Category: New York State

Auto Draft

Qualifying families will receive the maximum food stamp benefits for September, or an extra $95

New York residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be getting maximum benefits this month. The state plans to receive $200 million for families on food stamps. The benefits for residents outside New York City will begin this week and ... MORE
Auto Draft

Governor Kathy Hochul signs “Less is More” into law, prompting the release and avoiding the incarceration of technical parole violators

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a new law that will keep New York State residents out of jail for non-violent parole violations. The law is called “Less is More” and focuses on eliminating the practice of locking people up for missing an ... MORE
Seneca Falls Country Club (Billboard)
Auto Draft

New York is recovering financially after the the pandemic damaged the economy

It looks like the New York State economy is recovering after all, following the extra $2.1 billion in revenue the state will be getting annually for the next 4 years. The money is from the federal government in the form of aid ... MORE
Auto Draft

The workforce within long-term care facilities has always suffered, but what happens if it gets even worse?

Long-term care facilities have been suffering from staff shortages since before the pandemic, but now they’re the worst they’ve been. Following the pandemic, more workers left, and now with the vaccine mandate quickly approaching, many more are expected to leave. Healthcare workers ... MORE
Auto Draft

Officials brainstorm solutions for the shortage of direct support professionals

The problem still exists surrounding a shortage of workers that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and officials are figuring out what that issue is. The State Senate held a meeting this week to look into the issue, and the biggest ... MORE
Auto Draft

Parents pulling kids from daycare as New York’s mask mandate is imposed again

Daycare facilities across the state say parents are pulling their children out now that masks are required. This week Governor Kathy Hochul announced that masks would be required at all childcare facilities for kids 2 and older. Jackie Ranzenbach recently spoke with ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
Attica: America’s infamous prison uprising is still a story about all of us

Attica: America’s infamous prison uprising is still a story about all of us

Tyrrell Muhammad, a 19-year-old Brooklyn native, was convicted of second-degree murder as a part of a robbery which ended in homicide, one he didn’t commit. In 1979, he was sentenced to 20 years to life, spending the next 26 years and 11 ... MORE
Auto Draft

New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate has not been blocked, despite temporary court order

Last week a federal judge in Upstate New York ruled that part of New York State’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers had been blocked. In August, the state Department of Health issued an order that would require all staff to be ... MORE
Auto Draft

New York will not be enlisting help from National Guard soldiers to drive school buses

As school bus driver shortages continue to be an issue throughout the country, New York appears to still be working toward a solution. Massachusetts has called in the National Guard and is currently training 150 soldiers to drive a special van that ... MORE
Auto Draft

Senator Peter Harckham backs bill that would create transparency regarding all opioid sales in New York

A new bill has been proposed that would keep track of all registered opiate sales in the state of New York. The bill is backed by Senator Peter Harckham. The bill comes as the state begins to address the clear opioid crisis ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
Auto Draft

The freeze on hiring government employees in New York State will officially end due to higher revenue

Governor Kathy Hochul shared that with the state’s finances improving since the start of the pandemic, the hiring freeze will be lifted for state government jobs. The freeze was previously announced to be ending in May by the Cuomo administration, but Hochul ... MORE
Auto Draft

Hochul says New York will move forward with vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

Governor Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that New York will move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. Health systems across the state said they would need to shutter entire departments and delay elective surgeries if the mandate took effect on ... MORE
Auto Draft

State commission releases redistricting proposals: Both maps dismantle 23rd District

On Wednesday the Independent Redistricting Commission released a pair of maps outlining two version of Congressional districts. Democrats and Republicans could not agree on a single map, so both released their own versions. In both scenarios representation in the Finger Lakes and ... MORE
Auto Draft

New Acting Chair of JCOPE is a graduate of Ithaca College

An Ithaca College alum is now the Acting Chair of the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. James Dering graduated in 1988 with his bachelor’s in Business Management. He is a partner at Garfunkel Wild, P.C. where the law firm focuses on ... MORE
Auto Draft

Governor Kathy Hochul has a plan to tackle gun violence

Governor Kathy Hochul is now taking on the issue of gun control by announcing $23.7 million in funding to help prevent gun violence. She plans to put funding toward job training, community activities, and intervener staffing for communities that have the highest ... MORE