Sunday, December 5, 2021


A new report shows, despite getting billions under the American Rescue Plan, many airlines continue to disrupt travelers' plans with cancellations, and Congress averts a government shutdown for now.


U.S. House passes a stopgap government funding bill; the Omicron variant is found in Minnesota; Biden administration revives the "Remain in Mexico" policy; and the Bidens light the National Christmas Tree.


Seniors in non-urban areas struggle with hunger disproportionately; rural communities make a push for federal money; and Planned Parenthood takes a case to the Montana Supreme Court.

Expanded Rent Freeze for Vets, NYers with Disabilities Gets Nod


Friday, June 20, 2014   

NEW YORK - A program that prevents homelessness for local veterans and New Yorkers with disabilities has moved a step closer to reaching more people in need.

People with disabilities too often are priced out of their homes, said Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York. She said Thursday's action by the Assembly should mean more people in this group can continue to live independently, instead of being forced into nursing homes.

"People with disabilities in cities and towns around the state are about to get a major helping hand, an expansion of the Disability Rent Increase Exemption program," she said.

The Assembly voted unanimously to expand the program, which provides tax breaks for landlords so they can afford to freeze the cost of rent for New Yorkers and veterans with disabilities.

Dooha said the program has been a big success, allowing rent increase exemptions for about 11,000 New York residents, but she added that many more need help.

"The cost to taxpayers is extremely modest," she said. "But now at least 1,000 more households - people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities - are going to be able to get help with their housing. They're going to be able to afford to stay in their homes."

Dooha said chances for final passage in the state Senate look good.

"Sen. Diane Savino from Staten Island and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh have really been leading the charge to help ensure that people with disabilities can continue to afford their housing," she said.

Text of the measure, Assembly 09744, and a link to its Senate counterpart, S 07640, are online at

get more stories like this via email

Indigenous people in Peru demonstrate against oil drilling in 2013. (Amazon Watch)


LOS ANGELES -- California-based facilities are refining half of all the oil drilled in the Amazon rain forests, according to a new report by the …


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- People who live on the Navajo Nation near the San Juan Basin are closely following work by the Environmental Protection Agency (…

Social Issues

PHOENIX -- A new report shows, despite getting billions of dollars from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan, many airlines continue …

From left, Andrea Comer, committee chairwoman, Connecticut Social Equity Council, and Carlton Highsmith, Joseph Carbone and Fred McKinney announce the Alliance for Cannabis Equity on Tuesday in Hamden, Conn. (The Narrative Project)

Social Issues

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Connecticut is among several states working on what its new recreational marijuana industry will look like, and a new coalition …

Social Issues

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. -- Broadband gaps affect many facets of life, including education. The new federal infrastructure plan includes money to expand …

Hastings-on-Hudson is currently the highest-ranking town in New York State's Climate Smart Communities program. (Adobe Stock)


HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- One of the major takeaways from last month's big climate conference in Scotland is, all levels of government need to …

Social Issues

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has released a new report this week, with recommendations from educators about how best to …

Social Issues

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Maryland civil rights groups are proposing a lawsuit against Baltimore County if it adopts its current redistricting plan, claiming …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021