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Weekly COVID newsletter (6/17)


It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

At press time,’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 26,068 confirmed cases and 3,033 deaths; New York City as a whole has 207,821 cases and 22,171 deaths.

Tomorrow morning (6/18) at 10 am, I’m hosting the regular monthly meeting of the Manhattan Borough Board (a formal body composed of all Council Members and Community Board chairs in the borough). Register to attend at this link and you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to log in.

On Monday (6/22), I’ll be co-hosting a Reopening Town Hall with Community Boards 9, 10, 11 and 12. City agencies and organizations will discuss policies and plans for reopening NYC, as well as take questions and feedback from the audience. Register and submit questions in advance here.

Governor Cuomo said today that Phase II reopening in the city is “on track” to begin this Monday (6/22). The Mayor doesn’t necessarily agree, and the city’s reopening website still says the date isn’t set.

Hospitals and group homes are now allowed to accept visitors at their discretion while following state guidelines on limiting visit time and requiring PPE.

My office’s annual professional development classes for Community Board members– and the public– will be held online this year, naturally. The first three have been scheduled; click the hyperlinked titles below to register. As more classes are added, we will announce in this newsletter and post on our website here.

Land use and zoning 101Tuesday, June 23 | 6 – 8 pm
Landmarks & the role of the Community BoardThursday, June 25 | 6 – 8 pm
Land use and zoning (Advanced)Monday, June 29 | 6 – 8 pm

This year’s U.S. Open tennis championship will be held in Queens as scheduled, from August 31 – September 13, but without fans.

An op-ed I co-wrote with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, “What we owe NYC’s kids,” in today’s New York Daily News, discusses the need to protect Fair Futures which supports foster kids with mentorship and counseling, in the FY21 City budget.

Tonight (6/17) from 6 – 8 pm, the March for Science is hosting the first in a three-part online fireside chat series on racism in STEM, titled “A Space for BIPOC.” This first session is open solely to Brown, Black and Indigenous people of color. Register here.

Tonight (6/17) at 7 pm, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board will hold its final meeting to vote on rent guidelines for rent regulated leases effective between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. The meeting is open to the public via YouTube livestream or via phone at 1-408-418-9388 with access code 129 518 1961 and password gtTHXjMW297.

Tonight (6/17) from 7 – 8 pm, NY State Sen. Liz Krueger is hosting her second online town hall on reopening NYC, and will be joined by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner of the City’s Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Dr. Ted Long, Executive Director of the City’s new Test and Trace Corps. Watch live on Facebook.

Krueger will also be hosting a criminal justice reform town hall tomorrow (6/18) from 5 – 6:30 pm, with State Senators Jamaal Bailey and Zellnor Myrie, as well as the Vera Institute of Justice’s Insha Rahman. It will also stream live on Facebook.

Tonight (6/17) at 7 pm, Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Speaker Johnson are hosting an online community conversation. Register and submit questions in advance here.

Midnight “tonight” (6/18) is the deadline to register as a host for this Sunday’s Make Music New York Festival (6/21), which will be conducted over Zoom, YouTube and Facebook– as well as some socially-distanced in-person gatherings citywide. Musicians can host online concerts themselves, and hosts/organizers can have events listed. Register here.

As part of this Sunday’s festivities, join a group sing-along to John Lennon’s “Imagine” at 6:55 pm sharp. Learn more here (PDF), and share on social media tagging @makemusicny on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #IMakeMusicNewYorkBecause.

Tomorrow (6/18) from 2 – 3 pm, the City’s Dept. for the Aging (DFTA) is hosting “An Overview of NYC’s Services for Older Adults: What You Need to Know,” a webinar with DFTA Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez on the resources those over 50 should be aware of. Register here.

Tomorrow (6/18) from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, the Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health and the City’s Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene are hosting a workshop in Mandarin titled “問問醫生: 新冠病毒(COVID-19)相關須知 (Ask the Doctor: What We Should Know About COVID-19).”  Join on Zoom here, or call in at (929) 205-6099 with Meeting ID 833 7575 1621.

Tomorrow (6/18) from 6 – 7:30 pm, the New York Urban League is hosting “Keeping Up the Momentum on Police Reform: A conversation with policymakers and leaders on moving forward,” featuring Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Council Member Donovan Richards, NY State Senator Brian Benjamin, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, and NY State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Register here.

Tomorrow (6/18) at 6 pm, Avenues for Justice is hosting “COVID-19 Pandemic: An Opportunity to Reimagine Rehabilitation for Juvenile Offenders,” a panel discussion with criminal justice experts. Register here.

Tomorrow (6/18) at 7:30 pm, the Riders Alliance is hosting “Riders Talk the Transit Crisis,” with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer on the hurdles when it comes to reopening public transit, a more sustainable vision for the MTA, and the federal funding needed. Register here.

Tomorrow (6/18) from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, join the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance for their weekly #StayHomeOpenStudios series featuring arts educator Michelle Asarch. Watch on Facebook Live.

The SoHo Memory Project is preparing a “SoHo Quarantine Time Capsule” with images, audio, and video showing life in the neighborhood during the COVID-19 pandemic. To submit materials, email them directly to, post on social media using the hashtag #SMPtimecapsule, or record an oral history interview using StoryCorps Connect and email the link to the address above.

Today’s FreshDirect delivery was made to Taft Houses. From there the 500 10-lb food boxes were distributed to King Towers and Lehman Village, as well as Clinton, Carver, Johnson, Jefferson, Wilson, and Washington Houses, with the help of my staff and the local Tenants’ Associations.

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