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All vehicles sold in NYS must be zero emissions by 2035, but vehicle changes will be required much sooner

All vehicles sold in NYS must be zero emissions by 2035, but vehicle changes will be required much sooner
Major regulatory action is coming to New York, which will require all vehicles sold in the state to be zero emissions by 2035. All new new passenger cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs sold in New ... more
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Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony highlights: Clinton, Hochul and the 2022 inductees (photos)

Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony highlights: Clinton, Hochul and the 2022 inductees (photos)
Crowds gathered at The Smith Opera House in Geneva on Saturday for the 30th National Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current New York Governor Kathy Hochul were ... more
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COVID-19 state of emergency ends in New York State: Others for healthcare staffing, monkeypox remain active

COVID-19 state of emergency ends in New York State: Others for healthcare staffing, monkeypox remain active
New York State's COVID state of emergency has expired. Governor Kathy Hochul allowed the state of emergency lapse on Monday, as cases of COVID-19 remain relatively low compared to peak pandemic heights. Hochul said earlier ... more
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Willard property faces uncertain future: Is vacancy or redevelopment next? Supervisors ask state to step up

Willard State Hospital among Preservation League’s ‘Seven to Save’ historical sites in NY
What's next for Willard? The Seneca County Board of Supervisors recently approved a motion urging state officials to 'act now' as the facility recently vacated by the Department of Corrections sits empty. The Willard Drug ... more
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Hochul signs ‘landmark legislation’ strengthening gun laws, bolstering restrictions on concealed carry weapons

Mass shootings are becoming more common; is it guns or the system to blame?
After a special session that took many in New York by surprise, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation bolstering restrictions on concealed carry weapons. This package of new laws — drafted in close collaboration with the ... more
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Greenidge’s bitcoin operation on Seneca Lake loses bid for new air permit, jeopardizing its future

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation today denied Greenidge Generation LLC’s application to renew its Title V air permit, jeopardizing the future operation of the plant’s controversial Bitcoin mining operation. “The gas-fired facility’s continued operations ... more
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Gov. Hochul signs bills into law expanding gender designations, establishing equity fund

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Over the weekend Governor Kathy Hochul signed a pair of bills honoring Pride Month. The first bill establishes the Lorena Borjas Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to support organizations that provide critical services for the ... more
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Over $100M being spent to rehabilitate, update NYS Thruway in Western, Central New York

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Big improvements are coming to the New York State Thruway, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. A series of projects were announced this week in Western and Central New York, which would mean major improvement to ... more
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Finger Lakes Forward: Ocean Insight expansion in Monroe County viewed as major win for region

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Officials are calling it a major step for "Finger Lakes Forward." The initiative was a strategy to revitalize communities in the Finger Lakes and grow the economy at large. This week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced ... more
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State expanding mental health services for kids by making certification change

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Parents searching for mental health help for kids have run into a long-standing problem in New York. There's a serious lack of it available. The coronavirus pandemic made the statewide shortage of mental health experts ... more
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Alyssa’s Law awaiting Governor Hochul’s signature

Alyssa's Law awaiting Governor Hochul's signature
A new bill named Alyssa's Law will create another layer of safety in the future for New York school districts. The bill named after 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida ... more
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All new school buses in New York will need to be ‘zero emission’ by 2027

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Gov. Kathy Hochul's $220 billion budget was signed into law last week, and clean-energy advocates say it includes a strong commitment to addressing climate change in the state. The budget requires all new school bus purchases ... more
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What happens next now that Benjamin has resigned? Who will be the next lieutenant governor?

What happens next now that Benjamin has resigned? Who will be the next lieutenant governor?
The corruption charges brought against Former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, the Democrat who will remain on the ticket this fall despite being indicted this week, has resulted in a number of questions. Who will serve ... more
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Child care deserts: Billions will be spent to make access universal

Child care: Lawmakers work to make access universal in child care deserts
Child care is expensive. Lawmakers at the state and federal level are trying to figure out the best ways to help parents afford child care, while giving providers the funds they need to keep doing ... more
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State budget: New York really only giving up 50% of gas tax collection, alcohol-to-go comes with strings attached

New state budget returns tax revenue to counties
Lawmakers agreed to terms of a new state budget, but New Yorkers are hardly satisfied with the outcome. The budget, which was days late, leaves significant gaps — especially for the business community. The state ... more
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Gas prices: Will a gas tax suspension happen?

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Gas prices are out of control and lawmakers are looking at ways to fix it. Three states across the United States have already suspended gasoline taxes to deal with inflated prices. The National average price ... more
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Bolstering electrification policies will be crucial step in New York’s pending budget

Bolstering electrification policies will be crucial step in New York’s pending budget
The New York Legislature will approve Gov. Kathy Hochul's budget by April 1. Environmental advocates are pushing for the fiscal plan to include policies that move buildings off fossil fuels. Hochul's budget includes $250 million for electrifying ... more
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New York drops mask mandate in schools: Hochul says it’s up to counties and parents

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday that it would be up to counties and parents to determine whether students would be required to mask up when heading to school. Lifting the mask mandate in New ... more
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Update to New York mask mandate coming Wednesday, but expected to remain in schools

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Governor Kathy Hochul says an update to the proof-of-vaccination or mask mandate is coming to New York on Wednesday. Exact details have not yet been leaked, but according to statements made last week, as well ... more
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