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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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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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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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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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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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School mask mandate could fall with rest of executive order if found unconstitutional, despite Hochul efforts to prove otherwise

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What's next for New York's mask mandate in schools? Attorneys say it comes down to how the state's highest courts rule on it. Governor Kathy Hochul says the mask mandate imposed on private businesses, covering ... more
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Hochul says New Yorkers are doing the right thing: COVID positivity rate declines further

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The COVID-19 positivity rate continued to decline on Sunday, as Governor Kathy Hochul gave a status update on the state's battle against the Omicron variant. “New Yorkers are doing the right thing – getting vaccinated ... more
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New York mask mandate extended through February 10, then will be reassessed every two weeks

County Health Official emphasizes the importance of personal protection and vaccinations as COVID cases rise again in the region
New York's embattled indoor mask mandate has been extended. At least for a week- pending any further court action on the matter. Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday that the state's mask mandate would be ... more
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New York mask mandate set to expire in days: Will Hochul try for extension amid legal backlash?

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Will Governor Kathy Hochul extend the indoor mask mandate in New York? That question looms large over state politics, as a legal battle continues over the 'mandate' set to expire on January 31. Counties and ... more
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SUNY stops withholding transcripts from students with outstanding debt to colleges

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SUNY schools will no longer withhold transcripts of current or former students who owe money. Governor Kathy Hochul announced an agreement between the Executive Branch and State University of New York Board of Trustees to ... more
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Appellate Judge Robert Miller issues stay on New York mask mandate: Face coverings still required indoors

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New York still has a mask mandate. Appellate Court Judge Robert Miller issued a stay of a lower court ruling, which struck down the state's mask mandate. In short, it means the Governor Kathy Hochul's ... more
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