• Due to the Covid-19 pandemic increased infection rates in our region, the LIA’s office will be closed again at least until January 4, 2021. Our team will be 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.

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  • Covid Alert NY- October 2, 2020 Covid Alert NY- October 2, 2020

    Today, New York is thrilled to launch COVID Alert NY – the official Exposure Notification App created by the New York State Department of Health in partnership with Google and Apple. Now you can use your phone in the fight against COVID-19 and get exposure alerts, without compromising your privacy or personal information.

     

    What is COVID Alert NY?

     

    COVID Alert NY is New York State’s official Exposure Notification App. This is a free smartphone app for anyone 18+ that lives and/or works in New York available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting October 1st.  The COVID Alert NY app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving an exposure notification, the app will encourage users to contact their physician or the State Health Department hotline (1-833-227-5045) to get more information about quarantining and testing.

     

    Anyone who downloads the app does not have to worry about being tracked, identified or having their personal information shared. The app is completely anonymous and does not track your location or movement. No personal data is collected. COVID Alert NY uses Bluetooth proximity-enabled exposure notification technology provided by Apple and Google which is safe and secure.

     

    What can you do?

     

    The more New Yorkers using the COVID Alert NY app, the more effective it will be as a tool to fight against COVID-19. We need your help to rally your community to download and use the app.

     

    The COVID Alert NY app puts the power in the hands of New Yorkers to protect their neighbors, friends, family and community at large. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

     

    We are asking you to put our COVID Alert NY Outreach Toolkit to work by using the resources contained as soon as possible. Your influence can make a big difference.

     

    What resources are available?

     

    We designed the COVID Alert NY Outreach Toolkit to make your support of app downloads as convenient as possible. The kit materials use communications channels your organization already has in place and include the following, all of which are ready to use with little to no work on your part:

     

    ·         Social media posts with companion graphics

    ·         One Pager with FAQ

    ·         Template email blast to send to your membership

     

    To learn more about COVID Alert NY, visit ny.gov/covidalerts.

  • To learn about what some LIA Board members have been doing to help Long Islanders cope with Covid-19.

  • Updated September 28, 2020 Updated September 28, 2020

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORATORIUM ON COVID-RELATED RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2021

    

    For Immediate Release: 9/28/2020

                                                                                                                                                           GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORATORIUM ON COVID-RELATED RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2021

     

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State's Tenant Safe Harbor Act will be expanded until January 1, 2021 to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Executive Order extends the protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act to eviction warrants that existed prior to the start of the pandemic.

     

    "As New York continues to fight the pandemic, we want to make sure New Yorkers who are still struggling financially will not be forced from their homes as a result of COVID," Governor Cuomo said. "We are extending the protections of the Safe Harbor Act through January 1 because we want tenants to have fundamental stability in their lives as we recover from this crisis."

     

    Governor Cuomo first announced a State moratorium on residential and commercial evictions on March 20 to ensure no tenant was evicted during the height of the public health emergency. The Governor signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act on June 30 which became effective immediately as well as additional legislation providing financial assistance to residential renters and landlords. Additionally, previous Executive Orders have prohibited charges or fees for late rent payments, and tenants facing financial hardship can still use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

     

    Earlier this month, the State's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures was extended by Governor Cuomo by Executive Order, until October 20th. This measure extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors in recognition of the financial toll the pandemic has taken on business owners, including retail establishments and restaurants. The extension of this protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward.  

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    New York State | Executive Chamber |press.office@exec.ny.gov | 518.474.8418

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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 July 30, 2020 Updated July 30, 2020

    An announcement from the New York State Department of Labor

     

    Under current Federal law and US DOL guidelines, this is the last benefit week for $600 Federal

    Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, payments in New York. That means when your

    unemployed constituents submit their weekly certification between Sunday 7/26 and Saturday 8/1,

    they will be certifying for their final week of FPUC. This may change if Congress takes action to extend

    Americans’ unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor will provide updates on any changes

    through direct emails to your unemployed constituents, through the Department website, labor.ny.gov,

    and through the DOL social media accounts on Twitter (@NYSLabor), Facebook (facebook.com/nyslabor)

    and Instagram (@nyslabor).

     

    Help us keep our phone lines clear so that New Yorkers who need help with their specific claims can

    reach us. Please encourage people who have questions about FPUC extensions to visit our website

    labor.ny.gov or follow us on social media for the latest information.

     

    IN ADDITION, PLEASE NOTE TWO RECENT BENEFIT EXTENSIONS:

     

    1. Traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are now extended for up to 59 weeks:

    Traditional UI lasts for 26 weeks in New York, and has been extended by both the Pandemic

    Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which adds 13 weeks, and the

    Extended Benefits (EB) program, which adds an additional 20 weeks.

     

    2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits are now extended for up to 46 weeks:

    Under Federal law, those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible

    for PEUC or EB, but are now eligible for up to 46 weeks of benefits in New York – up from the

    original 39 weeks.

     

    In order for your constituents to continue receiving their UI or PUA benefits, they must continue

    to certify every week. They do not need to re-apply or contact the NYS DOL, unless they are

    specifically told to do so. New Yorkers can certify online at labor.ny.gov/signin or on the phone by

    calling 1-888-581-5812 (for UI) or 1-833-324-0366 (for PUA).

     

    To learn more about Extended Benefits, they can visit the PEUC and EB FAQs at

    https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/extended-benefits-faq.pdf.

  • Updated July 29, 2020 Updated July 29, 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Advisory (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/07/nys-covid-travel-advisory-faq_0.pdf)

     

    For Immediate Release: 7/28/2020

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     

     

    GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING TO NEW YORK FROM THREE ADDITIONAL STATES, PUERTO RICO AND WASHINGTON D.C. WILL BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS

      

    Announces Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Meet Metrics to Qualify for Travel Advisory

     

    Announces SLA and State Police Task Force Observed 26 Additional Violations from Establishments for Violating Social Distancing Requirements

       

    Offers to Allow Major League Baseball Teams to Come Play In New York

     

    Renews Calls on Congress to Pass a Stimulus Package that Includes Funding for State and Local Governments

     

    Updates New Yorkers on State's Investigation into Chainsmokers Concert in Southampton

     

    Lowest Number of Intubations—81—Since March 15

     

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

     

    9 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

     

    Confirms 534 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 412,878; New Cases in 38 Counties

     

     

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that three additional states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota. No states have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

     

    Governor Cuomo also announced that the joint State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force observed 26 additional violations of state social distancing requirements yesterday. The task force conducted 644 compliance checks last night.

      

    The governor also renewed his call on Congress to include funding for state and local governments in the next stimulus package.

     

    Governor Cuomo also offered to have Major League Baseball teams come play in New York if they are experiencing difficulties in their home states. 

     

    "Our job is to do everything we can to control COVID and anticipate possible future issues, and in that regard, the issues we watch are the infection rates spreading across the country and compliance with the rules that we now have in place across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The situation across the nation is still very bad and there are more states that have exceeded our thresholds for quarantine."

     

    "New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S.," Governor Cuomo continued. "We have a full Department of Health protocol system in place, and I offer to the MLB, if you are having problems playing in other states, come play here - we will set up a health protocol."

     

    The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state's investigation into a concert in Southampton that received widespread press and social media attention. Yesterday, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker sent a letter to the Town of Southampton requesting information on the concert within 24 hours and advising the town that New York State will conduct an investigation and assess the penalties associated with any violations of public health laws or regulations.

     

    The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

     

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

     

    Today's data is summarized briefly below:

     

    • Patient Hospitalization - 648 (+6)
    • Patients Newly Admitted - 68
    • Hospital Counties - 29
    • Number ICU - 152 (+3)
    • Number ICU with Intubation - 81 (-3)
    • Total Discharges - 72,813 (+47)
    • Deaths - 9
    • Total Deaths - 25,126

     

    Of the 57,397 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 534, or 0.93 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

     

    REGION

    SATURDAY

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    Capital Region

    1.2%

    0.5%

    1.2%

    Central New York

    0.4%

    0.4%

    0.9%

    Finger Lakes

    0.7%

    0.9%

    0.4%

    Long Island

    1.3%

    1.5%

    1.1%

    Mid-Hudson

    1.2%

    0.8%

    1.1%

    Mohawk Valley

    0.6%

    1.0%

    2.0%

    New York City

    1.1%

    1.2%

    0.9%

    North Country

    0.3%

    0.2%

    0.6%

    Southern Tier

    0.9%

    0.5%

    0.6%

    Western New York

    0.9%

    1.2%

    0.9%

     

    The Governor also confirmed 534 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 412,878 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 412,878 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

     

    County

    Total Positive

    New Positive

    Albany

    2,468

    15

    Allegany

    74

    0

    Broome

    992

    6

    Cattaraugus

    153

    0

    Cayuga

    140

    0

    Chautauqua

    219

    1

    Chemung

    160

    0

    Chenango

    203

    0

    Clinton

    123

    3

    Columbia

    504

    1

    Cortland

    89

    2

    Delaware

    99

    1

    Dutchess

    4,447

    7

    Erie

    8,364

    37

    Essex

    55

    0

    Franklin

    47

    3

    Fulton

    270

    0

    Genesee

    266

    0

    Greene

    283

    1

    Hamilton

    7

    0

    Herkimer

    236

    2

    Jefferson

    128

    0

    Lewis

    34

    0

    Livingston

    162

    0

    Madison

    391

    1

    Monroe

    4632

    12

    Montgomery

    152

    4

    Nassau

    43,059

    42

    Niagara

    1424

    0

    NYC

    224,249

    198

    Oneida

    2,028

    18

    Onondaga

    3,419

    21

    Ontario

    345

    2

    Orange

    11,024

    14

    Orleans

    290

    0

    Oswego

    239

    0

    Otsego

    105

    2

    Putnam

    1,412

    4

    Rensselaer

    690

    3

    Rockland

    13,845

    4

    Saratoga

    691

    3

    Schenectady

    998

    8

    Schoharie

    68

    0

    Schuyler

    20

    0

    Seneca

    84

    1

    St. Lawrence

    258

    0

    Steuben

    289

    1

    Suffolk

    43,024

    57

    Sullivan

    1476

    0

    Tioga

    180

    0

    Tompkins

    225

    0

    Ulster

    1942

    16

    Warren

    298

    4

    Washington

    254

    0

    Wayne

    243

    0

    Westchester

    35,838

    39

    Wyoming

    111

    1

    Yates

    52

    0

     

    Yesterday, there were 9 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,126. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

     

    Deaths by County of Residence

    County

    New Deaths

    Albany

    1

    Bronx

    1

    Broome

    1

    Kings

    2

    Oneida

    1

    Onondaga

    1

    Queens

    2

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