GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS LEGISLATION TO EXPAND PUBLIC INPUT IN THE RULES-MAKING PROCESS 

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    Legislation (S.0155/A.6267) Permits Agencies to Use Innovative Techniques in Organizing Public Hearings on Proposed Rules to Solicit Public Participation          Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation (S.0155/A.6267) further enhancing the ability of the public to participate in the rulemaking...

Griffo urges governor to sign ‘Pharmacy Rescue Package’ into law

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New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-I-C-Rome, released the following statement today regarding the “Pharmacy Rescue Package.” The legislation would address flaws in the state's prescription drug distribution system and regulate pharmacy benefit managers...

Stopping the Shoplifting Uptick 

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By New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, 47th District  As shoplifting surges across the nation, I recently joined with Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-I-Marcy, and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. to convene meeting...

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $16 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH IN...

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The HomeOwnershipCenter To Receive $200,000 Senators Say Awards Build Capacity of CDFIs, Helping Meet the Unique Needs Of Economically Underserved Communities And Disadvantaged Small Businesses Schumer, Gillibrand: Investment Into Vulnerable Communities Is Critical To Recovery Of...

Is this the beginning of the end of gas stoves

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On Wednesday, New York became the largest city in the country to agree to phase out fossil fuels in all new building construction after the city council passed a bill that bans those buildings from hooking up to gas. The “breakthrough moment,” according to council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel, spells the beginning of the end to…

Democrats’ latest attempt at immigration reform is doomed

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Democrats may have just blown their best shot at enacting temporary protections for undocumented immigrants. The failure of Democrats’ immigration plan means that millions of undocumented immigrants will continue to live without protection from deportation and permission to work that could have come through a “parole” measure. Democrats hoped to include provisions shielding undocumented immigrants…

Fatalism is not the answer to the coming omicron wave

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As an ongoing wave of delta collides with the new omicron variant just as people are traveling and gathering for the holidays, all signs now point to a massive wave of Covid-19 in the coming months. The question is what, if anything, we can do to prevent a worst-case scenario. Just a few months ago,…
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Buttenschon: Grant for counseling program coming to CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center

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                Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D, I-Utica/Rome) announced the CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center has been was approved for a $105,000 state grant to implement the Dwyer Veteran Peer to Peer Program. Buttenschon was joined by...

Joe Manchin cancels Build Back Better’s Christmas party

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) appears to have squashed Senate Democrats’ hopes of passing the Build Back Better Act this year. Democrats had hoped to pass the bill — the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda — before Christmas. But to do so they’d need Manchin’s vote, and he’s signaled he isn’t yet ready to…

Turns out the Senate can make an exception to the

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The Senate avoided a debt default on Tuesday — in a unique way. Lawmakers voted 50-49 to raise the debt limit by $2.5 trillion, a figure that’s expected to tide the government over until after the midterm elections next fall. Every one to two years, it’s vital for the US to address the debt ceiling…