- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State officials have agreed to provide more than $7 million to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced the funding on Monday.

Most of the money - about $6.8 million - is being awarded through the Disability Advocacy Program to 12 agencies to provide legal representation to people whose disability benefits have been denied or may be discontinued.

The funding makes sure applicants will have legal advocates through the federal appeals process. Services will be provided by not-for-profit legal services corporations, not-for-profit agencies serving the disabled, and local departments of social services.

Just over $4.2 million of the money will go to agencies in metropolitan New York.

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