NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/13

Jun 13, 2020

Dear Friend, 


On Friday, the Trump Administration finalized a discriminatory rule overturning key health programs and nondiscrimination protections for marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+ people, women, individuals with disabilities and non-proficient English speakers. The protections were established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I am committed to overturning this harmful rule because we cannot allow President Trump to send us back to a time of blatant health care discrimination against patients. Thursday's Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis video briefing with experts and affected Americans affirms that the federal government must step up and act to protect nursing home residents and employees from COVID-19. 


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 2,049,633 cases with 114,703 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 381,714 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 30,758 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 208,954 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 22,043 deaths.


News Updates:


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 Friday, the Trump Administration finalized a discriminatory rule overturning key health programs and nondiscrimination protections for marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+ people, women, individuals with disabilities and non-proficient English speakers. The protections were established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I am committed to overturning this harmful rule because we cannot allow President Trump to send us back to a time of blatant health care discrimination against patients. You can read the full statement from me, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) here.


- On Thursday, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a video briefing with experts and affected Americans to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nursing home residents and workers. The testimony we heard affirms that the federal government must step up and act to protect this vulnerable population from COVID-19. You can read more about the briefing here.



- 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 is allowing localities to open public pools and playgrounds at their discretion while following state guidance beginning yesterday, Friday, June 12. 


- Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa issued a report to Governor Cuomo outlining the COVID-19 Domestic Violence Task Force's initial recommendations to change New York's approach to services for domestic violence survivors. Governor Cuomo has accepted these recommendations in full and is directing the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, along with other related agencies of the Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Office of Victim Services, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Health, to use these recommendations to update and improve domestic violence services in New York State.  


- 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: 

  • For ACPNY please use 866-394-2660
  • For SOMOS please use 833-766-6769  


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.


-  The City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC and One Fair Wage, and it will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.

  • Grants of up to $30,000 each will subsidize wages of $20 per hour for at least 6 weeks, supporting 1,000 workers in 100 restaurants initially selected, with preference given to those who offer free or reduced cost meals to New Yorkers affected by COVID-19.
  • Additionally, all restaurants must commit to a $15 minimum wage on top of tips within 5 years of returning to regular business. 



- Learn, Create, Prepare: NYC Youth: The NYC Young Men’s Initiative in partnership with the Department of Probation’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) has initiated three programs for the summer:

  • NeON Summer: This program will provide 2,700 young people a paid 6-8 week remote-learning summer immersion with a focus on employment readiness, career exploration and mentorship, social and civic leadership, financial literacy and more.
  • Each One Teach One: This program will connect youth with mentors and media experts, where participants get paid to design media messages and campaigns to promote social distancing and amplify public health information.
  • Community Crisis Response Initiative: This program will support at least 500 youth at 22 community based organizations focused on crisis response.   


- 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 51.3% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 56.2% and the nationwide rate of 60.9%. 
-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.



Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress