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.
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