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)


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 »


Personal Financial Preparedness Series, with Vicki Brackens


Join CenterState CEO’s Generation Next for this special, three part financial preparedness series, presented by Vicki Brackens, president and financial planner, Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC. Brackens will share how the next generation of leaders can begin to think about finances and financial management differently in order to be prepared for the things that happen in More »


Attorney General James Sues Trump Administration Over Rule that Would Allow Predatory Lenders to Target Vulnerable New Yorkers

Lawsuit Follows Similar Suit Against Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Last Month New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed the second lawsuit in the past month to stop the Trump Administration from giving predatory lenders the ability to take advantage of consumers by charging high interest rates on loans and bypassing More »


Attorney General James Renews Suspension of State Debt Collection for Fifth 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 September 4, 2020 New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that the state will, on Sunday renew for the fifth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to More »


Cooperative Federal Credit Union: Get a COVID-19 Relief Grant for your Small Business or Non-Profit

Small and micro business loans and one-on-one technical assistance are also currently available for member businesses.  Grant Opportunity If your business has lost revenue because of COVID-19, you may qualify for a recovery grant! We are now accepting applications for round two of a small grant program designed to help small businesses, non-profits, and entities on Indigenous More »


With Scammers Targeting Local Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rep. Katko Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Victims Recover Financial Losses

Washington, DC— U.S. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) announced introduction of the Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of Fraud Compensation Act, bipartisan legislation that will help elderly victims of financial scams recoup their losses by expanding and increasing access to the Crime Victims Fund. The bill is named in honor of Edith Shorougian, who lost over More »


Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center Helps Syracuse Residents Reduce More Than $600k In Debt and Increase Over $300k In Savings


Because of Syracuse success at one year anniversary, Cities for Financial Empowerment awards FEC funding to bring on additional full-time counselor Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and partners celebrate the one-year anniversary this month of the launch of the Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center (Syracuse FEC). The city service, led by the Department of More »