Secretary of State issues consumer alerts for holiday shoppers
Secretary of State issues consumer alerts for holiday shoppers

The State Division of Consumer Protection recently started rolling out a five-part consumer alert series to help New Yorkers navigate the holiday shopping season. 

The history behind the capital Christmas tree
The history behind the capital Christmas tree

Starting in 1976, this year marks the 46th year of the capital Christmas tree tradition. Every year the tree is selected from New York families who apply to have their tree displayed outside the capital. 

Assembly lawmakers seek to address mental health needs of college students
Assembly lawmakers seek to address mental health needs of college students

At an Assembly hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard from education and mental health experts about the mental health needs of college students, including growing peer counseling and expanding the availability and access of services. 

Senator Tom O'Mara calls for investigation into New York's COVID response
Senator Tom O'Mara calls for investigation into New York's COVID response

On March 25, 2020, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo filed an executive order through the Department of Health to send recovering COVID-19 patients to nursing homes. More than 9,000 patients were sent to nursing homes across the state. 

Attorney General Letitia James files lawsuit against nursing home alleging neglect and fraud
Attorney General Letitia James files lawsuit against nursing home alleging neglect and fraud

Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office is suing a nursing home in Albion, New York, after conducting an extensive investigation

New York becomes the first state in the nation to limit cryptocurrency mining
New York becomes the first state in the nation to limit cryptocurrency mining

Last week Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a crypto-mining moratorium, making New York State the first in the nation to ban certain cryptocurrency mining technology infrastructure. 

New York State Comptroller audit estimates $11 billion lost in unemployment fraud
New York State Comptroller audit estimates $11 billion lost in unemployment fraud

A recent audit report from the New York State Comptroller found deficiencies in the management of unemployment insurance fraud during the pandemic. 

Speakers highlight childcare at workforce shortage hearing
Speakers highlight childcare at workforce shortage hearing

At a committee hearing Tuesday addressing workforce shortages, speakers said there are a variety of areas lawmakers need to improve-- including addressing childcare shortages, workforce development, and unemployment insurance debt. 

Environmental advocates call on Gov. Hochul to modernize the Bottle Bill
Environmental advocates call on Gov. Hochul to modernize the Bottle Bill

At the capital Monday, environmental advocates pushed for the New York State Returnable Container Act, also known as the Bottle Bill, to be modernized. 

Walmart agrees to pay up to $116 million in opioid settlement for New York State
Walmart agrees to pay up to $116 million in opioid settlement for New York State

Earlier this week, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart agreed to pay billions of dollars in settlement payments nationwide for their role in contributing to the opioid epidemic. New York State will receive up to $116 million in the settlement from Walmart. 

Hochul announces new funding to help Ukrainian refugees in New York
Hochul announces new funding to help Ukrainian refugees in New York

This week Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $21.4 million in funding to help displaced Ukrainians living in New York. 

Advocates rally outside New York capital to push for sentencing reform
Advocates rally outside New York capital to push for sentencing reform

Advocates pushing for sentencing reform gathered outside the capital Wednesday to call on lawmakers to pass three bills introduced in last year's legislative session--the Eliminate Mandatory Minimums Act, the Second Look Act, and the Earned Time Act. 

Federal judge bars state from issuing some cannabis licenses in New York
Federal judge bars state from issuing some cannabis licenses in New York

As the state prepares to begin adult recreational marijuana sales by the end of this year, Brooklyn, the Finger Lakes, and other upstate New York regions are facing legal challenges over retail cannabis licenses. 

Hochul offers words of support to New Yorker's on anniversary of Buffalo shooting
Hochul offers words of support to New Yorker's on anniversary of Buffalo shooting

Six months ago, on May 14, an 18-year-old gunman from Broome County carried out the racially motivated shooting at Top's Grocery Store in Buffalo, claiming the lives of 10 Black people and injuring 18 others. 

New York Election night highlights
New York Election night highlights

Around midnight last night Kathy Hochul declared victory as the projected winner. And this afternoon, Republican challenger Lee Zeldin conceded-- congratulating her on the win. 

A closer look at the candidates in New York's mid-term election
A closer look at the candidates in New York's mid-term election

On New York State's mid-term election ballot there are four state-wide races. And at the top of the ballot is the race for governor. 

What to know about voting rights
What to know about voting rights

With election day just days away, the League of Women Voters stressed the importance of voters casting their ballots and understanding their constitutional rights. 

New York State Board of Elections said voters should feel confident in the election process
New York State Board of Elections said voters should feel confident in the election process

As election day gets closer, the New York State Board of Elections emphasized that voters should feel confident in the voting process. 

Voters guide to New York elections
Voters guide to New York elections

Election day is less than a week away and New Yorkers have a lot to vote for on this year's ballot. The statewide races include the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller. 

Home Energy Assistance Program applications open today
Home Energy Assistance Program applications open today

Tuesday, low-income New York families who need help paying their heating bills can start applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP. This year because of higher heating costs, the value of these benefits increased. 

New York State Department of Health gets increase in funding for breast cancer screenings
New York State Department of Health gets increase in funding for breast cancer screenings

As Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, some state leaders continue to push forward efforts to increase breast cancer screenings. 

Gov. Hochul to improve storm recovery efforts on Hurricane Sandy's 10-year anniversary
Gov. Hochul to improve storm recovery efforts on Hurricane Sandy's 10-year anniversary

Friday, on the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Kathy Hochul took steps to improve storm recovery efforts.

Environmental advocates push for proposition on upcoming election ballot
Environmental advocates push for proposition on upcoming election ballot

As early voting unfolds and election day approaches, environmental advocates are trying to push forward a piece of legislation on the ballot that aims to improve water quality. 

Advocates emphasize importance of access to public assistance programs at committee hearing
Advocates emphasize importance of access to public assistance programs at committee hearing

Wednesday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services met to examine public assistance benefits following the pandemic and rising inflation. 

Recap from New York gubernatorial debate
Recap from New York gubernatorial debate

As election day approaches, gubernatorial candidates Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin squared off for a debate in New York City. 

NY State leaders announce expansion of Red Flag laws
NY State leaders announce expansion of Red Flag laws

After the Buffalo mass shooting in May, Gov. Kathy Hochul issued an executive order requiring state police to expand their use of the Red Flag Law, also called the Extreme Risk Protection Order Law.

NY Office of Information Technology Services examines use of biometric technology in schools
NY Office of Information Technology Services examines use of biometric technology in schools

In 2020, New York State enacted a law that placed a ban on the use of biometric surveillance in schools.

Gov. Hochul takes steps to increase pay for nurse workforce
Gov. Hochul takes steps to increase pay for nurse workforce

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced to a plan to increase pay for nurses an average of 4.5% per title. This will bring the starting salary for day shift nurses in upstate New York to nearly $90,000, according to the recent press release. 

Advocates emphasize importance of funding for children and families primary prevention services
Advocates emphasize importance of funding for children and families primary prevention services

At a committee hearing Tuesday, advocates and agencies emphasized the power of primary prevention services have on child welfare.  

Gov. Hochul signs legislation to combat rise in catalytic converter theft
Gov. Hochul signs legislation to combat rise in catalytic converter theft

Monday, state leaders took steps to "crack down on car theft" as the number of catalytic converter thefts rises.