NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/25
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.
If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the changes brought on by coronoavirus mitigation efforts, please reach out to my office at 212-860-0606.
You can continue to expect these updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.
Facts and Figures
- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 55,238 positive cases across the United States with 802 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 30,811 positive cases. Of these, 3,805 patients (12%) are hospitalized. Our state has recorded 285 total deaths from COVID-19.
- NYS has tested 91,270 people statewide.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 17,856 cases.
We need bold, emergency action to protect the physical, mental, and financial health of the American people and I'm encouraged by reports that Democrats were able to move the Senate Republican bill from corporations-focused to workers-first legislation.
Among the reported wins by Democrats:
- a large investment in hospitals, our health system, and state and local governments to give them the resources they need during this emergency;
- a massive increase in unemployment insurance benefits so that these benefits match the average paycheck of laid-off and furloughed workers;
- a signficant expansion of fast relief for small businesses, including making rent, mortgages, and utility costs eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) loan forgiveness;
- billions of dollars for emergency education funding and the elimination of income tax on student loan repayment assistance by an employer; and
- accountablity and oversight by preventing secret bailouts and adding special oversight requirements.
New York State
- I am supporting State Senator Michael Gianaris's rent-relief legislation that will help all tenanats - individuals and small businesses - with the financial strain that the coronavirus crisis is causing. You can read more about the proposed legislation here.
- The Department of Financial Services has issued a new emergency regulation requiring NY-regulated financial institutions to provide financial relief to New Yorkers who demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19.
New York City
- The City will open streets for pedestrians in an effort to reduce crowding in parks. The City is identifying two streets per borough and exploring a "summer streets" model in each borough to open up more places for people to walk and exercise. The goal is to implement these openings by Thursday, March 26.
- NYPD monitoring: Officers have been educating people about social distancing and ensuring adherence to the State PAUSE executive order. They have visited 1,578 supermarkets, 5,422 bars and restaurants, 731 public places, and 1,574 personal care facilities.
- Citibike is offering a 30-day free promotion to first responders and medical frontline workers.
- The Mayor is suspending Alternate Side Parking for another week, through Tuesday, March 31.
As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at212-860-0606. Please forward this information to any of your friends, families, or coworkers and let them know that they can sign up for regular updates from me here.
Please, wash your hands, stay home, and thank the medical workers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery workers, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress