Category: New York State

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Finger Lakes region getting upwards of $53 million to combat opioid crisis thanks to lawsuit settlement

Tens of millions of dollars are coming to the Finger Lakes to combat the opioid epidemic. The money comes from a settlement with various manufacturers of opioids stemming from a lawsuit in March 2019. It’s part of New York Attorney General Letitia ... MORE
Cayuga Nation says Seneca County is “siding with criminal Charles Bowman” in statement after supervisors support calling for special prosecutor

Cayuga Nation says Seneca County is “siding with criminal Charles Bowman” in statement after supervisors support calling for special prosecutor

The Cayuga Nation has broke its silence since the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ latest decision to send a letter, calling upon Attorney General Letitia James for a special prosecutor on behalf of Fayette’s Charles Bowman, during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct ... MORE
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Maximum food stamps available for the month of October for SNAP recipients

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that anyone enrolled in SNAP will be receiving the maximum amount for the month of October. Families will be getting a supplemental allotment later in the month. Families that don’t get maximum benefits already will be getting the ... MORE
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Greenidge opposition swells, as calls for statewide ban on cryptocurrency mining get louder

Activists and environmental groups are calling on New York to say ‘No’ to cryptocurrency. At a press conference this week hundreds called on Hochul and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a statewide moratorium on crypto mining. Specifically, advocates say ... MORE
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New York will not require COVID vaccine for driver’s license application or renewal

Misinformation about New York’s response to COVID-19 strikes again. A photoshopped image using a Rochester-area television station’s call letters appeared online recently alleging that New York State would require the COVID-19 vaccine for license application or renewal. Now state and local leaders ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
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Will New York add $3 billion to stimulus program for undocumented workers? Most eligible for $15,600 payments

Governor Kathy Hochul has not shut the door on replenishing the Excluded Workers Fund. The $2.1 billion fund was established by New York State as a stimulus for undocumented, immigrant workers who didn’t qualify for the first three stimulus checks issued by ... MORE
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Archbishop for Catholic Church gives blessing to service members to deny COVID-19 vaccine on grounds of “cooperation with evil”

Men and women in the military have sought legal advice regarding a religious exemption when it comes to being required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and it appears that their prayers have been answered. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio stated in a press ... MORE
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Governor tells New York State pediatricians to get ready for vaccine rollout

Governor Kathy Hochul has said pediatricians need to prepare for the rollout of vaccines to their patients. The FDA is set to discuss children ages 5-11 getting the vaccine Oct. 26. With the large number of positive cases in children throughout the ... MORE
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How do employees get a religious exemption?

In New York State, a federal judge ruled in favor of healthcare workers rights to a religious exemption remain in place. Governor Kathy Hochul has stated that she will appeal the order. But now that workers can be religiously exempt, how do ... MORE
Health, New York State, News
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The Galleri test can detect 50 types of cancer as well as locate it within the body

A new blood test has been approved by the New York State Department of Health that would detect 50 different types of cancer. The test is called the Galleri test and was created by GRAIL. The blood is analyzed for cancer, and ... MORE
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Segregated schools are not providing adequate education to students

New York State has an education clause that states the legislature must provide maintenance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of this state may be educated. This means adequate education must be provided through schools ... MORE
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Parents of children with disabilities may soon be able to petition the court for extended child support

A new law is in the stages of final approval that would allow parents to continue collecting child support for their children with developmental disabilities past the age of 18. The age parents can petition for extended child support payments to is ... MORE
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New York State adds billions in aid for schools; promises even more money next budget

A new budget has been approved by state lawmakers that will add billions of dollars in aid for schools. A promise for additional in the next budget has been made as well. Governor Kathy Hochul has spoken with various advocates and leaders ... MORE
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Advocates push for bill that would eliminate court and other legal fees that “criminalize poverty”

Fees are usually attached to every traffic ticket or criminal charge in the state of New York. Advocates say these surcharges on top of the conviction are criminalizing the poor. Fines and fees are used to pay for DNA bank fees, crime ... MORE
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Governor Kathy Hochul apologizes to families that lost loved ones in nursing homes, considers compensation fund

Governor Kathy Hochul met with advocates that had family members die in nursing homes and she apologized to them. Hochul spoke out on why she apologized, and said that people deserve to know their government listens and cares about them. Some of ... MORE
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DEC proposes end to hazardous waste cleanup at Evans Chemetics in Waterloo

After 20 years hazardous waste cleanup at Evans Chemetics on East Main Street could be coming to an end. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing ‘no further action’ for the last portion of the overall cleanup project. The proposal will ... MORE
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State knocks Waterloo out of Downtown Revitalization Initiative contest: Another year without $10M prize

The village of Waterloo is not a finalist for New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The $10 million prize is what communities like Waterloo have been after for years – as downtown investment remains slow and underwhelming. Among the changes and improvements ... MORE
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Ontario County man wins Buffalo Bills package for getting COVID vaccine

An Ontario County man was among those who recently won the #VaxAndWin football sweepstakes. Winners receive game tickets, special in-game experiences, stadium tours, signed gear, FaceTime calls with alumni players, and more from the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and New York ... MORE