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)


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 »


PSC Announces Expansion of Low-Income Energy Affordability Program

$129 Million in Additional Benefits for Low-Income Energy Affordability Programs to Deliver Relief to Over 1 Million Low-Income Households in New York Action Provides Utilities with Time to Implement Improvements Before Heating Season Albany — The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today made substantial improvements to the low-income energy bill discount programs administered More »


Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Prohibiting Schools from Filing Lawsuit Against Parents or Guardians For Unpaid Meal Fees

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.5151A/A.65277A) that prohibits schools and school districts from filing any type of lawsuit against parents or guardians for unpaid meal fees. The new law builds on measures from the Governor’s comprehensive “No Student Goes Hungry” program and helps protect students and families from legal tactics related to their inability More »


Governor Cuomo Announces Streamlined Application Process for Rent Relief Program


New Process Immediately Relaxes Documentation Standards for Both Tenants and Landlords Over 1,000 Dedicated Staff and 350 Volunteers Will Help Clear Pending Cases Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new streamlined application process for New York’s rent relief program to help eliminate potential barriers for eligible New Yorkers to receive funding. The new process More »


Consumer Alert: The Division of Consumer Protection and DMV Warn of Text Message Phishing Scam

Scammers Use Fake Text Message to Try to Get Users to Click on Fraudulent Link The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicles today warned New Yorkers of a text message phishing scheme. Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to obtain data or sensitive personal information to be used More »


Attorney General James Supports President Biden’s Action on Predatory Lending, Drops Lawsuit Filed During Previous Administration

Dismissal Follows Bipartisan Resolutions by U.S. House and Senate to Overturn True Lender Rule AG James Has Led Two Lawsuits, Multiple Other Efforts Opposing Attempts by OCC to Preempt State Laws New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced the voluntary dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a rule adopted during the last days More »


Senator Rachel May and Senator John W. Mannion Announce $70 Thousand to Assist Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Senators award funding to Home HeadQuarters Inc. to help homeowners with legal matters related to foreclosure and help offset filing fees Syracuse, NY – Senator Rachel May (D-Syracuse) and Senator John W. Mannion (D-Geddes) today announced $70 thousand in grant money has been awarded to non-profit housing and community development organization and certified community development More »