Welcome to my COVID-19 Community Resource Page. Simply click the name of the topic you are interested in below, and you will find a drop-down of updated information, links, and resources related to that topic.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please get in touch with my Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 516-739-1700. My staff and I are here to help!
We will get through this together, and I am with you every step of the way.
Stay safe and be well,
Senator Kevin Thomas
Latest Updates Read More
LAST UPDATED: 6/3/2020 1:00 PM
- For guidance and information on reopening, visit the Forward New York website at https://forward.ny.gov/.
- Long Island, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan; Western New York, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier can enter phase two.
- The Capital Region will enter phase two of reopening on June 3.
- New York City will enter phase one of reopening on June 8.
- Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29, and a decision on sleep-away camps will be made in the coming weeks.
- Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.
- Dentists statewide can reopen while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines.
- Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, along with the state's regional monitoring dashboard.
- The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.
- The New York State sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020.
- Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
- New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
- Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.
- New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
- Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
General Information, FAQs, and Hotlines Read More
General Information and Hotlines
- New York State Department of Health Website
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Nassau County Coronavirus Page
- 24/7 New York State Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Servicios de Apoyo para las Comunidades Inmigrantes ahora y después del coronavirus (English & Spanish Services Available): 516-546-0357, Lunes - Sábado de 8:00am - 7:00pm.
- Nassau County Coronavirus Hotline: 516-227-9570
- Text COVID19NC to 888777 for secure SMS updates with important guidance on COVID19 in Nassau County
- Sign up for Statewide Coronavirus Update Emails here.
Additional Info & FAQs
- NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker (Provides data on positive COVID-19 cases across NYS)
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 (from NYS Department of Health)
- Simple steps help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses (Available in several other languages here)
- How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (from NYS Department of Health)
- Nassau County Coronavirus Page
- What to do if you are sick (CDC Guidelines)
- Contact Your County Health Office
- List of Products Registered in NY for Use Against COVID-19
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Containment Guidance: Precautionary Quarantine, Mandatory Quarantine and Mandatory Isolation Applicable to all Local Health Departments (LHD)
Testing and Health Care Read More
In order to make sure more New Yorkers are getting tested, Governor Cuomo has further relaxed the criteria for who can get a test.
Testing is now available to:
- Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms
- Any individual who has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19
- Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine
- Any individual who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder
- Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working
- Any individual who would return to the workplace in Phase 1 of the state's reopening plan. This includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup, agriculture, forestry, and fishing
- If you are concerned you might need a test but you’re not sure if any of these criteria apply to you, take the online self-assessment at https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/
- Please remember you must always schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test by calling 1-888-364-3065 or your healthcare provider.
*Note: In Nassau County, all workers interacting with the public are now eligible to receive diagnostic testing, whether you have symptoms or not.*
NOTE: Please DO NOT go to your primary care provider’s office, an urgent care center, or to an emergency room without calling first unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. This is important in order to protect the safety of health care providers and other patients.
- Uninsured New Yorkers can get a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at any CityMD urgent care facility. All CityMD locations are offering nasal swab tests seven days a week, and walk-ins are accepted.
- If you have questions about symptoms you are experiencing, or about getting tested for the coronavirus, please call your primary care provider or an urgent care center to discuss your situation. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call the 24-hour state hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or 311 to receive assistance.
- COVID-19 testing is now available at Long Island Family Health Center's Hempstead, Freeport and Elmont locations from 9 AM – 1PM (by appointment ONLY). Please call (516) 396-7500 to make an appointment. All are welcome to call, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
- CVS is offering self-administered testing at select drive through locations. Schedule an appointment here.
- To locate a testing site near you, visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you and enter your address to view a list and a map view of the nearest testing sites. The state has also partnered with Google Maps to display testing site results when you search "COVID testing near me" on Google Maps.
- Please remember you must always schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test by calling 1-888-364-3065 or your healthcare provider.
Additional Information Resources
- If your child is experiencing symptoms such as prolonged fever, severe abdominal pain, change in skin color, racing heart and chest pain, make sure you call your doctor. For more information, click here.
- As directed by Governor Cuomo, all New York insurers will waive cost-sharing for coronavirus testing. If you have questions or concerns about health insurance costs related to Coronavirus tests or care, please call the Office of the Attorney General’s Health Care hotline: 1-800-428-9071.
- The New York State Department of Financial Services announced a special healthcare enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers and New Yorkers who recently lost their health insurance due to losing their employment. Please visit the New York State of Health Marketplace or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777, TTY: 1-800-662-1220 to learn more and sign up for coverage
- Be an informed participant in your own health care! Review The 5 Steps to Safer Health Care, a helpful resource for individuals and their families who are preparing to navigate the healthcare system.
- The NYS Cancer Services Program is still open and provides free or low-cost cancer screening services. If someone you know feels a lump or a mass please contact Angelica Medina at 516-877-4331 or via email at email@example.com.
- The Adelphi Breast Cancer Program remains open and will continue providing free and confidential services to the breast cancer community. If you or someone you know needs support, call Adelphi Breast Cancer Program’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-877-8077.
- NYU Winthrop Hospital Department of Urology is holding a free Men’s Health Webinar Lecture Series, and the next virtual live event is on “Advances in Prostate Cancer & Prostate Cancer Screenings: From Conventional to Holistic Approaches.” It will be taking place on Tuesday, June 4, 2020 at 7pm, and you can register by clicking here.
Resources for Businesses Read More
State and Federal Assistance for Business (Quick Facts):
- Empire State Development COVID-19 Resources
- New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool (determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen)
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- Sales Tax Filing Extension
- Mortgage Payments Delayed
Federal CARES Act
New York Forward Loan Fund - On May 26, the state launched the New York Forward Loan Fund, a $100 million fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help our small businesses, especially MWBEs (Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises) that did not receive federal Covid-19 assistance. The program will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on truly small businesses, with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. If you’re a small business who didn’t get federal assistance, you should learn more about this program. To learn more and apply, visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans
Additional Important Information about Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Loans
As part of the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill (CARES Act) passed on March 27, New York State small businesses are eligible for a number of relief benefits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is recommended that businesses apply now—these programs are expected to be in high demand from small businesses across the country. It’s also important to understand the programs that best suit your needs and the information needed to apply.
For a guide to these programs and for help regarding the application process, go to https://esd.ny.gov/small-business-administration-sba-covid-19-loans?fbclid=IwAR1sgowm74yGQHl5RKHZ__YVx05Y1vcOm4-VTk86XF2ydCVFLwaxjVMnWaY
Paycheck Protection Program
The PPP provides $349 billion in loans to small business, nonprofits, sole proprietors and other eligible entities with fewer than 500 employees. Loans of up to $10 million can be obtained to cover certain business costs including employee payroll, rent, insurance, paid sick or medical leave, interest on mortgage obligations and utilities.
- PPP loans cover costs incurred February 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020
- Up to 8 weeks of eligible expenses may be forgiven
- Loan repayments will be deferred for 6 months
- Click here for more information on how to apply
SBA Subsidy Loan Program
The $2 trillion CARES Act also provides benefits for businesses with existing SBA loans. Eligible businesses can apply for the SBA to pay interest and principal payments for 6 months on their existing SBA loans.
- For SBA loans made prior to March 27, 2020
- SBA loan types eligible: 7(a), community advantage, 504 and microloans.
- Click here for more information on how to apply
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
Provides small businesses and nonprofits with low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help overcome other financial losses due to COVID-19.
Organizations Available to Assist
NY Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - The New York Small Business Development Centers (NYSBDC) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in New York with the highest quality, confidential business counseling, training, and business research at no cost. Get assistance with how to start a business, the small-business loan application process and more. You must schedule an appointment, and you can do so by calling at 800-732-7232, or visiting nysbdc.org/appointment.html.
Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EAC) Contact List - Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EAC) provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to new and aspiring entrepreneurs in local communities statewide.
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Contact List - CDFIs are local financial service providers with locations throughout New York State, and often are the sole provider of banking and other financial services in communities that are not served by traditional banks and financial institutions.
Business Interruption Insurance FAQs (from NYS DFS)
Schools, Education, and Child Care Read More
Pre-K - 12 Schools
As per Governor Cuomo's latest order, New York State schools will remain closed for the remainder of the year. A decision on summer schools will be made at the end of May.
- Many School Districts in our area are offering free meals for students during the COVID-19 school closures. Click here for a list of Local School Meal Programs During COVID-19 Closure.
- The State Education Department has suspended all state assessments for grades 3 to 8 for the remainder of the school year. The state has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements, and the federal education department has announced that they will grant waivers to states in these circumstances.
- The Governor has issued an Executive Order that eliminates the aid penalty for schools directed to close by state or local officials or those closed under a state or local declaration of emergency that do not meet 180-day requirements if they are unable to make up school days.
- The Regents exams have now been cancelled for this year. Tomorrow the Board of Regents will provide guidance on graduation requirements. Follow
regents.nysed.gov/meetings for details.
- The College Board is providing free remote learning resources and investing in the development of a new at-home testing option for students interested in taking AP Exams. More information is available here.
- Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19
State University of New York and the City University of New York will implement plans to maximize distance learning and reduce in-person classes, beginning March 19, 2020, for the remainder of the Spring semester in light of the evolving novel coronavirus situation in New York.
- All campuses will develop plans catered to the campus and curriculum-specific needs while reducing density in the campus environment to help slow possibility for exposures to novel coronavirus. Distance learning and other options will be developed by individual campuses.
- In response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of COVID-19, the New York State Attorney General will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debts that are owed to the State of New York and that have been referred to the OAG for collection for at least a 30-day period, from March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020. After this 30-day period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for a possible extension.
- The federal CARES Act is the recent relief bill passed by the federal government. It provides some relief to student loan borrowers. Guidance from the federal government is forthcoming. To learn more, go to https://www.edcapny.org/advocacy/
- If you have student loans and need guidance, the Community Service Society EDCAP program is providing remote counseling services to help you. The helpline is available M-F, 9am-4pm at 1-888-614-5004. You can also visit edcapny.org for more info.
Child Care Providers
The Office of Children and Family Services is working closely with the New York State Department of Health to provide child care providers with the most up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus:
Employment Protections and Unemployment Assistance Read More
Paid Quarantine Leave
On March 19, 2020, the State Legislature passed an emergency bill to enact paid sick leave for New Yorkers facing quarantine due to exposure to the virus, and waiving the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance. Effective immediately, employees in New York subjected to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation are eligible for some form of paid leave. Sick leave for COVID-19 will not be charged against existing accrued sick leave.
Who does this apply to?
- Employers with 10 or fewer workers - unpaid sick leave until the termination of emergency order. Eligible for paid family leave program ($840.70 per week) with any difference make up by disability insurance program (up to $2,043 per week).
- Employers with between 11 and 99 employees, also includes high earning small employers - 5 days paid sick leave
- Employers with 100 or more employees and all public employers - 14 days of paid sick leave during the order.
To find out if you are eligible, and to apply for paid quarantine leave if you are, call 1-888-364-3065 or visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/paid-sick-leave-covid-19-impacted-new-yorkers.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is temporary income for eligible workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
Governor Cuomo has waived the seven-day waiting period for New Yorkers seeking UI benefits to provide relief during the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, the federal CARES Act, which was signed into law March 27, 2020, provides enhanced UI benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers. This new law provides:
• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Extended eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors);
• Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – An additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all UI recipients; and,
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the regular 26 weeks already provided, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.
Filing a UI Claim
Please review the Department of Labor's "File Your First Claim for Benefits" resource page for instructions on eligibility, payment options, and how to file.
New York State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. On March 27, 2020, a law was signed that provides additional Unemployment Insurance assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19. This means that you may qualify to receive:
- Up to 39 weeks of UI benefits.
- An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020 (The $600 would be paid the first week of your unemployment claim period but no earlier than 4/5/20).
If you are not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, farmers, workers with limited work history, and others) and are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency, you may now be eligible through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Please note: Any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.
For more information, and to file a claim, click here.
Affordable Healthcare Coverage
New York has opened a special enrollment period for its healthcare marketplace through May 15th. To see if you qualify for affordable healthcare coverage, please visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
NYS Paid Family Leave & Worker's Compensation
- Workers in New York State have up to 10 weeks of paid leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. This leave may not be used for your own health condition. For more information, please visit the NYS Paid Family Leave resource site or call the Paid Family Leave toll-free helpline at (844)337-6303.
- Short term disability insurance is potentially available to workers who take time off due to illness. For more information, please visit the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board.
Family and Medical Leave Act (Federal)
- The Family and Medical Leave Act provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if you have a serious health condition or are caring for a family member with a serious health condition. You must have worked for your employer for a year and your employer must have 50 or more employees. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor.
Filing Complaints Related to COVID-19 Regulations
Governor Cuomo enacted a law that provides benefits - including sick leave, paid family leave, and disability benefits - to New York employees impacted by mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. If your employer does not comply with this law, you have the right to file a complaint. If you work for a non-essential business, you may not be forced to go to the worksite or otherwise threatened if you do not work at a place other than your home.
You may file a complaint for any of the following reasons:
- You qualify for COVID-19 paid sick leave and your employer refuses to pay it
- You are being directed to work at a non-essential business
- Your employer has failed to pay your earned sick pay or paid time off
- Your employer has failed to pay your earned wages or pay for all of the hours you worked
- Your employer has threatened or fired you for reasons related to COVID-19
- Your employer is forcing you to work when you are sick
- You know about a business that is non-essential and is operating
For more information and to file a complaint, go to https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm
If you have questions about your rights in the workplace or if you believe your employment protections have been violated, please contact the OAG’s Labor Bureau: 212-416-8700.
Mental Health Resources Read More
Mental Health Resources
- The NYS Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
- These times of self isolation and social distancing, can be dangerous for victims who are experiencing domestic violence. If you or someone is in need of help, please call the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
- Adelphi University's Institute for Parenting Warmline (calls are returned Mondays & Thursdays) is for parents, caregivers, and educators of young children (ages 0-6) who have questions regarding babies' and young children's development and wellbeing, especially in times of heightened stress. Your call will be returned by an infant and early childhood specialist from the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University. Adelphi University's Institute for Parenting Warmline: 516-515-1948.
- Feeling stressed? Check out the new Headspace COVID19 collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises: https://www.headspace.com/ny
- New York State Office of Mental Health's List of Mental Health Resources During an Emergency
- Long Island Trauma Recovery Network is providing free EMDR therapy for Health Care Workers, First Responders, Essential Frontline Workers, and their loved ones. Please email LongIslandTrauma@gmail.com for more information.
- The American Red Cross has created virtual Family Assistance Center to assist families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential. Families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 can fill out an online intake form, and a Family Assistance Center volunteer will contact them:
Seniors and Veterans Read More
Older adults are one of the most vulnerable populations for contracting a severe case of the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, the State has issued a directive, effective Friday, March 13th at 5 p.m., prohibiting non-medical visits at nursing homes and long term care facilities until further notice. If your family member is currently at a nursing home, you can inquire about the possibility of setting up a Skype or other type of virtual visit. Staff will be screened and will be required to wear face masks to help prevent any spread of the virus.
New Yorkers Aged 70+, and those with Compromised Immune Systems are advised to follow these guidelines:
- Remain indoors -- solitary exercise outdoors is OK, as long as social distancing rules are followed
- Pre-screen visitors by taking temperature
- Visitors must wear masks
- Stay 6 feet away from others
Additional Resources for Seniors:
- Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs Senior HELP-LINE Available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm: (516) 227-8900
- LICC Senior Helpline: 516-679-0000
- RSVP Suffolk Senior Reassurance Line: 631-979-9490
- Counseling is a critical service offered to our Veterans. The Nassau County Veterans Services Agency will continue to offer this service over the phone. Transportation services will continue to drive Veterans to important medical procedures. Vehicles are throughly cleaned before and after each trip. If you are a Vet in need, please call the VSA to see how they can help at 516-572-6565.
- The Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project is hosting Online Support Groups throughout the week to discuss Reducing Stress in an Uncertain Time. Please visit their page for a complete schedule of upcoming meetings.
- Nassau County's "Vet Mart" food pantry is open to vets in need, and now has a drive-up program. If you can't pick up, volunteers can come to you. The pantry is located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, East Meadow, NY and is open Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM. Contact: 516-572-6526.
Help Our Community Read More
- The State established a new partnership with the New York State Court System to create a pro bono network of volunteer lawyers to provide New Yorkers in need with free legal assistance. Volunteers will begin to receive training and start offering assistance next week. Lawyers interested in volunteering can sign up at www.nysba.org/covidvolunteer
- NYS is calling on Health, Mental Health, and Related Professionals to sign up to be part of a reserve staff if the need arises. Enlist today: http://health.ny.gov/assistance.
- The First Responders Fund has been created to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. Donations can be made electronically or by check sent to Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204. Please specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."
- NYS is investing in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale: interested businesses should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or COVID19Supplies@esd.ny.gov.
- Amid a shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE — products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns, the Governor is asking all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should contact Simonida Subotic at 646-522-8477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Governor is encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should contact EricGertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.
- NYS is accepting donations of essential goods, services, and spaces to support New York’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. For more information, click here.
Nassau County Efforts
- Frontline Foods Nassau County partners with our local restaurants to donate delicious meals to our courageous frontline healthcare workers. Your tax-deductible donation doesn't just support our small businesses in this critical moment, it also brightens the day of our healthcare heroes.Learn more about them, and consider supporting their mission, by visiting https://www.frontlinefoods.org/nassaucounty
- The Nassau Veteran's Association is in need of drivers to help with deliveries and transportation services. Call 516-572-6565 for more info.
- RXR Realty has created a platform called RXR Volunteer, where accountants, attorneys, consultants and others with important skill sets, can offer their services to small business owners, non-profit leaders and others trying to navigate through our present crisis. The site is currently open to volunteers and those seeking help, and you can see more at www.rxrvolunteer.com.
Our local food banks are working hard to support Long Islanders with critical food and resources during this public health emergency. You can support their work with a donation*:
- Island Harvest (https://www.islandharvest.org/covid/) or call 631-873-4775.
- Long Island Cares (https://www.licares.org/make-a-difference/ways-to-give/donate/)
**Remember to use caution whenever making charitable donations, and never make donations in cash, by gift card, or by money wire. For more guidance, visit the NYS Attorney General's website at https://ag.ny.gov/coronavirus.
- New York Blood Center is in urgent need of blood and plasma donors who have not been exposed to coronavirus. If you are considering donating, please call NYCB at 800-688-0900.
- If you had COVID-19 and have recovered you can help save a life. Your blood may contain antibodies that fight the virus and can help critically ill people. Mount Sinai is looking to screen volunteers who can potentially donate plasma. Learn more and fill out the eligibility questionnaire here.
Fill Out the Census
- Long Island has been losing out on funds for schools, hospitals, roads, and more because only 62% of New Yorkers filled out the 2010 Census. This includes essential health care funding for our communities. Take a few minutes today and fill out the census right away. Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 and do your part to help NY get its fair share. It’s never been easier to fill out the census on your own and from the privacy of your own home.
Food Assistance & Housing/Utilities Read More
- Local school districts are distributing grab-n-go meals to students. You can access a list of locations/times here.
- Island Harvest is presently working closely with state and local authorities, member agencies, commercial food donors/suppliers, local school officials, and others to provide supplemental food support to people affected by the coronavirus. For those in need of food assistance, please call 631-873-4775.
- Long Island Cares provides several mobile outreach programs that deliver emergency food to seniors, veterans, children and the homeless. A list of mobile events can be found on their Facebook page. If you are unable to get to any of these locations and are in need of immediate help or you know of someone, please call them at 631-582-FOOD (3663) ext. 109 or email email@example.com.
Eviction: New York State is working hard to protect New Yorkers during this difficult time. Effective March 16 at 5 p.m., eviction proceedings and pending orders in housing court are suspended statewide until further notice.
Utilities: Utility companies PSEGLI, National Grid, and local water authorities have been ordered to maintain service even if an account becomes delinquent. If you experience a shut-off, please let my office know by calling 516-739-1700 and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. On March 25, the Public Service Commission approved orders postponing rate increases for nearly 2 million customers of New York American Water and National Grid upstate that were scheduled to go into effect on April 1st.
Mortgage Relief: Governor Cuomo issued an emergency regulation requiring financial institutions to give mortgage borrowers forbearance of at least 90 days if they apply for assistance due to job loss or other issues brought on by COVID-19. It also requires those financial institutions to waive ATM fees and late payment fees on credit cards for the same reason.For additional DFS regulatory actions on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.dfs.ny.gov/industry/coronavirus.
Additional Housing Resources:
- Emergency Housing Directory - Lists shelters for women, men, and families by city and state. Please see website for most up to date information.
Report Scams, Price Gouging, Social Distancing Violations, or Hate Crimes Read More
Price Gouging: If you become aware of any stores that may be price gouging items such as cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, please call the State Division of Consumer Protection at 1-800-697-1220 or call 311 to file a complaint. Report incidents of price gouging in Nassau County to email@example.com.
Scams: Visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Information on Coronavirus web page to learn about coronavirus scams and how the FTC is addressing them: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing. Visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Look Out for Coronavirus-Related Investment Scams – Investor Alert web page: https://www.sec.gov/oiea/investor-alerts-and-bulletins/ia_coronavirus.
New York Office of the Attorney General Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams web page: https://ag.ny.gov/coronavirus
Social Distancing Violations: Social distancing is crucial for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Governor Andrew Cuomo has established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force, where you can report gatherings, the operation of non-essential businesses, or other instances where social distancing isn’t being practiced. To file a complaint, call the Task Force at 1-833-789-0470 or fill out their online form at https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask.
Reporting Hate Crimes: The OAG has launched a hotline for New Yorkers to report hate crimes and bias-based incidents. The hotline, which will continue indefinitely, comes in the wake of rising reports of harassment and assaults, as well as rhetoric against Asian Americans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The OAG urges anyone experiencing hate crimes and bias incidences to report them by emailing the OAG’s Civil Rights Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-771-7755.
Additional Resources Read More
- Tai-Chi, Meditation, Deep Stretching and Yoga Classes - For 21-days, Brain & Body Tai-Chi and Yoga of Rockville Centre will open online classes for FREE to Essential workers, furloughed workers, anyone affected by COVID 19 and their families, anywhere in the USA or worldwide. All are welcome, including beginners. To learn more and register, click here.
Education & Learning
- PBS LearningMedia THIRTEEN and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for teachers, students, and parents. To access these free resources, go to https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/.
Some companies are offering free or reduced price Internet access to families that need it:
- Spectrum is offering the first 2 months of service free for families with students who do not have internet access and who have not been Spectrum customers for 30 days. Call (855) 243-8892
- Comcast is offering 2 months of free service for those who sign up for Internet Essentials (if you enroll by April 30). To sign up, applicants can visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376
- Altice is offering free broadband for 60 days to any new household in our service area with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access. Call 866.200.9522
Additional Resources and Guidelines
- Information for Healthcare Providers
- Pregnancy Guidelines
- Voting and Election Procedures
- Cyber Security Guidelines
- Guidelines for Travel, Large Gatherings, and Quarantine
- New York State Parks COVID-19 Guidance