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State Agriculture Department announces updated food product recall book for food businesses
Mon, Dec 18th 2023 03:55 pm
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' division of food safety and inspection announced it has updated its food product recall book to provide New York retail food stores, food manufacturers and food businesses with "an easy-to-follow protocol to use should they need to initiate a product recall at their facility."
Thruway Authority award to develop 'comprehensive safety action plan to improve roadway safety'
Mon, Dec 18th 2023 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Thruway Authority received an award of a $1.2 million federal grant as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Law - Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant.
NYS: Nearly $3 million in backpay to state employees who worked overtime during pandemic
Mon, Dec 18th 2023 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul, Public Employees Federation President Wayne Spence, and Civil Service Employees Association President Mary Sullivan announced an agreement to award nearly $3 million in backpay to more than 2,100 New York state employees who worked overtime during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYS Council on Developmental Disabilities, NYS Office of New Americans celebrate International Migrants Day
Mon, Dec 18th 2023 11:20 am
In recognition of International Migrants Day on Dec. 18, the New York State Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD) and the New York State Department of State's Office for New Americans (ONA) are celebrating their partnership on "a unique initiative assisting new Americans with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families to connect with vital resources, information and services."
Higgins recognizes work of Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Executive Director Sara Capen
Fri, Dec 15th 2023 01:50 pm
During the final week of session for 2023, Congressman Brian Higgins stood on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize how one Western New Yorker's effort will improve communities across the nation for the next 15 years.
Hochul announces holiday season 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' enforcement initiative
Wed, Dec 13th 2023 05:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police will participate in the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" runs from Wednesday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.
NYS: New laws to protect consumers from price gouging, medical debt, unfair business practices
Wed, Dec 13th 2023 05:45 pm
Gov. Hochul has signed legislation to protect New York consumers from medicine price-gouging and ongoing financial consequences related to medical debt. Additionally, the governor signed bills to curb predatory subscription services, and confusion over the price of many goods and services.
On National Day of the Horse, Hochul signs legislation to prevent equine cruelty
Wed, Dec 13th 2023 05:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation to prevent equine cruelty to recognize National Day of the Horse. Legislation S.2163B/A.5109A prohibits the slaughter of horses for human or animal consumption. Legislation S.1677A/A.3552A increases fines for selling disabled Equidae.
NYS: 'Transformative,' $479 million investment for 156 local water infrastructure projects in every region
Tue, Dec 12th 2023 02:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $479 million in grants for critical water infrastructure projects, including the first funding awarded through the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022, which was passed by voters after Hochul pushed to increase the total amount by $1 billion upon taking office. 
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor of Robert M. Burney
Tue, Dec 12th 2023 01:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Dec. 14, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of fallen New York State Police Trooper Robert M. Burney.
Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor fallen Technical Sgt. Christopher P. Rock
Mon, Dec 11th 2023 02:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Dec. 12, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of fallen Technical Sgt. Christopher P. Rock.
Gas prices resume retreat: Low oil prices supply holiday season gift to drivers
Mon, Dec 11th 2023 11:15 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.15, down 9 cents from last Monday. One year ago, the price was $3.28. The New York state average is $3.48, down 5 cents from a week ago. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.61.
Hochul signs legislation 'to strengthen public safety'
Mon, Dec 11th 2023 10:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation S.6238A/A.5791A to "clearly define the term 'mass shooting' to assist emergency response measures and ensure communities have access to the emergency funding and resources needed in the aftermath of a mass shooting."
NYS: New consumer protection law for credit card customers will take effect Dec. 10
Fri, Dec 8th 2023 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new state law will take effect that protects credit card holders from losing earned credit card rewards. Starting Sunday, Dec. 10, credit card companies must take additional steps to protect consumers from losing accrued points when rewards programs are modified or terminated.
State landmarks to be illuminated to commemorate International Human Rights Day, 75th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Fri, Dec 8th 2023 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced landmarks would be lit blue Friday night to commemorate International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on Dec. 10 in honor of the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Kearns: A happy holiday season is a safe holiday season
Fri, Dec 8th 2023 04:00 pm
As Erie County clerk, responsible for overseeing auto bureau operations, it is time to remind everyone this holiday season to not drink and drive or ride with anyone who is under the influence. If you have had too much to drink, for everyone's sake, please do not get behind the wheel of your car.
Hochul announces year-end results of initiatives to keep highway workers safe
Fri, Dec 8th 2023 03:55 pm
As construction throughout much of New York state begins to wind down with winter weather setting in, Gov. Kathy Hochul highlighted the year-end results of several initiatives designed to keep highway workers and motorists safe throughout the state.
Hochul announces launch of state-of-the-art weather risk communication center
Fri, Dec 8th 2023 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the creation of New York's State Weather Risk Communication Center at the University at Albany, a first-of-its kind operational collaboration between university researchers and state emergency managers.
Following ratification of SAG-AFTRA & WGA contracts, Hochul directs state agencies to fast-track process and allow film & TV industry to resume economic activity in NYS
Wed, Dec 6th 2023 09:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed state agencies to fast-track the process for film and television productions, allowing these industries to quickly resume work now that both SAG-AFTRA and the WGA have ended strikes and ratified contracts.
NYS: More than $4.6 million to expand access to health care, eliminate health care disparities
Tue, Dec 5th 2023 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $4.6 million in state funding for programs to expand access and eliminate disparities in health care while helping to increase diversity among the physician workforce throughout New York, representing a $1.2 million increase over the previous year's allocation.
New York Power Authority offers home weatherizing tips
Mon, Dec 4th 2023 11:55 am
Dreading a cold winter? Want to know ways to secure your home to keep your heat bill down? The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has tips to share about how to prepare your home.
New York Lottery reminder: Don't gift lottery tickets to youths this holiday season
Mon, Dec 4th 2023 11:55 am
The New York Gaming Commission's Division of Lottery is once again advising adults to not gift lottery tickets to children this holiday season.
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week kicks off
Mon, Dec 4th 2023 11:45 am
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 4-8) is underway. The annual weeklong campaign aims to promote the importance of mobility and transportation to ensure older adults remain active in the community and safe behind the wheel.
Hochul, Armstrong announce short-term extension of current gaming compact between New York & Seneca Nation of Indians
Mon, Dec 4th 2023 10:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Seneca Nation of Indians President Rickey L. Armstrong Sr. on Friday met in Buffalo and signed an extension of the current gaming compact between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians, which expires Dec. 9, 2023.
State landmarks to be illuminated in recognition of World AIDS Day
Fri, Dec 1st 2023 02:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced 14 landmarks across New York will be illuminated red tonight in recognition of World AIDS Day.
DEC launches redesigned and mobile-friendly website
Fri, Dec 1st 2023 02:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially debuted a redesigned public website at www.dec.ny.gov that improves accessibility and the user experience, particularly on mobile devices. The site is significantly easier to use with cellphones, streamlines navigation, includes more powerful search capabilities, and offers new multimedia features to provide a more engaging visitor experience.
NYSOFA highlights winter energy assistance fairs, cold weather tips, emergency resources for older adults and their caregivers
Thu, Nov 30th 2023 07:55 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) announced a series of winter energy fairs in December that provide an opportunity for individuals to get help with programs related to energy affordability, weatherization, energy efficiency, and services for older adults. Additionally, NYSOFA highlights resources that are available to help ensure the safety of older adults - and all New Yorkers - during the winter months.
Hochul signs legislation to protect rights of seniors with HIV, members of LGBTQIA+ community
Thu, Nov 30th 2023 07:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation S.1783A/A.372A, which establishes a bill of rights for long-term care facility residents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or living with HIV. The bill prohibits long-term care facilities and their staff from discriminating against any resident on the basis of a resident's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or HIV status.
Attorney General James releases annual 'Pennies for Charity' report
Wed, Nov 29th 2023 08:55 am
In advance of GivingTuesday and the holiday season, New York Attorney General Letitia James released her annual "Pennies for Charity: Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers" report.
Avangrid announces eBill incentive to benefit local food banks
Tue, Nov 28th 2023 05:55 pm
Avangrid Inc., a leading sustainable energy company and member of the Iberdrola Group, announced a new way for customers to join their company in giving back this holiday season.
NYS DCP issues charity scam prevention tips as holiday season begins
Tue, Nov 28th 2023 02:25 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York State Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) aims to raise awareness about charity scams. The charitable spirit of New Yorkers is at an all-time high during the holiday season, so this week's tips are meant to serve as a guide when choosing causes to donate to so donations get to the right place and not in the hands of scammers.
Hochul signs legislation to keep kids safe from cardiac emergencies
Tue, Nov 28th 2023 01:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation S.7424/A.366A requiring camps and youth sports programs to establish automated external defibrillator implementation plans and to have at least one person trained to properly use the AED at camps, games and practice.
NYS DCP issues scam prevention tips for consumers in holiday season
Thu, Nov 23rd 2023 07:00 am
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection announces tips to help New Yorkers navigate the holiday shopping season.
New York State Parks celebrates Native American Heritage Month with new staff initiatives, special programming
Wed, Nov 22nd 2023 06:20 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced environmental educator and interpreter Yehehnakwáhstha? (pronounced yeh-heh-naw-gwaw-staw) Kim Hill has joined the bureau of historic sites staff as interpreter of Native American history. Hill, Tuscarora Beaver Clan, is from the Tuscarora Nation, near Niagara Falls.
Hochul updates New Yorkers on bridge closures on US-Canadian border
Wed, Nov 22nd 2023 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on bridge closures on the U.S.-Canadian border following an incident on Rainbow Bridge. The governor also announced earlier today that the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force will be monitoring all points of entry to New York.
NYS: Crackdown on unsafe driving through Thanksgiving weekend
Tue, Nov 21st 2023 06:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police will participate in a special traffic enforcement initiative to crack down on unsafe driving behaviors through Thanksgiving weekend. The special traffic enforcement period runs from Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26, and will focus on impaired and distracted driving as well as speeding and the "Move Over Law."
NYS: More than $23 million for key community economic development programs
Tue, Nov 21st 2023 06:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $23 million has been awarded to support 101 communities across the state through part of round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
DEC: Regional workgroups to facilitate implementation of state's Great Lakes Action Agenda
Tue, Nov 21st 2023 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the agency is hosting a series of regional workgroup meetings to engage with the public about New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda 2023 (GLAA). The workgroups will assist in the implementation of the action plan to guide restoration and conservation and foster sustainable, resilient communities across New York's Great Lakes region.
NYS: Matthew's Law will allow drug testing supplies to be distributed by health care professionals or pharmacists
Mon, Nov 20th 2023 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation that "continues aggressive efforts to address the opioid and overdose epidemic." Matthew's Law, or S.2099C/A.5200B, expands the public's access to fentanyl testing supplies, a resource that protects public health by decreasing the chances of an accidental drug overdose.
Hochul encourages New Yorkers to make energy plan ahead of winter
Mon, Nov 20th 2023 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul encourages New Yorkers to prepare now to keep their homes and businesses warm heading into winter.
 

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