The health, safety and well-being of everyone during this pandemic is my top priority. The New York City area has the highest numbers of both people afflicted with the new coronavirus, as well as those who sadly have died from COVID-19 complications.

Please stay home as much as possible and follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations. Also, check on an elderly neighbor or loved one to make sure they are okay. Together we will get through this stronger than before. President Trump has extended the social distancing guidelines through April 30th. New York is under a statewide shelter in place mandate by Governor Cuomo. 

Below are some resources for you to use to help stay healthy and slow the spread, information on the state and federal response as well as the CARES Act recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Here is a link to an excellent presentation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the CARES Act. 



Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Site

New York Department of Health

Toll Free Hotline: 888-364-3065

Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
NYS on PAUSE: All non-essential workers must continue to work from home, and everyone is required to maintain a 6-foot distance in public through April 15th when the policy will be reevaluated.
Your local Health Department is your community resource. Below are the links for all four departments that cover NY18:


U.S. Department of Treasury Small Business Loan Program Guidelines

SBA Coronavirus Loan Program 

CARES Act Small Business Loans Guide (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)



IRS Information on Stimulus Money and Tax Relief -- DEPOSITS WILL BE MADE THE WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2020.

Stimulus Check Calculator (Note: This is an estimate.)

Both the federal and New York income tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. 

New York Department of Labor Unemployment Claim Site

Food Assistance Sites:

Orange County 

Putnam County 

Dutchess County

Westchester County



Direct payments: The week of April 13th, anyone who made less than $75,000 ($150,000 for a married couple), will receive a direct deposit or check for $1,200 ($2,400 for a married couple) from the federal government, with an extra $500 for every child you have. Above those income levels, smaller checks will be issued to singles with incomes between $75,000 and $99,000 or couples earning between $150,000 and $198,000. If you filed a tax return previously, these payments will be sent automatically. If you receive Social Security benefits, your money will be direct deposited. 

Small businesses: Included in the CARES Act is a small businesses loan forgiveness program designed to keep workers on payroll. The loans are available now to cover payroll and some overhead expenses from your local bank. Any business that rehires recently laid off employees and keeps employees on payroll will have the loan forgiven.