A cyclist rides past a closed store during the coronavirus pandemic on April 28, 2020 in New York City.
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New Yorkers who owe state medical or student debt that was referred to the state attorney general’s office for collection were given another 30-day break to pay those balances.
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew Cuomo jointly announced the extension on Friday.
The suspension will last until June 16. Fees and interest on these debts will not be charged during the 30 day period. After that, the state attorney general plans to assess whether another 30-day extension is necessary.
The payment freeze may also apply to other debts owed to the state. The state attorney general is accepting stay requests for other debts in this category that have been referred to his office for collection. People who wish to apply for this temporary assistance can complete a online application.
The move comes as more than 2 million New York state residents have filed for unemployment in the past two months.
“This pandemic has had a severe financial and emotional impact on our state, and the last thing working people need to do right now is worry about managing their debt,” James said in a statement.
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