NEW Updates For Monday, May 10, 2021
NEW EVENTS:

Title: Overview and Updates on Federal Small Business COVID-19 Relief

Who: National Federation of Independent Businesses

What: Join this FREE webinar with NFIB hosts Beth Milito and Holly Wade who will provide an overview and update on the federal small business programs that are still available. Join this special webinar to learn all that you need to know about the programs and how to take advantage of them.

Format: Virtual

Submit Questions: To submit questions to be answered during the webinar, click HERE.

Register: Click HERE.
Title: Presentation on Workers Compensation, Disability, PFL and COVID-19 Related Updates

Who: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

What: A keynote presentation will be given by Neil Gilberg, Advocate for Business from the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, providing an overview of workers’ compensation, disability and paid family leave benefits, related COVID-19 details, specialized one-on-one customer service, and responsibilities of small to large businesses, corporations and non-profit enterprises.

Format: Virtual and in-person options available


Register: Click HERE.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN DUTCHESS COUNTY -
Applications are available for the Dutchess County Small Business Micro-Marketing Assistance Program:
 
Title: Small Business Micro-Marketing Program
 
What: Dutchess County Government, Think Dutchess, Dutchess Tourism and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to launch a “Micro Marketing” COVID recovery program. This program will provide support for small, independent businesses in Dutchess County to learn marketing best practices and funding to promote their business on digital platforms to increase visibility and expand their customer base.
 
Eligibility: Businesses operating exclusively in Dutchess County with 20 or less employees affected by the pandemic — either forced closed or with limited operations based on state Covid restrictions.
 
Informational Webinar Recording: The recorded webinar provides details about the program and explains how businesses can participate in it. You may watch the recording HERE.
 
Application: To apply click HERE.
 
Full Press Release: Click HERE.
UPDATED Guidance:

  • Beginning Monday, May 3
  • Catered Events Can Resume at Residences above the State's residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, as long as the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing.
  • Guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks.



  • Beginning Saturday, May 15
  • Casinos and Gaming Facilities Can Increase Capacity from 25% to 50%
  • Offices Can Increase Capacity from 50% to 75%
  • Gyms/Fitness Centers Outside of New York City Can Increase Capacity from 33% to 50%

  • Beginning Monday, May 17
  • The 12:00AM Curfew Will Be Removed for Outdoor Dining Areas
  • The 1:00AM Curfew Will Be Removed for Catered Events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result

  • Beginning Wednesday, May 19
  • Updates to the Non-Residential Social Gathering Limit
  • The indoor social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people
  • Updates to the Residential Gathering Limits
  • The outdoor residential gathering limit of 25 people is removed
  • The indoor residential gathering limit will increase from 10 to 50 people

  • Social Distanced-Based Business Capacities: Effective May 19, most business capacities—which are currently based upon a percentage of maximum occupancy—will be removed in New York. Businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet. This new distance-based maximum capacity will apply across commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops and other personal care services, among other settings. It will also apply in houses of worship.
  • Large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30% capacity
  • Large-scale outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts & entertainment, can increase capacity to 33%

  • Beginning Monday, May 31
  • The 12:00AM Curfew Will Be Removed for Indoor Dining Areas
  • The 1:00AM Curfew Will Be Removed for All Catered Events


For the latest list of reopening updates, visit the reopening reference guide 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
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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