Category: News from Gale Brewer
( This is the entirety of my Monday COVID-19 newsletter. )
It’s Monday, June 1, 2020.
At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 25,056 confirmed cases and 2,913 deaths; New York City as a whole has 200,547 cases and 21,569 deaths.
And as we prepared to hit “send” on our regular newsletter, the Governor and Mayor announced a curfew beginning at 11 pm tonight, running until 5… Read more
The State’s New York Forward Loan Fund will make under-$100,000 working capital loans to NYS small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords of under 20 employees and gross revenues of under $3 million. Applicants are ineligible if they received SBA funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
Loan amounts will be the lesser of (a) $100,000 or (b) up to 100% of average monthly … Read more
Therapists will tell you that children who experience trauma often have difficulty identifying, expressing, and managing emotions; they will internalize or externalize stress reactions, resulting in depression, anxiety, or anger. Social Workers are mental health professionals who are trained to address those issues— and they can help relieve the pressures on already overworked educators and staff.
I have been calling for every school to have at least one social worker… Read more
Who’s Helping New York Reopen?
The Mayor and Governor are announcing many advisory boards of stakeholders and experts working to determine best practices as we adapt to a “new normal.” Here are the boards that I know of…
Appointed by Governor Cuomo on May 25, the Blue-Ribbon Commission will advise on improving telehealth and broadband access using new, innovative technologies.
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The May 12 contact tracing panel with Columbia University and Congressman Nadler was a great success; thanks to all who joined us. If you missed it, the video of our full conversation is available here.… Read more
Here’s a list of active grant programs available to freelancers:
- Chair: Eric Schmidt, former CEO
Freelancers Relief Fund:
Launched by Freelancers Union, this program offers financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs. This includes: food/food supplies, utility payments, cash assistance to cover income loss. Eligibility:
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On May 5th, I co-sponsored a “Save Our Compost” Town Hall with Think Zero, ALIGN NY and other advocacy groups, where we discussed efforts to preserve free and public composting in New York City. If you couldn’t join us, the video of our full conversation is available on ALIGN NY’s Facebook page.… Read more
I testified via Zoom today before the Council’s Transportation Committee in support of legislation (Int. 1933-2020) to expand pedestrian space on 75 miles of city streets to enhance opportunities for “social distancing” during the pandemic shutdown. Read my testimony here.… Read more
I hosted a virtual Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Town Hall on Aprill 22, 2020. You can watch the hour-long panel on the importance of SYEP and efforts to save it, featuring these panelists:
- Primarily reside in the US
- Must have performed freelance work as their primary source of
Watch it… Read more
I appoint members to the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), the borough’s leading environmental body, to advise us on increasing recycling, reducing solid waste, and advancing sustainability. Similar to Community Boards, members are appointed to two-year terms and have the ability to make a big impact in reducing our carbon footprint.
I’m pleased to announce these 38 appointees to the Manhattan SWAB for the 2020-2022 term. They live or… Read more
- Children’s Aid Society’s Sandino Sanchez,
- Catholic Charities’ Alianza Dominicana Division’s Eddie Silverio,
- The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem’s Dominique Jones,
- The Chinese-American Planning Council’s Wayne Ho, and
- The United Neighborhood Houses’ J.T. Falcone.