• The Long Island Association’s office is complying with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 - “New York State on Pause.” However, LIA staff is continuing to work from home to advocate for our business community and provide important information about the resources available to you. If you have any questions or need our assistance, please email Matt Cohen at mcohen@longislandassociation.org.
  • Cornonavirus Information

  • Updated May 22, 2020 Updated May 22, 2020

    For Immediate Release: 5/22/2020
    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
     
     

    AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO LAUNCHES $100 MILLION NEW YORK FORWARD LOAN FUND TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES

     

    Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions Will Be Permitted to Begin Construction Staging in Anticipation of Phase One of Reopening

     

    Launches New Pilot Program with 52 Independent Pharmacies to Conduct 7,000 Tests per Week

     

    New York State Now Has More Than 750 Testing Sites

     

    State is Making Contact Tracing Training Program Curriculum Available at No Cost to All States Through the National Governors Association

     

    Reminds New Yorkers to Vote in the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest by Monday, May 25th; 92,000 People Have Already Voted

     

    Confirms 1,696 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 358,154; New Cases in 48 Counties

     

     

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing 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.

     

    Governor Cuomo also announced the Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions will be permitted to begin construction staging in anticipation of phase one of reopening. If the number of deaths continues to decrease and the tracing is online, both regions could reopen next week.

     

    The Governor also announced the launch of a new pilot program with 52 independent pharmacies to conduct 7,000 tests per week. New York State now has more than 750 testing sites across the state. The Governor also encouraged eligible New Yorkers to visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov to find a nearby testing site and get tested.

     

    The Governor also announced that the state is making its contact tracing training curriculum available at no cost to all states through the National Governors Association to speed the process of creating contact tracing programs. The state partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University to develop this comprehensive online curriculum to train potential contact tracers. Contact tracing is currently underway in seven regions of the state - the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

     

    The Governor also reminded New Yorkers to vote in the state's Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest, which was launched by the Governor on May 5th and is being overseen by his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo. New Yorkers can vote for the winning ad until Monday May 25th at WearAMask.ny.gov, and 92,000 people have voted to date. The winning ad will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th, and that ad will be used as a public service announcement.

     

    "Small businesses are the engine of the New York economy, but they are now facing some of the toughest challenges in this pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "Helping our small businesses is a top priority, and we are starting the New York Forward Loan Fund and making more than $100 million available to provide loans to small businesses, focusing particularly on minority and women owned businesses that have faced even greater risks and received less in federal relief throughout this pandemic."

     

    Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,696 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 358,154 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 358,154 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

     

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    1,756

    56

    Allegany

    44

    0

    Broome

    468

    17

    Cattaraugus

    74

    3

    Cayuga

    73

    1

    Chautauqua

    63

    5

    Chemung

    135

    1

    Chenango

    118

    0

    Clinton

    94

    0

    Columbia

    356

    1

    Cortland

    37

    1

    Delaware

    72

    1

    Dutchess

    3,767

    22

    Erie

    5,397

    127

    Essex

    36

    0

    Franklin

    19

    0

    Fulton

    189

    3

    Genesee

    189

    1

    Greene

    215

    0

    Hamilton

    5

    0

    Herkimer

    95

    2

    Jefferson

    72

    1

    Lewis

    19

    1

    Livingston

    114

    0

    Madison

    297

    3

    Monroe

    2,601

    71

    Montgomery

    77

    0

    Nassau

    39,608

    121

    Niagara

    897

    17

    NYC

    196,484

    809

    Oneida

    828

    11

    Onondaga

    1,828

    57

    Ontario

    180

    4

    Orange

    10,142

    50

    Orleans

    175

    1

    Oswego

    96

    4

    Otsego

    67

    0

    Putnam

    1,187

    12

    Rensselaer

    460

    4

    Rockland

    12,905

    28

    Saratoga

    448

    8

    Schenectady

    645

    7

    Schoharie

    49

    0

    Schuyler

    11

    1

    Seneca

    54

    2

    St. Lawrence

    195

    0

    Steuben

    240

    2

    Suffolk

    38,672

    119

    Sullivan

    1,287

    6

    Tioga

    118

    1

    Tompkins

    147

    2

    Ulster

    1,595

    11

    Warren

    246

    5

    Washington

    224

    2

    Wayne

    104

    1

    Westchester

    32,767

    94

    Wyoming

    79

    0

    Yates

    34

    0

     

     

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  • Updated May 19, 2020 Updated May 19, 2020

    FEDERAL UPDATE

    • On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion, 1,800-page Heroes Act which includes:
      • Nearly $1 trillion for state, local and tribal governments
    • $500 billion for the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
    • $20 billion for U.S. territories and tribal governments
    • $375 billion for local governments such as counties, cities and smaller municipalities.
       

    Approximately $34.4 billion would go to New York State over the next 2 years, with $21 billion of that delivered within 30 days of enactment and the balance coming next year.


    NEW YORK STATE UPDATE


    Each region of the state needs to meet 7 health metrics before a “Phase 1” reopening can commence. Long Island has met 5 of the 7. It has not yet met:


    1. 14 day decline in-hospital deaths (3 day rolling average)

    2. At least 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the
    projected number of cases in the region (not yet but expected)
     
    NEW YORK STATE UPDATE

    • The Empire State Development Essential Business Guidance was updated on May 16.
       
    • Additional businesses now considered essential:
      • Essential health care operations: Acupuncture
      • Essential retail: Delivery for orders placed remotely via phone or online at non-essential retail establishments
      • Essential services: Auto maintenance; pet grooming; gardening and horticulture
      • Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other businesses: Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and pool maintenance; cleaning and sanitation services; occupational safety and health professionals; commercial moving services 
      • Recreation: Tennis, non-motorized boat use and rentals, golf and driving ranges; drive-in movie theaters. 
      • See https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 for more details.
  • Updated May 14, 2020 Updated May 14, 2020

    New York State’s Phase 1 business guidance is now available at https://www.forward.ny.gov.​ On the website, you will find a summar​y of guidelines, a link for businesses to read and affirm detailed guidelines, and a printable business safety plan template. Please note that these guidelines are applicable once a region is permitted to begin reopening based on the regional COVID19 metrics. The regional monitoring dashboard can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard.

    Businesses that are currently operating as per the Empire State Development essential business guidance (https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026) still need to read and affirm the guidance and utilize the safety plan template.

    A helpful FAQ about reopening can be found here: https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faq​.

  • Updated May 12, 2020 Updated May 12, 2020

    Governor Cuomo announced that 3 upstate regions will be ready to begin phase 1 of reopening by May 15th (see press release below). He also announced that certain low-risk business and activities may resume operations statewide on Friday, including landscaping and gardening work, outdoor recreation such as tennis and drive-in movie theaters.

     

    Each region of the state will need to meet all 7 of the below metrics before a “Phase 1” reopening can commence. (This includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail – curbside pickup, agriculture, forestry, and fishing).

     

    As of today, Long Island has met 5 out of 7 metrics at best:

     

    1. 14-day decline in net hospitalizations.
    2. Share of total hospital beds available (30% threshold).
    3. Share of ICE beds available (30% threshold).
    4. 30 per 1,000 residents tested monthly.
    5. At least 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents.
    6. 14-day decline in hospital deaths or fewer than 5 deaths (3 day average).
    7. New hospitalizations (under 2 per 100,000 residents (3 day rolling average).
    Governor Cuomo also announced the members of the regional control rooms that will monitor regional metrics during the reopening process. Kevin was named to the Long Island regional control room, along with fellow LIA Board Member John Durso, former LIA Board Member Tracey Edwards, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. It will be captained by Eric Gertler, President and CEO of Empire State Development.
     
    The state has launched a new regional monitoring dashboard, which can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard. This dashboard shows the reopening status of each region and if each region is meeting the reopening criteria.
     
    In addition, the governor announced the release of the "NY Forward Reopening" Plan. The plan can be found here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYForwardReopeningGuide.pdf.
     

    Finally, there is also a new NY Forward website for all of the information currently available about the phased regional reopening plan which will continuously be updated: https://forward.ny.gov/​.

     
    For Immediate Release: 5/11/2020
    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
     
     

    AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES THREE REGIONS OF NEW YORK STATE READY TO BEGIN REOPENING MAY 15TH

     

    Finger Lakes, Southern Tier & Mohawk Valley Regions Have Met the 7 Metrics Required to Begin Phase 1 of Reopening Plan, Which Includes Construction, Manufacturing, Retailfor Curbside Pickup, & Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

     

    The North Country and Central NY Close to Meeting All Metrics

     

    Governor Cuomo Releases the "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, Available Here

     

    Certain Low-Risk Business and Recreational Activities --including Landscaping, Gardening, Tennis & Drive-In-Movie Theaters -- Will Reopen Statewide on May 15th

     

    Launches Regional Monitoring Dashboard -- Available Here

     

    Announces Members of Regional Control Rooms to Monitor Regional Metrics DuringReopening Process

     

     

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that as of today, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th. If the trend continues, starting on May 15th, these three regions can begin opening businesses 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. The North Country and Central NY regions have met 6 of the 7 metrics and could be ready at the end of the week. A guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan is available here. The Governor also launched the state's regional monitoring dashboard, which is available here.

     

    The Governor also announced that certain low-risk business and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis; and drive-in movie theaters.

     

    "We are starting a new chapter in the fight against this virus - we've worked together as a state to flatten the curve and the decline has finally reached a point where it is just about where we started this journey, so now we can turn to reopening," Governor Cuomo said. "As we approach May 15, we have put regional control rooms in place, which are made up of the top government officials and academic and healthcare professionals in that region, to watch the situation in each region develop and increase or decrease the activity and speed of reopening based on the  metrics and guidelines. These control rooms are critical because we just made it over the mountain and nobody wants to go back to the other side now."

     

    Governor Cuomo also announced the members of the regional control rooms that will monitor regional metrics during the reopening process. These regional control rooms will monitor the hospitalization rate, death rate, number of new hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, testing and contact tracing within its region during reopening and alert the state if the region's metrics no longer meet the reopening guidelines and adjust the reopening plan for that region accordingly. Members of each regional control room are available here.

     

    Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,660 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 337,055 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 337,055 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

     

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    1,456

    24

    Allegany

    38

    2

    Broome

    378

    5

    Cattaraugus

    61

    1

    Cayuga

    60

    2

    Chautauqua

    41

    0

    Chemung

    131

    0

    Chenango

    111

    2

    Clinton

    76

    0

    Columbia

    314

    2

    Cortland

    29

    0

    Delaware

    65

    1

    Dutchess

    3,378

    19

    Erie

    4,483

    30

    Essex

    32

    0

    Franklin

    17

    0

    Fulton

    109

    2

    Genesee

    173

    1

    Greene

    206

    0

    Hamilton

    5

    0

    Herkimer

    81

    2

    Jefferson

    68

    0

    Lewis

    11

    0

    Livingston

    102

    0

    Madison

    251

    0

    Monroe

    1,850

    29

    Montgomery

    67

    0

    Nassau

    38,337

    120

    Niagara

    655

    12

    NYC

    185,357

    940

    Oneida

    669

    9

    Onondaga

    1,287

    22

    Ontario

    107

    1

    Orange

    9,584

    41

    Orleans

    130

    4

    Oswego

    75

    0

    Otsego

    67

    0

    Putnam

    1,098

    9

    Rensselaer

    411

    2

    Rockland

    12,484

    33

    Saratoga

    403

    1

    Schenectady

    575

    4

    Schoharie

    46

    0

    Schuyler

    7

    0

    Seneca

    49

    0

    St. Lawrence

    190

    3

    Steuben

    228

    1

    Suffolk

    36,911

    209

    Sullivan

    1,109

    16

    Tioga

    107

    2

    Tompkins

    132

    0

    Ulster

    1,454

    4

    Warren

    217

    10

    Washington

    210

    4

    Wayne

    81

    1

    Westchester

    31,384

    90

    Wyoming

    77

    0

    Yates

    21

    0

     

     

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  • Updated May 8, 2020 Updated May 8, 2020

    Governor Cuomo announced that the moratorium on COVID-related evictions will be extended until August 20th. The state is also banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the the eviction moratorium and will allow rents to use security deposits as payment. More details below.

    The $25 Million Nourish New York Initiative has helped nearly 50 food banks, more than 2,100 New York farms and more than 20,000 households across the state​. The state is continuing to ask any philanthropies that would like to help the State's food banks to contact Fran Barrett, Director of Non-Profits at COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.​
     
    NYSDOH COVID19 tracker can be found here: http://www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker.
     
    NYS COVID19 testing data can be found here: https://data.ny.gov/​. 
     
    NYS contact tracing initiative: http://www.health.ny.gov/assistance​. 
  • Updated May 7, 2020 Updated May 7, 2020

    State is Banning Late Payments or Fees for missed Rent Payments During Eviction Moratorium and Allowing Renters Facing Financial Hardship to Use Security Deposit as Payment

    $25 Million Nourish New York Initiative Has Helped Nearly 50 Food Banks, More Than 2,100 New York Farms and More Than 20,000 Households Across the State

    Results of State's Antibody Testing Survey of Health Care Workers Show Infection Rate Among Health Care Workers is About the Same or Lower Than General Population

    Confirms 3,491 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 327,469; New Cases in 47 Counties

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

    Governor Cuomo also announced the state's $25 million Nourish New York Initiative has purchased food and products from more than 2,100 New York farms and provided support to nearly 50 food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries to date. Within the next week, more than 20,000 households across the state will receive Nourish New York products. First announced by the Governor on April 27th, the Nourish New York Initiative provides relief by purchasing food and products from Upstate farms and directs them to the populations who need them most through New York's network of food banks. The state is also asking any philanthropies or foundations that would like to help the state's food banks to contact COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov

    The Governor also announced the results of state's antibody testing survey of health care workers. The survey tested approximately 27,000 employees from 25 downstate health care facilities and found that the infection rate among health care workers is about the same or lower than the infection rate of the general population.

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

    During these incredibly difficult and stressful times we must protect New Yorkers who are facing financial hardships due to COVID-19.

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

    "During these incredibly difficult and stressful times we must protect New Yorkers who are facing financial hardships due to COVID-19," Governor Cuomo said. "The majority of people in the state live paycheck to paycheck, and all of a sudden the paychecks have stopped for these individuals but the rent bill keeps coming in. In March we issued a moratorium on all residential and commercial evictions, and we are going to extend that moratorium until August 20th to provide some relief to those New Yorkers who are struggling."

    Finally, the Governor confirmed 3,491 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 327,469 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 327,469 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    1,348

    27

    Allegany

    35

    0

    Broome

    360

    15

    Cattaraugus

    59

    5

    Cayuga

    52

    1

    Chautauqua

    40

    2

    Chemung

    129

    1

    Chenango

    105

    3

    Clinton

    69

    0

    Columbia

    302

    11

    Cortland

    29

    1

    Delaware

    63

    1

    Dutchess

    3,233

    41

    Erie

    4,136

    128

    Essex

    30

    0

    Franklin

    16

    0

    Fulton

    101

    1

    Genesee

    168

    6

    Greene

    198

    10

    Hamilton

    5

    0

    Herkimer

    74

    6

    Jefferson

    64

    1

    Lewis

    10

    1

    Livingston

    95

    6

    Madison

    246

    15

    Monroe

    1,688

    33

    Montgomery

    63

    0

    Nassau

    37,593

    243

    Niagara

    588

    39

    NYC

    180,216

    1,865

    Oneida

    609

    30

    Onondaga

    1,115

    59

    Ontario

    101

    2

    Orange

    9,328

    113

    Orleans

    108

    5

    Oswego

    70

    0

    Otsego

    67

    0

    Putnam

    1,066

    26

    Rensselaer

    367

    20

    Rockland

    12,280

    76

    Saratoga

    374

    3

    Schenectady

    551

    0

    Schoharie

    45

    0

    Schuyler

    7

    0

    Seneca

    46

    0

    St. Lawrence

    181

    1

    Steuben

    224

    1

    Suffolk

    35,892

    349

    Sullivan

    1,021

    25

    Tioga

    97

    1

    Tompkins

    130

    1

    Ulster

    1,416

    33

    Warren

    193

    0

    Washington

    190

    1

    Wayne

    78

    0

    Westchester

    30,708

    282

    Wyoming

    71

    1

    Yates

    19

    0

    Contact the Governor's Press Office
  • Updated May 6, 2020 Updated May 6, 2020

    New York State Update

     

    Governor Cuomo outlined additional guidelines for when regions can re-open. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open.

     

    1. New Infections:
    Must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average.
    Must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
    2. Health Care Capacity:
    Must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases - at least 30% total hospital and ICU beds available.
    Hospitals have at least 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled.
    3. Diagnostic Testing Capacity:
    Must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month.
    4. Contact Tracing Capacity:
    Must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region.

     

    Governor Cuomo also outlined which industries and businesses can open in each phase of the state's re-opening plan.

     

    Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread.

     

    Regions must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.

     

    1. PHASE I: construction/manufacturing/some retailers with curbside pick-up
    2. PHASE II: professional services, finance/insurance, real estate, etc.
    3. PHASE III: restaurants and hotels
    4. PHASE IV: arts/entertainment/recreation, education

     

    For more information, please visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-outlines-additional-guidelines-when-regions-can.

  • Updated April 26, 2020 Updated April 26, 2020

    Subject: AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO OUTLINES PHASED PLAN TO RE-OPEN NEW YORK STARTING WITH CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING
     
    
    For Immediate Release: 4/26/2020
    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
     
     

    AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO OUTLINES PHASED PLAN TO RE-OPEN NEW YORK STARTING WITH CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING

     

    Plan Will Be Implemented in Phases and Based on Regional Analysis and Determinations

     

    State Will Closely Monitor Hospitalization Rate and Public Health Impact During Each Phase of Re-Opening and Will Adjust Plan and Make Other Decisions Based on Those Indicators

     

    Confirms 5,902 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 288,045; New Cases in 48 Counties

     

     

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a new normal for the state starting with construction and manufacturing. The plan will be implemented in phases and will be based on regional analysis and determinations. Based on CDC recommendations, once a region experiences a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate they may begin a phased re-opening. The State is closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate and the number of positive antibody tests, as well as the overall public health impact, and will make adjustments to the plan and other decisions based on these indicators.

    • Phase one will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk.
    • Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. As the infection rate declines, the pace of reopening businesses will be increased.
    • The region must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.
    • There will be two weeks in between each phase to monitor the effects of the re-opening and ensure hospitalization and infection rates are not increasing.
    • This plan will be implemented with multi-state coordination, especially in downstate New York. The plan will also coordinate the opening of transportation systems, parks, schools, beaches and businesses with special attention on summer activities for downstate, public housing and low-income communities, food banks and child care.
    • The phased re-opening will also be based on individual business and industry plans that include new measures to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. The state is consulting with local leaders in each region and industry to formulate these plans.

     

    "We've been talking about re-opening the state and re-imagining a new New York, and to do that we're going to have to make governmental decisions in partnership with business decisions," Governor Cuomo said. "Every business leader understands that we can't just re-open and go back to where we were and what we were doing before - we have to move forward in light of the circumstances that have developed. So we are going to re-open the economy in phases, based on regional and specific industry determinations and CDC guidelines, and in the midst of all this continuing to monitor the public health impact because all that progress we made by flattening that curve we could lose in a matter of days if we're not careful."

      

    Finally, the Governor confirmed 5,902 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 288,045 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 288,045 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

     

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    948

    49

    Allegany

    35

    0

    Broome

    257

    6

    Cattaraugus

    45

    0

    Cayuga

    47

    0

    Chautauqua

    29

    2

    Chemung

    106

    3

    Chenango

    93

    2

    Clinton

    57

    3

    Columbia

    143

    3

    Cortland

    28

    0

    Delaware

    58

    0

    Dutchess

    2,729

    69

    Erie

    2,954

    181

    Essex

    24

    0

    Franklin

    14

    0

    Fulton

    62

    1

    Genesee

    144

    3

    Greene

    110

    3

    Hamilton

    3

    0

    Herkimer

    57

    1

    Jefferson

    60

    1

    Lewis

    9

    0

    Livingston

    60

    2

    Madison

    123

    2

    Monroe

    1,316

    31

    Montgomery

    47

    1

    Nassau

    34,522

    724

    Niagara

    368

    24

    NYC

    158,258

    3,145

    Oneida

    384

    20

    Onondaga

    692

    28

    Ontario

    84

    2

    Orange

    8,106

    133

    Orleans

    80

    5

    Oswego

    61

    4

    Otsego

    60

    0

    Putnam

    904

    19

    Rensselaer

    242

    21

    Rockland

    11,256

    165

    Saratoga

    330

    10

    Schenectady

    449

    18

    Schoharie

    35

    2

    Schuyler

    7

    0

    Seneca

    38

    2

    St. Lawrence

    167

    11

    Steuben

    207

    3

    Suffolk

    32,059

    691

    Sullivan

    724

    35

    Tioga

    71

    0

    Tompkins

    126

    0

    Ulster

    1,190

    24

    Warren

    135

    3

    Washington

    127

    14

    Wayne

    65

    0

    Westchester

    27,664

    433

    Wyoming

    59

    2

    Yates

    17

    1

     

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  • Updated April 22, 2020 Updated April 22, 2020

    The Paycheck Protection Program funding had been exhausted. In response, Congress moved to replenish the program and approve a new coronavirus relief bill, which resulted in President Trump and Congress reaching a deal on a $484 billion package. It includes:

    • $321 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (this includes $60 billion set aside specifically for community banks, small lenders and underbanked businesses and non-profits that lacked access to the program, such as those that are rural or owned by minorities or women.
    • $60 billion for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
    • $75 billion for hospitals.
    • $25 billion for testing.

    State Update

    New York on Pause remains in effect until May 15th.

    Economic Recovery:

    • Governor Andrew Cuomo joined with the governors from New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to announce their appointees to the multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work.
      • The appointees from New York are: Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor; Robert Mujica, Director of NYS Division of the Budget; and Michael Dowling, President and CEO, Northwell Health.
         
    • Governor Cuomo is creating a Reimagine NY Task Force that will primarily focus on downstate New York and be led by local leaders. It will take a regional approach to reopening and make decisions on which counties and regions to open and when to open them based on the facts and data specific to that area.
      • Mayor deBlasio and County Executives Curran and Bellone will serve on the downstate council.
         
    • The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
      • This will streamline the process for unemployment benefits and provide one form to fill out to get benefits and not require calling the Department of Labor.
         
    • Essential Businesses:

    The Empire State Development Essential Business Guidance has been updated with changes to golf courses and marinas.

    • Golf courses are still considered non-essential but can now be played under strict COVID-19 and social distancing rules.
    • Use of marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers is permissible where such facilities adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols.
    • Use of such sites for the purposes of personal use or operation of boats or other watercraft is permissible.
    • For more details, see https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026.
  • Updated April 16, 2020 Updated April 16, 2020

    For Immediate Release: 4/16/2020
    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
     
     

    AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO OUTLINES BLUEPRINT TO UN-PAUSE NEW YORK

     

    Blueprint Will Work to Control the Rate of Infection, Strengthen the Health Care System and Ramp Up Testing with Help from the Federal Government While Phasing an Economic Return to a "New Normal"

     

     

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined a blueprint to un-pause New York, getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus. The ultimate plan will be implemented in coordination with other states in the multi-state council.

     

    1. Do No Harm - Step one is to continue controlling the rate of infection. This includes extending the NY Pause order until May 15th and implementing additional measures to reduce the rate of infection, including requiring masks in public when social distancing is not possible.
    2. Strengthening the healthcare system - Step two is continuing the surge and flex strategy to ensure anyone who needs medical attention gets it, building out the strategic stockpile of PPE and other medical equipment, and sharing resources amongst states and localities.
    3. Testing and Contact Tracing - The best tool to inform decisions and calibrate progress of any phased reopening of the economy is through both diagnostic and antibody testing. The states need the federal government to partner on this effort and bring it to the mass scale that is needed. With the help of an army of investigators, contact tracing needs to be done to help limit the virus spread.
    4. Phased Return to "New Normal" -

     Evaluating Risk by Industry: The 'Un-Pause NY' approach is designed to open businesses in phases of priority. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. As the infection rate declines, the pace of reopening businesses will be increased.

     Precautions and Practices for businesses to consider to guide phased return to "new normal":  

     Transport: Ensure employees have means for safe transport (i.e., masks, gloves for public transit) or require telecommuting/work from home.

     Workplace: Ensure workplaces are designed to include social distancing measures (i.e., desks six feet apart, conference rooms redesigned), telecommuting for those who can and the most vulnerable

     Customer Interaction: Ensure measures designed to ensure minimal contact with customers, ensure public-interacting employees have necessary protective supplies such as gloves, masks, etc.). Special precautions should be taken for businesses that primarily interact with the most vulnerable populations.

     Proactive Infection Plan: Ensure protocols in place should an employee develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive (i.e. work from home plan)

     

    "Now that we've shown we can flatten the curve and our efforts to control the spread of the virus are working, we must focus on a smart, effective plan to un-pause New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The first part of the plan is to do no harm - don't let that infection rate go up to the best of your ability and don't lose the progress that we have made. Second, now that we have some stability in our health care system after a weeks-long overdrive, we continue to strengthen that system and ramp up testing and contact tracing to identify those who are sick and isolate them so they don't transmit the virus to others. Then we can focus on phasing an economic return to the new normal - but we need all those activities going on at the same time for our plan to un-pause New York to work." 

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    Federal Update

    • On April 9th, the Federal Reserve took additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy.

    Main Street Lending Program

    • The Main Street Lending Program will enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion.
    • Principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year.
    • Eligible banks may originate new Main Street loans or use Main Street loans to increase the size of existing loans to businesses. Banks will retain a 5 percent share, selling the remaining 95 percent to the Main Street facility, which will purchase up to $600 billion of loans. The Department of the Treasury, using funding from the CARES Act, will provide $75 billion in equity.
    • Firms seeking Main Street loans must commit to make reasonable efforts to maintain payroll and retain workers. Borrowers must also follow compensation, stock repurchase, and dividend restrictions that apply to direct loan programs under the CARES Act. Firms that have taken advantage of the PPP may also take out Main Street loans.

    Paycheck Protection Program

    • Bolster the effectiveness of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by supplying liquidity to participating financial institutions through term financing backed by PPP loans to small businesses.
    • The Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility (PPPLF) will extend credit to eligible financial institutions that originate PPP loans, taking the loans as collateral at face value.

    Other Actions by the Fed

    • Increase the flow of credit to households and businesses through capital markets, by expanding the size and scope of the Primary and Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facilities (PMCCF and SMCCF) as well as the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF).
      • These three programs will now support up to $850 billion in credit backed by $85 billion in credit protection provided by the Treasury.
    • Help state and local governments manage cash flow stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic by establishing a Municipal Liquidity Facility that will offer up to $500 billion in lending to states and municipalities.
      • The Treasury will provide $35 billion of credit protection to the Federal Reserve for the Municipal Liquidity Facility using funds appropriated by the CARES Act.
    • As these programs are being finalized, public comments may be sent to the feedback form until April 16thhttps://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200409a.htm.

    New York State Update

    • On April 13th, Governor Andrew Cuomo partnered with the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island (with Massachusetts joining shortly after) to announce the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work.
    • On April 12th, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.16 directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.
  • Updated April 13, 2020 Updated April 13, 2020

    Subject: GOVERNOR CUOMO, GOVERNOR MURPHY, GOVERNOR LAMONT, GOVERNOR WOLF, GOVERNOR CARNEY, GOVERNOR RAIMONDO ANNOUNCE MULTI-STATE COUNCIL TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND RESTORE THE ECONOMY
     

    

    For Immediate Release: 4/13/2020
    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO, GOVERNOR MURPHY, GOVERNOR LAMONT, GOVERNOR WOLF, GOVERNOR CARNEY, GOVERNOR RAIMONDO ANNOUNCE MULTI-STATE COUNCIL TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND RESTORE THE ECONOMY

    Council Will Include One Health Expert, One Economic Development Expert and Respective Chiefs of Staff from Each State

    Council Will Develop a Fully Integrated Regional Framework to Gradually Lift the States' Stay at Home Orders While Minimizing the Risk of Increased Spread of the Virus

    New Effort Builds on the States' Ongoing Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

    Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states' ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The coordinating group - comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective Chief of Staff from each state -- will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states' stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

    The council will create this framework using every tool available to accomplish the goal of easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread - including testing, contact tracing, treatment and social distancing - and will rely on the best available scientific, statistical, social and economic information to manage and evaluate those tools.

    "We have been collaborating closely with our neighboring states to combat this pandemic through a uniform approach to social distancing and density reduction and it has been working well. Now it is time to start opening the valve slowly and carefully while watching the infection rate meter so we don't trigger a second wave of new infections," Governor Cuomo said. "This is not a light switch that we can just flick on and everything goes back to normal - we have to come up with a smart, consistent strategy to restart the systems we shut down and get people back to work, and to the extent possible we want to do that through a regional approach because we are a regional economy. New York is partnering with these five states to create a multi-state council that will come up with a framework based on science and data to gradually ease the stay at home restrictions and get our economy back up and running."

    Governor Phil Murphy said, "No one has given more thought or is more eager to restart our economy than I am, but if we don't get the sequencing right, we put more lives at risk. The only path to a sustainable economic recovery is through a strong healthcare recovery. Then, and only then, do we position ourselves to fully ignite our economy and get the residents of our state back to work while minimizing the danger of this disease. A coordinated, regional approach, informed by a multi-state council of experts, will help us avoid a major setback with potentially disastrous consequences. I look forward to the day when the facts on the ground allow us to ease our restrictions and move our regional economy forward."

    Governor Ned Lamont said, "One thing that's undeniable is that this virus does not stop at the border of any county, state, or country, but the impact is the same when it comes to our respective economies and healthcare systems. Working as a regional coalition to make the right decisions will lead to the best public health results for all of our residents. We must solve these problems together."

    Governor Tom Wolf said, "Our highest priority remains protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. While my administration continues to take critical steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I also recognize that we must look ahead and take a measured, careful approach to prepare for the future while ensuring that we don't undo all of our efforts. Pennsylvania will work collaboratively with our partners both in state and in surrounding states to develop a comprehensive strategy that first focuses on health but also addresses the need to gradually restore our economy." 

    Governor John Carney said, "We still have a situation in Delaware that is getting worse. Infections of COVID-19 and hospitalizations are rising. Delawareans should stay home. Don't go out in public unnecessarily. Don't visit Delaware unless you need to see a doctor, or care for a family member. You'll only increase everyone's risk. At the same time, we need to look forward. We need a consistent approach for moving our states out of this crisis, when that day comes. I'm grateful for the partnership of my fellow Governors in the region. They are all working around-the-clock to prevent surges in COVID-19 cases, protect hospital capacity for the most critically-ill patients, and save lives. We'll get through this by working together."

    Governor Gina Raimondo said, "States are taking the lead as we fight to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives. I'm proud of the steps we've taken, and I'm constantly thinking about what it will take to safely reopen our economy. But we know that this virus does not recognize borders, and it's clear we need a strong, coordinated regional approach to avoid a second wave of this disease. I'm grateful to my fellow governors for their leadership during this crisis and I'm confident that this new partnership will support our efforts to get Rhode Islanders -- and all Americans -- back to work safely."

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