6/5 COVID-19 Updates and Information

June 5, 2020
E-newsletter

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.

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BUSINESS OWNERS: SBA and Treasury
have released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions for the application. The form and instructions are for borrowers to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, and are available here.

FARMERS: Visit USDA’s website here to learn more about applying for CFAP funding.

Statement on the Death of George Floyd

America’s hearts break for George Floyd and his family. All of the officers involved in his death need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I believe we must work together as a North Country community to ensure strong, respectful, and effective relationships with our law enforcement and citizens - with zero tolerance for racism. Our law enforcement and community leaders have worked hard in our region to build those meaningful relationships locally. As our nation grieves together, I support the Constitutional right to peacefully protest. I do not support the anarchy, looting, destruction of property, and violence that we are seeing across the country. I agree with George Floyd’s family that this violence and destruction debases the call for justice for George. I support our National Guard’s service to our country by maintaining safety and security in our communities during protests. President Trump’s call for law and order in our nation during this turbulent time is an important message that America needed to hear.  The President has a responsibility to ensure law and order in our country. The chaos, burning, and looting we are seeing in many cities is a direct threat to the safety of all people.

Calling for Support from National Guard Amid NYS Calling for NY-21 Law Enforcement Support Across the State

Americans are united in support of justice for George Floyd, his family, and in the right to peaceful protest. The rioting, looting, destruction, and violence causing loss of life cannot be tolerated. Our New York State and NYC law enforcement needs support from the National Guard. I have heard from many families of North Country law enforcement this week who are being called to their barracks and will be deployed across the state. Our entire community prays for the safety of ALL. We must end the dangerous rioting and violent destruction of lives. 

Volunteering at SNACPACK Distribution in Saratoga County

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On Thursday, I was proud to partner and volunteer with, SNACPACK to deliver hundreds of meals to students. It was great to meet with those who are helping our students in need. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, drivers, and donors who have supported Saratoga County students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Announcing Winner of 2020 Congressional Art Competition

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Today, I announced that Brianna Hanley, a 9th grader from Clifton-Fine Central School, is the winner of the 2020 NY-21 Congressional Art Competition. Brianna’s winning piece entitled “Hope” is a two-panel piece depicting a cherry tree with mixed tempura and acrylic paint with India ink. Our district is home to many talented young artists and I was honored to choose Brianna’s piece. I especially appreciate her title choice, as hope is something we all rely on during these challenging times. This morning, I had the opportunity to congratulate Brianna over the phone and invite her to visit Washington when the Congressional Art Competition Reception is rescheduled for the Fall. Brianna’s piece is pictured above. Read more here.

Encouraging Census Participation

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If you have not already, be sure to fill out your 2020 Census. The census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into our communities, including NY-21, which will directly fund our police departments, firefighters, schools and more. In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing the paper questionnaire to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone. If you receive mail through a P.O. Box, the Census Bureau will not be able to send you a response form, as they require your physical address to count you at the place where you live. Only a complete street address will help the Bureau accurately count you in the right place. If you cannot receive mail at your home, a Census Bureau worker may deliver a questionnaire, leave information about responding, or interview you. You can complete the census online at my2020census.gov. You can also call the Census Bureau at (844)-330-2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep all of your reported information confidential. Visit my website here for more information.

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County Public Health Resources
Clinton County: (518) 565-4840
Essex County: (518) 873-3514
Franklin County: (518) 481-1709
Fulton County: (518) 736-5720
Hamilton County: (518) 648-6497
Herkimer County: (315) 867-1176
Jefferson County: (315) 785-3000
Lewis County: (315) 376-5453
Saratoga County: (518) 584-7460
St. Lawrence County: (315) 386-2325
Warren County: (518) 761-6580
Washington County: (518) 746-2500

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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:

  • The U.S. Government will not contact you about these payments - period. 
  • The U.S. Government will not ask you to verify payment information of any kind.
  • The U.S. Government will not ask you to pay any fee or charge to receive payment.
  • The U.S. Government will not offer to expedite your payment for a fee.

To protect your personal information: 

  • Hang up if you receive a telephone call from someone who claims to be from a government agency asking for verification of personal information.
  • Ignore or delete it if you get a pop-up message, email or text that directs you to call a certain number or visit a website to verify personal information.
  • Never reply to a phone number or use a website that is part of a suspicious call, pop-up or text message to verify personal information.
  • Phishing emails are near-replica websites of a trusted or well-known institution such as your financial institution or a government agency.
  • When in doubt, you should initiate contact through a known telephone number or website

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.

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In Case You Missed It - Weekly Media Round-up

Spectrum News: Stefanik: Law Enforcement Needs National Guard Support

The Daily Gazette: Limo safety included in new transportation funding bill

Post Star: Officials, business leaders discuss changes in federal loan program

THANK YOU

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. 

From our doctors, nurses, physician assistants, healthcare providers, hospital personnel, EMS, and first reponders who are on the front lines of our public healthy 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. My office is here to serve each and every constituent. No issue is too small and we will continue to work around the clock to serve the families and small businesses of our district.

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