109th COVID-19 Guide — April 2020
Most Recent NY PAUSE | COVID-19 Updates:
- New York will move its scheduled April 28 Presidential primary election to June 23 and will extend the state tax filing deadline until July 15, in line with the extended federal deadline.
- Public schools will remain closed until April 15th, extended beyond the original date of April 1st, which may be reassessed in the future. Meals, services, and other ongoing programs will continue until that time.
Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Check Information:
New Federal Resources Available for Small Businesses:
Click here for more information for Small Businesses affected by #COVID19 including how to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As mentioned, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is really one of the most significant pieces of the $2 Trillion CARES Act/Federal stimulus program for businesses and nonprofits!
NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles + Registration/Inspection Updates:
NYS Dept. of Labor Unemployment Insurance Updates:
Workers that have filed a claim for/are applying for unemployment insurance (UI) in NYS will receive an automatically added $600 a week due to the recently passed $2T Federal stimulus (CAREs Act) legislation. Gig economy workers, independent contractors, freelancers, and more are eligible to apply. More information below.
Tenants Guide to NY’s Residential Eviction Moratorium:
Health Insurance Information for Dislocated Workers:
The New York State Health Insurance Marketplace has opened a first-ever second open enrollment period to assist New York workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure all New Yorkers are covered. The new open enrollment period lasts until April 15th: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
Job + Employment Opportunities:
- JOBS: NYS Dept. of Labor Openings: The New York State Department of Labor is hiring an immediate 40 employees at their Albany location, for more details please visit: https://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/CareerServicesIndex.shtm
- JOBS: NYS Dept. of Health Openings: The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is looking for new employees (Office Assistant I Temp./multiple openings) to complete data entry on a flexible schedule to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic at the Wadsworth Center here in the Capital Region and other locations. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested and get the word out.
- JOBS: Price Chopper Hiring 2,000+ Workers. Price Chopper will expedite and shorten the hiring process to bring on over 2,000 new employees throughout our region. To apply, visit pricechopper.com/apply.
- JOBS: Amazon Hiring 100,000+ Nationwide for Distribution. Amazon plans to hire over 100,000 nationwide to help with distribution of packages for an expected rise in online ordering. To apply visit www.amazon.jobs.
- JOBS: Target Hiring. Target plans to hire hundreds of new employees in most of its stores. To apply, please visit www.jobs.target.com/.
- JOBS: Hannaford Hiring. Hannaford plans to hire thousands of workers in the Northeast. To apply, please visit www.hannaford.com/careers/.
- JOBS: Walmart Plans to Hire 150,000+ Workers: Walmart plans to hire an additional 150,000 workers nationwide. To apply, visit https://storejobs.wal-mart.com/HiringCenter/.
- JOBS: ALDI: https://careers.aldi.us/
- JOBS: Dollar General: https://careers.dollargeneral.com/
- JOBS: Domino’s: https://jobs.dominos.com/dominos-careers/
- JOBS: Stewart’s Shops: https://www.stewartsshops.com/careers/
Mental Health Resources:
- Social isolation and stress as a result of the disruption caused by #COVID19 can exacerbate existing mental health problems and affects everyone differently. Call the NYS mental health hotline at 1–844–863–9314 for free emotional support, consultation, and referral.
Domestic Violence Resources:
- There has been a recent reported uptick in domestic violence-related cases and it’s important to remember you are not alone; the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence hotline is open 24/7 at 1–800–942–6906.
Hate + Biased-Related Crime due to COVID-19:
- If you believe that you were the victim of a hate crime or bias-related incident as a result of the novel coronavirus or for any other reason, please call the New York State Hate Crimes Task Force at 1–888–392–3644 or contact the New York State Attorney General at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Legal Assistance for Low to Middle-Income Earners:
- Via the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York: The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York is continuing to offer its full range of legal services — new/existing clients are asked to call Albany, Amsterdam, + Saratoga Springs office numbers for assistance.
Additional COVID-19 Updates:
- All non-essential construction must cease operation except for emergency construction (e.g. a project necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site). More information on this Executive Order can be found here, including an updated list of essential businesses.
- Healthcare providers and healthcare facilities who need equipment should request supplies from their local county emergency response unit or department. Albany County’s link: https://www.albanycounty.com/government/county-sheriff/emergency-management-office
How Can You Help?
- Nonprofit + COVID19 Capital Region Response Fund: Co-led by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide flexible resources to 501c3 organizations working with local communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. Please consider donating to the fund today to help our community respond to needs during this time of crisis.
- New York State — How You Can Help: New York State is looking for both mental health and public health professionals to volunteer at medical facilities throughout the state or remotely to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak. Interested individuals can find more information here and apply at this link.
- Albany Medical Reserve Corps: Albany Co. is looking for primarily licensed medical professionals with more information at this link. Medical Reserve Corp members, both clinical and non-clinical will be key in staffing the POD sites. Non-clinical volunteers will perform administrative support roles such as registration, data entry, language translation, crowd control, and assisting with special needs residents. Clinical volunteers would be integrated with Department of Health staff to conduct medically appropriate tasks.
109th District | Capital Region Family Resource Guide, Now Available en Espanol: