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Latest Member Blog Articles on New York
  • Political junkies and novices alike are closely following the 2018 Midterm election campaigns that will determine all 435 Congresspeople and 33 Senators. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6 and all major news organizations will be airing coverage throughout the day and into the evening reacting to the results as they come in.
  • Getting the most out of your retirement benefits isn't as complicated as many may think. While it is true that every seniors situation is unique to themselves and their spouses, maximizing your benefits to ensure you get the best possibly outcome isn't.
  • Whether you are already retired, close to retirement age, or just wanting to know what Social Security benefits you could expect in the years to come, this article provides all the Social Security benefits calculators available to best plan for your future.Scroll through until you find the one you are looking for.
  • When one searches for Welfare programs, it usually involves sifting through lists upon lists of vague titles and convoluted government jargon. Then why not take a glance at this one stop shop for all things related to government assistance? For those seeking benefits, benefits.gov is a good source. There, one can browse by program category, state and agency.
  • If you are currently unemployed or know you will be getting laid off in the near future then you are probably trying to figure out how and when you should begin the process of filing for unemployment. These benefits are a vital revenue source for individuals and families who are currently unemployed, but those benefits vary wildly depending on what state you live in.
  • Applying for public housing can be a daunting task. This article aims to make the process as easy as possible for you, providing all the info you'll need to see if you qualify, how to apply, what discounts on rent look like under public housing, and what to expect at every step of the process.
  • Deciding the best time to begin receiving your Social Security benefits is a decision every individual must address by themselves or with their family, but that does not mean there aren't a variety of tools out there that can help you determine the best way to get the most out of your Social Security.
  • Are you one of millions of Americans considering applying for a home mortgage, but don't know if you have enough equity to qualify for a loan? If you are then applying for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loan might be something you should seriously consider.

Latest New York Forum Posts

  • Felicia Graybill uses her smartphone for everything: sending email, checking Facebook, and even monitoring her bank account. But for years, when the 28-year-old Brooklyn mom went to check on her food stamps benefits she might as well have been using a landline. Reviewing her balance required dialing into a hotline and entering her entire card number. All she could access was the sum of her funds—there was no way of breaking down how and when she’d spent the money.
  • Starting this fall, college tuition will be covered for all New York residents making less than $100,000 a year.
  • Starting this fall, college tuition will be covered for all New York residents making less than $100,000 a year.
  • New York has added 1.1 million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage. More than 6.2 million New Yorkers are now enrolled, almost one-third of its 19 million people. The exchange, which was designed to connect uninsured New Yorkers with commercial policies, had the effect of bringing a larger number of low-income residents to the government-funded program.
  • For a long time, many American cities housed their poorest residents in giant public housing towers that had little going for them except for the fact they were affordable. Crime was rampant and indiscriminate, drugs were everywhere, and children who grew up in housing projects often had little access to educational opportunities that would allow them to live a better life than their parents did. Perhaps the most illustrative story of the horror of the housing projects was that of Dantrell Davis, the seven-year-old boy shot to death on his way to school one morning in the Cabrini Green project in Chicago.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce on Tuesday an aggressive plan to shore up New York City's deteriorating public housing, calling for significant new financial help from the city and for squeezing more revenue out of the housing projects and their residents.
  • A new study by WalletHub found out something all its homeowners know—New York has high property taxes. But it also found something surprising—New York isn’t the worst. It isn’t even in the bottom 10. WalletHub looked at the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, to see who stood where on both real estate property taxes and vehicle property taxes.
  • New York ranks among the most expensive state for real estate property taxes but is one of 24 states with no vehicle property tax, a new report from WalletHub shows. The average household in New York spends $2,734 on real estate property taxes each year, Highest & Lowest Property Taxes in 2015 shows, ranking the state as the 10th most expensive nationwide. The most expensive real estate taxes are paid by New Jersey residents, who annually shell out an average of $3,971. The least expensive state for property taxes is Hawaii, where the average is $482 annually.

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