— IN THE PAST WEEK —
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week we honored and celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday.
Let us always use this day to remember his legacy, reject bigotry and grow
together in unity. His fight is not over as we continuously work to create
a more just and equal society.
Please find below the latest news and resources to stay informed.
Thank you and stay well,
Council Member Paul Vallone
NYPD Vaccination Center Opens in College Point
On Monday Council Member Vallone toured NYPD vaccination center that opened
in College Point, allowing our first responders to recieve vaccinations and
protect them and others from Covid-19.
Protecting first responders is critical as they are often the vital
lifeline that so many New Yorkers rely on, and preventing them from getting
infected will help stop the spread in our city.
Council Member Vallone Calls for More Vaccination Sites in Northeast Queens
Council Member Vallone and other local elected officials signed onto a
letter calling for more vaccination sites in Northeast Queens. Please find
an excerpt from the letter below:
"Our constituents in Northeast Queens need a vaccination site that is more
accessible to them than what is currently being offered. Although the
addition of a 24/7 site at Citi Field is welcome, it is not within reach
for most seniors, especially when travel options to the stadium are limited
during the pandemic. While we understand that vaccine supply is limited and
more locations are slated to open in the coming weeks, it is critical that
we get sites up and running to
ensure ease of access as the vaccination rollout continues."
Queens Borough Board Votes to Updates Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency
The Queens Borough Board voted this week to extend the temporary zoning
rules adopted after Hurricane Sandy to require new buildings in flood prone
areas to account for the possible damage from flooding and storm damage.
This is an important step to ensure that our city remains resilient in the
face of worsening storms and the effects of climate change.
Find the Plan Here
NYC Launches Fair Share program to Streamilne PPP Applications
The Paycheck Protection Program from
the federal Small Business Administration
is OPEN again today.
New York City Small Business Services can help you navigate the process —
go to [link removed] or call 888-SBS-4NYC for assistance.
Fair Share NYC can help in 15 languages!
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Starting Monday, January 11, NYS will begin scheduling vaccinations for the
next group of people (Phase 1b):
-People age 65+
-First responders (police, fire)
-Public transit workers
-Public safety workers
If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, use the new Vaccine Finder
to search for a location near you.
While the end of the pandemic may finally be in sight, it is still
important in the coming weeks we continue to:
1- Wear a mask
2- Practice social distancing
3 -Get tested for COVID19
For the latest information,
visit [link removed].
ICYMI: Department of Finance Deadlines & Resources
The Department of Finance administers a number of benefits for property
owners in the form of exemptions and abatements.
If you currently are utilizing a tax exemption for property taxes, the
deadline to renew that exemption is March 15, 2021. If you are interested
in applying for a new exemption, please use the information and resources
listed above and below.
* Senior Citizens Homeowners Exemption (SCHE) is required to be renewed
every two years.
* Disabled Homeowners Exemption (DHE) is required to be renewed every year.
* Clergy Exemptions are required to be renewed every year.
To learn about each of these benefits and others, including eligibility,
filing and deadlines, visit the Benefits for Property Owners page.
Grab and Go Meals for ALL
Even when school buildings are closed, free meals are still available at
NYC Schools Meal Hubs!
To find a location near you visit [link removed]
or text "NYC FOOD" to 877-877.
Stopping the Spread of COVID-19
Getting tested for COVID-19 or antibodies? Here is the difference between
the two tests:
* Virus tests tell you if you have COVID-19 and are currently sick.
* Antibody tests tell you if you had COVID-19 at some point in the past.
Learn more about testing here
NYC is one of the first local jurisdictions in the country to put out
COVID19 testing frequency recommendations. Find out how often you should be
getting tested: [link removed]
Testing is widely available, and you can now get tested even if you are
asymptomatic. Testing is free, quick, and easy, and you do not need
⦿ Text 'COVID TEST' to 855-48 to find the closest testing location or visit
New: Open Storefronts
The Open Storefronts program has been extended through 9/30/2021!
A strong economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic means continuous
creativity with our open spaces and giving our business owners every
resource they need to survive and thrive. The Open Storefronts program will
accomplish just that and give New Yorkers a unique way to shop local and
shop safe throughout this holiday season.
Learn more and check your eligibility here!
Working Through the
Coronavirus Outbreak Together
PHASE 4 REOPENING
Open Restaurants Program
The City has announced guidance for the Open Restaurants program, which
allows qualifying restaurants and bars to expand outdoor seating on
sidewalks, curb lanes, backyards, patios, plazas, and Open Streets.
The Open Restaurants initiative will give restaurant owners the power to
expand and offer food service in the open air, keeping diners safe and
offering New Yorkers a way to enjoy a meal while supporting their local
small business, whose success will be a critical part of a strong economic
Read more and apply here!
Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses
and their Employees
The City of New York will distribute 4 million face coverings citywide to
small businesses and their employees as we move toward reopening the local
economy. To get these resources to you and your employees, the NYC
Department of Small Business Services and NYC Department of Consumer and
Worker Protection are working with business-serving partner organizations
throughout the five boroughs.
If you are a small business looking to secure free face coverings for your
employees, visit this City website to find a distribution partner
located near you. You should contact partner organizations in advance, most
organizations have varying hours for pick up.
Food Pantry Assistance
Our local food pantries in College Point, Flushing and Whitestone are
offering assistance to hundreds of families and need our help. Please
donate if you are able and spread the word! Thank you CEC D25!
College Point Residents Organize Fundraiser to Deliver Meals
As our City continues to battle the effects of COVID-19, Northeast Queens
residents continue to organize and offer a helping hand. College Point
residents Jennifer Shannon, Cathy Shannon, James & Kathryn Cervino, and
Margaret Loughlin have stepped up and launched a fundraiser to help College
Point residents who are in need of food.
Organizers write: "We have been going strong throughout the summer, helping
to keep the food pantry alive at First Reformed Church in CP. Thanks to
generous donations from the community, businesses, and city partners, we
have been helping the community throughout these difficult Covid
times...Our focus has now fully shifted from thanking workers, which was a
wonderful initiative, to supporting the food pantry."
I was proud to contribute to this local effort. Please offer a helping hand
if you are able!
Find more information on GoFundMe
Please note the following City and State guidelines and determinations:
For the duration of the outbreak, the following precautions are strongly
encouraged to keep you and your family healthy:
* Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
* Do not touch your face unless you recently washed your hands.
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or
coughing. Do not use your hands.
* When in public, practice social distancing of at least six feet from
* If you are an older adult or have a chronic health conditions, avoid
* Most importantly, #StaySafeStayHome!
We will continue to share the latest updates and resources with the
community as they are reported to help ensure everyone stays informed.
Follow our Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Please sign up to get email updates from New York State on the evolving
COVID-19 situation at [link removed].
— MORE NEWS —
Friends of Crocheron & John Golden Park
A new local group has formed with the mission to ensure Crocheron & John
Golden Park will provide all visitors with beautiful open spaces.
Learn more about their fundraising and event organization efforts here
— IMPORTANT RESOURCES —
Commonpoint is also offering free full day childcare to families working as
essential workers. Inquire here
— UPCOMING EVENTS & COMMUNITY INFO —
Thanks for reading! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do
not hesitate to contact my office.
Hon. Paul A. Vallone
New York City Council, District 19
42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside, New York 11361
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