NEW Updates For Friday, March 12, 2021
Webinar: Small Business Update - The American Rescue Plan Act, Hosted by: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

When: TODAY, March 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET

What: The new $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill—titled the American Rescue Plan Act—includes long-awaited targeted aid dedicated specifically to the restaurant industry, new provisions for small businesses across other industries, and more money for the Paycheck Protection Program. This virtual discussion will focus on the new bill and what it means for small businesses and restaurants.

Who: U.S. Chamber executive vice president and chief policy officer Neil Bradley, CO— content director Jeanette Mulvey, and National Restaurant Association executive vice president Sean Kennedy.

Register: Click here to learn more and to register now.

NEW Business Resources:
  • In-person events can increase to 150 beginning March 15. Responsible parties are required to notify the local health departments five days in advance of the event taking place. A form was developed to make it easier for the responsible parties to submit the event information and for the county to receive and share the information. The form can be found HERE.
 
  • Once completed and submitted, the submitter will receive a confirmation email along with a PDF of the commissioner's orders.

  • The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) network has launched a competitive grant program that will help manufacturers solve challenges created by COVID-19, emerge from the crisis more resilient and adaptable, and prepare for future emergencies.
  • Join the March 18th webinar, 10am – 11am, to hear about these exciting opportunities and additional services available through the NY MEP.
  • Learn more and sign up to attend HERE.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has been signed into law. According to the SBA the act's small business assistance and support are as follows:

The American Rescue Plan Act provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts, including:
  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services.
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG.
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit.
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants.  
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources. 
 
SBA’s current relief efforts can be found at www.sba.gov/coronavirusrelief, and more details about these program updates and new efforts the SBA will administer in the coming weeks will be located there as well.
 
NYS COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Information:
  • Summary of Reopening Timeline
  • Beginning March 15: Weddings and Catered Events Can Resume Statewide following guidelines HERE.
  • Beginning March 19: Restaurants Outside New York City Can Move to 75% Indoor Capacity. The Food Services guidelines will be updated with this information.
  • Beginning March 22:
  • Residential Gatherings
  • Indoor gathering limit will continue to be restricted to 10 people
  • Outdoor gathering limit will increase to 25 people
  • Non-residential Gatherings
  • Indoor maximum will increase to 100 people
  • Outdoor maximum will increase to 200 people
  • Beginning March 26: Indoor Family Entertainment Centers Can Open limited to 25% capacity though guidelines have not yet been issued.
  • Beginning April 2: Event, Arts and Entertainment Venues Can Reopen, though guidelines have not yet been issued.
  • Restricted to 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors
  • With proof of a negative COVID test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors
  • Beginning April 9: Outdoor Amusement Parks Can Open at 33% capacity though guidelines have not yet been issued.
  • 14 Community-Based Pop-Up Vaccination Sites Coming Online This Week to Vaccinate More Than 4,000 New Yorkers
  • Bolstering State's Commitment to Ensuring Fairness and Equity in Vaccine Distribution Process
  • Community-Based 'Pop Up' Vaccination Sites Have Enabled Over 54,000 New Yorkers to Receive First Dosage of Vaccine
  • Host Sites and Partner Providers Conduct Outreach Within Their Communities and Work with Community Leaders and Organizations to Identify Eligible New Yorkers and Schedule Vaccination Appointments
  • Quarantine for Domestic Travel Will No Longer Be Required Starting April 1
  • While No Longer Required, Quarantine After Domestic Travel is Still Advised as Added Precaution
  • Mandatory Quarantine Remains in Effect for International Travelers
  • All Travelers Covered Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State
 
COVID resources for your organization
Business Resources:
  • NYS Small Business Development Center has published a list of micro-grant and micro-loan programs for pandemic relief. View it HERE.
  • The U.S. Small Business Association has created a streamlined webpage of federal resources which you can find HERE. It includes:
  • Funding options
  • Tax credits and tax filing help
  • Contracting assistance
  • And more!
  • 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 NYS Community Development Block Grant Program competitive application for Public Infrastructure, Public Facility and Community Planning projects and open round application for Economic Development and Microenterprise activities.
  • CDBG Economic Development, Small Business & Microenterprise Application materials are available now. Applications for Open Round Economic Development and Microenterprise applications will be accepted throughout 2021 with rolling awards.
  • $17 Million in Funding Available for New York Communities' Climate Goals
  • NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program Can Help You Reach Your Community’s Climate Goals
  • Learn more about how the program works or connect with your Clean Energy Community Coordinator to get started
  • Find a Coordinator here
Funding Assistance:

Technical Assistance for Businesses:
 
Resources for Employers/Employees:
 
Resources for Individuals:
  • New Tool to Help New Yorkers Access Critical Social Service Benefits Here
  • For Job Seekers:
  • NYS Department of Labor’s Jobs Express website
  • SUNY Online Training Center – Free skill-building, college prep, and employment certification programs with one-on-one career coaching
  • Free Online Platform for New Yorkers to Learn New Job Skills, Earn Certificates & Advance Their Careers: Create a free account with Coursera HERE
  • Dutchess One Stop Career Center - Free employment-related services for employers and job seekers including job postings, job fairs, resume help, interview skills, and online trainings with Coursera. For individuals that meet the eligibility requirements, funding assistance for training and on-the-job training opportunities are also available. Transportation assistance (defensive driving courses, DMV registration, auto insurance assistance and more) is offered for qualified individuals

Hudson Valley list of local PPE suppliers: CLICK HERE
Representative Contacts
County Representatives:
County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro, County Executive (R)
Phone: 486-2000
Fax: 486-2021
 
County Legislature A. Gregg Pulver, Chairman (R)
Carolyn Morris, Clerk
Toll Free: 866-694-4800
Phone: 486-2100
Fax: 486-2113
 
County Clerk Bradford Kendall, County Clerk (R)
Toll Free: 866-694-4700
Phone: 486-2120
Records Room: 486-2125
Fax: 486-2138
 
Comptroller Robin Lois, Comptroller (D)
Phone: 486-2050
Fax: 486-2055
 
Sheriff's Office Adrian Anderson, Sheriff (R)
Phone: 486-3800
Sheriff’s Tip Line: 845-605-2583
NYS Sheriffs' Victim Hotline: 888-846-3469

State Representatives:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D)
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
518-474-8390

State Senators:
Pete Harckham (D, WF) - 40th District
Albany Office 
188 State Street, Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12247
518-455-2340
 
Susan Serino (R) - 41st District
Albany Office 
617 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
518-455-2945

 

State Assembly Assemblymembers:
Kevin A. Cahill (D) - District 103
716 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4436
District Office:  
1 Albany Ave., Governor Clinton Bldg., Suite G-4,
Kingston, NY 12401
845-338-9610
 
Jonathan G. Jacobson (D) - District 104 
435 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5762
District Office: 
154 North Plank Road, Suite 2
Newburgh, NY 12550
845-562-0888
 
Kieran Michael Lalor (R) - District 105
531 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248 
518-455-5725
District Office:
1075 Rt. 82, North Hopewell Plaza, Suite #1
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
845-221-2202
 
Didi Barrett (D) - District 106
553 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5177
District Office:
12 Raymond Avenue, Suite 105
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
845-454-1703
 
Federal Representatives:
President Joseph Biden (D)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
 
Federal Senate Representatives:
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D)
478 Russell
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-4451
Fax: 202-228-0282
 
Charles E. Schumer (D)
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-6542
Fax: 202-228-3027
 
Federal Congressional Representatives:
Sean Patrick Maloney (D) - 18th District
2331 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-5441
Fax: 202-225-3289
District Office
123 Grand Street, 2nd Floor
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 845-561-1259
Fax: 845-561-2890

Antonio Delgado (D) - 19th District
1007 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-5614
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