Suspension of State Debt Collections Continues in New York


The New York Attorney General announced the seventh suspension of student, medical and other state-referred debt until at least Nov. 3.

10/7/2020 8:00

New York Attorney General Letitia James has extended the suspension of debt collection for medical and student debt owed to the state of New York for another 30 days, through at least Tuesday, Nov. 3, in response to financial impacts resulting from the spread of COVID-19.

The suspension applies to medical and student debt that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection, according to a news release from the OAG.

After the 30-day period, the OAG will assess the needs of consumers and may issue an extension.

The attorney general will also continue to accept applications “for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG for collection,” according to the news release.

Interest accrual and collection of fees on outstanding state medical and student debt are suspended until Nov. 3 as well.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also extended an executive order continuing the extension and tolling of statutes of limitation and other legal time periods until Nov. 3.

The suspension contained in Executive Order 202.8, as continued and modified most recently in Executive Order 202.48 and 202.55 and 202.55.1, is amended to provide that the tolling of civil statutes of limitation shall be lifted as it relates to any action to challenge the approval by any municipal government or public authority of a construction project that includes either affordable housing or space for use by not-for-profit organizations, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

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