Governor Cuomo Urges Low-Income Workers to Seek Free Tax Assistance Ahead of April 15 Deadline

Numerous Tax Credits Available to Supplement Wages of Working Families - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today encouraged eligible low-income New Yorkers to take advantage of free income tax preparation and e-filing services at hundreds of sites across the state, with the April 15 filing deadline fast approaching. The Governor also highlighted a range of tax credits available that can put additional money in the pockets of low-income workers.

"We're making it as easy as possible for hard-working families to file their taxes and keep more of what they've earned," said Governor Cuomo. "While we keep fighting to lower taxes for all New Yorkers, we want low-income families to take advantage of the services and benefits they're entitled to now. Millions of New Yorkers are eligible for tax credits and deductions -- and to have their taxes done for free by professionals trained to help them get more of their money back." Read more…

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Will Preserve $457 Million in SNAP Benefits for 300,000 Households

Action Negates Cuts Slated to Take Effect as Part of the Federal Farm Bill - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is taking steps to preserve approximately $457 million a year in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that would otherwise be cut by the recently enacted federal Farm Bill. The bill was slated to cut SNAP benefits an average of $127 per month for affected households in New York, including those that live in government subsidized housing or in certain congregate care settings. This action by the State will save benefits for nearly 300,000 households in New York.

“New York State is stepping up to help families in need who are losing vital food assistance because of Washington cuts to the SNAP program," Governor Cuomo said. “These federal cuts have made it harder for our state's most vulnerable residents to put food on the table. The State has intervened on behalf of these low-income New Yorkers to make sure they can get food for themselves and their families.” Read more…

Governor Cuomo Announces $63 Million to Build Homeless Housing Units and Create More Progressive Communities Across the State

OTDA Commissioner Highlights Budget Proposal that Would Increase Funding and Build 1,030 Housing Units for the Homeless - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today highlighted the additional capital funding in the 2014-15 Executive Budget to make communities across the State more progressive by encouraging the creation of supportive housing for public assistance recipients and low-income households. The Executive Budget Proposal increases funding from the $30 million that was enacted in the 2013-14 Executive Budget to $63 million for the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP), which is administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

The funding is expected to support the creation of approximately 1,030 new units of housing for homeless families and individuals, with a focus on permanent housing for those who are currently living in shelters. New York State, through HHAP, has been at the forefront of recognizing the value of providing supportive housing for homeless families and individuals. Read more…