NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/11

Jun 11, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

 

On Wednesday, I held a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing examining the ways in which H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020, would help essential workers and their families who have suffered the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This bipartisan bill is modeled after the successful September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is holding a video briefing with experts and affected Americans to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nursing home residents and workers.

 

This update, as always, will continue to focus on news updates and important information related to the COVID-19 crisis, but I would be remiss to not address the movement for Black lives that is currently sweeping our nation. As a Member of Congress, I know that we must put actions behind our words; this page on my website has a growing list of the various legislative proposals I am supporting to do just that.

 

Accurate census data is incredibly important to make sure our city and state receive the federal funds we need and deserve to support things like health care, including our hospitals, Medicare, and Medicaid. Please remember to fill out your 2020 Census if you have not done so already. You can submit the form online, by phone, or by mail. 

 

As new federal programs in response to the coronavirus crisis are implemented across the country, my office is here to help you navigate these new resources. 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, the United States has confirmed 2,000,600 cases with 112,925 deaths.

 

New York State:

- New York State is reporting 380,156 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 30,542 deaths.

 

New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 208,118 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,930 deaths.

 

News Updates:

National

REMINDER: You do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.

 

- On Wednesday, I held a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing examining the ways in which H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020, would help essential workers and their families who have suffered the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This bipartisan bill is modeled after the successful September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Fund would provide important financial resources for essential workers in all industries and their families who have suffered the effects of the coronavirus. At the hearing, the Committee heard testimony from John A. Costa, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union; Anthony “Marc” Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director, National Nurses United, California Nurses Association, and National Nurses Organizing Committee; Eneida Becote, wife of Edward Becote, an essential worker who died from coronavirus; Clint Odom, Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the National Urban League; and Avik S. A. Roy, President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. You can read more about the hearing here.

 

- Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is holding a video briefing with experts and affected Americans to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nursing home residents and workers. This comes as new reporting shows that an estimated 40,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States are linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities and more than 600 nursing home employees have died. You can watch the briefing here, starting at noon.

 

- If you received you Economic Impact Payment/stimulus check (EIP) as a card, call 1-800-240-8100 to activate.

  • During activation, you will be asked to input your Card Number, last 6-digits of your social security number and the 3-digit security code from the back of your Card. 
  • You could be asked to further validate your identity by providing, at minimum, your name and address or answer identity verification questions. 
  • In a few instances, the first name of one payee is linked to the last name of a second payee on the Card. For mismatched names, the payee with the first name on the first line must activate the Card and/or validate identity to continue activation.
  • You will also be asked to create a 4-digit PIN required for ATM transactions and automated assistance and to hear your balance.
  • For your Account security, do not use personal information as your PIN.
  • For Cards with more than one name, only the primary Cardholder (listed first on the Card) may activate the Card. 
  • More information available here
 

New York State

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to June 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here.

New Yorkers should call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if you believe your employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen. 

 

- The State has extended the deadline to submit absentee ballots to June 23. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked or dropped off at a Board of Elections location by Tuesday, June 23. You must request an absentee ballot by June 16. You can request one here.

 

Testing sites prioritized for protesters (by appointment only)

Appointment Phone Numbers: 

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATION ADDRESS BOROUGH
ACPNY Harlem ACPNY 215 West 125th St. Manhattan
ACPNY Upper East Side ACPNY 215 East 95th St. Manhattan
ACPNY Richmond Ave. ACPNY 2654 Richmond Ave. Staten Island
ACPNY Bedford Williamsburg ACPNY 233 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn
ACPNY East New York ACPNY 101 Pennsylvania Ave. Brooklyn
ACPNY Flatbush ACPNY 1000 Church Ave. Brooklyn
ACPNY Bay Ridge ACPNY 740 64th Street Brooklyn
ACPNY Forest Hills ACPNY 96-10 Metropolitan Ave. Queens
ACPNY Rockaway ACPNY 29-15 Far Rockaway Blvd. Queens
ACPNY Hunts Point ACPNY 932 Southern Boulevard Bronx
ACPNY Crown Heights ACPNY 546 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn
ACPNY Elmhurst ACPNY 86-15 Queens Blvd. Queens
SOMOS Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal 1241 White Plains Road Bronx
SOMOS Casa de la Fe 1819 Randall Avenue Bronx
ACPNY Clove Road ACPNY 1050 Clove Road Staten Island

New York City

If you are a recovered COVID-19 patient, the NY Blood Center is asking for your plasma. If you had a positive COVID-19 test and have been symptom free for 14 days, please consider donating. You can sign up here.

 

- Two mobile testing trucks began operating on Wednesday at NYCHA’s Monroe Houses in Soundview in the Bronx. They will be heading to Queens Borough Hall on Friday.

 

- The City is offering testing kits to all hospitals and hospital systems, and will immediately send 3,000 Made in NYC test kits to Staten Island hospitals.

 

- Additional H+H testing sites: 

  • 4002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn – opened 6/10
  • 6315 14th Avenue, Brooklyn – opening 6/11 

 

- Community provider sites have opened up at the following locations:

  • BronxCare: 3 in zip code 10457
  • Morris Heights Health Center: 5 + mobile van in zip code 10453
  • Boriken Neighborhood Health Center: 1 in zip code 10035
  • Damian Family Care Centers: 3 in zip code 10454
  • VIP Community Services: 1 in zip code 10460  

 

- NYC Care will expand to Queens and Manhattan, four months ahead of schedule and is expected to reach nearly 54,000 residents; 44,000 residents in Queens and 10,000 residents in Manhattan. This is a Citywide effort to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers. NYC Care currently serves the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island by providing access to low-cost and no-cost primary care for those who are ineligible or can’t afford insurance, and helps fight healthcare disparities made clear by COVID-19. 

 

- The City is working with 270 front-line community and faith-based organizations at the neighborhood level to reach 10,000 New Yorkers in the hardest-hit neighborhoods from July to December to offer mental health resources. The City will train staff at these organizations to help their communities cope through virtual trainings on mental health disaster response and coping for community members.  

 

- REMINDER: Phase One of our restart began this past Monday, June 8. Under Phase One, construction, manufacturing, wholesalers, and nonessential retail (with curbside or in-store pickup) can reopen.

 

- REMINDER: Get vaccinated! 

  • Childhood vaccination rates are down 63%. The City is offering free vaccines at more than 1,000 NYC facilities and at all Health + Hospitals community health clinics. I encourage you to make an appointment by calling your child’s healthcare provider or 844-NYC-4NYC. The last thing we need is for preventable diseases to put a further strain on our health care system. 

 

- Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended through Sunday, June 21.Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability.
 
Transit Access and Improvements
- Busways and Bus Lanes:
  • The City will implement 20 miles of new busways and bus lanes that will serve nearly 750,000 daily riders. This will enable faster travel, and more frequent buses will help to increase social distance. Five new busways have been planned, using 14th Street as the model, and the 14th Street Busway itself will be made permanent.
  • The City will establish 3.5 miles of new busways with a capacity for 596,000 daily rides, at the following locations:
    • June: Main Street, Queens
    • July: Jamaica Avenue, Queens and 5th Avenue, Manhattan
    • August: Jay Street, Brooklyn
    • October: 181st Street, Manhattan
  • The City will establish 16.5 miles of new bus lanes, adding a total of 148,000 daily rides, at the following locations:
    • June: East 14th Street, Manhattan and 149th Street, Bronx
    • July: Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island
    • August: Merrick Boulevard, Queens
  • Staten Island Ferry
    • The Ferry will have increased service for Phase 1:
      • 20-minute service: Weekdays: 6:00AM – 9:00AM & 3:30PM – 6:30PM
      • 30-minute service: Weekdays: 5:30AM – 6:00AM & 6:30PM – 7:30PM/ Weekends: 7:00AM – 7:00PM
    • Ferries will have social distancing markers, demarcated seats, and hand sanitizer and face coverings widely available.  
 

#GetOutTheCount in NYC! 

Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.

REMINDER: it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement. You answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.

Your answers are ONLY used to create statistics about our community, city, state, and country.

 
- Our city and district is in danger of losing hundreds of thousands of federal dollars and representation in all levels of government if we do not make sure that each and every person is counted.
 
 
- The response rate in NY-12, is up to 51.2% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 56.1% and the nationwide rate of 60.8%. 
 
 
-The NYC Census team has been hearing from New Yorkers that one thing that’s holding them back from completing their forms is confusion about the census mailer and whether they need the unique census code to get started. ANYONE can fill out the census online by going to my2020census.gov and selecting “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” and then enter your address. It takes less than 10 minutes and has never been easier or more important!
 

- The Census is available online, by phone, and by mail. Paper questionnaires are being mailed out with a reminder letter to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If you were not able to answer via online or by phone, please fill out this paper form.


 

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.

 

Sincerely, 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress