Stay safe and strong,
Rory I. Lancman
· The State Board of Elections cancelled New York’s Democratic presidential primary, which was scheduled for June 23. Polling places are expected to remain open for other elections, including Queens Borough President. The State Board of Elections previously announced that mail-in ballot applications will be sent to all registered voters next month to reduce the number of people gathering at polling places.
· Mayor de Blasio made several significant announcements today:
o Suspension of alternate side parking has been extended through at least May 12.
o COVID-19 testing sites run by city hospitals will begin to offer self-administered tests in which residents swab their own noses and mouths. The self tests will substantially increase the number of tests administered.
o The city is hiring 1,000 “contact tracers” to locate and contact people who have or had Covid-19 with instructions on caring for themselves and others.
o City Hall and the City Council reached an agreement to close 40 miles of streets to vehicle traffic to provide more room for outdoor recreation while social distancing guidelines remain in effect. The locations and dates of street closures have not yet been determined, but the mayor said streets near parks will be prioritized as the weather gets warmer.
What You Need
· Hunter College is piloting a program that brings care packages of food for Hunter students to locations in your community. The school selected locations that are in close proximity to the areas where we have seen the most need, including our district. A Hunter College van will visit the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Hillside Avenue daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this week.
· New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli created a COVID-19 Financial Survival Toolkit with resources and links to give you easy access to vital assistance and information on issues such as paying your bills and assistance for small businesses.