BRINDISI BULLETIN: the latest on coronavirus
UPDATE: the House just passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
I supported this bipartisan bill and worked with members of both parties to put politics aside and deliver real economic relief and aid to our families, small businesses, consumers, health care workers, counties, and local governments. Whether you are a worker who recently became unemployed, a parent who became a home-school teacher, a small business owner forced to close your doors, a farmer worried about getting your product to market, a health care worker on the front lines, or anyone across New York: help is on the way. We will get through this together. This bill will:
✅ Provide direct payments to Americans in need, expand unemployment insurance, and deliver more relief for small businesses
✅ Ensure doctors, nurses, and first responders have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies
✅ Deliver economic relief for farmers and expand rural infrastructure projects
✅ Assist rural communities, schools, and hospitals
This is the third coronavirus relief package passed by Congress, and I will keep working with local, county, state, and federal governments to ensure Upstate New York has a seat at the table.
A brief summary of the legislation is available here and a longer summary here.
Our team is working hard to ensure you have all the resources and information you need to get your families, businesses, and communities through this crisis. For more information on how to prevent the spread of germs, updates on our work to slow the spread of coronavirus in Upstate New York, and resources for small business owners and workers, visit brindisi.house.gov/coronavirus or call the New York State Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
We’ve held two coronavirus telephone town halls in the last two weeks with local public health experts, the Small Business Administration, the United Way, and the Rural Health Network and spoke with more than 13,000 Upstate New Yorkers who dialed in. We talked about the importance of social distancing and following CDC guidelines, ways small business owners can help their employees, and more.
Couldn’t join our conversation? You can listen to this week’s entire tele-town hall HERE.
WORKING TOGETHER FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK: We are working with Congressman John Katko so the needs of our region are taken into consideration as we fight against coronavirus. Last week, after our bipartisan push, President Trump approved New York’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration, sending millions in additional federal funds to our communities. New York needs more resources to help fight this virus and get our economy back on track. Rep. Katko and I urged the President to use his powers under the Defense Production Act to get more resources on the ground for our frontline workers. New York is in desperate need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like hospital gowns, masks, and ventilators. By invoking the Defense Production Act and mobilizing companies across our country, President Trump has the power to get our local hospitals, first responders, and health care workers the tools they need to do their life-saving work. Rep. Katko and I will always work together to do what’s best for New York – we are in this fight for the long haul.
In addition to listening to your medical professionals and county officials, you can help keep our community healthy by:
1. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
2. Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
3. Not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
4. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
5. Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
6. Staying home if you are feeling sick.
Note: if you are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus and believe you need to be tested, call your doctor or local hospital before you go so they know to expect you.
We will keep you updated about important developments and I encourage you to reach out to our office at (315) 732-0713 with any questions. We will also be hosting our third coronavirus tele-town hall on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:00pm to share updates and resources, and to address your concerns. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, I encourage you to wash your hands, remain calm, and listen to the experts. We will get through this together.