NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/16

Jun 16, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

 

REMINDER: If you would like to vote from home (via absentee ballot) you must submit your application TODAY, June 16. More information available here.

 

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 2,114,180 cases with 116,130 deaths.

 

New York State:

- New York State is reporting 383,944 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 30,856 deaths.

 

New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 210,259 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 22,124 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.

 

- Yesterday, the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency sent a letter to the Committee on Oversight and Reform raising concerns that the Trump Administration is undermining mandated transparency and oversight of important components of CARES Act spending. The Trump Administration seems to be arguing that loopholes in the law exempt agencies from producing certain information, yet at the same time, they supposedly have expressed their commitment to transparency and accountability and ‘signaled strong support’ for the Inspector General’s requests for information. They seem to be saying one thing while doing exactly the opposite. If the Trump Administration is committed to full cooperation and transparency with taxpayer dollars, it is unclear why it is manufacturing legal loopholes to avoid responding to legitimate oversight requests. Even under the Trump Administration’s flawed legal interpretation, there is nothing preventing it from fulfilling its supposed commitment to cooperation and transparency by fully complying with all requests from Congress and independent oversight entities including Inspectors General, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and the Government Accountability Office. In the meantime, if the Administration believes the law needs to be clarified, it should propose—and support—any potential change to the legislation. This money belongs to the American people—not the President—and the Administration has an obligation to explain where these funds are going. You can read the letter from the leadership of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee 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 July 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 Governor recently signed new legislation to launch a Department of Health study on health impacts of COVID-19 on minorities in New York State. 

 

- The state has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths on the three-day average since the pandemic began. The number of total hospitalizations was down to 1,608 yesterday, the lowest level since the pandemic began. 

 

- 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 TODAY, 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.

 

-  The Test & Trace Corps is leading the fight against COVID-19. If you see a call fro 212-540-xxxx or 212-242-xxxx PLEASE pick up to help stop the spread! Visit TestandTrace.NYC for more information. 

 

- 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.
  
 
 

#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 51.5% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 56.6% and the nationwide rate of 61.4%. 
 
 
-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