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Workers’ Center of CNY: “We see a lot of workers still in really precarious situations”

Social Security & Medicare: How premiums cancel out increase
An organization in Central New York is getting a funding boost to help workers who are still struggling with the financial effects of the pandemic. The Workers' Center of Central New York says it will ... more
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Why are older New Yorkers dying from drug overdose or suicide at a higher rate now?

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Older people in New York are dying from drug overdose or suicide at much higher rates now compared with a decade ago, according to the latest America's Health Rankings Senior Report from UnitedHealthcare. The report found in ... more
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Infrastructure funding a chance to advance environmental justice in New York, report says

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The Infrastructure Act is providing $1.2 trillion for improvement projects across water, energy, building and transportation sectors. A new report looks at how officials can use funds to address environmental justice. Authored by the National Wildlife Federation, ... more
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New York bill would ‘level the playing field’ for utility customers

New York bill would ‘level the playing field’ for utility customers
Groups advocating for older New Yorkers say a bill passed by the New York State Senate would help level the playing field for utility customers. Currently, when utilities go to the New York Public Service Commission to ... more
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How unhealthy is sitting at a desk? U.S. loses $213 billion in wages, treatment for posture-related health issues

Sitting at work? U.S. loses $213 billion in wages, treatment for posture-related health issues
Health experts are urging folks to ensure they're ergonomically up to snuff while working from home. A 2016 report by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative found the United States loses an estimated $213 billion ... more
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Report: New York’s Excluded Workers Fund is a model for the future, and other states

Report: New York’s Excluded Workers Fund is a model for the future, and other states
A new report makes the case for New York to continue its Excluded Workers Fund, which was started during the pandemic to provide payments to undocumented workers and others who lost income but were not eligible for ... 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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Lawmakers look at Medical Aid in Dying Act as session rolls forward

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New York is among several states with medical aid-in-dying bills introduced this legislative session. A recent poll found residents are more likely to vote for candidates who support medical aid in dying.  Asm. Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, has been ... more
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National Children’s Dental Health Month: Kids should be using an electric toothbrush, experts say

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It's National Children's Dental Health Month, and health professionals recommend children improve their oral health by upgrading their toothbrush to an electric one, for instance, or evaluating the need for a mouth guard at night to ... more
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Daycare dilemma: More than 60% of New York is considered a “child-care desert”

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More than 60% of New York State is considered to be a "child-care desert." But some state initiatives could make care available to more families as they continue to recover from the pandemic. Some $70 ... more
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Parents: 70% of kids spending more time in front of a screen than before coronavirus pandemic

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed students to live more of their social lives online, advocates for internet safety are urging parents to set clear guidelines with their kids for using technology. Carrie Neill, connected ... more
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