• Updated August 4, 2020 Updated August 4, 2020

    Travel Advisory
    Governor Cuomo has added Rhode Island to the list of states for the incoming travel advisory. Delaware and Washington D.C. have been removed. Below are the links with helpful information on the travel advisory, including the homepage and a helpful FAQ.​
  • Updated August 4, 2020 Updated August 4, 2020

    New York Extends Rent Relief Application Through August 6th

     

    The application period for the state’s Covid Rent Relief Program has been extended from July 30th to August 6th. Click here for the application and more details: https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP.

  • Updated July 21, 2020 Updated July 21, 2020

    The NY Forward Loan Fund is still open and accepting applications. The loan fund provides working capital to help business with the costs of reopening from COVID-19. Eligible applicants include small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, small landlords, and nonprofits. You can find out more about the program and apply at this link: https://esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans-info.

     

  • July 14, 2020 July 14, 2020

    Department of Health Emergency Regulations

    Enforcement of Social Distancing Measures

     

    10 NYCRR Subpart 66-3 is intended to codify, and assist in the enforcement of, existing Executive Orders mandating face coverings, social distancing requirements, restricting non-essential gatherings, and the operation of non-essential businesses. The regulation allows violations to be charged as a violation of public health law, subject to the following penalties:

     

    Penalties -- 10 NYCRR § 66-3.4

    • Violations of these regulations by individuals are subject to a maximum fine of $1000 per violation per day, as well as any other penalties that may be established in law.

    Additionally, a willful violation of this regulation is a violation of Section 12-b of the Public Health Law, which is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000.

    Face-Coverings -- 10 NYCRR § 66-3.2

    • Any person over two years of age and able to medically tolerate a face-covering must wear a mask or face-covering when in public and unable to maintain social distance.
      • Passengers over the age of two and able to tolerate a face-covering must wear a mask or face covering when on public transport or private for-hire transport.
         
      • Drivers or other employees of transportation carriers must wear a mask or face-covering if there are paying passengers on such transport.
         
      • Any employee present in the workplace must be provided a mask or face-covering and must wear it when in contact with customers or the public, or unable to socially distance
         
      • Business operators and building owners must deny entry and/or remove any person who fails to comply with face-covering requirements.
         
      • Adequate face coverings include cloth masks, surgical masks, N-95s, and face shields.
         
      • To maintain social distance, persons must keep at least 6 feet away from any other person, other than their own family members.

    Non-Essential Gatherings -- 10 NYCRR § 66-3.3

    • Limits non-essential gatherings to the gathering limit set by Executive Order establishing such limit in the region (currently, 25 in Phase 3, 50 in Phase 4).
      • Prohibits any person from encouraging or promoting any non-essential gathering on any public property.
      • This intended to prevent businesses from evading responsibility for a non-essential gathering occurring off the business’s premises, but as a result of the business’s actions.
         
      • Requires that any non-essential gathering that is allowed to proceed must comply with social distancing protocols.
         
      • Provides that restrictions on non-essential gatherings do not apply to essential businesses (noting that such businesses must still comply with NY Forward guidance).

     Non-Essential Businesses -- 10 NYCRR § 66-3.4

    • All non-essential businesses must reduce their in-person work force by 100% pursuant to Executive Order 202.8; however the state’s phased reopening has allowed most industries to reopen so long as Department of Health guidance is adhered to.
      • This regulation is subject to modification by Executive Orders implementing the phased re-opening of NY, including already issued Executive Orders for each phase.
         
      • Essential businesses include those listed in the regulation, and those determined essential by Empire State Development, as well as businesses and industries that have been allowed to reopen pursuant to NY Forward Executive Orders.

    ​ 

  • Updated July 14, 2020 Updated July 14, 2020

     

    For Immediate Release: 7/13/2020

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW DATA-DRIVEN GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS

      

    Schools in Regions in Phase IV Can Reopen if Daily Infection Rate Remains Below 5 Percent Using a 14-Day Average

     

    Schools Will Close if Regional Infection Rate Rises Over 9 Percent After August 1

     

    Finalized DOH and Reimagine Education Advisory Council Guidance and Guiding Principles Available Here

     

    1.08 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive

     

    10 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

     

    Confirms 557 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 402,263; New Cases in 38 Counties

     

     

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new, data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State. Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in Phase IV 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 1. New York State will make the formula determination during the week of August 1 to 7. New York State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools today, which are available here. The DOH and Governor's Reimagine Council are working closely with the Department of Education as it releases education guidance. Plans to reopen schools are due on July 31.

     

    Topics addressed by state guidance include:

    1. Masks/PPE
    2. Social Distancing
    3. Cohort Structures
    4. Restructuring Space to Maximize In-Class Instruction
    5. Transportation
    6. Food Service
    7. Aftercare and Extracurriculars
    8. Screening
    9. Tracing
    10. Cleaning and Disinfecting

     

    Governor Cuomo also updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

     

    "Everybody wants to reopen schools, but you only reopen if it's safe to reopen, and that's determined by the data. You don't hold your finger up and feel the wind, you don't have an inspiration, you don't have a dream, you don't have an emotion--look at the data," Governor Cuomo said. "We test more and we have more data than any state. If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don't have the virus under control, then you can't reopen. We're not going to use our children as the litmus test and we're not going to going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered. It's that simple. Common sense and intelligence can still determine what we do, even in this crazy environment. We're not going to use our children as guinea pigs. What I say to the experts is very simple. I'm making the determination as to whether or not I would send my daughter to school. If it's safe, I'll send her. If it's not safe, I'm not going to send her. And you can determine that by science."

     

    Today's data is summarized briefly below:

    1. Patient Hospitalization - 792 (-9)
    2. Patients Newly Admitted - 60 (-15)
    3. Hospital Counties - 31
    4. Number ICU - 175 (+1)
    5. Number ICU with Intubation - 103 (+1)
    6. Total Discharges - 71,643 (+78)
    7. Deaths - 10
    8. Total Deaths - 24,989

     

    Of the 51,687 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 557, or 1.08 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

     

    REGION

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    SUNDAY

    Capital Region

    1.2%

    2.0%

    0.9%

    Central New York

    1.7%

    1.1%

    1.0%

    Finger Lakes

    1.0%

    0.8%

    1.0%

    Long Island

    1.0%

    0.9%

    1.5%

    Mid-Hudson

    0.8%

    0.9%

    0.8%

    Mohawk Valley

    0.9%

    0.8%

    0.8%

    New York City

    1.0%

    1.3%

    1.1%

    North Country

    0.3%

    0.4%

    0.2%

    Southern Tier

    1.5%

    0.6%

    0.9%

    Western New York

    1.9%

    1.0%

    1.1%

     

    The Governor also confirmed 557 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 402,263 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 402,263 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

     

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    2,225

    6

    Allegany

    66

    0

    Broome

    827

    7

    Cattaraugus

    138

    0

    Cayuga

    126

    0

    Chautauqua

    171

    1

    Chemung

    148

    0

    Chenango

    169

    3

    Clinton

    109

    0

    Columbia

    487

    1

    Cortland

    59

    1

    Delaware

    92

    0

    Dutchess

    4,280

    4

    Erie

    7,766

    24

    Essex

    51

    0

    Franklin

    36

    0

    Fulton

    265

    0

    Genesee

    250

    0

    Greene

    266

    0

    Hamilton

    6

    0

    Herkimer

    193

    1

    Jefferson

    99

    2

    Lewis

    31

    0

    Livingston

    147

    0

    Madison

    375

    1

    Monroe

    4,200

    23

    Montgomery

    133

    1

    Nassau

    42,354

    47

    Niagara

    1,342

    2

    NYC

    219,301

    250

    Oneida

    1,830

    7

    Onondaga

    3,142

    18

    Ontario

    302

    2

    Orange

    10,841

    6

    Orleans

    287

    0

    Oswego

    222

    2

    Otsego

    89

    0

    Putnam

    1,365

    4

    Rensselaer

    617

    1

    Rockland

    13,719

    3

    Saratoga

    610

    8

    Schenectady

    868

    4

    Schoharie

    62

    0

    Schuyler

    15

    0

    Seneca

    74

    0

    St. Lawrence

    231

    1

    Steuben

    276

    2

    Suffolk

    42,112

    84

    Sullivan

    1,465

    0

    Tioga

    161

    0

    Tompkins

    186

    0

    Ulster

    1,862

    3

    Warren

    280

    3

    Washington

    249

    0

    Wayne

    209

    4

    Westchester

    35,327

    30

    Wyoming

    102

    1

    Yates

    48

    0

     

     

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  • Updated July 9, 2020 Updated July 9, 2020

    New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive One-Time Reopening/Restructuring and Temporary Operating Assistance Grants 

     

    The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is accepting applications for two separate grants available through NYS with funding from the federal CARES Act related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    The deadline for submission has been extended to July 22, 2020.

     

    OCFS will put forward $65 million for the second installment of the CARES funding to incentivize reopening of closed programs and the expansion of child care capacity in open programs to assist in reopening efforts of New York Forward.

     

    ·       $20 million to assist reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials and activities to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies associated with reopening and expansion. 

    ·       $45 million in Reopening and Expansion Incentive Temporary Assistance.

    This is a noncompetitive application. 

     

    Programs can apply for both grants. To determine eligibility, go to the OCFS-5450 Application, Part IV. 

     

    Legally exempt providers are only eligible for the One-Time Grants for Reopening/Restructuring Materials, Activities, and Supplies grant.

     

    Visit the OCFS Website for more details, instructions &

    a budget template.

  • Updated July 7, 2020 Updated July 7, 2020

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LONG ISLAND CLEARED BY GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS TO ENTER PHASE 4 OF REOPENING TOMORROW

    

    For Immediate Release: 7/7/2020

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LONG ISLAND CLEARED BY GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS TO ENTER PHASE 4 OF REOPENING TOMORROW
      

    "The team of global public health experts advising New York State on its reopening strategy has thoroughly reviewed the data for Long Island and has cleared it to enter Phase 4 of reopening starting tomorrow, July 8.

    "As states across the country experience a resurgence in cases, we've maintained both low hospitalizations and a low rate of positive cases through the hard work and vigilance of New Yorkers. However, this pandemic is far from over, and I encourage New Yorkers to continue practicing the basic behaviors—wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing—that have made an enormous difference in the state's ability to fight the virus. Local governments likewise have vital roles to play in enforcing state guidelines so we can keep COVID-19 at bay and continue pursuing the state's incremental, data-driven reopening."

    New York Forward guidance for Phase 4 reopening can be found here.

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  • Updated June 24, 2020 Updated June 24, 2020

    PHASE 4 GUIDANCE

    Phase 4 guidance has been posted in the NY Forward website: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries. Phase 4 includes:

    • Higher education: including but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools. ​
    • Low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment​:outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities. ​
    • Low-risk indoor arts and entertainment:indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities​.
    • Media production: “media production activities” encompass all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site. ​

    While Long Island entered Phase 3 today,

    businesses in Phase 4 are encouraged to read the guidelines, submit an affirmation, and complete and print the safety plan in order to begin preparing for the next phase.

  • Updated June 17, 2020 Updated June 17, 2020

    EIDL Information

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

     

    The EIDL program offers long-term, low-interest assistance to small businesses or non-profits. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties; these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

     

    To learn more, click here

  • Updated June 9, 2020 Updated June 9, 2020

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LONG ISLAND CLEARED BY GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS TO BEGIN PHASE TWO OF REOPENING TOMORROW

    

    For Immediate Release: 6/9/2020

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LONG ISLAND CLEARED BY GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS TO BEGIN PHASE TWO OF REOPENING TOMORROW

    "New York's team of global public health experts advising the state's reopening strategy has reviewed the numbers and data for Long Island and cleared this region to proceed with phase two of reopening beginning tomorrow, June 10th.

    "As more regions across the state continue with the reopening process, New Yorkers should remember it was because of their hard work that we have been able to bend the curve and reopen this quickly, and all individuals should continue to follow the necessary guidelines and precautions to help prevent a renewed increase in the spread of the virus."

    New York Forward guidance for phase two reopening can be found here.

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  • Updated June 9, 2020 Updated June 9, 2020

    Guidance for Phase 3 industries has been posted on the NY Forward website. Phase 3 includes restaurant/food service and personal care. As per the guidance, personal care includes "non-hair-related personal care  businesses and services including tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing." Phase 3 guidance can be found at this link: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries​.

    Ahead of Long Island entering Phase 3, businesses should go to the website, read the guidelines, submit an affirmation, and complete and print the safety plan.

    Long Island is currently in Phase 1 and is expected to enter Phase 2 tomorrow, upon review by public health experts.

  • Updated June 8, 2020 Updated June 8, 2020

    The Empire State Development essential business guidance was just updated to include additional outdoor, low-risk recreational activities. Below is copied from the guidance:

     

    Outdoor, low-risk recreational activities are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place:

    • tennis;
    • non-motorized boat use and rentals, such as row boats, kayaks, canoes; 
    • golf and driving ranges, except miniature (mini) golf, with food and retail services subject to the restrictions that are currently in effect within the region;
    • racket games, such as badminton, pickleball, racquetball;
    • toss/bowl games, such horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss, croquet;
    • flying disc games, such as disc golf and frisbee;
    • shuffleboard;
    • aerial rope courses or zip lining;
    • rope courses including aerial rope courses;
    • batting cages;
    • shooting ranges; and
    • swim classes and swim instruction.​

    Link to the essential business guidance: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026​.

  • Updated June 8, 2020 Updated June 8, 2020

    Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

     

     

    WASHINGTON SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act:

     

    “We want to thank President Trump for his leadership and commend Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy for working on a bipartisan basis to pass this legislation for small businesses participating in the Paycheck Protection Program.

     

    “We also want to express our gratitude to Chairman Rubio, Ranking Member Cardin, Senator Collins, Congressman Roy, Congressman Phillips, and other members of Congress who have helped to create and guide our implementation of this critical program that has provided over 4.5 million small business loans totaling more than $500 billion to ensure that approximately 50 million hardworking Americans stay connected to their jobs.

     

    “This bill will provide businesses with more time and flexibility to keep their employees on the payroll and ensure their continued operations as we safely reopen our country.

     

    “We look forward to getting the American people back to work as quickly as possible.”

     

    Upcoming Procedures

     

    SBA, in consultation with Treasury, will promptly issue rules and guidance, a modified borrower application form, and a modified loan forgiveness application implementing these legislative amendments to the PPP.  These modifications will implement the following important changes:

     

    Extend the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks after the date of loan disbursement, providing substantially greater flexibility for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.  Borrowers who have already received PPP loans retain the option to use an eight-week covered period.

     

    • Lower the requirements that 75 percent of a borrower’s loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs and that 75 percent of the loan forgiveness amount must have been spent on payroll costs during the 24-week loan forgiveness covered period to 60 percent for each of these requirements. If a borrower uses less than 60 percent of the loan amount for payroll costs during the forgiveness covered period, the borrower will continue to be eligible for partial loan forgiveness, subject to at least 60 percent of the loan forgiveness amount having been used for payroll costs.

     

    • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees for borrowers that are unable to return to the same level of business activity the business was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, related to worker or customer safety requirements related to COVID–19.

     

    • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees, to provide protections for borrowers that are both unable to rehire individuals who were employees of the borrower on February 15, 2020, and unable to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions by December 31, 2020.

     

    • Increase to five years the maturity of PPP loans that are approved by SBA (based on the date SBA assigns a loan number) on or after June 5, 2020.

     

    • Extend the deferral period for borrower payments of principal, interest, and fees on PPP loans to the date that SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount to the lender (or, if the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, 10 months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period).

     

    • In addition, the new rules will confirm that June 30, 2020, remains the last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved.

     

     

    About the U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

     

     

  • Updated June 8, 2020 Updated June 8, 2020

    NY Forward Loan Fund

    Empire State Development has recently announced the opening of the NY Forward Loan Fund to assist small business with 20 or fewer full time equivalent employees, non-profit organizations, and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income recover from the impacts of COVID-19 through working capital loans. 

     

    A webinar will be held on Wednesday June 10th at 11:00am to review the program including eligibility requirements, the application process, and Q&A. To participate you can register for the webinar at this link:https://bit.ly/36YZbQc.

     

    If you have any questions you can call 631-435-0717

     

  • Updated June 3, 2020 Updated June 3, 2020

    For Immediate Release: 6/3/2020

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR DINING AT RESTAURANTS WILL BE PERMITTED IN PHASE TWO OF REOPENING

     

    Restaurants in the Seven Regions that Have Already Entered Phase Two Can Reopen for Outdoor Dining Beginning Tomorrow, June 4th

     

    Erie County is Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory Care

     

    Confirms 1,045 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 374,085; New Cases in 46 Counties

     

     

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in phase two of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered phase two - 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.

     

    Governor Cuomo also announced that Erie County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. The Governor previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 52 counties can now resume elective surgeries (4 counties do not have hospitals).

     

    "COVID-19 is still a real threat and we're still battling it. I know it's not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and in society," Governor Cuomo said. "But thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever. We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two."

     

    The Governor also confirmed 1,045 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 374,085 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 374,085 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

     

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    1,920

    20

    Allegany

    49

    1

    Broome

    589

    11

    Cattaraugus

    90

    1

    Cayuga

    96

    3

    Chautauqua

    89

    3

    Chemung

    137

    0

    Chenango

    133

    0

    Clinton

    97

    0

    Columbia

    399

    8

    Cortland

    41

    0

    Delaware

    82

    0

    Dutchess

    3,951

    15

    Erie

    6,234

    61

    Essex

    38

    0

    Franklin

    23

    0

    Fulton

    213

    1

    Genesee

    202

    0

    Greene

    241

    0

    Hamilton

    5

    0

    Herkimer

    113

    2

    Jefferson

    74

    0

    Lewis

    20

    0

    Livingston

    120

    1

    Madison

    319

    2

    Monroe

    3,048

    59

    Montgomery

    94

    1

    Nassau

    40,644

    72

    Niagara

    1,067

    19

    NYC

    204,872

    495

    Oneida

    1,058

    9

    Onondaga

    2,256

    28

    Ontario

    215

    6

    Orange

    10,460

    11

    Orleans

    246

    5

    Oswego

    112

    2

    Otsego

    73

    0

    Putnam

    1,264

    2

    Rensselaer

    495

    2

    Rockland

    13,259

    36

    Saratoga

    489

    5

    Schenectady

    701

    5

    Schoharie

    51

    0

    Schuyler

    12

    0

    Seneca

    60

    1

    St. Lawrence

    206

    1

    Steuben

    243

    1

    Suffolk

    40,062

    82

    Sullivan

    1,393

    1

    Tioga

    133

    2

    Tompkins

    165

    1

    Ulster

    1,701

    5

    Warren

    256

    1

    Washington

    238

    1

    Wayne

    120

    4

    Westchester

    33,691

    58

    Wyoming

    87

    1

    Yates

    39

    0

  • Updated June 2, 2020 Updated June 2, 2020

    NY Forward Loan Fund

     

    The New York Forward Loan Fund is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords as they reopen.

    The application for the NYFLF is available at this link: www.nyloanfund.com.

    Additional resources can be found at: https://esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans-info.

  • Updated June 1, 2020 Updated June 1, 2020

    Executive Order 202.34 was signed and authorizes businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing a mask or face-covering. The EO is attached and can also be found at this link: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20234-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency​.

  • 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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    Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov
    New York State | Executive Chamber |press.office@exec.ny.gov | 518.474.8418

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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.
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