What to Know About the Delta Variant

By Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, New York City’s Health Commissioner From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our knowledge about the virus has constantly evolved, and we are now confronting a new challenge. Over the past several months, we have … Read More

Tax relief now available to Hurricane Ida victims in New York and New Jersey

Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of New York and New Jersey now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced. This is comparable to relief … Read More

Federal unemployment benefits and extensions scheduled to expire on September 5, 2021

The department of Labor announced that federal unemployment benefits and extensions are scheduled to expire on September 5, 2021. This includes benefits in the following programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplement $100 Mixed Earner … Read More

Majority of COVID-19 illness, hospitalizations and deaths are among not fully vaccinated New Yorkers data reveals

New York Health Department released on August 25, 2021 new data on vaccine effectiveness and breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Between January 17 and August 7, 2021, 96.1% of COVID-19 cases, 96.9% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 97.3% of COVID-19 deaths … Read More

Queens nurse Sandra Lindsay leads NYC Essential Workers Parade

Photos credit: Bill Moore Sandra Lindsay, the Queens nurse who became the first person in the United States to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, led on July 7, 2021 the Hometown Heroes parade honoring essential workers and served as Grand Marshal. … Read More

Emergency Rental Assistance Program open to undocumented can pay up to 12 months of rental arrears

Photo credit: Vitalii Vodolazskyi The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance is accepting applications starting June 1, 2021. The program is designed to offer significant economic relief to … Read More

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray discusses vaccination and diversity in the health sector

Photo credit: City of New York NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray was this week’s Africa in Harlem video podcast guest. She discussed vaccination and the importance of diversity in the health sector. First Lady McCray also urged Black and Brown … Read More

Variants represent over 70% of new COVID-19 cases in New York City

Photo credit: Freshidea The Health Department released on March 31, 2021 a new data report about COVID-19 virus variants. For the week of March 15-21, variants now represent over 70% of cases sequenced. The rapid increase in the proportion of … Read More

SBS can help you apply for PPP for free before March 31st deadline

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced that SBS is continuing to help businesses connect to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the 2 weeks remaining until the program is set to end on March 31, … Read More

Americans using direct deposit to receive Economic Impact Payments starting March 13

The Internal Revenue Service announced on March 12, 2021 that the third round of Economic Impact Payments will begin reaching Americans over the next week. Following approval of the American Rescue Plan Act, the first batch of payments will be … Read More

Three new COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs open today in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell Three new COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs located in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn opened today, January 10, 2021. Twelve additional Hubs will open next week across the five boroughs, adding to the over 125 sites that … Read More

New York City announces phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The City of New York will work with the State to guarantee maximum distribution of a safe, effective, and free vaccine, with an emphasis on communities hardest hit by the pandemic. Over the next two months, the City will engage … Read More

COVID-19 makes New Yorkers anxious et depressed Health Opinion Polls show

Photo credit:The Visuals You Need The Health Department released on September 22, 2020, a new report on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in New York City. Health Opinion Polls conducted in April and May found New Yorkers are … Read More

$300 lost wages assistance payments will begin next week says NYS Department of Labor

Photo credit: Anna The New York State Department of Labor today announced on September 10, 2020 that payments for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, which provides an additional $300 in weekly benefits to unemployed New Yorkers, will begin next … Read More

NY State allows school reopening in September

Photo credit: Rido Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on August 7, 2020, that based on each region’s infection rate, schools across the state are permitted to open this fall. Every region’s infection rate is below the threshold necessary by the … Read More

New York City enters Phase Four, the final phase of reopening

After being the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the US in April and May, New York City entered Phase Four, the final phase of reopening, on July 20, 2020. This phase includes reopening for low-risk outdoor arts & entertainment, … Read More

New York State can pay your rent for up to four months

Photo credit: William Alexander A new emergency rental assistance program launched on July 14, 2020 will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. The program, designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, will … Read More

New York City enters phase three with personal care businesses and outdoor dining

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York City will enter Phase Three of reopening on July 6, but that indoor dining will not reopen. “New York City is a crowded, dense urban area and — until recently — was … Read More

New Law protects New Yorkers from eviction for unpaid rent accrued during COVID-19 crisis

The Tenant Safe Harbor Act—sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz—was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on June 30, 2020. The Tenant Safe Harbor Act (S.8192B (Hoylman)/A.10290B (Dinowitz)) provides protection from eviction for renters who have … Read More

Summer Youth Employment Program to Serve Thousands of New York Teens starting late July

Beginning in late July, SYEP Summer Bridge 2020, a $51M public-private partnership, will provide constructive engagement and enrichment activities to keep 35,000 New York City youth active and productive this summer. The program will engage teens in a series of … Read More

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