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New watchdog bureau to tackle prescription drug costs
Wed, May 11th 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the first-in-the-nation approach to bring oversight to pharmacy benefit managers with the creation of the Department of Financial Services' Pharmacy Benefits Bureau.
Hochul: 7-year labor agreement with Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82
Wed, May 11th 2022 03:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her administration has reached a contract agreement with the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, AFSCME, AFL-CIO for a seven-year term running until March 31, 2023. The agreement is subject to ratification by union membership, which will occur later this month.
Hochul: Historic $140 million in arts & culture grant funding through New York State Council on the Arts
Wed, May 11th 2022 11:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced record grant funding is now available through the New York State Council on the Arts. The agency's first five grant opportunities of fiscal year 2023 are now open for artists and arts and culture organizations across New York.
City of Buffalo's innovative virtual 311 call center operation featured in national publication
Tue, May 10th 2022 04:30 pm
The City of Buffalo's successful use of a virtual 311 call center has once again received national attention.
DEC launches new paint recycling program to help consumers & businesses safely dispose of leftover paint
Tue, May 10th 2022 04:30 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the New York state postconsumer paint collection program is underway, making it easier for households and businesses to safely dispose of leftover paint.
New York State Health Facilities Association statement on National Skilled Nursing Care Week
Mon, May 9th 2022 04:50 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) - a statewide association representing nearly 450 long-term care facilities - issued the following statement in recognition of National Skilled Nursing Care Week.
New York Sea Grant & DEC announce $400,000 available in grants for Great Lakes basin projects
Mon, May 9th 2022 04:30 pm
New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, announced $400,000 in grant funding now available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects in support of New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda.
Gas prices increase significantly; diesel prices hit new record highs
Mon, May 9th 2022 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.33, up 14 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.96. The New York state average is $4.52, up 17 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.
NYSOFA, NYSDOH, partners present 4-part online training series to help overcome health disparities for older adults
Mon, May 9th 2022 10:45 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and Dr. Melicent R. Miller of Health Forward have partnered on a four-part self-directed learning series to equip providers with the tools to overcome health disparities among diverse populations of older adults.
Hochul signs legislation to provide addiction & mental health services training for first responders
Sat, May 7th 2022 10:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed legislation S.07144/A.07686 providing addiction and mental health services training, including crisis intervention team training, mental health first aid, implicit bias and naloxone training, to firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in regions where crisis stabilization centers are located.
State lawmakers highlight historic investment in Western New York schools
Fri, May 6th 2022 01:35 pm
On Friday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan, Assembly member Jon Rivera and Assembly member Bill Conrad gathered at Hamburg High School to highlight the $31 billion investment in New York's schools included in the recently passed state budget for fiscal year 2022-23. The budget provides a $169.2 million (6.8%) increase in funding for school districts in Western New York as part of a $2.1 billion increase in total funding for New York's schools.
NY Responsible Play Partnership, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel team up to promote responsible gaming
Fri, May 6th 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports and New York Council on Problem Gambling - which together comprise New York's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP) - came together Thursday with executive management at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel to discuss steps being taken to address problem gambling.
Diesel prices hit record high
Fri, May 6th 2022 01:30 pm
Diesel fuel prices at the local, state and national levels have reached a new high today. Today's national average price for a gallon of diesel is $5.51, up $2.41 from one year ago when the price was $3.10. In New York, the average price for diesel is $6.32, up $3.14 from one year ago when the price was $3.18.
Hochul signs legislation preventing colleges from withholding transcripts because of unpaid debts
Wed, May 4th 2022 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation S.5924-C/A.6938-B that prohibits colleges from withholding a student's transcript because of unpaid debts or charging individuals who owe debts a higher fee to obtain their transcript. This legislation ensures students can access their transcript when necessary, so that they may continue their education or find a job.
Higgins urges US Trade Representative Tai to address proposed property tax hike on Americans during upcoming visit to Canada
Wed, May 4th 2022 11:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to address the issue of Canada's proposed property tax on American property owners during bilateral conversations planned for this week.
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Tue, May 3rd 2022 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday issued a proclamation celebrating May 2022 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Hochul also announced the appointment of David Chen to the New York State Court System Second Department Judicial Screening Committee.
Hochul announces expanded eligibility for $15 million in cooling assistance
Mon, May 2nd 2022 05:15 pm
Gov. Hochul announced $15 million is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program to help low-income individuals and families who lack air conditioning to stay cool during the upcoming summer months.
Hochul announces launch of round XII Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Mon, May 2nd 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
NBC Sports features NYS Canal Corp.'s fall fishing and ACE programs for second year in a row
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 05:30 pm
The NBC Sports television show "On the Water: Angling Adventures" recently featured the New York State Canal Corp.'s fall fishing program for the second year in a row.
On Arbor Day, NYPA launches 'Tree Power 2.0'
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 03:00 pm
In celebration of Arbor Day, the New York Power Authority launched "Tree Power 2.0," a program for customers that provides a one-to-one match for tree plantings at customer locations to increase native biodiversity and natural carbon storage. The program expands on NYPA's ongoing environmental stewardship practices by strategically planting native trees at Power Authority customer locations throughout the state.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up 21% in first quarter of 2022
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 12:50 pm
Local government sales tax collections grew by 21.1%, or $901 million, in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Collections for the three-month period totaled nearly $5.2 billion, with growth at least partially driven by inflation, which hit a 40-year-high in March.
NYS: 2 SNAP-Ed funding opportunities totaling up to $2 million to continue bringing food to underserved communities
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 12:45 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced two funding opportunities totaling up to $2 million through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program.
Hochul announces funding for Holocaust Survivors Initiative
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 10:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced $2.6 million in funding provided by the FY 2023 enacted budget to support the Holocaust Survivors Initiative. This funding, to be administered by New York State Office for the Aging, will be used to increase access to health care-related services, provided by community-based organizations for those who suffered in the Holocaust.
NYS: More than $6.3 million to support victim services in communities hardest hit by gun violence
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 10:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced more than $6.3 million in federal funding that will allow seven programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan and Albany, Erie and Onondaga counties to expand their anti-gun violence work and increase services for victims and families.
'Plastic Pollution and You': NY Sea Grant curriculum teaches ways to reduce impact
Wed, Apr 27th 2022 02:50 pm
New York Sea Grant has published "Plastic Pollution and You," a 126-page, 15-lesson curriculum focused on a human-induced threat to the health of New York's marine and freshwater aquatic ecosystems.
Marking 100th anniversary of Commission on Cancer
Wed, Apr 27th 2022 02:15 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) and Mike Kelly (R-PA-16), co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Hochul: Up to $1B to restore green space surrounding Kensington Expressway, $169.2M for school aid; $212.3M to local governments; income tax relief for 350,000 in WNY
Mon, Apr 25th 2022 03:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced regional investments in the fiscal year 2023 state budget to deliver for Western New York families.
Hochul, National Weather Service announce Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York
Mon, Apr 25th 2022 03:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week to highlight the seasonal dangers of flooding, tornadoes and thunderstorms during the spring and summer months in New York state.
NYS: $20 million in food assistance for multigenerational families
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 05:10 pm
New York state announced the distribution of $20 million in federal funding this month to help struggling New Yorkers with multigenerational households avoid food insecurity.
Higgins: $257 million+ to improve & advance clean and efficient transportation in NYS
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 10:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced New York will receive $257,806,980 in federal funding over the next five years through a new carbon reduction program, included in the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law," and designed to reduce transportation emissions.
DEC: Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in New York's wild birds
Wed, Apr 20th 2022 04:15 pm
The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus has been found in multiple wild bird species in several areas of New York state. No known HPAI human infections are documented in the U.S., and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these recent cases of HPAI do not present an immediate public health concern.
New round of 'Cannabis Conversations'
Wed, Apr 20th 2022 10:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new round of public service advertisements in the "Cannabis Conversations" campaign, New York's first public education initiative focused on informing New Yorkers on the state's cannabis law. This wave of the campaign goes into more depth on the dangers of impaired driving, the risks of youth cannabis use, how to safely store cannabis in a home, and how to respectfully consume cannabis in public.
Attorney General James distributes first funds from opioid settlements to Western New York
Tue, Apr 19th 2022 04:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday distributed the first round of payments from the opioid settlements to counties in Western New York and Buffalo.
CBP warns of phone scams
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it is aware of numerous telephone scams targeting residents nationwide. It stated:
Attorney General James reminds landlords to not raise rents if they accept pandemic rental assistance
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an advisory to landlords reminding them that they cannot raise rents if they accepted or plan to accept funding from the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which was recently expanded in the state's budget.
Niagara County clerk: Schedule your registration appointments for boats, motorcycles now
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski encourages residents to schedule their appointments with the Department of Motor Vehicles soon for those who need to get their boats, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles registered for summer.
DEC: $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants
Mon, Apr 18th 2022 02:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants - the largest amount of funding for this program to date - for 51 not-for-profit land trusts across the state.
DiNapoli: State fiscal year 2021-22 tax revenues $3.3 billion over final projections
Sat, Apr 16th 2022 01:30 pm
Tax collections for state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 totaled $121.1 billion - $3.3 billion higher than forecast by the Division of the Budget in the amended executive budget financial plan released in February, and more than $30 billion higher than DOB's initial forecasts from May 2021, according to the March state cash report released this week by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Hochul announces approval of first adult-use cannabis conditional cultivation licenses to farms in New York
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 07:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Cannabis Control Board approved 52 adult-use cannabis conditional cultivator licenses across the state. These are the first adult-use cannabis licenses granted in New York, and they advance the Seeding Opportunity Initiative.
Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns
Tue, Apr 12th 2022 05:35 pm
Late Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced, "I have accepted Brian Benjamin's resignation effective immediately. While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as lieutenant governor. New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them."

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