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NYS launches new web apps to support us as we move forward

New web app to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits

Right now the virus is spreading across the country, and we see its impact in New York 

According to Governor Cuomo this is not an Upstate or Downstate issue—cases are increasing throughout the state and all New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, must take action to protect themselves and each other.

New York continues to implement their comprehensive micro-cluster strategy with increased testing capacity. However, the Governor keeps emphasizing that our success also depends on the vigilance and commitment of New Yorkers...each and every one of us.

  • Wash your hands
  • Stay socially distanced
  • Wear a mask
  • Limit or avoid gatherings
The message is that we're going to get through this pandemic, but only if we do it together and stay New York Tough.

To support New Yorkers, two new web applications have been introduced. One app helps us find services that can support us and the second links us to free online courses.

The State launched its 'Find Services' app to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits.

The "Find Services" web application was developed in partnership with, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we're seeing an unprecedented demand for social services and this application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users.

Click on the Find Services link. Complete the form. Remember the answers you give determine the links for services that are listed for you.

An online app lists free courses we can apply for

New Yorkers can now take free online courses through Coursera. In partnership with Coursera, there is a free online platform for New Yorkers to learn new job skills, earn certificates and advance our careers. At a time when unemployment has risen due to the pandemic, there is a hope these online courses will help New Yorkers get back on our feet. So, whether you're unemployed, underemployed, or are simply interested in learning new skills, check it out and sign up. It requires us to complete a form and then you will get a message that it can take up to 24-hrs to get a confirmation of our account. 

Instead of having an in-person Thanksgiving dinner this year, consider a virtual alternative

Zoom your way to dinner. For Thanksgiving the app is waiving the 40 minute limit. To help facilitate virtual Thanksgiving celebrations during the pandemic, Zoom will lift its 40-minute meeting limit. The extended service will be available starting midnight on November 26th, Thanksgiving Day, through Friday, November 27th at 5 a.m. This Thanksgiving, spread thanks, not COVID-19.

The Governor admits that there's so much about COVID-19 that we still don't know. But it is clear that COVID can have devastating long-term effects for some people. Known as "long-haulers," these individuals struggle with symptoms that last for months after catching COVID-19. One of the most concerning symptoms is chronic fatigue, which can make it difficult to even do simple daily tasks. It's important that we all take COVID-19 seriously. Even if you're younger or in good health. Wear a mask, social distance, avoid gatherings—and together let's work to stop the spread.