New York Expands Loan Fund

ALBANY, NY – Empire State Development (ESD) has announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) beneficiaries are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund. When the finance program was launched in May, the aim was to help small New York-based businesses that had not received PPP funding, but it has since become evident that PPP loans are not going far enough. away to support small businesses. Legislative criteria limited how government assistance could be spent, and often P3 amounts were a fraction of what was needed.

Qualifying small businesses and small homeowners can apply for a 60-month no-charge loan with a fixed interest rate of 3%; qualifying nonprofits can apply for a 60-month free loan at a fixed interest rate of 2%. The maximum loan amount is $ 100,000. Loan funds can be used for working capital, including payroll, operational and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities, and costs associated with redeveloping the physical space to keep up. social distancing guidelines. More information is available online at

Cartwright comments on Supreme Court candidate

EIGHTH CONVENTION DISTRICT, PA – Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) issued the following statement on the White House’s appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The statement has been abbreviated:

“Senate Republicans are about to try to block a Supreme Court candidate through the confirmation process in time for the election. This is because they are all too eager to install a justice that would help them achieve their long-standing goal of using the court to detonate [the Affordable Care Act]… After Senator Mitch McConnell refused to allow Judge Merrick Garland’s confirmation in 2016 on the grounds that it was an election year, he is now doing it for Judge Barrett, weeks before a presidential election, considers him a man who is unequivocally unscrupulous.

Sullivan auctions off surplus vehicles, equipment

MONTICELLO, NY – Bidders are welcome until 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.

Bids start at just $ 1, increasing in increments (with a 10% buyer’s premium). While some items may be used lightly or even unused, all are sold as is through Absolute Auctions and Realty, with a full catalog, including photos, on

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.

AP releases snapshot of impact of COVID-19

HARRISBURG, PA – United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) has released a survey that provides the first insight into how individual households have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigation shows that contracting the virus is the main concern of most Pennsylvanians, but many have also struggled to meet basic needs, maintain jobs, and access child care and learning. remotely.

The survey found that 52 percent of low- and middle-income households were somewhat or very concerned about eviction and foreclosure and 77 percent of those households can pay their bills with their savings for a month or less. Another predominant concern of survey respondents is food access issues.

“United Way would like to remind all Pennsylvanians who are struggling to provide for the basic needs of their families that PA 211 is a one stop cry for help,” said Kristen Rotz, President of United Way of PA and Executive Director of PA 211. For more information on resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit For free, personalized help, dial 211 or text your postal code to 898-211 or visit

Survey to help employers find childcare

MONTICELLO, NY – The Sullivan County Community Resource Division, the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development and the Sullivan County Child Care Board have jointly created a survey to assess the needs of local employers as students return to school and parents return to work amid the current COVID-19 crisis.

“This is a follow-up to a survey we conducted with parents and families earlier this summer,” says Child Care Council Executive Director Donna Willi. “Now we want to understand the challenges employers face in accommodating the child care needs of their employees. “

The anonymous survey is available at and will be available until October 15. The Child Care Council can be reached at 845 / 292-7166 to complete the survey by telephone.

Sutphen East delivers 100th fire truck

LAKE ARIEL, PA – Sutphen East, a manufacturer of fire apparatus, has completed its 100th fire truck, manufactured at its Wayne County, Pa. Plant in Sterling Business & Technology Park. This 3000 gallon pump / tanker with a 600 horsepower engine is custom built for the Community Fire Company in Landingville, Pa. And will join their fire apparatus fleet as a multi-purpose vehicle.

The Sutphen Corporation was established in 1890 and moved to Pennsylvania after overtaking its New York location in 2016.

Wayne takes back flexible plastics recycling program

INDIAN ORCHARD, PA – Effective immediately, the Wayne County Recycling Center is resuming its flexible plastics recycling program. This includes plastic grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, overwraps, newspaper pockets, ice bags, Ziploc or resealable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, bags of salt and bags of grain. Plastics must be clean and dry and free from food residues.

Trex, the maker of patio materials, continues to collect flexible plastic for recycling into outdoor benches that will be donated to the community. Trex or Trex Decking is the leading manufacturer of recycled materials for decks, railings and other outdoor wood items.

More information is available at

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