NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/29

Mar 29, 2020

Dear Friend, 


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. 


If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the changes brought on by coronavirus 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

United States:

- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 125,313 positive cases across the United States with 2,197 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 59,513, positive cases with 965 total deaths. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 33,768 cases with 672 deaths.


News Updates:


The CDC issued a domestic travel advisory for NY, NJ, and CT:

“Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.  These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.”  


New York State

- The State has ordered all hospitals to allow one support person in delivery rooms, overriding visitation rules enacted by some hospitals which banned support persons of expectant mothers from accompanying them in delivery rooms.


- Governor Cuomo issued an executive order to push the state tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to July 15, matching the new federal tax deadline.


- The State will begin designating some facilities for only COVID-19 patients; South Beach Psychiatric Faciity in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx, and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn.


- The Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across New York State. This funding will enable these organizations to provide small businesses with necessary guidance to secure disaster assistance, such as Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 24 Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers and up to 23 Small Business Development Centers will receive $5 million, with an additional $2.5 million awarded to up to 23 Community Development Financial Institutions.


- New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 and had a postive test BEFORE March 7 should visit www.mountsinai.org to help save another New Yoker by donating plasma.


New York City

- The City is working with the State to  get authority to suspend the Rent Guidelines Board process for 2020, as the data that typically informs the RGB is rapidly changing. This would effectively create a rent freeze for new leases. 


As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at 212-860-0606. 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, transit workers, childcare workers, mail carriers, take-out cooks, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.



Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress