IRS Sends Out 159 Million Stimulus Payments

WASHINGTON — With 159 million Economic Impact Payments processed, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding many low-income Americans who don’t usually file tax returns to register for a payment by October 15. Millions of low-income people and others who aren’t required to file a tax return may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and can […]


Dentists Can Reopen in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York dentists can reopen statewide beginning Monday. Dentists’ offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.  “The reduction in New York’s new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, intubations and other metrics represent tremendous progress from where we were,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have gone through hell and […]

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Summer Schools in NY Will Stay Online

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced summer school in NY will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of coronavirus. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue. School districts must also develop a plan for students with disabilities who participate in extended summer school year programs over the […]


NYS Pays Out $10 Billion in Unemployment Benefits

ALBANY –  The New York State Department of Labor announced that the backlog of pending unemployment benefit applications has been reduced to 7,580 — representing major progress since an unprecedented crush of applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic flooded the DOL’s systems in March. This universe of unprocessed applications includes those that are missing critical information […]


NY State Revenue Dropped 68% in April

According to the monthly cash report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, significant revenue declines occurred for New York in April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the three month extension of the state income tax filing deadline. All governmental funds monthly tax receipts totaled just $3.7 billion, falling $7.9 billion or 68.4 percent from […]


NYS Pays Out $7.4 Billion in Unemployment

ALBANY – The New York State Department of Labor today announced that in just over a month, more than 330,000 New Yorkers have been approved for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals who do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance. In total, the Department of Labor has now paid […]


NY Paid Over $6.8 Billion in Unemployment Benefits

ALBANY — The NYS Department of Labor announced on May 8 that $6.8 billion in unemployment benefits has been paid to New York workers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount, paid over the course of two months, is more than three times the $2.1 billion the department paid in total unemployment benefits […]

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Governor to Allow Elective Surgeries in 35 Counties

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 35 counties in the state have been approved to resume elective outpatient treatments. The Governor previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. The counties now eligible are: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, […]


218,912 New Yorkers File for Unemployment Last Week

An additional 218,912 New Yorkers filed for unemployment the week  of April 25 according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The number was up from 205,184 the previous week. Nationwide, a total of 3,839,000 people filed for unemployment last week, a decrease of 603,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was […]


NY Receives $9.28 Billion in IRS Payments So Far

Over 5.4 million New Yorkers have received more than $9.28 billion in economic impact according to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. The agencies this week released state-by-state figures for payments, with 88 million individuals receiving payments worth nearly $158 billion in the program’s first three weeks. As of April 17, the IRS […]