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MTA Begins New Service to Grand Central Madison

Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber, along with federal and local elected officials [photo above] celebrated the official opening of Grand Central Madison with full Long Island Rail Road service beginning Monday, February 27. The new schedules provide increased service levels by a historic 41 percent […]


Upstate Minimum Wage Increasing to $14.20 Per Hour

The minimum wage is going up on December 31 for workers in upstate New York. Workers outside of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County will see an increase by $1.00 per hour, from $13.20 to $14.20, following a statutorily required economic analysis conducted by the New York State Division of the Budget. Additionally, […]

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Russian Military Officer Indicted in Brooklyn Federal Court

Publicly filed court documents, including a 16-count indictment unsealed this week in Brooklyn, charge five Russian nationals – including a suspected Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officer – and two U.S. nationals with conspiracy and other charges related to a global procurement and money laundering scheme on behalf of the Russian government in which the […]

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Bankman-Fried Indicted for Fraud by Grand Jury

A federal grand jury in Manhattan returned an indictment this week charging Samuel Bankman-Fried, aka SBF, 30, of Stanford, California, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to defraud the Federal Election Commission and commit campaign finance […]


US Attorney Seizes $3.36 Billion in Crypto Fraud

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Tyler Hatcher, the Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Los Angeles Field Office (“IRS-CI”), announced that JAMES ZHONG pled guilty to committing wire fraud in September 2012 when he unlawfully obtained over 50,000 Bitcoin from the […]


Social Security Recipients to See 8.7% Increase

With high inflation, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January. The 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more […]

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NY to Award Scholarships for 1,000 Nurses

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced nearly 1,000 new future nurses will receive free tuition at CUNY or SUNY campuses starting this fall. The program is part of efforts to strengthen and bolster New York State’s health care workforce. Applicants were announced as winners of the “Nurses for Our Future” Scholarship Program – an initiative designed […]

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Governor Warns of Drought in 21 NY Counties

This summer has been hot and mostly dry with more hot weather forecast for the next week. Governor Kathy Hochul has directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a drought watch for 21 New York counties mostly in Western New York and Long Island after consulting with the State Drought Management […]


NY Drops 16-Cent Gas Tax for Six Months

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the suspension of certain taxes on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel starting June 1, 2022. The motor fuel excise tax, State sales tax, and Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District sales tax on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel will remain suspended through the end of the year. This fuel taxes suspension […]


Governor Announces Contract Agreement With Council 82

NY Governor Kathy Hochul announced that her administration has reached a contract agreement with the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, AFSCME, AFL-CIO for a 7-year term running until March 31, 2023. The agreement is subject to ratification by union membership, which will occur later this month. The contract, covering corrections, law […]