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$5.7 million in federal COVID-19 relief to New York's marine fishing industries
Mon, Jul 11th 2022 02:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $5.7 million in federal aid provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act is being distributed to New York's seafood, marine commercial, and for-hire fishing industries.
Department of Labor announces new social media account to improve accessibility for Spanish-speaking New Yorkers
Mon, Jul 11th 2022 01:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new Facebook account to expand accessibility for Spanish-speaking New Yorkers.
Higgins invites Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to visit Buffalo & 'witness division' caused by Kensington & Scajaquada expressways
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:50 pm
As the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) kicks-off a new federal grant program aimed at reconnecting divided communities, Congressman Brian Higgins suggests Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg should take the opportunity to witness first-hand how transportation decisions of the past have impacted the City of Buffalo.
Applications open for $343 million in child care provider grants targeting workforce
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced applications will be accepted for $343 million in federal funding that will directly benefit child care providers and continue to help stabilize the industry. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is administering the funds.
$250 million Restore New York application period to open July 11
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Restore New York grant program will open July 11. This $250 million program encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures.
ESD announces application launch for Tourism Partner Sub-Awards Grant
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 08:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the application launch for the New York State EDA Tourism Partner Sub-Awards Grant program, designed to support the post-pandemic recovery of the state's travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.
DEC announces release of draft Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fisheries management plan
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 11:15 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of a draft Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fisheries management plan and is seeking public comment through Aug. 14.
Nearly 11 million Excelsior Passes issued to date
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 10:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than 10.9 million Excelsior Passes have been issued to date. As the first-in-the-nation platform continues to evolve to meet New Yorkers' needs, and as the original Excelsior Pass types expire, the state reminds New Yorkers to retrieve the latest and most robust pass option available, Excelsior Pass Plus.
Hochul signs legislation targeting 'unfair ticketing practices' in live event industry
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 10:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.9461/A.10500) "targeting unfair, anticonsumer ticketing practices in the live event industry."
DEC joins Great Lakes, northeast states & Canadian provinces aquatic invasive species landing blitz
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with seven Great Lakes states, six northeast states, and six Canadian provinces, announced the newly expanded annual aquatic invasive species landing blitz. This international campaign informs boaters and the general public about the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Air quality health advisory issued for Western New York & NYC metro
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 12:25 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett issued an air quality health advisory for the Western New York and New York City metro regions for Friday, July 1.
National Grid reminds customers to verify identity of individuals claiming to be energy company representatives
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 03:20 pm
National Grid reminds customers to safeguard their information and verify the identity of any representative that visits or calls their home to discuss their energy bills.
NYSDOT increasing use of flashing yellow arrows throughout WNY
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 09:45 am
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez recently announced work will continue in Western New York to upgrade traffic signals with yellow arrow phases to more safely accommodate motorists making left turns at intersections. Traffic signals featuring a flashing yellow arrow phase will be installed at more locations as intersection improvements are made.
Gas prices drop as oil prices retreat
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.90, down 8 cents from last Monday. One year ago, the price was $3.10. The New York state average is $4.96, down 5 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.15.
Leading international expert & decorated Army vet. Ahern to head cross-agency efforts to counter cyber threats
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Colin Ahern as the state's first chief cyber officer. A leading expert in cybersecurity, cyber resilience, and intelligence, Ahern will lead cross-agency efforts to protect New York from "increasingly prevalent and sophisticated cyber threats - working to ensure the security and cyber resilience of the state's information assets and critical infrastructure and integrity of the state's information assets."
Legislation added to 'safeguard absentee ballots & protect New Yorkers' right to vote'
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:15 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.253A/A.1144A) to, her team said, "safeguard absentee ballots and protect New Yorkers' right to vote by ensuring that ballots are not voided due to stray marks or writing as long as the express intent of the voter is unambiguous."
Higgins honors Hispanic American Vietnam veteran Luis R. Sierra
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins recently honored the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veteran Luis R. Sierra, presenting the service medals Sierra earned during the ninth annual Hispanic American Heritage Council Community Breakfast at D'Youville University.
'Free Fishing Weekend' June 25-26 in New York state
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a "Free Fishing Weekend" in New York June 25-26. This event marks two of the state's six "Free Fishing Days" offered every year to increase fishing participation and awareness of the fishing opportunities in New York, and introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing.
$178.8 million in funding to support transportation enhancements in 75 communities across NYS
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $178.8 million has been awarded to 75 communities across New York for "projects that promote environmentally friendly modes of travel and make it easier and safer to walk, bike or hike."
During National Pollinator Week, NYS highlights actions to promote & protect pollinator health
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:20 pm
The New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and Environmental Conservation (DEC) have highlighted several new actions New York state has taken to promote honeybee health and better protect pollinators statewide.
New York state announces expanded FreshConnect Checks program for veterans
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 05:10 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and Division of Veterans Services (DVS) announced an expanded FreshConnect Checks program that aims to increase participation in the program by veterans, servicemembers, and their immediate families.
BBB warning: Bulky Bean LLC took orders, money without delivering product, consumers say
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:15 pm
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York warns consumers to use caution when ordering from Bulky Bean LLC. BBB received a high volume of complaints and reports from consumers who placed orders, paid, and did not receive the items.
Pay increases for state lifeguards to address shortage
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed a pay increase for state lifeguards to help address a staffing shortage at New York State Park beaches and pools, and Department of Environmental Conservation campgrounds and day use areas beaches. Starting pay rates for lifeguards at upstate facilities will increase 34%, from $14.95 per hour to $20 per hour, and 21% for lifeguards at downstate facilities, from $18.15 per hour to $22 per hour.
DEC announces implementation of new federal requirements for recreational fishing of black sea bass and scup
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced new recreational saltwater fishing regulations for black sea bass and scup that take effect immediately in New York's marine and coastal district. These regulatory changes are necessary for New York state to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) by reducing recreational harvest of scup and black sea bass.
DEC announces falconry, wildlife rehabilitator & leashed tracking dog examinations
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals, are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.
NYS announces SNAP-Ed grant awards for Food Box & Community Growers grants
Tue, Jun 21st 2022 03:05 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM), in partnership with the Office of Temporary and Disability Services (OTDA), announced nearly $1.1 million has been awarded to 32 organizations through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (SNAP-Ed) grants.
Hochul signs John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York into law
Mon, Jun 20th 2022 03:00 pm
At Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn on Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the John. R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York (S.1046-E/A.6678-E) into law. Her team said this cements New York's place as "a national leader on voting rights, and fulfilling a key part of the governor's 2022 State of the State agenda."
US average price for gasoline drops slightly; oil prices remain volatile
Mon, Jun 20th 2022 01:15 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.98, down 3 cents from last Monday. One year ago, the price was $3.07. The New York state average is $5.01 (5.008), down 3 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.13.
Modernization milestone for New York State Department of Labor
Mon, Jun 20th 2022 12:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Department of Labor is halfway through its four-year strategic modernization plan, an ongoing effort her team said will "reduce call volume, enhance customer experience, and swiftly connect New Yorkers to unemployment insurance benefits.
Attorney General James reminds New Yorkers of mandatory gas tax suspension to save money at the pump
Fri, Jun 17th 2022 12:50 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James reminds New Yorkers of efforts taken to save money at the pump as Americans across the country are facing record high fuel prices, and advised gas stations of their obligation to suspend taxes on fuel through the end of the year.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grew by nearly 17% in May
Fri, Jun 17th 2022 12:50 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 16.7% in May compared to the same month in 2021, according to an analysis released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.7 billion, up $242 million from May of last year.
DEC announces 2022 'I BIRD NY' Challenges
Fri, Jun 17th 2022 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of the 2022 "I BIRD NY" challenges for beginning and experienced birders.
Electric & gas utility bill credit program for low-income families
Thu, Jun 16th 2022 07:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a total of $567 million is available to help low-income electric and gas utility customers pay off past utility bills. The financial assistance program includes an estimated $557 million statewide COVID-19 bill credit program for low-income customers adopted by the New York State Public Service Commission.
Consumer alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection offers guidance to raise awareness about elder abuse - and ways to prevent it
Thu, Jun 16th 2022 07:30 pm
Earlier this week, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) offered guidance to prevent and help protect senior family members and friends from elder abuse.
Christian Heights Camp marks 75 years
Thu, Jun 16th 2022 07:15 pm
Christian Heights Camp is celebrating its 75th anniversary July 2-3. As families sought to recover from the trauma of World War II, several members of the LaSalle Church of Christ wanted to form a camp for their children to have Christian recreation opportunities. They pooled their resources and, in 1947, purchased the Milks family dairy farm in the Town of Napoli.
DiNapoli: State pension fund adds $350 million to investment funds geared to New York companies
Tue, Jun 14th 2022 12:25 pm
The New York State Common Retirement Fund is committing another $350 million to two investment funds through its in-state private equity investment program, fund trustee and state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli recently announced.
On World Blood Donor Day - during Pride Month - Higgins pushes FDA to 'end discriminatory policies related to blood donations'
Tue, Jun 14th 2022 11:35 am
On World Blood Donor Day, Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change existing blood donation standards that, his team said, discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
$2.7 million grant to feed more remote, rural, tribal & low-income New Yorkers
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 03:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced New York state was awarded $2.7 million in Reach and Resiliency grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand The Emergency Food Assistance Program's reach into remote, rural, Tribal, and low-income areas currently underserved by the program.
Hochul: SUNY chosen name, pronoun policy to create more open & accepting environments on campuses
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the State University of New York Board of Trustees directed all 64 SUNY campuses to update their policies regarding the use of a chosen name and pronouns to ensure that transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students' identities are fully reflected and represented in campus systems. This change is the next step taken in SUNY's mission to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students within the LGBTQIA+ community.
 

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