New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an agreement with the state legislature to establish Empire AI – a consortium that the governor’s office said will secure New York’s place at the forefront of artificial intelligence (AI) research. The agreement comes as part of the state’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget.

New York State has rolled out Contracts by the Numbers, a new web page from the Office of the State Comptroller that features a dashboard with expanded procurement search tools provided in Open Book New York. 

New York has allocated $20 million in grant funding for the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program, which will help improve emergency communications across the state.


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released the New York State Cybersecurity Grant Plan, which details a whole-of-state approach to reduce cyber risk and build cyber resiliency in local governments statewide.

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Maria College, a private college in Albany, N.Y., announced the opening of its new Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), which includes more than 1,000 square feet of extended reality (XR) technologies to train students in nursing, anatomy and physiology, and human biology.

Through a public-private partnership, New York state is using $4 million in funding to develop an Advanced Technology Framework based on foundational and technical skills needed for a successful career in the semiconductor industry.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced $100 million in Federal funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure that will focus on connecting affordable housing units across New York state.

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