Urban CNY Money

Urban CNY Money is a section devoted to money management, tips and techniques to empower the individual. We bring you writers and links to other sources that can assist you in managing your funds. (Always consult a certified financial professional, these columns are meant to help individuals and families find solutions)


Governor Hochul Announces Major Progress: ‘Emergency Rental Assistance/Excluded Workers Program’ in Providing Pandemic Relief to Impacted New Yorkers


Nearly $400 Million in Rental Assistance Paid Out – Nearly Doubling the Amount Paid in Past Three Weeks New York State Now Ranked First Nationally in Payments Made or Obligated, with More Than $1.2 Billion $125 Million in New State Funding Designated for Renters Previously Ineligible for Assistance Will Be Available Through the Emergency Rental More »



Consumer Alert: New York State Division of Consumer Protection Provides Back-To-School Tips for New Yorkers

Follow Key Tips to Protect your Child’s Personal Information, Stay Safe in a Dorm & Back to School Shopping The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is today providing consumers with basic tips for students of all ages as classes are once again back in session. Consumers are urged to be mindful of their More »


Senator Rachel May Announces Extension of Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium

Albany, NY – Senator Rachel May (D-Onondaga, Madison, Oneida) announces that the Senate voted to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratorium for New Yorkers until January 15, 2022. New York State has failed to disseminate the federal dollars to landlords from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CERAP). Because of this delay, an extension is More »


Governor Hochul Signs New Moratorium on COVID-Related Residential and Commercial Evictions Into Law, Effective Through January 15, 2022

Urges New Yorkers to Apply to State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program – More Than $1.2 Billion in Funding Obligated or Disbursed through ERAP New Law Expands Rental Assistance Program and Accompanying Eviction Protections to Localities That Had Previously Opted Out Enacts Foreclosure Protections for Landlords and Homeowners New York Now Boasts Strongest Eviction Protections in More »


New Eviction Moratorium Protects Tenants Awaiting Rent Relief, Keeps Families Housed Amid the Delta Surge

Albany, NY— In response to new legislation passed this week by the state legislature to fix and extend New York’s eviction moratorium, Rosemary Rivera, Citizen Action Co-Executive Director, released the following statement: “Today marks yet another month that rent is due for tens of thousands of tenants who are waiting on promised relief from the More »


Statement From Governor Kathy Hochul on Supreme Court Ruling on Eviction Moratorium

If the tenant has applied to the rent relief program they’re automatically protected from eviction while the application is pending “I am very disappointed in the Supreme Court’s appalling and insensitive ruling that eliminates a key line of defense for tenants facing housing insecurity during the ongoing pandemic, and we are exploring all options to More »


City Finance Department Reports Significant Progress in Clearing Up Tax Payment Processing Delays


Finance Commissioner says late fees showing up online are being reversed for payments postmarked by Aug. 5 Syracuse, N.Y.  – Finance Commissioner Brad O’Connor announced the City of Syracuse Department of Finance has cleared up more than half of the tax payments delayed by a processing system error. The Department expects to have all of More »


A Reminder from National Grid: August 31 Deadline is Approaching for Bill Payment Assistance through HEAP


Syracuse and Central New York households receiving HEAP funding also automatically qualify for National Grid discount rate Syracuse, N.Y. – August 24, 2021 – National Grid urges its Syracuse and other Central New York customers who need help paying their energy bill to apply now for federally funded assistance through The Home Energy Assistance Program More »


New York State Requiring Banks to Take Actions to Prevent Overdraft Fees


Legislation (S.1465/A.1073) Requires Banking Institutions that Maintain Checking Accounts to Pay Checks in the Order they Are Received Banks May Dishonor Checks Due to Insufficient Funds but Must Honor Smaller Checks if Customer Is Able to Pay Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.1465/A.1073) requiring banks to take several actions that prevent overdraft fees. The More »