***UPCOMING WEBINAR***
May 7, 2PM: The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Dutchess Business Notification Network will host New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for a town hall forum. The Comptroller will present economic information for the regional business community and take questions from attendees. Thank you to Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies for sponsoring. You can register HERE .
Update for Wednesday, May 6, 2020
  • PROPOSED LEGISLATION ALERT: A number of proposals have been introduced in the past several weeks in the New York State Senate and Assembly.  S.8266 (Ramos)/A.10401 (Simotas) - would amend New York State’s Workers’ Compensation Law to create an occupational disease presumption for employees that have contracted COVID-19. The New York Comp Insurance Rating Board has issued an analysis projecting the cost impact on the state’s workers compensation system to be as high as $31 billion, compared to current annual compensation system cost of approximately $8.7 billion. That analysis can be found HERE.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor wants to hear from you about challenges that may be faced as businesses reopen and how best to help employers and workers reopen America’s workplaces safely. They want employers to take part of a national online dialog, but you must submit your comments by tomorrow, May 7. You can submit your comments HERE.

  • In today’s (Wednesday) press conference, Governor Cuomo said local government officials will have a say on which businesses can reopen once a region reaches the metrics to begin the process of reopening. These decisions must still follow the risk guidelines the state has already detailed.

  • A new Executive Order has been signed that extends the suspension of the need to have a professional licensing, if an individual is already licensed in another state or Canada, to work in New York. The new Executive Order grants an extension of an additional 30 days. A copy of the order can be found HERE.
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If you have any questions regarding the information in this notification or any other business related concerns and suggestions, please email Contact@DutchessBNN.com. Please do NOT contact elected officials regarding information in this email as they are currently inundated with handling the government response to this crisis. This network was created to help coordinate responses and share the burden, and we ask that you please contact us with any questions or concerns so our elected officials can focus on their task at hand. Thank you for your continued support through this time.
Resources With Links
United States Small Business Administration
Federal Representatives
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney: (845) 561-1259
Congressman Antonio Delgado: (845) 443-2930
Centers For Disease Control

Novel Coronavirus Hotline (24/7): 1-888-364-3065
State Representatives
Senator Pete Harckham: (914) 241-4600
Senator Sue Serino: (845) 229-0106
Assembly Member Didi Barrett: (845) 454-1703
Assembly Member Kevin Cahill: (845) 338-9601
Assembly Member Jonathan Jacobson: (845) 562-0888
Assembly Member Kieran Lalor: (845) 221-2202
New York State Department of Labor
Dutchess County Government


Dutchess County Mental Health Hotline (24/7): (877) 485-9700
Dutchess Tourism
Details on major attraction closures, lodging updates, and restaurant regulations (including a list of restaurant and farms open for takeout, curbside & delivery) can be found here : https://dutchesstourism.com/covid-19-consumer-updates
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Business News Portal: https://www.dcrcoc.org/news
Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board
Dutchess Business Notification Network
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