Governor Cuomo Calls On USDA to Protect SNAP Recipients' Access to Farmers Markets

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in response to reports that as a result of USDA's inaction, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may no longer be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets.

 

The text of the letter is available below.

 

The Honorable Sonny Perdue

Secretary

United States Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave. S.W.

Washington, DC 20250

July 12, 2018

 

Dear Secretary Perdue,

 

I am writing with deep outrage that as the result of USDA's inaction, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may no longer be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets.

 

Your office sent us notice yesterday that Novo Dia Group, the only USDA-authorized contractor of a cellular-based redemption system app for smartphones, would be closing in 20 days - right in the middle of the busy farmers' market

Governor Cuomo Announces Projects Funded Through Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Launching in Jamestown

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced seven projects being funded under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in Jamestown. These projects are a direct result of ESPRI, the Governor's $25 million initiative to help 16 communities develop locally-driven strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity for all New Yorkers.

 

"Through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, we are empowering communities to connect people with opportunities that help move them on a path out of poverty toward economic independence," Governor Cuomo said. "I look forward to these programs delivering results and commend Jamestown for their efforts to get to this point."

 

"As part of our Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, we're providing funding to communities across the state to address the critical issue of poverty that continues to impact the lives of so many New Yorkers," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We want to ensure that people who

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Governor Cuomo Announces Projects Funded Through Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Launching in Rochester

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced three projects that will be funded under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in Rochester. These projects are a direct result of ESPRI, the Governor's $25 million initiative to help 16 communities develop locally-driven strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. Today's investment complements Finger Lakes Forward, the region's comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy.

 

"Through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, we are empowering communities to connect people with opportunities that help move them on a path out of poverty toward economic independence," Governor Cuomo said. "I look forward to these programs delivering results and commend Rochester for their efforts to get to this point."

 

Shortly after the Governor announced the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in 2016, Albany, Binghamton, the Bronx, Buffalo, Elmira, Hempstead, Jamestown, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Oneonta, Oswego, Syracuse, Troy,

Governor Cuomo Announces New Actions to Help Displaced Puerto Rican Families in New York...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new actions to assist Puerto Rican families in New York who were forced to flee their homes after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. With federal rental assistance set to expire at the end of June, the Governor is directing the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to establish a new $1 million program to provide robust case management services to displaced Puerto Ricans, and directing the Department of Labor to provide up to $10 million in job training and placement. Additionally, the Governor is calling on the federal government to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program and to immediately activate the Disaster Housing Assistance Program to ensure access to affordable housing. 

"New York has stood with Puerto Rico from day one, welcoming families and individuals whose lives have been upended and homes have been destroyed by Hurricane Maria," Governor Cuomo said. "With the federal government once again turning

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Governor Cuomo Announces $7.5 Million to Strengthen Ongoing Efforts to Combat MS-13 on Long...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $7.5 million in new initiatives to help communities combat and counteract MS-13 on Long Island. The funding will support a comprehensive, multi-agency campaign to reduce gang violence, divert at-risk youth away from gang life, and support community organizations that work directly with local populations.

 

"With these investments, New York is sending a message loud and clear that gang activity has no place in our communities," Governor Cuomo said. "By taking a holistic approach to the task of combatting gangs on Long Island, we can help protect our neighborhoods and provide opportunities to at-risk youth that will break the cycle of gang violence once and for all." 

 

Earlier this year, the Governor committed $16 million in the FY 2018-19 Budget to fight MS-13, as well as an additional $2.5 million through the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative and SNUG Programs specifically for

Governor Cuomo Announces Projects Funded Through Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in Elmira

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced five projects to be funded under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in Elmira. The $800,000 award will help to provide Elmira residents with job training and resources, promote business opportunities for entrepreneurs, and allow greater access to affordable housing through upgrades to multi-family units. These projects are a direct result of ESPRI, the Governor's $25 million initiative to help 16 communities develop locally-driven strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. 

"By empowering communities to connect people with opportunities that help them move on a path of economic independence, New York is taking the fight against poverty head on," Governor Cuomo said. "I am confident that these programs will deliver results and help Elmira residents access resources that can help them thrive." 

Shortly after the Governor announced the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in 2016, Albany, Binghamton, the Bronx,

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Governor Cuomo Announces Projects Funded Through Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative to Get Underway...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced several projects that will be funded under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in Watertown. These projects are a direct result of ESPRI, the Governor's $25 million initiative to help 16 communities develop locally-driven strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity for all New Yorkers.

"Through this initiative, we will continue to empower local communities to create opportunities for struggling New Yorkers working from the ground up," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend the efforts of Watertown stakeholders to develop this poverty-fighting strategy that will lead to meaningful change in the lives of many North Country residents."

Shortly after the Governor announced the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in 2016, Albany, Binghamton, the Bronx, Buffalo, Elmira, Hempstead, Jamestown, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Oneonta, Oswego, Syracuse, Troy, Utica and Watertown joined Rochester by developing local task forces to oversee local efforts and administer state funding.

Initially, these

Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Funding Available for Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers Faced...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced additional funding available to help eligible New Yorkers heat their homes following severe low temperatures this winter. Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off will be able to apply for a second emergency benefit through the federal Home Energy Assistance Program beginning February 12.

 

"The availability of this funding will help keep our most vulnerable New Yorkers warm and safe this winter," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is suffering a one-two-punch this season with cold temperatures and rising energy prices, and I am encouraging all eligible New Yorkers to apply for assistance."

 

There has already been a 40 percent increase in requests for emergency heating assistance compared to last year in many parts of the state that have experienced persistently cold temperatures this winter. Normally, eligible households are able to receive one HEAP

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