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COVID-19 Update: May 27

Updated: May 31, 2020

Return to Legislative Session

This week the NYS Legislature will return to session to vote on important legislation that will help in the face of theCOVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch committee meeting and session live here follow along while we take up these important bills.

New York Forward Loan Fund

Governor Cuomo announced the State will be launching a $100+ million loan program for small businesses. The loan program will focus on supporting small businesses that were less likely to receive federal loans, especially women and minority-owned businesses, and very small businesses with 20 or fewer employees.

Death Benefit for Frontline Workers

Amid the ongoingCOVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo announced that state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died fromCOVID-19 during this emergency.

RV Parks Can Open

The Governor alsoannouncedthat campgrounds and RV Parks will be allowed to open statewide as of May 25th.

Veterinarian Practices Can Open

Veterinarian practiceswill be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.

NY Professional Sports Leagues Begin Training Camps

Governor Cuomoalso announcedNew York Professional Sports Leagues will be able to begin training camps.

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

Local Restaurants

Remember to support local restaurants and order delivery or take-out from your favorite local spot!

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:

Also, continue to check out theRensselaer County Chamber Facebook Pageand theRensselaer County Tourism Facebook Pagefor daily updates!

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:

  • 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

  • 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:

  • 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:


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