5.27.20 – NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo today called on Congress to provide state and local aid to New York, a key part of the HEROES Act passed by the House. There can be no recovery without state and local aid.
5.18.20 – NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: The Hudson Valley region has not yet met the criteria to begin reopening. Specifically, the Hudson Valley hasn't seen enough of a decrease in the number of new hospitalizations and deaths in hospitals, as well as contract traces per 100,000 residents. Major sports teams in New York are being asked to plan for a reopening without spectators for games.
5.14.2020 – NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) cautioned in testimony to the House today that a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 may not be possible in the often-quoted timeline of 12-18 months. Dr. Bright also warned that Americans may be in for a “dark winter” if the federal government response does not improve.
5.8.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: State health officials are observing a rare, yet severe inflammatory illness in children who have tested positive for COVID-19. The symptoms are closely related to those of Kawasaki disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. Gov. Cuomo will also extend the window to file claims under the Child Victims Act to January 14, 2021.
5.6.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Woodbury Commons will not reopen next week, reversing its earlier announcement to reopen before Gov. Cuomo’s phased-in reopening of retail establishments. Phase 1 includes construction, manufacturing industries, while Phase 2 would include retail. Businesses across the Hudson Valley will reopen according to the four-phase plan.
5.5.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: More than 1,600 previously undisclosed deaths were reported at nursing homes in N.Y. The coronavirus crisis at New York’s nursing homes is even worse than believed. New Health Department statistics released late Monday included the previously undisclosed deaths of more than 1,600 people who were presumed to have died of the virus at nursing homes but who had not received a confirmed diagnosis.
5.4.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo announced that 226 New Yorkers died on Sunday following 280 deaths on Saturday, bringing the state’s official death toll to over 19,000. The state will plan to reopen in four phases: 1) manufacturing, construction, and select curbside pickup retail. 2) real estate and finance. 3) restaurants and hotels. 4) education and recreation. Following the closure of all New York schools and colleges for the remainder of the current academic, the governor plans to provide guidance on reopening for the fall.
5.1.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Schools and colleges in New York will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, according to Gov. Cuomo. A decision on summer schools will be made by the end of May. The governor is also instructing all insurance companies to waive costs related to mental health care for essential workers.
4.27.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Cuomo announced that New York PAUSE would be extended beyond May 15 in many regions of the state, while others with lower infection and hospitalization rates could begin to reopen. The governor also reported an additional 337 deaths in New York State, pushing the death toll to over 17,000.
4.24.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: All New Yorkers will receive postage-paid applications to obtain absentee ballots to vote in the June 23 primary election.
4.23.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: The New York State Health Department and Office of the Attorney General will investigate New York nursing homes to ensure that they are following COVID-19 procedures, including proper isolation, PPE, and health and temperature checks for staff.
4.22.2020 - NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATE: This week, Congressional Democrats secured an agreement on an interim emergency funding package that will provide the emergency resources that are desperately needed to sustain the life and death fight to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. The initial GOP proposal left behind hospitals and health workers and did nothing to aid the survival of the most vulnerable small businesses on Main Street. I worked hard with my colleagues to come to an agreement that will strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program with $310 billion in additional funding, provide $75 billion in resources to the frontlines, and allocate $25 billion for testing to help America get back to work. I’m heading back to Washington to vote on this bill and get to work on CARES 2.
4.21.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: New York has updated the application portal for unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance, making it easier for folks to determine the benefits they’re eligible for. The new portal – unemployment.labor.ny.gov – will streamline the process and help you get your benefits faster.
4.20.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: This week, New York will begin an antibody testing program by randomly selecting 3,000 New Yorkers to determine if they have built up an antibody resistance to the virus. The results will likely arrive by the end of the week. Gov. Cuomo has also requested federal government assistance with supply chain issues for testing.
4.19.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: On Sunday, April 19, Gov. Cuomo announced an additional 507 deaths in New York, noting that the state had likely reached a “plateau” of new cases.
4.28.2020 - NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATE: New York State continues to report approximately 2,000 new hospitalizations per day, as the state now reports over 12,000 COVID-19-related deaths. The rate of hospitalization is dropping and there are signs of progress, but we’ve got to see this through with continued practice of social distancing and more testing. Our efforts to stay home and maintain social distancing will help save lives.
4.17.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: The State of New York is issuing an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to ensure the prioritization of diagnostic testing for public health and restarting the economy. Large-scale testing is a massive undertaking - we need the private sector to work with the government to meet this enormous challenge. We are also going to need help from Washington.
4.16.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: New York on PAUSE will be extended in coordination with other states to May 15. Non-essential workers must continue to stay home. Social distancing rules will remain in place.
4.15.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order, which will go into effect Friday, April 17 at 8 PM. The order requires people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public whenever social distancing is not possible. The order will apply to people who are unable to keep six feet away from others in public settings, such as on a bus or subway, on a crowded sidewalk or inside a grocery store.
4.13.2020 - NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, said that the country may be soon approaching the peak number of COVID-19 cases. Governor Cuomo announced today that the hospitalization curve in New York is flattening. New York State has now recorded over 10,000 COVID-19 deaths.
4.10.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: There has been a major increase in "cardiac arrest" home deaths that experts are saying is almost certainly driven by COVID-19, whether they were formally diagnosed or not. While the curve is flattening, it’s essential that New Yorkers don’t get complacent and continue to stay home and save lives.
4.9.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: The current Dept. of Labor application site will go down from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight and will relaunch with a more streamlined application. The state has worked closely with Google to improve capacity. The new application will have fewer questions and rather than having an applicant call, a state rep will call you within 72 hours to clear up any questions. FMI: https://seanmaloney.house.gov/coronavirus-emergency-response
4.7.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Today, I will be holding a Facebook Live Town Hall at 5:15 PM. Join here.
Today is also #WorldHealthDay and I couldn’t be more grateful to our nurses, doctors, & all of the health care workers fighting every day to keep us safe & healthy. Thank you to all of our medical professionals. New York owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude.
4.6.2020 - NEW YORK COVID-19 UPDATE: Today, Gov. Cuomo increased the maximum fine for violations of state-mandated social distancing rules from $500 to $1000 to disincentivize folks from going out in public unless for essential services. We need to #StayHome and stay properly distanced.
4.5.2020 - NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATE: The IRS will make about 60 million payments to Americans through direct deposit in mid-April (likely, the week of April 13th). The IRS has direct deposit information for these individuals from their 2018 or 2019 tax returns. This will include SSA beneficiaries who filed federal tax returns that included direct deposit information. Shortly after the first round of payments is made in mid-April, the IRS plans to make a second run of payments. These payments will be made to SS beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 and receive their Social Security benefits via direct deposit. (The estimates are that nearly 99 percent of SS beneficiaries who do not file a return receive their SS benefits through direct deposit.)
3.30.2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE: A 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship, the Comfort, docked in Manhattan today. Warnings against travel and gatherings were extended through the end of April. In Washington, Congress has started discussing how best to expand paid sick leave. Cases worldwide have topped 724,000. The worldwide death toll has surpassed 34,000. The U.S. has 141,995 cases, according to the New York Times database.
I'm hosting a Facebook Live Telephone Town Hall today at 2 PM - join here.
3.25.2020 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: New York State has created a Mental Health Hotline, staffed by over 6,000 mental health professionals. New Yorkers can call free-of-charge: 844-863-9314. The Senate will likely vote on Congress's third COVID-19 emergency response package this evening; The United States Trade Representative is granting businesses tariff payment suspensions on a case-by-case basis. Businesses with questions can call Rep. Maloney's office for assistance; Tomorrow, Rep. Maloney will hold a telephone town hall. Sign up to be called here.
3.24.2020 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Experimental treatment trials begin today. The treatment involves taking plasma from someone who has been infected, processing it and injecting the antibodies into a sick person to stimulate their immune system. The state on Tuesday will begin to conduct trials of an experimental treatment with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Zithromax. In Washington, the Senate will continue to finalize their spending package.
3.23.2020 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of positive coronavirus cases in the state surged to more than 20,000, with more than half the cases in New York City. Cuomo promised 1,000 temporary hospital beds will be swiftly placed inside the Javits Center in Manhattan as officials raced to prepare for an overwhelming number of coronavirus patients. Congress continues to negotiate the third Coronavirus emergency package.
3.20.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide in an effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Non-essential gatherings of any size are canceled or postponed starting Sunday. I also hosted my 4th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall. I connected with thousands of folks in our district and connected them with my casework team. We're getting them the urgent answers they need about how to get by during this pandemic.
3.19.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: There are now 4,152 total cases in New York State, with 1,769 new cases since yesterday. Today, Rep. Maloney released his priorities for the urgently needed federal response to fighting COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Read more here.
3.18.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: There are now 2,382 total cases in New York State, with 1,009 new positive cases since yesterday; A note for Hudson Valley Seniors: Social Security Administration offices have closed for in-person services, but seniors can still get help online or by phone. My office also has talented caseworkers who can help with issues related to the Social Security Administration. Read more here or visit the "GET HELP" link on this homepage; Rep. Maloney held a Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday night, and was joined by Dr. Cohen. A list of questions and consolidated answers will be provided in the coming days. As noted by Dr. Cohen in the call, new drive-through testing centers are being organized throughout the Hudson Valley, including a center at Anthony Wayne State Park in Rockland. Call 888-364-3065.
3.17.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: The CDC now recommends all Americans limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people; 432 additional coronavirus cases in New York State - bringing statewide total to 1,374; The Governor announced the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to coronavirus; A faculty member or student at Middletown High School has tested positive for COVID-19 - anyone symptomatic should contact their health care provider. The Small Business Administration is now offering relief loans for small businesses in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information.
3.16.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Beginning at 8:00 p.m. Monday, all restaurants and bars will suspend service, and move to take-out services only. Theaters, gyms and casinos will also close Monday evening. New Jersey and Connecticut have taken the same precautions to limit the spread of the disease. All public schools in Westchester, New York City, and Long Island will close. All Middletown, NY schools are closed at least for the next two weeks, after someone regularly at the school contracted COVID-19. The governor has asked all businesses to close voluntarily.
3.14.20 - NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Last night, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helped pass Congress’s second, bipartisan COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, response package. The bill will provide: free coronavirus testing for every American who needs a test, including the uninsured, paid emergency leave for workers, unemployment insurance protections for furloughed workers; more money for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), senior and student meal programs, and food banks; and increased federal funds for Medicaid. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is focused directly on providing support for New York families impacted by the coronavirus, and includes:
- Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.
- Paid emergency leave, with both 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
- Enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a first step that will extend protections to laid off or furloughed workers.
- Strengthened food security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and food banks.
- Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased costs.
3.13.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. is notifying customers that it is prepared for the continuing response to COVID-19. If you have a utility-related emergency, please notify Central Hudson if your household or building is impacted by COVID-19, or if there are ill people in your home or building. Central Hudson is urging folks in the Hudson Valley to limit non-urgent service requests until the pandemic has subsided. Please contact Central Hudson with any questions or concerns.
3.11.20 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: An Ulster County resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at a facility in Orange County. While the risk to New Yorkers remains low, please use an abundance of caution to protect public health. My office and I are advising everyone to continue to follow the CDC and New York Department of Health guidelines. I want to remind everyone to keep this in perspective: the number will continue to go up. The more you test, the more positives you will find. That's how we are going to contain this.
3.10.20 – LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Tonight, I’ll be hosting a Telephone Town Hall at 7:00PM to answer your questions and respond to your concerns as we continue to assess the Hudson Valley’s response to COVID-19. You can reach us at (855) 269-4484. Looking forward to hearing from folks across our district, and stay tuned to this page for more information.
3.7.2020 - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Working together across all levels of government to handle this outbreak is the only way forward. This weekend, shortly after the House’s emergency coronavirus response funding bill was signed into law, I hosted a round table with local health care professionals, doctors, and leaders to brief our community on the funding package & what it means for Hudson Valley’s COVID-19 response. This is the kind of bipartisan, multi-level governance response we need. We're in this together, and we're doing everything possible to contain coronavirus and keep folks healthy and safe in the Hudson Valley. Check back for more news.