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)


National Grid Donates $6 Million in Financial Assistance to Support Economically Vulnerable New York Customers


New programs are the first in the state to assist low-to-moderate-income households struggling to pay energy bills and facing food insecurity National Grid is kicking off its annual Season of Giving by donating $6 million to further support New York customers who are struggling to make ends meet this winter. The funds will be used More »


Mayor Walsh Says Pandemic Funding for Minority-Business “One Stop” Supports “A Growing City that Embraces Diversity and Creates Opportunity for All”


Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on Common Council approval of $444,000 in  American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) “One Stop”: “The DBE “One Stop” is another step toward Syracuse’s vision of being a growing city that embraces diversity and creates opportunity for all. The $444,000 in ARPA funding approved More »


Home Heating Assistance Available for Eligible New Yorkers November 1

Eligible Households Can Receive up to $976 in Heating Assistance This Winter   Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program Accepted November 1 Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New Yorkers needing help paying their heating bills can begin applying for home heating assistance on Tuesday, November 1. The Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as HEAP, can provide More »


CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General James Reminds Public Servants to Apply for Student Debt Relief Ahead of Deadline

New Yorkers Working in Government or Nonprofits are Eligible for Loan Forgiveness for Both Direct and Non-Direct Federal Loans Deadline for Qualifying Borrowers to Consolidate Their Loans and Apply for the PSLF Program is October 31, 2022  New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today reminded public servants to apply for the Limited More »


Statement from U.S. Senate Aging Committee Member Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Social Security Cost-Of-Living Increase

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senate Aging Committee member Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the Social Security cost-of-living increase. “Today’s Social Security Administration announcement of an 8.7 percent increase in benefit checks, the largest increase since 1981, is fantastic news for more than 70 million Americans who are struggling with skyrocketing drug prices, More »


Rep. Katko to Hold Telephone Town Hall with Federal Trade Commission To Help CNY Seniors Avoid Scams & Fraud


Syracuse, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced details for a Telephone Town Hall he will hold on Tuesday, September 27th at 11:00am to provide seniors in Central New York with information on how to avoid, handle, and report scams. Rep. Katko will be joined by a representative from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). More »


Calling all individual artists, teaching artists, folk artists, and sole proprietors The Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund application portal is OPEN again!

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, October 7, 2022. The Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund is provided by the City of Syracuse and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Its purpose is to support the arts and culture sectors of the city by generating economic activity, creating meaningful employment for those in More »


You May Be Able to Pay Less for Internet Access or Even Get it Free


Internet access is necessary for work, school, healthcare, and more. Unfortunately, high speed internet remains unaffordable for too many households. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) runs a program, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), that reduces the cost of getting online for people with limited income.  Many internet providers offer fully covered internet plans – meaning More »


President Biden’s Executive Order Regarding Student Debt

The Student Assembly of the State University of New York states the following: “Today, the Student Assembly celebrates a step that will make higher education more accessible and affordable for millions of students. Nearly 1 million students have chosen the State University of New York as their home for higher education and this debt cancellation More »


Attorney General James Announces Debt Relief for Students who Attended ITT Educational Services For-Profit Colleges

U.S. Department of Education Approved $3.9 Billion in Group Debt Relief including Over $78 Million for More Than 4,400 New Yorkers New York – New York Attorney General  announced on August 16th, that as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s group discharge for borrowers who attended for-profit colleges run by ITT Educational Services, Inc. More »