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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.
DEC announces 3rd round of annual 'buffer in a bag' program
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the application period for the Trees for Tribs' "buffer in a bag" program is now open. Private and public landowners who qualify may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
Jacobs statement on agriculture budget reconciliation bill
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 08:45 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, released the following statement after the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture met Wednesday to consider the agriculture portion of the proposed COVID-19 budget reconciliation package.
Norris calls for broadband for all in NYS budget
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 12:45 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris, R-C-Lockport, said the governor's "failure to act on signing legislation to ensure proper broadband access was available to all New Yorkers" was "very disappointing." His camp noted calls from citizens about the need for expanded broadband access have been wide reaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people work and learn from home, and e-commerce has become more vital for the state's economy.
Cuomo announces proposal to establish NYS Cares + Baby2Baby Diaper Bank
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to establish the New York State Cares + Baby2Baby Diaper Bank as part of the 2021 Women's Agenda. Through a partnership with Baby2Baby, a national nonprofit that provides basic essentials for children under the age of 18, 20 million donated diapers will be made available to New York's emergency feeding programs for distribution to food banks throughout the state at no cost to families.
NYS Division of Consumer Protection, Department of Financial Services sound alert about new laws that provide protections on recurring services & on inactivity fees
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 02:30 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the New York State Department of Financial Services are issuing this alert to consumers regarding two new laws - one providing new protections when purchasing recurring services, and the other requiring notification by New York state-regulated financial institutions prior to charging any account inactivity fees.
State agencies pleased with Regents' pick of Rosa
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 09:00 am
New York State United Teachers on Monday congratulated Dr. Betty Rosa on her formal appointment as state education commissioner by the state Board of Regents.
$90 million-plus for supportive housing for homeless individuals & families across state
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 08:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced $90.4 million in state funding has been awarded for 20 projects to house New Yorkers experiencing or at risk of homelessness and provide supportive services aimed at addressing the root causes of housing instability.
Higgins announces passage of legislation supporting, expanding national apprenticeship programs
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 447, the National Apprenticeship Act. The bill invests more than $3.5 billion over the next five years to expand registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, creating nearly 1 million new apprentice opportunities nationwide.
Senate Republicans call on majority to hold multiple oversight hearings on health
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:25 pm
New York State Sen. Tom O'Mara and Patrick M. Gallivan requested Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger work with her leadership to schedule multiple joint legislative budget hearings on health instead of the single one scheduled later this month.
State agencies to prepare emergency response assets as heavy snow & high winds take hold
Sat, Feb 6th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as two weather systems are forecast to impact the state this weekend, with lake effect snow in Western New York and the North Country today and a coastal snowstorm in New York City and Long Island on Sunday.
DEC releases report on restoration and protection of New York's Great Lakes
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:30 pm
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos released the 2018-2020 progress report on the restoration and protection of New York's Great Lakes resources.
USDA to survey farmers' planting intentions for 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:25 pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather planting intentions and the amount of grain and oilseeds they store on their farms.
NYS: $1.5 million to improve services for victims of domestic violence through access to technology
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding will be directed to state-licensed domestic violence service providers for mobile devices and improved Wi-Fi access. The improved technology will allow programs and shelters to better serve victims and survivors of domestic violence who are facing increased isolation and difficulty accessing services due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Cuomo announces findings of New York investigation of redlining in Buffalo
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:45 am
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 State of the State proposal to increase homeownership rates in communities that have been adversely impacted by redlining, the governor on Thursday announced the findings of a new report by the New York State Department of Financial Services on redlining in the Buffalo metropolitan area.
Cuomo reminds surrogates & parents of their new insurance rights, protections during gestational surrogacy
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday reminded New Yorkers about new insurance protections and rights for surrogates and parents that will take effect on Feb. 15. These new insurance protections and rights were part of the governor's fiscal year 2021 enacted budget that legalized gestational surrogacy in New York.
Higgins reappointed to serve on House Ways & Means Committee, Budget Committee
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has been reappointed to serve on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means, including its subcommittees on social security, health, and trade.
Cuomo signs legislation repealing 'walking while trans' ban
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S.2253/A.654) repealing portions of a law - known as the "walking while trans" ban - that his camp said led to arbitrary and discriminatory policing of transgender women.
 

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