New York expands loan fund
ALBANY, NY — Empire State Development (ESD) has announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the …
ALBANY, NY — Empire State Development (ESD) has announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund. When the funding program launched in May, the goal was to help New York-based small businesses that did not receive PPP funding, but it has since become apparent that PPP loans did not go far enough to support small businesses. Legislative criteria restricted how the government assistance could be spent, and often, PPP amounts were a fraction of what was needed.
Eligible small businesses and small residential landlords can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan with a three-percent fixed interest rate; eligible non-profits can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan at a two-percent fixed interest rate. The maximum loan amount is $100,000. Loan funds can be used for working capital including payroll, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities and costs associated with refitting physical space to follow social distancing guidelines. More information is available online at www.nyloanfund.com.
EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, PA — Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) has issued the following statement on the White House’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat. The statement has been abridged:
“Senate Republicans are about to try and jam a Supreme Court nominee through the confirmation process in time for the election. That’s because they are all too eager to install a justice that would help them achieve their longstanding goal of using the court to blow up [the Affordable Care Act]... After Sen. Mitch McConnell refused to allow the confirmation of Judge Merrick Garland in 2016 on the basis that it was an election year, his doing so now for Judge Barrett, weeks before a presidential election, stamps him as a man who is unequivocally unprincipled.”
MONTICELLO, NY — Bidders are welcome from now through Monday, October 12 on more than 50 items of heavy equipment, cars, buses, trucks, heating/cooling units, typewriters, lights, fixtures and assorted parts up for auction by the Sullivan County Division of Public Works.
Bidding starts at just $1, rising in increments (with a 10-percent buyer’s premium). While some items may be lightly used or even unused, all are being sold as-is through Absolute Auctions and Realty, with a full catalog, including photos, at www.bit.ly/sullivanpwauction.
Live previews are available by appointment only on October 1, 2, 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call John Schultz at 845/807-0304 to schedule.
HARRISBURG, PA — United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) released a survey that gives the first snapshot of how individual households have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey shows that contracting the virus is the top concern for most Pennsylvanians, but many also have struggled to provide for their basic needs, maintain work and access child care and remote learning.
The survey found that 52 percent of low- to middle-income households were somewhat or very concerned about eviction and foreclosure and 77 percent of these households can pay their bills with their savings for a month or less. Food access issues are another predominant concern of survey respondents.
“United Way would like to remind all Pennsylvanians who are struggling to provide for their families’ basic needs that PA 211 is a one-stop call for help,” said Kristen Rotz, President of United Way of PA and Executive Director of PA 211. For more information about COVID-19 pandemic resources, visit www.uwp.org. For free and personalized help, dial 211, or text your zip code to 898-211, or visit www.pa211.org.
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Division of Community Resources, the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development and the Sullivan County Child Care Council have jointly created a survey to assess the needs of local employers as students go back to school and parents go back to work amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“This is a follow-up to a survey we conducted with parents and families at the beginning of the summer,” explains Child Care Council Executive Director Donna Willi. “Now we want to understand the challenges employers are facing in adapting to the child care needs of their employees.”
The anonymous survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/KQ2VLSQ and will be available through October 15. The Child Care Council can be reached at 845/292-7166 to complete the survey over the phone.
LAKE ARIEL, PA — Sutphen East, a fire apparatus manufacturer, completed its 100th fire truck, manufactured at its Wayne County Pennsylvania facility in the Sterling Business & Technology Park. This 3,000-gallon pumper/tanker truck with a 600-horsepower engine is custom-built for the Community Fire Company in Landingville, PA and will be joining their fire apparatus fleet as a multi-use vehicle.
The Sutphen Corporation was established in 1890 and moved to Pennsylvania after outgrowing its New York location in 2016.
INDIAN ORCHARD, PA — Effective immediately, the Wayne County Recycling Center is resuming its soft plastics recycling program. This includes plastic grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, case overwrap, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, Ziploc or re-closable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags and cereal bags. Plastics must be clean and dry and free of food residue.
Trex, the manufacturer of decking materials, continues to collect soft plastic to recycle into outdoor benches that will be donated back to the community. Trex or Trex Decking is the leading recycled materials manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railings and other outdoor items.
More information is available at www.waynecountypa.gov/330/Recycling.