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)


Consumer Alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection Provides Consumers with Tips for Buying Gift Cards and Gift Certificates this Holiday Season

Gift Cards Are Always a Popular and Convenient Gift Choice Consumers are Urged to Follow Basic Tips to Ensure Successful Gifting As part of its seven-part consumer alert holiday series, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection recommends New Yorkers be informed consumers when purchasing gift cards and gift certificates this holiday season. “Gift More »


Claim Your Federal Economic Impact Payment (EIP) by November 21st Deadline

NYS Tax Department alerts eligible New Yorkers to register for their payment ahead of November 21 deadline The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today encouraged New Yorkers who have not received their federal Economic Impact Payment to register to receive their payment on National EIP Registration Day, which was November 10. Last More »


1000 People Enroll in Home HeadQuarters HomeBuyer Education this Year

You read that right. This year–this crazy, pandemic, up and down year, 1000 people have enrolled in Home HeadQuarters’ 8-hour HomeBuyer Education Course–and the year isn’t even done! Most of the classes this year have been conducted remotely, allowing for a flexibility in scheduling and no childcare needs (we’ve had whole families attend the class More »


Attorney General James and Governor Cuomo Renew Suspension of State Debt Collection for Eighth Time as Coronavirus Continues to Impact New Yorkers’ Wallets

New Yorkers with Student and Medical Debt Referred to AG’s Office Will Have Payments Automatically Frozen Through December 31, 2020 New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has renewed, for the eighth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student More »


Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling Appointed to M&T Bank Central New York Region Directors Advisory Council

Local business leader who is an advocate for financial literacy and expert event planner joins M&T’s Central New York regional advisory board Syracuse, N.Y. Oct. 23, 2020—M&T Bank has appointed Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling to its Directors Advisory Council for the Central New York region. The 11-member council meets regularly throughout the year to provide M&T management More »


Deadline to File Tax Returns and Claim Impact Money is “Today” October 15th

Tax Department reminds New Yorkers of the October 15 deadline to file income tax returns on extension and to register for unclaimed Economic Impact Payments The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded New Yorkers of two important deadlines: Taxpayers who obtained a filing extension must submit their personal income tax returns More »


NYS Department of Labor Announces Nearly $1.9 Billion in Lost Wages Assistance Paid to New Yorkers, State Approved by FEMA for 3 Additional Weeks of Benefits

“Over the last six months, we have moved heaven and earth to connect millions of New Yorkers with their benefits, including nearly $1.9 billion in Lost Wages Assistance payments distributed just this week,” State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said“While plagued with administrative roadblocks, the federal lost wages assistance program is now finally providing unemployed families with much More »


New York State Announces More Than $100 Million In Additional Food Assistance for September

More than $600 million in Emergency SNAP Benefits Distributed Since April Supplemental Benefits Aid Low-Income New Yorkers Amid the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid More »


NYS Department of Labor Announces $300 Lost Wages Assistance Payments Will Begin Next Week

Roughly 2 Million New Yorkers are Pre-Qualified for Lost Wages Assistance and will Receive Payments Next Week   Approximately 435,000 New Yorkers Must Submit an Additional Certification to Qualify — Certification System Launches on Sept. 11, Payments Begin on a Rolling Basis Next Week New York has Paid $43.7 Billion in Benefits During Pandemic Emergency, Representing More »


Attorney General James Fights Trump Administration Proposal Allowing Predatory Lenders to Take Advantage of New York’s Most Vulnerable Communities

AG James Leads Coalition in Sending Letter Asking Federal Banking Regulator to Withdraw Rule Facilitating ‘Rent-A-Bank’ Schemes New York – As part of her ongoing efforts to protect New York consumers from federal regulatory overreach, New York Attorney General Letitia James has co-led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in objecting to a proposed Trump Administration More »