New York State

The New York State Education Department has awarded $34 million in expansion grants to 64 school districts for pre-kindergarten programs for the 2024-25 school year. This funding aims to support a 180-day pre-k program. Local districts benefiting from these grants include Gananda Central School District ($434,230), Livonia Central School District ($356,622), Medina Central School District […]

New York’s EBT system will experience a temporary shutdown on May 19, 2024, from midnight to 11 a.m., to facilitate a system transition. This outage will affect all EBT cardholders in New York, preventing them from using their cards for food and cash transactions during this period. Additionally, the customer service helpline, app, and online […]

The recent passage of a $237 billion state budget has brought significant changes to eviction rules in Rochester, New York, sparking controversy among both tenants and property owners. The revised rules are meant to make evictions more difficult, particularly to protect tenants who pay rent and comply with their lease terms from unfair evictions and […]

The Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State is proposing a new scenic byway to link historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad across the state. Named the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad New York Corridor, this 500-mile route would extend from New York City to Niagara Falls, traversing 21 counties including Monroe. The initiative, spearheaded […]

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that police officers will disguise themselves as highway maintenance workers along State Route 104 as part of “Operation Hardhat.” This initiative aims to crack down on traffic violations within work zones, such as speeding, using cell phones while driving, ignoring flagging directions, not wearing seat […]

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched the “I Bird NY” Challenge to encourage residents to engage in birdwatching. Participants are tasked with identifying and logging ten different species of New York’s 450 native birds. These sightings can occur in various settings, such as backyards, local parks, or any of the […]

Starting April 1, 2024, New York State will offer all veterans and Gold Star Families free access to state parks and recreational sites through the expanded Lifetime Liberty Pass Program. Previously limited to veterans with at least a 40% service-connected disability, the program now extends to include all New York veterans and those who have […]

New York state has authorized pharmacies to provide birth control without a prescription, a move announced by Governor Kathy Hochul and Health Commissioner James McDonald. This landmark decision, effective from Tuesday, March 19, 2024, is designed to enhance accessibility to contraceptives and underscore the state’s commitment to women’s health rights. The approved measure permits pharmacists […]

The New York State Senate has earmarked $2 million for a pilot program under Daniel’s Law in its latest budget resolution. Daniel’s Law was named in memory of Daniel Prude, who tragically died after an encounter with police during a mental health crisis in 2020. This legislation advocates for mental health professionals to be the […]

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has implemented an annual brush burning ban from March 16 to May 14, as announced by Commissioner Basil Seggos. This preventive measure, enacted yearly since 2009, aims to mitigate wildfire risks and reduce air pollution, particularly noting the heightened fire danger following an unusually dry winter. […]

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