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ICYMI in CNY: NY Senate passes Star Bill, 211CNY celebrates 2nd birthday

ICYMI in CNY: Star Bill - The Senate has passed a bill to give homeowners interest payments, if their checks are late.

CENTRAL NEW YORK -- In case you missed it, here are some stories from all over that have some interest here in Central New York.

If you're waiting for your Star refund, you may be getting it a little sooner, and a little more. The Senate has passed a bill to give homeowners interest payments, if their checks are late. The Albany backlog happened after the state changed the way Star checks are distributed. The proposal must still be approved by the assembly.

211 CNY, the contact community services hotline offering 24/7 information on health and human services, is celebrating its second birthday this month. The service, which has received more than 1,500 calls per month since its opening in 2015, answers questions about housing and homeless issues, mental health services, senior assistance, and substance abuse help. It is part of a nationwide network, and is available in five Central New York counties.

Thanks to a local congresswoman, Veterans may soon be receiving benefits a little quicker. The Wingman Act, co-sponsored by North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been passed by the House of Representatives. The bill would bypass the Department of Veterans Affairs and streamline the benefits claims process to get Veterans their benefits in a more timely manner. The bill is now in the Senate.

Gilette Road Midlde School teenager, Renee McGlone, and her collie dodger competed in the Westminster Dog Show. They made the first cut, but were eliminated before the finals.

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