• 25,961,889
    Dollars Recovered for NY-18
  • 347
    Medals & Awards Returned to Vets
  • 7,970
    Constituent Cases Closed
  • 36
    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.



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/





7.13.20 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Today, Gov. Cuomo announced the guidance that New York will use to determine how and when to reopen schools. Schools can reopen if the region is in Phase 4, and the daily rate of infection is 5% or lower during a 14-day average. After August 1, schools could close if a region’s infection rate grows higher than 9% during a 7-day average.




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.

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 to Brazil, China, Iran, most European countries, and the United Kingdom and Ireland. Several countries have restricted entry into the United States. 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.


Before making your plan…

Talk with the people who need to be included and aware of your plan. Meet with every member of your household, call relatives, your neighbors and friends to discuss your individual plan.


Step 1: Plan ways to contact and care for those who are at greater risk of being infected with the coronavirus

  • Seniors, those living with autoimmune diseases, those who recently had surgery, and anyone who works with these vulnerable populations should be frequently monitored and take extra precautions. Contact your health care provider for more information about monitoring systems. 

Step 2: Get to know your neighbors

  • Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website, listserve or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information and resources.

Step 3: Make a list of aid organizations in your community and county

  • Create a list of local government and nongovernment organizations that you can contact if you need more information, health care services, support, and resources. Include organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food banks, and other supplies.

Step 4: Create an emergency contact list

  • Ensure everyone in your household has an up-to-date list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, county health departments, and other community resources.

Step 5: Practice Social Distancing and take preventative measures

  • Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
    • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Step 6: Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy

  • Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick.

Step 7: Learn about emergency operations at your child’s school or childcare facility

  • Local or state health officials may recommend school dismissals. Create a plan for childcare and continued online learning.

Step 8: Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan

  • Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members.

Step 9: Stock Up on the supplies and food you’ll need if quarantined

  • Stock up on shelf-stable foods, toiletries, medicines and medical supplies you may need if self-quarantined or recovering from your home.
  • Store a two week supply.

Step 10: Collect medical documents and records

  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. 

Sources: CDC.GOV; Ready.gov

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