On September 22, NYDFS Acting Superintendent Anthony Albanese announced that the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) granted its first BitLicense from its current applicant pool. In June 2015, the NYDFS finalized the BitLicense framework, requiring existing virtual currency companies to apply by August 10. Via blog post, the first licensee acknowledged receiving the license. To date, the NYDFS has received 25 BitLicense applications and, according to Albanese, “will continue to move forward on evaluating and approving additional BitLicenses.”