset health monitoring service that enables centralized management of power plants, substations and power lines for use by its power supply customers, including municipal utilities, coops and manufacturers.
Higgins: Biden-Trudeau meeting positive step in rebuilding binational trust & progress
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 07:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Tuesday's bilateral meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Cuomo: New directive requiring insurers to cover infertility services, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the Department of Financial Services issued guidance requiring New York health insurers to cover fertility services for all New Yorkers regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Cuomo announces 4-point plan to reduce sexual violence in educational institutions as part of 2021 Women's Agenda
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a four-point plan to reduce sexual violence in educational institutions as part of the state's 2021 Women's Agenda. As part of this plan, the governor has directed SUNY and the state's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence - a newly reimagined agency proposed by the governor in his 2021 State of the State - to establish an innovative hub to develop enforceable policies, trainings and outreach programs to combat and end sexual violence on college campuses.
Higgins welcomes a return to US-Canada collaboration
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins. D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, welcomed the bilateral meeting between President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Jacobs: Work with Canada to reopen border
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, is releasing the following statement ahead of the virtual summit between President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
NYSDOH's cannabinoid hemp program now accepting license applications
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Department of Health is now accepting applications from businesses seeking to operate as cannabinoid hemp processors, retailers or distributors.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month: NYS is facing problem gambling together
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:45 am
In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) in 2021, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is challenging everyone across New York state - individuals, agencies and communities alike - to come together to face problem gambling.
Cuomo: Bill delivered to Legislature to strengthen enforcement against utilities that fail to effectively address power outages
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced he is advancing legislation to strengthen the state's enforcement of utilities to "address systematic failures to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events, including the unacceptable performance of several electric and telecom providers during Tropical Storm Isaias last year.
Cuomo asks for 'sweeping nursing home reform legislation' as part of 30-day amendments
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 03:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced what his team called "sweeping nursing home reform legislation to increase transparency, hold nursing home operators accountable for misconduct and help ensure facilities are prioritizing patient care over profits as part of the 30-day amendments.
NYS: More than $37 million awarded to highway safety initiatives
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than $37.2 million in federal highway safety grants have been awarded to 502 programs throughout New York during the federal fiscal year 2021. These grants provide funding to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects that improve overall highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. The projects awarded funding focused on three types of driver safety initiatives: highway safety, child passenger safety and police traffic services.
Cuomo announces $4 million to help New York farms address impacts of climate change
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $4 million is being awarded through the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program to help 80 farms across the state reduce their environmental footprints and prepare for extreme weather events resulting from climate change. His team said the projects selected will reduce greenhouse gases by an estimated 90,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, or as much as eliminating nearly 20,000 cars from the road.
Cuomo announces gestational surrogacy now legal in NYS
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 02:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York's gestational surrogacy law is now in effect, "delivering help to LGBTQ+ couples and couples struggling with fertility who are trying to start families of their own."
Cuomo: 30-day amendments to legislation establishing comprehensive adult-use cannabis program in NYS
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced 30-day amendments to his proposal to establish a comprehensive adult-use cannabis program in New York. Specifically, these amendments will detail how the $100 million in social equity funding will be allocated, enable the use of delivery services, and refine which criminal charges will be enforced as it relates to the improper sale of cannabis to further reduce the impact on communities hit hardest by the war on drugs.
Cuomo signs executive order extending party registration enrollment period
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced he signed executive order 202.94, extending the enrollment period for voters to make changes to their party enrollment until Tuesday, Feb. 16, setting forth a uniform statewide policy his camp said, "ensures voters can take advantage of this option regardless that the deadline this year falls on a Sunday.
NYS: More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in 24 hours
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 106,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in New York in 24 hours. As of 11 a.m., New York's health care distribution sites have received 2,002,055 first doses and already administered 89% (1,787,189) first-dose vaccinations and 81% of first and second doses. The week 9 allocation from the federal government continues being delivered to providers for administration.
$87 million available for rail & port infrastructure improvements statewide
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the availability of $87 million in state and federal funding for rail and port projects that will enhance New York's position as a global destination for commerce.
Cuomo: New actions to expand access to fertility coverage for same-sex couples part of 2021 Women's Agenda
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed the Department of Financial Services to ensure insurers begin covering fertility services immediately for same-sex couples who wish to start a family.
 

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