Governor Kathy Hochul announces website to provide aid and resources to Ukraine

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new website Thursday to help Ukrainians, friends and allies in New York with a list of state-provided resources.

Hochul also referenced an earlier announcement warning New Yorkers of scams and cybersecurity threats amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and announced the waving of the Ukrainian flag over the state capitol, Executive Mansion and the headquarters of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The governor signed an executive order last week prohibiting state agencies and authorities from entering into contracts with entities operating in Russia. She also ordered the divestment of public funds from Russia on February 27, among other actions.

“Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Vladimir Putin’s tyranny is an inspiration to the rest of the world, and many New Yorkers are already doing their part to support humanitarian efforts,” Hochul said. “In times like these, New Yorkers always stand together to support those in need. We are proud to provide trusted resources for those who want to lend a helping hand to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters here in New York.

For support services, the state’s Office for New Americans offers free services to immigrants and refugees, which include legal support for asylum seekers and defense against deportation, English classes , access to developmental disability services, work preparation tools and English classes.

There is also the New Americans Hotline and information to contact the Department of State for information on US citizens in Ukraine, as well as contact information for the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York.

The Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status to all eligible Ukrainians present in the United States for 18 months due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

To provide immigration assistance, New York State offers free services through the Office of New Americans that include naturalization and civics test preparation and support, workshops and informative community seminars and mobile English learning.

In addition, the Office for Temporary Assistance and Disability Assistance will offer free services to asylum seekers through local providers who can help find employment and free health checks and vaccinations in addition other support services.

For emotional support services, the state lists contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Hotline, which includes a videophone option for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline.

To support the humanitarian response in Ukraine, the website lists funding provided by USAID’s International Disaster Information Center and the State Department’s Ukraine Humanitarian Fund. The website also includes information to protect against donation scams and links to the New York State Division of Consumer Protection for reporting such fraud.

Finally, the state links to various social media outlets where New Yorkers can use state-branded social media graphics to demonstrate their support for Ukraine.

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