NEW Updates For Thursday, March 18, 2021
Upcoming Webinars:

What: Legal and human resource guidance to avoid COVID-related litigation, defending COVID lawsuits, COVID lawsuit trends.

When: March 25, 2021, at 9 A.M. ET

Who: Edward Kowalski, Human Resources Director, Ethan Allen HR Services and David R. Wise, Partner, Mackey, Butts & Wise, LLP.

Register: Click here
What: Work Local First Job Fair

When: March 30, 2021, at 10 A.M. ET

What: If you're seeking employment with some of the top companies in the Hudson Valley, then the Work Local First Job Fair is for you. Registration is required to join the virtual job fair.

Register: Click here
NEW Business Updates:
  • In today's briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that outdoor venues with 2,500+ capacity can reopen at up to 20% capacity.

  • A new Executive Order was released by the state yesterday that can be found HERE. This Executive Order includes the following changes:
  • Indoor dining in areas outside of New York City can operate at 75% of maximum capacity, effective March 19, 2021, provided that Department of Health guidance and any other applicable State-issued guidance is strictly adhered to.

  • In New York -pharmacies shall prioritize the following groups for vaccination: (1) individuals age 60 and older; and (2) individuals who are P-12 school (public or non-public) teachers, substitute teachers, or student teachers. Effective March 17, 2021 all providers other than pharmacies are permitted to vaccinate any eligible individual.

  • Updated guidance has been released for shopping malls as of March 15, which can be found HERE.

  • New York State Department of Health updated quarantine protocols for people exposed to COVID-19 (the Quarantine Protocols). You may find the Quarantine Protocols here. The Quarantine Protocols do not reflect the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result, there are discrepancies between the guidance issued by New York and the most recent federal guidance.

  • Under the NY State Quarantine Protocols, certain individuals no longer need to quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19. Individuals do not need to quarantine if:
  • The individual is fully vaccinated, which is defined as having two weeks pass since the receipt of the second dose in a two-dose vaccine or having two weeks pass since the receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine; AND

  • The individual is within three months following the receipt of the last dose; AND

  • The individual remains asymptomatic since the last COVID-19 exposure. 

  • Additionally, asymptomatic individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past three months and have since recovered do not need to retest and quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. The three-month period begins either on the date of symptom onset or the date of the first positive diagnostic test if the individual remains asymptomatic.

  • The state announced they would soon be launching the Excelsior Pass shortly, a tool that allows New Yorkers and visitors to securely present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results. Additional information on this program can be found HERE.

  • Additionally, to make COVID-19 diagnostic testing even more available for New Yorkers, the State recently launched the New York Forward Rapid Test Program. This makes low-cost rapid testing available to the public to support enhanced economic activity, including weddings, catered events and arts and entertainment venues. Additional information can be found HERE.
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

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


State Assembly Assemblymembers:
Kevin A. Cahill (D) - District 103
716 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
District Office:  
1 Albany Ave., Governor Clinton Bldg., Suite G-4,
Kingston, NY 12401
Jonathan G. Jacobson (D) - District 104 
435 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
District Office: 
154 North Plank Road, Suite 2
Newburgh, NY 12550
Kieran Michael Lalor (R) - District 105
531 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248 
District Office:
1075 Rt. 82, North Hopewell Plaza, Suite #1
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Didi Barrett (D) - District 106
553 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
District Office:
12 Raymond Avenue, Suite 105
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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
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