• 27,276,384
    Dollars Recovered for NY-18
  • 408
    Medals & Awards Returned to Vets
  • 8,464
    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:



New York’s Reopening Phases:


Phase 1:

Construction, manufacturing, and some retail for curbside pickup will reopen, and essential businesses will continue to operate as normal. Social distancing guidelines are still in effect and wearing a face covering is required. The Hudson Valley moved into Phase 1 on May 26.


Phase 2:

Offices, some in-person retail, vehicle sales and rentals, hair salons and barbershops, and real estate activities are now permitted to resume. Libraries and places of worship will be permitted to reopen with limited capacity, social distancing, and mandatory face coverings in place. Outdoor dining will resume, but folks dining outside will still need to wear masks when they’re not seated and tables must be placed six feet apart. Shopping malls in New York will remain closed for Phase 2 of the reopening process. The Hudson Valley moved into Phase 2 on June 9.


Phase 3:

Gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted with social distancing and face coverings. Indoor dining and personal care services may resume with limited capacity. The Hudson Valley is on track to begin Phase 3 on June 23.

Phase 4:

Schools, higher education, low-risk arts and entertainment, media production, malls, and gyms may reopen. The Hudson Valley began Phase 4 on July 7.


CDC Risk Levels for Events and Gatherings:

  • Low risk: Virtual-only events and gatherings.

  • Greater risk: Small (in-person or outdoor) gatherings of people who remain 6 feet apart, wear face coverings, don’t share objects, and come from the same local area.

  • Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings where folks can remain 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside of the local region.

  • Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it’s difficult to remain 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside of the local region.


NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that folks attending large, in-person gatherings wear masks or face coverings.



Antibody Testing: Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is now available. Antibody testing can help determine who has been infected with COVID-19, even if asymptomatic.

FMI: New York State Antibody Testing Advisory


COVID-19 Testing: Find a COVID-19 Testing Location Near You:



As New York reopens, detailed guidance on the state's reopening plan is available at nyforward.gov.


 Small Business Updates

Click here to visit my small business emergency response page.



Click here to visit my COVID-19 senior resources page. 


Unemployment Insurance


Click here to visit my unemployment insurance information page.




Click here to visit my EIP info page


Visit my Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips Page to Avoid COVID-19 Scams



Interim Funding Bills

I. Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

II. Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

I. Funding opportunities for local entities and nonprofits 

II. Unemployment Information Page

III. F.A.Q. on Student Loans

IV. F.A.Q. on Cash Payments

V. F.A.Q on Small Business Administration Summary​ 

VI. FACT SHEET: How the CARES Act impacts New York State




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



The CARES ACT delivers for New York:

  • $15 billion in aid to the unemployed and expanded guidelines for eligibility and amount received will provide untold relief to New Yorkers.
  • $5 billion in direct aid to New York through Coronavirus State and Local Grants. This is additional to the $6 billion in Medicaid relief already made available to the state and the billions accessed through the Major Disaster Declaration. 
  • $4 billion in direct aid to the state's mass transit system.
  • $193 million for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID Funding.
  • $162 million for Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG) Funding.
  • $28 million for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Funding.
  • $18 million Center for Disease Control (CDC) Emergency Grant.

New York needs the Heroes Act:

  • The Heroes Act will provide an estimated $34 billion in new funds for New York State, and an estimated $32 billion in new funds for New York’s counties and municipalities, including an estimated:

    • $216 million for Orange County

    • $165 million for Dutchess County

    • $55 million for Putnam County

    • $544 million for Westchester County 

  • In addition to robust funding for state and local governments, the Heroes Act will support New York workers, small businesses, and families. This bill: 

  • Repeals the $10,000 SALT deduction cap for two years, putting more money in the pockets of homeowners in New York.

  • Invests $90 billion in state and local public education, which will help support distance learning initiatives, technology improvements, and health and safety measures for students, teachers, administrators, and support staff. 

  • Establishes a $200 billion Heroes’ Fund for health care and essential workers, to ensure our heroes receive the hazard pay they deserve. 

  • Commits $75 billion for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and treatment, so we can safely reopen our communities and respond to the virus quickly. 

  • Provides another round of $1,200 direct cash payments to qualifying individuals, and expands payment eligibility to all dependents, up to $6,000 per household. 

  • Bolsters Small Business Administration emergency grant and loan programs, and strengthens the Paycheck Protection Program by extending deadlines for small business owners utilizing these loans.

  • Extends the weekly, expanded unemployment benefits of $600 to January 31, 2021.

  • Protects our democracy by investing in safer vote-by-mail systems, and supports the United States Postal Service 

  • Ensures additional support for New Yorkers, including: 

    • Health security – with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the ACA and Medicare exchanges for those without insurance.

    • Workplace security – requiring OSHA to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and preventing employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.

    • Housing security – with $175 billion in new support to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs.

    • Food security – with a 15% increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table and support our farmers.


Responses to Your Frequently Asked Questions:

The following responses are based on the information provided to us and the general public by the NY Department of Health along with guidance offered by the CDC.

What is the range of symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported symptoms due to infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 have ranged from mild to severe. Symptoms can include fever, cough or shortness of breath. 

How long before symptoms of the virus appear?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two and 14 days after exposure. 

What happens if I’ve been exposed or diagnosed with the COVID-19?

If you have been exposed or diagnosed by a healthcare professional, you might be provided with instructions for at home self-monitoring. This includes checking yourself for fever and remaining alert to any changes in fever, cough or shortness of breath for 14 days. 

What is home self-monitoring?

Home self-monitoring means you check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough or shortness of breath. Everyone on home self-monitoring has been provided a plan for whom to contact during the self-monitoring period to determine whether medical evaluation is needed if they develop fever, cough or shortness of breath. People on home self-monitoring are also asked to stay at home and avoid going outside for the entire self-monitoring period. You should not attend work, school, public events or group gatherings.

What if I need to leave home to receive medical care for a chronic illness or other issue?

If you need to see a doctor or health care provider for a medical problem, you should call your provider ahead of your visit and let them know about your recent travel.

I have a trip planned. Should I cancel it?

The CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel. More information can be found here.
If you or a loved one needs assistance working with the State Department to re-enter the country after studying or traveling abroad, please call my Newburgh Office: 845-561-1259.

I need help getting a refund for my airline or cruise travel. What do I do?

Contact Maria Ingrassia in my office at 845-561-1259 and we'll do our best to help.




For more information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.