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COVID-19 Update: June 6


In-Person Special Education Programs to Resume


Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order allowing necessary in-person special education instruction this summer.


Any school district providing these services must follow all state and federal guidance.


Read the fullExecutive Order here





Houses of Worship Added to Phase 2


Governor Cuomo announced today that houses of worship can open with 25% capacity immediately in any region that has met the metrics to enter Phase 2.  They must maintain and abide by all social distancing guidelines.





Department of Financial Services Assistance for Damaged Businesses


The State Department of Financial Services will issue an emergency regulation to help businesses and consumers who suffered damage from looting and vandalism.


DFS has directed insurers to expedite claims, provide free mediation of disputes and accept photos as reasonable proof of loss so businesses don't have to wait for police reports.


More information is available atdfs.ny.gov.





School Graduation


Schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year. The state will reexamine socially-distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.





Census Reminder


It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends and loved ones to complete the Census, too.


Our community benefits the most when the Census counts everyone. The Census determines allocation of resources, representation and data collection to better understand the needs & wants of our diverse communities.


Now more than ever we need to make sure our community receives the resources we need. Learn more or complete your questionnaire at2020census.gov.





Local Restaurants


Remember to support local restaurants! Give them a call to order take-out or possibly join them for outdoor dining.


For a comprehensive list of businesses located in the 108th Assembly District who are currently still offering take out or delivery options see below:


City of Albany:

City of Cohoes

Green Island

North Greenbush

Troy

Rensselaer

Waterford 

Watervliet






Helpful Reminders

  • Unemployment Insurance - The one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance claims for workers directly affected by COVID-19 has been eliminated. The Department has also announced that they are changing the unemployment insurance job search requirement that is currently in place. No work search activities will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information check out the DOL page here: https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

  • Those in need can call 2-1-1 from any phone for a free, confidential referral to resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, childcare options and other essential services. The helpline is also able to answer questions and provide referrals for COVID-19 related concerns. Simply dial 2-1-1 or visit 211neny.org

  • The NYS Eviction Moratorium has been extended through August 20th.

  • If you believe your business is an essential service but has not been included on ESD’s list, you can apply for ‘essential service status’ at this link: https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request%20for%20Designation%20Form_0.pdf

  • Charter will be providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription (where service is available), at any service level up to 100 Mbps, as well as opening up Charter WiFi Hotspots across our footprint for public use. For more information or to enroll in the program please contact 1-844-488-8395

  • The Capital District YMCA will provide childcare for emergency personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by The New York State Education Department. For more information visit: https://cdymca.org/emergencychildcare/

John McDonald

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McDonald for Assembly
P.O. Box 7208

Albany, NY 12224

Albany • Cohoes • Green Island • North Greenbush • Rensselaer • Troy • Waterford • Watervliet