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New York Lottery announces new draw close time for Mega Millions ticket sales
Mon, Mar 27th 2023 10:40 am
The New York Lottery announced that, starting April 4, Mega Millions ticket purchases for a Mega Millions draw held on the same day must be made by 10 p.m.
Lawmakers, advocates, school administrators, parents & teachers call for governor to fully fund free school meals for all students in budget
Fri, Mar 24th 2023 04:00 pm
With $280 million in funding for universal free school meals included in both the Senate and Assembly budget proposals, legislators, school administrators, parents and teachers from the Buffalo-area joined the Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids Coalition at Springville Elementary School on Friday to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul to address the crisis of childhood hunger in schools by fully funding a statewide, permanent "Healthy School Meals for All" program in the fiscal year 2024 state budget.
Morinello: 'Raise the Age' caused more harm than good
Thu, Mar 23rd 2023 09:40 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-Niagara Falls, joined Assembly members, senators and district attorneys from across the state to call for an amendment to the "Raise the Age" law, which went into effect in 2018, increasing the age for youth who can be prosecuted as an adult to from 16 to 18 years of age.
Hochul announces initiative to improve food benefit access for women, infants & children
Thu, Mar 23rd 2023 09:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new client feedback initiative her team said will improve understanding of the challenges New Yorkers face enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC.
NYS DCP alerts New Yorkers of poisonous home hazards during Poison Prevention Week
Tue, Mar 21st 2023 01:05 pm
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips" during National Poison Prevention Week, the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is reminding New Yorkers of prevention measures to reduce the risk of poisoning.
Attorney General James warns New Yorkers to be cautious of practices targeting Jewish communities before Passover
Mon, Mar 20th 2023 01:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a consumer alert urging New Yorkers to be cautious of potential discriminatory pricing practices at car washes in advance of Passover. In previous years, there have been reports of car wash businesses in predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City raising prices by as much as 50% for Jewish customers seeking cleaning services close to Passover.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections grew by over 14% in February compared to last year
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 03:45 pm
Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 14.1% in February compared to the same month in 2022, according to an analysis released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.64 billion, up $203 million compared to the same time last year.
During visit to Buffalo, Buttigieg meets with Higgins, Hochul, Schumer, Gillibrand & Brown to highlight $55M Reconnecting Communities grant
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 03:45 pm
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Congressman Brian Higgins, Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, the Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC), as well as other community members and local leaders at the Buffalo Museum of Science to celebrate the $55 million Reconnecting Communities Program grant to Buffalo.
DEC announces 2023 camping reservation changes
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 11:50 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced changes to reservations at DEC campgrounds for the upcoming season, including new, same-day reservations to help add flexibility and ease to last-minute bookings.
St. Patrick's Day: Hochul announces crackdown on impaired driving
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 11:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving as St. Patrick's Day celebrations get underway starting this weekend. This special traffic enforcement detail, which is funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, begins Friday, March 17, and runs through Sunday, March 19.
Almost one month until Tax Day: File your tax return simply & quickly
Fri, Mar 17th 2023 11:35 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded taxpayers that information available on its website,, can help make filing personal income tax returns simple, fast and free for qualifying New Yorkers.
Hochul: New online tool to help New Yorkers access child care
Wed, Mar 15th 2023 08:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced efforts to help working families access child care throughout New York state, including launching a new online screening tool for them to check eligibility and reestablishing a statewide task force to develop an implementation plan for universal child care.
Hochul: New report on gender wage gap in recognition of Equal Pay Day
Tue, Mar 14th 2023 03:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the release of a new report from the New York State Department of Labor on the state's gender wage gap.
Hochul promotes New York state maple industry during Maple Month
Tue, Mar 14th 2023 11:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul encouraged New Yorkers to support their local maple producers. The governor highlighted New York's upcoming Maple Weekends events and activities, which will take place March 18-19 and 25-26, along with other special events and promotions throughout the month.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers job seekers tips to avoid employment scams
Tue, Mar 14th 2023 11:00 am
For this week's "Tuesday's Tips," the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is warning job seekers to avoid common employment scams.
Hochul announces dedicated outreach team to connect east Buffalo residents with programs & services
Mon, Mar 13th 2023 02:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $500,000 has been awarded to a local human services agency to conduct community and direct, door-to-door outreach to households in the east Buffalo community to help residents access government benefits, services and programs.
NYSOFA seeks input from individuals 60-plus in state's first-ever comprehensive survey of older adults
Mon, Mar 13th 2023 12:50 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) urges all individuals 60-plus to answer a newly launched statewide Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA).
Hochul: New tech, regulations to help workers facing layoffs
Mon, Mar 13th 2023 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced plans to launch the new Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act portal - the latest milestone in the New York State Department of Labor's multi-year technology modernization plan.
DEC announces 2023 'I BIRD NY Challenge'
Mon, Mar 13th 2023 07:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of the 2023 "I BIRD NY Challenge" for birders of all ages and abilities.
DEC reminds New Yorkers annual residential brush burning prohibition starts March 16
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 08:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning begins March 16 and runs through May 14. Since 2009, DEC has enforced the annual brush burning ban to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires.
Hochul announces $13.3 million for construction of emergency & permanent supportive housing
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $13.3 million has been awarded to help expand and preserve emergency and permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Funding was awarded to projects that will create 51 apartments in the Bronx and a new 80-bed emergency shelter for families in Erie County. Funding was also awarded to help make repairs to existing emergency shelters in Oneida and Chautauqua counties.
DEC marks 'successful year' for state's brownfield cleanup program
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced another year of "successful environmental cleanups" in the state's brownfield cleanup program (BCP).
Higgins & Huizenga lead push for 'Greater Commitment from Canada on Great Lakes'
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:50 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Bill Huizenga (MI-04) are leading an effort to encourage the government of Canada to "strengthen its commitment to protecting and investing in the Great Lakes."
Hochul: $3.75 million to support outreach & engagement services for addiction
Wed, Mar 8th 2023 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced up to $3.75 million is available to expand outreach and engagement services designed to connect vulnerable populations with addiction supports and other health services.
DEC announces falconry, wildlife rehabilitator & leashed tracking dog handler examinations
Tue, Mar 7th 2023 02:55 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced no-cost exams for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed dogs to find wounded or injured big-game animals are scheduled for Friday, April 14. The exams will be offered exclusively online.
Hochul urges new Yorkers to take steps to protect their personal tax account information during tax season
Tue, Mar 7th 2023 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced steps New Yorkers can take to protect themselves from having their sensitive information compromised online during tax season.
14 companies receive New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business certification
Tue, Mar 7th 2023 01:30 pm
Commissioner Jeanette Moy announced the following 14 businesses were recently certified by the Office of General Services' Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development:
Higgins asks US trade representative to request consultations related to Canada's Underused Housing Tax
Tue, Mar 7th 2023 09:10 am
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai to open formal consultations with the government of Canada to explore if the Underused Housing Tax is inconsistent with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
$110 million in grants awarded to 86 water quality protection projects across state
Mon, Mar 6th 2023 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced approximately $110 million was awarded to 86 projects through two grant programs to improve water quality across the state.
Tax season: AG James offers tips to protect consumers from fraud
Mon, Mar 6th 2023 12:20 pm
With this year's tax season underway, New York Attorney General Letitia James has provided taxpayers with tips to help avoid fraudulent tax schemes. Attorney General James also urged New Yorkers to stay vigilant and report any suspected scams to steal personal and financial information to her office.
NYS Department of State's DCP has returned nearly $2.4 million to consumers in 2022
Fri, Mar 3rd 2023 02:55 pm
To kick off National Consumer Protection Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection assisted 19,752 New Yorkers with a variety of consumer protection matters in 2022, resulting in nearly $2.4 million being returned to consumers.
NY's Responsible Play Partnership to hold events recognizing 20th anniversary of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Fri, Mar 3rd 2023 09:35 am
New York State's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP), consisting of the New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling, is holding multiple events to drive attention to the issue as part of the 20th anniversary of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
USDA to measure quarterly bee colony loss
Fri, Mar 3rd 2023 09:35 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be collecting information about colony loss in the honey industry throughout the U.S. The next quarterly colony loss survey will be conducted during April. It will collect information about colony inventory and loss from more than 400 producers with honeybee colonies in the northeastern region.
For National Nutrition Month, NYSOFA highlights programs for older adults to stay healthy & connect with services
Thu, Mar 2nd 2023 08:50 am
For National Nutrition Month in March, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds older New Yorkers and their families of the many state and local programs available to support nutritional health for individuals ages 60 and over.
Ortt announces creation of antisemitism working group
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 10:35 am
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Tuesday announced the creation of an antisemitism Working Group that will hold roundtables throughout the state to hear from stakeholders and make recommendations on ways to best address the alarming rise in antisemitic incidents in New York state.
Buffalo-area leaders & elected officials endorse Hochul's New York Housing Compact following WNY roundtable
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 10:15 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul hosted a community roundtable with local leaders and elected officials in Buffalo to discuss the New York Housing Compact - what her team called a "comprehensive strategy announced in the fiscal year 2024 executive budget to address New York's housing crisis and build 800,000 new homes in the next decade.
Hochul announces resources to help save on home energy bills
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 09:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the availability of resources to help New Yorkers save on their home energy bills. A second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program is now available for eligible New Yorkers in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off.
Hochul appoints Robert Megna as budget director
Tue, Feb 28th 2023 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Robert Megna as New York state budget director. Megna starts immediately and plans to serve through this legislative session and assist with the search for a long-term budget director before returning to SUNY, where he serves as president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government and senior adviser to the chancellor.
Hochul announces 'significant progress' in state's fight against gun violence
Tue, Feb 28th 2023 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced "significant progress" in the state's fight against gun violence, with New York City and communities participating in the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative reporting the fewest shooting incidents with injury last month since the first half of 2020.
Biden-Harris administration announces $55.59 million grant for Kensington Expressway
Tue, Feb 28th 2023 02:25 pm
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced $55.59 million for the New York State Route 33 (Kensington Expressway) project in Buffalo through the new Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program - what the U.S. Department of Transportation called "a first-of-its-kind initiative to reconnect communities that are cut off from opportunity and burdened by past transportation infrastructure decisions."

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