Senator Biaggi’s 8/7 COVID-19 Update!

August 07, 2020

This week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has completed 6 million diagnostic COVID-19 tests. This is a major milestone in New York’s ongoing effort to contain the spread of the virus and keep the infection rate low.

On August 4th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that one additional state has been added to the travel advisory list. All individuals who travel to New York from one of these states with significant community spread are required to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added state is Rhode Island. Delaware and Washington D.C. have been removed. The updated list of restricted states with significant community spread, as well as guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York, can be found here. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will establish COVID-19 traveler registration checkpoints at key entry points to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine requirements. Travelers who have visited one of 35 designated states or territories with high COVID-19 transmission rates are required to complete the New York State Department of Health traveler form and quarantine for a period of 14 days upon entering New York City. The Department of Finance Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, will operate traveler registration checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into New York City. The City has also added digital signage at points of entry into the City to increase public awareness of the State’s registration and quarantine mandates. More information about quarantine for essential and non-essential workers is available here

Additionally, Mayor de Blasio announced the resignation of Dr. Oxiris Barbot as Commissioner of the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Barbot for her service to New Yorkers throughout the course of this pandemic, and her leadership during some of our darkest hours. The Mayor has appointed Dr. Dave A. Chokshi as the new Commissioner. Dr. Chokshi has served at the highest level of local, state, and federal health agencies, including NYC Health + Hospitals, where he was in senior leadership roles over the past six years. Most recently, he served as a key leader in the City’s COVID-19 response.

This week Mayor de Blasio announced that the City financed 30,023 affordable homes this past fiscal year, including 23,520 homes preserved and 6,503 new construction units. Fiscal year 2020 also marked a record level of affordable homeownership investment, with 16,223 homeownership units. A complete summary of fiscal year 2020 numbers is available here. The City is actively identifying the projects that meet the urgency of the post-COVID-19 era and exploring various financing options to continue delivering affordable housing. This summer, the City also launched the new NYC Housing Connect, to make finding and applying for affordable homes more efficient. 

On August 3rd, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City’s Open Restaurants program will return next summer. Over 9,000 restaurants have signed up for the program, which has helped save nearly 80,000 New York City jobs since June. Outdoor dining will return to the City by June 1st, 2021 and run through October 31st. A searchable citywide map of existing Open Restaurants can be found here. For more information on the program, including regulations, guidelines, and the application, click here.

Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray also announced an expansion of the Food For Heroes program to deliver more than 71,000 meals to staff at local non-profit nursing homes and Department of Sanitation (DSNY) garages in all five boroughs. This week, Food For Heroes began deliveries to 75 new locations across the city, serving non-profit nursing home employees and sanitation workers who have been vital to the daily functioning of New York City despite the challenges and increased risks presented by the pandemic. The deliveries, consisting of pre-made, individually packaged lunches, will be made twice a week to each location for three weeks. Non-profit Frontline Foods, with the help of World Central Kitchen, is working with local restaurants to deliver meals in the Bronx. Visit nyc.gov/fund to learn more. 

This week Mayor de Blasio announced the start of a new No-Penalty Business Accessory Sign Inspection Program and the return of the annual No-Penalty Deck and Porch and Retaining Wall Inspection Programs. These initiatives allow small business owners and homeowners to obtain free inspections of the relevant structures, without risk of penalty, to determine if they comply with City safety regulations. Rather than penalize small businesses and homeowners, these programs will help New Yorkers comply with regulations and proactively maintain their properties, saving them time and money by fixing potential problems before they occur. Learn more here.

The City also announced 15 more locations for expanded weekend outdoor dining options, under an initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs. The announcement brings the citywide total to 62 participating streets. The program expands restaurant seating options onto car-free streets on weekends for select corridors. The newest addition in the Bronx is located at Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development Corporation (KRVC) on Johnson Ave from West 235th Street to West 236th Street in District 34! The hours of operation are 5PM to 11PM on Friday nights, and noon to 11PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for NYC)

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

 

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

 

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Guidance

 

Unemployment Reminder: Please note that the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) has announced two recent benefit extensions:

  1. Traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are now extended for up to 59 weeks: Traditional UI usually lasts for 26 weeks in New York, but has been extended by both the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which adds 13 weeks, and the Extended Benefits (EB) program, which adds an additional 20 weeks. 
  2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits are now extended for up to 46 weeks: Under Federal law, those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible for PEUC or EB, but are now eligible for up to 46 weeks of PUA benefits in New York – an increase from the original 39 weeks. 

In order to continue receiving UI or PUA benefits, you must continue to certify every week. You do not need to re-apply or contact the NYS DOL, unless you are specifically told to do so. New Yorkers can certify online at labor.ny.gov/signin or on the phone by calling 1-888-581-5812 (for UI) or 1-833-324-0366 (for PUA). 

Important Immigration Updates 

  • DACA: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced that despite the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the DACA program, the Department of Homeland Security will reject all new recipient applications for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents, and limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy to one year. If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance or has questions regarding your current DACA status, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. 
  • Public Charge Rule: Last week a New York federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing the “public charge rule” for immigrants while the national health emergency stemming from the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect. For questions about immigrant eligibility for benefits or how to access City services during the COVID-19 crisis, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday, or email AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov.

 

Play Streets Reminder: New York City announced Play Streets, a new initiative to provide families with safe, structured activities on 12 Open Streets during weekdays, in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, Building Healthy Communities, and the Police Athletic League. Bronx locations include Oak Tree Place between Hughes Avenue and Quarry Road, and Cromwell Avenue between McClellan Street and Jerome Avenue. Families can register their children here.

Outdoor Reopening of Cultural Institutions in District 34:

  • Wave Hill: The Wave Hill public garden in Riverdale reopened its doors after being closed for four months. The 28-acre estate features views of the Hudson River and the Palisades for New Yorkers to enjoy. Entry to the gardens must be booked online ahead of visits to maintain social distancing. Learn more here.
  • New York Botanical Garden: NYBG is ready and eager to welcome New Yorkers back with safety as their priority. Discover spectacular gardens and collections across their 250 acres. Explore the shaded trails of their old-growth forest. Relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River. Journey along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 6PM; Members-Only hours are 10AM – 11AM. Learn more and plan your visit here.

 

Housing Updates, Reminders, and Resources

  • Governor Cuomo Extends the Suspension of Statutes of Limitation: This week Governor Cuomo issued an executive order extending the suspension of statutes of limitation and court deadlines through September 4th. We expect the courts to issue an administrative order in response, which should address the EO’s effect on the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums. We will share any new information as soon as it is released.
  • Filing Annual Rent Registrations: The following is a link to Advisory Opinion 2020-5 “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance” being directed with respect to processing and other procedures affecting the Office of Rent Administration (ORA) and Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) under The Rent Stabilization Law, The Emergency Tenant Protection Act, and the New York State and City Rent Control Laws. The deadline for filing annual rent registrations has been extended to September 30th, 2020. 
  • The Homeowner Protection Program: Attorney General Letitia James announced $10 million in grant funding as part of a total $20 million allocation to support New York homeowners struggling with foreclosure. The Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP) connects homeowners to free, qualified mortgage-assistance relief services across New York. The funding supports a network of more than 80 housing counselors and legal service organizations that have helped more than 100,000 families avoid foreclosure and remain in their homes. Learn more here.
  • Update on Administrative Stay on Foreclosure Proceedings: On June 23rd, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an order regarding foreclosure proceedings, effective June 24th, which stated that commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings may be filed electronically or by mail only; and that commencement papers must include an attorney affirmation that the attorney has reviewed all relevant provisions protecting mortgagors, and notice to defendants that they may be eligible for an extension of time. On July 24th, Judge Marks issued additional guidance on foreclosure proceedings, which took effect July 27th. According to the July 24th guidance: 
    • A stay of commencement and enforcement of commercial foreclosure matters against certain mortgagors, initiated by Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 202.28, remains in effect until August 19th, 2020. Further proceedings in other matters remain suspended until August 5th, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.38 which suspended statutory timetables. 
    • However, the general stay of foreclosure proceedings directed by Administrative Order since mid-March is no longer in effect as of July 27th. 
    • Represented plaintiffs may file new cases electronically or by mail only at this time, although unrepresented parties may file papers in person. Commencement papers must include a form notice advising the defendant that they may be eligible for an extension of time to respond. 
    • Before further proceedings in a foreclosure matter, the court must conference the case. All foreclosure proceedings should be conducted remotely to the fullest extent possible and no auction or sale of property may be scheduled to occur prior to October 15th, 2020. Find all court updates here: nycourts.gov
  • Senior Rental Assistance Increase Exemption (SCRIE): While the SCRIE Unit office at HPD remains closed to the public, seniors can submit applications and ask questions by email at SCRIE@hpd.nyc.gov or by mail, at SCRIE Unit 100 Gold Street, Room 7M-3 New York, NY 10038.
  • Section 8 Vouchers: While the HPD Section 8 Customer Service Office is closed to the public, the HPD Section 8 team is still available for remote service. Voucher holders facing rent hardships due to drops in income should email DTRAI@hpd.nyc.gov or fax at 212-863-5299. During this time, any HPD Section 8 voucher set to expire will be automatically renewed. Clients do not need to reach out to HPD for an extension. All subsidy terminations in process are suspended until further notice. All tenant conferences and briefings are postponed and will be rescheduled. All hearings for appeal are cancelled until further notice. HPD will continue to pay the subsidy until final determinations are made.
  • NYCHA Rent Reduction: NYCHA has simplified its Rent Hardship Policy to make it easier to reduce rent in NYCHA during the COVID-19 crisis. A household may qualify for a NYCHA rent reduction based on a rent hardship. NYCHA accepts applications through an Interim Recertification if an individual’s hours have been cut at work or for loss of a job. Households can now submit Interim Recertifications for Income Changes via a new simplified Self-Service Portal interface. Households now have the ability to contact the Customer Contact Center (CCC) to make these requests over the phone. Households can call 718-707-7771 and select option 5. Tenant Protection Information resources for tenants impacted by COVID-19 can be found at the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants’ webpage here. Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here. For more information regarding COVID resources for NYCHA residents, click here
  • NYC Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project: The Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project provides housing security to tenants across the City who may be facing hardship due to the pandemic. Through this project, non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) will assist tenants and small landlords in finding solutions to rental issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

 

Education Reminders, Updates, and Resources

  • NYC Department of Education Updates: All New York City public schools are preparing for blended learning, during which students learn in-person in school buildings for part of the week, and continue learning remotely from home on the other days. At this time, some parents have opted in their students for full remote learning. For more details on these and other policies, please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 and click “Health and Safety” for additional information and all the latest updates. Please see important information regarding reopening below.

    • Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open: On July 31st, the Mayor and Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that for school buildings to open in September and remain open, on a weekly average the City must see fewer than 3% of all COVID-19 tests come back positive. Additionally, if 3% or more of New Yorkers who are tested for COVID-19 are found to have the virus after schools open, school buildings will close again, and 100% of learning will be remote for every student. Since June, the City has hovered around 1-2%, and are working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Test + Trace, and the Mayor’s Office to prepare for a coordinated school reopening.
    • What Happens if Someone Gets Sick – New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools: The DOE has developed strict protocols that address prevention, precaution, and response to one or more of students or employees having a confirmed case of COVID-19. A “confirmed case” means that a parent or guardian, student, or staff member submits a positive test result from a healthcare provider or laboratory, like a City-run testing site, a private doctor, or an urgent care center, to the school. If there's more than one case in a school, and it's not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for 14 days for quarantine. Students will continue their learning remotely during any necessary quarantine periods. DOE protocols to keep school communities healthy include: 
      • Prevention: Starting with the first day of the 2020-21 school year, if a student or staff member is feeling sick, they are required to stay home. Additionally, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they will be asked to get tested. 
      • Feeling Sick in School: If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a school staff member until they are picked up by their parent or guardian. Staff members who become symptomatic at school must notify the administration and immediately leave the building. 
      • Testing: All school staff members are asked to get tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the beginning of school, and will be prioritized for expedited results at the 34 City-run testing sites. All school staff are also asked to get tested monthly during the school year. This free testing is also available for families citywide. 
      • Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed to be close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in. 
      • Communication: Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, schools will communicate to all families and students at school. 
    • Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School: Testing and tracing are part of several strict health protocols designed to keep school communities healthy. Here are the key things that you and your family should know about DOE health and safety practices, policies, and protocols as school buildings reopen in September: 
      • At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school or on their way to school. Exceptions will be made for children who can’t wear a face covering for medical reasons, and for younger children who aren’t developmentally able to wear a face covering.
      • Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on school grounds and to and from school. 
      • Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas. 
      • Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be readily available throughout every school. 
      • Every school will have a school-based team ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in a school. 
      • Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day. 
  • NYC DOE Family & Student Info Sessions: Throughout the summer the NYC Department of Education will host a series of Family & Student Info Sessions to share information and answer questions about our plans for the 2020–21 School Year. The next sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 27th. Register here.
  • NYC Student Loan Debt: For Student Loan Debt Tips during COVID-19, click here
  • The Sharing Shelf Annual “Backpacks to School” Initiative: Each summer, The Sharing Shelf organizes its “Backpacks to School” initiative to buy new backpacks and fill them with grade appropriate school supplies for low-income children in Westchester County. The program works with individuals and businesses County-wide to raise the funds needed to purchase everything needed for this initiative, from new backpacks to binders, notebooks, folders, crayons, pencils, pens and paper. The Sharing Shelf plans to fill at least 1,500 backpacks and seeks to raise $45,000 for this project. To find out more about how to help or to donate, please contact The Sharing Shelf Program Director, Deborah Blatt at dblatt@sharingshelf.org or (914) 305-5950. You may also visit www.sharingshelf.org and click on Backpacks to School.

 

Healthcare Reminders

  • Healthcare Enrollment Period Extended Through August 15th: The Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers is extended for another 30 days, through August 15th, 2020. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers. More information available here.
  • The Hispanic Federation Healthcare Enrollment Assistance: The Hispanic Federation is actively enrolling individuals in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and NY State of Health Qualified Health Plans. All of their health navigators are bilingual and ready to assist the community over the phone. In addition to individuals, they can assist small businesses with their New York State of Health insurance application process. You can make an appointment by calling their Health Insurance program hotline number at 1-833-656-2626.

 

Small Business and Worker Resources

  • Deadline to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Contact your lender to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) before the August 8th deadline to make sure you get the funding you need to keep your business going. If you need assistance visit: nyc.gov/financingassistance.
  • Food Movement Support Fund: Organized by Community Food Funders, the fund will support smaller organizations led by those most impacted by food injustice who are working towards systems change and within the long-term struggle for an equitable food system. Fourteen one-time emergency grants of $10,000 will be awarded to grassroots organizations working across food justice sectors. More information and the application are available here.
  • TLC Resource Center: TLC launched a resource center to provide legal, financial and other services to hard hit drivers. Click here for more information. 
  • Procter & Gamble LISC Partnership Small Business Grants: Thanks to a $1.2 million investment from Procter & Gamble and their Secret Deodorant brand, LISC is offering relief and recovery grants of up to $10,000 to help small businesses in underserved communities. The partnership will prioritize the needs of women- and minority-owned beauty salons and barbershops, childcare centers, and other family-owned ventures, with the Secret brand's contribution specifically assisting Black female entrepreneurs. The grant round opened on Monday, July 27th and all eligible businesses are encouraged to register. For those seeking a small business relief grant, please visit LISC’s Small Business Grants FAQ page for more information.
  • Interim Guidance for NYC Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores: To help prevent spread of COVID-19, procedures and supplies should be in place to encourage proper hand and respiratory hygiene as well as routine cleaning and disinfection of high-risk locations. This guidance from New York State is provided for any food manufacturing facilities, food distribution centers or food retail stores so that owners, operators and other individuals can incorporate these procedures into their facility protocols. For information on workers’ rights, click here
  • NYC Open Restaurants Program Extension: Mayor de Blasio has extended the City’s Open Restaurants program until the end of October. The weekend expansion of outdoor dining options is under an initiative that combines two popular programs, Open Streets and Open Restaurants. Learn more about how to apply and see operating hours here.
  • NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal: The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more or sign up by clicking here
  • Fund for Public Health NYC Job Opportunities: There are several grant-funded positions and COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative job opportunities at Fund for Public Health NYC. For more information, click here and to apply for the COVID Contact Tracing Initiative, click here.  
  • Reporting Labor Law Violations: If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders, contact 311 or the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov to report them. Learn more here.
  • FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits: To access frequently asked questions and answers about pandemic unemployment benefits, click here. To find out what benefits you may qualify for and more, click here. For additional resources, click here
  • Reopening NYC Businesses: NYC.gov/nycbusiness provides information and guidelines for businesses reopening in NYC. Translations of the phase one safety plan and guidelines for construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and more are available.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program is supporting unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: The Small Business Emergency Grant Program provides support to small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts as a result of looting. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS is coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).
  • Change in Financial Situation: If you have experienced a change in your financial situation since the start of COVID-19, NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling that is secure and confidential. Book an appointment here
  • NYC Assistance for Organizations: For help regarding healthcare facilities, small businesses, non-profit organizations and more, click here
  • Work From Home Toolkit: City Hall has released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home. Check it out here.

 

Food Updates and Resources

  • Trinity Church Wall Street Compassion Meals Program: This program will provide grab-and-go food bags at five sites in the Bronx to help address the crisis in food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day, 1,000 meals will be distributed, consisting of single-serving non-perishable items. Bags will be provided while supplies last. Distribution will rotate among five locations each weekday. The food will be provided by Great Performances, a Bronx-based catering and hospitality company that has focused its efforts during the COVID-19 crisis on helping to feed New Yorkers. Dates, times, and locations for the program follow: 

    • Westchester United Methodist Church 2547 E Tremont Ave. Bronx, NY 10461 (Mondays 11AM – 2PM)
    • Agape Love Christian Center 1023 Allerton Ave. Bronx, NY 10469 (Wednesdays, 10AM – 2PM)
    • Agatha House Co-Op City – rotating locations Bronx, NY 10475 (Thursdays, 11:30AM – 2:30PM)
      • Bartow Mall Pedestrian Plaza, 2047 Bartow Avenue (Aug. 27)
      • 177 Dreiser Loop (Aug. 13)
      • 120 Erskine Place (Aug. 20)
    • Mission Helping Hand El Coqui Community Garden 414 E.163rd St. (Melrose side) Bronx, NY 10451 (Fridays, 11AM – 2PM)
  • New York City Department of Probation: One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). Click here for more information. 
  • NYC Health + Hospitals Farmers Markets: NYC Health + Hospitals announced its 2020 schedule for farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city. The District 34 farmer's market is located at Jacobi Hospital, 1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road. The market is open on Fridays, 8AM – 4PM, through November 19th, 2020.
  • Westchester School Summer Feeding Program: Please see below for a list of Mount Vernon schools/centers offering free breakfast and/or lunch meals for children under 18 years old, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 10:30AM until August 14th, 2020:
    • Benjamin Turner, 624 S 3rd Ave
    • Graham, 421 E 5th St
    • Grimes, 58 S 10th Ave
    • Hamilton, 20 Oak St
    • Traphagen, 72 Lexington Ave
  • NYC Grab and Go Meal Hubs: Meal Hub summer service is operating at approximately 400 sites across the city and continues regular service from 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday. Find a site near you by texting ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877, or by clicking here
  • P-EBT: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. If you have any questions, you may contact New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 1-833-452-0096 or otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. More information is available here.  
  • Food Supply Match: To re-align the mismatches in supply and demand, NYC has launched Food Supply Match, a web platform to connect sellers with excess product to buyers facing increased demand. Businesses can register here: nyc.gov/FoodSupplyMatch 
  • Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve. New Yorkers can use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line: www.plentifulapp.com 
  • SNAP or Cash Assistance Benefits: If your SNAP or Cash Assistance benefits are set to expire on August 31st or later, you’ll need to recertify online with Access HRA. Go to http://nyc.gov/accesshra or download the mobile app and SkiptheTrip. To access SNAP online ordering, click here.

 

Diagnostic and Antibody Testing Resources 

  • COVID-19 Testing: New York State testing criteria has expanded to all New Yorkers. New York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here or by texting ‘COVID TEST’ to 855-48. Free, walk-in antibody testing is available at H+H Gotham Community Health Centers, more information here.
  • For New Yorkers with Symptoms or Questions About COVID-19: Connect to a medical provider free of charge 9AM to 9PM by calling 1-844-NYC-4NYC. To learn more about the Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, click here. For real-time COVID updates from NotifyNYC, text ‘COVID’ to 692-692 (NYC-NYC) and text ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish. To confidentiality self-report your COVID-19 status and symptoms, click here

 

Additional Community Resources 

  • New York Foundation for Senior Citizens: Learn more about the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ free Home Sharing Program and Respite Care Program.
  • DCWP COVID-19 Hub: NYC.gov/DCWPAlerts provides information and translated resources on scams, funeral planning tips, debt collection cease communications, student loans, free tax prep, license expiration and renewal dates, price gouging, and more.
  • COVID-19 Benefits: Many people who have been impacted by COVID-19 qualify for benefits to help them buy groceries, get health care, or get financial support to make up for lost income. See what support you might be eligible for at access.nyc.gov/pandemic-benefits-guidance.  
  • COVID-19 and Poison Prevention: It is important to stay safe while staying home. You can find guidance with translations about poison control here
  • NYC Mental Health: There are many resources related to mental health that New Yorkers can access while staying home. Resources and a 24/7 hotline are available here and a free resource guide for all New Yorkers as well as services tailored to the needs of aging New Yorkers, veterans, students and young people, and people harmed by violence, crime or abuse is available here.  
  • NYC LGBTQ+ Support: New York City has created a mobile-accessible website containing nearly 100 listings of LGBTQ+ affirming services still available citywide, including food programs, legal services, health resources & more, which is available here
  • NYC Domestic Violence Support: Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors can be found here, or by calling NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE. 
  • NYC Disability Services: A new webpage of resources for New Yorkers with disabilities during COVID-19, created by City Hall, can be found here
  • NYC Assistance for DACA Recipients: For help renewing your DACA application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. For questions about immigration or how to access City services during the COVID19 crisis, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday, or email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov
  • Assistance for Homeless New Yorkers in Assessing CARES Act Economic Impact Payments: Mobilization for Justice is offering FREE help for New Yorkers experiencing homlesses in accessing their Economic Impact Payments. To receive assistance, call 212-417-3791.
  • Freelancers in NYC: If you're a freelancer facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint here
  • COVID-19 Misinformation: If you have been harassed or discriminated against due to race, national origin, age, or disability, contact NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime or click here.
  • NYC Service Opportunities: NYC Service builds partnerships to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for our city's greatest needs: nyc.gov/service. More opportunities are available at nyc.gov/helpnow.
  • Pet Owner Hotline: If you are a pet owner impacted by COVID-19, call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821 from 8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week. 
  • Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within Heat Vulnerability Index 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Attendees must wear face coverings inside all NYC cooling centers and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Click here or call 311 to find a cooling center near you. 
  • Public Pool Reopenings: Eight of New York City’s public pools are now open with reduced capacity and additional safety measures. Click here to find a pool near you and details on what you need to know before you go. 
  • DonateNYC enables businesses and organizations to donate extra food supply to local organizations who can then redistribute it – reducing waste and helping bring food where it needs to go. Details about eligible donors and recipients can be found online. For food donations visit nyc.gov/donatefood. For non-food donations, visit nyc.gov/donate.
  • Alternate Side Parking (ASP): Alternate Side Parking is currently in effect through August 14th.

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM JULY 31ST, 2020

Dear Community,

Under current Federal law and U.S. Department of Labor guidelines, this is the last benefit week for the extra $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments. This may change if Congress takes action to extend these benefits. We will update you with information on any changes as soon as it is made available. 

However, please note that the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) has announced two recent benefit extensions:

  1. Traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are now extended for up to 59 weeks: Traditional UI usually lasts for 26 weeks in New York, but has been extended by both the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which adds 13 weeks, and the Extended Benefits (EB) program, which adds an additional 20 weeks. 
  2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits are now extended for up to 46 weeks: Under Federal law, those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible for PEUC or EB, but are now eligible for up to 46 weeks of PUA benefits in New York – an increase from the original 39 weeks. 

 

In order to continue receiving UI or PUA benefits, you must continue to certify every week. You do not need to re-apply or contact the NYS DOL, unless you are specifically told to do so. New Yorkers can certify online at labor.ny.gov/signin or on the phone by calling 1-888-581-5812 (for UI) or 1-833-324-0366 (for PUA). 

On July 28th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that three additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found here. As of right now, the States with significant community spread include: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi 
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

 

This week the Governor updated New Yorkers on the status of the Kawasaki Disease-like syndrome that has affected children in the state. As of July 24th, New York State has investigated 240 cases of the syndrome. The New York State Department of Health published a study of children with the syndrome in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 29th.

On July 27th, Governor Cuomo announced that the State Liquor Authority issued 132 violations for a lack of compliance with New York State COVID-19 guidance last weekend. Violations were issued in all five boroughs of New York City. Businesses found in violation of social distancing regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of their liquor license.

He also announced that Empire State Development has identified 20 companies that will receive state investment to make supplies to address COVID-19. This program is designed to ensure that New York State's health facilities will have access to PPE if and when they need it.

Governor Cuomo announced this week more than $30 million to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention in advance of the fall flu season. The majority of funds, available to counties in the form of grants, will be used to increase local health department staffing capacity for enhanced detection, surveillance and prevention of COVID-19. The Governor also announced $2 million in additional immunization funds to expand flu vaccination rates statewide to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system in the event of a severe flu season. Funding by county is available here.

This week the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) announced that it is partnering with the City University of New York (CUNY) to study the wastewater at County treatment plants to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on large urban areas. Recently, it has been discovered that traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be detected in fecal matter, and therefore, in sewage collected at wastewater treatment plants. The study will take random samples from various treatment plants to find evidence of varying infection rates among different communities. The primary aim of this proposal is to understand the environmental and societal conditions that influence SARS-CoV-2 pandemic transmission chains in large cities, which requires unbiased sequencing of a significant fraction of the virus-infected population. 

This week Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced health and safety protocols, including guidance for testing and tracing, for schools for the start of the 2020-21 school yearThese protocols will apply to all school communities and will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In preparation for the start of school, the NYC Department of Education is purchasing large orders of hygiene supplies on behalf of schools. These supplies include, but are not limited to, facial coverings for students, teachers, and staff; disinfectant; hand sanitizer; and electrostatic sprayers. School leadership and facilities staff in every school are reviewing school space and making necessary repairs and adjustments to ensure safe conditions for in-person student learning this fall. 

All staff members will be asked to take a COVID-19 test in the days before the first day of school. School staff will have priority access for free testing at 34 city-run testing locations, with tests provided with expedited results. This testing is also available for families Citywide.

Additionally, the Mayor announced $7.8 million in funding for community-based organizations to promote public awareness around COVID-19 and the City's Test & Trace Corps. The designated organizations will receive funding from the City to educate the public on how to stay safe from COVID-19 and engage with the Test & Trace Corps in the City’s public health response. Additional information on the Test & Trace Corps, including program metrics, is available here. The selected community-based organizations (CBOs) serve low-income and vulnerable communities across the five boroughs at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Messaging and outreach work will begin this month and continue through November. The full list of organizations is available here.

On July 28th, Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order to immediately strengthen the City’s utilization of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs) and announced a series of new programs with the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity to connect Black and Latinx entrepreneurs to business opportunities, including government contract matching, access to pro bono business consultants and mentorship networks. The Executive Order includes directives focused on expanding the pool of contracts subject to the M/WBE program, and creating more opportunities for M/WBEs to win procurements, and establishes a Chief Diversity M/WBE Officer in all City agencies. It also encourages all City agencies to procure goods, services, and construction from M/WBEs for amounts up to $500,000, and increases oversight for high-value projects. In addition, the Executive Order ensures M/WBEs’ continued involvement in the City’s response to the ongoing State of Emergency by ensuring City agencies set M/WBE participation goals for contracts in response to the pandemic, and by requiring every City agency that is conducting procurement in response to the State of Emergency must consider at least one quote from a M/WBE before awarding the contract. Learn more here

NYC Health + Hospitals announced that the NYC Test & Trace Corps will now offer new hotel services and amenities for New Yorkers who test positive for the virus and those who have been exposed to the virus, to safely separate to protect their loved ones. In addition to free meals, transportation, health care services and more, hotels will also begin to offer telepsychiatry services to access mental health professionals, and will ensure access to medications for all hotel guests regardless of insurance status. Hotels will also begin to offer COVID-19 testing on-site. New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the virus can qualify for a free hotel room for up to 14 days to safely separate and protect their loved ones. Learn more here.

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for NYC)

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

 

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

 

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Guidance:

 

Important Immigration Updates 

  • DACA: On July 28th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced that despite the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the DACA program, the Department of Homeland Security will reject all new recipient applications for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents, and limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy to one year. If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance or has questions regarding their current DACA status, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. 
  • Public Charge Rule: This week a New York federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing the “public charge rule” for immigrants while the national health emergency stemming from the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect. For questions about immigrant eligibility for benefits or how to access City services during the COVID-19 crisis, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday, or email AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov.

 

Play Streets Reminder: Last week New York City announced Play Streets, a new initiative to provide families with safe, structured activities on 12 Open Streets during weekdays, in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, Building Healthy Communities, and the Police Athletic League. Bronx locations include Oak Tree Place between Hughes Avenue and Quarry Road, and Cromwell Avenue between McClellan Street and Jerome Avenue. Families can register their children here.

DMV Update: DMV licensed driving schools can now conduct distance learning Pre-Licensing Courses. In order to safely meet the demand for driver training while adhering to social distancing guidelines, the State Department of Motor Vehicles has issued guidance to driving schools allowing them to conduct Pre-Licensing Courses using established and secure technology, such as Zoom, WebEx, Go To Meeting and Skype. Questions or concerns should be directed to the DMV Driving School Unit at DriverTrainingProgram@dmv.ny.gov or (518) 473-7174, Option #3.

Outdoor Reopening of Cultural Institutions in District 34:

  • Wave Hill: This week the Wave Hill public garden in Riverdale reopened its doors after being closed for four months. The 28-acre estate features views of the Hudson River and the Palisades for New Yorkers to enjoy. Entry to the gardens must be booked online ahead of visits to maintain social distancing. Learn more here.
  • New York Botanical Garden: NYBG is ready and eager to welcome New Yorkers back with safety as their priority. Discover spectacular gardens and collections across their 250 acres. Explore the shaded trails of our old-growth forest. Relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River. Journey along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 6PM; Members-Only hours are 10AM – 11AM. Learn more and plan your visit here.

 

Housing Updates, Reminders, and Resources

  • Update on Administrative Stay on Foreclosure Proceedings: On June 23rd, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an order regarding foreclosure proceedings, effective June 24th, which stated that commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings may be filed electronically or by mail only; and that commencement papers must include an attorney affirmation that the attorney has reviewed all relevant provisions protecting mortgagors, and notice to defendants that they may be eligible for an extension of time. On July 24th, Judge Marks issued additional guidance on foreclosure proceedings, which took effect July 27thAccording to the July 24th guidance: 

    • A stay of commencement and enforcement of commercial foreclosure matters against certain mortgagors, initiated by Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 202.28, remains in effect until August 19th, 2020. Further proceedings in other matters remain suspended until August 5th, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.38 which suspended statutory timetables. 
    • However, the general stay of foreclosure proceedings directed by Administrative Order since mid-March is no longer in effect as of July 27th. 
    • Represented plaintiffs may file new cases electronically or by mail only at this time, although unrepresented parties may file papers in person. Commencement papers must include a form notice advising the defendant that they may be eligible for an extension of time to respond. 
    • Before further proceedings in a foreclosure matter, the court must conference the case. All foreclosure proceedings should be conducted remotely to the fullest extent possible and no auction or sale of property may be scheduled to occur prior to October 15th, 2020. Find all court updates here: http://nycourts.gov
  • Senior Rental Assistance Increase Exemption (SCRIE): While the SCRIE Unit office at HPD remains closed to the public, seniors can submit applications and ask questions by email at SCRIE@hpd.nyc.gov or by mail, at SCRIE Unit 100 Gold Street, Room 7M-3 New York, NY 10038.
  • Section 8 Vouchers: While the HPD Section 8 Customer Service Office is closed to the public, the HPD Section 8 team is still available for remote service. Voucher holders facing rent hardships due to drops in income should email DTRAI@hpd.nyc.gov or fax at 212-863-5299. During this time, any HPD Section 8 voucher set to expire will be automatically renewed. Clients do not need to reach out to HPD for an extension. All subsidy terminations in process are suspended until further notice. All tenant conferences and briefings are postponed and will be rescheduled. All hearings for appeal are cancelled until further notice. HPD will continue to pay the subsidy until final determinations are made.
  • NYCHA Rent Reduction: NYCHA has simplified its Rent Hardship Policy to make it easier to reduce rent in NYCHA during the COVID-19 crisis. A household may qualify for a NYCHA rent reduction based on a rent hardship. NYCHA accepts applications through an Interim Recertification if an individual’s hours have been cut at work or for loss of a job. Households can now submit Interim Recertifications for Income Changes via a new simplified Self-Service Portal interface. Until further notice, NYCHA residents may self-certify their income loss. This means that supporting documents such as pay stubs, a letter from the employer, and/or verification of unemployment benefits, which are usually required to submit the Interim Recertification, are not required at this time. Households now have the ability to contact the Customer Contact Center (CCC) to make these requests over the phone. Households can call 718-707-7771 and select option 5. Tenant Protection Information resources for tenants impacted by COVID-19 can be found at the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants’ webpage here. Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here. For more information regarding COVID resources for NYCHA residents, click here
  • NYC Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project: The Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project provides housing security to tenants across the City who may be facing hardship due to the pandemic. Through this project, non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) will assist tenants and small landlords in finding solutions to rental issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.
  • Reopening of the Office of Rent Administration’s Borough and District Rent Offices: The Office of Rent Administration has reopened its Bronx and Westchester offices, with new procedural guidance for office visits, which can be found here. To schedule an appointment or to receive assistance over the phone, please contact the Westchester office at 914-948-4434, or the Bronx office at 718-430-0880.

 

Education Reminders and Resources

  • American Debate League Scholarships: The ADL is offering 100 full scholarships for children from 4th-12th grade to participate in their 4th Annual "Public Speaking, Debate & Speech Summer Camp" hosted in partnership with Queens College. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is August 5th. The summer camp program will be hosted virtually this year. To register and learn more, click here.
  • NYC Schools Fall Remote Learning Form: The NYC Department of Education is currently planning for a blended learning model in the fall, with an option for families who wish to do so to remain fully remote. Parents and guardians are able to opt their child into a fully remote learning model by filling out this formFamilies who choose full-time remote learning for September can opt back into in-person instruction up until Friday, August 7th by filling out the form again. After August 7th, families who chose full-time remote learning will be able to opt back into in-person instruction during designated time frames during the school year, starting this fall.
  • NYC DOE Family & Student Info Sessions: Throughout the summer the NYC Department of Education will host a series of Family & Student Info Sessions to share information and answer questions about our plans for the 2020–21 School Year. The next sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 27th. Register here.
  • NYC Student Loan Debt: For Student Loan Debt Tips during COVID-19, click here

 

Healthcare Reminders

  • Healthcare Enrollment Period Extended Through August 15th: The Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through August 15th, 2020. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers. More information available here.
  • The Hispanic Federation Healthcare Enrollment Assistance: The Hispanic Federation is actively enrolling individuals in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and NY State of Health Qualified Health Plans. All of their health navigators are bilingual and ready to assist the community over the phone. In addition to individuals, they can assist small businesses with their New York State of Health insurance application process. You can make an appointment by calling their Health Insurance program hotline number at 1-833-656-2626.

 

Small Business and Worker Resources

  • Procter & Gamble LISC Partnership Small Business Grants: Thanks to a $1.2 million investment from Procter & Gamble and their Secret Deodorant brand, LISC is offering relief and recovery grants of up to $10,000 to help small businesses in underserved communities. The partnership will prioritize the needs of women- and minority-owned beauty salons and barbershops, childcare centers, and other family-owned ventures, with the Secret brand's contribution specifically assisting Black female entrepreneurs. The grant round opened on Monday, July 27th and all eligible businesses are encouraged to register. For those seeking a small business relief grant, please visit LISC’s Small Business Grants FAQ page for more information.
  • Interim Guidance for NYC Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores: To help prevent spread of COVID-19, procedures and supplies should be in place to encourage proper hand and respiratory hygiene as well as routine cleaning and disinfection of high-risk locations. This guidance from New York State is provided for any food manufacturing facilities, food distribution centers or food retail stores so that owners, operators and other individuals can incorporate these procedures into their facility protocols. For information on workers’ rights, click here
  • NYC Open Restaurants Program Extension: Mayor de Blasio has extended the City’s Open Restaurants program until the end of October. The Mayor also unveiled 26 more locations for the weekend expansion of outdoor dining options under an initiative that combines two popular programs, Open Streets and Open Restaurants. Learn more about how to apply and operating hours here.
  • NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal: The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more or sign up by clicking here
  • Fund for Public Health NYC Job Opportunities: There are several grant-funded positions and COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative job opportunities at Fund for Public Health NYC. For more information, click here and to apply for the COVID Contact Tracing Initiative, click here.  
  • Job Openings at Revel: Revel is a Brooklyn-based shared electric moped company. Any interested applicants should apply through the online portal here
  • Reporting Labor Law Violations: If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders, contact 311 or the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov to report them. Learn more here.
  • FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits: To access frequently asked questions and answers about pandemic unemployment benefits, click here. To find out what benefits you may qualify for and more, click here. For additional resources, click here
  • Reopening NYC Businesses: NYC.gov/nycbusiness provides information and guidelines for businesses reopening in NYC. Translations of the phase one safety plan and guidelines for construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and more are available.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program is supporting unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: The Small Business Emergency Grant Program provides support to small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts as a result of looting. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS is coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).
  • Change in Financial Situation: If you have experienced a change in your financial situation since the start of COVID-19, NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling that is secure and confidential. Book an appointment here
  • NYC Assistance for Organizations: For help regarding healthcare facilities, small businesses, non-profit organizations and more, click here
  • Work From Home Toolkit: City Hall has released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home. Check it out here.

 

Food Updates and Resources

  • New York City Department of Probation: One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). Click here for more information. 
  • NYC Health + Hospitals Farmers Markets: NYC Health + Hospitals announced its 2020 schedule for farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city. The District 34 farmer's market is located at Jacobi Hospital, 1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road. The market is open on Fridays, 8AM – 4PM, through November 19th, 2020.
  • Westchester School Summer Feeding Program: Please see below for a list of Mount Vernon schools/centers offering free breakfast and/or lunch meals for children under 18 years old, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 10:30AM until August 14th, 2020:
    • Benjamin Turner, 624 S 3rd Ave
    • Graham, 421 E 5th St
    • Grimes, 58 S 10th Ave
    • Hamilton, 20 Oak St
    • Traphagen, 72 Lexington Ave
  • NYC Grab and Go Meal Hubs: Meal Hub summer service is operating at approximately 400 sites across the city and continues regular service from 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday. Find a site near you by texting ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877, or by clicking here
  • P-EBT: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. If you have any questions, you may contact New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 1-833-452-0096 or otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. More information is available here. To access SNAP online ordering, click here.  
  • Food Supply Match: To re-align the mismatches in supply and demand, NYC has launched Food Supply Match, a web platform to connect sellers with excess product to buyers facing increased demand. Businesses can register here: nyc.gov/FoodSupplyMatch 
  • Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve. New Yorkers can use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line: www.plentifulapp.com 

 

Diagnostic and Antibody Testing Resources 

  • COVID-19 Testing: New York State testing criteria has expanded to all New Yorkers. New York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here or by texting ‘COVID TEST’ to 855-48. Free, walk-in antibody testing is available at H+H Gotham Community Health Centers, more information here.
  • For New Yorkers with Symptoms or Questions About COVID-19: Connect to a medical provider free of charge 9AM to 9PM by calling 1-844-NYC-4NYC. To learn more about the Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, click here. For real-time COVID updates from NotifyNYC, text ‘COVID’ to 692-692 (NYC-NYC) and text ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish. To confidentiality self-report your COVID-19 status and symptoms, click here

 

Additional Community Resources 

  • New DCWP COVID-19 HubNYC.gov/DCWPAlerts provides information and translated resources on scams, funeral planning tips, debt collection cease communications, student loans, free tax prep, license expiration and renewal dates, price gouging, and more.
  • COVID-19 Benefits: Many people who have been impacted by COVID-19 qualify for benefits to help them buy groceries, get health care, or get financial support to make up for lost income. See what support you might be eligible for at access.nyc.gov/pandemic-benefits-guidance.  
  • NYC Mental Health: There are many resources related to mental health that New Yorkers can access while staying home. Resources and a 24/7 hotline are available here and a free resource guide for all New Yorkers as well as services tailored to the needs of aging New Yorkers, veterans, students and young people, and people harmed by violence, crime or abuse is available here.  
  • NYC LGBTQ+ Support: New York City has created a mobile-accessible website containing nearly 100 listings of LGBTQ+ affirming services still available citywide, including food programs, legal services, health resources & more, which is available here
  • NYC Domestic Violence Support: Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors can be found here, or by calling NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE. 
  • NYC Disability Services: A new webpage of resources for New Yorkers with disabilities during COVID-19, created by City Hall, can be found here
  • NYC Assistance for DACA Recipients: For help renewing your DACA application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. For questions about immigration or how to access City services during the COVID19 crisis, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday, or email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov
  • Assistance for Homeless New Yorkers in Assessing CARES Act Economic Impact Payments: Mobilization for Justice is offering FREE help for New Yorkers experiencing homlesses in accessing their Economic Impact Payments. To receive assistance, call 212-417-3791.
  • Freelancers in NYC: If you're a freelancer facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint here
  • COVID-19 Misinformation: If you have been harassed or discriminated against due to race, national origin, age, or disability, contact NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime or click here.
  • NYC Service Opportunities: NYC Service builds partnerships to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for our city's greatest needs: nyc.gov/service. More opportunities are available at nyc.gov/helpnow.
  • Pet Owner Hotline: If you are a pet owner impacted by COVID-19, call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821 from 8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week. 
  • Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within Heat Vulnerability Index 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Attendees must wear face coverings inside all NYC cooling centers and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Click here or call 311 to find a cooling center near you. 
  • Public Pool Reopenings: Eight of New York City’s public pools are now open with reduced capacity and additional safety measures. Click here to find a pool near you and details on what you need to know before you go. 
  • DonateNYC enables businesses and organizations to donate extra food supply to local organizations who can then redistribute it -- reducing waste and helping bring food where it needs to go. Details about eligible donors and recipients can be found online. For food donations visit nyc.gov/donatefood. For non-food donations, visit nyc.gov/donate.
  • Alternate Side Parking (ASP): Alternate Side Parking is suspended through Sunday, August 2nd. All other parking rules remain in effect. ASP regulations will resume the following week Monday, August 3rd through Saturday, September 5th. 

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM JULY 24TH

Dear Community,

As of July 20th, New York City has joined Westchester County in Phase Four of reopening. However, the state will not allow New York City to reopen any additional indoor activity, such as dining inside, shopping at malls, and visiting cultural institutions until further notice. 

On July 21st, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that ten additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Please note that Minnesota has been removed from the original list. Guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found here. As of right now, the States with significant community spread include:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

 

In non-COVID news, the Governor announced today that construction has begun on a major, multi-faceted project in Westchester County to replace four bridges, renovate another, and convert a large culvert into a small bridge. The project, which includes drainage improvements and the reconstruction of roadways prone to flooding, will enhance safety and improve the region's resiliency during storm events.

The New York State Department of Transportation is replacing two bridges and a large culvert at East Lincoln Avenue over the Hutchinson River Parkway and Hutchinson River between Pelham and Mount Vernon, as well as two bridges on the Saw Mill River Parkway over Saw Mill River in Pleasantville. A bridge on U.S. Route 1 over the Mamaroneck River in Mamaroneck is being upgraded.

This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the New York City Department of Education is joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and Education Secretary Betsy Devos over their unlawful attempt to siphon federal pandemic relief funds from economically disadvantaged students in K-12 public schools and impermissibly restrict needed flexibility in the use of those funds, contrary to Congressional intent. The lawsuit targets a new USDOE rule which unlawfully diverts and limits the use of funding made available to schools under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. New York City schools stand to lose at least $53 million because of the rule, which violates the requirements established by Congress in the CARES Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the U.S. Constitution. In addition to the City of New York, Hawaii, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Cleveland Municipal School District Board of Education, and San Francisco Unified School District joined the suit originally filed by California and Michigan Attorneys General in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

New York City has launched the NYC Recovery Data Partnership and called on community, non-profit, and private organizations to share data with the City to aid in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. This partnership will be the first-of-its-kind for the City, centered on principles of privacy, fairness, accountability, and transparency. Partner organizations are providing data free-of-charge to bolster understanding of how New Yorkers have been impacted by COVID-19, and will help to inform programmatic and policy decisions for an equitable recovery.

This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Play Streets, a new initiative to provide families with safe, structured activities on 12 Open Streets during weekdays, in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, Building Healthy Communities and the Police Athletic League. Bronx locations include Oak Tree Place between Hughes Avenue and Quarry Road, and Cromwell Avenue between McClellan Street and Jerome Avenue. Families can register their children here. The Administration is also continuing the expansion of the Open Streets program, moving the City further toward the goal of 100 miles of open streets laid out in late April, while removing some underused locations in coordination with local elected officials and community partners.

Additionally, Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea unveiled their End Gun Violence Plan this week. The NYPD will shift patrol and detective resources to areas with high gun violence, organize gun buy-back events, increase coordination with Cure Violence, and reorganize the Community Affairs Bureau to provide more proactive engagement in communities that have seen increased violence. 

The Mayor’s End Gun Violence Plan includes:

  • Shift patrol resources to areas with high shootings: The NYPD will increase foot patrols to proactively deter crime and enhance deployments in high violence areas to increase deterrence and closer engagement with the community.
  • Enhance shooting investigations: The NYPD will shift detective and investigative resources toward areas that have experienced increases in shooting incidents.
  • Reorganize the Community Affairs Bureau: Under the newly appointed Chief of Community Affairs Maddrey, Community Affairs Officers will be deployed proactively to areas that have seen increased violence, focusing on areas with the highest need. 
  • Organize gun buy-back events: The NYPD will be organizing additional gun buyback events in communities with recent upticks in gun violence. 
  • Work with Community Partners: The NYPD will increase coordination with Cure Violence to better focus resources and hold multi-agency commander council meetings in communities with recent uptick in violent crime.
  • Omnipresence: Officers from the Critical Response Group and Strategic Response Group will be deployed across the city. Many of the locations where they are typically assigned remain closed and do not necessitate the same level of resources.

 

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for NYC)

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

 

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

 

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Guidance

 

Housing Updates

  • COVID Rent Relief Program: Applications for the COVID Rent Relief Program administered by NYS HCR are open – applications must be submitted online or by mail by July 30th. To learn more and to submit an application, visit hcr.ny.gov/RRP. Call 311 to access the NYC Tenant Helpline to understand eligibility rules.
  • NYC Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project to provide housing security to tenants across the City who may be facing hardship due to the pandemic. Starting immediately, the program will serve hundreds of New Yorkers each month by addressing rent-related issues in a mediation setting, outside of the housing court system, with a focus on hardest hit communities. Through this project, non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) will assist tenants and small landlords in finding solutions to rental issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible tenants will be referred to CDRCs in each borough, and each CDRC will manage case intake, provide mediation sessions, and monitor case follow up for tenants. 
  • NYCHA Update: Mayor de Blasio announced that three NYCHA community centers will be renovated and restored to their communities using $22 million in capital funding that was shifted from the NYPD to NYCHA in the Fiscal Year 2021 Adopted Budget, including Monroe Houses in Soundview. Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here. For more information regarding COVID resources for NYCHA residents, click here
  • Reopening of the Office of Rent Administration’s Borough and District Rent Offices: The Office of Rent Administration has reopened its Bronx and Westchester offices, with new procedural guidance for office visits, which can be found here. To schedule an appointment or to receive assistance over the phone, please contact the Westchester office at 914-948-4434, or the Bronx office at 718-430-0880.

 

Education Updates, Reminders, and Resources

  • New NYC DOE Guidance to schools regarding Physical Education, Arts, and the Program Model Exception Process:

    • Physical Education Expectations for In-Person and Remote Instruction: Schools must meet New York State Physical Education Requirements and should refer to the NYC Grades K-5  and Grades 6-12 PE Scope and Sequences for skills-based learning outcomes, recommended resources, and instructional considerations. Like most other elements of school and instruction in 2020-21, PE will look different from PE classes in the past. However, standards-based PE, which is required by NYSED as part of school reopening plans can and must be provided to students to support their academic development and their physical, mental and emotional well-being. New York State Department of Health’s interim guidance emphasizes the importance of PE, and DOE Academic Policy guidance stipulates that “Schools must ensure that physical education courses are of comparable scope and rigor to those traditionally offered but are not required to meet the exact instructional time requirements.” In alignment with NYSED requirements and guidance, DOE requires that every school will:

      • Provide PE which is a required subject, as part of every student’s academic program, including students required to receive Adapted PE, aligned to academic learning standards and the NYC K-5 and Grades 6-12 PE Scope and Sequences can take place within any model (in-person, blended or remote instruction) implemented by a school;
      • Modify instruction as needed to provide standards-based PE in whatever space is available. Schools that do not have available outdoor space should consider nearby Parks, new Open Streets, and/or community help with School Play Streets.
      • Ensure that students’ health and safety are at the forefront when providing PE. Teachers, students and staff must follow all CDC, DOH and DOE guidelines for social distancing, and school reopening policies and procedures including the use of face coverings, physical distancing and handwashing protocols; and
      • Maintain certified PE teachers, as required by NYSED.
    • Additional Guidance Specific to Adapted Physical Education: Schools must ensure that students are scheduled to receive Adapted Physical Education (APE) with a certified PE teacher as per their IEP or Special Education Remote Learning Plan (SERLP). Guidance regarding itinerant Adapted PE teachers will be forthcoming. Adapted PE evaluations cannot be conducted remotely and will be suspended for the fall. Principals will:
      • Program students for any in person and/or remote APE instruction aligned with any guidance from OSE for pull out instruction.
      • Designate space for in-person pull out APE instruction as needed.
      • Manage teacher and student needs for remote instruction (technical needs).
      • Ensure IEP teams communicate expectations and include PE/APE teachers in IEP and SERLP meetings whenever possible.
      • Ensure that PE teachers are aware of any students whose disability or medical condition may impact their ability to distance and/or wear a mask while performing physical activity or who have a medically necessary exemption from masking.
    • Arts Education Considerations for In-Person and Remote Instruction: Like most other elements of schools and instruction in 2020-21, arts education may look different than in previous years. However, standards-based arts education can and must be provided to students to support their academic development and their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In alignment with NYSED requirements and guidance, the DOE requires that every school will: 
      • Provide arts (dance, moving image, music, theater, and/or visual arts) to ensure every student meets New York State Instructional Requirements in the Arts. Refer to NYSED Reopening Guidance (pages 99-101) for guidance and NYCDOE Considerations for Blended and Remote Learning in the Arts in DanceMusicTheater, and Visual Arts.
      • Modify instruction as needed to provide standards-based arts education in whatever space is available. 
      • Ensure that students’ health and safety are at the forefront when providing arts education. 
      • Maintain certified arts teachers.
    • Maintain Arts Education Staffing: Schools must ensure arts teachers staffing is in alignment with New York State Instructional Requirements in the Arts and NYSED Reopening Guidance, which states that schools “must ensure that all teachers, school and district leaders, and pupil personnel service professionals hold a valid and appropriate certificate for their assignment” (pg. 25). Schools may contact the Office of Arts and Special Projects (ArtsAndSpecialProjects@schools.nyc.gov) for support. The Office of Arts and Special Projects will support school leaders and arts teachers throughout the year through professional learning opportunities, webinars, Professional Learning Communities around blended and remote learning. 
    • School Programming Model Selection Process: The Department of Education has developed three baseline programming options for schools to choose from, as plans for re-opening are underway. The proposed models are based on analysis of system-wide constraints, national research, international best practices, parent and student surveys, and school leader focus groups. The models intend to support schools as they address the needs of their students and families and align with health and safety guidance. Proposed models exist for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; two additional models are available for District 75 schools. In extreme cases where, for example, schools are managing space and staffing issues, schools can apply for an exception to implement an innovative model that will address these specific needs. Exceptions will be considered only in the most extreme circumstances. Review the model choices. Families will be notified of their student’s specific schedule in late August. School Programming Model Selection Process below:
      • Principals will review all programming models with the School Leadership Team, inclusive of Chancellor’s recommended models, which prioritize consistency for families.
      • Schools will host engagement meetings with families by August 10th, 2020 to receive parent input on programming model selection. Schools are encouraged to present families with 2 potential models during the initial engagement period. For general resources to engage families, see Family Engagement Toolkit.
      • Principals will share, in writing, the models that the School Leadership Team is considering with all families. If for any reason a District Review Team (defined below) rejects a school’s submission, schools will need to reassess models with their school community and SLT and reach out to families in writing (a second time). Alternatively, schools that presented families with 2 potential models during the initial engagement period can reference those engagements should they need to revise their proposed plan based on the District Review Team’s feedback.
      • Schools will have the opportunity to reconsider their initial selections as COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations staff responses and data from the Learning Preference Survey are available and updated up until August 14th, 2020.
      • Principals will submit preferred models for approval by their District Review Team using the School Programming Model Selection Survey by August 14th, 2020.
      • Upon approval, schools will notify students and families by late August.
    • School Programming Exceptions Guidance: Only in the following situations, may a school request an exception to the proposed programming models:
      • The recommended models are not feasible given space, staffing, family choice and expected in-person attendance.
      • Schools have unique programmatic needs that must be addressed, to better meet the needs of the community and have staff and parental support. In these limited cases, schools will be asked to submit an exceptions request explaining:
        • Why existing models don’t meet their community’s needs and how their proposed model better responds to their:
          • Space/capacity issues
          • Staffing concerns
          • Learning Preference Survey results
          • Specific programmatic need (multiple grade bans, i.e. K-8; CTE, etc.)
        • Note: No group of students may be prioritized above students with disabilities for in-person instruction, such that members of that group receive more in-person instructional time or in-person instructional ahead of a student with disability.
  • NYC DOE Family & Student Info Sessions: Throughout the summer the NYC Department of Education will host a series of Family & Student Info Sessions to share information and answer questions about their plans for the 2020–21 School Year. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, July 28th, Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 27th. Register here.
  • NYC Schools Fall Remote Learning Form: The NYC Department of Education is currently planning for a blended learning model in the fall, with an option for families who wish to do so to remain fully remote. Parents and guardians are able to opt their child into a fully remote learning model by filling out this formFamilies who choose full-time remote learning for September can opt back into in-person instruction up until Friday, August 7th by filling out the form again. After August 7th, families who chose full-time remote learning will be able to opt back into in-person instruction during designated time frames during the school year, starting this fall.
  • NYC Student Loan Debt: For Student Loan Debt Tips during COVID-19, click here

 

Healthcare Reminders

  • Healthcare Enrollment Period Extended Through August 15th: The Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through August 15th, 2020. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers. More information available here.
  • The Hispanic Federation Healthcare Enrollment Assistance: The Hispanic Federation is actively enrolling individuals in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and NY State of Health Qualified Health Plans. All of their health navigators are bilingual and ready to assist the community over the phone. In addition to individuals, they can assist small businesses with their New York State of Health insurance application process. You can make an appointment by calling their Health Insurance program hotline number at 1-833-656-2626.

 

Small Business and Worker Resources

  • Interim Guidance for NYC Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores: To help prevent spread of COVID-19, procedures and supplies should be in place to encourage proper hand and respiratory hygiene as well as routine cleaning and disinfection of high-risk locations. This guidance from New York State is provided for any food manufacturing facilities, food distribution centers or food retail stores so that owners, operators and other individuals can incorporate these procedures into their facility protocols.
  • NYC Open Restaurants Program Extension: Mayor de Blasio has extended the City’s Open Restaurants program until the end of October. The Mayor also unveiled 26 more locations for the weekend expansion of outdoor dining options under an initiative that combines two popular programs, Open Streets and Open Restaurants. The program expands restaurant seating options onto car-free streets for select corridors throughout the five boroughs. Restaurants on these corridors will go farther away from the curb than other Open Restaurants participants, and the rest of the streets will be open to pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles. Selected corridors will be operational on Friday from 5-11PM, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11PM.
  • NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal: The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more or sign up by clicking here
  • Fund for Public Health NYC Job Opportunities: There are several grant-funded positions and COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative job opportunities at Fund for Public Health NYC. For more information, click here and to apply for the COVID Contact Tracing Initiative, click here.  
  • Job Openings at Revel: Revel is a Brooklyn-based shared electric moped company that gives riders a fun, affordable and socially distant way to travel. Any interested applicants should apply through the online portal here
  • Reporting Labor Law Violations: If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders, contact 311 or the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov to report them. Learn more here.
  • FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits: To access frequently asked questions and answers about pandemic unemployment benefits, click here. To find out what benefits you may qualify for and more, click here. For additional resources, click here
  • Reopening NYC Businesses: NYC.gov/nycbusiness provides information and guidelines for businesses reopening in NYC. Translations of the phase one safety plan and guidelines for construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and more are available.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: The Small Business Emergency Grant Program provides support to small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts as a result of looting. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS is coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).
  • Change in Financial Situation: If you have experienced a change in your financial situation since the start of COVID-19, NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling that is secure and confidential. Book an appointment here
  • NYC Assistance for Organizations: For help regarding healthcare facilities, small businesses, non-profit organizations and more, click here
  • Work From Home Toolkit: City Hall has released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home. Check it out here.

 

Food Updates and Resources

  • Older Adult Emergency Food Access Program Solicitation: NYC is seeking vendors to deliver prepared meals to home-bound older adults. Bid documents can be found hereFAQ is available here, and the addendum to the FAQ is here. Bids must be sent by July 27th at 12PM and questions can be directed to nycfood@dsny.nyc.gov.
  • New York City Department of Probation: One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). Click here for more information. 
  • NYC Health + Hospitals Farmers Markets: NYC Health + Hospitals announced its 2020 schedule for farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city. The District 34 farmer's market is located at Jacobi Hospital, 1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road. The market will be open on Fridays, 8AM – 4PM, through November 19th, 2020.
  • Westchester School Summer Feeding Program: Some Westchester County schools and centers have started their summer meals for children under 18 years old. Please see below for a list of Mount Vernon schools/centers offering free breakfast and/or lunch meals for children under 18 years old, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 10:30AM until August 14th, 2020:
    • Benjamin Turner, 624 S 3rd Ave
    • Graham, 421 E 5th St
    • Grimes, 58 S 10th Ave
    • Hamilton, 20 Oak St
    • Traphagen, 72 Lexington Ave
  • NYC Grab and Go Meal Hubs: Meal Hub summer service is operating at approximately 400 sites across the city and continues regular service from 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday. Find a site near you by texting ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877, or by clicking here
  • P-EBT: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. If you have any questions, you may contact New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 1-833-452-0096 or otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. More information is available here.
  • Food Supply Match: To re-align the mismatches in supply and demand, NYC has launched Food Supply Match, a web platform to connect sellers with excess product to buyers facing increased demand. Businesses can register here: nyc.gov/FoodSupplyMatch 
  • Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve. New Yorkers can use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line: www.plentifulapp.com 

 

Diagnostic and Antibody Testing Resources 

  • COVID-19 Testing: New York State testing criteria has expanded to all New Yorkers. New York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here, clicking here, or texting ‘COVID TEST’ to 855-48. Free, walk-in antibody testing is available at H+H Gotham Community Health Centers, more information here.
  • For New Yorkers with Symptoms or Questions about COVID-19: Connect to a medical provider free of charge 9AM to 9PM by calling 1-844-NYC-4NYC. To learn more about the Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, click here. For real-time COVID updates from NotifyNYC, text ‘COVID’ to 692-692 (NYC-NYC) and text ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish. To confidentiality self-report your COVID-19 status and symptoms, click here

 

Additional Community Resources

  • New DCWP COVID-19 HubNYC.gov/DCWPAlerts provides information and translated resources on scams, funeral planning tips, debt collection cease communications, student loans, free tax prep, license expiration and renewal dates, price gouging, and more.
  • NYC Mental Health: There are many resources related to mental health that New Yorkers can access while staying home. Resources and a 24/7 hotline are available here and a free resource guide for all New Yorkers as well as services tailored to the needs of aging New Yorkers, veterans, students and young people, and people harmed by violence, crime or abuse is available here.  
  • NYC LGBTQ+ Support: New York City has created a mobile-accessible website containing nearly 100 listings of LGBTQ+ affirming services still available citywide, including food programs, legal services, health resources and more, which is available here
  • NYC Domestic Violence Support: Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors can be found here, or by calling NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE. 
  • NYC Disability Services: A new webpage of resources for New Yorkers with disabilities during COVID-19, created by City Hall, can be found here
  • NYC Assistance for DACA Recipients: For help renewing your DACA application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. For questions about immigration or how to access City services during the COVID-19 crisis, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday, or email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov
  • Assistance for Homeless New Yorkers in Assessing CARES Act Economic Impact Payments: Mobilization for Justice is offering FREE help for New Yorkers experiencing homlesses in accessing their Economic Impact Payments. To receive assistance, call 212-417-3791.
  • NYC Service Opportunities: NYC Service builds partnerships to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for our city's greatest needs: nyc.gov/service. More opportunities are available at nyc.gov/helpnow.
  • Pet Owner Hotline: If you are a pet owner impacted by COVID-19, call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821 from 8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week. 
  • Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within Heat Vulnerability Index 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Attendees must wear face coverings inside all NYC cooling centers and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • DonateNYC enables businesses and organizations to donate extra food supply to local organizations who can then redistribute it -- reducing waste and helping bring food where it needs to go. Details about eligible donors and recipients can be found online. For food donations visit nyc.gov/donatefood. For non-food donations, visit nyc.gov/donate.
  • Alternate Side Parking (ASP): Alternate Side Parking will be suspended next week through Sunday, August 2nd. All other parking rules remain in effect. ASP regulations will resume the following week Monday, August 3rd through Saturday, September 5th. 

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PREVIOUS COVID EMAIL UPDATE FROM JULY 17TH, 2020

Dear Community,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a decision will be made on whether New York City can enter Phase Four by the end of the week. If New York City is approved to enter Phase Four on Monday, July 20th, the state will not allow any additional indoor activity, such as malls and cultural institutions.

On July 14th, the Governor announced that four additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found here. As of right now, the States with significant community spread include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota 
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Utah

This week Governor Cuomo announced a travel enforcement operation will be in effect as of Tuesday, July 14th, at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state's quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York. As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports statewide to meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health (DOH) traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines prior to, and upon boarding or disembarking flights to New York State. A new electronic version of the DOH traveler form is now also available, making it easier and more efficient for travelers to complete the form.

  • Enforcement at Port Authority Airports: Enforcement teams stationed at Port Authority airports will be composed of peace officers from state agencies and will be supplemented by the State Department of Health staff and supported by Port Authority police officers. The Port Authority will facilitate the physical set up of the enforcement area with proper queuing and social distancing measures. 
  • Enforcement at Regional Airports: MacArthur, Westchester, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls Airports will have enforcement teams on site daily based on daily arrivals from impacted states. Elmira, Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh Airports will have enforcement teams on site based on non-daily arrivals from impacted states. The enforcement teams stationed at these regional airports will be composed of State DOH peace officers and staff supported by State Police personnel. Each airport will facilitate the physical set up of the enforcement area with proper queuing and social distancing measures.

The State DOH has also issued an emergency health order mandating that all out-of-state travelers from designated states complete the DOH traveler form upon entering New York. Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. Airlines have all pledged to help make passengers aware of the new requirement using pre-flight emails, pre-flight announcements, in-flight announcements and other methods. Additionally, travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the DOH traveler form online.

This week Governor Cuomo announced new regulations for bars and restaurants in New York City to ensure they are complying with state social distancing and face covering orders. As part of the 'Three Strikes and You're Closed' initiative, any establishment that receives three violations will be closed for business. Egregious violations can result in immediate loss of liquor license or closure before a third strike. Additionally, any establishment facing disciplinary charges by the State Liquor Authority will have its name and location posted publicly and updated on a weekly basis. If the state is alerted to similar noncompliance in other regions of the state, these restrictions will be extended to those areas immediately.

The Governor also announced that all restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food, and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers. Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Citizens who see violations or are concerned can report complaints, including photos, to the State Liquor Authority at www.sla.ny.gov.

On July 13th, Governor Cuomo announced new, data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State. Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in Phase Four of reopening and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent or lower using a 14-day average since unPAUSE was lifted. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1st. New York State will make the formula determination during the week of August 1st to 7th. New York State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools, which are available here. The DOH and the Governor's Reimagine Council are working closely with the Department of Education as it releases education guidance. School district plans to reopen are due to the State on July 31st.

This week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all New Yorkers should wear a face covering indoors when they are around other people in a setting that is not their home. With cases rising among New Yorkers under the age of 40 – especially for the 20-29 age demographic – the City will launch a comprehensive public outreach campaign targeting younger New Yorkers. Through a “Night of Action” the City will conduct outreach through popular bars, outdoor restaurants, and waterfront locations, offering nearby mobile van testing and mask giveaways. The City will also partner with digital influencers to reach younger New Yorkers across social platforms and share guidance on how to prevent COVID-19. Through partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers, the City will also open additional testing sites.

New York City announced that it is planning to provide free childcare options for 100,000 children this fall. This follows the release of the Mayor and Chancellor's preliminary school reopening plan, which utilizes a cohort-based blended learning system with both remote and in-person education for students. The City's childcare options will provide relief for families who cannot stay home or find alternate care for their children on days they are not in school buildings. Childcare will be made available for children in 3K through 8th grade. The Administration is working to identify locations and maximize available space for childcare in schools, community centers, libraries, cultural organizations, and more. New Yorkers with available space that could potentially be utilized for childcare should visit www.nycsca.org/realestate/sitesThe City will continue to coordinate closely with the State as reopening plans develop. 

Additionally, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced that the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has raised $48.8 million, including more than $5.7 million in in-kind donations, to support equitable relief and recovery efforts for the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

On July 14th, the Trump Administration ordered all hospitals to bypass the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and send all COVID-19 patient information to a central database in Washington. Hospital data, like bed occupancy and PPE supply status and availability will no longer be available to the public on the CDC website.

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

Phase Three Guidelines (Approved for NYC)

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Guidance

Healthcare Updates

  • Healthcare Enrollment Period Extended Through August 15th: The Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through August 15th, 2020. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers. More information available here.
  • The Hispanic Federation Healthcare Enrollment Assistance: The Hispanic Federation is actively enrolling individuals in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and NY State of Health Qualified Health Plans. All of their health navigators are bilingual and ready to assist the community over the phone. In addition to individuals, they can assist small businesses with their New York State of Health insurance application process. You can make an appointment by calling their Health Insurance program hotline number at 1-833-656-2626.

Housing Reminders and Updates 

  • COVID Rent Relief Program: Applications for the COVID Rent Relief Program administered by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal are open as of July 16th – applications must be submitted online or by mail within two weeks. To learn more about eligibility and to submit an application, visit hcr.ny.gov/RRP.
  • DHS Street Homelessness Outreach: The NYPD Homeless Outreach Unit will be reassigned to other patrols and NYPD will no longer participate in the NYC Department of Homeless Services’ Street Homelessness Joint Command Center. Street and subway homeless outreach will continue to be conducted by DHS and contracted social service providers. During the summer months, DHS outreach teams will be providing water to individuals experiencing street homelessness. Individuals experiencing street homelessness will also be able to access shelter cooling rooms, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing requirements, during Code Red status heat.
  • Modification to the COVID-Related” Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium: On May 7th, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued a new partial moratorium via Executive Order 202.28 against residential and commercial evictions. It prohibited eviction in nonpayment cases where the tenant was eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under Federal or state law or otherwise experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 from June 20th, 2020 to August 20th, 2020. The order also bars landlords from imposing fees for COVID-related late payments, allows tenants to use security deposit funds to pay rent, and provides a framework for tenants to agree on the use of the funds with landlords. Tenants would be required to replenish these security deposits over time or alternatively purchase security deposit insurance policies. 
    • On July 6th, 2020 this partial moratorium was lifted, except for commercial tenants, by Executive Order 202.48. Executive Order 202.48 states that the partial moratorium is superseded by the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, but the Tenant Safe Harbor Act does not provide all of the protections of the partial moratorium, specifically:
      • Landlords can now start new nonpayment cases against tenants who have experienced hardship. Tenants may raise the defense of pandemic-related hardship.
      • Tenants whose arrears accrued pre-pandemic will not be protected from eviction for those pre-pandemic arrears, (these tenants may however be eligible for assistance to pay the arrears).
    • Any tenant with questions regarding their rights or needing assistance in housing court should call 311 for the City’s Tenant Helpline or email civiljustice@hra.nyc.gov. 
  • Resumption of “Non-COVID Related” Eviction Filings: 
    • Administrative Stay on Evictions – On June 18th, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an order and memorandum on the resumption of eviction filings. Courts will begin accepting new eviction filings electronically or by mail only, after June 20th. Legal advocates have advised our office that proceedings will be suspended until August 5th, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.38 which suspended statutory timetables. We expect that new administrative orders from the court relating to eviction proceedings will be issued soon. For up to date information on court proceedings, please visit the NY Courts website here: http://nycourts.gov. For now the below still holds: 
      • The suspension of proceedings applies to any eviction, not just evictions for nonpayment or tenants with financial hardships.
      • The only exception will be eviction matters that were filed prior to March 16th in which all parties are represented by counsel. Those cases will be eligible for a virtual settlement conference.
      • We expect that the Chief Administrative Judge will issue further directives for processing eviction matters.
      • Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953. Anyone with housing court questions can call 311 and ask for the City’s Tenant Helpline.
    • Filing of New Eviction Matters – Landlords and their attorneys will be able to file new evictions with the courts, by e-filing or by mail only, but Judge Marks’ Administrative Order requires that filings include two additional documents:
      • (1) An attorney affirmation or petitioner’s affidavit stating they reviewed the various state and federal restrictions on evictions, including all Executive Orders, Administrative Orders of the Chief Administrative Judge, and the federal CARES Act, and that to the best of their knowledge, the eviction complies with all of those directives.
        • On July 7th, Judge Marks issued a memo in response to EO 202.48, eliminating the affirmation/affidavit requirement. The memo can be reviewed in full here.
      • (2) A notice to the tenant, in English and Spanish, that they may be entitled to additional time to file an answer to the petition, with a referral to the Unified Court System website and phone number for tenants without an attorney.
      • The Administrative Order provides a form affirmation, affidavit, and tenant notice for these purposes.
    • Administrative Stay on Foreclosure Proceedings – On June 23rd, Judge Marks issued a parallel order regarding foreclosure proceedings, effective June 24th. Commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings may be filed electronically or by mail only. Advocates have advised that proceedings should be suspended until August 5th. Commencement papers must include an attorney affirmation that the attorney has reviewed all relevant provisions protecting mortgagors, and notice to defendants that they may be eligible for an extension of time. In his July 7th memo, Judge Marks noted that he plans to issue further guidance addressing foreclosure matters in the near future.
  • Reopening of the Office of Rent Administration’s Borough and District Rent Offices: The Office of Rent Administration has reopened its Bronx and Westchester offices, with new procedural guidance for office visits, which can be found here. To schedule an appointment or to receive assistance over the phone, please contact the Westchester office at 914-948-4434, or the Bronx office at 718-430-0880.
  • NYCHA Update: Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here.

Education Updates, Reminders, and Resources

  • NYC Schools Fall Remote Learning Form: The NYC Department of Education is currently planning for a blended learning model in the fall, with an option for families who wish to do so to remain fully remote. Starting yesterday, parents and guardians are able to opt their child into a fully remote learning model by filling out this formFamilies who choose full-time remote learning for September can opt back into in-person instruction up until Friday, August 7th by filling out the form again. After August 7th, families who chose full-time remote learning will be able to opt back into in-person instruction during designated time frames during the school year, starting this fall.
  • Summer School Student Account: Summer school started on July 6th. Summer school will continue to be completely remote.  The DOE will use  iLearnNYC  as the learning platform for Summer School 2020,  and  students  will need to log in using DOE accounts, even if the child’s school used a different  school based  account during the school year.  Students who will be attending Summer School  will use their DOE student account to log into  TeachHub, and then click on the dark blue iLearnNYC Summer School icon.
  • Two Bronx High School Students Create The Outsiders GuideAnnabelle Medina and Aisha Baiocchi, both teenagers of color and rising seniors at the High School of American Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx, created The Outsiders Guide for NYC public school students and families. The goal of the guide is to ensure that all students, regardless of their ethnic background or socioeconomic status, are granted an equal education with equal opportunities. This resource will help minority students and parents navigate the NYC public school system, including specialized and screened schools. The guide also covers topics such as the college admissions process, standardized testing and personal experiences from public schools students so that students and families have access to this critical information.

Small Business and Worker Resources

  • Assistance for Homeless New Yorkers in Accessing CARES Act Economic Impact Payments: Mobilization for Justice is offering FREE help for New Yorkers experiencing homlesses in accessing their Economic Impact Payments. To receive assistance, call 212-417-3791.
  • Phase Four Grant and Loan Opportunities for Westchester County: Westchester County is offering three grant opportunities for businesses. These include the Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens Assistance Grants and the Emergency Food Distribution Assistance Grants, which businesses can learn more about here. Additionally, there is an IDA Grant and Loan Program for Small Businesses. For additional information on this program, please email Westchester County Deputy Director of Operations Emily Saltzman at ESaltzman@westchestergov.com
  • NYC Open Restaurant Program: NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. Learn more and apply here.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: Signature Bank is donating $750,000 in funds to the Small Business Emergency Grant Program to further support small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts over the last two weeks. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS is coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

Food Resources

  • NYC Health + Hospitals Farmers Markets: NYC Health + Hospitals announced its 2020 schedule for farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city. The District 34 farmer's market is located at Jacobi Hospital, 1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road. The market will be open on Fridays, 8AM – 4PM, through November 19th, 2020.
  • Westchester School Summer Feeding Program: Some Westchester County schools and centers have started their summer meals for children under 18 years old. Please see below for a list of Mount Vernon schools/centers offering free breakfast and/or lunch meals for children under 18 years old, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 10:30AM until August 14th, 2020:
    • Benjamin Turner, 624 S 3rd Ave
    • Graham, 421 E 5th St
    • Grimes, 58 S 10th Ave
    • Hamilton, 20 Oak St
    • Traphagen, 72 Lexington Ave
  • NYC Grab and Go Meal Hubs: Meal Hub summer service is operating at approximately 400 sites across the city and continues regular service from 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday. Grab-and-go meals are available to any New Yorker who needs them. Vegetarian and halal meals will be available at all sites, and sites serving exclusive kosher-certified meals will continue during the summer. A full list of sites is available here.
  • P-EBT: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. If you have any questions, you may contact New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 1-833-452-0096 or otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. More information is available here.

Diagnostic and Antibody Testing Resources 

  • COVID-19 Testing: New York State testing criteria has expanded to all New Yorkers. New York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here.
  • NYC Antibody Testing Survey: Through a partnership with BioReference labs, the City will conduct its second antibody survey at community testing sites in the five boroughs. Tests will be available by appointment through Friday, July 24th, expanding on the 47,000 New Yorkers who were tested in round one. Free antibody testing will be offered by appointment Monday – Friday from 12PM - 8PM and Saturday through Sunday 8AM - 12PM. Appointments can be made here or by calling 1-888-279-0967. The Bronx survey site is located at James Monroe High School Campus Annex, 1551 East 172nd Street. Free, walk-in antibody testing is also available at H+H Gotham Community Health Centers. Details available here.

State Beaches Update: Governor Cuomo announced that concessions are allowed to open at state ocean and lakefront beaches as of July 12th, with restrictions. This includes concessions at Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, and Lake Welch in Harriman State Park. New Yorkers and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear face masks as appropriate, and local governments will be actively monitoring to ensure compliance.

Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Visitation ReminderLast week, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced nursing homes and long-term care facilities in New York will be allowed to resume limited visitations for facilities that have been without COVID-19 for at least 28 days. The Health Commissioner also announced the resumption of on-site visitation for the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. View State DOH guidance for resumption of limited visitation at nursing homesadult care facilities and pediatric skilled nursing facilities.

Postponement of Annual NYC Tax Lien Sale Reminder: On July 7th, Mayor De Blasio announced a postponement of annual tax lien sale until September 2020 as the city continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The lien sale is administered by the NYC Department of Finance, which sells overdue property taxes, water and sewer charges, and other property charges to a non-profit trust. Property owners who are facing hardships making their property tax payments can take advantage of several existing DOF programs. These include exemption programs to lower the amount of taxes owed, standard payment plans, or a new Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) program, for those who qualify. DOF also provides a monthly property tax billing service to facilitate budgeting for property owners billed on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. More information on those programs can be found on the agency’s website.

Virtual Anti-Gun Violence Youth Employment Program Reminder: Last week the New York City Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) announced the virtual launch of the year-round Anti-Gun Violence Employment Program (AGVEP), offering employment and enrichment opportunities to approximately 700 young people living in communities impacted by gun violence. AGVEP will employ New Yorkers between the ages 14 and 24 living in neighborhoods and NYCHA housing developments most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will engage in 10 to 15 hours of activities for a 6-week period, with the potential to earn a stipend of $850 to $1,200. For questions about AGVEP, interested applicants can email OPGV@cityhall.nyc.gov for more information.

Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within Heat Vulnerability Index 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Parks has identified locations within the most heat-burded neighborhoods, using the NYC Heat Vulnerability Index, where up to 250 new outdoor cooling elements can be added to parks during extreme heat events to create "community oases." These elements will consist of Parks hydrants and other plumbing fixtures that can be adapted to function as spray showers and misting features.

Notice from Pelham Seniors: Pelham Seniors have not resumed meetings at this time. When members are allowed to meet again, every senior will be notified by phone.

Alternate Side Parking (ASP): Alternate Side Parking is suspended through Sunday, July 19th, 2020. All other parking rules remain in effect.

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM JULY 7TH, 2020

Dear Community,

On July 6th, New York City entered Phase Three of reopening without indoor dining, and on July 7th, Westchester County entered Phase Four of reopening. 

This week the State Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, announced that nursing homes and long-term care facilities in New York will be allowed to resume limited visitations for facilities that have been without COVID-19 for at least 28 days, a threshold set by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Residents in these facilities will be allowed two visitors at a time, and the visitors must undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings and socially distance during the visit. At least one of the two visitors must be at least 18 years of age or older. For each facility, only 10 percent of the residents can be allowed visitors at any time; for example, in a 100-bed facility no more than 10 residents can have visitors per day in order to maintain proper social distancing and ensure safe compliance. Nursing homes accepting visitors will be required to send their visitation plan to NYSDOH and affirmatively attest that they are following the guidance outlined here.

The Health Commissioner also announced the resumption of on-site visitation for the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which provides additional support to residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, effective July 15th, 2020. Ombudsman staff must utilize appropriate PPE for the duration of the visit, and must be screened as if they were a staff person of such nursing home, including having to present a verified negative test result to the nursing home within the past week. 

The Department of Health will make adjustments to the visitation policy as appropriate based on facts and data following this initial phase to ensure the health and safety of residents, staff, and visitors. View the NYSDOH guidance for resumption of limited visitation at nursing homesadult care facilities and pediatric skilled nursing facilities.

This week the State Department of Health also published a report on factors associated with nursing home infections and fatalities. The report is available here. My colleagues and I continue to advocate for public hearings regarding the State’s handling of the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

This week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Health, in consultation with the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and others, is finalizing guidance on the possible reopening of schools in September. The State will issue final guidance to local school districts on July 13th and local school districts must submit their reopening plans to the State by July 31st. This week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Education Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced a preliminary plan to reopen NYC schools in the fall. The plan covers four main areas – health and safety, building programming and scheduling, blended learning, and family engagement – and can be reviewed hereTo be clear, Governor Cuomo has not yet made a decision on whether to reopen schools in September and will make a decision the first week of August.

Governor Cuomo announced that malls in Phase Four regions can begin reopening on Friday, July 10th. This reopening is contingent on malls having enhanced HVAC filtration systems and safety measures in place. Enhanced HVAC filtration systems must be the highest MERV level possible but in no event less than the MERV-11 standard. Additional safety measures surrounding ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced air recirculation, longer system run times, and more frequent filter checks. 

Casinos and movie theaters will remain closed as the State continues to review the science and facts on their safe reopening. Additionally, all county fairs will be canceled until further notice out of an abundance of caution, including the New York State Fair.

This week the Governor also announced that three additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Interim guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found hereAs of right now, the States with significant community spread include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

 

Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced that, because many localities have not been adequately enforcing social distancing requirements, the State will create its own enforcement department to supplement local agencies’ efforts.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity announced this week that the City will accelerate broadband deployment in all five boroughs, prioritizing public housing communities, which have suffered disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will make a $157 million investment in ending digital redlining and providing high-speed internet, including $87 million redirected from the NYPD budget. This investment will extend new internet service options to 600,000 underserved New Yorkers, including 200,000 NYCHA residents over the next 18 months. This approach will create a path to NYCHA-wide implementation and universal broadband across New York City.

Mayor De Blasio also announced this week that large events requiring a city events permit will be canceled through September 30th as the City works to prioritize open spaces for public use. The City will not issue a permit for any event in a location that interferes with the Open Streets or Open Restaurants program. Permits will also be denied for all events larger than one block, stage/video events that require amplification, street fairs, and events in parks that may unreasonably diminish public use. The City will refund or defer fees paid in connection with a denied permit. Events that do not conflict with Open Streets or Open Restaurant areas and are for locations one city block or smaller can still apply for a permit. Demonstrations, religious events, and press conferences will be exempt from the Executive Order and may receive permits.

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

 

Phase Three Guidelines (Approved for NYC)

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

 

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

 

NYC and Westchester County Flooding Preparedness: With Tropical Storm Fay on its way and heavy rainfall this weekend, residents should review their emergency plans and stock up on necessary supplies so they are prepared. Tips and practical guidance on how to make an emergency plan for Westchester residents can be found here, and for Bronx residents here.

SYEP College Bridge 2020 Update: The application for the SYEP College Bridge Program is now live! Youth can apply here – the deadline to apply is July 15th, 2020. SYEP Summer Bridge 2020 will give youth a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through: Career Exploration, Skill-Building Activities, Connections to Professionals, Community Building, and Earning Money. Learn more about the program and eligibility here.

NYC Child Care Center Update: On July 7th, the New York City Board of Health and Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot voted to allow the reopening of childcare centers on Monday, July 13th as part of Phase Three of NYC’s reopening. Childcare providers will be eligible for free and low cost PPE supplies in order to offset supply costs. The Checklist for Child Care Program Guidelines can be found here, and an FAQ for providers can be found here.

NYC Free Tax PrepThe tax filing deadline is July 15th. While all NYC free tax prep providers have suspended in-person services, they are now providing virtual and assisted self-prep free tax prep services. Filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone and a stable internet connection. Learn more here

Postponement of Annual NYC Tax Lien Sale: On July 7th, Mayor De Blasio announced a postponement of annual tax lien sale until September 2020 as the city continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The lien sale is administered by the NYC Department of Finance, which sells overdue property taxes, water and sewer charges, and other property charges to a non-profit trust. Property owners who are facing hardships making their property tax payments can take advantage of several existing DOF programs. These include exemption programs to lower the amount of taxes owed, standard payment plans, or a new Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) program, for those who qualify. DOF also provides a monthly property tax billing service to facilitate budgeting for property owners billed on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. More information on those programs can be found on the agency’s website.

Housing Updates:

  • Modification to the COVID-Related” Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium: On May 7th, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued a new partial moratorium via Executive Order 202.28 against residential and commercial evictions. It prohibited eviction in nonpayment cases where the tenant was eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under Federal or state law or otherwise experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID‐19 from June 20th, 2020 to August 20th, 2020. The order also bars landlords from imposing fees for COVID-related late payments, allows tenants to use security deposit funds to pay rent, and provides a framework for tenants to agree on the use of the funds with landlords. Tenants would be required to replenish these security deposits over time or alternatively purchase security deposit insurance policies. 

    • On July 6th, 2020 this partial moratorium was lifted, except for commercial tenants, by Executive Order 202.48. Executive Order 202.48 states that the partial moratorium is superseded by the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, but the Tenant Safe Harbor Act does not provide all of the protections of the partial moratorium, specifically:

      • Landlords can now start new nonpayment cases against tenants who have experienced hardship. Tenants may raise the defense of pandemic-related hardship.
      • Tenants whose arrears accrued pre-pandemic, will not be protected from eviction for those pre-pandemic arrears (these tenants may however be eligible for assistance to pay the arrears).
    • Any tenant with questions regarding their rights or needing assistance in housing court should call 311 for the City’s Tenant Helpline or email civiljustice@hra.nyc.gov. 
  • Resumption of “Non-COVID Related” Eviction Filings: 
    • Administrative Stay on Evictions – On June 18th, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an order and memorandum on the resumption of eviction filings. Courts will begin accepting new eviction filings electronically or by mail only, after June 20th. Legal advocates have advised our office that proceedings will be suspended until August 5th, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.38 which suspended statutory timetables. We expect that new administrative orders from the court relating to eviction proceedings will be issued soon. For up to date information on court proceedings, please visit the NY Courts website here: http://nycourts.gov. For now the below still holds: 
      • The suspension of proceedings applies to any eviction, not just evictions for nonpayment or tenants with financial hardships.
      • The only exception will be eviction matters that were filed prior to March 16th in which all parties are represented by counsel. Those cases will be eligible for a virtual settlement conference.
      • We expect that the Chief Administrative Judge will issue further directives for processing eviction matters.
      • Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953. Anyone with housing court questions can call 311 and ask for the City’s Tenant Helpline.
    • Filing of New Eviction Matters – Landlords and their attorneys will be able to file new evictions with the courts, by e-filing or by mail only, but Judge Marks’ Administrative Order requires that filings include two additional documents:
      • (1) An attorney affirmation or petitioner’s affidavit stating they reviewed the various state and federal restrictions on evictions, including all Executive Orders, Administrative Orders of the Chief Administrative Judge, and the federal CARES Act, and that to the best of their knowledge, the eviction complies with all of those directives.
        • On July 7th, Judge Marks issued a memo in response to EO 202.48, eliminating the affirmation/affidavit requirement. The memo can be reviewed in full here.
      • (2) A notice to the tenant, in English and Spanish, that they may be entitled to additional time to file an answer to the petition, with a referral to the Unified Court System website and phone number for tenants without an attorney.
      • The Administrative Order provides a form affirmation, affidavit, and tenant notice for these purposes.
    • Administrative Stay on Foreclosure proceedings – On June 23rd, Judge Marks issued a parallel order regarding foreclosure proceedings, effective June 24th. Commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings may be filed electronically or by mail only. Advocates have advised that proceedings should be suspended until August 5th. Commencement papers must include an attorney affirmation that the attorney has reviewed all relevant provisions protecting mortgagors, and notice to defendants that they may be eligible for an extension of time. In his July 7th memo, Judge Marks noted that he plans to issue further guidance addressing foreclosure matters in the near future.
  • Reopening of the Office of Rent Administration’s Borough and District Rent Offices: The Office of Rent Administration has reopened its Bronx and Westchester offices, with new procedural guidance for office visits, which can be found here. To schedule an appointment or to receive assistance over the phone, please contact the Westchester office at 914-948-4434, or the Bronx office at 718-430-0880.
  • NYCHA Update: Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here.

 

Virtual Anti-Gun Violence Youth Employment Program: This week the New York City Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) announced the virtual launch of the year-round Anti-Gun Violence Employment Program (AGVEP), offering employment and enrichment opportunities to approximately 700 young people living in communities impacted by gun violence. Starting July 13th, AGVEP will employ New Yorkers between the ages 14 and 24 living in neighborhoods and NYCHA housing developments most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will engage in 10 to 15 hours of activities for a 6-week period, with the potential to earn a stipend of $850 to $1,200. For questions about AGVEP, interested applicants can email OPGV@cityhall.nyc.gov for more information.

Small Business and Worker Resources:

  • New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive Program: $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. Learn more about eligibility hereThe grant application deadline is 5PM on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. Child care providers can access the application and guidelines here.
  • Phase Four Grant and Loan Opportunities for Westchester County: Westchester County is offering three grant opportunities for businesses. These include the Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens Assistance Grants and the Emergency Food Distribution Assistance Grants, which businesses can learn more about here. Additionally, there is an IDA Grant and Loan Program for Small Businesses. For additional information on this program, please email Westchester County Deputy Director of Operations Emily Saltzman at ESaltzman@westchestergov.com
  • NYC Open Restaurant Program: NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. Learn more and apply here.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: Signature Bank is donating $750,000 in funds to the Small Business Emergency Grant Program to further support small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts over the last two weeks. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

 

Food Resources:

  • Westchester School Summer Feeding Program: Some Westchester County schools and centers have started their summer meals for children under 18 years old. Please see below for a list of Mount Vernon schools/centers offering free breakfast and/or lunch meals for children under 18 years old, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 10:30AM until August 14th, 2020:

  • NYC Grab and Go Meal Hubs: Meal Hub summer service is operating at approximately 400 sites across the city and continues regular service from 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday. Grab-and-go meals are available to any New Yorker who needs them. Vegetarian and halal meals will be available at all sites, and sites serving exclusive kosher-certified meals will continue during the summer. A full list of sites is available here.
  • P-EBT: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. If you have any questions, you may contact New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 1-833-452-0096 or otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. More information is available here.
  • Older Adult Emergency Food Access Program Solicitation: As part of the City’s ongoing COVID-19 emergency response, the NYC Department of Sanitation is seeking vendors to deliver prepared meals to home-bound older adults in New York City who lack access and the economic means to reliable options of obtaining food during this continuing pandemic. The solicitation can be found here, and FAQ is available here. Questions can be directed to nycfood@dsny.nyc.gov.

 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols in Bronx Criminal Court Building & Hall of Justice: As of July 6th, COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect at the Bronx Criminal Court building (215 East 161st Street) and the Hall of Justice (HOJ) building (265 East 161st Street). These safety protocols will be applicable to all visitors, including attorneys (i.e, BXDA, LAS, BxDEF), court staff, and NYPD law enforcement officials. The following are the COVID-19 safety protocols which will be in place in both buildings:

  • All visitors must wear a face mask.
  • Visitors who do not wear a face mask will be denied entry into the building.
  • Court officers will NOT be supplying face masks to visitors who do not possess a face mask.
  • All visitors will be required to submit to a temperature check administered by court officers upon entering the building.
  • Any visitor who refuses to submit to a temperature check will be denied entry into the building.
  • If the temperature check reveals a temperature of 100 degrees or more, the visitor will be denied entry into the building.
  • Due to the warm weather and if safety conditions permit, a visitor who submits to a temperature check which reveals a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be given the opportunity to cool down briefly and submit to another temperature check. 
  • Each visitor will be asked a series of questions, such as:
    • How do you feel? Have you been exhibiting any flu-like symptoms recently?
    • Where have you traveled in the past two weeks?
    • Have you recently travelled to any of the states (i.e., Florida, California, etc.) that have been experiencing a rise of COVID-19 infections?

 

NYC Education Reminders:

  • Summer School Student Account: Summer school started on July 6th. Summer school will continue to be completely remote.  The DOE will use  iLearnNYC  as the learning platform for Summer School 2020,  and  students  will need to log in using DOE accounts, even if the child’s school used a different  school based  account during the school year.  Students who will be attending Summer School  will use their DOE student account to log into  TeachHub, and then click on the dark blue iLearnNYC Summer School icon.
  • PEP Parent Member Application: As a result of changes to New York State Education Law, CEC Presidents will elect a member to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) beginning in July 2020. The Committee will review the applications and may interview some or all of the applicants before selecting at least three finalists for a final vote by the 32 CEC presidents. Parents can apply using the application here. To be eligible to apply, you must have a child currently attending a New York City public school (pre-K through 12th grade). Experience with the New York City public school system, especially as a parent leader and/or advocate will be a plus. Applications must be submitted to FACE at CCECInfo@schools.nyc.gov

 

Diagnostic and Antibody Testing Resources: 

  • COVID-19 Testing: New York State testing criteria has expanded to all New Yorkers. New York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing capacity across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here.
  • NYC Antibody Testing Survey: Through a partnership with BioReference labs, the City will conduct its second antibody survey at community testing sites in the five boroughs. Tests will be available by appointment through Friday, July 24th, expanding on the 47,000 New Yorkers who were tested in round one. Free antibody testing will be offered by appointment Monday – Friday from 12PM - 8PM and Saturday through Sunday 8AM - 12PM. Appointments can be made here or by calling 1-888-279-0967. The Bronx survey site is located at James Monroe High School Campus Annex, 1551 East 172nd StreetFree, walk-in antibody testing is also available at H+H Gotham Community Health Centers. Details available here.
  • NYC Test & Trace Corps RFP: The City is now soliciting proposals for the new Community Engagement Initiative of the Test and Trace Corps. The NYC Test and Trace Corps ("Test & Trace"), led by NYC Health + Hospitals in partnership with DOHMH, and other City agencies, is a major component of the City's effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The City currently seeks Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), including Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), to promote Test & Trace. CBOs and FBOs situated in or serving communities most impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply. This Request for Proposals will accept responses until 12PM on Monday, July 13th, 2020. Please note that only CBOs chosen for award will be contacted by the City. The full Request for Proposals and link to apply can be found on the NYC Health + Hospitals website here

 

Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within Heat Vulnerability Index 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Parks has identified locations within the most heat-burded neighborhoods, using the NYC Heat Vulnerability Index, where up to 250 new outdoor cooling elements can be added to parks during extreme heat events to create "community oases." These elements will consist of Parks hydrants and other plumbing fixtures that can be adapted to function as spray showers and misting features

Alternate Side Parking (ASP): Alternate Side Parking will be suspended through Sunday, July 12th. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. 

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PREVIOUS COVID EMAIL UPDATE FROM JULY 3rd, 2020

Dear Community,

This week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that eight additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. As of right now, the States with significant community spread include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

 

As a reminder, this quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Hotels are asked to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states. Interim guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found here.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced that the State is expanding testing criteria to all New Yorkers. New York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here.

This week the Governor also announced that, as different parts of the State consider reopening shopping malls, the State will require these institutions to filter out the coronavirus by utilizing advanced air filtration systems. High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA) can reduce the presence of COVID-19 in air filtration systems in their air conditioning systems, because the diameter of the virus is wide enough to be captured in those filters. Shopping malls will need to have these HEPA filters installed before they can open.

New York City remains on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on July 6th. Due to the concerns of rising infection rates in other parts of the country, NYC will be postponing indoor dining during Phase 3. I understand that this poses a hindrance for restaurants eager to resume services, however we must prioritize lowering the risk of infection before moving forward.

To protect workers and help businesses safely enter Phase 3, the City will distribute an additional 2.5 million face coverings. Businesses can find a distribution site here. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection can answer questions about reopening, health and safety guidelines for the workplace, or to report an employer that is not following reopening requirements at 311 or 212-436-0381.

Additionally, Mayor de Blasio announced the SYEP Summer Bridge 2020 program, a $51 million public-private partnership that will provide constructive engagement and enrichment activities to keep 35,000 New York City youth active and productive this summer. Beginning in late July, the program will engage teens in a series of career exploration and project-based learning activities that will help them build their skills and prepare them for their next steps in the fall. Summer Bridge 2020 will offer approximately 60-90 hours of activities over a five-week period. The program will prioritize low-income, justice-involved, foster care, runaway and homeless, NYCHA residents, and young adults from communities hit hardest by the pandemic. We will share more information on how to apply as it is made available by the City.

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

 

Phase Three Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

 

Phase Two Guidelines (Approved for New York City)

 

Phase Four Guidelines (Not Yet Approved for NYC or Westchester)

 

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

 

New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive Program: Last week Governor Cuomo announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. Learn more about eligibility hereThe grant application deadline is 5PM on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. Child care providers can access the application and guidelines here.

NYC Antibody Testing SurveyThrough a partnership with BioReference labs, the City will conduct its second antibody survey at community testing sites in the five boroughs. Tests will be available by appointment through Friday, July 24th, expanding on the 47,000 New Yorkers who were tested in round one. Free antibody testing will be offered by appointment Monday – Friday from 12PM - 8PM and Saturday through Sunday 8AM - 12PM. Appointments can be made here or by calling 1-888-279-0967. The Bronx survey site is located at James Monroe High School Campus Annex, 1551 East 172nd Street. Free, walk-in antibody testing is available at H+H Gotham Community Health Centers. Details available here.

NYC Test & Trace Corps RFPThe City is now soliciting proposals for the new Community Engagement Initiative of the Test and Trace Corps. The NYC Test and Trace Corps ("Test & Trace"), led by NYC Health + Hospitals in partnership with DOHMH, and other City agencies, is a major component of the City's effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The City currently seeks Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), including Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), to promote Test & Trace. CBOs and FBOs situated in or serving communities most impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply. This Request for Proposals will accept responses until 12PM on Monday, July 13th, 2020. Please note that only CBOs chosen for award will be contacted by the City. The full Request for Proposals and link to apply can be found on the NYC Health + Hospitals website here

Housing Updates:

  • Tenant Safe Harbor Act: This week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, S8192B. The bill protects residential tenants and lawful occupants that suffered a financial hardship during New York on PAUSE and cannot make up all of their rent arrears by prohibiting courts from issuing a warrant of eviction or a judgment of possession for the nonpayment of rent accruing during New York on PAUSE. 
  • Resumption of “Non-COVID Related” Eviction Filings 
    • Administrative Stay on Evictions – On June 18th, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an order and memorandum on the resumption of eviction filings. Courts will begin accepting new eviction filings electronically or by mail only, after June 20th, but proceedings will be suspended until July 6th, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.38 which suspended statutory timetables. 
      • The suspension of proceedings applies to any eviction, not just evictions for nonpayment or tenants with financial hardships.
      • The only exception will be eviction matters that were filed prior to March 16th in which all parties are represented by counsel. Those cases will be eligible for a virtual settlement conference.
      • On or before July 6th, the Chief Administrative Judge will issue further directives for processing eviction matters.
      • Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953. Anyone with housing court questions can call 311 and ask for the City’s Tenant Helpline.
    • Filing of New Eviction Matters – Landlords and their attorneys will be able to file new evictions with the courts, by e-filing or by mail only, but Judge Marks’ Administrative Order requires that filings include two additional documents:
      • (1) An attorney affirmation or petitioner’s affidavit stating they reviewed the various state and federal restrictions on evictions, including all Executive Orders, Administrative Orders of the Chief Administrative Judge, and the federal CARES Act, and that to the best of their knowledge, the eviction complies with all of those directives.
      • (2) A notice to the tenant, in English and Spanish, that they may be entitled to additional time to file an answer to the petition, with a referral to the Unified Court System website and phone number for tenants without an attorney.
      • The Administrative Order provides a form affirmation, affidavit, and tenant notice for these purposes.
    • Administrative Stay on Foreclosure Proceedings: On June 23rd, Judge Marks issued a parallel order regarding foreclosure proceedings, effective June 24th. Commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings may be filed electronically or by mail only. All proceedings are suspended until July 6th. Commencement papers must include an attorney affirmation that the attorney has reviewed all relevant provisions protecting mortgagors, and notice to defendants that they may be eligible for an extension of time. 
  • NYCHA Update: Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here.

 

Phase Four Grant and Loan Opportunities for Westchester CountyFor additional information on these programs, email Westchester County Deputy Director of Operations Emily Saltzman here: ESaltzman@westchestergov.com.

  • IDA Grant and Loan Program for Small Businesses: As Westchester County approaches Phase Four, the County has announced a new financial assistance program for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Qualifying businesses may receive grants of up to $10,000 for PPE or other internal modifications which would protect customers from COVID-19. Other benefits include no-interest loans of up to $25 million.

    • To qualify for this new Westchester Industrial Development Agency (IDA) grant program, an eligible entity must establish that it was financially viable prior to March 7th, 2020, must conduct business in the area served by the IDA and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The IDA will consider the following factors in determining whether to award a grant or loan:
      • Creditworthiness prior to March 7th, 2020;
      • Negative impact the shutdown has had on its operations and finances;
      • Planned use of funds;
      • Community ties in Westchester County;
      • Assurance that efforts will be made to retain jobs during the time at which Executive Order 202 of 2020 remains in effect;
      • Other sources of funding available.
    • The IDA is administering the program with a partner lending organization. Further details on the no fee application process will be forthcoming. Interested businesses should contact Bridget Gibbons at 914-995-2952 or BGibbons@westchestergov.com.
  • Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens Assistance Grants: The County will use Coronavirus Relief Funds/CARES Act (CRF) funding for the Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen program, which requires that the funds pay for operations and programs that have been impacted by COVID-19. The County recognizes that there has been an increased burden on food pantries and soup kitchens trying to keep up with the increased demand for food during COVID-19, as well as responding to the changes in food distribution from buffet/sit down service to take-out and pre-packaged food for safe and easy distribution. Due Date: July 15th, 2020 4PM.  More information, including the RFP, is available here.
  • Emergency Food Distribution Assistance Grants: The Westchester County Department of Planning (WCDP) is offering this Request for Proposals (RFP) to enable non-profit agencies (501(c)(3) organizations) impacted by COVID-19 to apply for grants to provide emergency food distribution to low and moderate income residents in the municipalities with the highest percentages of low and moderate income households within the 27 Consortium communities. (Consortium communities include Bedford, Lewisboro, North Salem and Mount Kisco.)  Due Date: July 15th, 2020 4PM. More information, including the RFP, is available here.
  • Community Table Partnership Grants: The County has established a program to help local restaurants who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The restaurant industry is not only a significant economic driver in their respective municipalities but also has the ability to address hunger locally. This program looks to help improve the outcomes for the restaurant industry and employees while helping to feed local residents who have been adversely impacted due to COVID-19. Westchester County is offering this Request for Proposals (RFP) to enable local Chambers of Commerce and/or non-profit agencies to apply for a Community Table Partnership grant to provide assistance to address food insecurity for individual households, while supporting the local restaurant industry. Due Date: July 8th, 2020 4PM. More information, including the RFP, is available here.

 

NYC Outdoor Dining Update: The City will expand seating options for restaurants on select restaurant corridors. The first tranche will focus on streets that are already participating in the Open Streets program and corridors with organizations that have worked with DOT on street closures, and will be open for street dining starting July 4th weekend. Of the 22 streets opening this weekend, there is one located in the Bronx at the Belmont BID on Arthur Ave, from East 188th St to Crescent Ave. The next tranche will be opening Friday, July 17th including applicants such as groups of restaurants coordinating as a partner organization. The hours of operation for this new expanded seating option for restaurants will be 5PM - 11PM on Fridays, and noon - 11PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Expanded seating will last until Labor Day. Find locations on DOT’s Open Restaurants Portal: www.nycopenrestaurants.info.

Additional Small Business and Worker Updates:

  • SBA Issues Additional Loan Forgiveness Guidance: The SBA released new guidance on June 22nd regarding PPP loan forgiveness. A Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Interim Final Rule (IFR) on Revisions to Loan Forgiveness and SBA Loan Review Procedures was issued. This IFR incorporates the changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (Flexibility Act) into the existing PPP guidance. It clarifies some existing guidance and provides meaningful new guidance regarding the filing date of the Loan Forgiveness Application, Forms 3508 and 3508EZ (Applications). For further information and clarification, please see this informative article from Nonprofit Westchester.
  • NYC Open Restaurant Program: NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. Learn more and apply here.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: Signature Bank is donating $750,000 in funds to the Small Business Emergency Grant Program to further support small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts over the last two weeks. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS is coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

 

NYC Education Updates:

  • NYC Return to School 2020 Survey: The NYC Department of Education has created a short, anonymous survey to help the DOE understand what is most important to families when we return to school in the fall. All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K-12, and students in grades 6-12, are invited to take the survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or by calling 311. The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
  • Summer School Student Account: Summer school will start on July 6th. Summer school will continue to be completely remote.  The DOE will use  iLearnNYC  as the learning platform for Summer School 2020,  and  students  will need to log in using DOE accounts, even if the child’s school used a different  school based  account during the school year.  Students who will be attending Summer School  will use their DOE student account to log into  TeachHub, and then click on the dark blue iLearnNYC Summer School icon.
  • 3-K Offerings: Offerings for 3-K will be released early next week. District 4-9, 16, 19, 23, 31 and 32 will offer 3-K for the 2020-2021 school year. As was previously announced, the City has had to make significant budget cuts in response  to  the  COVID-19 crisis. For this reason, 3-K for All will no longer be expanding to Districts 1 (Chinatown, East Village, Lower East Side), 12 (Central Bronx), 14 (Greenpoint, Williamsburg), and 29 (Southeast Queens) in September 2020; instead, the DOE plans to offer 3-K in these districts beginning in fall 2021. The DOE will continue to offer year-round programs as planned, including in Districts 1, 12, 14, and 29. These programs, including Head Start, are still available on the 3-K application for families who qualify based on their income and needs. To learn more about eligibility, visit nyc.gov/3k.  
  • Fall Planning: Schools have been asked to conduct building walkthroughs with their School Leadership Teams (SLTs) to evaluate building capacity. SLT members should feel free to contact their principal to learn more about when the walkthrough will be scheduled. The Office of District Planning has provided every school with a projection of building capacity to help prepare for the walkthrough. SLT members will consider if public assembly spaces (gyms, cafeterias, auditoriums) can be used for instructional purposes, how that will impact the activities that traditionally occur in those spaces, how the conversion of public assembly spaces can be managed, if administrative space can be converted to use for instructional purposes, and if administrative or public assembly spaces can be made suitable for classroom learning. The building walkthrough is an opportunity to learn more about how many students' schools will be able to safely serve in person in the fall. The SLT will have additional opportunities to partner with principals around fall planning as the DOE moves further into the planning process.
  • PEP Parent Member Application: As a result of changes to New York State Education Law, CEC Presidents will elect a member to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) beginning this month. The Committee will review the applications and may interview some or all of the applicants before selecting at least three finalists for a final vote by the 32 CEC presidents. Parents can apply using the application here. To be eligible to apply, you must have a child currently attending a New York City public school (pre-K through 12th grade). Experience with the New York City public school system, especially as a parent leader and/or advocate will be a plus. Applications must be submitted to FACE at CCECInfo@schools.nyc.gov

 

Food Updates:

  • NYC Grab and Go Meal Hubs: NYC Department of Education’s Grab and Go Meal Hubs will continue to operate through the summer as the City continues to fight food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis. Meal Hub summer service is operating at approximately 400 sites across the city and is continuing regular service from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Grab-and-go meals are available to any New Yorker who needs them. Vegetarian and halal meals will be available at all sites, and sites serving exclusive kosher-certified meals will continue during the summer. A full list of sites is available here.
  • P-EBT: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. If you have any questions, you may contact New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 1-833-452-0096 or otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. More information is available here.
  • Older Adult Emergency Food Access Program Solicitation: As part of the City’s ongoing COVID emergency response, the NYC Department of Sanitation is seeking vendors to deliver prepared meals to home-bound older adults in New York City who lack access and the economic means to reliable options of obtaining food during this continuing pandemic. The solicitation can be found here, and FAQ is available here. Questions can be directed to nycfood@dsny.nyc.gov.

 

Census Reminder: If you haven’t already, anyone can fill out the census online at 2020 census.gov. Select “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” and enter your address. It takes less than 10 minutes and has never been more important!

NYC Free Tax Prep: The tax filing deadline is July 15th. While all NYC free tax prep providers have suspended in-person services, they are now providing virtual and assisted self-prep free tax prep services. Filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone and a stable internet connection. Learn more here.

Price Gouging Update: Please be advised that effective June 26th, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has issued a permanent rule that makes price gouging illegal for any products or services essential to health, safety, and welfare during a declared state of emergency. Learn more here.

Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within Heat Vulnerability Index 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Parks has identified locations within the most heat-burded neighborhoods, using the NYC Heat Vulnerability Index, where up to 250 new outdoor cooling elements can be added to parks during extreme heat events to create "community oases." These elements will consist of Parks hydrants and other plumbing fixtures that can be adapted to function as spray showers and misting features.

NYS Parks: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) launched a new mobile app for smart devices to provide visitors and prospective visitors useful information about the variety of destinations and activities available throughout New York State’s parks and historic sites. Download the app for Google devices or Apple devices.

NYC Beaches: As of July 1st, swimming is allowed at the City’s eight public beaches. Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10AM to 6PM. Swimming is unsafe and strictly prohibited at all other times. To encourage social distancing, NYC Parks Ambassadors will continue to staff the beaches, handing out masks and educating patrons about maintaining safe distancing. If certain sections of the beach become too crowded, visitors will be directed to different less crowded areas. All New Yorkers should continue to wash and sanitize their hands, wear a face covering, and maintain social distance between individuals and small groups. 

Alternate Side Parking (ASP): Alternate Side Parking will be suspended next week through Sunday, July 12th. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. 

Important Procedures for Sidewalk Obstructions: New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) and I would like to make you aware of New York City’s enforcement and reporting procedures for various types of sidewalk obstructions. Community member participation is key to keeping sidewalks clear and usable for all, which during the COVID-19 crisis has only increased in its importance.

  • Blocked Sidewalk or Street: Property owners and businesses must keep sidewalks clear of objects that obstruct passage, including trash or recycling cans, basketball hoops, barbecue grills, and other personal property.
  • Sidewalk Cleaning: Property owners, both commercial and residential, must clean the sidewalks adjoining their property, as well as the area 18 inches from the curb out into the street.
  • Fallen Tree or Branch: You can report trees and branches that have fallen to the ground on public property, including streets and sidewalks, along with branches that are cracked or hanging and about to fall. Note, however, for damaged trees that pose an immediate threat to a person’s life, contact 911 rather than 311.
  • Defective Pedestrian Ramps/Curb Cuts: By reporting defective pedestrian ramps/curb cuts, you are helping to ensure that they are safe and accessible for all.

 

Illegal Fireworks: Mayor de Blaiso has established a multi-agency task force to crack down on illegal fireworks sales. The task force will target suppliers, distributors and possessors of large quantities of illegal fireworks by conducting investigations and sting operations within and outside of New York City to disrupt supply chains. The FDNY will also launch a public safety campaign, including public service announcements and social media, to illustrate the dangers of illegal fireworks.

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PREVIOUS COVID UPDATE FROM JUNE 26TH

Dear Community,

It is good to be back – we missed you during our email newsletter hiatus!

We received such a wonderful response to our daily COVID-19 email updates over the last several months. It has been so rewarding for my team and I to provide you with critical information to stay safe and well throughout this pandemic, while hopefully providing some comfort and a sense of community along the way. 

Moving forward we will continue to provide COVID-19 updates through our weekly newsletter. Our newsletter will also include district updates, legislative updates, and community events and happenings.

As we navigate this recovery period and the phased reopening of New York State, know that my team and I are here to help. While our offices remain physically closed, all services are being provided remotely. If you need assistance, please reach out by calling 718-822-2049 or by emailing biaggi@nysenate.gov.

I also want to acknowledge everyone who exercised their right to vote this week – whether it was in-person, during early voting, or by absentee ballot. It is more important now than ever that we use every opportunity to make our voices heard in our democracy.

With Gratitude,

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

COVID UPDATES

Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York have dropped below 1,000 for the first time since March 18th. This is a remarkable win, and it is all thanks to New Yorkers’ commitment to following social distancing guidelines and safety protocols. I want to extend my gratitude to our tireless healthcare workers who continue to care for our neighbors and loved ones in hospitals across the state – New York thanks you for your service.

This week Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. As of right now, the States with significant community spread include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah

This quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Hotels are asked to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states. Interim guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found here.

Governor Cuomo also announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. Learn more about eligibility here. The funding available includes: 

  • $20 million to assist child care programs with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.
  • $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentive to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City is expected to reach Phase 3 on July 6th, which will include indoor dining and personal care services. Additionally, once the City enters Phase 3 of reopening, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy soccer fields and basketball, tennis, volleyball, bocce, and handball courts. The City will also reopen dog runs for public use.

Additionally, the Mayor announced that the City has commissioned five Black Lives Matter murals, one in each borough. The Bronx mural will be located on Morris Avenue between 161st Street and 162nd Street.

COVID-19 Data Breakdowns and Resource Pages

Phase Three Guidelines (Approved for Westchester County)

Food Services

Personal Care Businesses

Phase Two Guidelines (Approved for New York City)

Phase Four Guidelines (Not Yet Approved for NYC or Westchester)

Statewide Guidelines for All New Yorkers

Community TestingNew York has significantly expanded its COVID diagnostic and antibody testing across the state. Find a testing site near you by plugging in your address here. RAIN Boston Road Senior Center at 2424 Boston Road has opened a new community testing site. The testing site will be open from 9AM to 6:30PM, seven days a week. No appointment is needed and it is for everyone in the community. Additionally, Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC Health + Hospitals will now offer free COVID-19 antibody tests at its 11 acute care facilities, including Jacobi Hospital in District 34.

Housing Updates

  • Across the Board Eviction Moratorium Expires: On June 20th, the statewide moratorium on all evictions for commercial and residential tenants expired. The 90-day Executive Order 202.8 was issued on March 20th.
  • “COVID-Related” Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium and Elimination of Late Fees is Enacted: Issued on May 7th, effective from June 20th to August 20th, Executive Order 202.28 bars evictions and foreclosures where the tenant or mortgagor is eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under state or federal law or otherwise facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • The modified moratorium does not apply to eviction proceedings brought for causes other than nonpayment of rent.
    • The order also bars landlords from imposing fees for COVID-related late payments, allows tenants to use security deposit funds to pay rent, and provides a framework for tenants to agree on the use of the funds with landlords. Tenants would be required to replenish these security deposits over time or alternatively purchase security deposit insurance policies.
  • Resumption of “Non-COVID Related” Eviction Filings 
    • Administrative Stay on Evictions – On June 18th, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an order and memorandum on the resumption of eviction filings. Courts will begin accepting new eviction filings electronically or by mail only, after June 20th, but proceedings will be suspended until July 6th, in accord with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.38 which suspended statutory timetables. 
      • The suspension of proceedings applies to any eviction, not just evictions for nonpayment or tenants with financial hardships.
      • The only exception will be eviction matters that were filed prior to March 16th in which all parties are represented by counsel. Those cases will be eligible for a virtual settlement conference.
      • On or before July 6th, the Chief Administrative Judge will issue further directives for processing eviction matters.
      • Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953. Anyone with housing court questions can call 311 and ask for the City’s Tenant Helpline.
    • Filing of New Eviction Matters – Landlords and their attorneys will be able to file new evictions with the courts, by e-filing or by mail only, but Judge Marks’ Administrative Order requires that filings include two additional documents:
      • (1) An attorney affirmation or petitioner’s affidavit stating they reviewed the various state and federal restrictions on evictions, including all Executive Orders, Administrative Orders of the Chief Administrative Judge, and the federal CARES Act, and that to the best of their knowledge, the eviction complies with all of those directives.
      • (2) A notice to the tenant, in English and Spanish, that they may be entitled to additional time to file an answer to the petition, with a referral to the Unified Court System website and phone number for tenants without an attorney.
      • The Administrative Order provides a form affirmation, affidavit, and tenant notice for these purposes.
    • Administrative Stay on Foreclosure Proceedings – On June 23rd, Judge Marks issued a parallel order regarding foreclosure proceedings, effective June 24th. Commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings may be filed electronically or by mail only. All proceedings are suspended until July 6th. Commencement papers must include an attorney affirmation that the attorney has reviewed all relevant provisions protecting mortgagors, and notice to defendants that they may be eligible for an extension of time. 
  • Tenant Safe Harbor Act: On June 18th, the Senate delivered the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, S.8192-B (Hoylman), to the Governor. The bill protects residential tenants and lawful occupants that suffered a financial hardship during New York on PAUSE and cannot make up all of their rent arrears by prohibiting courts from issuing a warrant of eviction or a judgment of possession for the nonpayment of rent accruing during New York on PAUSE. The Governor has until June 30th to sign or veto the bill.
  • NYC Housing Connect: HPD is launching a streamlined NYC Housing Connect portal, New Yorkers’ central resource for finding and applying for affordable housing. The new system streamlines the application process, provides New Yorkers with a clear picture of the opportunities they can apply for and includes more types of housing than ever before. The new portal will go live in July – in the meantime you can use the original Housing Connect Portal. You can also look for affordable housing opportunities through the Mitchell-Lama program here.
  • NYCHA Update: Tenants can find the latest information from the New York City Housing Authority here.

Small Business and Worker Updates

  • SBA Issues Additional Loan Forgiveness Guidance: The SBA released new guidance on June 22nd regarding PPP loan forgiveness. A Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Interim Final Rule (IFR) on Revisions to Loan Forgiveness and SBA Loan Review Procedures was issued. This IFR incorporates the changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (Flexibility Act) into the existing PPP guidance. It clarifies some existing guidance and provides meaningful new guidance regarding the filing date of the Loan Forgiveness Application, Forms 3508 and 3508EZ (Applications). For further information and clarification, please see this informative article from Nonprofit Westchester.
  • NYC Open Restaurant Program: NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. Learn more and apply here.
  • Restaurant Worker Revitalization Program: New York City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and One Fair Wage. It will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program: Signature Bank is donating $750,000 in funds to the Small Business Emergency Grant Program to further support small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts over the last two weeks. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.
  • NYC Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.
  • NYC PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS is coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees
  • NYC Business Reopening Support: Go to nyc.gov/business or nyc.gov/coronavirus to find resources and guides or use the dedicated Restart Hotline for business owners, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

NYC Education Updates

  • College Bridge Program: Mayor Bill De Blasio and NYC Education Chancellor Carranza announced the expansion of the College Bridge Program, a collaboration between CUNY and the NYC DOE to provide support to graduating NYC DOE high school seniors as they transition to college and career pathways at CUNY and beyond. The program will reach every 2020 graduating senior, as a result of a $877,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, and a $250,000 contribution from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. Learn more here.
  • NYC Return to School 2020 Survey: The NYC Department of Education has created a short, anonymous survey to help the DOE understand what is most important to families when we return to school in the fall. All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K-12, and students in grades 6-12, are invited to take the survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or by calling 311. The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. 

NYPD Reform Update – Mayor De Blasio announced additional reforms to the NYPD’s disciplinary system, including: 

  • Faster Discipline: For incidents involving substantial bodily injury, the Police Commissioner will make an initial determination on whether to place the officer on modified duty or suspension within 48 hours of the incident. NYPD will conclude the investigation into such incidents within two weeks, unless there are evidentiary delays caused by circumstances beyond the control of the NYPD or where there is significant risk of interference with a criminal investigation. 
  • More Transparency: The NYPD will publish all trial decisions or settlements reached going forward, effective immediately. By mid-July, NYPD will post information for the approximately 1,100 pending cases. The NYPD will also make comprehensive disciplinary records fully transparent online. The records of the pending cases will be prioritized for release.
  • Body Camera Footage Policy: The Mayor announced a new body camera footage release policy to promote transparency and accountability. All video and audio footage must be released within 30 days whenever:
    • An officer discharges a firearm that hits or could hit someone
    • An officer discharges a Taser in a way that results in death or substantial bodily harm
    • An officer’s use of force results in death or great bodily harm
    • This new policy will apply retroactively to all audio and video footage from older cases that fit criteria. The City will begin uploading all footage and it will be publicly available online.

NYC Cooling Resources

  • Get Cool NYC: The program targets vulnerable New Yorkers who have been forced to stay inside their homes this summer to avoid risk for indoor heat exposure. The City has installed 4,500 air conditioners so far, including over 1,900 in NYCHA buildings, and is ramping up to install as many as 74,000 air conditioners for low-income seniors this summer. The New York State Public Service Commission has also approved the City’s request to provide financial assistance to vulnerable New Yorkers with their summer utility bills. The $70 million in aid will provide much needed relief for approximately 440,000 families in New York City, providing up to $140 from June to October.
  • Cool It! NYC Map: To help New Yorkers stay cool this summer, NYC Parks is adding brand new cooling elements within HVI 5/4 zones, and highlighting the existing 950 cooling elements citywide with a new Cool It! NYC map. Parks has identified locations within the most heat-burded neighborhoods, using the NYC Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI), where up to 250 new outdoor cooling elements can be added to parks during extreme heat events to create "community oases." These elements will consist of Parks hydrants and other plumbing fixtures that can be adapted to function as spray showers and misting features.

NYC BeachesStarting July 1st, swimming will be allowed at the City’s eight public beaches. Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10AM to 6PM. Swimming is unsafe and strictly prohibited at all other times. To encourage social distancing, NYC Parks Ambassadors will continue to staff the beaches, handing out masks and educating patrons about maintaining safe distancing. If certain sections of the beach become too crowded, visitors will be directed to different less crowded areas. All New Yorkers should continue to wash and sanitize their hands, wear a face covering, and maintain distance between individuals and small groups. 

NYC Open StreetsFind open streets locations in the Bronx and across the five boroughs here. Please submit suggestions of streets in your community that could safely be closed with staffing of community partners here. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please submit separate applications for each corridor you are proposing to pedestrianize in your community. Email openstreets@dot.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

NYC Burial Assistance ProgramThis program provides up to $1,700 financial assistance to immigrants—regardless of legal status—who are unable to pay for the funeral expenses for relatives who died during the pandemic. The Immigrant COVID-19 Burial Assistance Program will address the current gap in services to some immigrant families due to their exclusion from the State and City’s existing burial assistance program. Additional information including the application and instructions: Burial Assistance - HRA

NYC Grab and Go Meal HubsNYC Department of Education’s Grab and Go Meal Hubs will continue to operate through the summer as the City continues to fight food insecurity during the pandemic. Starting on June 29th, Meal Hub summer service will operate at approximately 400 sites across the city and continue regular service from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Grab-and-go meals are available to any New Yorker who needs them. Vegetarian and halal meals will be available at all sites, and sites serving exclusive kosher-certified meals will continue during the summer. A full list of sites will be available here.

Alternate Side ParkingNew York City will amend Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations. ASP is currently suspended through Sunday, June 28th, and beginning Monday, June 29th. Streets will be cleaned no more than once per week, down from two days or more per week in many neighborhoods. Streets that have multiple ASP days would be cleaned on the latest day posted on your street’s sign. The City will resume ASP next week and decide each week thereafter whether to resume or suspend based on street conditions.

Illegal FireworksMayor de Blaiso has established a multi-agency task force to crack down on illegal fireworks sales. The task force will target suppliers, distributors and possessors of large quantities of illegal fireworks by conducting investigations and sting operations within and outside of New York City to disrupt supply chains. The FDNY will also launch a public safety campaign, including public service announcements and social media, to illustrate the dangers of illegal fireworks.

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM JUNE 4TH

Dear Community, 

This will be the last email update my office sends until after the June 23rd Primary. Senate rules prohibit offices from sending official mailings in the days leading up to an election to avoid the use of state resources for campaign purposes. I will continue to provide updates through my TwitterFacebook, and Instagram pages. As a reminder, you can 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. You can also consult these trusted resources for further information: 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.

For the first time since March 11th, New York City had no deaths due to confirmed COVID-19. There were three probable COVID deaths. You helped us reach this milestone with your commitment to social distancing and wearing a mask. But the fight against COVID is not over and it is critical that we remain vigilant as we move toward reopening.

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that anyone who has attended a protest is eligible to receive a COVID diagnostic test. I encourage all those who have attended a protest to go get a free, confidential diagnostic test and to continue to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The New York City Department of Health is also encouraging anyone who has attended a protest to avoid close contact with individuals who are at high risk for 14 days. You can find a testing site here.

As a reminder, New York City is still on track to begin Phase One Monday, June 8. In preparation for reopening, New York City is launching a Businesses Restart Hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692) to help businesses comply with safety measures. The city is also launching a Worker Protection Hotline. Beginning Monday, June 8, workers who have concerns about their workplace or want to make a complaint, can call 311 to be connected with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. New Yorkers can also visit nyc.gov/coronavirus to learn more about what Phase One will mean for the city. 

As New York City prepares for Phase One, the Mayor’s office is starting to plan for outdoor dining which will begin during Phase Two. The city is working to streamline applications for permits so restaurants are able to reopen as quickly and safely as possible, with social distancing measures in place. The city is planning to utilize open streets across the five boroughs to increase outdoor dining options for residents.

The Mid-Hudson Valley Region, which includes Westchester, is on track to begin Phase Two on Tuesday, June 9, following a review of regional data by public health experts. You can learn more about each phase of reopening and monitor the progress of each region here

Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio announced steps to help businesses who have suffered property damage or been looted in the last week. The Department of Financial Services will issue a regulation requiring New York State-regulated insurance companies to expedite the resolution and payment of related insurance claims, and accept photos as reasonable proof of loss so businesses don’t have to wait for police reports. The Department will also provide small businesses and consumers the option to resolve disputes through an impartial mediation process paid for by the applicable insurer.

Mayor de Blasio announced a new Business Emergency Grant Program which will provide grants up to $10,000 to businesses to help them with recovery. This fund will be supported by the NYC Mayor’s Fund which has secured $500,000 to support businesses in the Bronx. The city will also provide emergency legal assistance and support to businesses pursuing insurance claims.  

Graduation Update: Today, the New York State Department of Health released guidance for graduation ceremonies. At this time, the state is encouraging schools to conduct virtual graduation ceremonies. Schools may also conduct drive in, or drive through ceremonies, or individual graduation ceremonies. You can read the full guidance here

Update on MIS-C: New York City is investigating 220 cases of Multi Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. As a reminder, call your doctor immediately if your child has a fever lasting several days, and any of the following symptoms: vomiting, red or pink eye, red, cracked lips or a red, bumpy tongue, diarrhea, rash, swollen hands and feet, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, or irritability. If you do not have a doctor, you can call 311 to be connected with a physician. You can learn more here

Farmers Market Update: The Bronx Borough Hall GreenMarket is now open every Tuesday from 8AM to 4PM from June 2nd until November 24th. The market is located at 161st Street and Grand Concourse and accepts cash, EBT, SNAP, Visa and Mastercard.

Foreclosure Resources: Legal Aid Society is providing remote legal assistance to tenants and homeowners during COVID-19. Federal law and state regulations require most lenders to provide mortgage relief if you or your family has been affected by the coronavirus. Bronx homeowners can call the Bronx Foreclosure Prevention Project’s Helpline at 646-340-1908 or to visit their website, click here.

The Community Rapid Crisis Response Initiative: The Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), in partnership with the DOP Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeON), seeks to provide support to youth-serving nonprofits and community-based organizations in their work engaging youth and young adults and leading relief efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative will provide organizations with funding of up to $10,000 to support stipends for youth and young adults (ages 14-24 years) in their response efforts. You can find more information here.  

NYCHA Update: NYCHA residents can find the latest updates here

Upcoming Event with Team Biaggi: On Friday, June 5th at 12:45PM, my office will be distributing meals, masks, and hand sanitizer while supplies last to residents of Glebe Avenue Senior Houses at 2125 Glebe Ave, The Bronx, NY 10462. The meal distribution is in collaboration with Community Board 9, Rethink Food NYC, the Afya Foundation, and Joya. Please bring your own bottle to fill with hand sanitizer!

Community Resources and Events:

  • NYPL Summer Reading Program: The New York Libary’s Summer Reading program is going online this year. Join the Library for an amazing reading adventure—all from home. Track your reading progress online, complete fun at-home activities, and find fantastic book recommendations to keep you engaged all summer long. Learn more and sign up here

  • Coronavirus Online Therapy: Short-term, pro-bono and reduced-fee online therapy for those on the front line during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1(800) 354-0365

  • (914) Cares provides a series of support services and programming to Westchester residents, including: Kids’ Kloset, which provides clothing, school supplies, books and other necessities to children in need; Baby Bank Westchester, which provides basic necessities and essentials (diapers, clothing, strollers, car seats, hygiene products, etc) for families in need; and Poverty SymposiumDonation Drives and Empty Bowls Westchester

  • Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) is hosting a free online webinar with industry leaders to discuss the impact, innovations and planning for construction in NYC post PAUSE on June 11th at 1PM. To register, click here.

  • Become a 2020 Student Census Ambassador: 4th grade students can write an essay about why filling out the Census is important to them and their community. You can submit an essay at censussay@hitn.org.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, June 4th, 2020, nationwide there are 1,842,101 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 107,029 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 6,538,200 cases with 387,100 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of June 4th, there are 375,133 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 2,293,032 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 June 4th we have lost 24,133 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 205,406 are located in New York City

  • 40,713 are located in Nassau County 

  • 40,153 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 33,767 are located in Westchester County 

  • 13,280 are located in Rockland County  

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

As of June 4th, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 103 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.

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 applicationto boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.comYou can learn more from the Board of Elections and download the application here.

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Stay strong. 

With Gratitude, 

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

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PREVIOUS EMAIL UPDATE FROM JUNE 3rd 2020

Dear Community, 

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York – can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. You can review the industry guidelines for Phase 2 of reopening here. Specific guidelines for outdoor dining can be found here, and New York State Liquor Authority guidance on outdoor expansion of licensed premises can be found here.

As a reminder, the Mid-Hudson region is in Phase 1 of reopening and New York City is slated to begin Phase 1 on June 8th.

The Governor also announced today that Erie County can now resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. A total of 54 counties are now eligible to resume these services. 

New York State has been able to slowly reopen because of New Yorkers’ dedication to following safety protocols. As of today, the COVID-19 related hospitalization and death rates continue to decrease statewide. That being said, the pandemic is not over yet and we still have a ways to go. I thank you for your commitment to wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing – by sticking to these measures, we can continue to stop the spread of COVID-19, save lives, and continue on a steady path towards the full reopening of New York State.

Additionally, please remember that Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City’s curfew is extended through Sunday, June 7th. The curfew begins at 8PM and ends at 5AM. Exemptions include: first responders, health care workers, essential workers going to and from work and providing essential services, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, people seeking medical treatment or medical supplies, members of the press, and people providing legal and jail support services. Please note, Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Order makes it a Class B Misdemeanor to violate curfew. You can read FAQs on the curfew here.

As a reminder, the NYC Contact Tracing Program is in full effect – if you receive a call from “NYC Test + Trace” please pick it up!

As we continue to celebrate and honor Pride Month, it is critical that we promote access to emotional and mental health support for our LGBTQ+ New Yorkers during these challenging times. Below is just a short list of virtual resources available: 

 

Upcoming Event with Team Biaggi: On Friday, June 5th at 12:45PM, my office will be distributing meals, masks, and hand sanitizer while supplies last to residents of Glebe Avenue Senior Houses at 2125 Glebe Ave, The Bronx, NY 10462. The meal distribution is in collaboration with Community Board 9, Rethink Food NYC, the Afya Foundation, and Joya. Please bring your own bottle to fill with hand sanitizer!

NYC Burial Services Update: We mourn the lives lost during this pandemic, and understand the burden of burial costs during these times. New York City is offering burial assistance to residents in need – learn more here

NYS Office of Homes and Community Renewal Update: In response to the Governor’s directive to take every effort to keep New Yorkers safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the following is the “Advisory Opinion 2020-3 “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance being directed with respect to processing and other procedures affecting the Office of Rent Administration (ORA) and Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) under The Rent Stabilization Law, The Emergency Tenant Protection Act, and the New York State and City Rent Control Laws. All extensions previously granted by advisory opinions 2020-1, 2020-1.2 and 2020-2, have been extended an additional thirty days to July 6th, 2020.

Community Resources and Events:

  • Coronavirus Online Therapy: Short-term, pro-bono and reduced-fee online therapy for those on the front line during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1(800) 354-0365
  • (914) Cares provides a series of support services and programming to Westchester residents, including: Kids’ Kloset, which provides clothing, school supplies, books and other necessities to children in need; Baby Bank Westchester, which provides basic necessities and essentials (diapers, clothing, strollers, car seats, hygiene products, etc) for families in need; and Poverty SymposiumDonation Drives and Empty Bowls Westchester
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) is hosting a free online webinar with industry leaders to discuss the impact, innovations and planning for construction in NYC post PAUSE on June 11th at 1PM. To register, click 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, June 3rd, 2020, nationwide there are 1,827,425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 106,202 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 6,396,700 cases with 381,200 reported deaths.

In New York State, as of June 3rd, there are 374,085 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 2,229,473 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 June 3rd we have lost 24,079 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 204,872 are located in New York City
  • 40,644 are located in Nassau County 
  • 40,062 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 33,691 are located in Westchester County 
  • 13,259 are located in Rockland County 

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

As of June 3rd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 103 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,623 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.

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 JUNE 2nd 2020

Dear Community,

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City’s curfew will be extended from today, June 2nd through Sunday, June 7th. The curfew will begin at 8PM and end at 5AM. Exemptions include: first responders, health care workers, essential workers going to and from work and providing essential services, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, people seeking medical treatment or medical supplies, members of the press, and people providing legal and jail support services. Please note, Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Order makes it a Class B Misdemeanor to violate curfew. You can read FAQs on the curfew here.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Western New York entered Phase Two today and the Capital Region will enter Phase Two tomorrow. New York City is still on track to begin Phase One next Monday, June 8th. Additionally, the Governor announced that summer day camps across the state can open on June 29th. The state has not made a determination about if sleep-away camps can reopen and will make a decision in the next few weeks.

Today, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order that allows the reopening of outdoor, low-risk recreational activities in accordance with Department of Health’s guidelines in regions that have met the metrics for Phase One. Activities included are tennis, non-motorized boat use, golf and driving ranges.

Mayor de Blasio submitted a plan to Governor Cuomo and MTA Chairman Pat Foye to ensure the safety of all MTA riders when New York City enters Phase One. The Mayor’s office recommended the following steps: 

  • Increased service frequency during peak hours to allow for maximum social distancing.

  • Capacity limits on trains and buses, including allowing trains to skip stops if they are over capacity. 

  • Clearly marking six feet of distance on platforms, trains, and buses, and demarcating specific seats on trains and buses for sitting, and others to leave empty. 

  • Installing hand sanitizer dispensers in all stations and buses, including near MetroCard vending machines and other high-touch locations. 

  • Requiring all riders to wear face covers on all subways, buses, and trains. The city plans to provide one million free face coverings to riders and is asking the state and MTA to commit free face coverings as well. 

  • Adding personnel to promote and enforce social distancing. 

 

Community Resources and Events:

  • Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) is hosting a free online webinar with industry leaders to discuss the impact, innovations and planning for construction in NYC post PAUSE on June 11th at 1pm. To register, click here.

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, June 2nd, 2020, nationwide there are 1,802,470 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 105,157 reported deaths. Worldwide there are6,306,200 cases with 377,660 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of June 2nd, there are 373,040 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 2,167,831 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 June 2nd we have lost 24,023 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 204,337 are located in New York City

  • 40,572 are located in Nassau County 

  • 39,980 are located in Suffolk County 

  • 33,633 are located in Westchester County 

  • 13,223 are located in Rockland County 

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

As of June 2nd, the Westchester County breakdown is as follows: 

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham

  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor

  • 2,620 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.

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 JUNE 1ST 2020

Dear Community, 

In response to the ongoing protests and demonstrations, today Mayor Bill de Blasio, in collaboration with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, issued an executive order placing a curfew on New York City residents. 

The curfew goes into effect tonight at 11PM and ends at 5AM tomorrow morning, June 2nd. The curfew will resume again at 8PM on June 2nd, and last until 5AM the next morning, June 3rd. Exemptions include: first responders, health care workers, essential workers going to and from work and providing essential services, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, people seeking medical treatment or medical supplies, members of the press, and people providing legal and jail support services. You can read the full order here, and FAQs on the curfew here.

In addition, the NYPD will increase the number of on-duty officers across the city from 4,000 to 8,000.

I want to make something clear: this is not the appropriate response. The NYPD has not demonstrated that they can de-escalate this situation without violence – adding more police officers will only increase tensions and create more harm. I am also concerned that this curfew is only going to add to the burden of essential workers, many of whom are immigrants or from communities of color, who work long nights to keep our city moving. We cannot respond to peaceful protests against police brutality with more police – our response must begin with listening to communities of color, and enacting legislation that can create meaningful reform.

With that in mind, I want to take a moment to welcome the start of Pride Month. Now more than ever we cannot forget the history of police brutality against the LGBTQ+ community, and the continued violence against black and brown trans women. While we cannot celebrate Pride in the ways we are used to this year, we can still stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community by standing for police accountability. 

Today Governor Cuomo announced that Western New York is expected to enter Phase 2 of reopening tomorrow and the Capital Region is expected to enter Phase 2 of reopening on June 3rd following a review of regional data by global public health experts. The Governor also announced the lowest rate of positive test results since the pandemic began. The State performed 50,000 tests yesterday with less than 2% returning positive. 

Westchester Reopening Update: Today, Westchester County announced it’s Reopening Task Force. This group will work in coordination with Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons to help guide our local businesses through reopening. You can find more information here. 

Important Census Reminder: The self-response deadline for the Census has been extended through October. Less than 10 minutes of your time will lead to 10 years of funding for Health Center programs, local publicly funded hospitals, Medicaid, S-CHIP, SNAP, WIC, NYCHA, Special Education Grants, Title I Grants, the National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Foster Care, and Highway Planning. For more information, and to complete the census, you can click here. Personal information is protected by federal law, and cannot be used against you. 

NYCHA Update: Tenants can review the latest information from NYCHA here.

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) Offering: The Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP) will be offering this summer a three-week free course to prepare students to take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). In addition, students will be exposed to science classes, lab experiments, group counseling and high school readiness activities. The program will be offered virtually. Program dates are July 6th to July 23rd and will take place virtually. 

  • Eligibility requirements as with all STEP programs: NYS resident at least the last 12 months, member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in the licensed professions OR economically disadvantaged.  In addition, their EEP program requirements include students who are currently living and attending school in the Bronx in either the 6th or 7th grade.
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5th. You may contact the EEP office at 718-430-4166 if you have questions or need further information.

Community Resources and Events:

  • NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and The Legal Aid Society are hosting Tenants Rights Information Sessions. Hear from housing experts and ask them questions like: What does the NYS Eviction Moratorium really mean? Has it been extended? Is Housing Court hearing cases? What if I can’t pay my rent? You can RSVP here or call (212) 669-4466. Interpretation will be provided. The sessions are as follows: 

    • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:00 am
  • El Contralor de la ciudad de Nueva York, Scott M. Stringer y The Legal Aid Society le invitan a participar de Sesión Informativa Sobre Derechos de Inquilinos. Escuche la opinión de los expertos en vivienda y formule sus preguntas: Puede obtener información sobre la moratoria sobre desalojos del estado de Nueva York y si se ha extendido. Además información relacionada al tribunal de vivienda y que pasa si no puede pagar la renta. El evento será vía Zoom. Para confirmar su asistencia, visite aquí. Se le proporcionará el enlace cuando confirme su asistencia o llame al (212) 669-4466. Se ofrecerán servicios de interpretación.Tendremos las siguientes sesiones:
    • Miércoles 10 de junio de 2020 a las 7:00 pm
    • Martes 16 de junio de 2020 a las 11:00 am
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts' Teen Council has organized an exhibition of teen art at the Museum. This year, we're taking the exhibition online! Starting Thursday, June 4th, “Reverse Reverse” will be up on their website, portraying teen artists' experiences, memories of, and nostalgia for the last two decades. 
  • Include NYC will be hosting special education attorneys Steve J. Alizio and Justin B. Shane  on Thursday, June 4th at 5PM to discuss the rights of students with disabilities and their parents during this time and strategies on how to ensure those rights are respected. Register for the workshop here. For individual questions, call our Help Line at 212-677-4660 or fill out a Help Request Form. 
  • The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has created a joint letter template that you can fill out and mail (required by federal law) so debt collectors can’t contact you until the State of Emergency in New York City has ended. More information can be found here.
  • The City Island Roadies Present their First Virtual 5k: The City Island Roadies are at it again!! Join them for their next 5k - a virtual 5k, the weekend of June 5-7. Walk, jog or run from any location, at your own pace, outside or on a treadmill for 5k (or 3.1 miles). All proceeds raised will go to Trinity Methodist Church’s Food Pantry. Find more information here

Ways to Lend a Helping Hand:

As of today, June 1st, 2020, nationwide there are 1,797,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 104,584 reported deaths. Worldwide there are 6,222,709 cases with 373,234 reported deaths. 

In New York State, as of June 1st, there are 371,711 confirmed cases. To date, New York has conducted 2,113,777 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 June 1st we have lost 23,959 New Yorkers to the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases: 

  • 203,764 are located in New York City
  • 40,479 are located in Nassau County 
  • 39,705 are located in Suffolk County 
  • 33,552 are located in Westchester County 
  • 13,185 are located in Rockland County 

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

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

  • 156 are located in the Village of Pelham
  • 102 are located in the Village of Pelham Manor
  • 2,614 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.

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,

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 30TH 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

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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

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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

_________________________________________

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

_________________________________________

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

_________________________________________

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

_________________________________________

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

_______________________________________________

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. 

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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!

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