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Apr 7, 2020 In The News

The New York City Housing Authority has done a poor job cleaning apartment complexes and enforcing social distancing guidelines even though its residents are “uniquely vulnerable” to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a group of Big Apple lawmakers.

Apr 7, 2020 In The News


The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the head of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties asked acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to reduce immigrant detainee populations amid the risk of a coronavirus outbreak at a detention facility.

Apr 7, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I led the New York City Delegation in a letter to NYCHA calling on the agency to improve its response to the coronavirus pandemic and address residents' concerns. New York City continutes to increase hospital bed capacity with 500 beds on the USNS Comfort, which is now treating COVID-19 patients, and the opening of South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island and the Brooklyn Center Temporary Hospital, both of which are exclusively for COVID-19 patients.
Apr 6, 2020 Newsletter
Governor Cuomo has extended the NY PAUSE executive order until April 29. The State is working to redeploy ventilators across the state to help those hospitals in most need. New York City Parks has closed all dog runs and parks until further notice. Parks remain open to dogs but they must remain on leash. Please continue to practice social distancing.
Apr 5, 2020 Newsletter
Today, both military and the Governor are taking actions to help New York build up our healthcare force as we contend with the coronavirus. The Pentagon is deploying an additonal 1,100 doctors and nurses to New York State and the Governor is issuing an Executive Order allowing medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practing immediately.
Apr 4, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, I joined with my colleagues Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to press the Trump Administration to quickly make available the much needed $10 billion loan authorized in the CARES Act for the Postal Service. The USPS is struggling during this crisis and in order to protect this much need service and resource, the federal government needs to act.
Apr 3, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, I called on all members of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to set affordable prices for any medications that are or may be used to prevent or treat coronavirus, including vaccines. In this time of crisis, no effected American should be unable to afford life-saving medications. Also, I released documents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that show the agency has provided only a fraction of the personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies requested by five states and the District of Columbia. Lastly, the FDA responded to my call with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that they revise the outdated and discriminatory policy which prevented gay and bisexual men from donating blood. More on these and other updates from Congress, New York State, and New York City below.
Apr 2, 2020 In The News

President Trump is using the coronavirus bailout to keep up his long-running battle against congressional oversight, potentially laying the groundwork for yet another showdown with Congress.

Apr 2, 2020 In The News

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it was significantly loosening its recommendations for blood donations from gay and bisexual men, reducing the amount of time men who have had sex with men should wait before they give blood to three months from one year in hopes of ameliorating a drastic drop in supply during the coronavirus pandemic.