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)


Attorney General James Releases Charities Report Finding More Than Two-Thirds of Charitable Campaign Donations Went to Charities While Professional Fundraisers Retained the Rest

New “Pennies for Charity” Report Looks Back at 2020 Fundraising Campaigns, Shows Professional Fundraisers Earned Over $380 Million Despite Pandemic-Related Closures and Postponements, Charitable Giving Rose to Over $1.4 Billion in 2020 On Giving Tuesday, Report Lays Out Tips to Protect Donors’ Wallets from Sham Charities New York – In time for Giving Tuesday and More »



Community Foundation Receives Funding to Connect Residents to Expanded Tax Credits

11/22/2021 – The Central New York Community Foundation will receive funding to help ensure that as many Syracuse families as possible sign up for the expanded federal tax credit benefits they are eligible for. The EITC Funders Network is awarding the foundation $50,000 from its Community Outreach and Opportunity Fund to conduct hyper-local, strategic outreach More »


Consumer Alert: Attorney General James Issues Warning Against Marketing Schemes Aimed at Trapping Consumers into Recurring Payments

AG James Provides Tips to Consumers to Avoid Being Tricked into Unwanted Charges   AG James Warns Industries That New York Law Requires Most Industries to Allow Consumers Who Enroll Online to Cancel Online New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued an alert to New Yorkers reminding them to take precaution More »


Governor Hochul Announces New York State Requests Additional Federal Funding for Emergency Rental Assistance

New York State Has Requested $996 Million in Additional Federal Funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury  Program Has Either Obligated or Paid More Than $2 Billion in Rental Assistance, Covering Roughly 165,000 Applications to the Program, Including Over 81,000 Direct Payments to Landlords 17 Members of New York State’s Congressional Delegation Have Submitted a More »


Governor Hochul Announces $25 Million To Provide Free Legal Assistance for Struggling Tenants

Federal Funding to Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income Renters Facing Eviction in Areas Where Free Legal Services are Limited     Expands Access to Publicly Funded, Free Legal Services for Tenants in 57 Counties Outside NYC    New Applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Will Be Suspended Sunday Night in Most Areas of the State   Governor Kathy More »


Home HeadQuarters, Inc.- American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Dollars Have Arrived!

City of Syracuse homeowners and aspiring homeowners can now take advantage of an influx of funding made possible through the City of Syracuse from the U.S. Department of the Treasury as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Here’s what is available now: Syracuse Homeowner Assistance & Repair Program (SHARP) Grants – Grants of up More »


Governor Hochul Signs Legislation Expanding New York Community Reinvestment Act to Non-Depository Mortgage Lenders

On November 1, 2021 Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation (S.5246-A/A.6247-A) to ensure equal access to credit by expanding the New York Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to cover non-depository lenders. When the CRA was enacted in 1978, banks originated the vast majority of mortgages. Since the 2008 financial crisis, non-depository lenders have dramatically increased their market More »


Governor Hochul Signs Legislation Establishing the Substance Use Disorder Education and Recovery Fund

Legislation S.4086/A.6553 Authorizes Gifts, on Personal Income Tax Returns, for Substance Use Disorder Education and Recovery Governor Kathy Hochul on November 3rd, signed legislation (S.4086/A.6553) establishing the Substance Use Disorder Education and Recovery Fund and authorizing gifts, on personal income tax returns, for substance use disorder education and recovery. “The fight against substance use is More »


Statement From Governor Hochul on Additional Funding Opportunity for Federal Rental Relief

“On day one, I pledged to get federal rental relief money out the door and into the hands of New Yorkers. Since then, we have broken the bureaucratic logjam and quadrupled the amount of pandemic relief distributed. With $913 million in New Yorkers’ hands, we are now among the national leaders in rent relief distributed and ranked More »