5/29 COVID-19 Updates and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information
For the most up-to-date resources and information on COVID-19, visit my website here.
According to the IRS, some stimulus payments are being sent to individuals by prepaid debit card. The cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services”. Learn more here.
BUSINESS OWNERS: SBA and Treasury
FARMERS: Visit USDA’s website here to learn more about applying for CFAP funding.
Statement on Phase 2 Re-Opening and Governor Cuomo’s Failed Leadership
I have heard from hundreds of frustrated and upset local officials and small businesses who are understandably outraged by the unacceptable and arbitrary decision by Governor Cuomo to move the goal posts for re-opening. Small businesses are barely hanging on and have invested in COVID-19 preparations to safely update their operations. Our North Country businesses and communities have worked hard to meet the metrics laid out for Phase 2 required by New York State and our region should enter Phase 2 of re-opening as planned.
CMS Administrator Says Cuomo’s Nursing Homes Deflection is Inaccurate
Yesterday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma corrected Governor Cuomo’s false claim that he was following CDC and Administration guidance by sending COVID-19 positive patients back into nursing homes. “Under no circumstances should a hospital discharge a patient to a nursing home that’s not prepared to take care of those patients’ needs," Verma said on Fox News Radio. “The federal guidelines are absolutely clear about this.” She also emphasized that federal guidelines state that nursing home resident with COVID-19 cannot return to that facility, the government will subsidize that patient’s continued stay in the hospital.
Holding NY-21 Working Group Conference Calls
This week, I held a series of successful working group phone calls with our dairy farmers, agricultural retailers and producers, tourism businesses, nonprofits, law enforcement, local elected officials, and community leaders to hear their concerns and strategies for a path forward. It is very important for me to stay in contact with stakeholders like these in order to ensure I am meeting their needs at the federal level.
Helping the House Pass Two Bills in Support of Law Enforcement
This week, I voted in favor of the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act, bipartisan legislation that I cosponsor in the House. This bill requires the FBI Director to establish the Law Enforcement Officers Suicide Data Collection Program, an initiative that would collect data on law enforcement and former law enforcement suicides at the local, state, and federal level. Congresswoman Stefanik also voted in favor of the bipartisan Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act. Currently, the Bureau of Justice Assistance pays $250,000 in death or disability benefits to injured public safety officers or their surviving beneficiaries if the officer is killed or disabled in the line of duty. This legislation would create a new presumption of eligibility for a public safety officer who contracted COVID-19 between January 20, 2020 and January 20, 2022. Our law enforcement community works tirelessly to keep our local communities safe, and they have not wavered in their service throughout this public health crisis. I proudly voted to pass these two important pieces of bipartisan legislation in order to establish a new data collection program and to ensure that our public safety officers who have fallen victim to COVID-19 are eligible for rightfully owed benefits. These men and women have put their lives on the line and deserve our utmost support, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf in Congress. Read more here.
Encouraging Census Participation
Helping the House Pass Legislation Providing PPP Flexibility
This week, I voted in favor of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, bipartisan legislation that I cosponsor. This legislation would provide flexibility for small businesses who have utilized PPP loans. Specifically, this legislation extends the period businesses can utilize funds and receive forgiveness to 24 weeks, allows a greater portion of the loan to be utilized on non-payroll expenses, ensures access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans, and provides flexibility on employment level requirements and loan maturity. I have been an outspoken supporter of the PPP loans that have provided immediate relief to our small businesses throughout the last several months. I have worked with the SBA and U.S. Treasury directly to provide clarity and make changes to this program, and I am fully supportive of the new flexibilities that this bill will provide. Our small businesses are the backbone of the North Country economy, and I will continue to advocate for solutions and support for them as they look to reopen and recover from this public health crisis. Read more here.
County Public Health Resources
Clinton County: (518) 565-4840
Launching the North Country Heroes Initiative
Our North Country region has displayed incredible leadership, courage, and resilience during this difficult and unprecedented time as we work together to combat and beat COVID-19. From our doctors, nurses, physician assistants, healthcare providers, hospital personnel, EMS, and first responders who are on the front lines of our public health needs, to our truck drivers, manufacturers, grocers, workers, and farmers who are keeping our shelves stocked, to our county personnel and local elected officials who are working daily to ensure we have the capacity to meet the public’s needs to the best of our ability, to our teachers, caregivers, volunteers, and parents who are meeting the challenge, to our local media informing the public, our entire community is grateful for your tremendous service. As a community working together, we will overcome this. I want to take this time to highlight “North Country Heroes” across our district. If you know of someone going above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis, please fill out the form on my website here with their permission, so my office can highlight their tremendous service to our community!
Protect Yourself from Scams
Congress recently passed the CARES Act for COVID-19 relief to help individuals and businesses. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have raised concerns about scammers and fraudsters that impersonate federal employees and ask you to verify personal account information in order to receive a payment. Here are some helpful security facts:
To protect your personal information:
Be diligent and ask yourself: Why would your financial institution or the government need to contact you for personal information to make or receive a payment—they already have it! Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of my offices if you have questions or concerns.
In Case You Missed It - Weekly Media Round-up
Press Republican: Reps in Action: May 28, 2020
Adirondack Daily Enterprise: As building resumes in region, Stefanik hears about shutdown’s toll on industry
Saratoga TODAY Newspaper: U.S. Rep Stefanik Visits Wilton: Says President Delegating Reopening To States “Right Decision"
Press Republican: Reps in Action: May 29, 2020
On behalf of our entire district, I want to thank the incredible leadership, courage, and resilience of so many at this difficult, unprecedented time as we work together to combat and beat COVID-19.
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