Category: New York State

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Bill would force stores, restaurants to allow workers to sit: Lawmaker pushes to end ‘standing’ standard in workplaces

Could all workers soon be allowed to sit? A bill introduced by State Senator Rachel May called “Standing is Tiring Act” was introduced on November 19. The bill would impact workers in industries like retail and food service. Employers have often told ... MORE
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Bitcoin mining foes urge Hochul, DEC to deny Greenidge new air permit as hydro-powered crypto mining surges

Opponents of Greenidge Generation’s Bitcoin mining operation in Dresden urged Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration today to deny the facility’s application to renew its air emissions permit and to impose a statewide moratorium on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining. More than a dozen speakers at ... MORE
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Concerned citizens, others gather in Geneva to call for denial of Greenidge Generation air permit

On the final day of DEC public comment for Greenidge Generation’s Title V Air Permit extension, over 5,000 comments were presented in opposition. Citizens, business owners, and elected officials convened in the Finger Lakes and Albany to urge the New York State ... MORE
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Weedsport native will lead Troop D after being named New York State Police Commander

A New York State Police officer with local roots will be leading Troop D, headquartered in Oneida. Weedsport native, Major Michael TenEyk has been appointed commander of Troop D. TenEyk entered the state police academy in 1996 after graduating from SUNY Oswego ... MORE
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Geneva nursing school gets big honors in Nursing Schools Almanac

A local nursing college received big honors from a state organization. The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing was ranked as one of the Best Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs in New York by Nursing Schools Almanac. MSWSPN was ranked number ... MORE
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Religious exemptions for health care workers no longer accepted for COVID-19 vaccines beginning Monday

If health care workers choose not to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, they are risking becoming unemployed. The New York State Department of Health is requiring proof of the first dose of the vaccine or a ... MORE
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New York State officials do everything they can to help stop spread of COVID-19 as holidays approach

As the holidays grow near, hospitalizations in many Upstate New York regions are at a higher rate than they were one year ago. Last year, holiday gatherings caused a wave of hospitalizations in January. Now, with worries of another jump in holiday ... MORE
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Seneca Falls secures $2.1 million sewer loan to help Kingdom Road, West Bayard Street projects

The town of Seneca Falls has been awarded a crucial, $2.1 million state loan for sewer upgrades. The loan is interest-free and comes from the state Environmental Facilities Corporation. The intent is to provide sanitary sewer rehabilitation and storm sewer improvements. Governor ... MORE
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‘SYSTEM IS IN CRISIS’: Advocates say public health in New York buckling under weight of coronavirus pandemic

The healthcare system is in crisis. That was the message from stakeholders who convened as part of a state effort to understand what shape the public and private health systems are in nearly two years after the coronavirus pandemic began. Sarah Ravenhall, ... MORE
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Nursing homes in New York open fully for visits after state goes with federal guidance

New York State is updating visitation policies for nursing homes. The rules, which were given approval at the federal level last week, took several days for the state to adopt. The changes at the federal level, which are now accepted by New ... MORE
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Unvaccinated healthcare workers who used religious exemption have until Monday to get COVID vaccine

Health systems across the region will have to get employees vaccinated immediately, or face consequences of the state’s vaccine mandate. After weeks of uncertainty around the September mandate requiring all healthcare workers at large healthcare systems to get the COVID-19 vaccine or ... MORE
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Personal details are now protected by law for charitable donors in New York

The personal information of donors who donate to organizations with charitable status is now protected by law. Those that make donations will have their names, addresses and phone numbers sealed from the public. Governor Kathy Hochul signed the law last week and ... MORE
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Jumaane Williams announces candidacy for governor in New York

Add another Democrat to the list of those running for governor. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams announced his candidacy after incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James. Williams is a 45-year-old former New York City council member who ... MORE
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Hospitals graded in New York State on safety

A review from Leapfrog has looked into safety measures within hospitals in New York State to determine their safety rating. Things looked at included infectious-disease prevention measures, serious health issues, and errors in surgeries. In all, 12 hospitals in the state got ... MORE
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Nursing homes change rules for COVID-19, visiting is easier as holidays approach

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have lifted a lot of the restrictions put into place during the pandemic for visiting. Now, at many nursing homes visits will be allowed at all times. Visitors aren’t limited and neither are how many times ... MORE
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Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration states the Department of Health will finally be transparent

Governor Kathy Hochul has shared that compared to former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration, the Department of Health is now able to be fully transparent. Released transcripts from the investigation conducted by Attorney General Letitia James’ office shed light into what it was ... MORE
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New Yorker’s urged to get booster shot if they feel at risk for infection

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that anyone worried about risk of infection should simply get the COVID-19 booster shot. Officials suggest anyone over age 65, anyone with a job that puts them at greater risk, or anyone immunocompromised get the booster shot ... MORE
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Unite New York strives to change how voting happens in the primaries

One man in Upstate New York has decided to start a political movement he calls Unite New York. One of the biggest goals of the organization, created by businessman Martin Babinec, is to change how voting in the primaries is done. The ... MORE