Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
More Low-Income New Yorkers Are Saving Tax Refunds, Officials Say
Monday, January 30, 2012
Low-income New Yorkers built up $250,000 in savings last year by putting their tax refunds in the bank as part of an incentive program, officials said Monday.
City officials on touted what they say is the success of the Save USA program during a press conference at a Corona, Queens, church on Monday. The program gives participants a 50 percent match if they put at least $200 in a savings account for a year.
"I don't think we can find that anywhere else out there," said Raymond Garcia, from Elmhurst, Queens, who participated last year.
Officials also announced the 10th annual Tax Credit Campaign, which offers free tax assistance, and helps New Yorkers take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other breaks. Garcia' says he's been participating in that program for four years.
Officials say the program has helped New Yorkers claim almost $20 billion in federal, state and city refunds.