New York State Halts Student, Medical Debt Collections

first_imgPhoto: PixabayALBANY – New York State has temporarily halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state for at least 30-days in an attempt to diminish the financial burden of the novel Coronavirus.Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James say in an effort to support workers and families the AGs’ office will halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG for collection through April 15.After the 30-day period, the government will reassess the needs of state residents for a possible extension. Additionally, officials say they will accept applications for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the AG for collection.“As the financial impact of this emerging crisis grows, we are doing everything we can to support the thousands of New Yorkers that are suffering due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new action to temporarily suspend the collection of debt owed to the state will help mitigate the adverse financial impact of the outbreak on individuals, families, communities and businesses in New York State, as we continue to do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus.” The OAG collects certain debts owed to the State of New York via settlements and lawsuits brought on behalf of the State of New York and state agencies. A total of more than 165,000 matters currently fit the criteria for a suspension of state debt collection, including, but not limited to:Patients that owe medical debt due to the five state hospitals and the five state veterans’ home;Students that owe student debt due to State University of New York campuses; andIndividual debtors, sole-proprietors, small business owners, and certain homeowners that owe debt relating to oil spill cleanup and removal costs, property damage, and breach of contract, as well as other fees owed to state agencies.The temporary policy will also automatically suspend the accrual of interest and collection of fees on all outstanding state medical and student debt referred to the OAG for collection, so New Yorkers are not penalized for taking advantage of this program.New Yorkers with non-medical or non-student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG, may also apply to temporarily halt the collection of state debt. Individuals seeking to apply for this temporary relief can fill out an application online or visit the OAG’s coronavirus website to learn more about the suspension of payments. If an individual is unable to fill out the online form, they can also call the OAG hotline at 1-800-771-7755 to learn more. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man Charged With DWI, Allegedly Driving 71 MPH In Jamestown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Headline says 25 year old article says 44 year old which is it WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges after police say he was busted driving 71 m.p.h. in parts of the city while drunk.New York State Police report 44-year-old Hashaun Leeper fled officers who attempted to stop him on North Main Street on Wednesday.Troopers say Leeper fled down several city streets before police were able to get him to stop on West 9th Street.Police say Leeper was taken into custody following a brief struggle. At the State Police Barracks, troopers say Leeper provided a breath sample of .21 percent or more than twice the legal limit.He is charged with aggravated DWI, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police office in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.He is scheduled to appear in Jamestown City Court next month.last_img read more

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See Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill and the Cast of Broadway’s After Midnight Heat Up 30 Rock

first_imgCome rain, shine or polar vortex, this cast is bringing it! Fantasia Barrino, Dulé Hill and the cast of After Midnight stopped by the Today Show’s chilly outdoor Concert Series on January 20 to perform a high energy number from the show. Dulé flapped and tapped, the cast jumped and jived and Fantasia, who departs the production February 9, gave us a taste of her famous raspy vocals (with no coat, in 40 degree weather!). Before the performance, the American Idol alum spoke to Carson Daly about her favorite female jazz legends, saying, “I just want to make them proud.” Well, performing in the freezing cold in the wee hours of the morning to show America what Harlem’s golden jazz era and After Midnight are really all about is certainly a step in the right direction. Watch below to see the cast of After Midnight bring some heat to Rockefeller Plaza! After Midnight Star Files Dulé Hill Fantasia Barrinocenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Commentslast_img read more

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Alan Menken-Penned Musical Series Galavant Picked Up by ABC

first_img Menken, Slater and Fogelman teamed up previously for the Emmy-nominated musical episode of The Neighbors. Menken and Slater are long-term collaborators, having penned music and lyrics, respectively, for Broadway’s Leap of Faith, Sister Act and The Little Mermaid. Menken has won eight Oscars and was awarded a Tony for Newsies. Look out, Frozen, because there’s a new fairytale musical comedy that we can’t wait to obsess over. According to Deadline, ABC has picked up Galavant for a series order. As previously reported, the show comes from the minds of Alan Menken, currently celebrating a Tony nomination for Aladdin, as well as lyricist Glenn Slater and Dan Fogelman. Galavant is a single-camera comedy that follows a handsome prince who embarks on a quest for revenge on the king who stole his one true love.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Clueless Musical Could Be Coming to Broadway with Katy Perry

first_img “Perry has expressed interest, and I love her to death,” Heckerling said. While the writer acknowledged the pop superstar’s crazy schedule, she also offered another suggestion for the show’s lead: “Maybe Iggy [Azalea] wants to do it!” Her appreciation for the film is no secret, as seen in the music video for her summer hit “Fancy.” Clueless is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and follows Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills who, alongside best friend Dionne (both named after famous singers of the post who now do infomercials), decide to take a transfer student under their wing. After giving her a makeover and playing matchmaker, Cher discovers that despite her popularity, she herself is in need of a makeover to find the relationship she longs for. The film starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, the late Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.  Wait, WHO’S a virgin who can’t drive?! Clueless screenwriter and director Amy Heckerling revealed to Vulture that she is in the early stages of working on a musical adaptation of the 1995 film for Broadway and has penned a book and lyrics. No potential composer was mentioned. But who would play Beverly Hills princess Cher? Is it possible that Katy Perry will roar on the Great White Way?center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Allison Williams Talks Peter Pan Live! & that Short, Short Hair

first_imgThis morning, we got our first look at Allison Williams in her latest role: the boy who never grew up in NBC’s forthcoming Peter Pan Live!. The Girls star chatted with The Today Show in the midst of final callbacks for the supporting cast. “It’s an absolute dream come true,” she said. “It’s so fun already; I can only imagine what the next couple of weeks and months are going to bring.” And of course, she has the Sound of Music mega-rating numbers on her mind: “We’re hoping for just a few, just a modest 20 or so million.” And what about that hair?! She revealed that although she “sort of very tentatively offered to cut my hair,” the head-turning pixie-cut is, in fact, a wig. Catch Williams (and the wig) alongside Christopher Walken and possibly Christian Borle on December 4! View Commentslast_img read more

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Watch Jeremy Jordan Wail a Last Five Years Tune with JRB

first_imgBroadway favorite Jeremy Jordan stopped by Good Morning America to chat about filming the recently released The Last Five Years on a low budget, fast schedule and while singing live. There was also the complicated concept of cheating on his on screen wife Anna Kendrick with his real wife Ashley Spencer, who appears in the film as Jamie’s agent’s secretary. And because every morning (and afternoon and evening, to be honest) should start with Jeremy Jordan singing some Jason Robert Brown tunes, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner did just that—with the maestro himself on the piano. Check out the interview and take a listen to their “Moving Too Fast” below! View Commentslast_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Gigi, It Shoulda Been You & More

first_img View Comments See Vanessa Hudgens Graduate to GigiBegins March 19 at the Neil Simon TheatreWe kind of love Vanessa Hudgens’ career path since High School Musical. One day she’s starring in the “bikini girls with machine guns” madness of Spring Breakers. Now, she’s making her Broadway debut in the revamped revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi. After a stint at the Kennedy Center, we expect Hudgens, and her co-stars Corey Cott and Victoria Clark to be first-rate. Click for tickets! Go Below to See The Floor Above MeBegins March 16 at 54 BelowTony Yazbeck is terrific in On the Town, so we welcome any opportunity to see him. Lucky for us, 54 Below is bringing Yazbeck back for The Floor Above Me. The Broadway veteran’s show features melodies, memories, and hoofing—plus help from two special guests: On the Town co-star Clyde Alves and tap dance star Melinda Sullivan. Click for tickets! Hey, you, figuring out how make that perfect St. Patrick’s Day dinner—you know you’re facing an impossible task with only a dirty microwave and jar of olives at your disposal. So forget the grub and dig in to what the city has to offer. There are new musicals galore, Tony Yazbeck’s return to 54 Below and more. Open wide for this week’s picks! Start the Morning with Derek HoughMarch 18, check local listingsYeah, yeah, yeah, Derek Hough is a regular on Dancing with the Stars. That’s all well and good. But when he’s a guest on Live! With Kelly and Michael, we want to hear about the dancer’s current gig: starring in the New York Spring Spectacular! We want Laura Benanti shenanigans and details about what the Rockettes scarf down backstage. So listen up, Erin Andrews, the DWTS host who is co-hosting today’s show: keep the workplace war stories to a minimum. Thanks! Hitch Your Wagon to a Starry RevivalBegins March 18 at the New York City CenterBroadway is teeming with new goodies, but it is totally OK to stray. Really! Encores! 2015 season continues with Paint Your Wagon, the Lerner and Loewe chestnut about a gold prospector, his daughter, and the men who love her. That’s good. What’s better is this production’s talent extends from the cast (Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini) to the crew (headed by director Marc Bruni of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). Click for tickets! Star Files Sierra Boggess Save the Date for It Shoulda Been YouBegins March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson TheatreMost people don’t know how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day properly, so they end up at a Bennigan’s swapping Irish Car Bombs and regret with a sales rep named Kevin. Not you. You’re off to see Broadway.com vlogger Sierra Boggess and Tyne Daly in the hilarious modern-day wedding comedy It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce. We hear he knows a thing about comedy. Click for tickets!last_img read more

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Mark Rylance, Gillian Anderson & More Set for New Season at St. Ann’s

first_imgThree-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is heading back to New York’s boards in 2016! The stage and screen star will lead the Big Apple premiere of Nice Fish as part of the inaugural season at St. Ann’s Warehouse’s new home on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Other standout productions include the previously rumored Gillian Anderson-led transfer of the hit London revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.Donmar Warehouse’s Henry IV will kick off the season and play November 6 through December 6. The second with St. Ann’s in director Phyllida Lloyd’s trilogy of all-female Shakespeares, the classic is set against the backdrop of women in prison.This will be followed by Enda Walsh’s first opera, The Last Hotel, which Walsh is creating with composer Donnacha Dennehy. The look at assisted suicide and the marketplace will run January 8, 2016, through January 17.Rylance will star in Nice Fish from February 14, 2016 through March 13. The new play is conceived and written by Rylance and poet Louis Jenkins, adapted from Jenkins’ book of poems about ice fishing in Minnesota. Claire van Kampen will direct.The much-buzzed about London production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire will star Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, under the direction of Benedict Andrews. The classic is set for a limited engagement April 23, 2016 through May 22. View Commentslast_img read more

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Congrats to Steven Pasquale as The Robber Bridegroom Officially Opens

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 The Robber Bridegroom About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Off-Broadway audiences are transported to the Natchez Trace in Mississippi in The Robber Bridegroom, which will officially open on March 13. Directed by Alex Timbers, Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman‘s musical comedy is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.To celebrate, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above portrait of the the most beguiling con men, hucksters and charlatans you’ll ever meet. There’s Steven Pasquale as Jamie Lockhart, Leslie Kritzer as Salome, Andrew Durand as Little Harp, Evan Harrington as Big Harp, Greg Hildreth as Goat, Ahna O’Reilly as Rosamund, Nadia Quinn as Raven, Lance Roberts as Clement Musgrove and Devere Rogers as Airie.Broadway.com wishes the The Robber Bridegroom team a happy opening—we’re sure the Roundabout revival will steal New York’s heart once again! Related Shows View Comments © Justin “Squigs” Robertsonlast_img read more

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