CORONAVIRUS Updates - New York State
- All schools will remain closed until April 29. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- Local schools and businesses are offering free grab-and-go meals for kids who need them. Contact my office for more info.
- Elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year. (http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/statement-board-regents-chancellor-betty-rosa-and-interim-state-education-commissioner-2)
- All June Regents Exams are canceled. (http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/state-education-department-issues-guidance-graduation-and-course-requirement-changes-due)
- New York's presidential primary and all special elections have been moved from April 28 to June 23. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20212-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- All school budget votes and school board member elections have been postponed until at least June 1. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- To increase social distancing, gyms, movie theaters, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo/piercing parlors, bars, restaurants and casinos are closed temporarily, but restaurants and bars can still provide takeout and delivery services. (www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-governor-murphy-governor-lamont-and-governor-wolf-direct)
- NY State is on PAUSE – which stands for Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone – until at least April 29. It mandates that any businesses not deemed "essential" must keep 100 percent of their workforce home. (All schools will remain closed until April 29.) (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- The state is strongly encouraging essential services, such as gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies and medical facilities, to stay open. (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home)
- Major pharmacy chains in New York State have agreed to offer free home delivery. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-nys-pause-functions-extended-next-two)
- New York has closed all offices of the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Any driver's license, non-driver identification, vehicle registration, yearly vehicle inspection or 45-day temporary registration issued by auto dealers due to expire March 1 or after will be extended until further notice. Driver's license and permit tests and road tests are also suspended. (dmv.ny.gov/press-release/press-release-03-21-20)
- Financial assistance is available for small businesses affected by COVID-19. To see eligibility requirements, learn more and apply, visit: www.sba.gov.
- State debt collection on student debt and medical debt will have payments frozen through at least April 15. (www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-and-attorney-general-james-temporarily-suspend-state-debt-collection-response)
- The federal government has also suspended federal student loan payments and is waiving interest. (https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-student-loans-and-coronavirus-pandemic/)
- The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued a directive to lenders to provide a 90-day mortgage relief period, starting March 19, and suspend or postpone foreclosures for 90 days for those facing financial hardship because of COVID-19. (www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-executive-order-mandating-businesses-require-office-personnel-decrease)
- There is now a 90-day moratorium on commercial and residential evictions, which went into effect on March 19.
- New state law allows for sick leave and benefits to quarantined/isolated workers. (nyassembly.gov/Press/files/20200318a.php)
- It also eliminates the one-week waiting period for UI claims for workers directly affected by COVID-19. To file a claim, visit labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm and follow the on-site instructions.
- The deadline for filing your state and federal taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15.
- NY State of Health is offering a special open enrollment through May 15. (https://www.dfs.ny.gov/reports_and_publications/press_releases/pr202003161)
- New York State is aware of multiple scams related to the coronavirus. To file a complaint or learn more, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing.
Check with your local grocery store about limited hours and/or special hours for seniors to shop.
For updates and more information, visit the New York State Department of Health website at www.ny.gov/coronavirus or call 888-364-3065.
Sign up for email updates from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html