Senator Biaggi’s 5/30 COVID-19 Update: Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Provide Death Benefits to Families of Frontline Workers

May 30, 2020

Dear Community,

I share in your grief and anger as we continue to mourn the murder of George Floyd and the countless lives lost to police brutality and racism. I stand in solidarity with Black communities, communities of color, and allies peacefully protesting across the country. 

As we head into another week, my colleagues and I will continue to push for the repeal of Section 50-A – a provision that shields law enforcement from the disclosure of disciplinary records. My grandfather was a police officer and I honor the good work that so many officers do across our District. But there are systems of violence and structural racism that must be addressed, and that requires transparency. Without transparency, there is no accountability – and without accountability, there is no justice.

But changing the law is just a start. As I said on Friday, we must each commit to do the work within ourselves and our communities – with friends and loved ones – to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy. We all have a responsibility to do our part in creating a New York that is anti-racist. We must rebuild the system from the ground up and invest in our communities and uplifting marginalized voices, so that the disparities and inequities made glaringly evident by COVID-19 are remedied.

If you or someone you know intends to peacefully protest, please remember that COVID-19 continues to be a public health issue in our state and there are simple steps that can be taken to help reduce the spread: wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer, and keep six feet apart from others.

As New York moves towards reopening, I urge everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing when outside. While Westchester County is currently moving through Phase One and is preparing for Phase Two, New York City is on target to move into Phase One on June 8th. With more New Yorkers out and about, we still need to keep COVID-19 transmission in check and do our part. For more information about the phases of reopening, see the New York Forward plan and regional status here

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York dentists can reopen statewide tomorrow, with offices subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing. You can read the full guidance for dentistry here

The Governor’s office announced that local governments may decide whether and how to open their municipal-owned and operated pools, as long as they abide by the 50% reduction of the in-person workforce. If a local government decides to open a pool, pool maintenance is considered an essential service; the maximum size of any group is limited to ten people; social distancing measures must be implemented; and cleaning and disinfection protocols must be in place.

SNAP and Cash Assistance Update: As mentioned in an earlier newsletter, those with SNAP or Cash Assistance cases expiring between March and June were given 6 month extensions on recertification. The Human Resources Administration (HRA) has requested a further extension and the State has submitted a request to the federal government to expand the waiver to cover cases whose authorization period expires July 31. While the request for extension is pending, you may receive a notification if you are due to recertify by July 31, 2020. Check the status of your account on ACCESS HRA after June 1st to confirm whether you need to recertify. 

Eviction Moratorium and Rent Arrears: The moratorium on evictions was extended to August 20, but the extension applies only to evictions for non-payment due to COVID-19. As the moratorium is lifted, HRA will focus efforts on providing legal assistance to tenants through its Office of Civil Justice, and on processing payments for emergency assistance rent arrears grants. For legal assistance in Westchester contact Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.

NYC Shelter Update: HRA has established a new process by which outreach providers can conduct intake in subway stations and provide direct placements from the station. This allows clients to move directly into shelter from the station without having to go first to a DHS intake site.

Westchester Schools Update: 

  • Registered voters in Pelham will be receiving mail ballots for the annual budget vote and school board member election. Ballot instructions and a sample ballot can be found here

  • Registered voters in the City of Mount Vernon School District will receive ballots in the mail for school board and library board elections, and the budget vote. Find more information and see a sample ballot here.

Community Resources and Events:

  • Brooklyn Film Festival 2020 goes virtual for its 23rd edition: The Brooklyn Film Festival is now showing 149 films from 40 countries free of charge. Films are available on the website until 7pm on June 7th. 

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre: Stream full length dance performances and hear interviews with Alvin Ailey dancers, at Ailey All Access. Find more information here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 31st, 2020, nationwide there are 1,761,503 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 103,700 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 6,048,200 cases with 368,900 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 31st, there are 370,770 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 2,063,825 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 31st we have lost 23,905 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 203,333 are located in New York City

  • 40,396 are located in Nassau County 

  • 39,643 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 33,481 are located in Westchester County 

  • 13,151 are located in Rockland County  

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 29th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,609 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

All New Yorkers are eligible to vote by absentee ballot due to COVID-19 – apply for your ballot today! If you are a registered voter in New York City, you can apply for an absentee ballot online. If you are a registered voter in Westchester County, you can email your completed absentee ballot application to boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.comYou can learn more from the Board of Elections and download the application here.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 31TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Although the spread of COVID-19 continues to slow around New York City and State, there are still several hotspots with high rates of infection and transmission. Many communities of color and low income communities are continuing to experience high rates of spread due to the deep socio-economic inequalities that plague our system. Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his team will focus their efforts on 10 neighborhoods in New York City. The state will open a new testing site in each of the following zip codes: 10457, 10458, 10468, 10469, 10452, and 10456. The State will also focus on distributing more PPE, hand sanitizer, and information about the virus to these zip codes, to help combat the spread. 

Today Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that will provide death benefits to the family members of frontline workers who lost their life fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of New York. This bill will provide an automatic benefit to the families of state and local government employees who helped combat the virus and then who passed away from COVID after March 1st. 

DMV Update: Beginning Monday, June 1st, state-run DMV offices in New York City and Westchester will begin to process vehicle registrations and other transactions by mail. Beginning June 4, these offices will accept transactions through secure drop boxes located at each office. For specific information about services offered by county-operated offices click here

Update on Food Resources: New York State has created the P-EBT program to help families afford food. All families with New York City public school children, regardless of immigration status, income, or employment, are all eligible. See additional details below.

Community Resources and Events:

  • Join Lincoln Center for Dance Week from May 30-June 4. Watch more than 40 iconic performances over the course of the week. You can find the full schedule of streaming performances here
  • Bronx Legal Services is open for business – their staff are working remotely to assist with housing, foreclosure, immigration, unemployment insurance, consumer debt, access to public benefits, small business sustainability, and many more issues that people need legal help with during this global crisis. You can access their services by calling 917-661-4500, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
  • SummerStage is going virtual this year! Each weekend this summer, there will be virtual SummerStage Anywhere performances. Find the full schedule of performances here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

●      Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York Statehere for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 30th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,737,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 102,785 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 5,958,000 cases with 366,256 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 30th, there are 369,660 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 2,005,381 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 30th we have lost 23,848 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 202,751 are located in New York City
  • 40,307 are located in Nassau County 
  • 39,532 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 33,429 are located in Westchester County 
  • 13,128 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 29th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,609 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

All New Yorkers are eligible to vote by absentee ballot due to COVID-19 – apply for your ballot today! If you are a registered voter in New York City, you can apply for an absentee ballot online. If you are a registered voter in Westchester County, you can email your completed absentee ballot application to boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.comYou can learn more from the Board of Elections and download the application here.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October.For more information, and to complete the census, you can click hereLet’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 29TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

I want to start by acknowledging the pain that we are all feeling about George Floyd’s murder and the unfolding protests in Minnesota and New York City. I can only imagine the devastation and trauma that black and African American communities are experiencing right now – yet again. Police violence against people of color is not a new phenomena – nor is New York immune from it. We, most especially those of us who are white, cannot look away. And as we watch what is happening in Minnesota, we need to turn our eyes to our own communities and state. 

There are concrete steps we can take in the Legislature this year to reform policing and create more accountability for law enforcement. We must pass Senator Bailey’s bill to repeal 50-a exemption that allows law enforcement to shield abusive officers and dangerous police misconduct. Repealing the 50-a exemption will simply hold police and other uniformed law enforcement officials to the same level of accountability applied to all other public employees in New York. We also need to pass the STAT Act to require courts to track disparities in law enforcement, which will enable us to make necessary system-wide change. And we need to create the Office of Special Investigation to investigate and prosecute allegations of police misconduct to avoid the conflicts of interest that so often stymie investigations into wrongdoing. 

These measures are only the beginning – racism pervades every aspect of our society. We each have to do the work in our own lives to be anti-racist. We need to examine our behavior and communities. And we have to have tough conversations with our family members and friends. It may feel uncomfortable at times, but it is necessary in dismantling the systems of oppression and inequality that are killing black and brown people. 

I am also deeply distressed by the images and videos of members of the NYPD attacking and using pepper spray against peaceful protestors demonstrating in New York City tonight, including two of my colleagues. It is absolutely unacceptable and there must be full accountability.

Below is a poem by Cleo Wade that I would like to share with you.

The world will say to you:
We need to end racism. 
Start by 
Healing it in your own family. 
The world will say to you:
How do we speak to bias and bigotry?
Start by
Having the first conversation at
Your own kitchen table
The world will say to you:
There is too much hate
Devote yourself to love. 
Love yourself
So much that you can love others
Without barriers
And without judgement.

As New York State continues to reopen region by region, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that New York City is on track to begin Phase One on June 8. In anticipation of reopening, Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are working together to help businesses, workers, and communities prepare for Phase One when an estimated 400,000 New Yorkers will return to their jobs. 

To that end, today, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City will be providing small businesses with free face coverings. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), Small Business Services (SBS), and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) will coordinate pickup and delivery for 2 million face coverings, with more to come. The city will also provide resources to keep both workers and customers safe, including online training, FAQs, and signage. New York City also plans to launch a worker protection hotline next week. 

The Governor also announced that five regions have been authorized to begin Phase Two of reopening after close examination of the data. New York State worked with international experts to review data on testing and tracing, new infections, the severity of those infections, and hospital capacity in the Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier Regions. You can track these metrics on the Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, in addition to reopening metrics on the Regional Dashboard. Phase Two allows office-based workers, real estate services, in-store retail shopping and some barbershop services to resume with sector specific safety guidelines. You can learn more about Phase Two and safety guidelines here.  

New York City will begin providing COVID testing for non-profit workers including the Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Starting June 1st, up to 4,000 tests per day will be given on a voluntary weekly basis to workers via H+H testing sites. Beginning June 15th, there will be up to 15 mobile teams that will bring testing to non-profit human service workers, and by July the city will distribute test kits and PPE for providers to administer tests on site. 

Social Distancing Enforcement Update: New York City and Cure Violence Movement are collaborating to increase social distance enforcement by adding 375 more staff, about 10 - 15 per site, to enhance distancing practices. The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice will also be working with Art Not War on a public awareness campaign on social distancing. 

Internet Accessibility Update: As of today, 10,000 internet-enabled tablets have been shipped to NYCHA seniors. The tablets were delivered to 100 developments across every borough to help seniors stay connected. 

Community Resources and Events: 

  • Bronx Legal Services is open for business – their staff are working remotely to assist with housing, foreclosure, immigration, unemployment insurance, consumer debt, access to public benefits, small business sustainability, and many more issues that people need legal help with during this global crisis. You can access their services by calling 917-661-4500, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
  • SummerStage is going virtual this year! Each weekend this summer, there will be virtual SummerStage Anywhere performances. Find the full schedule of performances here
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts is hosting a virtual art event for families on Saturday, May 30th from 1pm-3:30pm. To register, click here.
  • Join LOFT LGBT Community Center for their upcoming virtual pride celebrations. Learn more here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 29th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,719,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 101,711 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 5,841,700 cases with 361,985 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 29th, there are 368,284 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,944,130 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 29th we have lost 23,780 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 201,999 are located in New York City
  • 40,226 are located in Nassau County 
  • 39,445 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 33,349 are located in Westchester County 
  • 13,100 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 29th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,609 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

All New Yorkers are eligible to vote by absentee ballot due to COVID-19 – apply for your ballot today! If you are a registered voter in New York City, you can apply for an absentee ballot online. If you are a registered voter in Westchester County, you can email your completed absentee ballot application to boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.com. You can learn more from the Board of Elections and download the application here.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 28TH, 2020

Dear Community,

Today my colleagues and I in the New York State Legislature virtually returned to session to continue passing bills related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These included Senator Zellnor Myrie’s bill to allow voters to request an absentee ballot through an online application and extend the absentee ballot postmark deadline to Election Day, as well as Senator Liz Krueger’s bill to provide financial and budgetary flexibility to local governments as they continue to operate and provide critical services during this difficult time and in the aftermath.

Lastly, we voted to pass the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020When signed by the Governor, this bill will provide rental assistance vouchers to landlords on behalf of tenants who have experienced an increase in rent burden due to a loss of income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be administered through the NYS Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR). $100,000,000 will be allocated towards this program. The coverage period spans April 1st, 2020 through July 31st, 2020. 

It is estimated that the bill will provide relief for between 25,000 to 40,000 New Yorkers statewide. Households are eligible for rental relief if: (1) their household income is below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 7th, 2020 and at the time of application; (2) such household has a rent burden both prior to March 7th and at the time of application (a tenant has a rent burden if their rent is more than 30% of the household income), and lastly (3) such household has lost income during the covered period. The subsidy is effectuated as a voucher that is paid directly to landlords to bridge the financial gap between an individual’s pre-COVID rent burden and their new rent burden, up to 125% of the Fair Market Rent (FMR). The act does not cover NYCHA residents. 

This bill was our first step to address the rent crisis New York is currently facing, and I take full accountability for my vote. I am not under any illusion that this bill is satisfactory. Millions of New Yorkers are struggling to make their rent payments and simply survive – this legislation does not come close to providing the necessary relief. The Emergency Rent Relief Act’s limited scope offers assistance to only a marginal number of New Yorkers, leaving many with little to no recourse. I share in the same disappointment that so many renters and advocates have rightfully expressed. But our fight for housing justice is not over yet. 

The passage of this bill does not waive our inherent responsibility to provide meaningful relief for every New Yorker – we must and will take bold action to ensure the safety and housing security of our neighbors, and the survival of our small businesses. It is unfathomable to ask at least 1.9 million jobless New Yorkers, and thousands of small businesses who have had to shut their doors, to keep paying their rent and mortgages without a steady income or stream of revenue. Suspending rent and mortgage payments for New Yorkers struggling from the impact of COVID-19 is one of the most efficient, effective, and human-centered ways we can provide relief. The legislative session is not over – we will be back to deliver for our communities.

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The Executive Order builds on the State's ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.

In continuing to inform New Yorkers about the necessity of safety protocols for our ongoing recovery, Governor Cuomo announced a partnership with Rosie Perez and Chris Rock, who will help New York State build communication and education on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing, and the availability of testing and health services in the state.

The Governor also announced that 1 million masks were distributed to New York City's hardest-hit neighborhoods today. To date, the state has already distributed more than 8 million masks across New York City, including to NYCHA developments, food banks, churches and homeless shelters. New York State maintains a comprehensive testing network throughout the state, including more than 225 sites in New York City. You can find a testing site near you using the Department of Health's locator map.

As New York City works towards phase one of reopening, the Governor announced that the MTA will pilot the use of proven UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities. The MTA currently cleans and disinfects trains every day.

Today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined plans to support businesses during reopening once New York City is approved to begin phase one. You can track the region’s progress hereNYC estimates 200,000-400,000 people will return to work in the first phase of reopening, and all businesses will be required to follow the safety guidelines issued by the State. To support businesses and workers through this transition, the City will: launch a business restart hotline that will be available for any business that needs additional support or clarification about regulations or resources; release simplified industry guides to help educate businesses about proper protocols; train teams of City officials that will go to businesses and provide on the ground assistance; and continue to meet with the Sector Advisory Councils to gather feedback on reopening progress and address industry wide concerns and issues. 

To ensure businesses are complying, NYC enforcement agencies will conduct random visits to sites that are reopening. They will review reopening safety plans and provide guidance regarding best practices and applicable regulations. Summons or fines will be issued in the case of egregious or repeat violations. New Yorkers can call 311 to report a business that is violating the guidelines.

NYCHA Update: Tenants can find the latest updates from NYCHA here

WIC Update: New York State’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program is accepting new applicants and recertifying existing participants. For more information on how to apply, click here or call 1-800-522-5006. As a reminder, WIC benefits are not counted as a “public charge” and no questions will be asked about the applicant's immigration status. 

Update on NYC Homelessness Outreach: NYC has engaged more than 1,700 unique individuals since May 4th, including 506 who accepted placement in shelter, 281 who remain in shelter, and 432 referrals to hospital care. There has been an average of 23 referrals per night.

Rent Resources for Veterans: Supportive Services for Veteran Families is offering rent assistance to veterans who are in need of relief. For more information for Bronx residents, email ssvfny@helpusa.org or call 646-619-3299. 

District 34 Food Distribution Site: Catholic Charities Community Services will be hosting a pop-up food distribution site at 3143 Kingsbridge Avenue on June 5th at 10am. 

Legal Resources: Bronx Legal Services is offering remote legal assistance for residents seeking help with housing, unemployment insurance, immigration, access to public benefits, and more. To connect with these resources, call 917-661-4500.

Community Resources and Events: 

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

 

As of today, May 28th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,698,523 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 100,446 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 5,774,000 cases with 359,600 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 28th, there are 366,733 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,876,788 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 28th we have lost 23,722 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 201,051 are located in New York City
  • 40,140 are located in Nassau County 
  • 39,359 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 33,293 are located in Westchester County 
  • 13,076 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here

As of May 28th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 159 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,628 are located in Mount Vernon 

 

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Due to COVID-19, all eligible New Yorkers can vote in the June primary election by absentee ballot – apply for your ballot today! If you are a registered voter in New York City, you can apply for an absentee ballot online. If you are a registered voter in Westchester County, you can email your completed absentee ballot application to boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.comYou can learn more from the Board of Elections and download the application here.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

_________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 27TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, I joined my colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass several pieces of legislation related to COVID-19. These bills included enhanced whistleblower protections for healthcare employees who raise concerns about workplace safety, a moratorium on utility companies terminating services during the pandemic, a new emergency disaster loan programnew requirements for nursing homes to plan for future pandemics, and the Tenant Safe Harbor Act which prohibits the eviction at any time of tenants who lost income due to COVID for non-payment of rent during the crisis. I am proud to share that we also passed Senator Hoylman’s bill to extend the look back window for the Child Victims Act by a full year. This will give survivors of child sexual abuse –regardless of their age and the time elapsed – another year to file a civil case against an individual or institution who enabled their abuse. If signed by the Governor, the look back window will be extended through August 14th, 2021. As a reminder, the window was previously extended by the Governor in an Executive Order to January 14, 2021.  

These bills are an important start – but we have so much more work to do to help every person and family who has been harmed by COVID-19, transform the underlying inequalities that have been laid bare by this crisis, and begin to build back our communities better than they were before. I will continue to advocate for relief for residential and commercial tenants, and homeowners. I will fight for the Healthy Terminals Act to guarantee our essential airport workers access to their basic human right – healthcare. And I will work to pass my absentee ballot legislation to protect New Yorkers’ right to vote in our upcoming elections without putting their health at risk.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo met with President Trump today to advocate for unrestricted federal aid for states. He also urged President Trump to support public infrastructure projects in New York, including the LaGuardia AirTrain, the Cross-Hudson Tunnels, and the Second Avenue Subway expansion, to help boost our state’s economy.

In anticipation of reopening in the coming weeks, New York City is continuing to build out its contact tracing program. Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined the resources that will be available to individuals who test positive to help them isolate, whether at home or in a hotel room. For New Yorkers able to safely isolate in their homes, resource navigators will work with them to provide food, medicine, laundry services, etc. To aid these efforts, New York City is working with 200 staff from community-based organizations including BronxWorks, Make the Road, CUNY, and Met Council, to provide culturally responsive support. New Yorkers unable to isolate in their own home, will be able to quarantine in free hotel rooms, with free food, laundry, healthcare, and other services provided. There are currently more than 1,200 rooms available for individuals to isolate. All providers can refer patients to these hotels. Providers can contact commcareCP@nychhc.org to refer a patient. If you don’t have a doctor you can call 844-692-4692, and ask for COVID Hotel Program. 

To guide these efforts, Mayor de Blasio is convening a Community Advisory Board made up of 60 community based organizations. These organizations will provide input twice a week on the Test and Trace program to ensure it is best meeting the needs of all New Yorkers. 

Metro-North Update: All Metro North customers will now be required to wear a mask or face covering and maintain social distancing, particularly while in Metro-North stations, on platforms, and in Grand Central Terminal. Passengers must also board trains at all available doors and to take seats that maximize social distancing. 

Testing Update: Starting tomorrow, diagnostic testing will be offered at 2530 Jerome Avenue in Fordham Manor and 778 Forest Avenue in the South Bronx.

Updates on New York City Emergency Food Program: New York City is currently working with approximately 30 food providers, and looking for more partners; especially providers with expertise in culturally competent meals. If you are interested in partnering to provide meals, please respond to the city’s Request for Information here by Friday, May 29th. As a reminder, you can find sites to get free meals and learn more about the delivery program here

Community Resources and Events: 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

●      Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York Statehere for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 27th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,678,843 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 99,031 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 5,615,000 cases with 352,600 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 27th, there are 364,965 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,811,544 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 27th we have lost 23,643 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 199,968 are located in New York City
  • 40,034 are located in Nassau County 
  • 39.258 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 33,186 are located in Westchester County 
  • 13,047 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 27th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 159 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,622 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October.For more information, and to complete the census, you can click hereLet’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 26TH 2020

Dear Community,

Today, the New York State Senate resumed virtual committee meetings. We are scheduled to return to session tomorrow. I am excited to be back in session and fighting to pass legislation on behalf of District 34. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Westchester, has met all seven metrics and can begin phase one of reopening. As a reminder, construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail with curbside or in-store pickup, manufacturing, and wholesale trade activities can all resume under phase one, with social distancing precautions in place. You can read more about the requirements for each sector here

New York City is continuing to make progress toward reopening in early June. To help the city reach the reopening benchmarks, Governor Cuomo and his team are focusing on providing resources and targeting their efforts on zip codes with the highest incidents of COVID cases. You can continue to track New York City and other regions’ progress on the state's regional monitoring dashboard

As New York State begins opening, Governor Cuomo is fast tracking several infrastructure projects to help boost economic activity across the state. The state will speed up construction of Empire Station at Penn, and upgrades to LaGuardia airport while ridership is down. Additionally, New York State will advance efforts to build new cross-state transmission cables to transport renewable power from upstate to downstate, and expedite a project to construct a power cable to bring renewable energy from Canada to New York City. Governor Cuomo is also meeting with President Trump tomorrow to discuss several other infrastructure projects that require federal approval, including expanding the Second Avenue Subway, and constructing a new Cross-Hudson Tunnel. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio provided updates today on New York City’s contact tracing program. New York City will have 1,700 personnel in place by June 1st to trace contacts and provide support to individuals who test positive or had close contact with a positive test. More than 40% of these individuals are from the neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID. Collectively, they speak over 40 languages. 

The Mayor also announced a new partnership with AdvantageCare to expand community-based testing in New York City. Testing sites will open on June 1st. You can call 866-749-2660 to make an appointment for a diagnostic test at one of these sites.  

Today, Mayor de Blasio signed a package of legislation designed to help New York City small businesses navigate the COVID crisis, including by suspending certain fees, protecting commercial tenants from personal liability for rental agreements and harassment, and capping delivery fees for restaurants. 

Update on Economic Impact Payments: The IRS has started distributing Economic Impact Payments via prepaid debit cards. If you receive one of these cards in the mail do not throw it away, you will need it to access your payment. You can learn more about accessing your payment, how to tell if the card you received is real, and how to use the prepaid card here

Alternate Side Parking Update: Alternate side parking will be suspended through at least Sunday, June 7th. 

Resources for Businesses: 

  • New York Forward Loan Program: New York State will provide loans to small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, nonprofits, and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. Pre-application for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at 12pm. Businesses who have already received SBA funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are not eligible. You can learn more about NYFLP here. The New York City Business Solutions Centers are available to answer questions and provide assistance with applications. 

  • Bars & Restaurants: The Mayor’s Office of Nightlife has posters businesses can use to encourage patrons to comply with social distancing, information on complying with NYS on PAUSE, assistance for workers, and more. 

  • Businesses impacted by the open streets program can reach out to Small Business Services for support. The Emergency Response Unit will work with businesses 1-on-1 to figure out the best way to get the services they need, including making it easier to access deliveries . You can call (212) 618-8810 for support. 

Update on NYC DOE Summer School: Based on feedback, New York City is adjusting the dates of summer school programs. Beginning summer school earlier allows for continuous learning for students. Concluding programs earlier also allows more time for continuous rest for families in the month of August. 

  • For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. There is no change to the duration or structure of the program. 

  • For high school students who are attending summer school, courses will also start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 14. There is no change to the duration or structure of this program either. 

  • For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services, there will be no change to the calendar. Our teachers start on Wednesday, July 1 and students are expected to participate from Thursday, July 2–Thursday, August 13.

New York City Census Competition: In partnership with NYC Census 2020, Seamless is giving away ten $1,000 gift cards to New Yorkers who complete the 2020 Census. In order to qualify, an individual must first complete the census for their household, then register for the contest by offering proof to NYC Census 2020 of having done so and providing up to 250 characters about what winning would mean to them. Winners will be selected based on the quality of their answers to that last question. Enter at nyc.gov/CensusContest.

NYCHA Updates: Tenants can find the latest updates from NYCHA here

Diagnostic Testing Update: The following community based testing sites are open or opening soon in the Bronx. 

  • Imperial Pharmacy in Kingsbridge is offering diagnostic testing Monday - Friday from 10am -2pm. Testing is by appointment only. To make an appointment, click here.

  • Opening May 28th: 2530 Jerome Avenue

  • Opening June 1st: 1302 Edward L Grant Highway and 921 East 228th Street

  • Opening June 29th: 4006 3rd Avenue 

You can learn more about testing and finding additional testing sites here

Antibody Testing for Westchester Residents: Antibody testing is now available at the Westchester County Center. Testing is by appointment only. To make your appointment, call 914-326-2060.

Metro-North Update: Metro-North will be increasing service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines during peak hours beginning tomorrow, May 27th.

Funeral Update: New York State has released updated guidance for funeral services during COVID-19. For a summary, click here. For full text of the interim guidance, click here.

Community Resources and Events: 

  • Online English Classes: The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs launched conversational English classes through WeSpeak. To sign up, click here.

  • The Riverdale Arts Association is hosting a virtual gallery entitled “Celebrating Women.” To enjoy, click here.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a virtual “Teens Take the Met” event with art activities, performances, music and more. To attend, click here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 26th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,662,414 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 98,261 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 5,524,600 cases with 347,800 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 26th, there are 363,836 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,774,128 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 26th we have lost 23,564 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 199,301 are located in New York City

  • 39,974 are located in Nassau County 

  • 39.199 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 33,107 are located in Westchester County 

  • 13,019 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 26th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 159 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,619 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 24TH 2020

Dear Community,

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, my team will be taking a break from their hard work over the long Memorial Day Weekend. There will be no COVID-19 email updates Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th – email updates will resume on Tuesday, May 26th. We have received such a wonderful response to our daily email updates over the last several months – it takes an incredible amount of time and effort to put these updates together, and your kind feedback means the world to us. 

I want to take a moment to recognize our veterans and their families. Although we are not able to commemorate Memorial Day with our usual traditions this year, we can each honor the memories of those who have lost their lives in service to our country, by committing to serving our own communities, especially in these challenging times. I want to extend my gratitude to our military families and local American Legions who have stepped up to support District 34 residents over the last few months – your impact is deeply felt. As a reminder, New York State will allow Memorial Day ceremonies of 10 people or fewer statewide. Local governments may place further restrictions on ceremonies within their jurisdiction. The Governor is encouraging communities to hold vehicle parades to honor veterans this year on Memorial Day. Please review Memorial Day guidelines here

I want to remind all New Yorkers to continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing while you enjoy the outdoors this Memorial Day weekend. In anticipation of increased activity during Memorial Day Weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several measures to ensure social distancing: 

  • 2,300 social distancing ambassadors will be deployed around the city to educate New Yorkers and help maintain social distancing.

  • NYC Parks staff will be on hand in 230 city parks to distribute masks. 

  • The city will continue to utilize “social distancing circles” at select parks to help New Yorkers remain 6 feet apart. 

  • New York City beaches will be closed for swimming, but New Yorkers may walk and sit on the beaches. There will be a 30% increase in NYPD police details for beaches. 

  • 50 NYPD police vehicles will make amplified announcements around the city. 

  • The NYPD and the Sheriff's office will conduct increased enforcement in “restaurant heavy” areas, including the Upper East Side, to avoid people congregating on sidewalks outside of restaurants and bars. 

I also want to say Eid Mubarak to our Muslim community, as the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close! I hope all who are observing have an easy end to their fast, and safely enjoy virtual celebrations with friends and family. It was a pleasure to partner with ICNA Relief and Rethink Food NYC this month to provide hundreds of free Halal meals to District 34 residents. As a reminder, you can pick up free grab and go Halal meals at select DOE sites, which can be located here.

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, especially minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will focus on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.

As the number of deaths each day continues to decline in the Mid-Hudson and Long Island Regions, Governor Cuomo announced today that both regions are on track to begin Phase One of reopening next week. Both regions will begin to allow construction staging, in anticipation of reopening. As a reminder, you can track the progress of each region on the Regional Monitoring Dashboard. As of today, New York City has met 4/7 metrics. If our progress continues, Mayor Bill de Blasio expects NYC will be able to begin Phase One of reopening the first or second week of June. 

Governor Cuomo also announced a new partnership with 52 independent pharmacies across New York State to provide diagnostic testing. These pharmacies will be able to conduct 7,000 tests per week. New York State now has 750 sites providing testing. You can find the nearest site to you here. Testing is critical to slowing the spread of the virus – if you have symptoms or were in contact with someone who tested positive, go get tested!  

As the New York State contact tracing program begins, the state will share the curriculum it developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and the Bloomberg Foundation to train contact tracers with other states. 

Mayor de Blasio also announced that New York City’s CURE Violence Prevention Program will assist with social distancing education and enforcement moving forward. The CURE program works with community-based organizations to prevent gun violence in their communities. This effort will expand to include social distancing education. Save Our Streets will provide social distancing interventions in the South Bronx, and Bronx Raises Against Guns will support social distancing in Fordham. 

Open Streets Update: Today, Mayor de Blasio announced 13 new miles of open streets and bike lanes that will open tomorrow, including Pugsley Avenue in Castle Hill. You can find the full list of open streets here. Open streets are also now visible on Google Maps. 

As a reminder, NYC is collecting suggestions of streets in our communities that could safely be closed with staffing of community partners. You can suggest a street here. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please submit separate applications for each corridor you are proposing to pedestrianize in your community. You can email openstreets@dot.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

Alternate Side Parking Update: Alternate Side Parking will be suspended again beginning Sunday, May 24th.

Mount Vernon Mask Distribution: The City of Mount Vernon is giving out free masks at these upcoming times and locations: 

  • Sunday May 24th 1pm to 3pm, 223 West 1st St Mount Vernon NY (Caribbean Supermarket)

  • Wednesday May 27th 4pm to 6pm, 502 South 5th Ave Mount Vernon NY (Sugar Bowl Deli)

  • Friday May 29th 4pm to 6pm, 9 Oak St Mount Vernon NY (Firehouse)

Tenants Rights Resources: The Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, Public Engagement Unit, DSS, and OCJ are sending postcards to tenants across the city to give them information about their rights and connect them with resources on how to deal with harassment, evictions, and answer questions about their lease.

Hospital Visitation Reminder: New York State, in partnership with Greater New York Hospital Association, will implement a two week hospital visitation pilot program at 21 hospitals across the state to allow for increased visitation for our loved ones. All visitors must wear PPE and are subject to symptom and temperature checks. For more information, click here.

Wear A Mask Competition: To encourage New Yorkers to wear a mask, Governor Cuomo launched an ad competition. You can watch the 30-second ads created by five finalists here, and vote for your favorite. Voting closes May 25th. 

Community Resources and Events: 

  • The Mental Health Association of Westchester is still providing services. MHA created a new Community Support Line to help combat isolation and loneliness. Call 914-219-4232 during business hours to speak with mental health professionals. 

  • Virtual Memorial Day Celebration: The United War Veterans Council (UWVC) and the NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) invite you to join the community in remembering America’s fallen through A Flag, a Flower, a Moment of Memorial.

  • Participate in PelhamCouchFest this Saturday, May 30th at 7:05pm. Listen to performances from Pelham performers and help support local nonprofits. Learn more here

  • Free Grocery Distribution: SAPNA NYC is hosting a food pantry every Saturday at 11am at 2348 Waterbury Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462. To learn more about SAPNA, click here. You can find other food pantries around New York City here.

  • Online English Classes: The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs launched conversational English classes through WeSpeak. To sign up, click here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 22nd, 2020, nationwide there are 1,571,617 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 94,150 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 5,129,900 cases with 335,173 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 22nd, there are 358,154 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,600,793 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 22nd we have lost 23,195 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 196,484 are located in New York City

  • 39,608 are located in Nassau County 

  • 38,672 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 32,767 are located in Westchester County 

  • 12,905 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 22nd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 159 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,604 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong

With Gratitude,

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

 

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 21ST 2O2O

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that summer school programs will be taught through remote learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19. School sites that provide meal programs and child care for essential workers will continue to do so throughout the summer. The Governor requested all school districts to develop plans for students with special needs and disabilities who take part in summer school programs to ensure that all students receive proper instruction.

The State will make a determination for the upcoming fall semester and issue guidelines in June to allow K-12 schools and colleges to start planning for a variety of scenarios. All schools must submit a plan to the State in July for approval.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced that the State’s contact tracing program is now in effect. Here's how it works: 

  • If you test positive, a COVID Contact Tracer will connect you with the support and resources you may need to quarantine, such as help getting medical care, child care, groceries or household supplies. The Tracer will work with you to identify anyone you've been in contact with over the past 14 days to trace and contain the spread of the virus. Those contacts will in turn hear from a Tracer via phone and text.
  • People who have come in close contact with someone who is positive are asked to stay home and limit their contact with others. By staying home during this time, IF you become sick yourself, you won't have infected other people. Testing, medical and quarantine support will be arranged.
  • Your information is strictly confidential and will be treated as a private medical record. A contact tracer will never ask for your Social Security Number, bank or credit card numbers, or any other financial information.
  • Note that if you get a call from a Tracer, your caller ID will in most cases say "NYS Contact Tracing." If you get a call, PLEASE answer the phone. Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe and allows us to keep New York moving forward.

 

In partnership with Sanctuary for Families, today Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new program to provide survivors of domestic abuse and gender-based violence with funding for immediate safety, economic, and housing needs currently exacerbated by the pandemic. The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and Sanctuary for Families will work with a network of service providers to distribute “micro-grants” directly to survivors based on need. If you are in an unsafe situation and are in need of assistance, please use the “NYC HOPE” resources directory and the Resources for Survivors During COVID-19. The Mayor’s Fund is continuing to pursue additional funds to enhance this and other programs – anyone can contribute through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

New York City has distributed over 32 million meals to New Yorkers in need since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting next week, the City will have the daily capacity to deliver over one million meals to seniors and others who cannot leave their homes, and is already distributing more than 500,000 meals through the Department of Education’s grab and go sites across the five boroughs. NYC is continuing to look for partners, including community-based nonprofits and restaurants, who can help provide culturally specific meals to their communities. Submissions for partnerships are due May 29th – please visit NYC.gov/nonprofits for more information.

If you need help accessing food in NYC, you can learn more about GetFood resources and distribution here, or by calling 311. If you have signed up for meal delivery and are not getting the food you requested or are having other issues, you can call 311 or visit NYC/gov/GetFoodHelp. If you need help accessing food in Westchester, please contact Feeding Westchester. Seniors can contact the Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services at 914-813-6300, for food assistance and deliveries.

In partnership with ReThink Food NYC and community partners, my office has distributed over 13,000 meals to District 34 residents over the last several weeks. If you would like to participate in our food distribution and have the capacity to give out hundreds of meals to residents, please fill out this form.

MIS-C Update: New York State is investigating 157 reported cases in New York where children – predominantly school-aged – are experiencing symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19. To date, 13 countries and 25 other states have reported cases of this COVID-related illness in children. Parents can learn more about symptoms in English or en EspañolIf your child develops symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately or call 311 to be connected to a medical provider.

Community Testing Update: On May 29th, CVS Health will be opening a community testing facility in District 34, located at 565 West 235th Street in Kingsbridge. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Tax Update for Small Businesses: New York State is extending sales tax interest and penalty relief through June 22nd. The state previously provided relief through May 19th for returns due March 20th. This extension could provide interest and penalty relief for up to 89,000 vendors who had returns due in March. Small businesses which file their taxes quarterly and annually, and have taxable receipts of less than $300,000 in the previous quarter, are eligible for this relief. For more information, click here.

NYC Homelessness Outreach Update: The New York City Department of Homeless Services is continuing to conduct outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness on trains each night when the subway closes. In the two weeks since closures began, 1,400 unique individuals have accepted some form of services. 378 unique individuals accepted placement in a shelter, of those, 211 remain in shelter. An additional 301 individuals received a referral for hospital care. 

Summer All Out Reminder: To prevent gun violence and reduce summer crime in our communities, New York City will continue the Summer All Out program this year. The program deploys additional officers to patrol streets in the community, in the model of neighborhood policing. This program will be implemented in the 40th, 42nd, and 44th Precincts in the Bronx. 

NYCHA Update: For the most up-to-date information on NYCHA developments including updates on testing locations, AC installation and more, click here.

Open Streets Update: The Open Street initiative is coming to Castle Hill! Pugsley Avenue will be open for pedestrians between Bruckner Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue. As a reminder, NYC is collecting suggestions of streets in our communities that could safely be closed with staffing of community partners, which can be submitted here. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please submit separate applications for each corridor you are proposing to pedestrianize in your community. You can email openstreets@dot.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

Worker and Consumer Resources:

  • Statewide Hotline for Workplace Complaints Related to COVID-19: New Yorkers can call the Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if they believe their employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines.
  • NYC Debt Collection: The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection released a letter template today in multiple languages that people can use to respond to aggressive debt collectors during the state of emergency. For more information about scams and other consumer issues, visit nyc.gov/consumers.

 

Community Resources and Events: 

  • Virtual Memorial Day Celebration: The United War Veterans Council (UWVC) and the NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) invite you to join the community in remembering America’s fallen through A Flag, a Flower, a Moment of Memorial.
  • The Community Service Society has posted webinars online about unemployment benefits under COVID, changes to New York City’s housing programs and systems, and changes to cash assistance and SNAP. You can access these resources for free here
  • Participate in PelhamCouchFest this Saturday, May 30th at 7:05pm. Listen to performances from Pelham performers and help support local nonprofits. Learn more here
  • Free Grocery Distribution: SAPNA NYC is hosting a food pantry every Saturday at 11am at 2348 Waterbury Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462. To learn more about SAPNA, click here. You can find other food pantries around New York City here.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

 

As of today, May 21st, 2020, nationwide there are 1,551,095 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 93,061 reported deaths. Worldwide there are more than 5 million confirmed cases with 330,456 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 21st, there are 356,458 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,555,055 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 21st we have lost 23,083 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 195,675 are located in New York City
  • 39,487 are located in Nassau County 
  • 38,553 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 32,673 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,877 are located in Rockland County  

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 21st, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 157 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,580 are located in Mount Vernon

 

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 20TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Every member of Team Biaggi has completed the census – have you? Only 50% of Bronx residents and only 60% of Westchester residents have completed their 2020 census. We cannot let the COVID crisis depress our response rate. The census results will determine whether we get our fair share of federal funding for our schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, and how many representatives go to Washington to fight for our community. The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Fill out the census today – and then make sure your friends and family do too! The census is completely confidential and there are no questions about citizenship status. 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo shared new antibody data that confirms what we have known for weeks – the Bronx has the highest infection rate in New York City. 34% of those surveyed at church testing sites in the Bronx, compared to 19% citywide, tested positive for COVID antibodies. The survey found particularly high rates of infection in Soundview and the East Bronx. In response to these results, the Governor announced expanded community testing in communities of color and low income communities around New York City. In partnership with Northwell Health and SOMOS, the state will soon have 72 sites open in churches in the most impacted zip-codes. Additionally, Ready Responders will expand its NYCHA testing program to 40 developments. 

As New Yorkers have stayed home to stop the spread of COVID, we have seen a tragic rise in domestic violence incidents. Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, is spearheading a new taskforce to find ways for the state to better support survivors and provide services. The taskforce will make recommendations to the Governor by May 28th. As a reminder, if you are experiencing domestic violence you can call the New York State hotline at 1-800-942-6906, text 844-997-2121, or chat with a professional on the new confidential website at www.opdv.ny.gov

Governor Cuomo has convened an Interfaith Advisory Council to advise the state on how to safely allow religious services to resume. Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st, New York State will allow religious gatherings with 10 people or fewer, as long as participants practice social distancing and wear a mask. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new measures New York City will take to support nursing homes and ensure the safety of their residents. Over the next two weeks, New York City will help all nursing homes in the city conduct diagnostic tests for all residents free of charge. They will continue to provide testing for nursing homes moving forward. The city will also assist homes with staffing needs. Thus far, 240 staff members have been placed in nursing homes to provide temporary support. Lastly, New York City has created 10 outbreak response teams that will be tasked with helping nursing homes respond to COVID outbreaks, should they occur. Each team will include an epidemiologist, and will provide infection control assistance, mental health support, and help coordinating PPE and further testing. 

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reporting significant decreases in the number of children who are receiving vaccines during the pandemic. With families staying home, and many doctor’s offices closed, the number of administered doses is down 63% since the start of the COVID pandemic in New York.Vaccines are essential to protecting kids and our communities. Families can access them for free at over 1,000 clinics in New York City through the Vaccines for Children program. You can call your provider or 844-NYC-4NYC to make an appointment and ensure your child is up-to-date on their vaccines. 

Wear A Mask Competition: To encourage New Yorkers to wear a mask, Governor Cuomo launched an ad competition. You can watch the 30-second ads created by five finalists here, and vote for your favorite. Voting closes May 25th. 

Update on Unemployment Benefits: The Department of Labor (DOL) announced today that the backlog of outstanding applications has been reduced 7,580. This includes individuals for whom the DOL is missing critical information, and claims that cannot be processed, are duplicates, or have been abandoned. As of this week, New York State has processed more than 2 million unemployment benefit applications, including more than 562,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications, and paid out $10 billion in benefits. 

Update on NYC PPE Supply: New York City has secured enough PPE to last through the end of May. The City is now working to build its stockpile to support hospitals, nursing homes, funeral homes, and first responders in the future. The goal is to have a 90 day supply including 4,000 ventilators in reserve. New York City will add supplies on an ongoing basis any time the city has secured enough PPE for the following 14 days. 

Update on NYS Court System: The NYS Court System has resumed some operations. Courts in downstate counties are beginning to accept new case filings and NYC housing judges are conducting virtual conferences in pending eviction cases. You can read all updates about operations here.

Resources for NYC Public Schools Families: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced the launch of Let’s Learn NYC! The New York City Department of Education (DOE) will be featuring lessons for children in 3K through second grade that will supplement remote learning.

Resources for IsolatingIf you have been infected by COVID-19 or live with someone who is currently positive, you may qualify for a 14 day free hotel stay. To see if you qualify, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692) and press "O".

Job Opportunities: New York City is hiring! Below are some job opportunities that might be of interest to you: 

  • H+H is hiring for several positions, you may apply here.  
  • The City is hiring 2,500 Contact Tracers, you may apply here.
  • The City is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need. Learn more about the job opportunity and apply here

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi:

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here.
  • A Conversation about Campus Sexual Assault with the authors of Sexual Citizens: Tomorrow, May 21st at 8PM, I will join Markers For Democracy and Downtown Nasty Women Social Group for a virtual conversation with Columbia Professors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan about their new book, Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus, and about what everyone – families, schools, religious communities, and elected officials – should be doing to prevent campus sexual assault. RSVP for the event hereContent Warning: The discussion of Sexual Citizens will include descriptions of actual sexual assaults, as students recounted them.

Community Resources and Events: 

  • Small Business Strategies for the New Normal: As state legislatures begin to assess the reopening process, small businesses must quickly figure out what changes are necessary to succeed in an altered marketplace. Join the New York Public Library, tomorrow, Thursday May 21st at 6pm for a webinar that will teach you how to survive and thrive in this new economy. Register here.
  • The Community Service Society has posted webinars online about unemployment benefits under COVID, changes to New York City’s housing programs and systems, and changes to cash assistance and SNAP. You can access these resources for free here
  • Join Nonprofit Westchester on Thursday, May 21st from 10am-11:15am for a workshop on returning to the workplace. Learn more and register here
  • Participate in PelhamCouchFest this Saturday, May 30th at 7:05pm. Listen to performances from Pelham performers and help support local nonprofits. Learn more here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

● Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York Statehere for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 20th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,528,235 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 91,664 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,917,700 confirmed cases with 322,544 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 20th, there are 354,370 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,505,836 tests statewide. Note, the number of confirmed cases reflects the total number of positive cases since March. The vast majority of individuals who tested positive have since recovered. 

As of May 20th we have lost 22,976 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 194,550 are located in New York City
  • 39,368 are located in Nassau County 
  • 38,411 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 32,517 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,831 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 20th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,611 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Once again, don’t forget to fill out the census! The self-response deadline has been extended through October.For more information, and to complete the census, you can click hereLet’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 19TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced the Capital Region has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the State’s reopening plan, joining the Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley Regions which have begun reopening. As of today, New York City has met four of seven metrics; the Mid-Hudson region has met five. You can review the status of each area on the regional monitoring dashboard

Governor Cuomo also announced a collaboration with Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) to implement a two week pilot program in sixteen hospitals that will allow for increased visitations by family members and loved ones. Visits will be time limited, and visitors will be provided with PPE and subject to symptom and temperature checks. Jacobi Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center - Henry and Lucy Mose Division, and Westchester Medical Center will all participate in this pilot. 

The Governor also announced the state will allow Memorial Day ceremonies of 10 people or fewer statewide. Local governments may place further restrictions on ceremonies within their jurisdiction. The Governor is encouraging communities to hold vehicle parades to honor veterans this year on Memorial Day. 

Today, Mayor de Blasio provided updates on New York City’s summer learning plan. This summer, the Department of Education (DOE) will provide academic support to approximately 177,700 students through remote learning. This adjusted summer learning model will offer education and services to students with disabilities and provide academic support to the students not yet meeting grade-level standards. Families will be notified in June if their student is required or recommended to participate in summer learning. Regional Enrichment Centers which serve the children of essential workers will continue to operate this summer. You can learn more about summer learning here

The City is also planning summer activities that will be available for all DOE students. Virtual field trips and tours, virtual clubs, educational television and radio programming, academic prep and acceleration programs are all in the works to provide enrichment and activities for students over the summer. 

Update on the New York Democratic Presidential Primary: New York will hold a Democratic Presidential Primary on June 23rd, in addition to State and Congressional Primaries. The State Board of Elections has decided not to appeal the Appeals Court decision which reinstated the presidential primary. As a reminder, all eligible voters may request an absentee ballot for this election by selecting the “temporary illness or disability” category. All registered voters should have been mailed an absentee ballot application by their county board of elections. Note, you must fill out the application and mail it back in order to receive a ballot. New York City voters may request an absentee ballot online here. 

Update of Economic Impact Payments: The IRS has launched a new phone line to answer questions about Economic Impact Payments. If you have questions about your economic impact payment, you can call 800-919-9835. You can also find answers to many questions here

Remote Learning Update: The NYC DOE is still working to close the digital divide and provide students with devices for remote learning. So far, 284,000 internet enabled devices have been delivered out of 297,000 total requests. Families can still request a remote learning device for their child by filling out the Remote Learning Device Request form, or calling 718-935-5100 and choosing option 5.

Testing Sites: For help finding the closest diagnostic testing site near you, click here.

Update on MIS-C: As of this morning, there are 137 confirmed cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in New York State. The New York State and City Departments of Health continue to monitor our existing cases, in coordination with the CDC. Parents can learn more about symptoms in English or en Español. If your child develops symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately or call 311 to be connected to a medical provider.

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi: 

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here
  • A Conversation about Campus Sexual Assault with the authors of Sexual Citizens: On May 21st at 8PM, I will join Markers For Democracy and Downtown Nasty Women Social Group for a virtual conversation with Columbia Professors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan about their new book, Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus, and about what everyone – families, schools, religious communities, and elected officials – should be doing to prevent campus sexual assault. RSVP for the event here. Content Warning: The discussion of Sexual Citizens will include descriptions of actual sexual assaults, as students recounted them.

Community Resources and Events: 

  • The New York Public Library is holding events to help job seekers and small businesses. 

    • LinkedIn for Job Seekers: This Wednesday May 20th at 2pm, learn strategies on how to utilize your LinkedIn account in your job search, including customizing your LinkedIn profile, finding LinkedIn groups to join, performing basic and advanced job searches, and more. Register here.
    • Small Business Strategies for the New Normal: As state legislatures begin to assess the reopening process, small businesses must quickly figure out what changes are necessary to succeed in an altered marketplace. Join us this Thursday May 21st at 6pm for a webinar that will teach you how to survive and thrive in this new economy. Register here.
  • The Community Service Society has posted webinars online about unemployment benefits under COVID, changes to New York City’s housing programs and systems, and changes to cash assistance and SNAP. You can access these resources for free here
  • Join Nonprofit Westchester on Thursday, May 21st from 10am-11:15am for a workshop on returning to the workplace. Learn more and register here. 

Participate in PelhamCouchFest this Saturday, May 30th at 7:05pm. Listen to performances from Pelhamites and help support local nonprofits. Learn more here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 19th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,504,830 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 90,340 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,863,000 confirmed cases with 322,544 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 19th, there are 352,845 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,467,739 tests statewide. 

As of May 19th we have lost 22,843 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 193,821 are located in New York City
  • 39,295 are located in Nassau County 
  • 38,327 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 32,402 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,798 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 19th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,606 are located in Mount Vernon

New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. ​

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

_________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 18TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

As of today, Western New York has met all seven required metrics to start Phase One of reopening, and will begin tomorrow. I want to remind you that New York City and the Mid-Hudson region have not yet met the metric requirements for reopening. I encourage you to track their progress through the State's regional monitoring dashboard. Business guidance for Phase One of the State's reopening plan is available here, and a full guide to the NY Forward Reopening Plan is available here.

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new efforts to bring more tests to nursing home facilities to help these facilities meet new guidelines mandating that all nursing homes and adult care facilities test all personnel for COVID-19 two times per week. Working with local labs, so far New York State has reserved 35,000 tests per day for nursing homes specifically for this purpose, and sent 320,000 test kits to nursing homes today.

While I am appreciative of this action to help nursing homes and adult care facilities, I want to be clear that this effort should have been implemented from the start. From the very beginning, there needed to be thoughtful action and focused attention to support our nursing homes in safely caring for vulnerable residents and employees through this pandemic. Our elders, and the workers who take care of them, are not disposable.

Today Governor Cuomo also announced that New York is bringing in international experts as advisors to the State in reviewing the data and metrics of the reopening plan. Advisors include Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, at University of Minnesota, and Dr. Samir Bhatt, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College.

New York City has started deploying NYC-manufactured COVID-19 diagnostic testing kits to Community Testing Sites. The test kits were developed in partnership with Print Parts, Collab, and District 34’s very own Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Mayor de Blasio announced that this effort will help to increase testing accessibility across the five boroughs, and will help to secure access in the future. The City plans to have 33,000 assembled this week, 50,000 by the week of May 25th, and 60,000+ by the week of June 1st.

Today New York City began antibody testing for first responders. The 140,000 tests will be offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations, and correctional facilities. If you are a first responder interested in receiving antibody testing, you may sign-up at FirstSeroSurveyNYC.com or by texting “TestNYC” to 78378. 

The Center for Disease Control has released a new standard national definition for what is now called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). The CDC has confirmed that MIS-C is linked to COVID-19. The New York State and City health departments continue to monitor our existing cases, in coordination with the CDC. Parents can learn more about symptoms in English or en Español. If your child develops symptoms, please call your doctor immediately or 311 to be connected to a medical provider.

Paycheck Protection Program Update: Retired basketball player Magic Johnson is partnering with Rafael Martinez, owner of MBE Capital Partners, to assist Black and Latinx business owners in accessing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans with $100 million in funding. Learn more about the initiative through the MBE Capital Partners webpage. 

New York City Department of Education Updates: 

  • Informational Postcards: The DOE will be mailing postcards to all families with information about how to access their online resources. The postcard will be translated into multiple languages, and will include links to educational materials, request forms, and surveys.
  • Anti-Bias Education Resource Guide: The DOE has partnered with the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes to make the COVID-19 Related Anti-Bias Education Resource Guide. The guide helps educators initiate discussions with their students and provides empowering ways to stand up to hate, even in the virtual space. The Resource Guide includes lesson plans and activities for grades K-12, including specific lessons on COVID-19 related fears and stereotyping.
  • Testing Sites: In efforts to expand testing citywide, every city agency including the DOE has vetted their buildings for diagnostic testing capacity. The South Bronx Academy for Applied Media (X184) at 778 Forest Avenue, Bronx NY 10456 is scheduled to open on May 25th.

Alternate Side Parking Reminder: Alternate Side Parking resumed today and will run for the week of May 18th – 23rd for a citywide “clean sweep” (excluding May 21st for Ascension Day). Alternate side parking will be suspended again May 24th – June 7th, during which the NYC Department of Sanitation will reassess cleanliness.

Absentee Ballot Voting Reminder: If you are a registered voter in New York City, you can apply for an absentee ballot online. If you are a registered voter in Westchester County, you can email your completed absentee ballot application to boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.com. You can learn more from the Board of Elections and download the application here.

NYCHA Update: Tenants can see the latest updates from NYCHA here. 

Pandemic EBT Update: As a reminder, the State’s P-EBT Plan authorizes the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) to issue benefits to provide nutritional support for children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closings necessitated by COVID. Families of eligible school-aged children who are currently receiving SNAP and Cash Assistance will receive a P-EBT benefit directly to their existing EBT cards. Families will receive $420 for each eligible child. These benefits will be available on the following schedule:

  • On May 19th – $193
  • On June 16th – $227

Families of eligible children with Medicaid-only cases will receive the full payment in the last two weeks of June. These benefits will be issued on a separate benefit card for each child in the household. The benefits will be issued in the name of the case-head. 

Families with eligible children who are not living in households receiving CA, SNAP, or Medicaid benefits will receive a P-EBT benefit of $420 for each eligible child in the household. These children will be certified eligible by enrollment rosters from the NYC Department Of Education. State OTDA anticipates issuing benefit cards for each eligible child to families in this cohort. Benefits are expected to be distributed by the State in July and August 2020.

SNAP and Cash Assistance Recertification Update: Currently, clients with a SNAP or CA case expiring in March through June have been granted a 6-month extension on recertification. This extension period is set to end with cases expiring in July. New York City has requested a further extension on the six-month recertification requirement waiver for CA and SNAP recipients. The State is submitting a request to the USDA to expand the existing waiver which granted a six-month recertification extension for cases expiring in March – June.

Issuance and Replacement of Temporary CBIC Cards: As a reminder, all benefit CBIC cards are being sent to clients by mail. There is no need to go into a service center to request a card or receive a replacement CBIC card. If an emergency card is needed for a new applicant who is eligible for expedited SNAP or an immediate needs grant, applicants can visit any HRA center that is open to request a Vault (temporary benefit card). Clients can request a replacement card online, or call EBT Customer Service at (888) 328-6399 for account information or to request that a replacement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card for SNAP or Cash Assistance be mailed. 

Professional Sports Update: Governor Cuomo is encouraging major sports teams to plan reopening without fans in the stands, and offered state assistance in making this possible. 

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi: 

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here
  • A Conversation about Campus Sexual Assault with the authors of Sexual Citizens: On May 21st at 8PM, I will join Markers For Democracy and Downtown Nasty Women Social Group for a virtual conversation with Columbia Professors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan about their new book, Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus, and about what everyone – families, schools, religious communities, and elected officials – should be doing to prevent campus sexual assault. RSVP for the event here. Content Warning: The discussion of Sexual Citizens will include descriptions of actual sexual assaults, as students recounted them.

Community Resources: 

  • Testing Sites: For help finding the closest testing site near you, click here
  • Pace Women’s Justice Center: PWJC is an organization based in White Plains that provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. They help stop the violence against victims, and create a pathway to safety through orders of protection, safety planning, custody orders, child/spousal support and divorce. If you are suffering from abuse, help is available at 914-422-4188 or online through the PWJC website.
  • Mask Distribution in Zip Codes 10461 and 10462: The Morris Park BID will be mailing out two free surgical masks to residents who are in need of masks and are unable to acquire them on their own. All 10461 and 10462 residents can request masks by sending their name and mailing address to morrisparkbid@gmail.com
  • Business as Unusual Summit: The Wing is hosting a free summit dedicated to helping womxn get back on their feet. It includes events on negotiating your next rent payment, finding a new job, resources for freelancers and small businesses, and more. These events are all open to the public. Learn more and register here
  • Emotional Support Helpline: The Emotional Support Helpline was implemented at the direction of Governor Cuomo to assist New Yorkers who are overwhelmed by the anxiety and loss caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The Helpline is accessible to all New Yorkers, including non-English speaking individuals and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is currently operating from 8AM-10PM, 7 days a week. Please call 1-844-863-9314 to be provided with assistance, referrals to services, and a person you can talk to if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • TLC Driver Resource Center: The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)  Driver Resource Center offers services including legal services, financial counseling, health and mental health referrals, and public benefits application support.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 18th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,491,547 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 89,666 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,758,937 confirmed cases with 316,277 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 18th, there were 351,371 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,439,577 tests statewide. 

As of May 18th we have lost 22,729 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 193,230 are located in New York City
  • 39,225 are located in Nassau County 
  • 38,224 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 32,323 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,777 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 15th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,578 are located in Mount Vernon

IMPORTANT UPDATE! New York City has updated their COVID-19 data breakdowns – you can now view the case count, case rate, death count, death rate, among other metrics by neighborhood and zip code. You can access this information and the new data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 17TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

This crisis has challenged each of us in ways we could never have imagined. Whether you are grieving for lost loved ones and community members, worrying about how you are going to continue to survive financially, or adjusting to the new realities of life, like working from home, homeschooling, or risking your well-being every day going to work, you are not alone. I encourage you to seek help and support, and to reach out to loved ones and offer whatever support you can. You can go to howareyoureally.org to connect with others and share your story. New York State also has an Emotional Support Hotline. You can call 844-863-9314 to speak with a mental health professional for free. Additionally, New York State is partnering with Head Space to provide mindfulness and meditation resources to New Yorkers. You can access these free resources here

New York State now has more diagnostic testing capacity than is being used on a daily basis. There are more than 700 sites statewide offering testing that can serve up to 40,000 people per day. Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new partnership with CVS, which will expand testing to 60 of their pharmacies around the state. 

With expanded testing capacity, Governor Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers who are eligible to get tested. You can get a test if you meet any of these criteria: 

  • Anyone who has COVID symptoms 
  • Anyone who has had contact with a known COVID positive 
  • Any individual subject to precautionary or mandatory quarantine 
  • Anyone who works as a healthcare worker, in a nursing home, or as a first responder 
  • Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public 
  • Anyone who would return to the workplace in phase one

All New Yorkers can learn more about testing and find a testing site here. You can also find testing locations on Google Maps by searching “COVID testing site near me.” As a reminder, you still need to schedule an appointment for a test at many of these sites by calling 888-364-3065 or your healthcare provider.

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced a partnership with CityMD that will further expand testing in New York City. CityMD has 123 sites across the five boroughs, with the capacity for 6,000 diagnostic (PCR) tests per day. Testing will be available seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome at these sites. Testing is free for anyone without health insurance coverage. For locations and office hours, visit CityMD.com. For more information on community testing sites run by NYC Health + Hospitals and testing by One Medical, visit here.
 

Governor Cuomo also announced that the Capitol Region and Western New York have now met all of the reopening requirements except the necessary testing and tracing capacity. The Governor’s team will work closely with these regions in the coming days to help them meet the requirement. You can track each region’s progress here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned today against moving too fast, noting that some localities around the country that have moved to reopen have seen an uptick in cases. New York City is working diligently to expand testing and tracing efforts so that we can reopen in a safe and responsible manner. 

Antibody testing is also now more widely available and is free to all New Yorkers, by appointment. You can up at nyc.gov/antibodysurvey or by calling 888-279-0967. There will be five locations throughout the five boroughs; the Bronx location is 4006 3rd Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457. Antibody testing is also available through CityMD.

New York City is on track to have 1,000 contact tracers in place by the end of May, and expects to have up to 5,000 tracers in total. The first class of 500 has completed the John Hopkins training, with 1,000 more in progress. Contact tracers’ field training will take place the week of May 24th, and will include training on more than 100 case types. 100 tracers will  start work the week of May 24th and will initially make contact with those New Yorkers who have been tested by H + H. 

The Test and Trace teams will hand off cases to Resource Navigators, who will assist those asked to go into isolation with accessing needed resources such as medication, food, phones, housing, financial assistance, and mental health resources. NYC expects 200 to 300 Resource Navigators, overseen by local community organizations, to be deployed throughout the city by June 1st. 

New York urgently needs blood donors. The New York Blood Center, which usually collects many donations through blood drives, is now down to a 2-day supply of blood. Help a fellow New Yorker — donate blood by visiting the New York Blood Center. Make an appointment by visiting the website Nybc.org or calling 800-933-2566.

Alternate Side Parking Update: Alternate Side Parking (ASP) will be in effect from May 18 - 24 to allow a citywide clean sweep. ASP will then be suspended for two weeks from May 25 – June 7, during which DSNY will reassess cleanliness.

Update on PMIS: There are now 137 detected cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) in NYC. 66 of those children were found positive for Covid-19 or antibodies. Parents can learn more about symptoms here or in Spanish here

Joint Legislative Hearing on Impact of COVID on Marginalized Communities: On Monday, at 10am, the Senate and Assembly are holding a hearing on the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on communities of color. You can watch the hearing live here

Burial Assistance: In order to ensure that those we’ve lost are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, New York City instituted an emergency rule to expand the number of low-income people who can receive burial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance is available to everyone, regardless of immigration status, with proof of low-income status. For more information, visit the Help Now NYC website, call 929-252-7731, or email BurialServices@hra.nyc.gov for application assistance. 

NYC Beach Reminder: While NY State has announced that state beaches will open with enforcement of social distancing protocols, NYC beaches will not be open on Memorial Day, and will remain closed to swimming. There will be no lifeguards. New Yorkers are asked to travel only if necessary and not to take trains or buses to the beach. NYPD and the Department of Parks will be increasing patrols. NYC will add fencing to control entry points.   Access will be further restricted if social distancing or “no swim” rules are not observed. NYC will prepare for opening the beaches later in the summer if possible, and will soon start training lifeguards for that eventuality. 

Resources for LGBTQ New Yorkers: The Mayor’s office created a guide of all LGBTQ+ affirming programs and services—both city and private/non-profit resources— still available during the COVID-19 pandemic including: mental health, physical health and wellness, and sexual health services; peer and community support; food assistance; legal services; housing and shelter; and financial/funding opportunities. You can access the NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide here

Mask Distribution:

  • The Morris Park BID will be mailing out two free surgical masks to residents who are in need of masks and are unable to acquire them on their own. All 10461 and 10462 residents can request masks by sending their name and mailing address to morrisparkbid@gmail.com.
  • You can get a free face covering at all DOE Grab & Go meal sites. You can find the nearest site here

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi: 

  • COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis Virtual Town Hall: Join me, City Island Rising, the Point CDC, NY Renews, and Assemblymember Michael Benedetto on Monday, May 18th at 7PM for a digital town hall to discuss the intersections between COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and brainstorm solutions for our communities. RSVP and submit your questions here.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here

Virtual Resources and Happenings:

  • ArtsWestchester shares weekly virtual activities, such as Art of the Week assignments (every Monday), a look back at favorite exhibits (every Thursday), and virtual ArtsMobile activities for kids. See more here
  • Visit with a penguin chick at the Bronx Zoo. Stay connected from home, watch the live cams, take a drawing tutorial with Zoodles, or take advantage of the Zoo’s at-home learning resources. Find it all here
  • Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the National Park Service. Learn more here. See virtual offerings from New York City’s Asia Society here.
  • Join Save the Sound for environmental films and webinars, and learn more about our local waterways and what you can do to protect them, here
  • Be a tourist in your own town. Take a virtual visit to Bartow Pell Mansion on Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park. Learn about the history of the Bartow Pell Mansion here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 17th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,467,065 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 88,709 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,652,900 confirmed cases with 312,807 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 17th, there were 350,121 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,413,396 tests statewide. 

As of May 17th we have lost 22,619 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 192,593 are located in New York City
  • 39,136 are located in Nassau County 
  • 38,117 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 32224 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,758 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 15th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,578 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 17th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 43,252 in The Bronx
  • 58,574 in Queens  
  • 51,931 in Brooklyn
  • 23,620 in Manhattan
  • 12,937 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong.

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 16TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

As we enter the season of warmer weather, I urge you to continue to practice safe and healthy measures like proper hand washing, social distancing and wearing a mask when in public in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. We must not create a spike in the spread of COVID-19 by ignoring guidelines issued to help keep New Yorkers safe. Do your part and help slow down the spread of COVID-19, change starts with us!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that elective surgeries will resume in Westchester County and Suffolk County, including ambulatory care. The Governor also announced that 49 other counties have met the requirements to resume elective outpatient treatments, you can find a list of those counties here

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the State will open horse racing tracks across the state and Watkins Glen International Racetrack on June 1st. In efforts to limit large crowds and gatherings all racetracks will reopen without fans.

I want to remind you that New York City and Westchester have not met the metric requirements for reopening. I encourage all New Yorkers to stay up to date with the possible reopening of their region through the state's regional monitoring dashboard, which can be found here.

COVID-19 Treatment Update: The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been distributing a treatment called Remdesivir. The experimental treatment has helped patients infected with COVID-19 recover at a faster rate. HHS has sent New York Remdesivir to treat 2,900 people at 15 hospitals and will be sending more in the weeks to come in order to treat 500 more patients. 

Essential Business Update: Empire State Development has released a revised list of essential businesses that are subject to change as the state reopens. For the full list, click here.

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi: 

  • COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis Virtual Town Hall: Join me, City Island Rising, the Point CDC, NY Renews, and Assemblymember Michael Benedetto on Monday, May 18th at 7PM for a digital town hall to discuss the intersections between COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and brainstorm solutions for our communities. RSVP and submit your questions here.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here.

Community Resources:

  • Mask Distribution in zip codes 10461 and 10462: The Morris Park Bid will be mailing out two free surgical masks to residents who are in need of masks and are unable to acquire them on their own. All 10461 and 10462 residents can request masks by sending their name and mailing address to morrisparkbid@gmail.com
  • Business as Unusual Summit: The Wing is hosting a free summit dedicated to helping womxn get back on their feet. It includes events on negotiating your next rent payment, finding a new job, resources for freelancers and small businesses, and more. These events are all open to the public. Learn more and register here

●      On Monday, May 18th at 10am, the Senate and the Assembly will be having a Joint Public Hearing:Exploring solutions to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority communities. You can watch live here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

●      Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York Statehere for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 16th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,435,098 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 87,315 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,543,000 confirmed cases with 308,131 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 16th, there were 348,232 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,378,717 tests statewide. 

As of May 16th we have lost 22,478 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 191,600 are located in New York City
  • 39,033 are located in Nassau County 
  • 37,942 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 32,097 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,688 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 15th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,578 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 16th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 42,812 in The Bronx
  • 58,841 in Queens  
  • 51,991 in Brooklyn
  • 24,982 in Manhattan

●      12,974 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click hereLet’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 15TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, five regions across New York State began phase one of reopening. These regions can now resume construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain activity, retail for curbside pickup, drop-off or in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry and fishing, with proper social distancing and safety protocols in place. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extended NYS on PAUSE until May 28th for the five regions that have not met the necessary benchmarks for reopening, including New York City and the Mid-Hudson region which includes Westchester County. As soon as any of these regions meet the seven criteria they may begin phase one of reopening. As a reminder, you can monitor the status of each region here

Governor Cuomo also announced that New York State, in coordination with Connecticut, Delaware, and New Jersey, will open state-run beaches on Friday, May 22nd. There will be strict social distancing requirements in place. Beaches will be limited to 50% capacity, cannot allow contact activities like volleyball, must keep picnic areas, concession stands, and other social gathering spots closed, and must require visitors and staff to wear masks when they cannot maintain social distancing. City, town, and county beaches may also open on May 22nd if they follow the same social distancing protocols. Local governments must notify the public by May 20th of their intention to open. Note, Mayor Bill de Blasio has indicated that New York City beaches, including Orchard Beach, will not open Memorial Day weekend. 

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced a multifaceted COVID-19 Heat Wave Plan designed to protect the most vulnerable New Yorkers and our power grid as we approach the summer months. The plan includes the following measures: 

  • Providing Air Conditioners: The city will provide 74,000 air conditioners to low-income seniors, including 22,000 to NYCHA tenants. Installation will begin next week in coordination with NYCHA, DFTA, HRA, and HPD. The program will cost $55 million and will be funded in part by the New York State Research and Development Authority. 
  • Helping with Summer Utility Bills: Currently, 450,000 New Yorkers receive a subsidy on their summer utility bills, which tend to be 20-30% higher during the summer months. New York City is petitioning the Public Service Commission to double their commitment to subsidize summer bills by increasing the benefit by $160 over the summer. 
  • Creating Safe Cooling Options: The city is working to identify safe cooling centers in high risk and hard hit communities that will allow for appropriate social distancing. They will also provide PPE at these sites. 
  • Creating More Outdoor Cooling and Hydration Options: The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is creating misting “oasis” in seating areas and identifying spray showers for children in low-income neighborhoods. The Department of Environmental Protection is also creating a plan for scheduled hydrant openings in an effort to ensure fairness and minimize strain on the city’s water system. The GetFood meal program will also be delivering hydrating beverages with meal packages.
  • Coordinating with ConEd to Avoid Power Outages: New York City is working to increase communication and collaboration between ConEd and NYC Emergency Management to prevent future outages. 60 portable generators are ready for emergency deployment, and the city is acquiring an additional 22 generators to add to the stockpile. Additionally, the city is encouraging the state to mandate generator hook-ups in nursing homes and adult care facilities as a precaution. 

Mayor de Blasio also announced new guidelines for police enforcement of social distancing. NYPD will continue to enforce a ban on non-essential gatherings, prioritizing dispersing groups of 6 or more people. Officers may issue summons in cases where individuals do not disperse. Absent a serious danger, NYPD will not take enforcement action for failure to wear a face covering. The city will also be working with community partners to educate New Yorkers, and continue to distribute face coverings. This weekend, 2,260 Social Distancing Ambassadors and Supervisors will be deployed in these efforts.

The NYPD will also be limiting access to areas that have the potential to be overcrowded. However, these efforts do not currently apply to parks in the Bronx. There will be enhanced park patrols this weekend, including at Orchard Beach, to protect people from going into water. Each precinct will also have a dedicated vehicle to respond to social distancing 311 calls. 

Update on PMIS: Today, Mayor de Blasio shared new data on the 110 cases of Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome that have been identified in New York City. Of these cases, 37% are from the Bronx. I urge all parents to remain on the lookout for symptoms. If your child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, or vomiting please call your doctor immediately! If you do not have a medical provider and you live in New York City, you can call 311. You can learn more about the condition and symptoms here

Feeding Westchester Food Distribution: Feeding Westchester has the following upcoming mobile food truck distribution events. These resources are available to all Westchester County residents. 

  • Masters Helping Hand
    • When: Sat, May 16, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
    • Where: 70 Church St, New Rochelle, NY 10805
  • Shepherd’s Flock on Vineyard Avenue - Fresh Market Distribution (Produce Only)
    • When: Mon, May 18, 12pm – 2pm
    • Where: 118 Loehr Pl, Yonkers, NY 10703

You can find more information, including future distribution events, here

Update on Economic Impact Payments: Today, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security beneficiaries who have their regular monthly payments managed by another person (representative payee) will begin to receive their economic impact payments in late May. Beneficiaries can learn more about accessing economic impact payments from SSA here

NYCHA Update: Tenants can see the latest updates from NYCHA here

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi: 

  • COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis Virtual Town Hall: Join me, City Island Rising, the Point CDC, NY Renews, and Assemblymember Michael Benedetto on Monday, May 18th at 7PM for a digital town hall to discuss the intersections between COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and brainstorm solutions for our communities. RSVP and submit your questions here.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here

Community Resources: 

  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley: All LSHV staff are currently working remotely to provide legal services to low income families. While not available for in-person meetings, clients can reach LSHV by phone 877-574-8529 or through their website www.lshv.org.
  • Activity Book for Kids: New York City Planning has created an activity book you can use to teach kids about social distancing. Check out Animals of NYC - Physical Distancing Activity Book.
  • Friendly Visiting Program: New York City is connecting older New Yorkers who are feeling isolated with volunteers to talk with over the phone. Call 212-AGING-NYC to speak with a volunteer. 
  • The Wing Business as Unusual Summit: This summit is dedicated to helping womxn get back on their feet. It includes events on negotiating your next rent payment, finding a new job, resources for freelancers and small businesses, and more. These events are all open to non-Wing members. Learn more and register here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, May 15th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,412,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 85,990 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,431,700 confirmed cases with 303,053 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 15th, there were 345,813 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,338,048 tests statewide. 

As of May 15th we have lost 22,304 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 190,357 are located in New York City
  • 38,864 are located in Nassau County 
  • 37,719 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 31,943 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,637 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 15th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,578 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 15th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 42,656 in The Bronx
  • 57,865 in Queens  
  • 51,131 in Brooklyn
  • 23,274 in Manhattan
  • 12,832 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

_________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 14TH, 2020

Dear Community,

As of today, five regions in New York State have met all seven metric requirements to begin Phase One of the NY Forward Reopening Plan tomorrow, May 15th, when NYS on Pause orders expire. Approved regions include North Country, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier. If the trend continues, these five regions can begin opening businesses for Phase One, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. Business guidance for Phase One of the state's reopening plan is available here

If at any point one of these regions no longer meets all seven metric requirements, that region will be reevaluated for reopening. A guide to the State's NY Forward Reopening Plan is available here

To reiterate, New York City and Westchester County have not yet met all seven metric requirements, and will not begin Phase One of the reopening process tomorrow – until we meet the required benchmarks, NYS on Pause will remain in effect for our regions. You can view the list of required regional metrics and track NYC’s and Westchester’s progress towards reopening on the NY Forward Regional Monitoring Dashboard.

This week the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new COVID-19 stimulus bill, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (the HEROES Act), which includes over $3 trillion in new appropriations. The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow, May 15th, however the Senate is still in negotiation regarding the bill in its present form. As it currently stands, the proposed legislation provides:

  • $1 trillion in federal relief aid for state and local governments;
  • $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers;
  • $175 billion in rent, mortgage and utility assistance;
  • $75 billion for COVID-19 testing and tracing;
  • $10 billion in emergency disaster assistance grants to assist businesses;
  • A second round of direct payments $1,200 per person and $6,000 for a household;
  • An extension of $600 per week in extra federal unemployment insurance through January;
  • Special enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and subsidies for individuals who lose their employer-sponsored health coverage;
  • More money for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and an increase of 15% in the maximum benefit; and
  • Relief for the U.S postal service and money for election safety during the pandemic and provisions to ensure voting by mail without difficulty.

 

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State has issued first-in-the-nation criteria to healthcare professionals establishing an interim case definition for COVID-related inflammatory illness in children. The criteria establishes a new name for the syndrome – Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) – and a definition of what symptoms healthcare providers should look for. Case definitions help to standardize tracking and reporting and can help ensure a better health outcome. 

Predominant PMIS Symptoms:

  • Prolonged fever (more than five days)
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Skin rash

Other Symptoms:

  • Change in skin color – becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Lethargy, irritability or confusion

 

If your child develops these symptoms, please call your doctor immediately or 311 to be connected to a medical provider.

The State is currently investigating 110 reported cases of PMIS in New York where children – predominantly school-aged – are experiencing these symptoms possibly due to COVID-19. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers, including a 5-year old in New York City, a 7-year old in Westchester County, and a teenager in Suffolk County.

New York City is holding weekly PMIS webinars with up to 700 pediatric providers, and is conducting targeted daily outreach to the 23 frontline pediatric ICUs across the five boroughs.

Today Governor Cuomo also announced that President Trump has expedited $3.9 billion in funding for the MTA at the request of the State. This will provide our transit system with much needed funding to maintain service for essential workers, and support operations in the recovery period coming out of the pandemic.

Additionally, the Governor announced that an initial $3 million in grants are available to businesses to manufacture emergency medical supplies and equipment. Companies interested in growing or starting a medical supply business should go to www.esd.ny.gov.

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio announced expanded COVID-19 diagnostic testing criteria for New York City residents. You may now seek a test if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation
  • Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms
  • Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms

 

Important Unemployment Update: The Department of Labor (DOL) announced emergency measures to ensure unemployed New Yorkers who have been assessed forfeiture day penalties will receive benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions, which suspend forfeiture days for the duration of the pandemic emergency, will allow more unemployed New Yorkers to receive financial support during this unprecedented crisis.

NYC Community Diagnostic Testing Reminder: To find your closest community testing center click here. The week of May 25th, two new sites will open in the Bronx: 2530 Jerome Avenue, Fordham Manor and 778 Forest Avenue, Melrose. Testing is by appointment only. 

NYC Antibody Testing Update: Phase one of the NYC antibody testing survey for 70,000 New Yorkers, in partnership with BioReference Labs, is underway and will run through late May. They will repeat the survey for another 70,000 in June. Antibody testing is by appointment only – complete the Antibody Testing Appointment Survey to schedule an appointment or call 888-279-0967.

NYC Homelessness Outreach Update: During the MTA’s nightly suspended service from 1:00AM to 5:00AM for deep cleaning last night, DHS engaged 328 people, and 182 accepted services. Since outreach began the first week, a total of 824 individuals have accepted services – however according to reports, only 201 have stayed overnight in the shelters.

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi:

  • COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis Virtual Town Hall: Join me, City Island Rising, NY Renews, and Assemblymember Michael Benedetto on Monday, May 18th at 7PM for a digital town hall to discuss the intersections between COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and brainstorm solutions for our communities. RSVP and submit your questions here.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join me and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30PM for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves during this difficult time. Panelists will include the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, and Girl Vow Inc. RSVP and submit your questions here

 

Virtual Happenings:

  • The City of Mount Vernon has two upcoming events tomorrow, one live, and one streamed. They are hosting an Essential Workers Clap for First Responders at 7PM and #ClubCensus DJ live stream starting at 8PM. To join in, click here
  • Girls Inc. Westchester will be hosting a Virtual (YOU)TH LEADERSHIP Summit on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 to focus on the issues that impact our young people. The summit is designed to give them a voice to share their struggles and explore potential solutions. To register call 914-419-0764 and click here for more information on Girls Inc.
  • Graduate Together: Tune in on Saturday, May 16th for a nationally broadcasted celebration honoring the High School Class of 2020, who have gracefully transitioned to remote learning in their final months of school with the help of teachers and administrators. Learn how to watch and participate here.

 

Community Resources:

  • Navigating Health Insurance: The United Hospital Fund has created a new webpage with FAQs about health insurance. These resources are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. For more information, click here.
  • Vegan Resources: Chilis on Wheels, a 501(c)(3) organization, is on a mission to make veganism accessible to communities in need. They offer meal sharing, online workshops and clothing drives to the community. For more information, click here
  • Free English Classes: BronxWorks is offering Online English Classes to those 18 and above. Contact the Program Coordinator Noah Veloz at nveloz@bronxworks.org or 718-508-3112 for more information. 
  • Adult Literacy Teacher Resources: The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services has compiled an academic resource page that students and parents can benefit from. Find more information and the resource page here
  • NYC’s Workforce1 Career Center: If you are looking for employment, please visit the Virtual Center or call (718) 960-2458. Workforce1 helps New Yorkers prepare for, and connect to, jobs across NYC’s five boroughs.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

 

As of today, May 14th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,384,930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 83,947 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,378,400 confirmed cases with 299,862 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 14th, there were 343,051 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,298,757 tests statewide. 

As of May 14th we have lost 22,170 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 188,545 are located in New York City
  • 38,743 are located in Nassau County 
  • 37,544 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 31,792 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,596 are located in Rockland County  

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here

As of May 14th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Town of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,558 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of May 14th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 42,222 in The Bronx
  • 57,459 in Queens  
  • 50,674 in Brooklyn
  • 23,056 in Manhattan
  • 12,791 on Staten Island 

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong.  

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 13TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, I joined my colleagues in the State Senate and Assembly for a joint virtual hearing on the impact of COVID-19 on our small businesses. We heard from businesses across the state and from different sectors of the economy about the challenges they are facing and how our state and federal governments can better support them. I look forward to returning to session so that we can pass bills to address many of the issues raised today. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a fourth region has now met the necessary benchmarks to begin reopening on Friday, May 15th. North County, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Mohawk Valley Regions have now all met the seven metrics required to begin phase one of reopening. New York City is currently meeting 4/7 requirements, the Mid-Hudson region which includes Westchester County is meeting 5/7 requirements. As a reminder, you can monitor the progress of each region here.

New York State is continuing to conduct antibody surveys of essential workers. Today, Governor Cuomo announced the preliminary results of recent antibody surveys. Of 2,750 members of the New York State Police surveyed, only 3.1 percent had COVID antibodies. Of 3,000 New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision employees surveyed, 7.5 percent had antibodies. For comparison, about 12 percent of New Yorkers upstate have tested positive for antibodies. 

Both New York State and City are working to increase awareness about Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). Tomorrow, the State Department of Health is hosting a webinar to educate healthcare providers around the state about the condition. Mayor de Blasio also announced that New York City will launch an informational campaign in multiple languages, including ethnic media outlets, to ensure that all New Yorkers know what signs to look out for in their children. You can find more details, including the symptoms to look for, here.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that tomorrow, May 14th, the city will open twelve more miles of streets and nine new miles of temporary bike lanes for pedestrians and cyclists. This initiative is designed to allow New Yorkers to safely enjoy the upcoming warm weather. The following mileage will open in the Bronx: 

  • Kingsbridge: W 238th Street, from Tibbett Avenue to Irwin Avenue  
  • Morris Park: Rhinelander Avenue, from Williamsbridge Road to Bronxdale Avenue 
  • Fordham Heights: Creston Avenue, from Fordham Road to Kingsbridge Road
  • Mott Haven: 140th Street, from Brook Avenue to Willis Avenue
  • Quarry Ballfields/Belmont: Oak Tree Place, from Hughes Avenue to Quarry Place
  • River Park/West Farms: Boston Road, from 180th Street to Bronx Park South
  • River Park/West Farms: Bronx Park South, from Boston Road to Bryant Avenue
  • St. Mary's Park/South Bronx: Jackson Avenue, from 143rd Street to 147th Street
  • Claremont Park/Claremont: Clay Avenue, from 173rd Street to Claremont Parkway

You can find the full list of open streets here

Today, the New York City Council passed several pieces of legislation that provide relief to residents and businesses. This includes legislation to cap the delivery fees apps like GrubHub can charge businesses, protections for tenants who are essential workers or have been impacted by COVID from harassment by their landlord, and temporary relief from personal liability for certain businesses that have to break contracts due to COVID related losses. 

Civic Impact Funding: New York City is offering one-time grants of up to $10,000 to community-based organizations working with volunteers in the COVID response. Due to technical difficulties, New York City has extended the application deadline through Thursday, May 14th at 3pm. You can learn more and apply here

Update on Homeless Outreach: Last night, the Department of Homeless Services engaged 370 people when the subways closed overnight. Of those individuals 213 accepted services: 178 people went to shelters, and 33 who were brought to the hospital. 

Free Neighborhood Antibody Testing: The City of New York will offer free antibody tests to 70,000 New Yorkers. 1,000 tests will be given at each site every day by appointment only. You can make an appointment by clicking here. If you do not have internet access, please call 888-279-0967.

Diagnostic Testing Update: You can find community testing sites operated by NYC Health + Hospitals near you here

GetFoodNYC: As a reminder, New York City is delivering free emergency food to New Yorkers that cannot leave their home due to illness and do not have the necessary resources to buy food. You can find out if you qualify here. Any New Yorkers can also pick up meals at DOE sites around the city. To find a location, including Kosher and Halal meal distribution sites, text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or click here

Pre-K Update: Today, the New York City Department of Education sent out Pre-K offers to 61,790 students and their families. A record 77% of families received an offer to their top choice, while a record 90% of families received an offer to one of their top three choices. Seats are still available. If you have a child born in 2016, you can visit myschools.nycor call 718-935-2009 to enroll. 

Upcoming events with Team Biaggi:

  • Thursday, May 21st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Join New York State Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez and myself to discuss the impact of COVID-19, our mental health, and how we can take better care of ourselves. Joining us will be the NYC Department of Education, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Health and Mental Health, Yeshiva University, Union Community Health Center, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, and Girl Vow. RSVP and presubmit your questions here

Community Resources:

  • Free English Class: BronxWorks is offering Online English Classes to those 18 and above. Contact the Program Coordinator Noah Veloz at nveloz@bronxworks.org or 718-508-3112 for more information. 
  • Adult Literacy Teacher Resources: The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services has compiled an academic resource page that students and parents can benefit from. Find more information and the resource page here
  • NYC’s Workforce1 Career Center: If you are looking for employment, please visit the Virtual Center or call (718) 960-2458. Workforce1 helps New Yorkers prepare for, and connect to, jobs across NYC’s five boroughs.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 13th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,380,465 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 83,150 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,315,679 confirmed cases with 294,879 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 13th, there were 340,661 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,258,907 tests statewide

As of May 13th we have lost 22,013 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 187,250 are located in New York City 
  • 38,587 are located in Nassau County 
  • 37,305 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 31,611 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,543 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 13th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,558 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 13th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 41,953 in The Bronx
  • 57,178 in Queens  
  • 50,346 in Brooklyn
  • 22,889 in Manhattan

●      12,749 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click hereLet’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 12TH 2020

Dear Community, 

New York State is moving quickly to identify and investigate cases of Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) that appear to be associated with COVID-19. Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed hospitals to prioritize testing for children experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic-shock like syndrome. New York State is currently investigating 100 cases of PMIS around the state. Sadly, we have lost three children to the condition, including a 5 year-old in New York City, and a 7 year-old in Westchester. 

The best way for families to protect their children is by following the guidelines for preventing COVID exposure such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, and handwashing. Although the condition is serious, with early detection it can be treated. Families should contact their doctor immediately if your child has persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, or vomiting. Families in New York City who do not have a healthcare provider can call 311 to connect with a clinician. As a reminder, any New Yorker can receive care at Health + Hospital facilities, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. You can learn more about the condition and symptoms from the New York City Department of Health here

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced additional details about the city’s testing efforts. Over the next three weeks, New York City will open an additional 12 community-based testing centers, including testing sites in Fordham Manor and Melrose which will open May 25th. These sites will increase New York City’s testing capacity to 20,000 tests per day. 

New York City is also continuing to ramp up its testing and tracing operation. Today, the Mayor announced new personnel appointments for the Test and Trace Corps: Dr. Neil Vora will serve as Director of Tracing and Dr. Amanda Johnson will serve as Director of Isolation. The city is currently training 535 contact tracers and plans to hire 2,500 individuals by June. 

Update on CARES Act Economic Impact Payments: Eligible New Yorkers must enter their direct deposit information with the IRS by 12pm tomorrow, May 13th in order to avoid receiving a paper stimulus check. You can determine your eligibility and add your direct deposit information here

Homelessness Outreach Update: Last night 362 people experiencing homelessness were engaged when the subway closed overnight. Of those individuals, 211 accepted services, with 178 people going to shelters, and 33 to hospitals. 

Antibody Testing Site Update: Bronxites can now get an antibody test at 4006 Third Avenue. Priority will be given to local communities, and results will be provided in 24-48 hours. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment for a test, click here or call 888-279-0967. New York City is offering these free antibody tests to New Yorkers in partnership with BioReference Labs.

Resources for TLC Drivers: The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) launched its Driver Resource Center, offering a wide range of services to all TLC-licensed drivers and medallion owner-drivers including financial counseling, free legal advice, assistance applying for benefits and mental health referrals. 

Listen To Your Favorite NY Sounds: Check out Missing Sounds of New York, NYPL’s ode to some of your favorite NYC sounds. Listen on your InstagramFacebook or Spotify.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, May 12th, 2020nationwide there are 1,342,594 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 80,820 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,195,100 confirmed cases with 288,300 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 12th, there were 338,485 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,225,113 tests statewide

As of May 12th we have lost 21,845 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 186,123 are located in New York City 

  • 38,434 are located in Nassau County 

  • 37,062 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 31,472 are located in Westchester County 

  • 12,504 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 12th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,545 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 12th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 41,746 in The Bronx

  • 56,899 in Queens  

  • 50,079 in Brooklyn

  • 22,771 in Manhattan

  • 12,733 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Let’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

_______________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 11TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that as of today, three regions – the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley – have met all seven metrics required to begin Phase One of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th. If the trend continues, starting on May 15th, these three regions can begin opening businesses outlined in Phase One, which include construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. 

Please note that as of today, New York City and Westchester County have not met all seven metric requirements, and will not begin the reopening process on Friday. You can view the list of required regional metrics and track NYC’s and Westchester’s progress towards reopening on the NY Forward Regional Monitoring Dashboard. You can read the full NY Forward reopening plan here.

As mentioned in previous email updates, there are safety precautions that each business must put in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. 

Regional control rooms, in coordination with local officials, will monitor the hospitalization rate, death rate, number of new hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, testing and contact tracing within its region during reopening and alert the state if the region's metrics no longer meet the reopening guidelines and adjust the reopening plan for that region accordingly. Members of each regional control room are available here.

The Governor also announced that certain low-risk businesses and activities will be allowed to open statewide as of May 15th, including landscaping and gardening, outdoor low risk recreational activities like tennis, and drive-in movie theaters.  

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City is expanding its partnerships with more than 1,000 community based health providers. The City will provide community health clinics with 120,000 surgical masks and 115,000 gloves per week, access to healthcare volunteers through the Medical Reserve Corps to serve high risk patients, and assistance to 150 partners to expand telehealth services. Additionally, the NYC Department of Small Business Services will provide small group and 1-on-1 assistance to community health providers who need help accessing federal COVID-19 funding and maximizing reimbursements. These efforts will focus on the following communities in District 34:

  • Bronx Park East 
  • Fordham 
  • Throggs Neck 
  • Kingsbridge 
  • Riverdale 
  • Soundview 
  • Hunts Point 
  • Van Cortlandt Park
  • Northeast Bronx

Today the Mayor also appointed Small Business Services Commissioner, Greg Bishop to a new role as Senior Advisor for Small Business COVID-19 Recovery. Bishop will help develop a new approach to supporting small businesses, work with the public-private czar, and assist in determining how philanthropic money and private resources can help small businesses that are not receiving enough funding from local and federal government. The Director of the Office of Minority and Women Owned Enterprises, Jonnel Doris, will serve as the new Commissioner for Small Business Services. 

I want to take a moment to acknowledge that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and now more than ever we must pay attention to how the world around us impacts our mental and emotional well being. As always, I encourage you to make space for yourself while caring for others and navigating this challenging period. Most importantly, if you are or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help – you are not alone and do not have to manage on your own.

Below is a list of free mental health resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. You can find more information here. For spanish please call 1-800-273-8255. 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: These are trying times that can negatively impact and create circumstances where survivors are put in even more danger. For any victims and survivors who need support, there is support 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. Learn more about how to stay safe here.
  • New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: For the hotline number of your local domestic violence program, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, English & español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711.
  • NYC Family Justice Center: The New York City Family Justice Centers are now operating remotely from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or gender based violence, help is available. NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx: Call (718) 508-1220
  • New York State Mental Health Hotline at 1-844-863-9314, for free online mental health assistance related to COVID-19. 
  • NYC Well: Free counseling for New Yorkers by contacting 1-888-NYC-WELL or Texting “WELL” to 65173.  For more information visit: NYCWell.
  • American Red Cross has launched a virtual Family Assistance Center to link families to counselors who will provide emotional & spiritual support, as well as information & referrals to help them navigate the challenging process they may be facing as a result of their loved one’s death.
  • Empower Work: Provides support for work questions, concerns, stress. Trained peer counselors are a text away: 510-674-1414 or you can chat online here
  • Coronavirus Online Therapy: Pro-bono and reduced fee online therapy for those on the front line during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic can be found here.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness NYC (NAMI-NYC): offers a variety of support resources to help you or a loved one with general or COVID-related mental health concerns. Their helpline continues to be available as a source of information and support. You can call 212-684-3264 from 10 am to 6 pm or email at helpline@naminyc.org anytime. Visit naminyc.org/covid for additional services and information.
  • The MeToo Movement has released a COVID-19 toolkit for survivors of sexual assault. This toolkit includes resources for survivors and means for helping other survivors through this difficult time.
  • Headspace has partnered with NYS in order to provide resources for all New Yorkers. Headspace provides guidance on meditation, mindful living and exercise, and articles on wellness. Learn more on the resources offered here
  • For Veterans: Members of the veteran community will call other veterans as part of Mission: VetCheck.
  • Additional at home mental health resources for people of all ages can be found here

Kosher Meal Update & Food Resources: After weeks of advocacy, free Kosher Grab & Go meals are finally available in the Bronx and are being distributed at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil, 660 W. 236th Street. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 1:30AM, with the morning set aside for children and families, and afternoons for adults. This win comes just a week after my colleagues and I sent a joint letter to Food Czar Kathryn Garcia escalating the need for the Kosher meals program to be expanded to the Bronx to serve our communities. My office will continue to advocate for additional Kosher meal sites to be implemented in other parts of the District – in our original letter we suggested PS 97 at 1375 Mace Avenue, and the Young Voice Academy of the Bronx at 800 Lydig Avenue, as potential locations for the City to utilize in the East Bronx.

As a reminder, if you are in need of food assistance in NYC, you can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/GetFood to connect with available food resources. If you live in Westchester, you can find available food resources here.

Homelessness Outreach UpdateLast night 139 people experiencing homelessness accepted outreach services, with 116 going to Safe Haven beds, and 23 receiving hospital care. New York City has now moved 8,000 adults, about half of the single adult shelter population, into hotel rooms. The City will continue to move 1,000 people into hotel rooms each week. I continue to advocate for the safe and dignified treatment of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness during this pandemic, and urge the Department of Human Services and Department of Social Services to increase the direct placement of people into hotel rooms, and house as many families and individuals as possible.

Westchester Federal Funding Update: Today County Executive George Latimer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified Westchester County that pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, emergency Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) are available to aid in the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant money the County will receive will be disbursed among the nonprofit organizations that assist residents, and small business micro-enterprises of the 27 Consortium municipalities in Westchester, with funds available as soon as July.

Available CDBG funds are as follows:

  • $380,000 available to assist nonprofits 
  • $400,000 available for emergency food distribution programs
  • $1.2 million available for micro-enterprise assistance

Available ESG funds are as follows:

  • $350,000 for nonprofits to assist low income households with rental or utility arrears
  • $600,000 to assist low income households with short term rental assistance

Alternate Side Parking Update: Alternate side parking is suspended for the rest of this week, but will be in place for the week of May 18th – 24th. The alternate side parking is resuming only for the week of May 18th – 24th so the City can do a “clean sweep” of the streets. Suspension will resume again on May 25th through at least June 7th. 

Metro North Update: On Friday, May 15th, 2020, Harlem Line service between Southeast and Wassaic stations will be suspended for one day to accommodate the Patterson Bridges Replacement Project. There will be no train or substitute busing during this time. Harlem Line trains will operate between Southeast and Grand Central Terminal on an hourly schedule. Service will resume on Monday, May 18th, 2020. Parking is available at Southeast Station, located off Exit 65 on I 84, the interchange with NY Route 312. View further details here.

Antibody Testing Site Update: Bronxites can now get an antibody test at 4006 Third Avenue. Priority will be given to local communities, and results will be provided in 24-48 hours. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment for a test, click here or call 888-279-0967. New York City is offering these free antibody tests to New Yorkers in partnership with BioReference Labs.

NYCHA Update: Residents can view the latest update from the New York City Housing Authority here

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Reminders:

  • New York City Workplace laws are still in effect. Learn more about employee rights and employer responsibilities here.
  • As of March 16th, DCWP has issued an emergency rule regarding price gouging of products that are used to treat, prevent, or limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here

Community Resources:

  • Know Your Rights: Mobilization For Justice is encouraging New Yorkers to call their hotlines if they have any questions about their rights and any relief they may qualify for. They have released multiple fact sheet flyers, and have gathered resources that are available here
  • For Immigrant Communities:
    • The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) has put together a resource page specifically for New York City immigrant communities during COVID-19 pandemic, which can be accessed here
    • The New York State Youth Leadership Council has compiled a live document for a list of resources for undocumented people living NYC, and can be accessed here.
    • As a reminder, the use of health services related to COVID-19 will not impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship. You can find further information here
  • For the Westchester Aging Community: The Center for Aging in Place has created an extensive Westchester Pandemic Older Adult Community Resource Guide. The guide is available in StandardLarge Print, and En Espanol. Be sure to take a look and learn more about social service, nutrition, transportation, quality of life, cultural, recreational, case management, financial and legal resources for seniors during the pandemic.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

●      Support Your Fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help, click here.

●      Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York Statehere for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 11th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,340,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 79,894 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,152,670 confirmed cases with 284,628 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 11th, there were 337,055 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,204,650 tests statewide

As of May 11th we have lost 21,640 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 185,357 are located in New York City 
  • 38,337 are located in Nassau County 
  • 36,911 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 31,384 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,484 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 11th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,527 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 11th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 41,628 in The Bronx
  • 56,719 in Queens  
  • 49,865 in Brooklyn
  • 22,646 in Manhattan

●      12,714 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While our physical offices remain closed, Team Biaggi continues to work remotely from home to meet the needs of our community during this time. You can contact us at biaggi@nysenate.gov or by calling 718-822-2049.

Team Biaggi has completed the Census – don’t forget to fill out yours! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click hereLet’s make our communities count!

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 10TH 2020

Dear Community, 

I hope everyone who celebrated Mother’s Day was able to connect with loved ones in a meaningful way. During these trying times, New York mothers continue to step up and show their perseverance and resilience. Today we had the opportunity to reach out and share the love and appreciation for those that keep us moving forward. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to keep New Yorkers updated on the developments of Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome. So far, New York State has investigated 85 cases of the COVID related illness in children. Most confirmed cases are in toddlers or elementary school aged children with symptoms similar to Kawasaki illness or Toxic Shock Syndrome. 38 cases have been detected within New York City with 9 pending investigation and evaluation. Of the cases in New York City, 47% were currently positive for COVID-19 and of those cases who were negative, 81% possessed antibodies from the virus. The illness has tragically taken the lives of three young New Yorkers. 

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced the city will be taking immediate actions in response to the illness. Health + Hospitals will now be testing all children with symptoms for COVID-19 antibodies. H+H and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will begin to study and centralize developments of the illness. Additionally, Regional Enrichment Centers are being directed to increase enforcement of masks and the use of hand sanitizer. 

As a reminder, symptoms for Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome include persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Families should seek immediate medical attention if children show symptoms related to Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome. If families do not have a primary care pediatrician, they can call 311 for assistance connecting with a pediatrician. 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order mandating all nursing homes and adult care facilities to test all staff for COVID-19 twice a week. Staff must be checked for symptoms including temperature checks every 2 hours. All staff are required to wear PPE when interacting with COVID-19 suspected or confirmed residents, and facemasks are required when interacting with all residents. In addition, the Executive Order mandates that hospitals cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for COVID-19.

If nursing homes are unable to provide this standard of individualized care including access to staff, equipment, and adequate facilities, the facility must contact the New York State Department of Health for technical support and for resident transfer. If mandated procedures are not followed, this could result in a $2,000 fine per violation or loss of operating license. 

 

Governor Cuomo announced that the state is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate and distribute Remdesivir to 2,900 people at 15 hospitals statewide. Remdesivir, when used in clinical trials, has decreased the length hospital stay in severely ill COVID patients. 

The Governor proposed the “Americans First Law” which states that a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it does not rehire the same amount of employees that worked there prior to COVID-19. 

Social Distancing Education: New York City will be increasing civilian Social Distancing Ambassadors from 1,000 to 2,300. Modeled after the “NYC Parks Ambassador” program, Ambassadors will be assigned to locations throughout the City where crowding and non-essential gatherings are likely to occur, including parks, housing developments, and Safe Streets, among other areas. Social Distance Ambassadors focus primarily on outreach and education and will distribute face coverings to members of the public. 

Municipal Health Insurance Update: The City is now extending health insurance for surviving family members of municipal employees who have lost their lives from COVID for an additional 45 days at the request of the Municipal Labor Committee. 

Homelessness Outreach Update: Outreach to persons facing homelessness in New York City subways has had continued success throughout the weekend. 212 people accepted services on Friday night, and 198 people accepted services on Saturday night. Of these combined numbers, 358 were connected with shelters and Safe Haven beds, and 52 were assisted in receiving hospital care. 

Small Business Resources: New York City’s Small Business Services is hosting webinars on resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 focused on financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other private organizations; tax, debt, and utilities relief; marketing and employee support; and regulatory changes. To connect with these webinars, click here.

Face Covering Distributions: 

  • Rose Hill Park on the corner of Webster Avenue and East Fordham Road, 5/11 10am-noon

  • Rainey Park Field House on Dawson Street and Longwood Avenue, 5/11 from 10am-noon

  • Poe Park Visitor Center, 5/12 from 10am-noon

  • Pelham Manor residents can obtain free washable face coverings by calling 914-738-8807. 

  • Village of Pelham residents should call the Village Police Department at  914-738-2000.

  • Mount Vernon is distributing free face coverings on grab and go food distribution days at the Doles Center at 250 South Sixth Avenue. You can find the next distribution days here

Virtual Happenings:

  • Virtual 2020 Albany Tulip Festival. The Tulip Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Albany and draws tens of thousands of people to Washington Park each year. Enjoy the 2020 Tulip Festival virtually. Also raising funds for Feed Albany.

  • Hearts and Homes for Refugees hosts Song To A Refugee – an online COVID-19 relief concert featuring singer-songwriter Diana Jones, on Sunday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. See more here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, May 10th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,300,696 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 78,771 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 4,017,200 confirmed cases with 279,161 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 10th, there are 335,395 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,182,998 tests statewide. 

As of May 10th we have lost 21,478 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 184,417 are located in New York City 

  • 38,217 are located in Nassau County 

  • 36,702 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 31,294 are located in Westchester County 

  • 12,451 are located in Rockland County  

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 9th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 101 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,512 are located in Mount Vernon 

As of May 10th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 40,689 in The Bronx

  • 55,380 in Queens  

  • 47,836 in Brooklyn

  • 22,185 in Manhattan

  • 12,586 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 9TH 2020

Dear Community, 

I want to wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day, and hope you are able to connect in meaningful ways with your loved ones, even if not in person. As a reminder, please always remember to wear a mask and observe safe social distancing while celebrating this special day.

Throughout this crisis, communities of color and low income communities have faced the brunt of the burden – experiencing higher infection rates, worse outcomes for those who contract the virus, and a profound economic impact. As we continue to respond to this crisis, it is paramount that we center those communities most impacted. Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new testing initiative in partnership with Northwell Health which will set up 24 new testing sites in churches in predominantly minority communities. The churches will help with outreach, while Northwell does the testing. Some sites will open on May 13th, including at Trinity Baptist Church, Abundant Life Tabernacle, and Christian Church John 316 in the Bronx. Additional sites including Union Grove Baptist Church, Latino Pastor Action Network, and Fort Motte Baptist Church will open on May 20th. These additional sites will complement the current downstate testing network of drive through, walk-in, and NYC public housing testing sites. 

Governor Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the efforts to identify and trace COVID-19 related illnesses in children.  Hospitals have reported 73 cases of possible COVID-related illness in children. While those affected have COVID antibodies, they do not show typical symptoms, but have symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Devastatingly, three New York children have died. My heart goes out to their families. At the request of the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York is developing national criteria for identifying and responding to this syndrome.The State Department of Health (DOH) is working with the New York Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct genome and RNA sequencing study to determine whether there is a genetic basis for the disease in children. 

Governor Cuomo announced that protecting frontline workers continues to be a priority and that 15,000 New York frontline workers have been tested. So far, infection rates of frontline workers appear to be lower than that of the general population, which has an infection rate of 19.9 %. Of those tested, the rate for transit workers in the NYC region was 14.2%; healthcare workers, 12.2%; NYPD, 10.5 %; and FDNY, including EMTs, 17.1%. 

Update on NYS on PAUSE: Yesterday, Governor Cuomo extended the underlying legal authority for the Emergency Order, but contrary to reporting did not extend NYS on PAUSE. NYS on PAUSE will be effect through at least May 15th; following then, new guidance will be issued for regions based on metrics for reopening outlined by Governor Cuomo. 

Food Resources: As a reminder, New York City is distributing over a million meals a day to ensure that no New Yorkers go hungry. You can pick up meals from more than 500 schools across New York City, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Kosher and Halal options are available. New Yorkers who are unable to go out and get food or have someone deliver food, can sign up for meal delivery as well. Learn more here

Testing Update: A new walk-through coronavirus test site will open in New Rochelle on Monday, on Lockwood Avenue across from Montefiore New Rochelle. Testing is by appointment only. Residents should call their healthcare provider or the New York State Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment. Learn more here

Ribbons of Remembrance: Westchester County has a new memorial, overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades at Lenoir Preserve. The memorial is a short walk away from the Lenoir Preserve parking lot in front of the Wightman Mansion. Ribbons and markers are provided for visitors to write the name of someone they have lost on the ribbon and tie it to one of two trees or the rope structure. Learn more here

Face Covering Distribution Sites: New York City, the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor, and Mount Vernon are all giving out free face coverings to residents. 

  • This weekend free face coverings will be available at the following locations in the Bronx. Note, face coverings are available on a first come, first served basis. You can find the full list of locations and dates on the NYC Face Covering map

    • Crotona Park at Crotona Park East at E 173rd Street: 5/10 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

    • Pelham Bay Park at Stadium Avenue and Middletown Road: 5/10 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Pelham Manor residents can obtain free washable face coverings by calling 914-738-8807. 

  • Village of Pelham residents should call the Village Police Department at 914-738-2000.

  • Mount Vernon is distributing free face coverings on grab and go food distribution days at the Doles Center at 250 South Sixth Avenue. You can find the next distribution days here

Virtual Happenings:

  • Mother’s Day with NYBG at Home: The New York Botanical Gardenbrings the beauty and ambience of their annual Garden Party to you! Join NYBG for a virtual tour of NYBG’s spectacular Maureen K. Chilton Azalea Garden in peak bloom, and fun at-home activities for the whole family such as crafting whimsical paper flowers, or making a memorable Mother’s Day card by coloring a botanical image from our collections.

  • Virtual 2020 Albany Tulip Festival: The Tulip Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Albany and draws tens of thousands of people to Washington Park each year. Enjoy the 2020 Tulip Festival virtually and help raise funds for Feed Albany.

  • Broadway on Mother’s Day: Join Broadway stars, their children and their mothers for musical numbers, comedy, special guests and surprises, this Sunday at 3 p.m. on Broadway.com. This event will benefit the Broadway Cares Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Mother’s Day Concert: This Sunday at 5 p.m. on YouTube, join British folk-rock musician Billy Bragg and City Winery for a Mother’s Day concert — “Can’t Be There Today,” to benefit the United Nations Foundation fund addressing sexual and reproductive rights during the pandemic. Buy tickets here

  • Pelham-based Hearts and Homes for Refugees hosts Song To A Refugee: An online COVID-19 relief concert featuring renowned singer-songwriter Diana Jones, on Sunday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. See more here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

  • Support Your Fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help, click here.

  • Give Blood, Save Lives: The NY Blood Center needs your help if you tested positive and have recovered from COVID-19. Click here to schedule an appointment and donate today.

  • The Mount Vernon Educational Foundation continues to raise funds to support digital learning for Mount Vernon students, including the purchase of laptops. Learn more about Mount Vernon’s Digital Learning Initiative here.

  • Support Working New Yorkers: The AFL-CIO has put together a list of ways you can support essential workers. Find out how to help here

  • Support Local Businesses: To learn more about how to support your local businesses click on the links below.

  • Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York Statehere for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 9th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,274,036 confirmed casesof COVID-19 and 77,034 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,960,300 confirmed cases with 276,519 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 9th, there are 333,122 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,153,768 tests statewide. 

As of May 9th, we have lost 21,271 New Yorkers to the virus. 

 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 183,289 are located in New York City 

  • 38,028 are located in Nassau County 

  • 36,461 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 31,087 are located in Westchester County 

  • 12,400 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 9th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 162 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 101 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,512 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 9th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 40,454 in The Bronx

  • 54,959 in Queens  

  • 47,402 in Brooklyn

  • 22,042 in Manhattan

  • 12,535 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here.

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 8TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will extend the look-back window for survivors to file cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional 5 months, until January 14, 2021. Last year the legislature passed the Child Victims Act to ensure that victims of childhood sexual abuse have a meaningful pathway to justice. The CVA extended the statute of limitations for survivors to file cases and created a one-year window for any survivor, regardless of their age and the time elapsed, to file a civil case against an individual or institution who enabled their abuse. I know first hand how long it can take to come forward about the sexual abuse you endured as a child. I am grateful for the Governor's action to extend the look-back window given the added challenges COVID has created for survivors pursuing cases. But we must go a step further and pass Senator Hoylman’s bill to extend the look back window by one year. 

Governor Cuomo announced that the State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and deaths possibly related to COVID-19. New York has 73 reported cases of children experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome linked to COVID. The Department of Health is working closely with the Center for Disease Control to develop a case definition for this illness and will determine if the remaining cases under investigation are definitively associated with the virus. The State Department of Health has issued an advisory to inform healthcare providers of the condition and provide guidance for testing and reporting. Health care providers, including hospitals, are required to report all cases of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19 in those under 21 years of age. Families should seek immediate care if their child has any of the following symptoms: 

  • Prolonged fever (more than five days)
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Change in skin color (i.e. becoming pale, patchy and/or blue)
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Decreased amount of frequency in urine
  • Lethargy, irritability or confusion

New York City is continuing to build out its testing and tracing program in partnership with New York State. Today, Mayor de Blasio announced that Health + Hospitals will take over the effort, led by Dr. Ted Long who is currently the Vice President of Ambulatory Care at H+H. Experts from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene which was previously overseeing the program will remain involved in the Test and Trace Corps. 

This month, New York City will deploy 1,000 personnel to trace the contacts of every positive test, provide support and care, and help those individuals isolate. By June, the city hopes to have 2,500 corps members. Personnel will be trained through the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Contract Tracing Training program developed in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Mayor also announced that New York City will work with Salesforce beginning in June to develop a fully integrated call center and improve the city’s case management system for this effort. 

Today, Mayor de Blasio appointed members to additional Sector Advisory Councils. These councils will advise the Mayor’s office on the needs of each sector and provide guidance on the reopening process. You can see the members of the Non-Profit and Social Services, Public Health and Healthcare, Faith-based, Construction and Real Estate, Education, and Surface Transportation Councils here. 

Antibody Testing: Beginning on Monday, New York City will offer free antibody tests to New Yorkers in partnership with BioReference Labs. New York plans to test 140,000 New Yorkers in two waves, beginning with 70,000 tests this month. Bronxites can get tests at 4006 Third Avenue. Priority will be given to local communities, and results will be provided in 24-48 hours. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment for a test, click here or call 888-279-0967.

Face Covering Distribution Sites: New York City is continuing to give out free face coverings across the five boroughs. This weekend free face coverings will be available at the following locations in the Bronx. Note, face coverings are available on a first come first serve basis. 

  • Bronx Park East and Boston Road: 5/9 from 10am-12pm
  • Crotona Park at the Pool & Tennis Courts: 5/9 from 10am-12pm
  • Crotona Park at Crotona Park East at E 173rd Street: 5/10 from 10am-12pm 
  • Pelham Bay Park at Stadium Avenue and Middletown Road: 5/10 from 2pm-4pm

You can find the full list of locations and dates on the NYC Face Covering map.

NYC Free Tax Prep:  As a reminder, the tax deadline has been extended to July 15th. While all NYC free tax prep providers have suspended in-person services, the Department of Commuter Affairs is providing virtual and assisted self-prep free tax prep services. 

  • New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2019 are eligible for Virtual Free Tax Preparation with a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) certified preparer. 
  • New Yorkers who earned $69,000 or less in 2019 are eligible for free Assisted Self-Preparation. Filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone; a stable internet connection.

The Department of Consumer Affairs currently offers services in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Arabic with others to come. You can find the latest updates and the list of providers here.

NYC Financial Empowerment Centers: For the health and safety of NYC providers and clients, all Financial Counseling sessions will be conducted over the phone. Counselors can help New Yorkers manage their bills amidst the coronavirus crisis, understand student loans, and more. You can book an appointment here

Student Loan Assistance: New Yorkers can find information about payments, including relief during COVID, and access resources here

Economic Impact Payment Update: The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has released a “What You Need To Know” document about federal Economic Impact Payments. You may access the guide here

Update for Veterans: Today, ThriveNYC launched Mission: VetCheck. Through this initiative, members of the veteran community will call other veterans to check in and provide information about vital public services, including meals, COVID-19 test sites, and mental health resources. You can learn more about this effort here

Parks Update: In response to overcrowding at some city parks last week, the Mayor announced that the NYPD will be imposing limits on the number of people allowed in Hudson River Park at Piers 45 and  46, and increase NYPD monitoring at Domino Park in Williamsburg.

NYCHA Update: NYCHA tenants can find the latest updates here

Montefiore Resource Update: Montefiore Health Systems has several COVID-19 resource guides. For any additional questions, please feel free to call their COVID-19 hotline at 1-(844)-444-2819.

  • You can now schedule video appointments to see your doctor. To learn more, visit their website or call 1-800-636-6683
  • To learn about Montefiore’s visitor policy during COVID, click here.
  • If you are experiencing anxiety, call the Montefiore Relaxation hotline at 718-920-2256. To learn more, click here.
  • Helpful videos on COVID-19 and up to date information can be found here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, May 8th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,219,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 73,297 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,874,500 confirmed cases with 272,240 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 8th, there are 330,407 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,121,543 tests statewide. 

As of May 8th we have lost 21,045 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 181,783 are located in New York City 
  • 37,812 are located in Nassau County 
  • 36,223 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 30,905 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,349 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 8th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 161 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 101 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,497 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 8th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 40,148 in The Bronx
  • 54,558 in Queens  
  • 46,977 in Brooklyn
  • 21,862 in Manhattan
  • 12,452 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

______________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 7TH, 2020

Dear Community,

As we continue to navigate this pandemic together, my team and I have been working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to our communities most in need. Today we delivered 700 glatt kosher meals to be distributed to seniors across District 34 in partnership with Howie Martin of Bronx House and Rabbi Moshe Fuchs, as well as 2,000 regular meals to residents of City Island in partnership with City Island Strong, Crab Shanty, and Seafood City. Earlier this week we distributed 800 meals to Sack Wern Houses in Soundview, 1,000 Halal meals to ICNA Relief on Holland Avenue, and nearly 2,000 meals to Mount Vernon residents in Westchester County. None of these meals and deliveries would be possible without the dedicated partnership of Winston Chiu, Co-Founder of RethinkFoodNYC, Otto Brehm Inc., Charlie Contrino, and Teamsters Local 456. It is an honor to work alongside them to serve our communities.

Additionally, courtesy of the NYC Mayor’s office, we delivered 1,000 masks each to the Bronx Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care in Soundview, and Pelham Parkway Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Facility LLC. Each nursing home received 500 surgical masks and 500 cloth masks. I continue to have deep gratitude for the dedicated healthcare workers of District 34 that are caring for our loved ones during this difficult time. We are forever indebted to your service!

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the statewide moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended for an additional 60 days, through August 20th. The Governor also announced the state is banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 

While I am glad that the Governor has taken these actions, I continue to be vocal about the need to fully suspend rent and mortgage payments for residential and commercial tenants and homeowners impacted by COVID-19, and am a proud co-sponsor of S8125A to do so. I understand that removing this burden is one of the most efficient, effective, and human-centered ways we can provide relief to struggling New Yorkers.

Governor Cuomo also announced the State's $25 million Nourish New York Initiative has purchased food and products from more than 2,100 New York farms and provided support to nearly 50 food banks, soup kitchens, and food pantries to date. Within the next week, more than 20,000 households across the state will receive Nourish New York products. 

As mentioned in previous email updates, the State is also asking any philanthropies or foundations that would like to help the State's food banks to contact COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

Additionally, the State announced the results of New York’s antibody testing survey of healthcare workers. The survey tested approximately 27,000 employees from 25 downstate healthcare facilities and found that the infection rate among healthcare workers is about the same or lower than the infection rate of the general population:

  • 6.8% of healthcare workers in Westchester County tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 13.8% of the general population in Westchester County
  • 12.2% of healthcare workers in New York City tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 19.9% of the general population in New York City
  • 11.1% of health care workers on Long Island tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 11.4% of the general population on Long Island

 

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City, in partnership with BioReference, will also conduct an antibody survey and will test 140,000 city residents. There will be five initial testing centers, one in each borough, and the survey will test up to 5,000 people per day. Tests are by appointment only and scheduling will open tomorrow. Those who are tested will get results within 24-48 hours. 

Additionally, with assistance from the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, New York City is launching a program next week to test 140,000 healthcare workers and first responders in hospitals, firehouses, police stations and correction facilities.

Mayor de Blasio also announced that New York City is expanding tele-medicine services to residents across the five boroughs. In partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, the City launched the Phone-a-Clinician program which has already served over 90,000 New Yorkers. While we hope the need will decline, the hotline now has the capacity to handle 120,000 calls through May. To get connected with a clinician, you can call (844) NYC-4NYC.

The City also continues to provide “tele-visits” where a provider reaches out to check on a patient, in order to reduce the need for patients to schedule appointments in-person. To date, they have conducted 60,000 tele-visits at more than 300 NYC Health + Hospital clinics. By June, they project to do 16,000 tele-visits a week.

Today Mayor de Blasio also announced the launch of a Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Work Group, led by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic & Gender-Based Violence, that will include 15-20 service providers. The group will work together to ensure the City is responding quickly and appropriately to those in need of help within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder, if you are in a dangerous situation please call the 24/7 domestic violence hotline at 1-800-621-4673.

As a member of C40 Cities, an international collective of cities taking bold climate action towards a more sustainable future, New York City has signed onto the C40 Resiliency Principles for RecoveryThe principles outline a nine point plan to rebuild and reopen our cities and economies in a way that will improve public health, reduce social inequality, and address the climate crisis.

Healthcare Worker Update: JetBlue will be donating 100,000 flights to medical personnel and nurses who have contributed services in the pandemic. 10,002 New York medical professionals will benefit from this initiative.

Free Mask and Face Covering Update: The Morris Park Business Improvement District (BID) has started the Mask by Mail initiative for vulnerable residents who live in zip codes 10461 and 10462. While supplies last, residents can request two face coverings to be delivered straight to their door by emailing morrisparkbid@gmail.com.

Additionally, you can find a free face covering distribution site on the NYC Face Covering map.

H + H Jacobi Testing Update: Beginning Monday May 11th, Jacobi Hospital will resume offering community testing from Monday – Friday, 8AM-4PM.

Homeless Outreach Update: As the subways shut down from 1AM-5AM daily, the New York Police Department is conducting outreach to homeless New Yorkers to ensure they have a safe place to go. The outreach team engaged with 361 individuals since the closures, with 218 people accepting services, 196 of those went into shelters and 22 went to the hospital. 

Upcoming Events: 

  • WIN Summit: Join me at a FREE virtual summit, WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES on Wednesday, May 13th presented by WIN (Women in Negotiation) to benefit our healthcare heroes on the frontlines through an optional donation to Mask a Hero. This all-day event is focused on supporting women both personally and professionally to help them better navigate and negotiate through this crisis. Register here.
  • Mother’s Day with the NYBG: The New York Botanical Gardens is hosting a Mother’s Day Azalea Garden Tour on Sunday, May 10th at 11AM. To join in, click here.

 

Virtual Happenings:

  • Join the Mount Vernon Club Census: The City of Mount Vernon hosts Club Census live on their facebook page every Friday night to share and encourage folks to fill out their Census application. Find more information on Mount Vernon’s census efforts here.
  • New York Public Library Virtual Book Club: New York Public Library is collaborating with WNYC on a virtual book club called “Get Lit with All Of It.” This month, the book club is reading My Dark Vanessa by debut author, Kate Elizabeth Russell. The virtual event will be held by The Greene Space on May 26th. 

 

Job Opportunities:

  • Become a Contact Tracer: New York State is hiring for the roles of contact tracerteam supervisor and community support specialist. New York City is also hiring contract tracers through the Fund for Public Health NYC, find those jobs here (preference to NYC residents).
  • NYC Health + Hospitals is hiring for several positions including patient transportation, clerical, and cleaning staff. Learn more and apply here
  • NYC is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Find more information at NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

 

As of today, May 7th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,231,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 73,573 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,784,085 confirmed cases with 264,679 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of May 7th, there are 327,469 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,089,916 tests statewide. 

As of May 7th we have lost 20,828 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 180,216 are located in New York City 
  • 37,593 are located in Nassau County 
  • 35,892 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 30,708 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,280 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 5th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 170 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,467 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of May 7th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 39,878 in The Bronx
  • 54,121 in Queens  
  • 46,579 in Brooklyn
  • 21,62 in Manhattan
  • 12,380 in Staten Island

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 6TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Happy National Nurses Day! It goes without saying that nurses are our guiding light in the darkness of this pandemic. Thank you for everything you do to protect New Yorkers, and the sacrifices you make each day. Today, we honor your contributions. Tomorrow, we must continue the fight for your rights, safe-staffing, and fair wages.

As New York continues to look to recovery and the future, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new Blue Ribbon Commission tasked with reimagining the role of technology in our healthcare system and economy. This commission will focus on improving telehealth, expanding broadband access, and better integrating technology across the state. Governor Cuomo appointed Eric Schmidt, the former CEO and Executive Chair of Google, to lead the effort. Michael Dowling, the President and CEO of Northwell Health, will also be leading an effort to improve New York’s public health system to better prepare for future health crises. 

New York State has begun collecting more detailed data about individuals hospitalized for COVID to improve our understanding of where new cases are coming from and allow the state to finetune strategies to stem future infections. Today, Governor Cuomo announced the results of new hospitalization data collected over the past three days. Overwhelmingly, individuals recently admitted to the hospital for COVID were not traveling or leaving their homes, and were not working as essential employees. The majority of individuals were people of color and over the age of 50.

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced additional details about New York City’s sector advisory councils. These councils will bring together different stakeholders and perspectives from diverse neighborhoods and backgrounds to advise the Mayor’s office on reopening and the needs of each sector. These councils will cover the following sectors: Labor and Workforce, Large Business, Small Business, Arts, Culture, and Entertainment, Faith, Construction and Real Estate, Nonprofits and Social Services, Public Health and Healthcare, Education and Vocational Training, and Surface Transportation. Mayor de Blasio announced the members of the first set of the councils today, members will be announced shortly for the remaining councils. 

Effective yesterday, the New York City subway will close every night between 1:00am-5:00am to facilitate the disinfection of the entire fleet of subway cars. As part of this effort, the New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) and NYPD will conduct outreach each night to individuals experiencing homelessness who are on the subway when it closes. Last night, DSS was able to work with 139 individuals who accepted services to move them to shelters or other housing. 

Election Update: Last month the State Board of Elections (BOE) voted to cancel the Democratic Presidential Primary. Yesterday, a federal judge reversed that decision, and ruled that New York State must hold its Democratic Presidential Primary and reinstate all qualifying candidates on the ballot. The BOE has indicated that it will appeal the decision. Please note, it is likely this situation will continue to evolve. I will update you as there are new developments. 

Update on Open Streets Program: Mayor de Blasio announced 40 new miles of streets that will be open to pedestrians and cyclists beginning tomorrow, May 7th. These include new partnerships with Business Improvement Districts who will help facilitate certain open streets. In the Bronx, the city is partnering with the 3rd Avenue BID to open Willis Avenue between 147th and 148th streets, and 148th street between Willis and Bergen Avenue. You can find the full list and hours of open streets here.  

Updates for the American Heart Association: AHA has put together a resource page on COVID-19, with specific information for individuals with heart conditions. As a reminder, you should still call 911 if you have a medical emergency. 

Face Covering Distribution Sites: New York City is continuing to give out free face coverings across the five boroughs. I have been advocating for expanded locations in the East Bronx, including two of these locations below. Note, face coverings are given out on a first come first serve basis. 

  • Haffen Park at Gunter Avenue between Hammersley Avenue and Burke Avenue: 5/7 from 10am-noon 
  • Van Cortlandt Park at the 242nd Street Entrance: 5/7 from 2pm-4pm
  • Bronx Park East and Boston Road: 5/9 from 10am-noon
  • Pelham Bay Park at Stadium Avenue and Middletown Road: 5/10 from 2pm-4pm

NYC Food Delivery Update: New York City is continuing to expand its food delivery program for seniors with the goal of delivering 1 million meals a day. The Mayor’s office is looking for nonprofits who can partner to help provide meals to their community. They are specifically looking for providers in Morris Park and Melrose in the Bronx. You can learn more here

Virtual Happenings: 

  • Join the Mount Vernon Club Census: The City of Mount Vernon hosts Club Census live on their facebook page every Friday night to share and encourage folks to fill out their Census application. Find more information on Mount Vernon’s census efforts here.
  • New York Public Library Virtual Book Club: New York Public Library is collaborating with WNYC on a virtual book club called “Get Lit with All Of It.” This month, the book club is reading My Dark Vanessa by debut author, Kate Elizabeth Russell. The virtual event will be held by The Greene Space on May 26th. 

Job Opportunities: 

  • Become a Contact Tracer: New York State is hiring for the roles of contact tracerteam supervisor and community support specialist. New York City is also hiring contract tracers through the Fund for Public Health NYC, find those jobs here (preference to NYC residents).
  • NYC Health + Hospitals is hiring for several positions including patient transportation, clerical, and cleaning staff. Learn more and apply here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, May 6th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,193,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 70,802 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,686,800 confirmed cases with 260,632 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of May 6th, there are 323,978 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,055,921 tests statewide. 

As of May 6th we have lost 20,597 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 178,351 are located in New York City 
  • 37,350 are located in Nassau County 
  • 35,543 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 30,426 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,204 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 5th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 170 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,467 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 6th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 39,587 in The Bronx
  • 53,692 in Queens  
  • 46,139 in Brooklyn
  • 21,470 in Manhattan
  • 12,311 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 5TH 2020

Dear Community,

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to reimagine our state’s education system as New York begins to strategize for K-12 schools and colleges reopening. The state will bring together national and international education experts to develop plans for what education should look like after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. 

Governor Cuomo also announced a statewide contest for New Yorkers to create a video explaining the importance of wearing a mask while in public. The video should be 30 seconds long and should show a mask or face covering worn properly over the mouth and nose. The winning submission will be used as a Public Service Announcement. To learn more and submit your video, go to WearAMask.ny.gov

Today, Mayor de Blasio provided an update on New York City’s 311 Action Plan. In order to handle the increased volume of 311 calls, New York City has trained 285 new 311 call takers and built out four new call centers. FDNY and NYPD are now working with the 311 team to ensure efficient responses. 311 has also created “express lanes” for individuals calling with COVID related issues or who need assistance accessing food to ensure that they do not have to wait. As a result of these efforts, typical peak volume wait times have dropped 75%. 

Notice for Parents: There are currently 15 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children in New York City hospitals. Four of these children have tested positive for COVID, six have COVID antibodies. Although these cases are uncommon, if your child has symptoms like persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, or vomiting call your doctor immediately. 

Face Covering Distribution Sites: The city is continuing to give out free face coverings across the five boroughs. I have been advocating for expanded locations in the East Bronx, including two of these locations below. Note, face coverings are given out on a first come first serve basis.

  • Haffen Park at Gunter Avenue between Hammersley Avenue and Burke Avenue: 5/7 from 10am-noon 
  • Van Cortlandt Park at the 242nd Street Entrance: 5/7 from 2pm-4pm
  • Bronx Park East and Boston Road: 5/9 from 10am-noon
  • Pelham Bay Park at Stadium Avenue and Middletown Road: 5/10 from 2pm-4pm

Subway Closures: As a reminder, New York City subways will close tonight from 1am-5am. These closures will continue until further notice. This unprecedented step is being taken to allow the MTA to disinfect every subway car every 24 hours to protect essential workers who must continue to take the subway. Essential workers who need transportation between those hours can access available resources, including bus alternatives and the Essential Connector program, here.  

Tenant Resources: The Neighborhood Associate for Inter-Cultural Affairs (NAICA) is providing remote housing support to tenants in the Bronx. To connect with these resources, call 718-538-3344, extension 100.

Resources for NYC Small Businesses: The Small Business Administration is still accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. If you need help finding a lender or submitting your application, you can call 311 for assistance. 

Update on Community Testing Sites: As of this week, all H+H Hospitals in New York City are open for community COVID diagnostic testing. 

Westchester Nursing Home Update: Westchester County has received permission from New York State to begin testing in nursing homes. County Executive George Latimer directed the County Department of Health to begin testing all Westchester County nursing homes for the virus beginning today.  

Mental Health Resources for Families: The American Red Cross has launched a virtual Family Assistance Center to connect families to counselors and who will provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as information & referrals to help them navigate the challenging process they may be facing as a result of their loved one’s death. To connect with these resources, click here for English and here for Spanish. 

Resources for Nonprofits: 

  • NYC Service is providing one-time grants of up to $10,000 to support nonprofits engaging volunteers to deliver essential services, especially meals and food, to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are due May 11th at 5pm. For more information and eligibility guidelines, click here.
  • NYC Service is connecting nonprofits with New York Cares to begin the community partner in-take process and place volunteers at projects. Current volunteer projects include in-person food distribution support, virtual volunteer phone-banking to provide social engagement for seniors and those serving immigrants and other vulnerable New Yorkers, virtual remote learning support, and other activities. There are over 12,000 volunteers trained and ready to serve across all five boroughs. To find out more, click here.

Community Resources: 

  • New York Public Library Virtual Book Club: New York Public Library is collaborating with WNYC on a virtual book club called “Get Lit with All Of It.” This month, the book club is reading My Dark Vanessa by debut author, Kate Elizabeth Russell. The virtual event will be held by The Greene Space on May 26th. 
  • Become a Contact Tracer: New York State is hiring for the roles of contact tracerteam supervisor and community support specialist. New York City is also hiring contract tracers through the Fund for Public Health NYC, find those jobs here (preference to NYC residents).
  • NYC Health + Hospitals is hiring for several positions including patient transportation, clerical, and cleaning staff. Learn more and apply here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

  • Support Your Fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help, click here.
  • Help Essential Workers in Mount Vernon: First United Methodist Church, Fleetwood Neighborhood Association, and other CBOs are raising money to buy meals for hospital workers at Mount Vernon Hospital. Donate at this link, or make a check out to First United Methodist CBO, 227 East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10552.
  • Give Blood, Save Lives: The NY Blood Center needs your help if you tested positive and have recovered from COVID-19. Click here to schedule an appointment and donate today.
  • Pandemic of Love is a grassroots, volunteer-led mutual aid organization that now has over 400+ full-time volunteers around the globe. You can learn more about the services they have to offer and the volunteer opportunities available on their website.
  • Support Local Businesses: To learn more about how to support your local businesses click on the links below.
  • Get Involved: For how to get involved and help in your community, click here for New York State, here for New York City, and here for Westchester

As of today, May 5th, 2020nationwide there are 1,171,510 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 68,279 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,604,100 confirmed cases with 254,586 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of May 5th, there are 321,192 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,028,899 tests statewide. 

As of May 5th we have lost 19,645 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 176,874 are located in New York City 
  • 37,152 are located in Nassau County 
  • 35,275 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 30,240 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,144 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 5th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 170 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,467 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 5th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 39,239 in The Bronx
  • 53,243 in Queens  
  • 45,637 in Brooklyn
  • 21,287 in Manhattan
  • 12,235 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 4TH 2020

Dear Community, 

New York State has reached an incredible milestone – to date, more than one million New Yorkers have received diagnostic testing for the coronavirus. The more people we test, the better we are able to monitor and slow the rate of infection. To further build out our testing capacity, the National Guard has made nearly 300,000 testing kits to collect samples, 60,000 of which are being sent to labs and hospitals across New York State.

Today, Governor Cuomo further outlined the guidelines for when regions can re-open in New York State. Starting May 15th, qualifying regions may begin to re-open in phases and in compliance with state guidelines and approval – at this time, New York City and Westchester County do not qualify for re-opening. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open:

  • Monitor New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In regions with few COVID cases, the region cannot exceed 15 net new total hospitalizations or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In order to monitor the potential spread of infection in a region, a region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
  • Healthcare Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases. Regions must have at least 30 percent total hospital and ICU beds available. This is coupled with the new requirement that hospitals have at least 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled.
  • Testing Capacity: Each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month. The state is rapidly expanding capacity statewide to help all regions meet this threshold. New York State has been working with the National Guard to expand testing capacity where it needs to be for reopening.
  • Contact Tracing: Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region. The state is currently building an army of contact tracers with former Mayor Bloomberg to meet the needs of each region statewide.

While monitoring case numbers, qualifying regions will gradually re-open in four phases. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. Regions must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area. 

The phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1: Construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain, retail with curbside pickup
  • Phase 2: Professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support, real estate, rental leasing
  • Phase 3: Restaurants, food services, hotels, accommodations
  • Phase 4: Arts, entertainment, recreation, and education

The Governor also outlined new safety precautions that each business must put in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. Businesses will be required to:

  • Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace;
  • Enact social distancing protocols;
  • Restrict non-essential travel for employees;
  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others;
  • Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards;
  • Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace;
  • Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases; and
  • Develop liability processes.

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will be making PPE deliveries to nursing homes this week. Deliveries will include the distribution of 1.93 million surgical masks, 170,000 face shields, 767,000 gowns, 15,000 coveralls and aprons, and 10,000 shoe coverings. For the first time since March, NYC will enter a week with a sufficient supply of PPE at crisis standard.

Mayor de Blasio also announced that the City will create the New York City Strategic Reserve, a 90-day stockpile of PPE. Additions to the stockpile will be made once the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has inventory to supply the City for 14 days. New York City will purchase PPE when possible, and continue to build out local manufacturing. 

New Yorkers must continue to wear face coverings in public. You can find a free face covering distribution site on the NYC Face Covering mapThe City began distribution last week and plans to give out at least 7.5 million face coverings in total, including 5 million 3-ply non-medical masks and 2.5 million cloth face coverings. Face coverings will be distributed to New Yorkers in city parks, NYCHA buildings, at DOE grab-and-go meal sites, via emergency food deliveries, at the Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry, grocery stores, Mitchell-Lama buildings, through community-based groups, and in other spaces the City is doing social distancing enforcement.

Additionally, the Mayor announced that every public school student who requested an iPad from the Department of Education (DOE) has now received one. So far New York City has delivered 263,000 internet-enabled devices to students for remote learning. The DOE will now provide iPads to students with disabilities who attend religious and independent non-public schools, and has already identified 35,000 eligible students. Families can call 311 or request a device here. 

Kosher Meals Update: Today I sent a letter with my colleagues to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Food Czar Kathryn Garcia, calling on the City to distribute kosher meals at existing grab and go meal sites in the Bronx, as has been done in every other borough. I am grateful for the work of the Mayor's Office in feeding New Yorkers during this difficult time, however our Jewish communities cannot wait any longer. We need kosher meals in the Bronx now.

Overnight Transportation Resources for Essential Workers: Starting Wednesday, May 6th, at 1AM, there will be no subway service from 1AM to 5AM while the MTA cleans and disinfects trains and stations. To fill this gap in service, the MTA is significantly increasing bus service. Essential workers can find a detailed description of alternative transportation here. Find more information on the MTA’s COVID-19 response here.

Healthcare Enrollment Update: The special enrollment period through the NY State of Health, Health Plan Marketplace will remain open through June 15, 2020. To enroll, you can visit their website.

Department of Human Services Update: The Department of Human Services (DHS) has increased the number of safe haven beds for clients experiencing street homelessness by 200, and is continuing their efforts to add even more. DHS has also received a waiver of the state set 180 day time limit for those living in Domestic Violence emergency shelter beds, and is seeking an additional waiver to increase capacity. 

For individuals who are being released from Rikers and other facilities: DHS is working with partner agencies to ensure appropriate placement, including placing some individuals into DHS shelters. Additionally, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice is finding appropriate placements for others who require a specific level of services.

Housing Updates: 

  • NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) is continuing to provide emergency rental assistance grants for rent arrears. Clients can apply for these as one-time grants (One Shot Deal) or as part of the ongoing Cash Assistance application through ACCESS HRA.
  • The Consumer Protections Bureau has created a “know your rights” video for homeowners to better understand mortgage forbearance under the federal CARES Act. You can view it here.
  • NYCHA Tenants can access the latest information and resources from the New York City Housing Authority here.

Pandemic EBT Update: Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch are being issued automatic benefits to EBT cards by the state. The state will be distributing benefits over the next couple of weeks. There is no application process. The benefits will remain in effect until the end of the scheduled school year (through June 26, 2020). The state is determining how to address the issue of families who do not have EBT cards. Unlike SNAP, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is available to people who are undocumented. It is not counted under the federal public charge rule.  

Community Resources: 

  • JOB OPPORTUNITY! Become a Contact Tracer: New York State is hiring for the roles of contact tracerteam supervisor and community support specialist. New York City is also hiring contract tracers through the Fund for Public Health NYC, find those jobs here (preference to NYC residents).
  • Pandemic of Love is a grassroots, volunteer-led mutual aid organization that now has over 400+ full-time volunteers around the globe. You can learn more about the services they have to offer and the volunteer opportunities available on their website.
  • Westchester County Economic Development (WCED) has created a new page on the Economic Development website to list upcoming relevant webinars and recordings of prior webinars. To view this new page, click here.
  • Coping with COVID Plan Coloring Book: Did you know art and reading are helpful ways for kids to process stressful life events? Created with children of essential workers in mind, Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan coloring book helps kids navigate the big emotions they might be experiencing during this pandemic. Click the link to download, and please share with all of the essential worker parents or children in your life.
  • Non-Profit Westchester (NPW) is pleased to provide a list of job openings at NPW member organizations. To submit a job listing, please email jobopenings@npwestchester.org, with a PDF file (.pdf) or a webpage link. 

Virtual Happenings: 

  • Bronx Green-Up at Home: The New York Botanical Garden is partnering with the Butterfly Project NYC virtually on Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30-7PM for “Designing Your Garden to Attract Pollinators”, a workshop that will help you design and plan a pollinator garden. This workshop will also provide information on how to participate in the Native Plant Share, which is currently postponed until June 2020. Register here for the workshop, and here for the Native Plant Share. 
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Teatown Lake Reservation: Explore the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens here and the Teatown Lake Reservation here. 
  • Hip Hop Loves NY: If you missed the livestream of your favorite rapper and hip hop recording artists performing to benefit frontline workers, you can still watch and learn how to contribute here. To learn more about the Universal Hip Hop Museum, click here.
  • Virtual Sustainability Series: Preserving the Tree Canopy: Attend this webinar on Wednesday, May 6th, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., hosted by the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) and Village of Pelham Climate Smart Communities Task Force. Register here. 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, May 4th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,152,372 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67,456 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,554,100 confirmed cases with 250,700 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of May 4th, there are 318,953 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 1,007,310 tests statewide. 

As of May 4th we have lost 19,415 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 175,651 are located in New York City 
  • 36,965 are located in Nassau County 
  • 35,077 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 30,097 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,095 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 1st, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 124 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 83 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,141 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 4th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 38,973 in The Bronx
  • 52,845 in Queens  
  • 45,341 in Brooklyn
  • 21,125 in Manhattan
  • 12,169 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay up to date with Team Biaggi on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 3RD 2020

Dear Community,

As the weather gets warmer, we are more drawn to enjoying the outdoors. Please remember if you do go outside, to the park, for a picnic, or for a walk – you must wear a mask and practice safe social distancing from other individuals and groups. If we don’t all take precautions to protect ourselves and to protect each other, we risk ending up back where we started, in the worst days of this pandemic. 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the formation of a Regional State Purchasing Consortium with New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, to jointly procure personal protective equipment (PPE), tests, ventilators and other medical equipment to increase market power and bring down prices regionally. The Consortium will work together to identify the entire region's needs for these products, aggregate demand among the states, reduce costs and stabilize the supply chain. 

To ensure New York’s hospitals are prepared for additional potential COVID-19 outbreaks, the Department of Health is requiring that hospitals build a supply of PPE that could last at least 90 days during another surge in hospitalizations. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City is embarking on a major effort to produce and provide test kits. Working in partnership with Print Parts, the city is on track to manufacture 50,000 3D-printed swabs. 30,000 of those swabs will be produced by this Friday and kits will be shipped to testing centers across the city. The city is also working in partnership with the Albert Einstein School of Medicine to locally produce viral transport media, necessary for the testing kits.  

The GetFood Delivery Assistance Program is seeking nonprofit partners to increase capacity to prepare and distribute meals with a goal of delivering one million meals a day, up from the current 3.1 million a week. The city is seeking commercial kitchen capacity to prepare and package meals and is focusing on providing culturally sensitive and ethnic food. Additionally, the city is seeking nonprofits who can provide up to 300 staff to manage and staff distribution sites. Interested nonprofits can find more information here.  

Face Covering Distribution Sites: The city will be giving out free face coverings across the five boroughs. Face Coverings are given out on a first come first serve basis. To get your face covering, go to the following Bronx locations:

  • 5/4 from 10am - noon
    • Rose Hill Park on the corner of Webster Avenue and East Fordham Road
    • Rainey Park, Field House on Dawson Street and Longwood Avenue
  • 5/4 from 2 pm-4 pm
    • Soundview Park, Field House on Lafayette Avenue between Colgate Avenue and Boynton Avenue 
  • 5/5 from 12pm-2pm
    • Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
    • Poe Park Visitor Center on East 192nd Street and East Kingsbridge Road
  • 5/5 from 1pm - 3pm
    • Mullaly Park, Skate Park House at East 164th Street and River Avenue
    • Saint Mary’s Park Recreation Center at 450 St. Mary’s Avenue

School Board Election Update: School board elections and budget votes statewide are delayed until June 9, 2020. The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid. The Executive Order also delays local special district and village elections until September 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Related Resources: 

  • The Medicare Rights Center is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, May 7th. Learn about Medicare-covered services related to coronavirus, tips for enrolling in Medicare during the public health emergency, and more. To RSVP, click here.
  • Coping with COVID Plan Coloring Book: Did you know art and reading are helpful ways for kids to process stressful life events? Created with children of essential workers in mind, Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan coloring book helps kids navigate the big emotions they might be experiencing during this pandemic. It was written by Lindsey Atkins, LCSW, a child psychotherapist and clinical instructor at UNC School of Medicine, and was illustrated by her friend and NYC resident Meg Martin, along with her mom Janeen, who lives in the Hudson Valley. Click the link to download, and please share with all of the essential worker parents or children in your life.

Virtual Happenings: 

  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Teatown Lake Reservation. Explore the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens here and the Teatown Lake Reservation here
  • Hip Hop Loves NY. If you missed the livestream of your favorite rapper and hip hop recording artists performing to benefit frontline workers, you can still watch and learn how to contribute here. To learn more about the Universal Hip Hop Museum, click here.
  • Virtual Sustainability Series: Preserving the Tree Canopy. Attend this webinar on Wednesday, May 6th, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., hosted by the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel) and Village of Pelham Climate Smart Communities Task Force. Register here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, May 3, 2020, nationwide there are 1,122,486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 65,735 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,449,671 confirmed cases with 246,736 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of May 3rd, there are 312,977 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 959,017 tests statewide. 

As of May 3rd we have lost 19,189 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 174,331 are located in New York City 
  • 36,780 are located in Nassau County 
  • 34,855 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 29,884 are located in Westchester County 
  • 12,025 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 1st, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 124 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 83 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,141 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 3rd, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 38,599 in The Bronx
  • 52,305 in Queens  
  • 44,867 in Brooklyn
  • 20,693 in Manhattan
  • 12,101 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 2ND 2020

Dear Community, 

Happy Saturday! As we enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, I want to encourage you to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when you go outdoors. We must all do our part to keep each other safe. 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced the final results of New York’s antibody testing study. Over the past two weeks, New York State tested 15,000 New Yorkers randomly selected at grocery stores and community centers in the largest antibody survey done to date in the United States. Statewide, 12% of the sample tested positive for antibodies. In Westchester and Rockland Counties 13.8% tested positive, in New York City 19.9% tested positive, and in the Bronx 27.6% tested positive. 

New York State is distributing $25 million to food banks across New York State as part of the Nourish New York Initiative. Food banks in New York City will receive $11 million in funding. Organizations in Westchester will receive $1 million. The State is also working closely with agricultural producers upstate to make sure their surplus products are distributed to food banks.

Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that the Legislature will hold two virtual joint hearings to address the impact of COVID-19 in New York State. One hearing will focus on the disparate impact COVID-19 has had on communities of color. The other hearing will address the impact on small businesses. These hearings will be a critical opportunity for the Legislature to hear from communities, and develop strategies to better assist them and help our state fully recover. 

PPE Update: Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will be distributing 7 million masks to residents across the state. Masks will be distributed to low income communities, grocery store and food delivery workers, NYCHA residents, people in homeless shelters, and nursing homes, among others. 

AARP Resources: AARP is working to make sure the voices and concerns of older New Yorkers continue to be heard on issues critical to their health, well-being, and financial security. 

  • AARP Nursing Home Survey: AARP is encouraging New Yorkers with loved ones in nursing homes to fill out this survey regarding the information they have received from their nursing home about its infection count, safety and cleaning protocols, and support for residents and staff.
  • AARP Home Delivery Survey: AARP is asking older New Yorkers to share their experiences in securing meals or other nutritional assistance through this survey. 

 

Personal information will not be shared. Survey results will be used to educate the public and policy makers. All results will be aggregated.

Community Resources:

  • For Survivors: The MeToo Movement has released a COVID-19 toolkit for survivors of sexual assault. This toolkit includes resources for survivors to help them through this difficult time. 
  • Ramadan Meals: Halal meals are available at all 400+ grab-and-go sites. The city is adding 25% capacity at 32 DOE sites in neighborhoods with high need during the month of Ramadan. You can find the closest site to you here. 
  • NYCHA FAQ: NYCHA has put together an updated FAQ for residents, read more here. 

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

 

As of today, May 2nd, 2020, nationwide there are 1,092,815 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 64,283 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,407,983 confirmed cases, and 242,270 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of May 2nd, there are 312,977 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 959,017 tests statewide. 

As of May 2nd we have lost 18,909 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 172,354 are located in New York City 
  • 36,519 are located in Nassau County 
  • 34,478 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 29,626 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,945 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 1st, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 124 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 83 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,141 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of May 2nd, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 38,099 in The Bronx
  • 51,709 in Queens  
  • 44,303 in Brooklyn
  • 20,693 in Manhattan
  • 11,999 in Staten Island

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM MAY 1ST 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, on May Day as we celebrate and acknowledge working people and the labor movement, I want to take a moment to thank and honor the essential workers in New York. This crisis has been an important reminder of who is really essential to the functioning of our society: grocery store and pharmacy workers, transit workers, sanitation workers, healthcare workers, firefighters, and police officers. We owe a profound debt of gratitude to the workers who continue to show up each day, despite the risks to themselves and their families. But we must do more than thank them –– we must continue the fight for fair wages, safe working conditions, and access to healthcare for all. 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that all schools and college facilities in New York State will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Schools will continue remote learning, and must continue their meal programs and child care services for essential workers. The Governor will decide how to proceed with summer programming by the end of May. During this time, schools must create reopening plans that address how they will monitor the spread of COVID, implement social distancing, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, especially those with special needs, among other considerations. These plans will be reviewed and approved by the State. 

As healthcare personnel continue to work through crisis conditions, putting their own health and wellbeing on the line to care for others, New York State is expanding mental health resources for them. The state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide emotional support services for these frontline workers. Workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 at any time to access services. The New York State Department of Financial Services will also direct state-regulated health insurers to waive any cost-sharing requirements such as co-pays or deductibles for in-network mental health services for front-line essential workers during the COVID crisis. 

Although statewide indicators continue to trend in a positive direction, there are still almost 1,000 new people being admitted to hospitals state-wide for suspected COVID each day. Governor Cuomo has directed hospitals to provide additional demographic information about new patients, including if they are essential workers, and where they live, work, and commute, to help the state better tailor its strategy to reduce new infections and hospitalizations. 

As of today, the New York State Department of Labor has distributed over $4.6 billion in unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-10 pandemic. In total, the DOL has processed over 1.6 million completed applications for unemployment benefits since March 9th, including for both traditional unemployment insurance and the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced additional details about the open streets plan. This program will open streets to pedestrians and cyclists to make it easier for New Yorkers to practice social distancing. In the Bronx, Grant Avenue in Grant Park and Reservoir Oval will both open to pedestrians from 8am-8pm beginning on Monday, May 4th. You can read more about the open streets program here.

New Meal Distribution Centers: SOMOS Community Care have opened additional food distribution sites at minority owned businesses across the city. The following are locations in the Bronx:

  • 557 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458
  • 1940 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458
  • 119 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10468

NYCHA Update: The City will be installing dispensers for hand sanitizer in all 69 senior housing developments. Starting next week, every NYCHA resident will receive masks and gloves for every household member. For the latest NYCHA information, click here.

Small Business Update: Facebook has launched a $6.5 million grant program for New York City small businesses. To apply, click here.

Legal Resources: The New York City Bar created a pro-bono initiative to help jobless New Yorkers navigate the unemployment system for those who need help securing unemployment benefits through the state appeals process. To connect with these services, click here

Green Energy Resources: Solar One is offering a series of free online workshops about solar for renters and multifamily buildings in New York City. These workshops will cover solar energy and immediate ways to save money on electricity bills, which we know is particularly important in this time of high unemployment and increased household energy usage. To connect with these workshops, click here.

Domestic Violence Hotline: New York State has a 24 hour domestic violence hotline for those in need of support. Connect with help by calling 800-942-6906.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

  • Become a Contact Tracer: New York State is hiring for the roles of contact tracerteam supervisor and community support specialist.
  • Donate to the First Responders Fund: New York has created a fund to support healthcare workers and first responders with expenses like child care. You can donate here
  • Participate in the Riverdale Y Run Virtually: The Riverdale Y is hosting its annual Riverdale Run and donating all proceeds will go towards providing 150 seniors, emergency childcare to essential workers and at-home, virtual programs. To participate, click here.
  • Support Your Fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help out, click here.
  • Give Blood, Save Lives: The NY Blood Center needs your help if you tested positive and have recovered from COVID-19. Click here to schedule an appointment and donate today.
  • Support Local Businesses: To learn more about how to support your local businesses click on the links below.
  • To see how you can get involved for New York State, click here.
  • For how to help in New York City, click here.
  • For how to help in Westchester, go here.

As of today, May 1st, 2020nationwide there are 1,062,446 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 62,406 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,334,416 confirmed cases and 237,943 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of May 1st, there are 308,314 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 927,438 tests statewide. 

As of May 1st we have lost 18,610 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 169,690 are located in New York City 
  • 36,161 are located in Nassau County 
  • 34,037 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 29,232 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,812 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of May 1st the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 124 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 83 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,141 are located in Mount Vernon

As of May 1st, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 37,551 in The Bronx
  • 51,028 in Queens  
  • 43,621 in Brooklyn
  • 20,363 in Manhattan
  • 11,861 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 30TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State's contact tracing pilot program will begin in the coming weeks. As mentioned in previous email updates, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed organizational support and technical assistance to help build and execute this new program. The program will operate through the next flu season, and it will be implemented in coordination with tri-state neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut. The program will focus on areas with the highest rates of infection.

The program will include a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 individuals and will utilize additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in each region. The program is expected to have 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide depending on the projected number of cases. Contact tracing teams will work remotely with state-of-the-art software to develop a secure database of information on the spread of the infection.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will help the State Department of Health actively identify and recruit potential contact tracers for the program from State, City and County Health Departments, while the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will support the DOH in building out the online training curriculum. The curriculum will include an online exam that must be passed to complete the program. Vital Strategies' initiative Resolve to Save Lives will provide technical and operational advising to New York State Health Department staff. CUNY and SUNY schools will also assist in identifying applicants. To apply for New York City contact tracing positions or other health related jobs, click here.

As mentioned in previous email updates, contact tracing will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with four key steps: 

  1. Labs will report positive cases of COVID-19 immediately to contact tracers on a daily basis. 
  2. The contact tracer will then interview the positive patient to identify people they may have been in contact with over the past 14 days. 
  3. The contact tracer will notify and interview each contact to alert them to their risk of infection and instruct those contacts to quarantine or isolate for 14 days to be sure they don't spread COVID-19 to others. 
  4. The contact tracers will monitor those contacts by text throughout the duration of their quarantine or isolation to see if the contacts are showing any symptoms.

 

Additionally, Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the state and city are ramping up the sanitation protocol for the New York City Transit system, including the Subway, Metro North, and Long Island Railroad. Trains and buses will now be cleaned every 24 hours – an increase from the previous 72 hour policy – between the hours of 1AM - 5AM daily, and during this period service will be suspended. The state will be working with the MTA and NYPD to manage the suspension of train service during these hours to ensure thorough cleaning for each car. The state will offer buses, for hire vehicles, and dollar vans to essential workers at no cost who need transportation during the cleaning hours, beginning Wednesday, May 6th.

Currently, the MTA is working alongside the NYPD to conduct homeless outreach for riders who remain on trains at the end of the lines, providing individuals with health care and social service options.

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City will begin distributing 100,000 face coverings in city parks across the five boroughs. The program will focus on the hardest hit communities and high traffic parks, making sure that New Yorkers have face coverings for essential public outings like grocery shopping. 

You can find face covering distribution sites and hours here – however, you will notice that there is only one site located in the East and South Bronx region of District 34 which is absolutely unacceptable, given that these are high need areas. I have already flagged this oversight, and my team is working with the Mayor’s Office to identify distribution locations within those zip codes to ensure our communities in the East and South Bronx have access to the face coverings they need to stay safe and healthy.

The Mayor also announced that City workers will be assigned to patrol parks and public spaces, with over 1,000 full-time staff dedicated to proactive social distancing enforcement and education. Workers from the Parks Department, the Office of Special Enforcement, the Sheriff, FDNY, DEP, and DSNY will:

  • Instruct groups to disperse and educate New Yorkers
  • Distribute an additional 275,000 face coverings across NYC starting this week
  • Complement NYPD patrols and response to 311 reports

 

New York City is working diligently to further increase testing capacity. By next week, all eleven NYC Health + Hospital sites will be open for community testing, with thirty more sites by May 18th. Just this week New York City tested 14,000 people at H+H sites, with plans to test 35,000 the week of May 4th, and 43,000 the week of May 18th. The Mayor also announced that the city is coordinating additional NYCHA testing sites to provide further access to tenants.

Important Stimulus Check Reminder for SSI Recipients: If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will get your $1,200 Economic Impact Payment from the IRS automatically. However, if you receive SSI, have not filed a tax return, and have an eligible child, you must go to the IRS Non-Filer web form to give appropriate information by May 5th. If you miss the May 5th deadline, please go to IRS.gov for further information. For information on how Social Security continues to serve the public during this critical time, click here. 

Hospital Capacity Update: Governor Cuomo has amended the directive in Executive Order 202.10, which directed general hospitals, surgery practices, and surgery centers to increase their bed capacity and cancel elective surgery and procedures. General hospitals will now able to conduct elective operations and procedures, as long as the following requirements are met:

  • Within a county, the total available hospital in-patient capacity and total available hospital ICU capacity must exceed thirty percent;
  • The number of patients hospitalized who are COVID-19 positive was less than 10 between the dates of April 17th and April 27th; and
  • For each hospital that meets these eligibility requirements, both the overall hospital capacity and ICU capacity available must be over thirty percent.

 

This new guidance is on a county by county basis. At this time, New York City and Westchester county are not eligible to resume elective operations and procedures.

Birthing and Pregnancy Update: The Governor issued an executive order allowing DOH to authorize and certify temporary dedicated birth sites that are run by currently licensed birth hospitals and birth centers. 

NYC PPE Update: The City is now producing 125,000 surgical gowns a week. One of their local partners working with EDC has a sister factory in Vietnam capable of large-scale production. NYC has now secured over 1 million gowns, with another 3 million being manufactured. This will give New York City a sufficient supply at crisis standard until mid-May. 

Paid Sick Leave Update: To claim paid sick leave, New Yorkers can use the City’s Call Center, 855-491-2667, to obtain the necessary medical documentation. For additional questions on the process, see the Health Department’s FAQs (PDF) and, if needed, direct any remaining questions about how to obtain the necessary medical documentation to the City’s Call Center.

New York Regents Exams Update: The State Education Department (SED) has cancelled the August Regents Exams. The June exams had previously been cancelled.

Citi Bike Update: Citi Bike is expanding its critical workforce program, offering free membership to essential workers for one year. Additionally, 100 new docking stations will be added to upper Manhattan and the Bronx, including Lincoln Hospital and Harlem Hospital.

Pet Update: The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare has launched the NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline. The Pet Hotline will serve as an information, planning, referral and service coordination hub for NYC residents who need support for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pet Hotline operators can be reached directly at 877-204-8821, from 8AM to 8PM daily.

Small Business & Non Profit Grant Opportunities: 

  • Humanities New York (HNY) released new grant guidelines to distribute CARES Act funding to New York cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly $1 million in funding will be made available in the form of small grants up to $20,000 statewide. This new grant opportunity complements the NEH CARES Act funding opportunity, which offers relief grants of up to $300,000 to many larger organizations across the country and in New York. Application guidelines are now available on the HNY website. The deadline for funding is May 15th, with applicants being informed of funding decisions by June 15th, 2020. 
  • Facebook is creating a $6.5 million grant program for New York City small businesses. Get more information and apply for the grant program here. 

 

Open Streets Update: New York City is accepting suggestions for locations and partners for the NYC Open Streets program through a new online form. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance; please submit multiple applications if you are proposing to pedestrianize more than one corridor in your community. Please email openstreets@dot.nyc.gov if you have any questions or concerns.

NYC Partnerships Update: Private, public, and non-profit sectors have stepped up to help NYC with important donations and programs to support us during these difficult times:

  • The NBA has donated 1,140 N95 masks and 30,000 surgical masks
  • American Eagle donated 175,000 surgical masks
  • The Consulate General of Egypt has donated 200,000 surgical masks, 3,000 protective suits, and 2,000 gowns
  • AT&T donated $100,000 to the “Food for Heroes” Mayor’s Fund initiative
  • Fresh Cosmetics donated $205,000 worth of personal cleaning products to our H+H hospitals and our DHS Isolation Shelters

 

Community Resources:

  • AARP Nursing Home Survey: AARP is encouraging New Yorkers with loved ones in nursing homes to fill out this survey regarding the information they have received from their nursing home about its infection count, safety and cleaning protocols, and support for residents and staff.
  • NYC Taxi is hiring delivery workers to help distribute food. Learn more and apply here. 
  • For Survivors: The MeToo Movement has released a COVID-19 toolkit for survivors of sexual assault. This toolkit includes resources for survivors and means for helping other survivors through this difficult time.
  • Ramadan Meals: Halal meals are available at all 400+ grab-and-go sites. The city is adding 25% capacity at 32 DOE sites in neighborhoods with high need during the month of Ramadan. You can find the closest site to you here. 
  • NYCHA FAQ: NYCHA has put together an updated FAQ for residents, read more here. 
  • Cooling Assistance: As we head into the summer months, you can apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)’s Cooling Assistance Program to receive a free air conditioner using your HEAP Local District Contact starting May 1st. 
  • Diapers and Incontinence Briefs for Those in Need: Catholic Charities is offering diapers and incontinence briefs to those in need. Children’s diapers are available with appropriate documentation in sizes newborn to 6. Adult incontinence briefs are available in size M and XL with no paperwork needed. All supplies are delivered to clients houses curbside. For more information contact Amy Cabrera-Bland, Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Charities Community Services at amy.cabrera-bland@archny.org.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

 

As of today, April 30th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,053,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 61,547 reported deaths, and 124,748 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 3,247,648 confirmed cases, 230,615 reported deaths, and 1,005,832 reported recoveries.

In New York State, as of April 30th, there are 304,372 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 900,636 tests statewide. 

As of April 30th we have lost 18,321 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 167,478 are located in New York City 
  • 35,854 are located in Nassau County 
  • 33,664 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 28,970 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,708 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

 

As of April 30th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 122 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 83 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,111 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of April 30th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 36,969 in The Bronx
  • 50,304 in Queens  
  • 42,996 in Brooklyn
  • 20,121 in Manhattan
  • 11,752 in Staten Island

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 29TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State now has the capacity to test 30,000 people each day. The State is working with the federal government with the goal of expanding testing capacity to at least 40,000 people per day. 

The Governor also announced preliminary results of an antibody testing survey of 1,000 members both FDNY and NYPD. 17.1% percent of FDNY officers and EMTs tested positive for antibodies. 10.5% of NYPD officers tested positive for antibodies. Today, New York State tested 1,000 transit workers for antibodies. The state will work with BioReference to provide antibody testing on an ongoing basis to first responders and other essential workers from the MTA, State Police, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and more. New York City is also offering antibody testing for over 150,000 healthcare workers, first responders, FDNY employees, police officers, and correction officers over the next month.

In response to the unique challenges facing expectant parents right now, Governor Cuomo created a COVID-19 Maternity Task Force to study the impact of the COVID crisis on pregnant people and make recommendations to ensure their safety. Today, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa issued a report today outlining the tasks force’s recommendations. These recommendations include diversifying birthing options, extending the time a healthy support person may stay in a hospital post birth, mandating testing of pregnant New Yorkers, and reviewing the impact of COVID-19 and newborns with an eye to racial disparities in maternal mortality. In response to these recommendations, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing for additional birthing surge sites to be created and operated by currently licensed birthing hospitals and centers. You can read more about the recommendations of the taskforce here. 

Governor Cuomo has requested the MTA put together a plan by tomorrow, April 30th, to clean and disinfect every train daily and help homeless individuals who have taken refuge on the subway.

As our healthcare workers continue to battle through challenging conditions in our hospitals each day, helping every patient they can, New York City is creating additional mental health resources to provide enhanced and trauma-informed support. New York City is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), NYC Health + Hospitals, and Greater New York Hospital Association to provide mental health services that incorporate elements of DOD’s stress management and resilience mental health programs. 

Mayor de Blasio announced that the city will offer antibody tests for over 150,000 healthcare workers and first responders at hospitals, police stations, firehouses and correctional facilities. Testing will begin next week and the city is planning on testing all first responders within one month.

The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has now moved 6,000 New Yorkers experiencing homelessness into commercial hotels. They will continue to move up to 1,000 New Yorkers per week into hotels, prioritizing people currently staying at large shelters. The City is also launching testing sites at DHS facilities this week, and will provide additional medical support to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness in partnership with H+H.

Update on Marriage Licenses: By the end of next week, New Yorkers will be able to obtain marriage licenses online. You can learn more about Project Cupid here

Update on Elective Surgery: 35 counties in New York have been approved to resume elective outpatient treatments at hospitals. The Governor previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. All 35 counties are located in upstate New York. 

Update for NYCHA Residents: Residents can read the latest NYCHA update here.

Financial Counseling Resources: The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is offering free financial counseling and coaching services that are being offered remotely. To learn more about these resources, click here.

Student Loan Resources: The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has put together a website to support residents with their student loans, including an FAQ factsheet and a variety of tips in navigating loan repayment. To read more, click here.

Tenant Resources: The Department of Homes and Community Renewal has compiled helpful links and FAQ’s for tenants during COVID-19. To connect to these resources, click here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

  • Donate to the First Responders Fund: New York has created a fund to support healthcare workers and first responders with expenses like child care. You can donate here
  • Support Your Fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help out, click here.
  • Give Blood, Save Lives: The NY Blood Center needs your help if you tested positive and have recovered from COVID-19. Click here to schedule an appointment and donate today.
  • Support Local Businesses: To learn more about how to support your local businesses click on the links below.
  • To see how you can get involved for New York State, click here.
  • For how to help in New York City, click here.
  • For how to help in Westchester, go here.

As of today, April 29th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,005,147 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 57,505 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,187,919 confirmed cases and 22,771 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of April 29th, there are 299,91 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 872,481 tests statewide. 

As of April 29th we have lost 17,968 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 164,841 are located in New York City 
  • 35,505 are located in Nassau County 
  • 33,25 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 28,62 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,586 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 29th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 122 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 82 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,091 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 29th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 36,382 in The Bronx
  • 49,559 in Queens  
  • 42,380 in Brooklyn
  • 19,837 in Manhattan
  • 11,635 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 28TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced additional details and benchmarks that will guide the regional reopening strategy. Based on the recommendations of the CDC, regions must see their hospitalization rate decline for at least 14 days before they can begin a phased reopening process. As each region begins to reopen, the state will keep a close eye on hospital capacity which cannot exceed 70%, and the rate of infection, which cannot exceed 1.1, meaning that on average each person with COVID spreads the disease to 1.1 other people. Governor Cuomo’s plan includes the follow additional points: 

  • Businesses will reopen in phases based on how essential their services are and how easily their employees can practice social distancing. Phase one will include opening manufacturing and construction; phase two will open industries determined to be essential with low risks of workplace infection. No businesses that could draw visitors to the region may be opened. 
  • All businesses must take precautions to reduce the risk of infection and protect employees and consumers. 
  • Each region must preserve at least 30% of their hospital and ICU beds after allowing elective surgeries to resume.
  • Each region must have a widespread testing program that prioritizes testing symptomatic individuals, individuals with known COVID contact, and essential workers. 
  • Regions must have a minimum of 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people so they can adequately trace the contacts of individuals who test positive. 
  • Regions must have a plan to help individuals who test positive for COVID isolate if they cannot safely do so at home. 
  • All regions must coordinate their reopening of schools and transportation systems, and their testing and tracing systems with neighboring regions. 
  • New York State must reimagine tele-medicine and tele-education to improve services. 
  • Each region must appoint an institution to conduct oversight of their reopening, including monitoring regional indicators, rate of infection, hospital capacity, and PPE burn rate. 
  • All regions must prioritize supporting and protecting essential workers. 

The Governor also announced the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board which will provide guidance on New York State’s reopening strategy. The board will include business, community, and civic leaders from around the state, and will be chaired by former Secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow. You can read the full list of members here

As New York City public schools continue remote learning, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza announced a new grading policy. The policy aims to give students the help they need to stay on track and recognizes the challenging circumstances students face adapting to remote learning. 

  • Students in grades K-5 will be graded either “meets standards” or “needs improvement.” 
  • Students in grades 6-8 will be graded “meets standards,” “needs improvement,” or “course in progress.” 
  • Students in grades 9-12 will be graded on the existing scale, however, they will have the option to request a pass grade instead of a letter grade. Additionally, students who have not yet demonstrated mastery of the material will be given “course in progress” marks, rather than a failing grade. Students will have until January 2021 to complete outstanding coursework. 

Teachers will work with students of all ages who need additional time and support to master the material to assess them for summer school or extra support in the fall. You can read more about the new grading policy here

New York City is continuing to distribute internet-enabled iPads to students who do not have access to devices for remote learning. By April 30th, 247,000 iPads will have been distributed to students across the city. If your child still needs a device to access remote learning, you can request one by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov. 

Upcoming District 34 Virtual Events:

  • COVID 19 Town Hall With DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Barbot: Wednesday, April 29th at 5PM, I am hosting a virtual town hall with Senator Gustavo Rivera on Bronx COVID-19 resources. Speakers include: Commissioner of NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Oxiris Barbot (Q&A with Director of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Dr. Jennifer Rosen); Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, Phillip Thompson; Education Committee Chair, State Senator Shelley Mayer; Executive Superintendent of the Bronx, Meisha Ross Porter. RSVP and submit questions here
  • The Fight Ahead Town Hall: Wednesday, April 29th at 6PM, I am hosting a town hall with Senators Andrew Gounardes, Jessica Ramos, John Liu, Julia Salazar, Rachel May, Robert Jackson, and Zellnor Myrie for a virtual conversation on New York State’s COVID-19 response. We will be discussing revenue raisers, relief for renters, how we can protect essential social services, and more. RSVP and submit questions here

Update for Small Businesses: The federal government allocated an additional $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program in the latest federal stimulus package. With the new funding, the Small Business Administration has reopened applications. You can learn more and apply here. Note, it is likely the program will run out of money again, so businesses should apply as soon as possible.

Update for New York City Voters: The New York City Board of Elections has created a website for New York City voters to request an absentee ballot for the June 23rd primary election. You can request an absentee ballot here. Note, you may only request a ballot through this form if you are already registered to vote. 

Mental Health Resources for Westchester Residents: The Guidance Center of Westchester (TGCW) is providing telehealth mental health and substance abuse counseling. These services are available to residents regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. To connect with these resources, send an email to TGCW to call 914-613-0700.

Child Care Resources for Westchester Residents: The Guidance Center of Westchester (TGCW) child care center is open and able to accommodate children ages 18-months to 5 years old. To connect with the TGCW child care center, call 914-613-0700.

Career Resources: The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) is providing career services including pro-bono career coaching, job search resources, and career workshops. 

Complete the Census, get a call from Lin Manuel Miranda!: The “You Can Count on New York” initiative rolled out today to promote Census participation. If you have not filled out the Census, you can complete it tomorrow and follow the guidelines here and you could get a call from Broadway writer, actor, and producer Lin Manuel Miranda.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 28th, 2020, nationwide there are 981,246 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 55,528 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 3,110,219 confirmed cases and 216,857 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of April 28th, there are 295,106 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 844,994 tests statewide. 

As of April 28th we have lost 17,638 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 162,338 are located in New York City 
  • 35,085 are located in Nassau County 
  • 32,724 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 28,245 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,453 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 28th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 121 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 82 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,07 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 28th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 35,860 in The Bronx
  • 48,847 in Queens  
  • 41,744 in Brooklyn
  • 19,672 in Manhattan
  • 11,520 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

__________________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 27TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

Today the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) Commissioners voted to cancel the Democratic Presidential Primary Election in New York. This decision is derived from a new state law passed through the budget process that authorizes the BOE to remove candidates from the ballot who have formally suspended their candidacy. In compliance with this law, there would only be one candidate on the ballot since there is only one candidate left running for the Democratic nomination, and therefore the BOE has voted to cancel the primary election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Registered voters will still have the opportunity to vote in the Congressional and State primary elections scheduled for June 23rd. Per the Governor’s previous Executive Order, all New Yorkers can request an absentee ballot by checking the box for “Temporary illness or physical disability” on the absentee ballot application with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance. The Governor has directed the BOE to mail every registered voter a postage-paid absentee ballot application for the State and Congressional June primary elections. Voters must fill out the application and mail it back to the BOE in order to receive their ballot. You can learn more from the Board of Elections here.

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo shared the results of phase two of New York’s statewide antibody testing survey, which has now reached 7,500 people and counting. The preliminary results show 14.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies – 24.7% of New York City participants, and 15.1% of participants from Westchester and Rockland counties, tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. As a reminder, the State is using antibody presence as an indicator of the overall spread of the virus. The preliminary results of phase one of the state's antibody testing survey released on April 23rd showed 13.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.

Additionally, the Governor announced that the antibody testing survey will be expanded to 1,000 New York City Fire Department officers and 1,000 New York City Police Department officers starting today, and to 3,000 healthcare workers and 1,000 transit workers across the five boroughs beginning this week.

There is still a lot to be learned from the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, and it does not definitively mean that a person is immune to the virus. However, we do know that the presence of COVID-19 antibodies means that a person is able to donate blood plasma – if you are a recovering patient, you can schedule an appointment to donate plasma with the New York Blood Center. 

Governor Cuomo also announced the launch of the “Nourish New York” initiative to purchase food and products from Upstate farms and direct it to food banks across the state. New York will also be partnering with the state's dairy producers – Chobani, Dairy Farmers of America, Upstate Niagara, Cabot Cheese and others –  to process excess milk into products like yogurt, cheese, sour cream and cream cheese, that will be distributed to food banks and those in need. Additionally, the State is providing $25 million from New York’s special public health emergency fund for food banks and providers most impacted by COVID-19. The state is also asking any philanthropies that would like to help the state's food banks to contact Fran Barrett, Director of Nonprofits at COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced self-collection testing will be available at NYC Health + Hospital testing sites by the end of this week. The new testing method will allow patients to administer samples themselves while being supervised by medical personnel – this does not mean that people can do tests at home, but it does mean facilities will use fewer PPE and better protect healthcare workers from exposure. In addition to minimizing contact between patient and healthcare workers, self-swab collection will increase the capacity of existing test sites from the current rate of 15 per hour to up to 20 per hour. 

New York City is working to ramp up testing with the goal of 10,000 tests per week across all sites. There are now eight community testing sites operated by NYC Health + Hospitals across the City, and over 5,000 New Yorkers have been tested. There are also five One Medical testing facilities that give priority to frontline healthcare and essential workers.

New York City is looking to hire 1,000 COVID-19 contact tracers, particularly people with experience in healthcare. These contact tracers will interview people who are positive, identify others who may have been exposed, and follow-up with those people in turn to be tested. Qualified personnel can apply to be a contract tracer here or by emailing covid-19jobs@fphync.org

Additionally, in coordination with the City Council, Mayor de Blasio announced the implementation and expansion of the Safe Streets Program to open streets for non-auto use through sidewalk widening measures, closure of streets near and within parks, closure of streets in partnership with local organizations, new bike lanes, and more. The City will work with the Council to identify a minimum of forty miles of streets to close over the next month, with a large goal of one hundred miles of open street strategies that require minimal staffing resources without jeopardizing safety. The initiative will focus first on streets in and around parks, with priority on the hardest hit communities. 

Upcoming District 34 Virtual Events:

  • Housing Justice Virtual Town Hall: TOMORROW, April 28th at 6PM, I will be joining Citizen Action NY, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, CASA, and the Housing Justice for All Coalition for a virtual town hall on housing relief. Learn more and register here. 
  • COVID 19 Town Hall With DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Barbot: WEDNESDAY, April 29th at 5PM, I will host a virtual town hall with Senator Gustavo Rivera on Bronx COVID-19 resources. Speakers include: Commissioner of NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Oxiris Barbot (Q&A with Director of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Dr. Jennifer Rosen); Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, Phillip Thompson; Education Committee Chair, State Senator Shelley Mayer; Executive Superintendent of the Bronx, Meisha Ross Porter. RSVP and submit questions here. 
  • The Fight Ahead Town Hall: WEDNESDAY, April 29th at 6PM, I am hosting a town hall with Senators Andrew Gounardes, Jessica Ramos, John Liu, Julia Salazar, Rachel May, Robert Jackson, and Zellnor Myrie for a virtual conversation on New York State’s COVID-19 response. We will be discussing revenue raisers, relief for renters, how we can protect essential social services, and more. RSVP and submit questions here. 

 

Important Small Business Reminder: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders today. For more information you can visit the SBA’s PPP page. For help completing your SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and/or Paycheck Protection Program applications, go to http://volunteernewyork.org/vvc.

Hospital Capacity Update: The Governor announced that temporary hospitals at the Westchester County Center, Javits Center, SUNY Old Westbury, and the SUNY Stony Brook facilities will be maintained into the fall flu season. This will protect statewide hospital capacities in the event of a second wave or a combination with the regular fall flu season.

Safe Haven Update: The city is opening 200 more Safe Haven beds for vulnerable New Yorkers that do not have access to housing. The city is also focusing on offering help at up to 10 end-of-the-line subway stations with the goal of bringing more unsheltered New Yorkers off the subway amid the COVID-19 crisis. The city is also asking the MTA to temporarily close stations during overnight hours from 12-5 AM to allow for more targeted outreach and enhanced sanitation.

NYCHA Update: Residents can read the latest NYCHA update here.

NYC Parking Update: Alternate side parking for New York City is suspended through Tuesday, May 12th.

Legal Resource Update: The Pace Women’s Justice Center remains open for business throughout the pandemic and continues to provide free legal services to the community. You can access their services by calling their Legal Helpline at 914-287-0739, or their Legal Clinic at 914-422-4188. 

Share Your Story / Explore the Virtual World

  • Women Tell Their Stories: The Department of Records and Information Services invites you to gather virtually on WomensActivism.nyc to share a story about a woman who has made a difference in your life or the lives of others. 
  • Contribute to History: Read COVID-19 related stories from around the world and share yours in this COVID-19 Archive. Learn more about this effort to preserve history in the making here.
  • Take a Break With Playland: Find fun and games for the entire family at Playland Playhouse.
  • Enjoy Live Music, at Home: Joe's Pub is sharing free concerts with audiences each Thursday, Friday & Saturday night. Learn more here.
  • Check out the Point CDC’s educational and wellness virtual resources here.
  • Arts Westchester has rounded up a weekly guide to virtual arts happenings to enjoy  from home, including children’s activities, live-streamed concerts, recorded performances, artist workshops and more. Click here for more information.
  • Explore Digital Resources available from the Mount Vernon Public Library here.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

 

As of today, April 27th, 2020, nationwide there are 980,008 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 55,637 reported deaths, and 107,754 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 3,017,806 confirmed cases, 209,799 reported deaths, and 885,975 reported recoveries.

In New York State, as of April 27th, there are 291,996 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 826,095 tests statewide. 

As of April 27th we have lost 17,303 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 160,489 are located in New York City 
  • 34,865 are located in Nassau County 
  • 32,470 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 28,007 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,366 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 27th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 120 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 82 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,038 are located in Mount Vernon

 

 As of April 27th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 35,398 in The Bronx
  • 48,382 in Queens  
  • 41,327 in Brooklyn
  • 19,499 in Manhattan
  • 11,424 in Staten Island

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! Read here about the creative ways New Yorkers are encouraging each other to complete the census. The self-response deadline has been extended through October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 26th 2020

Dear Community,

I hope that you were able to get out yesterday to enjoy the sunny day, and that all those celebrating Ramadan had a chance over the weekend to share a moment with family and friends. While health indicators continue to trend in a positive direction, as we move forward into the next phase of this public health crisis, I encourage you all to stay safe and follow best practices, to stay home as much as possible, and to practice social distancing when out and about. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a phased plan to “Un-PAUSE” New York. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put forth guidance that states can begin to reopen if hospitalization rates have declined for 14 days. The State is closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate, and the number of positive antibody tests, as well as the overall public health impact, and will make adjustments to the plan and other decisions based on these indicators. The Governor shared that New York will reopen in phases to ensure the safety of our residents. 

  • Phase one will involve the reopening of low-risk manufacturing and construction. 
  • Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and of low risk to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential," or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. As the infection rate declines, the pace of reopening businesses will be increased.

There will be two weeks in between phases in order to monitor the effects of reopening businesses and risk to public safety.

Governor Cuomo addressed the importance of taking a regional approach to re-opening, especially for our downstate counties. The plan will entail coordinating the opening of transportation systems, parks, schools, beaches, and businesses, with special attention on summer activities for downstate, public housing, low-income communities, food banks, and child care. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of a Fair Recovery Task Force, to be led by a diverse group of civic leaders. The goal is to spur a recovery that confronts deep inequities, reaches into every neighborhood, and leaves New York stronger than ever.  Mayor de Blasio has asked the group to provide a preliminary roadmap to recovery by June 1st. Members of the task force include: 

  • Patrick Gaspard, President, Open Society Foundation 
  • Richard Ravitch, former Lieutenant Governor of New York 
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies  
  • Carl Weisbrod, Senior Advisor, HR&A Advisors
  • Henry Garrido, Executive Director, DC37 / AFSCME 
  • Maria Torres Springer, Vice President of U.S. Programs, Ford Foundation
  • Liz Neumark, CEO, Great Performances  
  • Fred Wilson, Partner, Union Square Ventures  

Mayor de Blasio will name Sector Advisory Councils, which will begin meeting in the first week of May. The councils will focus on specific sectors including small business; large business; public health and healthcare; arts, culture, and tourism; labor; nonprofits and social services; the faith-based community; and education and vocational training; and will advise on industry or area-specific best practices to move us into the next phase while ensuring public health and safety.  

The Mayor also announced a Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity, to be led by Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Phillip Thompson. This task force will monitor the city’s response in the hardest hit neighborhoods, and will work with city agencies to address long standing racial and economic disparities. Lastly,  the mayor announced his intention to name a Charter Revision Commission which will hold public hearings around the city, to look at ways to implement bold structural changes to foster a fair recovery. 

Tomorrow, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, joined by members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, will sign the recently passed Property Tax Relief Law. The new law will complement the New York State Executive Order which allowed County Executive Latimer to remove property tax late fees for County residents and businesses whose municipalities signed on. 

If you need assistance with a civil legal matter, lawyer referral and legal services organizations remain open for business and are all currently operating remotely. Legal services organizations provide income-eligible New Yorkers with free legal assistance on a variety of issues, including housing, public benefits, unemployment insurance, workers’ rights, family and immigration law, and health care coverage. To connect with these organizations, click on the links or call the phone numbers listed below. 

  • The New York City Bar Association operates a Legal Referral Service, and provides low cost services in limited areas. To find out more, click here.
  • The City Bar Justice Center To learn more, click here or call 212-382-6600.
  • New York Legal Assistance Group To learn more, click here or call 212-613-5000. 
  • Bronx Legal Services To learn more, click here or call 917-661-4500.
  • The Legal Aid Society To learn more, click here or call 212-577-3300.
  • Mobilization for Justice To learn more, click here or call 212-417-3700.
  • Urban Justice Center To learn more, click here or call 646-602-5600.
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley To learn more, click here or call 877-574-8529.

Small Business Resources for Westchester Residents: Westchester County’s Economic Development program is starting an SBA Application Assistance Program to assist small businesses through the application process. The county is seeking volunteers to assist. Learn more and sign up to volunteer here. The volunteers at SCORE Westchester also stand ready to advise small businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of areas. Learn more about SCORE’s programs here.

Golf Course Update: Westchester County opened the Mohansic and Hudson Hills Golf Courses this weekend, but asks all golfers to strictly observe social distancing protocols.

Westchester Park Update: The Bicycle Sundays program will begin on the first Sunday in May. Participants will be able to bike, walk, and jog a 13.1 mile loop of the Bronx River Parkway from White Plains to Yonkers. Social distancing protocols must be observed. 

Upcoming District 34 Events:

  • Bronx Community Virtual Town Hall: I will be joining Citizen Action NY, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, CASA, and the Housing Justice for All Coalition for a virtual town hall on rent relief. Join us next Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Learn more and register here
  • COVID 19 Updates and Bronx Resources Virtual Town Hall: Next Wednesday, April 29th, from 5:00-6:00 pm, New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phillip Thompson, Bronx Education Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter, and I will answer questions about the COVID-19 response. RSVP and submit questions here
  • The Fight Ahead: Next Wednesday, April 29th, from 5:30-7:00 pm, I am participating in a town hall with Senators Gounardes, Ramos, Liu, Salazar, May, Jackson, and Myrie for a virtual conversation on New York State’s COVID-19 response. We will be discussing revenue raisers, relief for renters, how we can protect essential social services, and more. RSVP and submit questions here

Share Your Story / Explore the Virtual World

  • Monday is National Tell a Story Day. The Department of Records and Information Services invites you to gather virtually on WomensActivism.nyc to share a story about a woman who has made a difference in your life or the lives of others. 
  • Contribute to history. Read COVID-19 related stories from around the world and share yours in this COVID-19 Archive. Learn more about this effort to preserve history in the making here.
  • Take a break with Playland. Find fun and games for the entire family at Playland Playhouse.
  • Enjoy live music, at home. Joe's Pub is sharing free concerts with audiences each Thursday, Friday & Saturday night. Learn more here.
  • Check out the Point CDC’s educational and wellness virtual resources here.
  • Arts Westchester has rounded up a weekly guide to virtual arts happenings to enjoy  from home, including children’s activities, live-streamed concerts, recorded performances, artist workshops and more. Click here for more information
  • Explore digital resources available from the Mount Vernon Public Library here.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

 

As of today, April 26th, 2020, nationwide there are 928,619 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 52,459 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,964,543 cases and 206,055 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 26th, there were 288,045 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 805,350 tests statewide. 

As of April 26th we have lost 16,966 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 158,258 are located in New York City 
  • 34,522 are located in Nassau County 
  • 32,059 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 27,664 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,256 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 23rd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 78 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,851 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 25th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 34,711 in The Bronx
  • 47,511 in Queens  
  • 40,593 in Brooklyn
  • 19,046 in Manhattan
  • 11,275 in Staten Island

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! Read here about the creative ways New Yorkers are encouraging each other to complete the census. The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 25th 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced several new initiatives to expand testing in New York State.The Governor will sign an Executive Order to allow pharmacies to conduct diagnostic COVID-19 tests. This will allow more than 5,000 pharmacies around the state to serve as testing sites.

As New York’s testing capacity continues to grow, the state will expand testing eligibility for frontline workers. All first responders, health care workers, and essential workers will now be eligible for COVID diagnostic testing, regardless of whether they have symptoms. 

New York State began conducting antibody tests today at four downstate hospitals that have had a high load of COVID-19 patients, including Montefiore Medical. Next week, antibody tests will also be available for transit workers, members of the New York State Police, and the NYPD. 

The New York State Department of Labor has now distributed $3.1 billion in unemployment benefits since the pandemic began impacting businesses and workers at the end of March. As of today, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers have submitted completed applications for unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. I know that many people are still experiencing long wait times and other challenges while applying for unemployment benefits. As a reminder, the Department of Labor recently launched a new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This new system is designed to connect New Yorkers with the benefits they need faster, without having to call the Department of Labor. 

Update for NYC Public School Families: As a reminder, the New York City Department of Education is continuing to distribute internet-enabled iPads to students who need a device to access remote learning. You can request a device by calling DOE at 718-935-5100 and choosing option 5 on the menu or by filling out this form.

Upcoming Events:

  • Bronx Community Virtual Town Hall: I will be joining Citizen Action NY, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, CASA, and the Housing Justice for All Coalition for a virtual town hall on rent relief. Join us next Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00-7:30pm. Learn more and register here
  • COVID 19 Updates and Bronx Resources Virtual Town Hall: Next Wednesday, April 29th, from 5:00-6:00pm, New York City Health Commissioner Barbot, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phillip Thompson, Bronx Education Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter, and I will answer questions about the COVID-19 response. RSVP and submit questions here
  • The Fight Ahead: Next Wednesday, April 29th, from 5:30-7:00pm, I am participating in a town hall with Senators Gounardes, Ramos, Liu, Salazar, May, Jackson, and Myrie for a virtual conversation on New York State’s COVID-19 response. We will be discussing revenue raisers, relief for renters, how we can protect essential social services, and more. RSVP and submit questions here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand

As of today, April 25th, 2020, nationwide there are 895,766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 50,439 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,789,315 cases and 202,368 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 25th, there were 282,143 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 777,568 tests statewide

As of April 25th we have lost 16,599 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 155,113 are located in New York City
  • 33,798 are located in Nassau County 
  • 31,368 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 27,231 are located in Westchester County 
  • 11,091 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 23rd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 78 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,851 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 25th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 33,950 in The Bronx
  • 46,786 in Queens  
  • 39,912 in Brooklyn
  • 18,701 in Manhattan

●      11,159 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 24th 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Board of Elections will mail every registered voter a postage-paid absentee ballot application for the June 23rd primary election. Voters will need to fill out the application and mail it in in order to receive their ballot. As a reminder, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order allowing all voters to vote absentee for the upcoming primary election by selecting the “temporary illness” category on their application. You can learn more from the Board of Elections here

In response to the rise in domestic violence incidents, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an immediate modernization of the state's domestic violence hotline with a new texting program and confidential online services to aid those experiencing abuse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, victims of abuse are more vulnerable while isolated at home without being able to get away from their abusers. If you are experiencing abuse, you are not alone. You can get help by texting 1-844-997-2121 or chatting with a professional on the new confidential website

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced additional details today about New York City’s plan to address racial disparities in COVID-19 and direct more assistance to the hardest hit communities. As part of their outreach efforts, New York City will hold four tele-town halls with faith leaders and a series of webinars with city commissioners and health officials to share information and answer questions about the virus. The city also plans to send direct mail in English, Spanish, and Chinese to 1.1 million New Yorkers, in addition to continuing to disseminate information on social media in 24 languages and through a public awareness campaign in 15 languages. The multi-pronged approach is designed to ensure that every New Yorker has the information they need to stay safe and get the help. 

New York City is also partnering with community based health practices to expand tele-medicine services. Additionally, the City will work with clinics to make wellness calls to patients in high need areas. 

Westchester County received a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the American Chinese United Care Alliance. The donation included: 

  • Westchester County Government – 15,200 disposable masks
  • Westchester Medical Center - $6,300 cash, 100 plastic protective gowns, 400 KN95 masks, 400 gloves, 150 surgical masks, 30 N95 masks
  • White Plains Hospital: $13,000 cash, 600 KN95 masks, 1,200 Surgical masks
  • Town of Greenburgh: 2,000 surgical masks

This effort is spearheaded by the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and is the county’s largest emergency response operation to date. 

Tomorrow at 10am, I am partnering with the Pelham Parkway Tenant Association and NYPD 49th Precinct, to give out care packages to residents at the Pelham Parkway Houses. Care packages will include masks, gloves, hand sanitizer (bring your own bottle), and microwavable food. We have supplies for the first 300 people. You can learn more here

Upcoming Team Biaggi Event: Next Wednesday, April 29th, from 5:30-7:00pm, join Senators Biaggi, Gounardes, Ramos, Liu, Salazar, May, Jackson, and Myrie for a virtual conversation on New York State’s COVID-19 response. We will be discussing revenue raisers, relief for renters, how we can protect essential social services, and more. RSVP and submit questions here

Update for NYC Tenants: New York City is operating a new hotline for tenants. Tenants who are experiencing issues with their landlords can now call 311 for assistance. 

Legal Resources for Westchester Residents: Legal Services for Hudson Valley (LSHV) is offering remote legal services to residents across 7 counties in upstate New York. If you are in need of legal assistance at this time for issues related to eviction, unemployment, child support, public benefits and more, please contact LSHV’s intake hotline at 877-574-8529 or visit their website

Resources on Face Coverings: The NYC Department of Health has created a short video in multiple languages with tips on how to properly cover your face and prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can access the videos here.

Halal Meals: As a reminder, Halal meals are available at all 400+ grab-and-go sites. The city is adding 25% capacity at 32 DOE sites in neighborhoods with high need during the month of Ramadan. You can find the closest site to you here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 24th, 2020nationwide there are 865,585 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 48,816 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,789,315 cases and 195,775 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 24th, there were 271,590 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 730,656 tests statewide. 

As of April 24th we have lost 16,162 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 150,473 are located in New York City 
  • 32,765 are located in Nassau County 
  • 30,606 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 26,633 are located in Westchester County 
  • 10,091 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 23rd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 78 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,851 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 24th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 32,862 in The Bronx
  • 45,313 in Queens  
  • 38,727 in Brooklyn
  • 18,252 in Manhattan
  • 10,917 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

_________________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 23RD 2020

Dear Community,

I want to begin by saying Ramadan Mubarak to those observing the start of the holy month – While Ramadan will be different this year, I hope that my Muslim friends and neighbors find meaningful ways to celebrate virtually. I wish you good health and an easy fast. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City will serve over 500,000 halal meals for Iftars during Ramadan, in partnership with the Department of Education (DOE) and community based organizations. Halal meals are available at all grab and go meal sites, with added capacity to 32 sites in high need neighborhoods during the month of Ramadan. Meals will also be distributed through the senior meal program. New Yorkers can find the closest DOE site serving free Halal and Kosher meals here

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $480 billion package to deliver aid to small businesses and hospitals, and expand COVID-19 testing. This bill includes $310 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses which has depleted its initial funding allocation from the CARES Act, $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers to address coronavirus related spending and lost revenue, and $25 billion to expand COVID-19 testing across the country. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of the bill earlier this week and it now awaits the signature of the President. 

In response to ongoing concerns regarding the health of our loved ones in nursing homes, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced all nursing homes are now required to immediately report to the Department of Health (DOH) the actions they have taken to comply with DOH and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) laws, regulations and guidance. 

In partnership with New York State Attorney General Leticia James, the Department of Health will investigate nursing homes that are not complying with state guidance and regulations. DOH will inspect facilities that have not complied with these directives, including separation and isolation policies, staffing policies, and inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE). If DOH determines that the facilities failed to comply with the directives and guidance, DOH will immediately require the facility to submit an action plan. Facilities could be fined $10,000 per violation or potentially lose their operating license.

The Governor previously issued Executive Orders and the Health Department and CDC have issued guidance requiring nursing homes to:

  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and temperature checks for staff; 
  • Isolate COVID residents in quarantine; 
  • Separate staff and transfer COVID residents within a facility to another long-term care facility or to another non-certified location; 
  • Notify all residents and their family members within 24 hours if any resident tests positive for COVID or if any resident suffers a COVID related death; 
  • and readmit COVID positive residents only if they have the ability to provide adequate level of care under DOH and CDC guidelines.

The State will also increase staffing through the New York State professional staffing portal and expand training and technical support for nursing homes. The State will also continue to provide PPE to these facilities on an emergency basis. 

New York City also announced that it is increasing staffing capacity in nursing homes. To date, the city has sent nearly 10 million pieces of PPE to all 169 nursing homes across the city including N95 masks, surgical masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves. To meet urgent staffing needs, 210 clinical staff and volunteers have been sent to 40 nursing homes, and will double this amount, bringing the total number of added personnel to over 420. The City has created a new task force that will work with approximately half of all nursing homes to collect data on staffing, PPE, decedent management, and any other needs.

Families of nursing home residents who are concerned about the care they are getting can file complaints by calling 833-249-8499 or by visiting www.ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes.

Today Governor Cuomo also announced the preliminary results from phase one of the state antibody testing survey. From a random sample of 3,000 New Yorkers from 40 localities in 19 different locations, statewide results show that 13.9% of those tested have COVID-19 antibodies and are now immune to the virus. In New York City, 21.2%, and in Westchester, 11.7%, of individuals tested positive for antibodies. These are early indicators of the possible rate of coronavirus infection in New York – the state will continue to conduct antibody testing and monitor these trends. 

Additionally, the Governor announced a new initiative to increase diagnostic testing in African-American and Latinx communities by using places of worship in communities of color as possible testing centers. The Governor will partner with Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Representative Yvette Clarke and Representative Nydia Velázquez.

Upcoming Team Biaggi Event: Tomorrow, April 24th at 6:30pm, join me, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, the Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), and NYC Commission on Human Rights for a webinar on available COVID-19 resources for workers and artists. You can RSVP here

Child Care Update: New York State will provide child care scholarships to essential workers including healthcare providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and other New Yorkers who are required to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care costs will be covered with $30 million in federal CARES Act funding for essential staff whose income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four – and will be paid at market rate for each region statewide. Essential workers can use the funding to pay for their existing care arrangement. If an essential worker needs child care, they can contact their local child care resource and referral agency to find openings.

Additionally, funding from the CARES Act will also be used to purchase supplies for child care providers statewide who remain open, including masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, and food. Child care resource and referral agencies will receive grants totaling approximately $600 per provider. Providers looking for supplies should contact their local child care resource and referral agency.

NYCHA Testing Update: The initial pilot program for diagnostic testing at NYCHA buildings has begun across the five boroughs, including at Highbridge Houses, Edenwald Houses, and Andrew Jackson Houses in the Bronx. The state is working in partnership with Ready Responders to ramp up testing at NYCHA facilities.

Voter Registration Update: You can request a voter registration form from the Board of Elections to register to vote or change your address. To request a form, click here or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE. If you are already registered, you can request an absentee ballot here.

Health Insurance Update: Health care enrollment is open for uninsured New Yorkers through May 15th, 2020. To apply for health coverage, click here.

Veteran Resources: The Disabled Veterans Charity is offering $250 grants to veterans who have lost their job due to COVID-19. To learn now and apply for a grant, click here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

To see how you can get involved for New York State, click here.
For how to help in New York City, click here.

As of today, April 23nd, 2020, nationwide there are 828,441 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 46,379 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,704,676 cases and 190,549 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 23rd, there were 263,460 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 695,920 tests statewide. 

As of April 23rd we have lost 15,740 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 145,844 are located in New York City 
  • 32,124 are located in Nassau County 
  • 29,5667 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 25,959 are located in Westchester County 
  • 9,828 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 23rd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 117 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 78 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,851 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 23rd, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 31,911 in The Bronx
  • 42,824 in Queens  
  • 37,564 in Brooklyn
  • 17,803 in Manhattan
  • 10,582 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. You can access our previous email updates here.

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

__________________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 22ND, 2020

Dear Community, 

As we mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a powerful opportunity to reimagine what our society and economy can look like. We have the chance to rebuild so that our communities are greener, our air is cleaner, our economy is more sustainable, and ultimately, our state is more just. The health of our communities depends on the health of our planet. I hope you take time to enjoy our beautiful environment today and commit to making your daily life greener. 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new details about the testing and tracing program New York State will launch to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide organizational and technical support to help get the tracing program up and running. Once operational, this program will allow New York State to trace each person who tests positive with COVID, determine who they had close contact with, and isolate those individuals to prevent them from spreading the virus further. Several countries, including South Korea, Germany, and Singapore have effectively used similar contact tracing strategies to contain their outbreaks and begin to reopen their economies. 

New York State will work with New Jersey and Connecticut to implement this program, and coordinate closely among down-state counties. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced details about New York City’s efforts to build testing and tracing capacity. New York City plans to hire contact tracers and build the infrastructure needed to trace the contacts of individuals who test positive and provide those individuals with a hotel room to isolate, medical support, and meals. 

New York City is also taking additional steps to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in public housing and provide additional support to residents. The city is opening six additional testing sites for NYCHA residents, including one at Belvis Health Center in Mott Haven, and will distribute face coverings and gloves for all NYCHA tenants. The city will also provide additional services to seniors in NYCHA buildings, including distributing hand sanitizer, enrolling all NYCHA senior buildings in the city’s meal delivery program, and conducting wellness check phone calls. Additionally, the city is making a $5 million investment to provide tablets with internet service to seniors to help them connect with loved ones and combat isolation. 

Governor Cuomo also announced that the Department of Financial Services will direct health insurers to provide cash flow relief and reduce administrative burdens for hospitals, to help hospitals facing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. 

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi:

  • Town Hall with NYC Comptroller: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm, I am hosting a virtual town hall with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. We will be talking about how our offices are responding to COVID-19, what resources are available, and how we can better support our community. RSVP here or by calling 212-669-4315. 
  • Town Hall with Bronx Council on the Arts, and AM Fernandez: On Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 6:30pm, join my office for an open conversation and resource-sharing webinar hosted by myself, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Submit questions and reserve your spot here

Update for NYC Public School Families: As a reminder, the New York City Department of Education is continuing to distribute internet-enabled iPads to students who need a device to access remote learning. In order to receive a device by Thursday, April 30, families must request a device by 5pm, Thursday, April 23rd. You can request a device by calling DOE at 718-935-5100 and choosing option 5 on the menu or by filling out this form.

Update for State Employees: New York State is waiving the 15 day waiting period for public employees to access retirement benefits. This will allow family members who are designated as beneficiaries to receive benefits if a loved one passes away before their retirement becomes official. You can learn more here

Community Resources:

  • NYC Taxi is hiring delivery workers to help distribute food. Learn more and apply here
  • For Survivors: The MeToo Movement has released a COVID-19 toolkit for survivors of sexual assault. This toolkit includes resources for survivors and means for helping other survivors through this difficult time. 
  • Ramadan Meals: Individuals and organizations in need of Ramadan Iftar meal deliveries can call 718-822-5555 or visit http://halalfinder.com/.
  • NYCHA FAQ: NYCHA has put together an updated FAQ for residents, read more here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand

As of today, April 22nd, 2020, nationwide there are 802,583 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 44,575 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,622,273 cases and 182,943 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 22nd, there were 257,216 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 669,982 tests statewide

As of April 22nd we have lost 15,302 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 142,432 are located in New York City 
  • 31,555 are located in Nassau County 
  • 28,854 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 25,276 are located in Westchester County 
  • 9,699 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 22nd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 111 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 77 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,779 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 22nd, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 31,130 in The Bronx
  • 42,637 in Queens  
  • 36,699 in Brooklyn
  • 17,495 in Manhattan

●      10,405 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 21st 2020

Dear Community, 

This crisis has touched every New Yorker – and every community. Our daily lives have been upended, whether you are working on the frontlines in hospitals, continuing to show up to your essential job as grocery store workers or transit operator, or adjusting to working from home and helping your children with remote learning. This crisis has also brought immeasurable grief to our communities. Many of us have lost loved ones, friends, or beloved community members. Today, I want to take a moment to honor and remember the 63 New York City Department of Education staffers we have lost to this horrific virus. These teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, food service workers, and more served our children and our communities selflessly everyday. May their memories be a blessing.

The United States Senate passed another COVID-19 relief package today. The $484 billion bill adds an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses, including $60 billion designated for small lending institutions like credit unions and community banks. The package also allocates $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers, and $25 billion to expand testing. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill Thursday. 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo met with President Trump to discuss ramping up testing capacity in New York State. Governor Cuomo has set a goal of conducting 40,000 tests per day, including both diagnostic and antibody tests. The State is currently conducting about 20,000 tests per day.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that in coordination with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), volunteer researchers from MIT, and local innovators like Boyce Technologies, m Newlab, 10XBeta and  Otherlab, New York City has begun to rapidly produce “bridge” ventilators. The FDA approved Spiro Wave ventilators can be used for patients with less severe respiratory symptoms, and will help extend New York City's supply of full-service ventilators. The City will purchase 3,000 of these ventilators for $10 million from Boyce Technologies in Long Island City.  

New York City also plans to create a strategic reserve of medical supplies that will include bridge ventilators, face shields, surgical gowns, and test kits. These supplies will ensure that New York City is prepared for a potential COVID-19 resurgence and future pandemics, and allow us to help other cities and states in moments of crisis. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s team continues to plan for the reopening of New York State. Today, he announced that the state will take a regional approach, and will make decisions for each region based on their caseload and other data. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will coordinate Western New York's public health and reopening strategy, and former Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy will volunteer as a Special Advisor to coordinate the Finger Lakes' public health and reopening strategy. 

The Governor also announced that counties and hospitals not facing a significant risk of COVID-19 may resume elective outpatient treatment on April 28, 2020. However, restrictions will remain in the Bronx, Westchester, and other areas that continue to face a high number of COVID-19 cases. 

Update on Economic Impact Payments: If you receive Social Security benefits or Railroad Retirement benefits, have a dependent under 17 years of age, and did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you must file a simple return with the IRS using their non-filer tool by tomorrow, April 22 at noon EST in order to receive your economic impact payment for your child. If you do not register your dependent by tomorrow, you will still be able to receive your payment for your child, but not until filing period for 2020 taxes. If you are a Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefit recipient and do not have any dependents under 17, or already filed a 2018 or 2019 return, you do not need to take any further action to receive your economic impact payment. You can find additional information from the IRS here. 

Medical Supply Update: To address the shortage of surgical gowns, Owens produced and delivered almost 1 million square yards of fabric to make up to 400,000 gowns. Manufacturers in New York City will complete these gowns by May 10th. 

NYC Testing Sites Update: New York City has now opened 5 new testing sites at community health clinics, including Gotham Health Center, Morrisania. These sites will test 3,600 New Yorkers per week. Next week, the city will open an additional five testing sites in hard hit communities, with the goal of testing up to 7,000 New Yorkers per week. 

Update for NYC Public School Families: The New York City Department of Education is continuing to distribute internet-enabled iPads to students who need a device to access remote learning. Families can request a device by calling DOE at 718-935-5100 and choosing option 5 on the menu or by filling out this form. 

Resources for Combating Hate Against Asian Americans: The New York City Commission on Human Rights has created a series of videos explaining in multiple languages how to report incidents of bias, harassment, and discrimination and get support. You can access the videos here. 

Update on Westchester County Property Taxes: Westchester Executive George Latimer has received permission from Governor Cuomo to remove late fees for county residents and businesses who make late payments on their property taxes. Residents and businesses must certify economic hardship caused by COVID-19 in order to have their fees waived, in addition to meeting other criteria. You can learn more about the announcement from Westchester County here. 

Update on Curbside Composting: New York City will suspend curbside composting between Monday, May 4, 2020 and June 30, 2021 to help maintain emergency and core municipal services during the pandemic. During this time, any food scraps or waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. New Yorkers are encouraged to create their own compost if they have space. Once collection resumes, you can also find the closest GROW NYC compost collection location to your home here. 

Community Resources:

  • Celebrate Earth Day with NYBG: The New York Botanical Gardens is hosting a series of virtual earth day events. You can learn more about NYBG’s events here. 
  • Resources for New Yorkers Experiencing Homelessness: The Coalition for the Homeless has put together a list of resources for organizations that work with homeless New Yorkers. 
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: AFA operates a toll-free helpline 24/7 to assist families. They can answer questions about care for someone with alzheimers, how to combat isolation and loneliness, and more. You can call the helpline at 866-232-8484, use the webchat tool at https://alzfdn.org, or text 646-586-5283. 
  • Grants for Cultural Organizations: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act. If a nonprofit cultural organization has received NEA support in the last four fiscal years, they are eligible to apply for a direct grant by April 22nd.
  • For Survivors: The MeToo Movement has released a COVID-19 toolkit for survivors of sexual assault. This toolkit includes resources for survivors and means for helping other survivors through this difficult time. 
  • Ramadan Meals: Individuals and organizations in need of Ramadan Iftar meal deliveries can call 718-822-5555 or visit http://halalfinder.com/.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

 

As of today, April 21st, 2020, nationwide there are 776,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 41,758 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,540,553 cases and 175,438 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 21st, there were 251,690 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 649,325 tests statewide. 

As of April 21st we have lost 14,828 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 139,325 are located in New York City 
  • 31,079 are located in Nassau County 
  • 28,154 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 24,656 are located in Westchester County 
  • 9,568 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 21st, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 109 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 73 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,729 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of April 21st, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 30,142 in The Bronx
  • 41,520 in Queens  
  • 35,775 in Brooklyn
  • 17,200 in Manhattan
  • 10,166 on Staten Island 

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. 

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 20TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, the State Department of Labor (DOL) launched a new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This new system will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they need faster, and without having to call the Department of Labor. 

Applicants will now fill out ONE application at unemployment.labor.ny.gov, or by calling 1-888-209-8124, to determine which unemployment program — traditional unemployment insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) — they should apply for, and will then be prompted to answer a specific set of program questions. The DOL will then process your claim and will call YOU if any additional information is needed. Please note, if you have already filed a claim for either program, your application is being processed and you do not need to apply again.

The PUA program provides unemployment benefits for individuals who are ineligible for traditional unemployment insurance, such as New Yorkers who are self-employed, independent contractors, or “gig economy” workers. A list of more examples of PUA eligible workers is available here.

The DOL will now have 3,100 representatives to answer unemployment related questions, 7 days a week. As a reminder, the DOL has asked filers to call or visit the website on staggered days. People with last names beginning with:

  • A-F on Monday
  • G-N on Tuesday
  • O-Z on Wednesday
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be for those that miss their days.

 

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new partnership with Ready Responders in an effort to bring healthcare services, including COVID-19 diagnostic testing, to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. An initial pilot program will begin this week at locations across the five boroughs, including Highbridge Houses, Edenwald Houses, and Andrew Jackson Houses in the Bronx. In addition, 500,000 cloth face masks will be distributed to NYCHA residents, to ensure every resident has one mask, as well as over 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities. 

Additionally, the Governor called on the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines, proposing a 50% bonus. Approximately one third of frontline workers are members of low-income households. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, 41% of frontline workers are people of color; 45% of public transit workers, 57% of building cleaning service workers, and 40% of healthcare workers are people of color; people of color are also disproportionately represented in delivery and childcare services.

The Governor also announced the creation of the Reimagine NY Task Force to improve conditions in downstate New York once the state is no longer on pause. This task force will be composed of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well the County Executives of Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau counties, as well as local elected officials. Please note, New York State on PAUSE is in effect through May 15th with the possibility of an extension. Now more than ever, we must be persistent in following social distancing guidelines and fighting to make sure the rate of infection does not increase.

Today Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and the New York State Council on Women and Girls announced the creation of a COVID-19 Maternity Task Force to examine the best approach to authorizing and certifying additional dedicated birthing centers in an effort to provide mothers a safe alternative to already stressed hospitals amid the ongoing pandemic. The task force will make recommendations to Governor Cuomo by the end of the week.

Today Mayor de Blasio announced that we have a crisis standard supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enough ventilators available to carry New York City healthcare systems through the rest of the week. The federal government will deliver 265,000 Tyvek suits for NYC public hospitals by this weekend. Working with the federal government, the City has secured enough fabric to locally manufacture 400,000 hospital gowns by May 23rd, with 40,000 done by this week. As a reminder, New Yorkers interested in donating, selling, or manufacturing PPE supplies can contact the NYCEDC here.

FEMA has donated an additional 100 ambulances to New York City, bringing the City’s total to 350. Additionally, the number of FDNY personnel out sick has significantly dropped – about 5,000 fire and EMS personnel have returned to service after being sick. We thank them for their continued service to New Yorkers, and wish those still sick a speedy recovery.

I want to acknowledge that tonight marks the start of Yom HaShoah – the commemoration of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. This evening I virtually joined the Riverdale YM-YWHA to remember the lives lost, honor the survivors, and recommit to fighting anti-semitism in all its forms. To learn more about Holocaust Remembrance Day and participate in virtual ceremonies, please visit the New York City Museum of Jewish Heritage website.

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi:

  • Town Hall with NYC Comptroller: On Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm, I am hosting a virtual town hall with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. We will be talking about how our offices are responding to COVID-19, what resources are available, and how we can better support our community. RSVP here or by calling 212-669-4315. 
  • Town Hall with Bronx Council on the Arts: On Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 6:30pm, join my office for an open conversation and resource-sharing webinar hosted by myself and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Submit questions and reserve your spot here. 

 

NYC Testing Sites Update: The five new testing sites previously announced by Mayor de Blasio to assist in community based testing are now open. Locations are at community health clinics, including one in the Bronx at the Morrisania Gotham Health Center. These sites provide testing to at-risk patients in communities bearing the brunt of this crisis. Individuals who are 65 years and older with pre-existing health conditions who live nearby will have priority. Each site will perform 2,400 tests per week, but this number will increase quickly. To schedule an appointment, call 311. 

NYC Public Event Cancellation Update: All non-essential events in June are cancelled. Non-essential events are parades, concerts, rallies, and large gatherings, including the Pride parade, Puerto Rican Day parade, and Celebrate Israel parade. The City has been in touch with the organizers of these major events.

SUNY Update: SUNY is distributing more than 8,800 laptops and Chromebooks to students in need who are currently completing their spring semester coursework online. SUNY System Administration surveyed all 64 campuses and colleges to gauge student technology needs, and is providing the laptops and Chromebooks based on those findings. SUNY will continue to monitor and fulfill technology needs while remote learning continues.

NYCHA Update: Residents can read the latest NYCHA update here.

City Island Food Update: The Trinity Methodist Church on City Island is accepting donations of non perishable/non-glass packaged, food items for distribution. Donations can be delivered to the front porch of the parsonage at 113 Bay Street. Goods are held in quarantine for one week prior to distribution. Residents can pick up food from the Church on Sundays, 10AM-2PM, located at 331 City Island Avenue. Pastor David Jolly asks that when possible only one person per family come by to pick up food at the front of the Church. 

NYC Kosher Meals Update: New York City has opened 10 Grab and Go Meal sites across Brooklyn and Queens that offer exclusively Kosher meals to reflect religious dietary needs of thousands of students. My office will share information on Bronx locations as it is made available.

Stimulus Check/Economic Impact Payment Resource: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has created a resource page to answer frequently asked questions regarding how one-time stimulus checks will be distributed.

Community Resources:

  • Grants for Cultural Organizations: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act. If a nonprofit cultural organization has received NEA support in the last four fiscal years, they are eligible to apply for a direct grant by April 22nd.
  • For Survivors: The MeToo Movement has released a COVID-19 toolkit for survivors of sexual assault. This toolkit includes resources for survivors and means for helping other survivors through this difficult time. 
  • School Enrichment: The Project BOOST program is now available online. Project BOOST is a school day and after-school enrichment program that provides predominately economically disadvantaged 5th-12th grade students with a rich array of creative, dynamic and innovative activities. 
  • Virtual Urgent Care: New York Presbyterian is offering virtual urgent care to those who need to get a diagnosis and treatment without going to a healthcare facility. The virtual urgent care is open 7 days a week, 8AM-midnight for both children and adults with no appointment necessary.
  • Ramadan Meals: Individuals and organizations in need of Ramadan Iftar meal deliveries can call 718-822-5555 or visit http://halalfinder.com/.
  • Mental Health: The National Alliance on Mental Illness NYC (NAMI-NYC) still offers a variety of support resources to help you or a loved one with general or COVID-related mental health concerns. Their helpline continues to be available as a source of information and support. You can call 212-684-3264 from 10 am to 6 pm or email at helpline@naminyc.org anytime. Visit naminyc.org/covid for additional services and information.

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

 

As of today, April 20th, 2020, nationwide there are 746,625 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 39,083 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,470,410 cases and 169,595 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 20th, there were 247,512 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 633,861 tests statewide. Daily net change in hospitalizations continues to drop from a high of +1,427 on April 2nd down to -110, meaning we had 110 fewer people in hospitals for COVID-19 than the day before.

As of April 20th we have lost 14,347 New Yorkers to the virus. Yesterday’s death toll was the lowest recorded number in weeks (478).

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 136,806 are located in New York City 
  • 30,677 are located in Nassau County 
  • 27,662 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 24,306 are located in Westchester County 
  • 9,457 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 20th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 107 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 69 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,655 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of April 20th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 29,505 in The Bronx
  • 40,714 in Queens  
  • 35,203 in Brooklyn
  • 16,987 in Manhattan
  • 9,986 on Staten Island 

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. 

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi​

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 19TH 2020

Dear Community,

I hope that all who celebrated Easter today in the Orthodox tradition were able to connect with family and friends in a meaningful way. I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the first responders, health care workers, transit workers, essential grocery, pharmacy, and delivery workers, as well as to all those New Yorkers volunteering in our communities. I hope that you all had a chance to get outside, however briefly, to enjoy a bit of sunshine.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the plan to un-PAUSE New York and reopen our economy must be based on data and testing. To gather critical information, the state will focus on both antibody and diagnostic testing. Starting tomorrow, the Department of Health will conduct a statewide antibody study, testing a random sample of 3,000 residents across the state, to get an accurate assessment of the rate of COVID-19 infection and recovery. New York will also continue to work with the federal government to ramp up diagnostic testing, which will require a supply chain for testing kits and further coordination with private labs across the state.

Today, Governor Cuomo, along with the Governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, announced appointees to the multi-state council to restore the economy and get our residents back to work safely. 

Today, Governor Cuomo expanded the Executive Order regarding marriage licenses to allow any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies using videoconferencing, following on yesterday’s order which applied only to clerks. 

Having benefited from the help of volunteers from across the country, New York State now stands by to assist Massachusetts in its efforts to fight the coronavirus and is ready to send 400 ventilators if the need arises. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that New York City will assign 1,400 volunteer healthcare workers to over forty hospitals and over forty nursing homes across the city where the need is greatest. The city will send 600 medical personnel to eleven independent community hospitals to relieve the burden on hardworking healthcare staff and to expand staffing capacity. New York City will prioritize placement of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and will fill in gaps with contracted personnel as needed. 

As of today, 535 military medical personnel, including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists now assisting frontline workers at our city’s hospitals.

Social Distancing Enforcement: As the weather gets nicer, remember to stay home and do your part to protect yourself and your fellow New Yorkers. The city is stepping up enforcement, targeting hotspots where New Yorkers are not complying. Ignoring warnings may result in fines of up to $1,000. 

Social Distancing Complaint Update: To report social distancing complaints, please text your complaint, along with a picture to 311-692 or send by using the 311 app.

311 Call Reminder: For 311 calls that are not related to COVID-19, please call in your complaints and questions after 7 pm, or via the 311 app or 311 website, to ensure New Yorkers impacted by coronavirus can connect with the resources and services they need. 

Nursing Home Update: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has released updated guidance for nursing homes on managing resident deaths related to COVID-19. You can read the guidance here. Additionally, DOH has released guidance for resident and family communication in adult care facilities and nursing homes. To read more, click here.

Remote Learning Survey: The NYC Department of Education has created a survey to learn from caregivers and students how remote learning has been working. All responses are anonymous. You can fill out the survey here.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment Update: The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) has released new guidance and best practices for outpatient addiction treatment program providers. You can read the guidance here.

Update on Disability Programs: The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has released guidance for staff and management for facilities and/or programs certified by OPWDD. To read more about the new guidance, click here.

Tips for Staying Safe at Work: The Departments of Health, Labor, and Agriculture and Markets have released a guide to staying safe and healthy at work. To check it out, click here.

City of Mount Vernon Update: 

  • The Mount Vernon walk-through testing center opened on Friday, April 17th. Testing is done by appointment only. 
  • If you suspect that a business has unreasonably raised the price of goods or commodities during this crisis, call CMV Consumer Protection at 914-665-2433. 
  • Find more information and updates for the City of Mount Vernon here

Pelham Update: Pelham Town Hall remains closed, but services are available as needed. Find more information here. Both Village of Pelham and Village of Pelham Manor boards are following regular meeting schedules while observing social distancing protocols. Although members of the public cannot attend in person, meetings are live-streamed and recorded.

Food Access in Westchester: Westchester County residents in need of food assistance should contact Feeding Westchester.

New York Courts Update: New York Courts’ temporary virtual courts have expanded beyond the limited category of essential and emergency matters to hear pending matters in additional areas, such as torts, matrimonial, and family law. The moratorium on evictions and foreclosures remains in effect, as does the ban on the filing of new “non-essential” matters. Stay up to date with changes to court procedures here.

Westchester County Parks Update: Muscoot Farm, Lasdon Park and Arboretum, and Playland Parks are open. To promote social distancing, one-way traffic is in place on paths and trails at Kensico Dam Plaza, Cranberry Lake Preserve and Marshlands Conservancy. You can check for regular updates here.

Explore District 34: Tour the Wave Hill gardens through virtual media — behind-the-scenes guided walks, programs for teachers and families to explore, music, wellness, virtual tours of artwork in our galleries and more. 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 19th, 2020, nationwide there are 690,714 cases of COVID-19 and 35,443 deaths. Worldwide there are 2,374,141 cases and 163,372 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of April 19th, there were 242,786 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 617,555 tests statewide. 

As of April 19th we have lost 13,869 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 134,436 are located in New York City 
  • 30,013 are located in Nassau County 
  • 26,888 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 23,803 are located in Westchester County 
  • 9,364 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 18th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 106 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 66 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,579 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 18th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 28,875 in The Bronx 
  • 34,476 in Brooklyn
  • 39,856 in Queens 
  • 16,754 in Manhattan
  • 9,755 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude,

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 18TH 2020

Dear Community, 

I hope you are having a restorative weekend and taking time to connect virtually with family and friends. For the fifth day in a row, the total number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in New York State fell, indicating that we may have passed the apex of cases. Thank you for your commitment to social distancing – by staying home you have helped save lives. We must now redouble our efforts to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in New York State by continuing to practice social distancing and staying home.

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses remotely. Clerks will also be able to officiate weddings via video conference. 

The Governor also announced that the federal government sent New York State 1.5 million cloth masks. The state will distribute these to help New Yorkers comply with the new requirement to wear a mask in public when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Attorney General Letitia James issued guidance to all New York State banking institutions, creditors, and debt collectors, that clarifies that CARES Act Economic Impact Payments cannot be garnishedHer office will take legal action against any institutions who attempt to freeze or take stimulus checks from New Yorkers. As a reminder, New Yorkers began receiving payments via direct deposit this week. You can learn more about the program here

Information on Face Coverings: All New Yorkers must now wear a face mask or other face covering in public when you cannot maintain social distancing. You can read the full guidance from the Department of Health here, including information for businesses. 

Update on NYC Parking: The New York City Department of Transportation is encouraging New Yorkers to use contactless payment methods when they pay for parking. You can pay via the ParkNYC app or the ParkMobile app. By using these apps you can help keep DOT workers safe. 

Update on Golf CoursesEmpire State Development released updated guidance for golf courses on what activities are allowed. Private golf courses may allow people on their property, but may not have any staff on the premises unless they are engaged in essential activity such as providing security or groundskeeping. All state golf courses will remain closed. You can read the full guidance from ESD here

Update for Marinas and Boatyards: New York in concert with New Jersey and Connecticut announced today that marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers may open for personal use as long as they maintain social distancing and follow proper sanitation procedures. Charter boat services and rentals will not be allowed. You can find additional information from ESD here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 18th, 2020, the CDC reports 690,714 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 35,443 deathsWorldwide there are 2,317,759 cases and 159,510 reported deaths. 

In New York State, there are 236,732 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 596,532 tests statewide

As of April 18th we have lost 13,362 New Yorkers to the virus. The Bronx has the second highest number of nursing home and adult care fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 131,263 are located in New York City 
  • 29,180 are located in Nassau County 
  • 26,143  are located in Suffolk County 
  • 23,179 are located in Westchester County 
  • 9,171 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 18th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 106 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 66 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,579 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 18th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 28,016 in The Bronx 
  • 33,729 in Brooklyn
  • 38,733  in Queens 
  • 16,404 in Manhattan
  • 9,414 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 17TH 2020

Dear Community, 

As a reminder, beginning today, April 17th at 8pm, all New Yorkers will be required to wear a mask or face covering in public in situations where you cannot maintain social distancing. This includes in grocery stores and pharmacies, on public transportation, in for-hire vehicles, and crowded sidewalks. You can find tips on making homemade masks here. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched an awareness campaign to encourage low income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments from the Federal CARES Act. Taxpayers who qualify will automatically receive their payments if they have filed their 2018 or 2019 federal taxes. However, because the federal filing threshold is $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples, many low income New Yorkers who qualify for payments will not receive them unless they provide their information to the IRS. The Department of Taxation and Finance has launched an informational page regarding the Economic Impact Payments. As a reminder, you can check the status of your payment here.

Today, the Governor announced that he will be issuing an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York State to coordinate with the Department of Health to prioritize coronavirus testing in an effort to increase testing statewide. 

New York City is continuing to expand testing, especially to the hardest hit communities. Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will be expanding community based testing. The City is opening five new testing locations at community health clinics, including one at Bronx H+H Gotham Health Center in Morrisania. These sites will provide testing to at-risk patients in communities bearing the brunt of this crisis. Individuals who are 65 years and older with pre-existing health conditions who live nearby will have priority. Each site will perform 2400 tests per week initially, but this number will increase quickly. To schedule an appointment, call 311. 

The Mayor also shared that New York City is partnering with One Medicine and 1199 SEUI to open an additional testing site in each borough. The Bronx borough testing site will open Monday, and give priority to frontline healthcare workers, essential workers, including employees of adult care facilities and people who work with people with disabilities, and NYC residents 65 and older. These sites will perform 3500 tests per week. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-ONEMED1 or go to onemedical.com use code NYCCARE30.

Mayor de Blasio announced measures New York City is taking to accommodate the increased volume of 311 calls311 will prioritize all calls related to accessing food assistance and other COVID-19 issues. To facilitate this, the Mayor is asking all New Yorkers to refrain from calling 311 during the day with non-COVID related issues. If you need help, you can use the 311 app or website, or call after 7pm or on weekends. Additionally, the city has created new mechanisms for New Yorkers to report social distancing issues. Instead of calling 311, New Yorkers can now report social distancing complaints through the 311 app or by texting a photo of the issue and location to 311-692. New York City is also hiring 120 additional call center staff to ensure that New Yorkers who call 311 can get the help they need quickly. 

Update on Debt Collection: New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced today that her office is extending the suspension on debt collection for student, medical, and other debt owed to the state for another 30 days. If you owe debt to New York State that is not student or medical, you can apply for relief here. Individuals who owe student or medical debt do not need to take any action.  

Update on NYC Public Events: Today, Mayor de Blasio announced that all event permits are cancelled through May. This includes events such as parades, rallies, concerts but does not impact farmer’s markets. 

Update for Construction Workers: The Department of Buildings has released new FAQ that address recent changes to what is considered essential construction.

Resources for Essential Employees: New York State has issued guidance to help workers navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including information on mandatory and precautionary orders of quarantine, and guidance for essential personnel returning to work after COVID-19 infection or exposure. 

Resources on Unemployment Insurance: The Department of Labor has issued guidance to help New Yorkers filing for unemployment, including information for self-employed individuals. You can find directions for filing for unemployment here

Resources for Healthcare Personnel: The Department of Health has issued guidance for healthcare personnel who have been exposed or infected with COVID-19 for returning to work. 

Community Resources: 

  • The New York City Bar Association is holding a webinar on how to avoid gender discrimination in work from home policies on Thursday, April 23rd. Learn more here. 

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

  • Donate or Sell Supplies: Learn more from the EDC about providing and manufacturing PPE here
  • Make Masks: Sign up to make PPE for our state and city here, or here.
  • Donate to Support Folk Artists: A coalition of organizations have created the Folk Arts Relief Fund to provide support to musicians and craftspeople who have lost income due to COVID-19. You can learn more and donate here
  • Support your Fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help out, click here.
  • Donate to Support Our Immigrant Population: Make the Road New York’s COVID-19 Emergency Response will provide direct support to our most vulnerable workers and low-income immigrant families. To donate, click here.
  • Support Local Businesses: To learn more about how to support your local businesses click on the links below.
  • To see how you can get involved for New York State, click here.
  • For how to help in New York City, click here.

 

As of today, April 17th, 2020, nation-wide there are 662,045 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 28,998 reported deaths, and 54,703 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 2,224,426 cases, with 153,177 reported deaths and 565,957 reported recoveries. 

In New York State, there are 229,643 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 573,223 tests statewide. 

As of April 16th we have lost 12,192 New Yorkers to the virus. The Bronx has the second highest number of nursing home and adult care fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 127,352 are located in New York City 
  • 28,539 are located in Nassau County 
  • 25,035  are located in Suffolk County 
  • 22,476 are located in Westchester County 
  • 8,987 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 16th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 103 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 64 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,516 are located in Mount Vernon 

 

As of April 17th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 27,014 in The Bronx 
  • 32,499 in Brooklyn
  • 37,447 in Queens 
  • 15,952 in Manhattan
  • 9,166 on Staten Island 

 

 You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 16TH 2020

Dear Community,

As we near the end of the week, I am happy to report that New York State is continuing on a slow and steady trend in the right direction to flatten the curve. Total hospitalizations are now at 17,735, down from 18,335 yesterday. This means that your commitment to staying at home as much as possible and following social distancing protocols is working to save lives.

In order to continue on this path, today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that all “New York State on PAUSE” closures and restrictions are extended through May 15th, and will be reevaluated after this additional closure period. Rules and regulations can be found here.

The Governor also expanded on his recent Executive Order requiring all New Yorkers over the age of two years old to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public or in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, which will go into effect tomorrow, April 17th, at 8PM. The Governor directed all New Yorkers to also wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working.

Today the Governor also outlineda blueprint to “unpause” New York, get people back to work, and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus. The ultimate plan will be implemented in coordination with other states in the multi-state council.

  1. Step One: Do No Harm– continue controlling the rate of infection. This includes extending the NY Pause order until May 15th and implementing additional measures to reduce the rate of infection, including requiring masks in public when social distancing is not possible.
  2. Step Two: Strengthening the healthcare system– continue the surge and flex strategy to ensure anyone who needs medical attention gets it, building out the strategic stockpile of PPE and other medical equipment, and sharing resources amongst states and localities.
  3. Step Three: Testing and Contact Tracing– The best tool to inform decisions and calibrate progress of any phased reopening of the economy is through both diagnostic and antibody testing. The states need the federal government to partner on this effort and bring it to the mass scale that is needed. With the help of an army of investigators, contact tracing needs to be done to help limit the virus spread.
  4. Phased Return to "New Normal"
  • Evaluating Risk by Industry: The “Unpause NY” approach is designed to open businesses in phases of priority. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. As the infection rate declines, the pace of reopening businesses will be increased.
  • Precautions and Practices for businesses to consider to guide phased return to "new normal":  
    • Transport: Ensure employees have means for safe transport (i.e., masks, gloves for public transit) or require telecommuting/work from home.
    • Workplace: Ensure workplaces are designed to include social distancing measures (i.e., desks six feet apart, conference rooms redesigned), telecommuting for those who can and the most vulnerable.
    • Customer Interaction: Ensure measures designed to ensure minimal contact with customers, ensure public-interacting employees have necessary protective supplies such as gloves, masks, etc.). Special precautions should be taken for businesses that primarily interact with the most vulnerable populations.
    • Proactive Infection Plan: Ensure protocols in place should an employee develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive (i.e. work from home plan)

The Governor also announced that he would assist other states in need as they have assisted New York, and will be sending 100 ventilators to New Jersey.

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the New York City Executive Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2021:

  • $89.3 billion Executive Budget for FY21, which was balanced amid immense fiscal hardship.
  • Priorities now are making sure people are healthy, safe, fed, and under a roof.
  • The City is losing $7.4B in revenue over the next two fiscal years.
  • The City took $820M in cost-shifts from the State, and they have the ability to come back three more times this year.
  • New costs ($3B projected by end of calendar year):
  • Medical personnel and supplies to save lives
  • Getting millions of people food
  • The City made tough choices to cover life-saving costs and revenue gap: $2B PEG program
  • See a more detailed summary here

Mayor de Blasio also announced that the City is preparing 11,000 free hotel rooms for New Yorkers infected with COVID-19 to safely quarantine. The intention behind this initiative is to mitigate the spread of the virus among vulnerable populations by ensuring that infected individuals who do not have enough space to safely quarantine away from the people they live with can do so. Hotel rooms will be offered based on referrals from H+H and community health providers, beginning next Wednesday, April 22nd.These will be targeted in particular to:

  • People in overcrowded homes, especially multigenerational households
  • Health care workers regardless of symptoms 
  • New Yorkers experiencing homelessness

Today, Mayor de Blasio also announced a partnership with Open Society Foundations to establish the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program, reaffirming the City’s commitment to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, are included in citywide COVID-19 response and relief efforts. This $20 million fundwill reach 20,000 immigrant workers and their families with direct, one-time emergency relief. The citywide network of community based organizations and worker centers will disseminate one-time emergency relief payments to eligible New Yorkers in the following amounts:

          ●  $400/individual

          ●   $800 for couple or single parent with children

          ●   $1,000 for family with multiple adults and children

          ●   And/or where identified increased additional supports.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have written or signed on to over 20 letters calling for critical protections and measures to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy. You can read each of those letters here.

Important Small Business Update: Today the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program has exhausted the funding that had been provided in the federal CARES Act, and is no longer accepting applications for the program. To date, 1 million loans have been approved. I will continue to push our congressional representatives for additional funding to support small businesses that are still in need of this assistance.

For NYC Businesses –  New York City Small Business Services (SBS) in partnership with the City Bar Justice Center has created a Small Business Remote Legal Clinic to support small businesses navigate these challenging times and offer free legal advice. To request an appointment, you can go here

Mount Vernon Testing Site Update: In response to my request for a testing facility in Mount Vernon to support the City’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19, a walk-thru testing center will open tomorrow at the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center. The testing center will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 1-888-3065. I have deep gratitude for the collaboration of my colleagues in government, as well as our community partners in obtaining this site, and am inspired by the continued commitment to secure the resources Mount Vernon needs to survive this pandemic.

Absentee Ballot Voting Reminder: Per the Governor’s executive order, all New Yorkers can access an absentee ballot by checking the box for “Temporary illness or physical disability” on the absentee ballot application with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance. The Order contains no change in the application deadlines. Applications for absentee ballots may be made by mail, email, fax or in person. Delivery of absentee ballots to voters and the return of completed absentee ballots still remains the same – via mail or in person. Applications for elections conducted after June 23rd revert back to the original process, unless further modified by an executive order or by law.

NYC Jail Update: The city’s jail population is less than 4,000 people. Individuals are being release based on an evaluation of public health and safety.

MTA Update: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is making sure their employees have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when at work. The MTA has distributed millions of pieces of PPE including 2.7 million pairs of gloves and nearly 750,000 masks.

Mental Health Update: The New York State Office of Mental Health (OHM) has created a centralized web page with answers to FAQs and updated guidance. You can find more information here.

Remote Learning Device Update: Across the Bronx 39,000 devices were requested by students for remote learning purposes. The Department of Education has delivered nearly 10,000 devised and another 11,000 are out for delivery. 

Financial Services Update: The New York State Department of Financial Services has created a thorough list of the institutions that they supervise and regulate. Read the full list.

Paid Sick Leave Resource: New York State has created a new website with information about Paid Sick Leave to support New Yorkers and their families during COVID-19.

Job Resource: New York City Small Business Services (SBS) is committed to connecting unemployed New Yorkers with job opportunities with small businesses across the city. You can look for job openings through SBS’s Workforce1 portal.

Food Resources: The Department of Education has created a portal for New Yorkers to find the closest Regional Enrichment Centers (REC) to access free meals. To find the nearest school site, click here. The City has also created an interactive map of all RECs and emergency food centers across all five boroughs. 

Community Resource Portal: Empire BlueCross BlueShield has partnered with Aunt Bertha to help residents find free and reduced-cost programs providing COVID-19 emergency support, food, housing, job training and more. To connect to resources in your neighborhood, click here.

Upcoming Events with Team Biaggi:

Town Hall with NYC Comptroller: On Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm, I am hosting a virtual town hall with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. We will be talking about how our offices are responding to COVID-19, what resources are available, and how we can better support our community. RSVP here or by calling 212-669-4315. 

Town Hall with Bronx Council on the Arts: On April 24th, 2020 at 6:30pm, join my office for an open conversation and resource-sharing webinar hosted by myself and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Submit questions and reserve your spot here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

  • Donate or Sell Supplies: Learn more from the EDC about providing and manufacturing PPE here. 
  • Donate Food to Healthcare Workers: Support Westchester Hospital workers here
  • Make Masks: Sign up to make PPE for our state and city here, or here.
  • Support your fellow Bronxites: The Bronx Community Relief Fund was created to support on-the-ground operations that focus on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. To learn how to help out, click here.
  • Donate to support our immigrant population: Make the Road New York’s COVID-19 Emergency Response will provide direct support to our most vulnerable workers and low-income immigrant families. To donate, click here.
  • Find virtual volunteering opportunities at New York CaresMutual Aid NYC, Volunteer New York, and more here
  • Support Women-Owned Businesses: Ladies Get Paid and the Female Founder Collective have put together a directory of women-owned businesses to support.
  • Focus on personal wellness: Present Plate has created a guide to healthy eating, answers to food safety concerns, and virtual support. To find out more, click here.
  • Support Local Businesses: To learn more about how to support your local businesses click on the links below.
  • Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • Pelham List and Pelham Cares
  • Bronx Chamber of Commerce
  • To see how you can get involved for New York State, click here.
  • For how to help in New York City, click here.
  • Remember, New York is recruiting help from around the country, not just the state. 

As of today, April 16th, 2020nation-wide there are 653,825 cases, 30,998 reported deaths, and 53,629 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 2,127,873 cases,with 141,454 reported deaths and 540,575 reported recoveries. 

In New York State, there are 222,284 confirmed cases.To date, New York has conducted 550,579 tests statewide. 

We have now lost 12,192 New Yorkers to the virus. The Bronx has the second highest numberof nursing home and adult care fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 123,146 are located in New York City 
  • 27,772 are located in Nassau County 
  • 24,182  are located in Suffolk County 
  • 21,828 are located in Westchester County 
  • 8,752 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 16th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 97 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 60 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,395 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 16th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 25,638 in The Bronx 
  • 31,279 in Brooklyn
  • 36,220 in Queens 
  • 15,539 in Manhattan
  • 8,882 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit: Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew York State Department of HealthWestchester County Department of Health, or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! The self-response deadline has been extended until October. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong.  

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

 

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LAST EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 15TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he will issue an Executive Order requiring all New Yorkers to wear a face covering in public when it is not possible to practice social distancing. For instance, New Yorkers should wear a face covering when visiting a store or using public transportation. This requirement will go into effect on Friday, April 17th. As a reminder, you can use a homemade face covering such as a bandana or scarf. Please do not use surgical masks or N95 masks – those supplies should be reserved for medical professionals and others serving on the front lines. Here are some tips on making homemade masks

New York is continuing to flatten the curve and slow the rate of infection. Because the situation has stabilized, New York is going to send 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 to Maryland. Several states generously lent New York ventilators in our time of most acute need. I am grateful that we are now able to give back and help other states in their moment of crisis. 

Beginning this week, New York State will conduct up to 2,000 antibody tests a day, prioritizing health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers. The state is also seeking FDA approval for their antibody test which would allow as many as 100,000 New Yorkers per day to receive a finger prick antibody test. 

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $170 million investment to provide food assistance to New Yorkers in need and shore up our city’s food supply. New York City is already providing hundreds of thousands of meals each day to New Yorkers through grab and go food sites and deliveries to seniors, people who are medically fragile, and others who cannot leave their homes. With this investment, New York City plans to serve 10 million meals to New Yorkers this month alone. 

Last month, Mayor de Blasio appointed Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia as Food Czar to oversee and coordinate the city’s food assistance programs. She will continue to guide New York City’s efforts to secure the supply of food to the city so that all New Yorkers have access to food whether they purchase it at grocery stores or have meals delivered. To that end, New York City is making a $50 million investment in an emergency food reserve. The city will purchase 18 million shelf stable meals so that the City can continue to provide meals to those in need even if the supply chain is impacted. Commissioner Garcia’s team is also working closely with food retailers to make sure they have the protective equipment they need. And to maintain transportation of food into our city, and support drivers, New York City is setting up two new rest areas, including at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. You can read more about New York City’s plan to feed New Yorkers during COVID-19 here.

As a reminder, if you are in need, you can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/GetFood to connect with available food resources. If you live in Westchester, you can find available food resources here. No one should go hungry during this crisis. 

Update on CARES Act Relief Checks: The IRS began distributing direct payments today via direct deposit. You can check the status of your payment online here. Note, due to high demand, you may have to wait to access the portal. If you do not have direct deposit information on file, your check will be mailed and may take up to 20 weeks to arrive. As a reminder, individuals who make up to $99,000 and joint filers who make up to $198,000 are eligible to receive a payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child under 17 years. You can read more about eligibility and how to access your payment here

Note, if you receive social security payments you do not need to take any action –– you will automatically receive your payment. You can find further information from the Social Security Administration here

As a reminder, the IRS and New York State have both extended their filing deadlines to July 15th. Taxes are not due today. 

Update on Nursing HomesGovernor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order requiring nursing homes to report any positive COVID-19 cases or deaths to the families of other residents. This requirement will apply to all adult home and assisted living facilities. Notification must occur within 24 hours. 

Update on Unemployment ClaimsIf you filed for unemployment online, you will only get a call back if your application is incomplete. If your application is complete, do not expect a call. You can check the status of your application on the Department of Labor website

Updates for NYCHA Tenants: NYCHA residents can find the latest updates on food resources, daycare for essential workers, and more, here

Financial Empowerment Guidance: New York City Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support those experiencing financial challenges. You can book an appointment here.

Upcoming Events:

  • On Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm, I am hosting a virtual town hall with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. We will be talking about how our offices are responding to COVID-19, what resources are available, and how we can better support our community. RSVP here or by calling 212-669-4315. 
  • On April 24, 2020 at 6:30pm, join my office for an open conversation and resource-sharing webinar hosted by myself and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Submit questions and reserve your spot here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 15th, 2020, nation-wide there are 636,350 cases, reported deaths, and reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 2,056,055 cases, with 134,178 reported deaths and 471,469 reported recoveries. 

In New York State, there are 213,779 confirmed cases. 12,089 New Yorkers have recovered from COVID-19. To date, New York has conducted 526,012 tests statewide

We have now lost 6,840 New Yorkers to the virus. The Bronx has the second highest number of nursing home and adult care fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 111,424 are located in New York City 
  • 26,715 are located in Nassau County 
  • 23,278  are located in Suffolk County 
  • 20,947 are located in Westchester County 
  • 8,474 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 15th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 89 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 57 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,313 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 15th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 24,587 in The Bronx 
  • 29,250 in Brooklyn
  • 34,831 in Queens 
  • 14,188 in Manhattan
  • 8,504 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit:

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL14TH 2020

Dear Community, 

Next Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm, I am hosting a virtual town hall with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. We will be talking about how our offices are responding to COVID-19, what resources are available, and how we can better support our community. RSVP here or by calling 212-669-4315. 

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced new and expanded initiatives to manufacture PPE and testing kits in New York City. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is working closely with local manufacturers and biotech industries to produce face shields and surgical gowns. By Friday, companies in New York City will have the capability to manufacture 465,000 face shields per week, and 100,000 surgical gowns per week, helping to ensure that all of our brave healthcare personnel on the frontlines have the protective equipment they need to stay safe. 

Beginning next month, New York City plans to produce 50,000 test kits per week. NYC EDC is working closely with academic and commercial labs, and local manufacturers to produce the liquid solution, swabs, and other components of COVID-19 tests. If your company is interested in participating in this project, you can email testhelp@edc.nyc. This expanded testing capacity is just the beginning –– but it will help New York scale up to the testing levels necessary to slowly reopen the economy.

 

New York State now has 10 drive-through testing sites across the state. Yesterday, the sites were closed due to inclement weather but all have reopened and are fully operational. All sites are by appointment only and priority will go to seniors and immunocompromised residents. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, please call 1-888-364-3065. You can also use an online screening tool on the Department of Health’s website to pre-register for testing. 

Tax Update: The Treasure Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return. The non-filer tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. You can find more information here.

Community Food Distribution Update: The Department of Probation, Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) have opened five kitchens - one in each borough - to distribute free food, available to any New Yorker who needs it visit here

Education Update: All Regional Enrichment Centers are expanding to serve children of restaurant workers, food, takeout and delivery workers and residential and commercial building staff. 

Parking Update: Alternate side parking is suspended until April 28th. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect throughout the city.

Coronavirus Data Resources: The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's website now includes a Public Health Milestones dashboard to show trends in the spread of COVID-19 related to hospital admissions, critical care capacity, and positive test rates. 

Financial Counseling Resources: The New York City Financial Empowerment Center is offering financial counseling support to those experiencing financial challenges. Book an appointment here.

Cultural Art Grant Resources: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act. If a nonprofit cultural organization has received NEA support in the last four fiscal years, they are eligible to apply for a direct grant by April 22.

Mental Health Resources: I know that this is a difficult time for all of us. Many of us are living with increased anxiety, stress, and grief –– please know that you are not alone. If you live in New York City, ThriveNYC has put together a list of mental health resources available virtually. You can call 1-888-NYC-Well, text “Well” to 65173, or go to their website here to connect with resources. 

All New York State residents can also call the New York State Mental Health hotline at 1-844-863-9314, for free online mental health assistance related to COVID-19. 

Community Resources:

  • Present Plate: Learn more about staying healthy during COVID-19 with your food choices. Connect to healthy, organic food from local farms, and learn about how COVID-19 is impacting our food supply, here
  • Guided Meditation: The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health will be offering a guided meditation and work-life balance workshop for residents on Thursday, April 16th from 2pm - 2:45pm. You can join the meditation via Zoom by clicking here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 14th, 2020, nation-wide there are 609,061 cases, 25,603 reported deaths, and 45,446 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 1,956,077 cases, with 125,123 reported deaths and 471,469 reported recoveries. 

In New York State, there are 202,208 confirmed cases. 12,089 New Yorkers have recovered from COVID-19. To date, New York has conducted 499,143 tests statewide. 

We have now lost 10,834 New Yorkers to the virus. The Bronx has the second highest number of nursing home and adult care fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 110,465 are located in New York City 
  • 25,250 are located in Nassau County 
  • 22,462  are located in Suffolk County 
  • 20,191 are located in Westchester County 
  • 8,913 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 14th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 88 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 56 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,281 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 14th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 23,426 in The Bronx 
  • 28,183 in Brooklyn
  • 33,616 in Queens 
  • 13,740 in Manhattan
  • 8,236 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Westchester County Department of Health

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. 

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL13TH 2020

Dear Community,

As we are all acutely aware, COVID-19 has had a major impact on our nation’s economy, particularly in the Northeast region. Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – in coordination with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker – announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the regional economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states' ongoing regional approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Composed of one health expert, one economic development expert, and the respective Chief of Staff from each state, the council will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states' stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increasing the spread of the virus. 

The formation of the council is an exciting and important step on our journey to rebuild the State’s economy and our communities. However, please note that the New York State on PAUSE order is extended through April 29th and social distancing regulations are still in effect.

Today Mayor Bill de Blaiso announced further outreach efforts that New York City is taking to combat the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color across the five boroughs. In mid-March, the City launched an $8.5 million advertising campaign that included paid television, radio, digital, and print ads in 15 different languages – as well as subway ads in English, Spanish, and Chinese – to inform New Yorkers about COVID-19 guidance and resources. That included $1.5 million in ads placed in Community & Ethnic Media. The Mayor announced an additional investment of $10 million that will go towards targeted multi-language advertising in 88 high-impact zip codes, as well as direct mailing to residents and grassroots outreach through eighty community-based organizational partners.

My office continues to fight for the protection and safety of our healthcare workers and hospital staff as they serve District 34 facilities. The Mayor’s office has informed us that every Tuesday, every New York City private and public hospital system receives a personal protective equipment (PPE) delivery, and that any hospital can request an emergency supply to be delivered within 24 hours. 

Update for Recovering COVID-19 Patients: NYC Health + Hospitals is launching its Stay-At-Home Symptom Monitoring Program – a text message-based symptom monitoring platform for discharged Emergency Department (ED) patients. Patients who are discharged from the ED with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 who do not require admission to the hospital can now self-enroll to receive secure text messages from home every 12 to 24 hours to assess their symptoms. The platform is currently available in English and Spanish, with plans to make it accessible in the 14 most common languages represented by the system’s patient population.

Childcare for NYC Essential Workers Update: Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) are now available for children of restaurant, food, takeout and delivery workers, and residential and commercial building staff, in addition to those of other essential worker categories. Essential workers that want to enroll their child in a REC can do so by filling out this online form. Answers to general questions about RECs can be found here.

Absentee Ballot Voting Reminder: Per the Governor’s Executive Order, all New Yorkers will be allowed to vote by absentee ballot for the June 23rd Democratic Primary Elections. Applications for New York absentee ballots are available here. 

NYC Tenant Update: The NYC Tenant Support Unit is launching a tenant support hotline to help New Yorkers identify what their rights are, learn about the benefits available to them, and get connected to legal assistance. Tenants can access the hotline by calling 311.

Residents can access the latest update from the New York City Housing Authority here.

New Resource for Small Businesses & MWBEs: The New York City Comptroller’s office is offering free webinar sessions for small businesses and MWBEs impacted by COVID-19 every Tuesday and Thursday, starting this Thursday, April 16th through Thursday, May 14th. RSVP here or email diversity@comptroller.nyc.gov. Interpretation services must be requested upon RSVP at least two days before each session. 

Update for Immigrant New Yorkers: The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) has put together a resource guide specifically for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NYC Parking Update: Alternate side parking has been suspended for another two weeks, and is extended through April 28th.

New Community Resources:

 

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

 

As of today, April 13th, 2020, nation-wide there are 572,169 cases, 22,935 reported deaths, and 42,324 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 1,904,566 cases, with 118,459 reported deaths and 446,002 reported recoveries. 

In New York State, there are 195,031 cases. To date, New York has conducted 478,357 tests statewide. 

We have now lost 10,056 New Yorkers to the virus. The Bronx has the second highest number of nursing home and adult care fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 106,813 are located in New York City 
  • 24,358 are located in Nassau County 
  • 21,643  are located in Suffolk County 
  • 19,786 are located in Westchester County 
  • 7,965 are located in Rockland County 

 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here. 

As of April 13th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 81 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 55 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,146 are located in Mount Vernon

 

As of April 13th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 23,352 in The Bronx 
  • 28,035 in Brooklyn
  • 33,468 in Queens 
  • 13,705 in Manhattan
  • 8,198 on Staten Island 

 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit:

 

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, ​

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 12TH, 2020

Dear Community,

I hope that you all took time this weekend to connect with family and friends and found a way to keep your favorite traditions alive whether at home or in virtual gatherings. As many of us take time off to celebrate with friends and family, I want to share my gratitude for the frontline staff working tirelessly through the holidays on our behalf to protect the health and well-being of our community. 

In positive news, there are early indications that New York has reached the apex of coronavirus cases. Yesterday, New York’s hospital admissions decreased to only 53 people, which is the lowest number of admissions since March 16th. The rate of hospitalization appears to have plateaued and has not had a significant increase over the last 5 days. While these are promising signs, New Yorkers must continue to practice social distancing and cover our nose and mouth when out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.      

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued two Executive Orders as part of a coordinated plan to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ramp up antibody testing in an effort to reopen the state’s economy. The first order will expand eligibility for more individuals to conduct antibody tests in an effort to ensure New Yorkers have access to tests as the state continues to increase capacity. The state previously provided labs with the flexibility to allow more healthcare workers to do COVID-19 tests and now the same workers will be able to perform antibody tests.

The Governor signed a second Executive Order that directs employers to provide cloth or surgical masks to all essential workers at no cost to wear when they are interacting with the public.  

Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that New York City Health and Hospitals is expanding testing centers across the five boroughs to ensure that our most impacted communities have access to COVID-19 tests. By the end of next week testing sites will open in the following neighborhoods: 

  • Morrisania in the Bronx
  • Harlem in Manhattan
  • East New York in Brooklyn 
  • Jamaica in Queens
  • Clifton in Staten Island

Testing is by appointment only and priority is given to vulnerable populations. For more information, please call 1-844-NYC-4NYC. 

Effective tomorrow, all city workers are required to wear face masks or coverings when interacting with the public. The city has been distributing masks to city and frontline staff. 

Job Update: New York City Health and Hospitals will be hiring 500 temporary non-clinical staff for patient transport, clerical staff and cleaning staff. To apply, please go to nyc.gov/coronavirus

Grocery Store Update: The Department of Agriculture and Markets has released guidance for grocery stores to allow hours for seniors and immunocompromised populations only from 6am to 8am. The guidance outlines other in-store safety measures for retail grocery stores to implement. To read more about this guidance, click here

Hospital Visitation Update: The Department of Health has released updated guidance for Hospital Operators regarding visitation. All hospital visitation is suspended except for patients’ support person, or family member or legal representative of a patient in imminent end-of-life situations. You can read more about this guidance here.

Disability Services Update: The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is suspending all Day Habilitation, Day Treatment and Prevocational Services across the state. You can find more information and guidance for families and medical providers here.

Con Edison Update: Con Edison is closely monitoring the storm expected to hit our region tomorrow and is ready to respond to any resulting power outages. If you are experiencing power outages as a result of the storm, please go here for support. For updated information about the expected storm from the National Weather Service, click here.

Metro-North Update: Effective tomorrow, Metro-North will follow an hourly schedule on all lines. For more information on schedule changes, click here.

DACA Recipient Resources: For help renewing your application, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. The city may be able to help with application fees.

Coronavirus-related Scam Resources: Our office has received reports that there are Coronavirus related scams happening across the state. I urge you to be cautious when sharing your information. You can find COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) here. To read more about consumer protection tips from the New York State Attorney General’s office, click here.

Virtual Resources: 

  • The Bronx Museum has created a virtual hub with guided tours, art studios, and interviews with local artists. You can connect with these virtual resources here.
  • The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium have guided tours and virtual classrooms. You can hang out with some of your favorite animals by clicking here.
  • The New York City Parks Department has created a webpage “Parks @ Home” where you can tap into live broadcasts, educational resources and self care tips. To learn more, go here
  • The Westchester County Parks Department has many nature friendly online resources that can be found here.
  • The New York State Parks Department is offering a variety of virtual tours and nature walks and online activities for you to do at home. You can learn more here.
  • The American Baseball Hall of Fame is hosting virtual field trips and spotlights features on historic baseball players. To get involved, click here.
  • The Pelham Picture House is offering free short films and other activities. To enjoy, click here.
  • Burbio.com, a Pelham grown website, is a great resource for you to find activities by zip code and subscribe for updates here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 12th, 2020, nation-wide there are 546,874 cases, 21,686 reported deaths, and 32,419 reported recoveries. Worldwide there are 1,833,685 cases, with 113,296 reported deaths and 420,917 reported recoveries. 

In New York State, there are 180,458 cases. To date, New York has conducted 461,601tests statewide. 

We have now lost 9,385 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 103,208 are located in New York City 
  • 23,553 are located in Nassau County 
  • 20,816 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 19,313 are located in Westchester County 
  • 7,721 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

 As of April 11th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 73 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 52 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,040 are located in Mount Vernon 

As of April 12th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 22,325 in The Bronx 
  • 26,956 in Brooklyn
  • 32,123 in Queens 
  • 13,280 in Manhattan
  • 7,784 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Westchester County Department of Health

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

You can also call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 11TH, 2020

Dear Community, 

I want to wish all those celebrating Easter tomorrow a happy and reflective holiday. I know that this year’s celebrations are a little different – but I hope you can still find ways to connect with loved ones and carry on your traditions virtually. 

There has been some confusion today over the issue of New York City school closures. This morning, Mayor de Blasio announced that public schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has since indicated that he has not yet made a decision about reopening schools. While Mayor de Blasio usually makes decisions about New York City public school closures, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order under his Emergency Declaration Power that allows him to determine when schools will reopen. The Governor plans to coordinate with New Jersey and Connecticut and will announce a decision about how long schools will remain closed at a later time. For the moment, families should plan for schools to be closed through at least April 29th. However, given the continued need for social distancing, families should prepare for the possibility that schools may not reopen this academic year. My office will provide updates as soon as we have additional information. 

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced a five point plan to expand support to students during distance learning and plan ahead for whenever schools reopen. First, New York City plans to finish delivering internet enabled devices that allow students to fully participate in distance learning by the end of April. To date, New York City has distributed 66,000 devices to students, they are working to distribute 240,000 more. The Department of Education will also expand the parent helpline hours and the capacity of their tech support, and launch new online activities and programs for students. Next, the Department of Education will work closely with the 75,000 seniors scheduled to graduate this year to make sure they meet all requirements. New York City is also developing a comprehensive plan for reopening schools to ensure that students receive the support they need to make up for lost months of school. 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that his office is partnering with the New York State Court System to create a network of lawyers who can provide pro bono services to New Yorkers. Lawyers who are interested in volunteering can sign up here. Volunteers will begin providing services starting next week. 

Update on Support for Homeless New Yorkers: New York City is taking steps to protect New Yorkers facing homelessness, including moving 6000 New Yorkers out of congregate settings to hotels this month. They are prioritizing individuals with symptoms, and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. The Department of Social Services is also trying to move individuals who live on the streets into shelter. The City will open 230 new safe haven beds which place fewer requirements on residents beginning next week. 

Additional Updates for NYC Public School Students & Families: The Department of Education is still working to distribute internet enabled devices to students. If your child needs a device or internet access you can call 718-935-5100 and press 5 for assistance, or visit coronavirus.schools.nyc/remotelearningdevices. The Department of Education also mailed packets to families who need devices but have not received them yet to assist with distance learning. These include learning materials in multiple languages. 

Community Resources:

  • Town of Pelham Public Library: The Pelham Public Library has put together a list of performances, museums, and other cultural activities available online right now for adults and children
  • New York Public Library: The New York Public Library has online storytime for kids, e-books, resources to help with remote learning, and other activities online. 

Physical and Mental Health Resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. You can find more information here. For spanish please call 1-800-273-8255. 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: We know that these are trying times that can negatively impact and create circumstances where survivors are put in even more danger. For any victims and survivors who need support, we are here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. Learn more about how to stay safe here.
  • Empower Work: Provides support for work questions, concerns, stress. Trained peer counselors are a text away: 510-674-1414 or you can chat online here
  • Coronavirus Online Therapy: Pro-bono and reduced fee online therapy for those on the front line during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic can be found here
  • YouTube Series - Dana Crawford: Learn more about how to support your staff emotionally, Anxiety and Covid19, and Anxiety, Bias, and Covid 19 here
  • Five apps to calm the mind, body, and spirit can be found here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand: 

As of today, April 11th, 2020, there are more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. Of those, 180,458 cases are in New York State. To date, New York has conducted 440,980 tests statewide. 

We have now lost 8,627 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 98,715 are located in New York City 
  • 22,584 are located in Nassau County 
  • 19,883 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 18,729 are located in Westchester County 
  • 7,477 are located in Rockland County 

You can find the geographic breakdown of coronavirus cases by County here.

As of April 11th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 73 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 52 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 1,040 are located in Mount Vernon

As of April 11th, the New York City borough breakdown is as follows: 

  • 21,523 in The Bronx 
  • 26,042 in Brooklyn
  • 31,044 in Queens 
  • 12,712 in Manhattan
  • 7,358 on Staten Island 

You can find more information and data breakdowns here. 

This is an evolving situation. For updated information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages) from trusted sources for your designated area, please visit:

You can also always call the New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the New York City Hotline at 1-844-NYC-4NYC with any questions.

While you are at home, don’t forget to fill out the Census! Let’s make our communities count! For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. 

Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

___________________________________________________

PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM APRIL 10TH

Dear Community,

Across New York State, the rate of daily hospital admissions, ICU admissions, and intubations continue to trend in a good direction. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that yesterday was the first day since the beginning of this crisis that the number of total people in ICU beds statewide decreased. These trends suggest that social distancing is working! So w