• Due to the Covid-19 pandemic increased infection rates in our region, the LIA’s office is currently closed. Our team is working remotely and thus remains available to assist your business with any issue or question you may have. If you have any questions or need our assistance, please email Matt Cohen at mcohen@longislandassociation.org. Thank you.

  • Updated January 8, 2021 Updated January 8, 2021

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO BOLSTER PROTECTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS AS PART OF 2021 STATE OF THE STATE
     
    
    For Immediate Release: 1/8/2021
    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
     
     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO BOLSTER PROTECTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS AS PART OF 2021 STATE OF THE STATE

     

    Proposed Legislation Would Extend Moratorium on Commercial Evictions Until May 1, 2021

     

    Prohibits Late Fees and Penalties on Renters 

      

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a proposal to bolster protections for residential and commercial tenants as part of the 2021 State of the State. The Governor will propose legislation codifying and extending the moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions. Governor Cuomo will also propose legislation to codify protections the state has provided tenants by Executive Order.

     

    "COVID-19 has produced enormous hardship for homeowners and commercial and residential tenants as we implement restrictions necessary to protect the public health, and we owe them safety from eviction until they are able to get back on their feet," Governor Cuomo said. "That's why we're proposing new legislation to continue to protect small businesses and commercial tenants and further extend existing relief for residents that I have provided by Executive Order. The pandemic shouldn't get in the way of our ability to provide space for our businesses and roofs over our heads, and this assistance will foster a faster and stronger recovery when we finish defeating COVID."

     

    The Governor's proposal includes: 

     

    Commercial Eviction Moratorium 

    The Governor will advance legislation to codify an existing Executive Order to extend a statewide moratorium on commercial evictions until May 1, 2021 for tenants who have endured COVID-related hardship. Landlords can evict tenants who are creating safety or health hazards. 

     

    Prohibition on Residential Rent Late Fees and Penalties 

    The Governor will codify and extend existing Executive Orders to ban late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the pandemic. It will also allow renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 

     

    Governor Cuomo has issued several executive orders and signed legislation to protect both residential and commercial tenants throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 28, Governor Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. The Act prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also extends the Senior Citizens' Homeowner Exemption and Disabled Homeowner Exemption from 2020 to 2021. On December 11, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through January 31.

     

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  • Updated January 6, 2021 Updated January 6, 2021

    EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES “RAISING THE BAR” RESTAURANT RECOVERY FUND

    The Empire State Development announced the “Raising The Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund with More Than $3 Million in Grant Funding Available through Financial Support Led by Diageo North America and Supported by Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits, and implemented by the National Development Council.  Eligible Restaurants Can Receive up to $5,000 to Assist with COVID-19 Safety Measures.  Applications will begin being accepted on January 11, 2021.

    To read the full press release and for more information on applying visit https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/esd-announces-raising-the-bar-restaurant-recovery-fund.

  • Updated January 4, 2021 Updated January 4, 2021

    ANDREW M. CUOMO Governor
    HOWARD A. ZUCKER, M.D., J.D. Commissioner
    LISA J. PINO, M.A., J.D. Executive Deputy Commissioner
    Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Albany, NY 12237│health.ny.gov

    Guidance for Facilities, Providers, and Local Health Departments Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Weeks 1-5 New York State Vaccination Program Phase 1A Only

    Limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine will be available during the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in New York. The amount of vaccine the state receives is based upon the allocation made to New York by the Federal Government. The limited amounts of vaccine that have been deployed thus far are out of the control of the State, however, we can control how quickly we get the vaccine we do receive to those who need it most. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) continues to expand on its prioritization and allocation framework based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). As one of a limited number of facilities eligible to receive and administer vaccine it is your obligation to quickly utilize all doses allocated to you. Any facility that is unable to utilize vaccine within the week it is delivered will have doses removed and may have limited access to future vaccine doses. New York has implemented a “Use it or Lose it” policy with respect to any facility that receives vaccine.

    The total number of healthcare personnel and employees and residents in congregate settings in New York State (including New York City) is estimated at more than 2 million, spanning a diverse group of settings such as hospitals, LTCF, home care, emergency medical services, ambulatory care, and others. In most cases, the facility receiving the vaccine must be prepared for an initial supply of vaccine that will not cover the entire workforce at once. Since there is demand and need for the vaccine across the state, if you received vaccine it is designated only for the population eligible at the time to receive it. The NYSDOH is directing all vaccine providers to follow this guidance for prioritization of their workforce and all eligible populations during the initial period of limited supply.

    Read more here.

  • Updated January 4, 2021 Updated January 4, 2021

    The NYS COVID19 Vaccine website has a helpful tab with education materials. Please visit http://www.ny.gov/vaccine and click the "Education" tab at the top of the webpage.


    At the top of the page, there are social media examples, downloadable graphics, and a variety of posters. Towards the bottom the page, among other links, you will find links to FAQs about the vaccine (English and Spanish), CDC's frequently asked questions, CDC explainer on mRNA vaccines, and FDA webpage explaining the vaccine development process.
     
  • Updated December 22, 2020-COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package – Detailed Summary of New Legislation Updated December 22, 2020-COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package – Detailed Summary of New Legislation

    On Monday, Congress approved more than $900 billion of relief for households and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The 5,593 bill will now go to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it into law. New York is expected to receive $54 billion in funding as part of the package. Some of the bill’s highlights include:

    • Direct stimulus checks – Individuals making up to $75,000 will be eligible for a payment of $600. Couples making less than $150,000 will be eligible for $1,200. Individuals and couples who meet the income criteria and have children will be eligible for an additional $600 per child.
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – The agreement includes $284 billion for PPP loans and expanded eligibility to include nonprofits and local newspapers, along with TV and radio stations. Also, $15 billion would be reserved for live venues, independent movie theaters and cultural institutions. New York is slated to receive $20 billion from the overall pot.
    • Transportation – Out of a pot of $45 billion for transportation nationwide, $4 billion will go toward the MTA. It also includes $200 million for other transit services in New York; $426 million for the state Department of Transportation; and $105.5 million for local airports, including $64.7 million for JFK Airport and LaGuardia Airport. It has not yet been made clear if any of the funding would go to airports or bus agencies on Long Island.
    • Unemployment and Paid Leave – The bill adds $300 to weekly unemployment payments for 11 weeks. Self-employed people and gig workers will also receive extended assistance. The bill also included $1.8 billion in tax credits for businesses to provide paid leave.
    • Rental Assistance – $25 billion in emergency rental assistance with $1.3 billion going to New York, including $18 million for Nassau County and $45 million for Suffolk County to help eligible residents with rental and utility payments. The federal eviction moratorium also will be extended until January 31, 2021.
    • Health Care – $68 billion will go toward helping local governments with vaccine distribution, coronavirus testing and contact tracing. From that, New York will receive $1.6 billion to help, along with an additional $1 billion for hospitals and health care centers.
    • Child Care – The measure includes $10 billion for child care centers to help providers safely reopen.
    • Broadband – $7 billion to increase access to broadband Internet, including a new Emergency Broadband Benefit to help millions of students' families and unemployed workers afford the broadband they need during the pandemic.
    • Education – It includes $82 billion in funding for schools and universities to assist with reopening. In New York, public schools and universities are expected to receive $5.8 billion in funding and $4 billion for elementary and secondary schools.
    • Tax-deductible meals – Lawmakers included a provision sought by President Trump, making the cost of meals a deductible business expense.

    For more detailed information.

  • Updated December 21, 2020 Updated December 21, 2020

    Homes and Community Renewal

     

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: pressoffice@nyshcr.org

     

    NYS HOMES AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2021 

     

    Applications for COVID Rent Relief Program Available Online at HCR.NY.GOV/RRP

     

    Previous Applicants Do Not Have to Reapply to Receive Consideration

      

    New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the COVID Rent Relief Program will be reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. HCR will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 18 through Monday, February 1, 2021. 

    “HCR is acutely aware that this pandemic has put more pressure on New Yorkers who were already housing insecure, and these improvements to the Legislature’s original program will expand access to rent relief while building on Governor Cuomo’s eviction protections,” Commissioner Visnauskas said. “We worked around the clock for months to ensure rent-burdened households received the assistance for which they qualified. But more can be done. Governor Cuomo has taken repeated action to protect residents from eviction and foreclosure, and as a long-time housing advocate, he understands that our efforts must be unending. Tenants need our support in order to offset the long-term implications of this public health and economic crisis.”

    The Program’s eligibility has been changed to no longer require households to have been considered “rent burdened” prior to the pandemic in order to qualify. Rent burden is defined as paying more than 30 percent of monthly gross income towards rent.

    Residents that previously applied for COVID Rent Relief will not have to reapply to be reconsidered. HCR will re-evaluate all applications that were denied according to the new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants.

    To qualify for this one-time subsidy, low-income renters impacted by the pandemic must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Must be a renter and have a primary residence in New York State;
    • Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020;
    • Before March 7, 2020, household income must have been at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size; and
    • Households must be “rent burdened” during the months they are applying for assistance between April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020. 

    For the purposes of assessing applicant income, cash benefits and unemployment benefits are both included in the calculation.

    The subsidy for eligible applicants will be calculated as: the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the household’s rent burden during the months of April, May, June and July of 2020. For applicants who were not considered rent burdened on March 1, 2020, the subsidy will be calculated to bring them to the 30 percent rent burden threshold.

    Applications are available on the COVID Rent Relief Program portal on HCR’s website here: https://hcr.ny.gov/rrp

    The Program’s online application is available in both English and Spanish. Over the next week, HCR will provide translated applications in six foreign languages – Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Bengali. The Agency will also work with local Not-For-Profit organizations to ensure New Yorkers receive the assistance they need to apply.

    Throughout the application period, residents who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov. Call Center representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    HCR will also allow to applicants who are unable or uncomfortable applying online to do so over the phone rather than by mail. More information on this assistance and expanded language support on the hotline and will be available on HCR’s website in the coming days.

    About the COVID Rent Relief Program

    Since July, HCR has reviewed and processed over 90,000 applications to the COVID Rent Relief Program to determine eligibility according to requirements of the legislation.

    In October, HCR issued a report to the State Legislature on the program, which included breakdowns of payment information by county, by average payment amount, and disbursements made by race/ethnicity. The report is available online at: https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP#rrp-report

  • Updated December 11, 2020 Updated December 11, 2020

    SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES SUFFOLK BACKSTOP TO ASSIST RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES HARD-HIT BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC

     

    COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Will Disburse Nearly $600,000 in Emergency Funds to Income-Eligible Applicants

     

    Small Business Assistance Grant Program to Assist Nearly 150 Main StreetBusinesses Impacted by Ongoing Crisis

     

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the launch of Suffolk BACKSTOP -- a new COVID-19 rental and small business assistance program for County residents and business owners facing hardships due to the ongoing pandemic. The new two part program – Bringing Assistance for COVID-19 and Kickstarting Support to Operating Professionals (BACKSTOP) -- will distribute nearly $600,000 in emergency rental assistance to residents and provide nearly 150 small businesses with grants up to $10,000. Applications for the rental assistance program and for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program will open on December 17.

     

    “We are now nine months in to this pandemic, and with cases surging once again we need to provide residents in need tangible assistance,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “This new rent relief program coupled with financial aid to struggling small businesses will provide help to some of our most vulnerable residents.”

     

    The rent program will provide a one-time rental assistance payment to eligible applicants in an amount up to 100% of one month’s rent, up to a maximum of $2,500.  This program funds residents in existing rental units.  The applicant will be required to fill out and sign a self-certification form to verify their income and how they were affected by the pandemic.  All applications are due on January 15, 2021, and a lottery will be held to select awardees. Prior to the application deadline, the County will conduct a robust outreach and training initiative to community-based organizations to ensure assist individuals through the application process.

     

    For additional information on participating consortium municipalities, HUD Guidelines and income eligibility, click here. In order to qualify, applicants must:

     

    ·         Be a Suffolk County resident who is currently occupying a legal permanent housing unit (no hotels, motels, or dorms) within one of the participating Consortium municipalities

    ·         Have a fully-executed lease that has been in effect for a minimum of one month at the time of application, and has a term of at least one year

    ·         Have a Total Household Income within the HUD Guidelines (see below), which has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

    ·         Meet the 2020 Income Guidelines (see below)

     

    Additionally, County Executive Bellone today announced that Suffolk County will launch its own COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program. With $1 million available of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, the County will provide nearly 150 small businesses with a grant of up to $10,000, based on their number of full-time employees. Businesses with up to 10 employees will be eligible for a maximum grant of $5,000, while businesses with 11 to 50 employees will be eligible for a maximum of up to $10,000 in grant funding. The program is designed to assist struggling small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.  Eligible businesses include gyms, hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, restaurants, bars and taverns.

     

    This new safety net will ensure that small businesses in Suffolk County have access to a financial lifeline at a time when many are adjusting or repurposing their operations to comply with the state’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Businesses must be located within one of the participating Consortium municipalities to be eligible for funding pursuant to federal requirements and can apply to the grant program starting on December 17. Additional eligibility details can be found here

     

    Given the finite resources dedicated to these two innovative programs, the County Executive again urged Washington to pass a comprehensive disaster assistance package that will not only protect essential workers and first responders, but provide relief to families in crisis and small businesses that are struggling to survive.

     

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  • Updated December 10, 2020 Updated December 10, 2020

     

     

    For Immediate Release: 12/10/2020

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW YORK FORWARD SMALL BUSINESS LEASE ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIP


    Public-Private Partnership Between Empire State Development, Start Small Think Big and the New York State Bar Association

     

    Will Provide Small Businesses and Landlords with Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Renegotiate Lease Terms in Wake of COVID-19

     

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership. Recognizing the economic impact of COVID-19, this program will provide small businesses and their landlords with informational resources and pro bono assistance to help both parties reach mutually-beneficial lease workout agreements. This service is available to all New York State small businesses and landlords, and participation is voluntary. Over the next year, the partnership has the capacity to serve thousands of small businesses statewide.

     

    "Small business are the backbone of any strong economy and it is critical that we work to find ways to support them during these difficult times," Governor Cuomo said. "The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy has been nothing short of devastating, and through partnerships such as this, we can help to alleviate the burdens many business owners are facing. While a moratorium on commercial evictions is currently in place, this new public-private partnership will help provide an additional level of stability for small businesses and ensure they are able to play a role in helping build New York's economy back better than before."  

     

    As part of this program, Empire State Development is partnering with the New York State Bar Association and Start Small Think Big, a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting small, under-resourced entrepreneurs with high-quality professional services. For this partnership, Start Small will be offering pro bono legal services from its network of more than 1,000 attorneys, to commercial tenants and landlords seeking lease amendments to cope with the impacts of COVID-19. The New York State Bar Association has served as the voice of the state's legal profession for more than 140 years and will support the recruitment and training of additional volunteer attorneys.

     

    The Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership website includes information on the lease renegotiation process and details the different types of lease workouts available to help small businesses cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19. Those interested in pro bono assistance to initiate a lease renegotiation are encouraged to review and complete the partnership's intake formAfter completing the form, each small business will receive an email detailing an estimated timeline for placement with a volunteer attorney. Once matched, the volunteer attorney will email the applicant to schedule an appointment. 

     

    Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately created new and unforeseen economic challenges for small business owners and landlords across the state. Working together with Start Small Think Big and the New York State Bar Association to establish this partnership, our goal is to help commercial tenants and landlords reach mutually-beneficial agreements by engaging in productive discussions and taking advantage of the free legal assistance provided through this program."

     

    Start Small Think Big Legal Program Director Alex Stepick said, "We are excited to partner with New York State and the New York Bar Association to help small businesses during this unprecedented time. Start Small Think Big helps small business owners grow and sustain their businesses through free legal, financial planning, and marketing services. We support a diverse network of entrepreneurs, including those who are of color, women, members of disadvantaged groups, and/or low-income by connecting them to lawyers and other high quality professionals volunteering their time to provide free 1:1 support and the expertise needed to solve their businesses' legal, financial and marketing issues."

     

    New York State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson said, "While businesses want to stay current on their rent, the terms of leases that were established pre-COVID may make it financially impossible for them to do so as the pandemic drags on. The New York State Bar Association has enlisted the services of volunteer attorneys, who are ready to help willing businesses and landlords renegotiate and reach a solution that works for everyone. We are providing these services free of charge because a strong economy is in everyone's best interest and helping New Yorkers in need is the highest calling of our profession."

      

    This partnership furthers the state's ongoing efforts to mitigate pandemic-related commercial evictions. On October 20Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through January 1. This extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors in recognition of the pandemic's financial toll on business owners. The extension of this protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to catch up on outstanding rent or mortgage bills, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward.  

     

    The partnership is also the latest resource that furthers New York State's commitment to supporting small businesses struggling in the wake of COVID-19. In October, Governor Cuomo launched Empire State Digital, a new initiative accelerating New York State-based small businesses' ability to grow their online presence through a first-in-the-nation program with leading global e-commerce enablers, offering specialized solutions unique to the needs of the state's small businesses. Additionally, the New York Forward Loan Fund continues to provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to help small businesses and non-profit organizations reopen.

     

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  • Updated December 3, 2020 Updated December 3, 2020

    Dear LIA Member:
     
    As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, we want to share with you companies that are offering mobile testing to businesses through which employers can assist in offering this to their employees, including on-site at their facilities.
     
    Enzo
    Enzo is a long standing New York company that runs a New York State DOH regulated clinical testing lab. Since March, Enzo has been offering Covid-19 testing – swab/molecular and antibody – using Enzo developed tests. They have a drive-through test collection center conveniently located in Farmingdale, as well as other walk up patient services centers across Long Island and the wider tri-state area. They are partnering with schools and businesses to support the testing needs of these organizations. For more information, contact Hansen Lee at hlee@enzolifesciences.com or 631-831-0803.
     
    Mobile Health
    Mobile Health’s foundation has been extended into a scalable testing platform to help organizations of all types ensure their customers and events are safe. They are able to schedule mobile testing at your place of business. Visit www.mobilehealth.net for more information or contact Jay Chicoy at jchicoy@mobilehealth.net and (917) 742-0058.
     
    Stony Brook University Hospital
    Stony Brook University Hospital launched a COVID-19 surveillance testing program powered by Applied DNA’s Assay Kit and Services. Visit https://adnas.com/covid-19-surveillance-testing/ for more information or contact Mike Munzer at mike.munzer@adnas.com and (631) 240-8814.
  • Updated November 25, 2020 Updated November 25, 2020

    The New York Forward Loan Fund, a New York State economic recovery Program in support of Governor’s New York Forward Plan, offers an up to $100K loans for five years, for working capital needs for small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees and under $3 million in revenues.  Residential landlords with total ownership of under 50 units in each building and a total of 200 units can also apply.

    Interest rate is 3% per annum for small businesses and landlords, and 2% for nonprofits for five years.  Repayments consists of interest only for the first 12 months of repayments and straight line amortization for the remaining four years. Small businesses, nonprofits, and residential landlords impacted by COVID-19 can apply if they only received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of under $50K and did not receive an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

    There is no application fees, no collateral required, no prepayment penalties.  Please forward and share this information to your association members as they move forth and thrive in NYS.  Application is open for submission at:

    https://protect2.fireeye.com/v1/url?k=1e97307a-410c095e-1e95c94f-000babd9f8b3-ad636d2c1cd8aa1d&q=1&e=0e885a24-2c6b-47ac-8a09-29cad0d4bc91&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyloanfund.com%2F
     
  • Updated November 19, 2020 Updated November 19, 2020

    Long Island Mask Public Service Announcement: The "Mask Up, Long Island" public service announcement can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImTVtfDpMd8&feature=youtu.be.​ 

    Statewide and Regional Metrics: ​You can monitor the COVID19 public health metrics through the NYS Regional Monitoring Dashboard here: https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard​. Through the county dashboard found here: https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard. And through the early monitoring dashboard here: https://forward.ny.gov/early-warning-monitoring-dashboard. 

    Where to find a test: Residents can use this search tool to find a nearby testing site: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing.​ In addition to the list of sites you will find using the tool, testing is also still available at the NYS-operated drive-thru sites at Jones Beach and Stony Brook University. Testing at these two drive-thru locations is free for NY residents. 

    Incoming Travel Advisory: Travelers coming into NY are required to quarantine for 14 days. You may “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine following the guidelines on this webpage: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#overview. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory, this includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. The guidance also applies to international travelers coming from any CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Health Notice country. Attached is the detailed guidance document on the incoming travel advisory. Please be sure to read this document thoroughly, especially if you are considering traveling. 

    School Toolkit: Attached is a helpful Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID19 Toolkit from the NYS Department of Health. I've included both the English and Spanish version of the toolkit. 

    Gathering limit: On November 11th, Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings at private residences (indoors and outdoors) is limited to a total of 10 people. All other gatherings are limited to a total of 50 people, this includes catered events. 

    SLA-licensed Entities: Bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment (include movie theaters, casinos, and bowling alleys), are required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. More information on these regulations can be found on the SLA website here: https://sla.ny.gov/Guidance-COVID-Related-Closing-Times​. A helpful FAQ for SLA-licensees on reopening guidelines can be found here: https://sla.ny.gov/phase3-guidelines-for-on-premises-licenses.​ 

    COVID Alert NY Phone App: COVID Alert NY is a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. COVID Alert NY is the voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. The app keeps track of when people are close to another app-enabled smartphone using Bluetooth technology.

    • ​The app alerts you if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
    • The app also alerts other app-enabled smartphones if you test positive for COVID-19 and were in close contact with those individuals, based upon your consent to share close contact codes.
    • The app allows people to track symptoms and examine trends.
    • Attached is a one-page about the COVID Alert NY Phone App.
    • For more information, please visit this website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-alert-ny-what-you-need-know.​ ​
  • Updated November 18, 2020 Updated November 18, 2020

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 18, 2020

    CONTACT: press@nassaucountyny.gov

    Justine DiGiglio (516) 427-1891

     

    Curran Rolls Out Restaurant Recovery Grant Program

    Providing a Boost for 300 Restaurants During Difficult Winter Months Ahead

     

    NASSAU COUNTY, NY – In another effort to support small businesses as they continue to struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, today, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced the County’s new Restaurant Recovery Grant Program.   With a $2.2 million investment of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, the County will provide approximately 300 restaurants with a grant of either $5,000 or $10,000, depending on their number of full-time employees.  The program is intended to support full-service restaurants – an industry hit particularly hard by the pandemic – during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited and as restaurants adjust to NY state’s COVID-19 safety restrictions and new mandates.   

    “As County Executive, I am doing everything I can to ensure a strong recovery for small businesses, especially in our cherished downtowns.  And our restaurants are the anchor of those once bustling communities,” said County Executive Laura Curran.  “A staggering 82,000 people on Long Island that work in the restaurant and hospitality industry lost their jobs due to the pandemic.  And despite the creative efforts of our restaurant owners with igloos and heaters, outdoor dining is no longer going to sustain them, and that number could get higher.  I hope that this new program can provide a boost for our restaurants as they face new challenges during the difficult winter months ahead – typically a slow time of year even without a global pandemic.”

    Restaurants can begin applying on November 30, 2020 on www.nassaucountyny.gov/restaurantrecovery,  where they can find all the details on eligibility criteria.  The key requirements for the restaurants include:

    • must be located in Nassau County    
    • must be operation on or before March 1, 2019
    • must have 50 or fewer full-time employees
       

    The funds can be used for working capital, operating expenses including payroll, rent, utilities, purchase of PPE and sanitation supplies; lease or purchase of equipment like kitchen equipment or delivery vehicles; or COVID-19 related business improvements like patio heaters or contactless technology.

    Restaurants can expect to receive the grants beginning in January 2021.  If the establishment is able to retain at least one low/moderate-income job at full-time status with the use of this grant, they will not have to pay it back.

    “It may be no surprise that minorities make up a disproportionate share of our hospitality workers and they are not only the cooks and servers in our favorite neighborhood restaurants.  A significant share of restaurant owners are minorities – which is in part why we have such a vibrant and diverse restaurant scene in Nassau,” said Curran. “We will be working with our outreach offices – our Office of Minority Affairs, Office of Hispanic Affairs and Office of Asian American affairs, to ensure we let all communities know this help is available.” 

    Funding for the initiative comes from a special allocation from the federal Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intended to support communities hard-hit by the pandemic.  The County has received two such allocations, the first of which has been largely distributed, supporting for a host of initiatives including the “Boost Nassau” Loan and Free PPE Kit programs.   The Nassau County Office of Community Development is charged with distributing the funds.   The spending plan for the second allocation of funding, totaling $9.5M, is awaiting final approval by the County Legislature at its November 23rd meeting.

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  • Updated November 18, 2020 Updated November 18, 2020

    Suffolk County has seen an alarming spike in new COVID-19 cases. As we look towards the holiday season, it will be up to all of us to protect one another.

    Below please find guidance and information on testing locations in Suffolk.

    A message from the Suffolk County Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Gregson Pigott.

    English version

    Spanish version

    Suffolk County COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • Updated November 16, 2020 Updated November 16, 2020

    New York State Liquor Authority
    Guidance On COVID-Related Closing Times 


    Effective Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:00PM 

    Pursuant to Executive Order 202.74, effective Friday November 13, 2020, at 10:00PM all licensed establishments with on premises privileges (e.g. restaurants, taverns, catering halls, clubs, manufacturers with tasting rooms, etc.) shall cease all on premises service of food and drink (indoors or outdoors) at or before 10:00PM, daily.  Such establishments may reopen for in-person service at 5:00AM, daily, provided however that alcoholic beverage service may not resume until the later of any stipulated opening hour on the license or the county on premises opening hour.   

    Curbside to-go and delivery service of food and non-alcoholic beverages, or drive through service, may continue daily after 10:00PM and until any closing hour specified on the license – provided that no alcoholic beverages may be sold to-go or for delivery after 10:00PM. Curbside to-go and delivery service of alcoholic beverages may resume daily at the later of any stipulated opening hour on the license or the county on premises opening hour. 

    Additionally, off premises liquor and wine stores shall cease sales and close at 10:00 PM, daily, and may not reopen before the county off premises liquor and wine opening hour.   

     

    Q & A Regarding Closing Times 

     

    I am a licensee with on premises service privileges, must I merely stop serving food and drink at 10PM, or must all consumption end at or before 10? 

    All consumption must end at or before 10:00PM.  If patrons are on the premises (indoors or outdoors) and consuming food or drink after 10:00PM, you are in violation of the Executive Order and subject to disciplinary penalties up to an including suspension/cancellation of your license and/or fines of up to $10,000.  

     

    I am a licensee with grocery store/drug store license, does the Executive Order impose any new restrictions on my business?  

    No, the 10 p.m. curfew does not apply, but grocery and drug stores must continue to operate under all current DOH and SLA Guidance.   

     

    I am a licensee with on premises service privileges, does the 10 person gathering limit in EO 202.74 apply to me? 

    No, the limitation for non-essential gatherings in EO 202.74 applies only to gatherings at privates residences.   

     

    I am a licensee using my on premises service privileges to hold weddings and other events and parties, must the attendees of these events leave the premises by 10:00PM?  

    Yes, service and consumption must end at 10:00PM at all premises licensed for on premises consumption, and the licensee must cease operation and close to patrons at such time. 

     

    I am a licensee operating a movie theater, must moviegoers leave the theater by 10:00PM?  

    Yes, movie theaters with a license issued by the SLA must be closed daily at or before 10:00PM. 

     

    I am a licensee operating a bowling alley, must bowlers leave the alley by 10:00PM? 

    Yes, bowling alleys with a license issued by the SLA must be closed daily at or before 10:00PM.   

     

    I am a licensee operating a casino, must I close at 10:00PM? 

    Yes, casinos with a license issued by the SLA must be closed daily at or before 10:00PM and can reopen no sooner than 5:00AM. If you are serving alcoholic beverages and are licensed by the Gaming Commission, you may be subject to further restriction by such Commission.  

  • Updated November 13, 2020 Updated November 13, 2020

    https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20274-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

     

     

     

    • Executive Order 202.3, as extended, and Sections 105 and 106 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, to the extent necessary to require that:
      • All businesses that are licensed by the State Liquor Authority under sections 63 and 79 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“liquor stores” and “wine stores”) shall cease all off premises sales and close at or before 10:00PM, and shall not reopen before existing county opening hours permit.
      • All businesses that are licensed by the State Liquor Authority for on premises service of alcoholic beverages, shall cease all on premises service and consumption of food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages), inside or outside, at or before 10:00PM and shall not reopen before the later of any stipulated opening hours or existing county opening hours permit; further, to-go and delivery service of food, and non-alcoholic beverages only, may continue at such business licensed for on premises service until the earlier of any stipulated closing hours or existing county closing hours permit. 
      • This provision shall be subject to reasonable limitations and procedures set by the Chairman of the State Liquor Authority and/or any relevant Department of Health guidance.  
    • All restaurants, irrespective of whether such restaurant is licensed by the State Liquor Authority, shall cease in-person dining at 10:00PM, but may continue curbside takeout and delivery service after 10:00PM so long as otherwise permitted, and may reopen no earlier than 5:00AM.
    • Any gym or fitness center shall cease operation and close to the public at 10:00PM, and cannot reopen until 5:00AM.
    • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.45, as extended, which amended the directives in Executive Order 202.42, 202.38, and 202.10, that limited all non-essential gatherings to allow gatherings of 50 of fewer individuals for any lawful purpose or reason, is hereby modified only insofar as to further limit non-essential private residential gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals for any lawful purpose or reason, provided that social distancing, face covering, and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health are adhered to.
    • All suspensions, modifications, and directives issues pursuant to this Executive Order are effective at 10:00PM on Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Updated November 12, 2020 Updated November 12, 2020

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

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES RESTAURANTS, BARS & OTHER SLA-LICENSED ENTITIES MUST CLOSE IN-PERSON SERVICE FROM 10 PM TO 5 AM DAILY

     

    Delivery and Curbside Pick-Up without Alcohol May Continue After 10 PM

     

    Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings at Private Residences Will Be Limited to 10 People

     

    Gyms Also Required to Close Daily at 10 PM Statewide

     

    New Rules Effective Friday at 10 PM

     

     

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York State.

     

    Effective Friday at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. The State Liquor Authority will issue further guidance for licensees as to what sales are continued to be permitted.

    The Governor also announced that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. The limit will be implemented due to the recent prevalence of COVID spread resulting from small indoor gatherings including Halloween parties. These gatherings have become a major cause of cluster activity across the state. Further, this public health measure brings New York State in line with neighboring states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This new rule is also effective Friday at 10 p.m.

    "If you look at where the cases are coming from, if you do the contact tracing, you'll see they're coming from three main areas: establishments where alcohol is served, gyms, and indoor gatherings at private homes," Governor Cuomo said. "The reason we have been successful in reducing the spread in New York is we have been a step ahead of COVID. You know where it's going; stop it before it gets there. And you know where it's going by following the science. This is the calibration that we've talked about: increase economic activity, watch the positivity rate - if the positivity rate starts to go up, back off on the economic activity. It was never binary -- economic activity or public health -- it was always both."

     

    Governor Cuomo continued: "The rules are only as good as the enforcement. Local governments are in charge of enforcement. There are only two fundamental truths in this situation: it's individual discipline and it's government enforcement. Period. End of sentence. I need the local governments to enforce this."

    The Governor took these actions amid a widespread increase in cases throughout the nation and an increase in New York, which was expected moving into the fall and winter seasons.

     

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  • Updated September 1, 2020 Updated September 1, 2020

    Guidance issued to implement Presidential Memorandum deferring certain employee Social Security tax withholding

    The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued guidance (PDF) implementing the Presidential Memorandum issued on August 8, 2020, allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of the employee's portion of the Social Security tax if the employee's wages are below a certain amount.

    Notice 2020-65, posted on IRS.gov, makes relief available for employers and generally applies to wages paid starting September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

    The employee Social Security tax deferral may apply to payments of taxable wages to an employee that are less than $4,000 during a bi-weekly pay period, with each pay period considered separately. No deferral is available for any payment to an employee of taxable wages of $4,000 or above for a bi-weekly pay period.

    The notice postpones the time for employers to withhold and pay employee Social Security taxes.

    Additional tax relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on IRS.gov.

  • Updated September 1, 2020 Updated September 1, 2020

    Lost Wages Assistance Fact Sheet

  • Updated August 18, 2020 Updated August 18, 2020

    The Gyms and Fitness Centers Guidance has just been posted on the NY Forward website under “Phase 4”: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries. It is attached for your reference. This guidance takes effect on Monday, August 24th for gyms and fitness centers in all regions of New York.

    “These guidelines apply to fitness activities and facilities, including, but not limited, to standalone, hotel, residential, and office gyms and fitness centers, gyms and fitness centers in higher education institutions, yoga/Pilates/barre studios, boxing/kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, CrossFit or other plyometric boxes, and other group fitness classes (e.g., spin, rowing, dancing). Residential and hotel gyms and fitness centers must have staff available to ensure compliance with this guidance. This interim guidance is subject to change as the State will be closely working with local health departments during the initial reopening as a pilot phase to monitor compliance of owners/operators of gyms and fitness centers with this guidance, including inspections, and assess the public health conditions associated with gym and fitness center reopening, including any changes in COVID-19 transmission. 

    Gyms and fitness centers should be sure to read the guidance document thoroughly, submit a business affirmation, and complete the safety plan prior to reopening.

    NY FORWARD SAFETY PLAN.

    INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.

  • 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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  • 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.
  • The LIA continues to comply with New York State’s Covid-19 related laws and regulations, as well as our office building’s moratorium on in-person committee meetings and larger events. However, check out some of our virtual meetings and events that we have scheduled this fall/winter.

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