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COVID 19 Update: May 8

The state's moratorium onCOVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due toCOVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

Albany Med and St Peters Hospital and its affiliates have been cleared

for scheduling elective surgeries.

Great work by the teams at AMC and St. Peters. Senator Breslin, Assemblymember Pat Fahy and I were glad to play an advocacy role in this process.

Thank you to everyone who joined Assemblymember Pat Fahy and I yesterday for a discussion on protocols and procedures that local businesses and other organizations might consider as they look toward a healthy, sustainable return to business.

Thank you also to our wonderful panelist Mark Eagan, President of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, Anthony Gaddy, President of Upstate NY Black Chamber of Commerce and Kate Manley, President of the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce

If you missed it, you canwatch the full webinar here.

Governor Cuomo announced today that he will be extending the window for the Child Victims Act for 5 months until January 14th, 2021.

The Governor also announced that JetBlue is donating 100,000 pairs of round-trip flights for medical personnel and nurses to honor their efforts, beginning with 10,000 pairs of tickets for New York medical professionals.

You can submit a brief description of why they are nominating their healthcare hero. For more information and full terms, please

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!

  • 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:

  • OAG will halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG for collection from March 17, 2020 through April 16, 2020. After this 30-day period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for a possible extension.  

  • 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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