Apr 1, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I have asked my colleagues to join me in calling on the Trump Administration to immediately suspend import tariffs on medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). This policy that should have been put in place weeks ago. The State and the City continue to work to expand our hospitals' capabilities to contend with the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 31, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz took a strong first step toward implementing the oversight requirements included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by quickly appointing a Chair for the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). This committee was created by one of the provisions I offered to the CARES Act as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Mar 30, 2020 Newsletter
New York's hospital capacity increases by 2,000 beds today with the opening of the Javits Center temporary hospital and the arrival of the USNS Comfort, a naval medical ship. This is a necessary step as our city and state contend with an influx of patients due to COVID-19. The NYS on PAUSE executive order has been extended through April 15 to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Mar 29, 2020 Newsletter
The State has taken action to; overrule any hospital policy that restricted a support individual from being in the labor and delivery room with the mother, approve funding for small business counseling, and push back the tax filing deadline to July 15 to match with the new federal tax filing. More on all this and other updates below.
Mar 28, 2020 Newsletter
Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State presidential primary has been moved to June 23, 2020. Yesterday, the third coronavirus disaster relief package became law - which means billions of dollars in funding will be coming to our city for hospitals, into New Yorkers' pockets, and for small businesses. The State has also announced new and expanded financial productions for individuals and small businesses.
Mar 25, 2020 Newsletter
With half of the country's population under stay-at-home orders, legislation is urgently needed to help all Americans deal with this health crisis and its impact on our economy and individuals' financial health. I am currently reviewing the proposed bipartisan legislation as the Senate and House move forward and am encouraged by reports of progressive wins by Democrats.
Mar 24, 2020 Newsletter
Last night, I joined with Speaker Pelosi and my fellow House Committee Chairs to introduce the Take Resposibility for Workers and Families Act. This is a $2.5 trillion policy proposal to boldly address the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on our families, businesses, and communities. This bill seeks to rebuild our healthcare system to test and treat everyone, tighten the safety net to support families, shore up small businesses, and help state and local governments nationwide maintain essential services. More on this bill below.