New York State News

New York State News

New York State News

New York Extends Moratorium On COVID-Related Commercial Evictions Through January 1

October 20, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an Executive Order extending the state’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through January 1. This measure extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors in recognition of the financial toll the pandemic has taken on business owners, including retail establishments and restaurants. The extension of this protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward.   Read the Executive Order here.

Department of Financial Services Calls for Regulation of Social Media Giants After Twitter Hack Investigation

October 14, 2020 – The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a report on the Department’s investigation into the July 15, 2020 hack into the Twitter accounts of cryptocurrency firms and well-known public figures. Among DFS’ findings: the global social media platform lacked adequate cybersecurity protections and, at the time of the attack, did not have a chief information security officer. The report recommends a new cybersecurity  regulatory framework for giant social media companies. Read the DFS Report here.


October 13, 2020 – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is facing the greatest crisis in its long history, with few viable options without federal funding to avoid cuts in service and staff, additional fare hikes and long-lasting damage that could impair regional transit for decades, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s annual report on the MTA’s finances. Read more…


DFS Issues Guidance to Insurance Industry Clarifying Coverage for PrEP and Related Services

October 8, 2020 – New guidance prohibits cost-sharing for PrEP and related services for consumers. The Department of Financial Services has issued a Circular Letter to New York-regulated health insurers, clarifying coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, for the prevention of HIV infection and related services. Read more… 


Suspension of State Debt Collection Renewed for Seventh Time

October 5, 2020 – The state has renewed, for the seventh time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period. Read more…


October 5, 2020 – New York’s municipalities collected nearly $17 billion in sales tax revenue in 2019, representing 9.7 percent of all local government revenue, according to a comprehensive report on local sales tax released today by State Comptroller DiNapoli. Every county and city in the state, along with many towns and villages, depend on these funds to pay for essential services and operations, revealing the statewide impact of the revenue losses from the pandemic. Read more…


Final Regulations Requiring Insurers to Provide Fair Coverage for Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders Issued

October 1, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced final regulations requiring insurers to put into place policies and procedures that will ensure that they are providing comparable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. A full copy of the DFS regulations can be found on the DFS website. Regulations will go into effect on December 29, 2020. Read more…


“Empire State Digital” with Global E-Commerce Companies to Accelerate New York’s Small Businesses’ Ability to Compete in the Digital Economy Launched

October 1, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Empire State Digital, a new initiative accelerating New York State-based small businesses’ ability to grow their online presence through a first-in-the-nation program with leading global e-commerce enablers, including Shopify, Square, Clearbanc, and Etsy.  Options can be reviewed on Empire State Digital’s website which includes additional services available to small businesses. Read more…


Thruway Authority to Hold Virtual Public Hearings on Road Toll Adjustments

September 30, 2020 – The New York State Thruway Authority will hold three virtual public hearings in October 2020 for members of the public to comment on a proposal to adjust tolls on the Thruway beginning January 1, 2021. The meetings will be streamed online at thruway.ny.gov.  Virtual public hearings will be held the following dates and times: Tuesday, October 13 from 2-4pm; Wednesday, October 14 from 4-6pm; and Thursday, October 15 from 6-8pm. Information about the toll adjustment proposal can be found on the Thruway Authority’s website.


$18 Million Initiative to Train Workers and Support Entrepreneurs During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic Announced

September 30, 2020 – New York State has been awarded an $18 million federal grant to fund educational opportunities that train New Yorkers for in-demand jobs, support entrepreneurs, and help small businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers “Pink Tax” Ban Goes into Effect Today

September 30, 2020 – New reforms go into effect today prohibiting businesses from charging a “pink tax,” otherwise known as the practice of charging different prices for “substantially similar” consumer goods or services that are marketed to different genders. The new measure also requires certain service providers provide price lists for standard services upon request and notifies them that gender-based price discrimination is prohibited under State law. Read more…


Initiative to Train Over 1,000 Workers to Install Green Building Technologies to Combat Climate Change Announced

September 29, 2020 – The Career Pathway Training Partnerships program in high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and electric heat pump technologies will help prepare New Yorkers for the growing number of job opportunities in the clean energy industry. The partnerships will target training over 1,000 workers and prioritize the state’s most underserved populations, including low-income New Yorkers and those residing in environmental justice communities, helping support the state’s economic recovery. Read more…


Moratorium on COVID-Related Residential Evictions Extended Until January 1, 2021

September 28, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State’s Tenant Safe Harbor Act will be expanded until January 1, 2021 to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The State’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures was extended until October 20th. Read more… 


Moratorium On COVID-Related Commercial Evictions Until October 20

September 21, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extended the state’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until October 20th.  The extension gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward. Read more…