March 29, 2020
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COVID-19 Update

New Executive Order
NYS PAUSE Plan Extended
Tax Filing Date Extended 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
NYS Comptroller Update
FDA Statement on NSAIDS
CDTA Service Changes
2020 Census Update
Call for Healthcare Workers
Unemployment Insurance Reminder
State Jobs Available

Local Restaurants
Helpful Reminders
New Executive Order
 
The Governor has issued an Executive Order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York. 
 
He has also signed an Executive Order making it clear that in no hospital in the state will a woman be forced to be alone when she gives birth. Hospitals will not be able to prevent a woman from having one companion present during childbirth at the hospital because of Coronavirus concerns.
 
All non-essential construction must be suspended. Essential construction, for example construction on roads, bridges, transit facilities, homeless shelters and health care facilities, may continue. For more details, see this guidance
 
 

 
NYS PAUSE Plan Extended

The Governor has announced the NYS PAUSE plan has been extended through April 15th.

 

 
Tax Filing Date Extended

The NYS Income Tax filing date has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. The NYS Department of Tax and Finance will soon be releasing guidelines.
 
 



Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The US Department of Labor has released a Q&A webpage with information on the Families First
Coronavirus Response Act. For more information read on here.

 
 
 
NYS Comptroller Update

Take a few moments to read this update from the NYS Comptroller’s office to learn more about the steps their office during this pandemic; including how retirees can sign up for direct deposit for pension payments.
 
 
 
 
FDA Statement on NSAIDS

This FDA statement addresses the myth about the ability to take NSAIDS such as Advil and Aleve during the COVID - 19 pandemic.

Articles from England state that these medications may worsen the situation but the FDA stars that report as not valid. Further study is needed.

The other go to for fever relief is Tylenol or Acetaminophen, which is in short supply if available at all. As always talk to your health professional for your individual health concerns.
 

 
 
 
CDTA Service Changes

CDTA will modify its service schedule beginning Monday, March 30 to increase frequency and hours of operation on critical routes that service hospitals, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses.
Other routes, including the Northway Express (NX) commuter service will be modified to meet customer demand. Service levels are being evaluated on a continuous basis and may be modified further as appropriate.

For more information on these service changes see here
 
 
 
2020 Census Update

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from Federal, State and local health authorities, the Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.

The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, and by paper through the mail.
 
 
 
 
 
Call for Healthcare Workers

New York State is calling on recently retired health care professionals to sign up to be part of a reserve staff if the need arises. They are also looking for qualified medical and nursing school students & staff.

Enlist today: http://health.ny.gov/assistance
 
 


Unemployment Insurance Reminder

The one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance claims for workers directly affected by COVID-19 has been eliminated. With the growing number of claims the Department of Labor has put the new guidelines in place for filing online: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

The Department has also announced that they are changing the unemployment insurance job search requirement that is currently in place. No work search activities will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you currently receive benefits they will be updated automatically, there is no need to call the Department.

For more information check out the DOL page here https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm
 
 
 
 
State Jobs Available

The Department of Labor, Department of Health and other state agencies are hiring for immediate help to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please visit the NYS Jobs website here to apply: https://statejobs.ny.gov/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=80203





 
Local Restaurants

Remember to support local restaurants and order delivery or take-out from your favorite local spot!
For a comprehensive list of businesses located in the 108th Assembly District who are currently still offering take out or delivery options see below:
 
City of Albany:
City of Cohoes
Green Island
North Greenbush
Troy 
Rensselaer
Also, continue to check out the Rensselaer County Chamber Facebook Page and the Rensselaer County Tourism Facebook Page for daily updates!
Waterford 
Watervliet
 
 


Helpful Reminders
  • If you believe your business is an essential service but has not been included on ESD’s list, you can apply for ‘essential service status’ at this link: https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request%20for%20Designation%20Form_0.pdf
  • Many constituents have been having issues filing for unemployment benefits. With the growing number of claims the Department of Labor has put these guidelines in place for filing online
  • Evictions and other nonessential housing court proceedings are suspended until further notice. For more information you can contact the NYS Courts System at question@nycourts.gov or 1-800-268-7869
  • OAG will halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG for collection from March 17, 2020 through April 16, 2020. After this 30-day period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for a possible extension.  
  • Charter will be providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription (where service is available), at any service level up to 100 Mbps, as well as opening up Charter WiFi Hotspots across our footprint for public use. For more information or to enroll in the program please contact 1-844-488-8395
  • Our community benefits the most when the Census counts everyone. The Census determines allocation of resources, representation and data collection to better understand the needs & wants of our diverse communities. Learn more at 2020census.gov
  • The Capital District YMCA will provide childcare for emergency personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by The New York State Education Department. For more information visit: https://cdymca.org/emergencychildcare/
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