Toolkit: SNAP October 1 Eligibility/Budgeting Changes | Hunger Solutions New York

Each October 1 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) adjusts the standards and deductions used to determine the amount of monthly benefits an eligible family will receive. This toolkit provides tools and resources to help community organizations when working with SNAP applicants.

Due to the decrease in the maximum SNAP benefit allotments and the minimum benefit amount, some families may see a small decrease in their SNAP benefit on October 1. This will be especially true for any family receiving the maximum benefit allotment for their household size and for elderly/disabled households who are currently receiving the minimum benefit. This change in benefits may be confusing to SNAP recipients because many will experience a small reduction in their monthly SNAP benefit even though they have not had any changes in their income or expenses. Our toolkit provides community organizations with updated tools and resources and information on how to help SNAP recipients maximize their SNAP benefits.

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Special Counsel’s Office |Related Court Documents| Department of Justice


U.S. v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr., and Richard W. Gates III (1:17-cr-201, District of Columbia)

Paul J. Manafort, Jr., of Alexandria, Va., and Richard W. Gates III, of Richmond, Va., have been indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 27, 2017, in the District of Columbia. The indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017, after the defendants were permitted to surrender themselves to the custody of the FBI.



U.S. v. George Papadopoulos (1:17-cr-182, District of Columbia)

George Papadopoulos, of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017.

Criminal Information

Plea Agreement

Statement of the Offense

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Papadopoulos Plea–Daily Beast

George Papadopoulos, a former foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign, quietly pleaded guilty in early October to making false statements to the FBI in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump team. The Chicago 30-year-old entered a guilty plea on Oct. 5. In a documents made public in federal court Monday, he acknowledged working with high-level Russian government representatives and offered to be a liaison to the Trump campaign, reportedly trying to set up meetings with Russian leaders, as has previously been reported.

Here’s a link to the plea…with the facts admitted in the plea:

Is Bridge a Sport? E.U. Court Says No – The New York Times


Bad news, bridge fans. The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursdaythat the card game is not a sport, even when played by multiple competing teams.

Like many disappointments, this one traces its roots to a dispute on taxes

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Nov. 1 Webinar: Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself–Internal Revenue Service

Cybersecurity is a priority for all tax professionals. Learn more in this upcoming webinar, “Don’t Take the Bait – Protect Your Clients and Protect Yourself.” Scheduled for Nov. 1 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT, this program will:

  • Provide real-life experiences from a tax professional who fell victim to data theft
  • Detail common tactics cybercriminals use
  • Review recommendations from cybersecurity experts to better protect your data

Register now. Earn one continuing education credit – category: federal tax.

Possibilities and Frustrations of the ‘On-Demand’ Attorney |

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández | October 27, 2017 | Originally published on Legaltech News


Four years ago, Richard Susskind published the first edition of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future.” With the rapid changes in the legal profession, tomorrow is now today.

The second edition of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” focuses more sharply on how artificial intelligence, alternative business structures, low-cost law firm service centers, legal tech startups and evolving in-house roles are changing the way legal services are delivered and how law schools are educating students to meet those changes.

To that end, ALM during October is publishing excerpts across several of our brands from the second edition to spark thought and conversation about the industry’s future among the legal profession’s leaders. ALM editors and reporters have solicited reactions–positive and negative–to Susskind’s ideas from law firm chairs, top legal educators, general counsel, law students and industry analysts to get their take. 

The book’s section on automation and connectivity, discussed below, can be found here.

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Proposed Amendment Aimed at Broadening LGBTQ Protections | New York Law Journal

By Jason Grant October 24, 2017

A multipronged amendment aimed at broadening protection for certain LGBTQ community members has been proposed for the state court system’s policies on nondiscrimination.

The change, sanctioned by the Administrative Board and released for public comment on Tuesday, would alter the nondiscrimination policies for judges, lawyers and others in the state court system by adding the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the explicitly protected categories of nondiscrimination.

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