OTDA Employee Emergency Notice

Due to inclement weather conditions, State offices in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester Counties will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Accordingly, non-essential employees should not report to work and do not have to charge accruals.

All other State offices are OPEN, January 27, 2015. Employees should use judgment in determining if they should commute. However, any absences will be charged to accruals and proper call in procedure should be followed.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance employees may check for emergency messages affecting the workplace at any time by calling the agency’s emergency phone number, 1-866 OTDA-911 (1-866-683-2911).

Local District Offices Closed

The following local district offices are closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, due to inclement weather:

  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Suffolk County, will re-open Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM
  • Ulster County

Last updated: January 26, 2015, 8:30 PM

Governor Cuomo Announces $26 Million Revitalization of Historic Schenectady Building

845 Commons Building

845 Commons provides affordable housing and support services for formerly homeless veterans and disabled residents - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of 845 Commons, a $26.2 million affordable housing development that provides 155 homes and support services for formerly homeless men, including veterans and those with disabilities. The project is the renovation of a historic, dilapidated industrial building at 845 Broadway into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient apartments.

“Every New Yorker deserves the opportunity for a safe, affordable home,” Governor Cuomo said. “Today we are providing this opportunity and giving hope to people, especially veterans, who need a decent place to live and services to help them succeed. This project is an innovative example of what we can accomplish when all stakeholders work together to meet the needs of our community.” Read more…

Governor Cuomo Announces New Human Trafficking Awareness Efforts

Collage of potential victims

More than 1,000 children in New York fall victim to human trafficking every year - Governor proclaims January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new efforts to combat human trafficking and provide help to survivors as they reintegrate safely into their community. This crime affects more than 1,000 children in New York each year, and it is estimated that nearly 18,000 people are brought into the United States annually for the same purpose. The Governor also proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and unveiled a new poster that lists possible trafficking red flags and a free, confidential hotline. View the poster here.

"Human trafficking strips victims of their fundamental rights, and in New York we have pledged to use every tool to put a stop to this terrible crime," Governor Cuomo said. "All people deserve a life free from forced servitude or abuse, and it takes the entire community in this state to make that happen. I encourage all to learn the warning signs, keep an eye out when traveling, and report anything suspicious to the proper authorities." Read more…

Opening of the HEAP Emergency Benefit Component

January 2, 2015 - The emergency benefit component of the 2014-15 HEAP season opened on January 2, 2015. Households that meet established income and liquid resource limits may be eligible for an emergency HEAP benefit if: The household’s electricity is necessary for heating system or thermostat to work and is either shut off or scheduled to be shut off; or The household’s electric or natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut off; or The household is out of fuel, or has less than one quarter tank of fuel oil, kerosene or propane or has less than a ten (10) day supply of wood, wood pellets, corn, or other deliverable heat source.

For more information, please visit: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/program.asp