On First Ever NYS Opioid Overdose Awareness Day, Governor Hochul Announces Receipt of $4.25 Million for the Prevention of Prescription Drug and Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths

Funding Will be Used to Promote Prevention, Increase Education and Awareness, and to Purchase and Distribute Naloxone to Help Save Lives

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the receipt of grant of $4.25 million over a five-year period from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help prevent prescription drug and opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events. The grant will fund training for first responders, overdose prevention and other community-based service providers and partners, as well ...

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Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Introduces and Welcomes New York State Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin at Swearing in Ceremony

Governor Hochul: “We have a lot on our plate. We also want to make sure that we continue to restore trust in government, let people know that we believe that integrity is everything. They were going to continue to lead in a way that people will hopefully look back on and say that it was a shining time in our state’s history. But I can’t do it alone. I need someone at my side. Someone who also I rely upon for ...

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Governor Hochul Announces Confirmations of Tremaine Wright and Christopher Alexander to Lead Implementation of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

First Confirmed Nominees of Governor Hochul’s Administration Will Move Cannabis Implementation Forward

Tremaine Wright to Serve as Chair of Cannabis Control Board; Christopher Alexander to Serve as Executive Director of Office of Cannabis Management

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the State Senate confirmed Tremaine Wright as Chair of New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and Christopher Alexander as Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). The confirmations were made during an extraordinary ...

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Governor Hochul, Nine Other Governors Issue Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Passage of Impactful Climate Actions

Letter Urges Congress to Prioritize Key Elements of President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda that Protect the Climate

Governors Request that 40 Percent of Benefits of Climate and Clean Infrastructure Investments Are Directed to Disadvantaged Communities

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Governor Kathy Hochul and nine other Governors today issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urging the passage of ...

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Governor Hochul Announces Senior Administration Appointments

Kathryn Garcia to Serve as Director of State Operations

Neysa Alsina to Serve as Special Advisor on Pandemic Relief

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced two senior appointments to her administration. Kathryn Garcia and Neysa Alsina will serve as Director of State Operations and Special Advisor on Pandemic Relief respectively.

“When I was officially sworn in last week, I outlined my top priorities to combat the Delta variant, get aid out the door to ...

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Governor Hochul Signs Proclamation Naming August 26 Women’s Equality Day

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a proclamation naming August 26, 2021 Women’s Equality Day.

“Fifty-six governors led New York before me and they were all men. I am honored to be the first woman to hold this office in our great state, which is the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement,” Governor Hochul said. “Women around the world should follow whatever dreams they have for themselves and rest assured they can overcome any obstacle in their way. On my third day in office I ...

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Governor Hochul Announces Selection of Senator Brian Benjamin for Lieutenant Governor

Senator Benjamin and Governor Hochul Share History of Working Together on Key Issues, Including Ending the Opioid Epidemic, Supporting MWBEs and Voting Reforms

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the selection of Brian Benjamin for Lieutenant Governor. Senator Benjamin and Governor Hochul have previously worked together on several key issues, including fighting the opioid epidemic and boosting addiction recovery programs, supporting MWBE business owners and making it easier for New Yorkers to vote.

Senator Benjamin previously served as ...

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Governor Hochul Announces Changes to Accelerate State Rent Relief Program and Attract More Applicants

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of changes to both attract more applications and accelerate payments within New York State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Under the Governor’s direction, the state will invest an additional $1 million in marketing and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the rent relief program, the available funding, and the strong tenant eviction protections in place for those who apply. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which administers the program, will analyze application data ...

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On First Day in Office, Governor Hochul Announces Comprehensive Plan to Help Ensure a Safe, Productive Return to Schools This Fall

On her first day in office, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new, comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers fueled by the Delta variant. As part of this plan, Governor Hochul has directed the New York State Department of Health to institute a universal mask requirement in all schools, public and private, as determined necessary at the discretion of the Commissioner. The Department of Health will issue the requirement through regulatory ...

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