Author: AUSTIN C. JEFFERSON, Gazette Staff Writer

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Extreme weather due to climate change, as pictured in this December 2021 storm in western New York, can overwhelm sewage and wastewater systems, contributing to sewage overflows that flood lakes, rivers and streams, said two lawmakers during a recent press conference. Sen. Sean Ryan and Assemblyman Bill Conrad are asking the U.S. senate to pass the Build Back Better Act, which includes $550 for environmental protection programs.

Buffalo-area lawmakers discuss climate protections, economic benefits of the Build Back Better Act

Two Western New York lawmakers today spoke of the need to pass federal funding through the U.S. Senate to prevent future weather emergencies and promote their local manufacturing industries and job markets. State Sen. Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, Assemblyman Bill Conrad, D-Tonawanda, and climate change activists urged the U.S. Senate to […]

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U.S. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand joins New York State Attorney General Letitia James, at left, to call for non-violent criminal convictions of trafficking survivors to be cleared so they can rebuild their lives without a criminal record.

Gillibrand, AG Letitia James support bipartisan bills to aid human trafficking survivors

On Feb. 16, 2022, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support of the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act and Put Trafficking Victims First Act — two bipartisan bills supporting human trafficking survivors. Sen. Gillibrand, via a video press conference, was joined by survivors of sex trafficking and anti-trafficking activists, including Shandra Woworuntu, […]

NY stands with Ukraine: Hochul, DiNapoli begin divestment of all assets linked to Russia

NY stands with Ukraine: Hochul, DiNapoli begin divestment of all assets linked to Russia

In line with federal and international sanctions against Russia, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is showing support for Ukrainians with an executive order directing state agencies and authorities to immediately divest public funds from Russia. The Feb. 27 order directs all state agencies and authorities to review and divest public […]

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Senate Committee advances “Sammy’s Law” to allow NYC to lower speed limits

On Feb. 3, 2022, the Senate Transportation Committee advanced “Sammy’s Law” (S.524-a), a bill sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman that would allow New York City to independently establish and control its own speed limits. In 2021, New York City saw 273 pedestrian fatalities, the highest number since 2013. “Statistics show that even […]

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Senate GOP bills would launch investigation of 15,000 nursing home deaths

Sen. James Tedisco announced a new bill (S.8285) with 12 of his Republican colleagues requiring an official investigation of the more than 15,000 nursing home-related deaths that occurred in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. That bill calls for an independent investigation into the 15,286 reported nursing home-related deaths that occurred during the pandemic, while another bill (S.8217) […]