Tuesday January 12, 2021
Governor Advances Bold Agenda in the States 111th State of the State Address
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered his 2021 State of the State address. The Governor's 2021 agenda - Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew - features nation-leading proposals to not only defeat COVID-19, but also tackle critical issues facing New York and the country, including jumpstarting New York's economic recovery; creating a fairer, more just state; reopening the state; becoming a leader in the growing green energy economy; and rebuilding and strengthening New York's infrastructure.

To defeat COVID-19, address New York's short-term economic issues, and ensure social and racial justice, the Governor has put forth a number of proposals focused on reimagining our health care and housing systems; finding new sources of revenue through the legalization of adult-use cannabis and online sports betting; continuing the fight for well-deserved federal recovery funding; and creating fairer and more just criminal justice and election systems.

Proposals focused on reopening the state, becoming a leader in the growing green energy economy, and rebuilding and strengthening New York's infrastructure will be announced in the coming days.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NEW YORKERS, INDIVIDUALS 75 AND OLDER CAN BEGIN SCHEDULING WITH PROVIDERS COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New Yorkers within priority group 1b can now begin scheduling appointments with individual providers, including pharmacies, local health departments, and hospitals, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those now eligible to receive the vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, public safety officers, teachers and other school staff;  in-person college instructors, childcare workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters. Eligibility determinations and a list of nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled can all be done through New York's new 'Am I Eligible " app. New Yorkers can begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 4PM on Monday, January 11: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). 
Please join the North Country Chamber of Commerce for a special "Morning Virtual Forum" featuring annual addresses and presentations on the State of Clinton County, the City of Plattsburgh and the Town of Plattsburgh. Following a turbulent 2020 and a change in federal leadership in 2021 we look forward to hearing what is ahead for the North Country region and what our government leaders are prioritizing. 

Speakers include:
  • Mark Henry, Chair, Clinton County Legislature
  • Chris Rosenquest, Mayor, City of Plattsburgh
  • Michael Cashman, Supervisor, Town of Plattsburgh

Details:   
  • Date: February 3rd
  • Time: 8am
  • Where: Virtually at your computer or on your smartphone
  • Registration: $10/person for members & partner members $15/not-yet-members
  • Proceeds will support the continued work of your Chamber during this time.

We look forward to "seeing" you!

Call Adriana at 518.563.1000 or email her at adriana@northcountrychamber.com with any questions. 
Clinton County May Host a Drive-thru Vaccination Site
As New York State Department of Health opens new phases of the state’s vaccination plan, it’s now eyeing Clinton County as a possible location for a state-operated drive-thru vaccination site.

“Though we have been given preliminary information regarding this possibility, the details of a state site in our area are still being ironed out,” John Kanoza, director of Clinton County Public Health, announced Jan. 11.

“CCHD’s vaccination team is ready to begin our distribution plans for future tiers and phases as soon as more vaccine becomes available.”

The state also announced Jan. 11 that New Yorkers in Phase 1A and segments of Phase 1B are now eligible for vaccination.

“Though groups may be eligible, we are currently restricted on who we are permitted to vaccinate and how many doses of vaccine we have available,” Kanoza said as Clinton County recorded its 11th COVID-19 related death and 173 new cases were reported over the weekend.

The health department is currently working with local providers to develop a list of locations that eligible community members can go to register for vaccination.
Thomas DiNapoli: Nonprofits are a pandemic lifeline for New Yorkers
As we maneuver through these unprecedented times, our state must do everything possible to ensure all New Yorkers come out of this pandemic, and the painful economic recession it has produced, safely and together. Among the priorities of critical importance must be supporting the thousands of not-for-profit organizations across New York State that employ more than 1 million people and provide essential services to vulnerable children, adults and families.

A July 2019 report on nonprofit employment by my office found that not-for-profits designated as 501(c)(3) organizations provided more than 1.4 million jobs, nearly 18% of private employment in the state as of 2017 (the latest data available). Providing at least one of eight jobs in New York, nonprofits helped stabilize employment in the state during and after the Great Recession and play an important role in our regional economies.
New York Employer’s $9 Billion Tax Increase
New York’s private sector employers are already facing a $9 billion tax increase, without any new state legislative action – and this enormous figure will continue to grow as we enter 2021. As policymakers in Albany consider options for addressing the state’s budget gap and evaluate various revenue measures including potential tax increases on business, they need to recognize that this multi-billion-dollar tax increase will already start impacting the state’s employers in 2021 and will be felt for years beyond.
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QUICK LINKS:
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.
  • NYS Travel Advisory: Stay up to date on the latest NYS Travel Advisory Updates.
  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.
  • SCORE: Small business owners are resilient and can power through this challenging time, with SCORE by their side.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce
518.563.1000