• 40,839,601
    Dollars Recovered for NY-18
  • 409
    Medals & Awards Returned to Vets
  • 9,892
    Constituent Cases Closed
  • 41
    Bills Signed Into Law




New York State Coronavirus Hotline:

Orange County Health Department:

Westchester County Department of Health:

Putnam County Department of Health: 

Dutchess County Health Department:



COVID-19 Vaccination

Before Vaccination:

When You Get Vaccinated:

  • You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
  • You should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are being offered. Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine.

After Vaccination:

  • With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
  • Ask your healthcare provider about getting started with v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose if you need one. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/vsafe.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.


COVID-19 Vaccination Portal 

NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-697-4829

Note: This hotline is available to residents of New York State from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week to schedule appointments for eligible residents



Under New York's expanded eligibility, the following individuals will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

Individuals Age 65 and older

First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies

Fire Service:

  • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
  • Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

Police and Investigators:

  • State Police, including Troopers
  • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
  • SUNY Police
  • Sheriffs' Offices
  • County Police Departments and Police Districts
  • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
  • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
  • State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Service, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
  • Other Sworn and Civilian PersonnelCourt Officers
  • Other Police or Peace Officers
  • Support of Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities


  • State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
  • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
  • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
  • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

P-12 Schools

  • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
  • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
  • In-Person College Instructors
  • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting
  • Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers
  • In-Person College Instructors

Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers

Public Transit

  • Airline and airport employees
  • Passenger railroad employees
  • Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro-North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
  • Ferry employees
  • Port Authority employees
  • Public bus employee

Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your the same household

Individuals working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents.

Individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions. New Yorkers qualifying under these categories can show they are eligible by providing a doctors letter; medical information evidencing comorbidity, or signed certification. New appointments for this category will be made available in the coming weeks.  Note: at this time, New Yorkers qualifying under this category are NOT eligible to receive a vaccine at a pharmacy. 

What comorbidities make a New Yorker eligible?

Adults of any age with the following conditions due to increased risk of moderate or severe illness or death from the virus that causes COVID-19: 

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease



COVID-19 vaccines are available in New York for people over 65. Contact your local health department or use the New York State Vaccine Eligibility Tool to find more information about vaccines in your area. You can also visit CDC.gov for information on vaccine distribution in your state, and for answers to common vaccine questions.

Medicare Part B covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there's no cost to you. When you go to get your vaccine, make sure to bring your Medicare card, so the vaccine provider can bill Medicare.

Remember: Stopping the COVID-19 pandemic is going to take all the tools in our toolbox. Along with getting vaccinated, it's important to keep washing your hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing.

Source: Medicare.gov


Community-Based Pop-Up Vaccination Sites In NY-18

Beulah Baptist Church
92 Catharine Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
Open Friday, February 5 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: WMCHealth Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital

Newburgh Armory Unity Center
321 S. William Street
Newburgh, NY
Open Saturday, February 6 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: Montefiore St. Luke's Hospital

Mulberry House Senior Center
62-70 West Main Street
Middletown, NY
Open: February 27, 2021; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
**all appointments already filled**

Mt. Kisco Senior Center
198 Carpenter Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY
Open February 27, 2021; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
**all appointments already filled**


NEW: NYS Announces Mass Vaccination Site At Marist College to Distribute Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Beginning March 5th, the site will administer 3,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The location and hours of operation of the site will be: 

Marist College
51 Fulton St
Poughkeepsie, NY
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Eligible New Yorkers should make an appointment by visiting the "Am I Eligible" website or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-679-4829).

NEW: Select Pharmacies in NY-18 Now Have the COVID-19 Vaccine

Select CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and independent pharmacy locations are expected to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks. 

Note: at this time, pharmacies will not distribute the vaccine to New Yorkers qualifying with comorbidity. You must be age 65+ to receive a vaccine at a pharmacy in NY. 

Click here for a step-by-step guide to signing up for COVID-19 vaccines at local pharmacies. 


Find a COVID-19 Testing Location Near You:

COVID-19 Testing: 


Detailed guidance on the state's reopening and safety plan is available at nyforward.gov.


Antibody Testing:

 Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is available in New York State. Antibody testing can help determine who has been infected with COVID-19, even if asymptomatic.

FMI: New York State Antibody Testing Advisory



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I. Coronavirus Relief and Government Funding Bill

II. Heroes Act (updated)

III. Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

IV. Heroes Act

V. The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

VI. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

VII. The Families First Act

VIII. The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act


CDC: http://www.coronavirus.gov 
NEW YORK STATE: https://health.ny.gov/