NEWS/UPDATES AND QUICK LINKS FOR MONTAUK BUSINESSES ON COVID-19

Updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Please click here for daily updates.

Dear Chamber Member,

First and foremost, I pray that you and your family are staying safe and healthy through this unprecedented COVID crisis. Never in our lifetimes have we seen an event that has had such a devastating effect on our entire society and economy. I want you to know that as we all move through these difficult days together, the Chamber and our team will be here as your ally and a trusted source of relevant information pertaining to the Montauk business community. While the office itself has now closed until at least April 29th we are available by phone and email to assist you and your business in any way that we can. I am also available to you at any time to answer your calls or emails. For ease of reference here is the contact info for us during this period:

 Chamber Contact
 Email Address
 Main Number
 Main Office
 info@montaukchamber.com* 631.668.2428
 Paul Monte
 paul.monte@montaukchamber.com 631.875.2854
*info@montaukchamber.com emails will give you the fastest reply.

We are continuing to follow things closely as they unfold and will be sharing information as we receive it through this webpage. Please visit here every day and scroll down to the latest news and updates that we have gathered.  There are many Government Assistance Programs currently approved and many more being proposed. They will almost all be helpful in some way for you, your business and your workers so please utilize them if you can. We continue to post the latest information on the Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA EIDL Loan/Grant programs so please apply for these loans asap if you need them.  Resources are limited and time is of the essence.  Here are a few links that can help you start the process of getting informed.  Daily updates will be posted below this letter as well.  

Another very important issue to address is the fact that all of our restaurants and bars have been shut down for dine in service. This is a major blow to these establishments and we want to do everything we can to support them so they can survive this devastating situation. If you are offering food to go please let us know so that we can let the world know that you are there offering your services for them. We have created that list on our website with a button on our home page for Food to Go. Also, Edible Long Island is compiling a list for publication on their website. If you'd like to be included there please email meghan@edibleeastend.com

This crisis is daunting and scary and contains many unknowns that will challenge our Montauk community. However, as we navigate these rough, uncharted waters ahead there is one thing we can say for certain... Montauk is a strong and immovable community that has faced difficult days before and emerged stronger and better in the end. I am sure, that once again, we will work together and support each other as family to achieve the same positive result this time.

Please be safe, stay healthy and keep your distance!   God bless!

Paul Monte
President
Montauk Chamber of Commerce



 

DAILY UPDATES

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

US Travel Association April 28th Update

The Latest

Federal/Legislative Updates

  • The U.S. Senate will return next Monday, May 4, to begin work on the next coronavirus relief bill, Majority Leader McConnell announced on Monday. While the U.S. House of Representatives had originally planned to return on the same day, Majority Leader Hoyer announced today that his chamber would not return next week after consulting with the Attending Physician for the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats had previously criticized the return as "dangerous" and called for new rules to allow proxy voting or remote voting.
  • Yesterday, the Federal Reserve released additional guidance on its municipal liquidity facility that will allow smaller U.S. counties and cities to take advantage of the program. Counties with at least 500,000 residents and cities with at least 250,000 residents will be eligible, as well as some multistate entities, and the facility will now purchase notes that mature up to 36 months from the date of issuance.
    • U.S. Travel had advocated for many of these changes and we are pleased to see this outcome in the rules for the program.
  • Last Friday, President Trump signed the next phase of coronavirus relief legislation, a targeted bill that provided $484 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Impact Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. The bill will also provide additional funding for coronavirus testing efforts, an incredibly important priority for U.S. Travel as efforts to reopen the country begin. A full summary of the bill can be found here.
    • We are incredibly disappointed that the final bill did not extend eligibility for all 501(c) nonprofits and quasi-governmental organizations to the PPP. We remain committed to ensuring destination marketing organizations secure as much relief as possible through available programs while still fighting for an expanded PPP.
  • After the PPP program exhausted its funds last week, small businesses and politicians alike began criticizing larger companies that secured PPP loans. As a result, many large companies returned the loans, and new Treasury guidance now requires PPP borrowers to certify "in good faith" that "current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations" of the company. The Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower yesterday morning.
  • In response to the backlash, the Federal Reserve also announced that it will begin revealing the names of companies that take advantage of its lending programs every month, as well as how much the companies borrowed and at what rate.
  • Last week, House Democrats released the Reopen America Act, a bill that would create a federal panel to work with states on reopening strategies. The legislation also encourages states to work with others in their regions.

Travel Industry Updates

  • National Travel and Tourism Week begins this Sunday, May 3. The industry will come together to honor the #SpiritOfTravel. Our full toolkit can be found here, and a guide to our brand-new Virtual Road Trip, taking place on Twitter on May 5, can be found here.
  • In conjunction with several other industry partners, and at the request of the White House, U.S. Travel is leading the development of a set of safety protocols that can be adopted industry-wide. We are collaborating closely with member organizations in every industry segment and partner associations, as well as medical experts, as we work to make Americans feel safe throughout every part of their travel experience. More details will be available next week.
  • New guidance on Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants was released last week. U.S. Travel has a host of resources available for destinations to start the process to receive a waiver that would allow CDBG funds to be used for tourism promotion, as well as information on the EDA application process (additional information is expected this week).
  • Sens. Cassidy (R-LA) and Manchin (D-WV) circulated a bipartisan letter last week that encouraged leadership to include 501(c)(6) organizations in the next round of coronavirus relief funding. The letter garnered signatures from 16 additional senators on both sides of the aisle—many thanks to all of you who activated last week to urge your senator to sign on. Sens. Cassidy and Manchin's letter joins an additional letter in the Senate and six letters in the U.S. House of Representatives that have been sent to Congressional leadership with the same request. There have also been many letters sent independently by Sens. Gardner (R-CO) and Cortez Masto (D-NV), among others.
  • U.S. Travel also sent a second letter to Congress yesterday, signed by almost 600 organizations, asking that they include DMOs of all organizational structures in the PPP. Thanks to all of you who signed on.
  • Last week, the National Park Service withdrew plans to increase commercial tour entrance fees. They also will not implement a nationwide commercial use authorization (CUA) requirement for road-based commercial tours in national parks.
    • U.S. Travel has been working on this matter since the proposed changes were announced, and given the important role national parks will play in the country's recovery from coronavirus—almost half of Americans plan to visit a park in the next six months, according to MMGY Travel Intelligence—we are pleased to see this development.
    • President Trump announced plans last week to begin reopening national parks soon.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Governor's Re-Open Guidelines

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 April 28, 2020

As we look ahead to reopening New York, we will rely on facts. We will carefully track hospital capacity — if a hospital system in a region exceeds 70% capacity, that's a danger sign that will require action. Similarly, a rise in the rate of transmission (Rt) to 1.1, is another warning that will require us to scale back reopening. We will move forward only when there are 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people. So, when we begin to reopen regions of the state we will constantly keep our eyes glued to the key data points, and health indicators, to make sure that the virus remains firmly in our control. That is the best way to avoid new outbreaks and to move forward.

 

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flying in formation over New York City.

Photo of the Day: Today the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flew over New York City to salute first responders and hospital workers (Photo by Philip Kamrass)

 

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

 

1. Today, I outlined factual, data-driven principles to guide us on reopening New York safely on a regional basis. Each region of the state — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York — must follow twelve guidelines as part of the reopening plan. Read the full guidelines here.

 

2. We announced the formation of the new New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board. The advisory board will help guide the state's reopening strategy and will be chaired by Former Secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow. The board includes over 100 business, community and civic leaders from industries across the state. A list of the members of the advisory board is available here.

 

3. New COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000. Yesterday, there were 953 new COVID hospitalizations in the state, down from 1,052 the day before. Although we are seeing a consistent decline of these numbers, we need to keep taking precautions so they continue to fall. Total hospitalizations fell slightly yesterday to 12,646 from 12,819 the day before. Tragically, there were 335 COVID-19 fatalities yesterday, down only slightly from 337 the previous day. We mourn the New Yorkers we've lost to this virus. Visit covid19tracker.health.ny.gov to see the latest data.

 

4. Residents of Rensselaer County can pick up a cloth mask tomorrow. In response to COVID-19, the county will be distributing masks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (April 29) at five locations.

 

5. To help support our hero frontline workers, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. We encourage New Yorkers to donate if you can: Donations can be made electronically at www.healthresearch.org/donation-form/ or by check, mailed to "Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204." (For checks, the donor should specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.") 

 

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Over the weekend, singers gathered together to celebrate the 90th birthday of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The tribute, called "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration," includes performances of many of Sondheim's Broadway musical numbers. Watch the tribute here.

 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.

 

Ever Upward,

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Newly Released AHLA and Hilton Hotel Protocols


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Newsday/ SBA Presentation on New Business Relief Dollars


Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19th EH Town Notice regarding State Police patrolling in Parks

Copy (2) of Town SealTOWN OF EAST HAMPTON

159 Pantigo Road

East Hampton, New York 11937

 PETER VAN SCOYOC                                                                                          (631) 324-4140

 

Supervisor                                                                                     pvanscoyoc@ehamptonny.gov

 April 18, 2020

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 NEW YORK STATE PARKS POLICE ATTENTION IS ON MONTAUK AFTER TOWN SUPERVISOR URGES ENFORCEMENT OF SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES, OR PARK CLOSURE, TO PROTECT AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

 

 Parks Police and State Police Deployed to Montauk; Will Limit Capacity

Social Distancing — maintaining a minimum six-foot distance from others outside of your household — must be followed when using any outdoor recreation area

 

Masks or other face-coverings are now required to be worn in public by Governor’s order, when not social distancing

 

After voicing concerns about the numbers of visitors to state parks within East Hampton Town and urging that New York State act to ensure adherence to safe social distancing requirements in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Supervisor Van Scoyoc was notified today that additional New York State Park Police and New York State Police officers will be deployed to monitor the parks in Montauk.

 

The officers have begun enforcing social distancing, limiting visitors, and closing the parks when they reach social distancing capacity, according to Theresa Santoro, Governor Cuomo’s Suffolk County Regional Representative. The enforcement officers will be working increased hours to address the increased crowds in Montauk, Ms. Santoro said.

 

 “I applaud Governor Cuomo and his staff for their leadership and responsiveness to my request and our resident’s concerns,” Supervisor Van Scoyoc said. “As spring weather continues drawing people outdoors to use park lands and beaches, town officials will be implementing additional measures, as needed, to reduce risk and insure compliance with social distancing and other mandates.”

 

 


Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19th Update from the Governor

April 19, 2020.
 
Dear Paul,
 
For weeks, the total number of hospitalizations in New York went up. We were climbing a mountain and we weren't sure when we would reach the peak. Now, if the trend holds, we have summited the mountain and are descending to the other side.
 
We should keep in mind, however, that it is our collective actions that have led to this hard-won progress. There is still a huge risk that we could backslide if we slack off. So, let's stay focused to make sure this descent continues.
 
Gov. Cuomo tours Northwell Health lab.
Photo of the Day: I toured the Northwell Health Core Lab in New Hyde Park, NY, with Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)
 
 
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
 
1. A statewide antibody testing survey will begin tomorrow. This survey will randomly sample 3,000 New Yorkers to estimate the percentage of the population that has already had COVID-19 and may now be immune. This will be the first true snapshot of what we're dealing with.
 
2. I signed an Executive Order to allow any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies via video conference. This follows my order yesterday that only applied to clerks. This will make it easier for New Yorkers to get married during this pandemic, at a time when many marriage bureaus are closed.
 
3. We are standing by to assist Massachusetts. Other states had New York's back when we were in our greatest need, and we will do the same. Our neighbors in Massachusetts are facing a worrisome spike in COVID cases. I spoke to Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts — and New York is standing by and ready to transport 400 ventilators to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they are needed.
 
4. NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, RI, and MA have nominated members of the multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. Governor Phil Murphy, Governor Ned Lamont, Governor Tom Wolf, Governor John Carney, Governor Gina Raimondo, Governor Charlie Baker and I each appointed one health expert, one economic development expert and our respective Chiefs of Staff to this council. The group will work on a coordinated regional plan to reopening our states.
 
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Yesterday, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization, in collaboration with Lady Gaga, held a televised virtual concert called "One World: Together at Home" that raised over $127 million for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic. The concert featured performances by artists including The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and many more.
 
If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.
 
Ever Upward,
 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 18th Update from the Governor

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April 18, 2020.

Dear Paul,

Our state and nation are facing a generational challenge. The situation is bad, and there is no time and no place for division. We have our hands full as it is. My hope is that we can look past politics and work together as states — that's why we're called the United States. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, quoting the Gospel of Mark: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." 

 The flag at half-mast at the Javits Center.

Photo of the Day: The American Flag outside the Javits Center flying at half-staff. While NYS is on Pause, all flags continue to be flown at half-staff. (Photo by Don Pollard)

 Here's what else you need to know tonight:

 1. The Coronavirus statistics are trending in the right direction. The total number of hospitalizations fell for the fifth straight day, suggesting that we may be past the "plateau" of the curve and that we are starting to descend. The number of intubations also fell. But while the situation is better than it was, it is still not good. Tragically, there were still about 2,000 COVID hospitalizations and 540 fatalities yesterday.

 2. In order for states to begin reopening, there needs to be federal coordination of the supply chain to bring testing to scale. New York State is testing more than any other state in the nation — but it's still not up to the scale we need. We asked the top 50 labs in New York what they would need to double their testing output, and all said they needed more testing chemicals (known as "reagents"). We need the federal government to oversee the supply chain and help get labs what they need.

 3. New Yorkers can now get marriage licenses remotely. I issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference. The Executive Order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits.

 4. Individuals who are assisting with or have been displaced by COVID-19 must have a place to stay. An Executive Order will enable individuals assisting with the COVID-19 response or individuals who have been displaced due to COVID-19 to stay in a hotel in New York City for more than 28 days without legally becoming a tenant. This will make it easier for both hotels and these guests to navigate the housing codes during this uncertain time.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": A 99-year-old British WWII veteran has raised more than 20 million pounds ($25 million) for the health service by walking laps in his garden. He set a personal challenge to raise 1,000 pounds by walking his garden 100 times by his 100th birthday on April 30th, which has inspired thousands of people around the world to contribute.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 

 


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Keebler Cares "Cares Act" Webinar Info


Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 17th Update from the Governor

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April 17, 2020.

 As a result of our collective actions we are starting to see the total hospitalization numbers go down as the curve begins to steadily flatten. Everything we have done so far in response to this crisis has shown that together, we can control the beast that is this virus — but it's not over yet. We had approximately 2,000 new COVID hospitalizations yesterday. That is a harsh reality check for anyone who thinks that the pandemic is passing. This is still a very serious health crisis — and so we need to stay the course until the time we can move forward in safety and with protections to the public health while beginning to reopen the economy.

The Matterhorn.

Photo of the Day: As a symbol of solidarity during the pandemic, the American flag was projected onto the Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps (Photo by Gabriel Perren)

 Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Starting tonight at 8 PM, if you are in a public space where social distancing is not possible, you MUST cover your mouth and nose. This week I issued an Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation.

 2. I will issue an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to prioritize Coronavirus diagnostic testing. A key component to "un-pause" New York is ramping up the state's testing capacity. The Executive Order will help ensure the 301 laboratories and hospitals in the state that are licensed to perform virology testing operate in a coordinated way to help get us to the testing capacity we need.

 3. In order for states to reopen, we need federal help. I reiterate my call for the federal government to provide unrestricted funding to the states to help stabilize the economy and allow the states to perform reopening functions. The federal government has passed three bills to address this crisis, including the federal CARES Act, all of which contained no funding to offset drastic state revenue shortfalls related to this pandemic.

 4. NYS is launching an awareness campaign to help ensure that New Yorkers who need it most claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act. The CARES Act provides $1,200 payments to individuals making below $75,000 and $2,400 payments to married couples making below $150,000. Many taxpayers who filed 2018 or 2019 federal tax returns will receive them automatically into their bank account. Learn more on the Tax Department's Economic Impact Payment information webpage. The Tax Department will also partner with other state agencies and local community organizations to do direct outreach to make sure New Yorkers in need can access their payments.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Because the COVID-19 pandemic has closed restaurants across the country, food providers are dealing with excess crops. To make sure their crops don't go to waste, Cranney Farms in Idaho is giving away 2 million potatoes on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are stopping by the farm on behalf of food banks and soup kitchens to load up on potatoes.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.

 Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 

 


Sunday, April 19, 2020

NYSHTA Update April17th



       
Business Interruption and Property Taxes
Yesterday, NYSH&TA submitted two memos of support on the issues of Business Interruption Insurance and Real Property Tax Relief for its members. While both topics do not have widespread legislative support at this moment in time, NYSH&TA is working to support these concepts.


Memo in Support: Business Interruption Insurance
This legislation, if enacted, would hold businesses harmless for losses sustained because of COVID-19, so long as the business maintains a business interruption insurance policy. The bill would mandate existing property policies providing for business interruption and loss of use coverage to cover any loss of business due to COVID-19, for the duration of the NYS declared state of emergency. NYSH&TA strongly supports this legislation for the reasons outlined in the full document.

Memo in Support: Real Property Tax
This legislation, if enacted, would authorize municipalities to adopt a local law that allows for the deferral of property taxes during a declared state of emergency, without the accrual of interest or penalties. The bill allows for an installment plan, after the emergency order has been lifted. NYSH&TA strongly supports this legislation for the reasons outlined in the full document.


SBA Scam Alert!
Unfortunately, even during these times you must be alert for scams. NYSH&TA was contacted by the SBA to share a few of the recent scams you should be watching out for. 

  1. Emails impersonating SBA to a borrower regarding PPP loan applications. SBA DOES NOT communicate with borrowers regarding specific PPP loan applications. All PPP loan correspondence should be between the lender and the borrower.
  2. Emails impersonating SBA asking for borrowers to complete and sign attached documents to “complete” their disaster “Grant Application.” SBA does not process grants. All EIDL loan processing now occurs through the EIDL portal, and legitimate loan approval emails clearly reference the original confirmation #. If additional documentation is required (95% of loans do not require more documentation), it is electronically handled in the portal. EIDL Advances process with NO action required on the part of the applicant.
  3. These phishing emails are sophisticated, with SBA logos and styling consistent with legitimate SBA communications. If in doubt, the borrower may contact our office.


Loan Scams
 

  • If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud.
  • SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000. Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.
  • If you have a question about getting a SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.   
  • If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to answerdesk@sba.gov.

 
Phishing Scams

  • If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number.
  • Look out for phishing attacks/scams utilizing the SBA logo. These may be attempts to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII), to obtain personal banking access, or to install ransomware/malware on your computer.
  • Any email communication from SBA will come from accounts ending with sba.gov. 
  • The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does not guaranty the information is accurate or endorsed by SBA. Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at www.sba.gov.  
       
Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online: https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/office-inspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline.


"NYS on Pause" Extended Until May 15
During a press conference yesterday, Governor Cuomo said in coordination with other states that he is extending the "New York on Pause" initiative through May 15. All non-essential workers must continue to work from home and schools will be closed through May 15th. Click here for more details.


Governor Cuomo Issues Face Mask Mandate
Amid the onoging COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order on Wednesday that requires all people in New York State to wear masks or face coverings in public. There will be a three-day notice to allow compliance and will apply to people who are unable to keep six feet away from others in public settings, such as on a bus or subway, on a crowded sidewalk or inside a grocery store. Click here for more details.


Welcome New Preferred Partner: Integrity Cost Consulting 
Integrity Cost Consulting's service is different than what you might find. Through their audit process, they help companies determine if their spending on waste, telecommunications, and utility expenses is correct and cost efficient. Using an unbiased approach and employing industry-leading auditors, they:

1) Uncover and correct hidden errors and overcharges on these invoices.
2) Determine if there is a more cost-effective way for our clients to be billed.
3) Generate refunds and cost savings for our clients. 

Integrity Cost Consulting does not charge a fee for their expert expense audit - they are paid a percentage of the money they return to ther clients. Over 90% of their clients realize a financial benefit. To schedule your free audit, contact Steve Thompson at steve@integritycostconsulting.com or call (315) 935-9379.


Westchester County and Its Hotels Team Up to House Healthcare Heroes       
NYSH&TA is pleased to share another story to spread positivity during this difficult time. Westchester County Government, the City of White Plains and Cambria Suites have teamed up to support health care heroes from Westchester Medical Center.

NYSH&TA members, the Westchester Hotel Association and Westchester County Tourism & Film teamed up to match guest room donations to local hospitals, for use by critical staff they designate. That can allow those workers to lessen their commutes between long shifts and to reduce possible exposure for their families. For healthcare and emergency responder special rates or for workers who need an alternative place to stay during the pandemic, click here. Share your inspirational stories with us and we will share them with members in e-news and on our social media platforms. If you have a positive story to share, email Communications Manager, Abby Briscoe, at abby@nyshta.org.


NYSH&TA Member Resources
Best Practices Submitted by Your Fellow Members

In an effort to share information amongst its members, NYSH&TA has created a best-practices, member-to-member, resource page where YOUR new ideas might help fellow members stay in business. These resources have been submitted online by our lodging members. 
Click here to view the "Best Practices" member resource page and fill out the survey (if you haven't done so already).

Coronavirus Resources
NYSH&TA has also created a webpage of all compiled information that has been sent out to our 1,000 members via e-newsletters regarding the coronavirus. This webpage will be updated in a timely manner as we continue to receive details that could be beneficial to our members. If you have any questions, contact NYSH&TA Membership Manager, Ryan Burke at ryan@nyshta.org or call (518) 312-3812.

Member Savings Programs
NYSH&TA’s Preferred Partners recognize the struggles faced by our lodging members now more than ever. It is our Preferred Partners’ mission to craft new programs that can offer ADDITIONAL financial relief to properties throughout the state. NYSH&TA members can take advantage of potential savings in the areas of insurance, HR, energy, class action settlement claims, and cost consultingClick here to access the Member Savings Marketplace.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 16th Update from the Governor

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April 16, 2020.

Over the past 46 days, we have put in place unprecedented policies to protect New Yorkers and save lives in this COVID-19 pandemic. I know that these policies have been challenging and hard for many people — but they continue to be necessary to protect all of us. What has inspired me is how every New Yorker has responded. Mitigation measures are working to flatten the curve not simply because they are mandated — but because New Yorkers like you are acting responsibly and abiding by them. I trust that when New Yorkers are given the facts, they do the right thing. And you have proven that, time and time again.

 Brooklyn Drive-Thru Mobile Testing Center.

Photo of the Day: In Brooklyn, cars line up to enter the drive-thru mobile testing center at the Sears parking lot. The center is by appointment only — to make an appointment, call 888-364-3065. (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)

 Here's what else you need to know tonight:

 1. "New York on PAUSE" will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. Non-essential workers must continue to stay home and social distancing rules remain in place. We will re-evaluate after this additional closure period. I know this is hard, but we must stay the course.

 2. Today I outlined a blueprint to get New Yorkers back to work and ease social isolation without triggering a renewed spread of the virus. The blueprint operates under one overarching principle — do no harm. As part of the strategy to reopen, we will strengthen the healthcare system; use diagnostic testing, antibody testing and contact tracing to limit the spread of the virus; and implement a phased return to a "new normal" — which will include evaluating risk by industry, starting with the most essential businesses that present the lowest risk, rethinking the workplace to make it safer, and implementing protocols for response if a worker develops COVID-19 symptoms. Real the full plan here.

 3. New Yorkers MUST wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the Executive Order announced yesterday requiring everyone in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM.

 4. New York will send 100 ventilators to our friends in New Jersey. Other states helped us when we needed it most, and we are proud to do the same. We will get through this by helping one another. 

 5. The number of hospitalizations continue to fall but we are not out of the woods yet. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 17,735, the third straight day of declines. However, infections remain high and the virus is still spreading. Visit covid19tracker.health.ny.gov to see the latest data. 

 Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Even though the Bronx Zoo is closed due to Coronavirus, you can still visit virtually through the zoo's Instagram page. You can catch up with many different animals, like the two recently hatched penguin chicks.

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.

 Ever Upward,

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 

 


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

One Month Report from Town Supervisor Van Scoyoc


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

East Hampton Town Update


Monday, April 13, 2020

Hotel Associations call for more Federal Aid

AHLA, AAHOA push for additional financial aid

congress
AAHOA and the American Hotel & Lodging Association are urging Congress to offer more support to ailing businesses. Photo credit: Pixabay

Monday, April 13, 2020

Essential Business Update from David Lys


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Eye on Congress Report from NY Life


Thursday, April 9, 2020

SBA Info received from Councilman David Lys


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Letter from Southampton Hospital

Dear Friends,

As I write this, a Code Blue was just paged on the overhead speaker for one of our ICU patients. For me it was a vivid and immediate reminder of the life and death struggles of our patients during this pandemic. In my mind I have a clear vision of the scene unfolding with nurses, attending and resident physicians, respiratory therapists, and others all engaged in trying to save a life. It also reminds me of how much our work matters and how well we as an organization have risen to the challenge.  We celebrate every time a patient recovers and goes home as a victory for all of us.

 In just a few short weeks, we have gone from our relatively quiet “winter mode” to being on the front lines of a raging war. We have doubled our bed capacity, tripled our ICUs, brought in huge quantities of supplies, redeployed from usual work environments to new and different areas, rapidly adapted new policies and guidelines, transformed facilities, reassured and comforted the sick and their families, and changed daily work patterns and habits to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients. The level of creativity, teamwork, and adaptability has been nothing short of spectacular. 

 From the day Suffolk County’s first COVID-19 patient was admitted to our ICU to now, I have never been more proud to be a member of this team. I am not ashamed to admit that at times I have actually been choked up by the courage and compassion I have seen in our ICU, ER, patient care floors, and throughout the hospital. From our brave EVS workers cleaning patient rooms, to our Nurses and Respiratory Care Therapists at the bedside, from our Facilities and Security staffs transforming our facilities, to our Residents, Hospitalists and Intensivists making care decisions, I have had the immense honor to witness the work of real heroes. Add to this the support, teamwork, and overwhelming collaboration we have enjoyed from our great colleagues at Stony Brook University Hospital and Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. Stony Brook Medicine as a system is truly proving its value and strength. I am so thankful for the support of our colleagues and the fact that during the crisis we are part of Long Island’s newest healthcare system. 

 We are deeply grateful for the amazing demonstration of support provided by you, our East End community. Your generous donations help fortify our supplies and brighten our days. It is our privilege to serve you.

 It is my sincere hope the coming months will bring a return to our normal lives and an end to this pandemic. When that day will be, none of us knows. So for now, please accept my heartfelt appreciation, along with my fervent wish for you and your families to stay safe and healthy. I also urge you to find time to eat, laugh, and relax with your loved loves during the Passover and Easter holiday season. Today’s realities certainly drive home the message of how precious life really is! 

 Warmest regards.

 

 

Bob                                            

 Robert S. Chaloner

Chief Administrative Officer


Monday, April 6, 2020

EH Town Police Enforcement of Public Gathering & Business Operations

Posted on: April 6, 2020

EH Town Police Enforcing Gov. Orders on Business, Gatherings

Town of East Hampton news article

New York State on PAUSE Orders Have Been Extended through April 29: EH Town Police Department Enforcing

Under the New York State PAUSE Executive Orders, Governor Cuomo has imposed sweeping measures to protect public health and safety, including restrictions on businesses and gatherings, which are designed to reduce public density and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. 

The East Hampton Town Police Department, along with the Town Public Safety Division, has been actively making notifications to local businesses, as well as handling complaints from the public regarding violations of "non-essential" business operations, as well as "essential" businesses which are not following social distancing protocols. 

The Police Department has also been spreading the word at beaches and parks, ensuring that the public understands the Governor’s orders regarding social distancing, and the ban on gatherings of any size. Many of the complaints received by the Police about groups of people gathering are unfounded, Chief Sarlo reports. 

There are small "groups" of families, couples, extended families using the same areas. Not "gatherings." Parking lots do get crowded on the weekend, but these are not "crowds." Town playgrounds were closed weeks ago, basketball hoops covered, and signs posted at all beaches and parks. 

In addition to calling the police department  to address violations, the public may file complaints regarding nonessential businesses still operating to the PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force online at: https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask or call 1-833-789-0470, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For everyone’s reference, landscape maintenance is still allowed under the state guidelines; ornamental landscaping, such as the installation of new plantings is not. 

Most construction has been halted, except for work needed for safety -- to address unsafe conditions or leave a project in a safe state --, for certain infrastructure or public projects, and work being done by a single worker at a site. 

 Business owners may visit the Governor’s PAUSE website for further guidance on restrictions and recommendations, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause ; and those in a "non-essential" category may request a waiver or designation as an "essential" business.

 Employees who wish to make any complaint against an employer for violations of the PAUSE restrictions in the workplace may go to: https://labor.ny.gov/…/laborsta…/coronavirus-complaints.shtm

The Police Department has asked for the public’s cooperation and compliance with the PAUSE orders, for the good and welfare of the entire community. Reducing density in public places, and reducing work to necessary emergency repairs and essential services will greatly reduce the community spread in the Town of East Hampton. 

 


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Update on Southampton Hospital Readiness

FROM MONTAUK RESIDENT JAY LEVINE

As you may know, I serve on the Board & Executive Committee at Southampton Hospital.  Some of you have recently asked me about the availability of healthcare services in the midst of the pandemic.  I am involved with several projects at the hospital & participate in weekly briefings regarding the Corona pandemic.  I understand that there have been a number of false rumors circulating regarding the pandemic’s impact on the availability of healthcare services at the hospital, specifically that the hospital is full or overwhelmed.  These rumors are absolutely not true.  Below is a brief outline of the key topics reviewed at yesterday’s briefing.

-Although elective procedures/surgeries have been postponed, all other clinical services of the hospital are operating normally, with adequate staffing, supplies (including personal protective equipment), & medical equipment including ventilators.  (Eg., emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, etc.).  Outpatient services such as health education, wellness classes, etc. have been cancelled.

-The hospital is seeing a steady stream of patients but by no means a surge or large wave of patients.  We anticipate an uptick in volume over the coming 2-4 weeks & are planning accordingly:

-Added 10 new ICU beds & will ultimately expand our ICU three-fold.

-Increasing the total bed count from 94 to 188.

-Obtained additional ventilators.

-Doubled oxygen capacity to support additional ventilators.

-Retained 40 additional nurses who are being housed in a hotel in Southampton.

-Arranged 24 hour in-hospital coverage by our intensivist physicians (ie., those trained to care for patients in the ICU).

-Physician residents are working 12 hour shifts/7 days a week.

-Use of disposable supplies equals re-supply quantities so inventories remain strong.

-The hospital anticipated but has not seen a material uptick in patients resulting from the recent exodus from NYC by second homeowners.

 

In general, the hospital is functioning as it should during a healthcare crisis.  Management is in control; staff are highly motivated, dedicated, & working hard; & inventories are at proper levels.  We believe that Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is in a strong position to provide care to the community during this crisis.

 

As you can imagine, the added staff, supplies, & equipment costs were not anticipated in the hospital budget & revenue associated with caring for COVID-19 patients will not cover these new costs.  Accordingly, if you wish to make a contribution to the hospital to help defray these unanticipated costs, info for doing so is provided at the link below.

 

We are in the midst of a crisis & all of us are anxious.  One thing you should not have to worry about is the availability of hospital services to care for sick patients on the South Fork.  I know you are all practicing social distancing, staying home, & washing your hands 100 times a day.  Please continue to do so since those practices are the only way we can stem the spread of this horrible disease.  Stay healthy!

 

Regards.

Jay

 

Jay Levine

 

 

https://southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu/giving/healthcare_heroes


Saturday, April 4, 2020

EH Town Update from Police Chief Sarlo


Saturday, April 4, 2020

EH Town Business Resource update April 3rd


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Zeldin Town Hall Call-In Monday April 6th

Hello,

I hope this email finds you doing as well as possible given the circumstances. I want to pass along an invitation to the follow up phone call the Congressman referenced in his previous small business tele-town hall. This call will focus on the latest SBA programs which were created in the CARES act. The call will be this coming Monday, April 6th at 5:20PM. Please use the below link to sign up. We will call the phone number provided shortly before the event begins. You can also listen to the program at that link once it begins. As before, this call is intended for small business owners. So please feel free to forward along to other businesses that you feel might benefit. But, we ask that only small business owners participate to ensure we can get as many folks on the call and address as many questions as possible.

 

Sign up link: Please SIGN UP here

 

In case that link does not work for you please visit: Zeldin.house.gov/live

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Stay safe and be well!

Best wishes,

Adam.S

 

Adam Saccardi

Congressional Aide

Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (NY-01)

District Office

31 Oak St.

Patchogue, NY  11772

631-289-1097

Adam.saccardi@mail.house.gov

 


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Update from Legislator Fleming


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

SBA Webinar April 1st 3 PM

Hello,

I hope all is as well as it can be. I wanted to reach out and pass along the news that new guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program was issued just yesterday. You can find this new guidance, and all the previously available resources for small businesses, on the Congressman’s website at: zeldin.house.gov/smallbusinessassistance .   The Small Business Administration is also hosting a webinar today at 3:00 PM to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program. Please find the information to participate in this below:

 

Zoom Register link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Mrc-6prT0o7cPVnfsb-iH_mNKCIpedEA

 

Join via Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/676471362

 

Dial in via phone:

19294362866, 676471362#

If any of the above links do not work, please copy and paste them into your browser. 

 

I have also taken the liberty of attaching a list of SBA approved lenders for your convenience. Please note that this list is likely to expand in the coming days and weeks. Of course please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office if you should have any questions about this or any aspect of the COVID-19 response. Any way we can help we certainly will. All the best to you and stay safe.

-Adam.S

 

Adam Saccardi

Congressional Aide

Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (NY-01)

District Office

31 Oak St.

Patchogue, NY  11772

631-289-1097

Adam.saccardi@mail.house.gov


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

CARES Act Webinar April 1st 1:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

First Draft of Federal Paycheck Protection Loan Application

SAMPLE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN APPLICATION
 
Dear Client and Friends,
 
We have obtained a Sample Paycheck Protection Loan Application. This is not a final version, so the details may change but we wanted to share it with you immediately so you could review it and get ready to provide the information requested. We are sure there will be greater detail requested to support the numbers provided on the application. We are hearing the banks may be accepting applications as early as Friday.
 
 
Please contact us if you have any questions.
 
 
As always, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you.  

Sincerely,
Your Accountant
and the Team at KFP 
  
 
 
Kandell, Farnworth & Pubins, CPA's PC, 727 Union Avenue, Aquebogue, NY 11931

Monday, March 30, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program


Monday, March 30, 2020

SBA Loan Breakdown and Details Chart


Sunday, March 29, 2020

CARES Act Summary


Friday, March 27, 2020

SBA Loans & Grants: CARES Act


Friday, March 27, 2020

Discover Long Island Update


 

 

Coronavirus Update and Information

 

Dear Discover Long Island Partners,

We continue to strive to collect and distribute timely and relevant information to our partners. If you ever have a specific question or urgent request, please feel free to reach out to our team. You can email membership@discoverlongisland.com and a team member will respond promptly.

First, please take THIS 10 MINUTE SURVEY if you haven’t done so already, to tell us how your business is being impacted. This information is crucial in collecting data and preparing for business recovery.

Please sign up and spread the word about our new FREE Community Partner program, providing assistance and resources to ALL of Long Island’s hospitality-related businesses. *Please note: ALL hotels are already partners and do not need to register for this program, but already have access to the partner portal. If you need help locating your login information please contact the Partner Relations Team.

We have updated our Partners Page with a new Coronavirus Aid, Recover and Economic Security (CARES) Act section, including a document created by the DLI team on Key Things to Know to assist Long Island’s travel industry partners in understanding the $2 Trillion program that was just signed into law by the President. We will continue to keep you updated as details develop.

NOTE TO HOTELS: Please join us for our first “Hospitality Solidarity Social Gathering” Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 31st at 11:00 a.m.. Click here to register. Will be updating you on leads and cancellations, providing the most recent news and marketing efforts and most importantly, we want to hear from you and see all of the faces that we miss.

IMPORTANT: We are communicating closely with both Suffolk and Nassau Counties and we greatly appreciate all of the hard work being done by their teams on behalf of our industry and our Island. One question in particular is how hotels that are open and interested in securing business from healthcare facilities, governments, etc., can communicate those opportunities. Here are the recommendations from the Counties on how to let them know you’re interested:

·     Suffolk: Fill out this form to provide details of your business and they will match you with opportunities available.

·     Nassau: Contact the Heath Department’s Director for Emergency Preparedness: Ann DeSimone at ADeSimone@nassaucountyny.gov and copy: Evlyn Tsimis at ETsimis@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

 

 

 

As always, we are here with you and we’ll get through this together.

 

Sincerely,

Kristen Jarnagin & Discover Long Island Team


Friday, March 27, 2020

Governor Cuomo Update

March 27, 2020.

 

Dear New Yorker,

 

I want to share with you some of the remarks I gave to members of the National Guard earlier today in the Javits Center, which this week has been converted into a temporary hospital.

 

"This is not going to be a short deployment. This is going to be a long day and it's going to be a hard day and it's going to be an ugly day and it's going to be a sad day. This is a rescue mission that you're on — the mission is to save lives. That's what you're doing. The rescue mission is to save lives and as hard as we work, we're not going to be able to save everyone.

 

"My second point is, you are living a moment in history. Ten years from now, you'll be talking about today to your children or your grandchildren and you will shed a tear because you will remember the lives lost. But you will also be proud. You'll be proud of what you did. You'll be proud that you showed up. You had the skill and the professionalism to make a difference and save lives. At the end of the day, nobody can ask anything more from you. We're going to save lives and New York is going to thank you. God bless each and every one of you."

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Congratulates Javits Staff and National Guard.

Photo of the Day: The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital in the Javits Center has been completed (Photo by Darren McGee)

 

 

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

 

1. The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The facility will fully open on Monday. I congratulate FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard and the staff at Javits for their speedy work. They built an entire hospital in a week — an incredible achievement.

 

2. Schools statewide will remain closed until at least April 15th. We will reassess whether to continue closures at that time. School districts will be required to continue child care, meal and distance learning programs.

 

3. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through NY State of HealthIf you recently lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.

 

4. The State and Army Corps of Engineers have toured and identified four new sites for temporary hospitals for construction. The sites — the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx — would add an additional 4,000 beds to the state's hospital capacity. I'm asking President Trump to approve these sites immediately so construction can begin.

 

5. For a 90-day period, New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. Additionally, consumers and small businesses experiencing Coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.) 

 

6. The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, is expected to arrive in New York Harbor on Monday. It is a massive facility with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy and a laboratory. The Comfort's beds will be used for non-Coronavirus patients to free up hospital capacity.

 

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York catering company Great Performances is helping prepare and deliver 40,000 meals weekly to 8,000 homes of New Yorkers who are no longer able to get meals at their local senior centers. Their kitchen in the South Bronx is working around the clock to prepare meals and we're so grateful.

 

Preparing meals for seniors.

Photos courtesy Liz Neumark, Great Performances

 

If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.

 

Ever Upward,

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020

Update from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital



Thursday, March 26, 2020

Legislator Fleming Newsletter with Important Links


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Suffolk County Legislature Covid Website

For the latest info from the Suffolk County Legislature on Covid-19 please visit;

https://www.scnylegislature.us/1139/COVID-19/AlertCenter.aspx 


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Update from Gov. Cuomo

March 25, 2020.
 While the number of positive Coronavirus cases in New York continues to climb, I want to share some hopeful news: New data show that our density reduction measures may be working. The forecasted rate of hospitalizations are slowing down. On Sunday, forecasts showed hospitalizations doubling every 2 days; on Monday, they showed hospitalizations doubling every 3.4 days; and yesterday, they showed hospitalizations doubling every 4.7 days. But the virus is still spreading very quickly, and New Yorkers must stay at home and practice social distancing as directed. By doing so we may flatten the curve.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
 
1. A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. We can't underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. I'm proud that over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York's Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.
 
2. New York City will pilot closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians as part of the city's plan to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. I am also enacting a voluntary playground social density protocol that prohibits close contact sports such as basketball.
 
3. Utility rate increases that were scheduled to go into effect on April 1 have been postponed. At my direction, the Public Service Commission ordered that rate hikes be postponed for nearly 2 million customers. This will help ease the financial stress on families and businesses affected by this pandemic.
 
4. Make sure you respond to the 2020 Census. Invitations to complete the Census have started to arrive in New Yorkers' mailboxes, and this year you can respond online. Everyone living in New York counts: A complete tally of all New Yorkers is crucial in determining how the state receives federal funds for infrastructure, education, public health and more. You can fill it out without having to leave your house. For more information on the Census, click here.
 
5. I want to share my thanks. I am so grateful to the frontline heroes who are helping our state respond to this pandemic. If you see them, thank them. My thanks go out to every healthcare worker, EMT, police officer, firefighter, grocer, trucker, store clerk, mail carrier, takeout cook, hospital and building cleaner, teacher, child care worker, mental health professional and countless others. You are stepping up and your state and I are grateful.
 
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York University is offering early graduation for senior medical students so they can help overworked doctors who are fighting in the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior medical students who volunteer will be able to work immediately as paid interns at NYU Langone Health's Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine departments.
 
If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.https://now.ny.gov/page/m/2dedc9fa/5c90df30/467d930b/d50e7e2/2321045079/VEsA/?g=Yx6vIFH8x8VecbxTThqjlmA


 
Ever Upward,
 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Update from East Hampton Town

PETER VAN SCOYOC                                      (631) 324-4140 Supervisor                                                pvanscoyoc@ehamptonny.gov
 
 
MARCH 25, 2020
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CORONAVIRUS SPREADS IN EAST HAMPTON AND L.I. - SUPERVISOR VAN SCOYOC STRESSES NEED TO STAY HOME, AVOID PUBLIC PLACES AND GROUPS
 
White House Task Force Says New Yorkers Who Have Relocated From NYC Should Self-Quarantine for Two Weeks 
 
Governor Cuomo’s order to suspend nonessential businesses goes into effect;   State Bans “Non-essential gatherings of any size” 
 
All residents of East Hampton have been urged to stay at home and leave their houses only if absolutely necessary, as confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise. 
 
NewYork City residents who have recently left the city should self-quarantine at home for 14 days, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said at a White House briefing on Tuesday, citing the increased number of virus cases across Long Island “that suggest people have left the city,” and expressing “deep concern” about the spread of the virus across the New York metro area.  New Yorkers who have left for other places need to make sure they are not “seeding” the rest of the United States, said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 
 
The number of confirmed cases in Suffolk County rose to 1,880 as of Monday afternoon, March 23, with 13 cases confirmed in East Hampton Town. 
 
“I call on everyone to think of your neighbors and your families, and protect your own health as well as others' by remaining at home for at least 14 days,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.  “Nothing is more important at this
time than doing everything we can to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the spread of coronavirus to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed.”
 
According to N.Y.S. Governor Cuomo, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State is doubling approximately every three days. The availability of tests is still limited, and the number of cases is expected to increase significantly as testing increases.
 
By executive order on Monday, Governor Cuomo declared that, throughout the state, “non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.”
 
Social distancing should be practiced immediately, as slowing the peak of the COVID-19 virus is crucial over the next few weeks. The virus can linger in the air and on surfaces, so frequent disinfecting and hand washing is also crucial. 
 
“As testing for the coronavirus has been limited, we must assume that the infection is much more widespread than has been confirmed so far,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “The safest course of action is to assume that you, and others you may come into contact with, may have the virus, and to stay away from others.” 
 
Because of this, staffing levels at East Hampton Town departments continue to be reduced, in some cases potentially to an all-remote workforce, while maintaining the minimum services necessary for town government to function.
 
Errands, such as food shopping, should be limited. Supervisor Van Scoyoc assured that, while there may be temporary shortages of items in high demand, food supplies are secure and local stores are being regularly restocked.  All have been asked to limit their purchases of high-demand items. 
 
As of Sunday night, March 22, all nonessential businesses across New York State have been ordered closed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. No business should be operating unless included on the state’s list of “essential businesses,” posted at https://esd.ny.gov
 
Grocery stores and pharmacies are considered essential. Landscaping and construction are currently allowed. Businesses with only a single occupant or employee are
deemed exempt from the closure order. Waivers from the closure order may be requested from the state at https://esd.ny.gov/content/request-designation-essentialbusiness-purposes-executive-order-2026

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Notice from Congressman Lee Zeldin

Dear Friend, 

 

Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national workforce, employing nearly 50% of workers nationwide. Unfortunately, these same small businesses have been disproportionately affected by the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. 

 

To help local small businesses learn about federal assistance and how to apply, I’m hosting a Small Business Telephone Town Hall with the Small Businesses Administration to provide information about available federal assistance and answer small business owners’ questions about eligibility and how to apply. 

 

Join me this Thursday, March 26th at 2:55pm to learn more. Please SIGN UP here, and I’ll call the phone number you provide when the call begins.  If you have trouble with the above links, please visit this homepage.      https://zeldin.house.gov/live

 

Sincerely, 

 

Lee 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Updates from NYSHTA


State Contracts 
NYSH&TA is currently working with Empire State Development (ESD) and the Governor's office in coordinating the procurement efforts for hotels that may be willing to offer space via state contracts to help with the current crisis. Currently they are trying to streamline things, and a form is in the works, so stay tuned. 
        

SBA Details - Answers to member questions over the past few days 
Right now, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are available, but there are some questions surrounding them. There was a session held Friday on some of the details and we wanted to share them with NYSH&TA members. 

The list of eligible businesses that can apply for the Economic Disaster Loan is lengthy, and different industries have different maximum thresholds to be considered a “small business”. The maximum number of employees for hotels and bed and breakfasts is 1,500, while the maximum average annual receipts is $32.5 million for hotels and $7.5 million for bed and breakfasts. The only excluded industries are agricultural, religious and charitable organizations and businesses involving gaming, such as casinos. 

What is the SBA’s Economic Disaster Loan? This is the SBA’s first response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the impact it is having on small businesses in the country. The SBA can deploy this tool without any further state or Federal legislation. Once a county has been designated a disaster area, the SBA can start providing funds to small businesses in that area. The SBA will probably add support to the Disaster Loan program, but any potential legislation is speculative at this point. 

What is an Eligible Business? You must be physically located in a declared disaster county (all counties in NYS are on the list, and your business must have suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster). As of today, all New York, Connecticut and New Jersey counties are included in designated disaster areas. You must also be a small business as designated by the SBA size standards, which depending on the type of business could be defined as a maximum of 250 to 1,500 employees, and have up to a maximum of $38.5 million of average annual receipts. Most major industries are included such as, hospitality and tourism, recreational industries, manufacturing, rental property owners, wholesale suppliers, utilities, healthcare and professional services. The only industries that are ineligible include agricultural, religious and charitable organizations, and businesses that involve gambling, such as casinos and racetracks. 

What Does the Disaster Loan Provide? The SBA Economic Disaster Loan is a working capital loan. The maximum loan size is $2 million dollars and the funds can be used to cover overhead expenses, payroll, fixed debts of the business, accounts payable, etc. The Loan cannot be used for the consolidation of existing debts of the business, or for personal losses or expenses. The amount awarded is based on your estimated losses, which will be determined from the historical revenues and expenses of the business. The revenues as reported from both your tax return and monthly format, and your expenses as reported on your tax return. The loan has very flexible and beneficial terms and is intended to assist small businesses and not become an overburdensome component of your business financials. The interest rate on the Economic Disaster Loan is 3.75%, with repayment terms extending out thirty years, as determined at the time the loan is awarded to the recipient. The Disaster Loan payments are deferred for six months following disbursements. Loans of less than $25,000 do not require collateral, while those over $25,000 do, although the SBA has indicated it will be flexible regarding this requirement. 

What is the Approval Criteria for the Disaster Loan? The main approval criteria for the Disaster Loan is that the business will be capable of making repayments on the Loan. It is assumed that the business will reopen and resume operations following the end of the Pandemic. The SBA will also look at past and current performance on federally guaranteed loans in evaluating the applicant for approval. If the business has failed to make payments on other federal loans, the business is not be eligible for the SBA Disaster Loan. 

What can the Disaster Loan be used for? The Disaster Loan can be used for any legitimate business expense, including overhead expenses, insurance, payroll, fixed debts (i.e. mortgage loan payments), etc. The Disaster Loan cannot be used to consolidate the other debts of the business or pay for personal expenses. The business does not have to be closed or closing because of the Pandemic to be eligible for the Disaster Loan. If the business is still operating and suffering working capital losses, then it is eligible to apply. You need to demonstrate that the business has an economic injury or loss of revenue or an inability to open. For example, a restaurant that is only permitted to offer take out is probably suffering economic loss. 

What is Application Process? The application can be filled out online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. You need to select the correct application based on your entity’s business formation. In addition, you will need to include the tax returns for the business (if you have not filed for 2019 yet, the 2018 returns will be sufficient), which include all schedules, 1099s, etc. If you have been in business for less than one year and do not have a tax return yet then you will need to provide internal profit and loss statements for the time period that you have been in business. In addition, the application will ask the revenues of the business by month for 2017, 2018, 2019, year to-date on 2020, and forecasted revenues for the remainder of 2020, as well as a balance sheet for the business.

What Should be Included in the Additional Comment Section of the Application? This is an open narrative section to make your case for why your application for the Disaster Loan should be approved. In this section, you should include three to four sentences on how your business has been impacted by COVID-19 and description of injury. Although the reviewer understands what is happening to the US with regard to COVID-19, you should assume they are not completely up to date on what is happening in your State, and how many businesses have been closed due to executive orders. Also include in this comment section information on your ability to repay the Loan and your strategies for reopening your business once the Pandemic abates. This should also include strategies that you are utilizing for survival of the business. 

Should you Apply for the Loan at this Time? This is specific to the current situation of the individual business. If you are not sure whether you should take the loan out at this time or whether you will need it at all, there is no harm in applying. There is no fee to apply and the first applications submitted will be the first acted upon by the SBA. Historically, the SBA takes 21 days to act on a loan application, but due to the events of the last week it will be a longer time period due to the amount of applications expected. While the SBA is reviewing your application, you can make the determination on whether you will really need the money. If you are awarded funds under the program you are not required to take them. In addition, there is no penalty to accept the funds and repay them early. Another reason to submit the application now is because as COVID-19 spreads throughout the country, many more counties will be designated disaster areas, and there is expected to be a massive influx of applications to the SBA. Also, as we expect there will be additional legislation regarding loans to assist businesses in the next few weeks, it is very likely that SBA will use the same portal for these programs, so your information will already be in the system, which ideally will make it easier and quicker for future loan applications. 

Matthew Hosford, attorney at Jackson Lewis P.C. Contributed to this article. 


COVID-19 Federal Hotel Leasing Program 
NYSH&TA has taken a leading role in connecting hotel properties with state and local officials seeking hotels for use during the coronavirus pandemic. See below for details on the federal hotel leasing program now underway through the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

If you are interested in leasing your properties to the federal government, please fill out the following online form: https://forms.gle/PfQfqkHMPbF5KMGi6. 

Special thanks to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) for sending this information along for us to share with our members.

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 23 Updates

Most Recent Updates

NEW FOR MARCH 23, 2020

 

  • The Small Business Administration has now made low interest loans of up to $2 million available to organizations in New York. It will take roughly 3 weeks to process the application and has interest rates of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. For more information, click the SBA link below.
  • https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 


 

  • In Governor Cuomo's press conference today, he announced he is mandating that all hospitals increase their bed capacity by 50%, and is asking that any hospital that can increase their capacity by 100% to do so.

 


 

  • He also announced he would be issuing an Executive Order later today that would enlist all registered nurses in New York to assist health centers during the crisis, including any nurse currently working at an insurance firm. 

 


 

  • Governor Cuomo also announced that he has instructed his team to begin formulating the NY FORWARD plan, in preparation of reopening businesses when it is deemed appropriate. He did not indicate a timeline of this plan being initiated since the spread of the virus has not yet been contained, but said they would look into ways to have health individuals return to work.

 


 

  • Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order expanding the Tax Commissioner’s authority to abate late filing and payment penalties. This will allow the Commissioner to abate interest on quarterly and annual sales and use tax filings and remittances with a due date of March 20, 2020, for those who were unable to timely file and pay as result of the COVID-19 virus. It can be found HERE.

 


 

  • An Interim Guidance to Restaurants to Sell Grocery Items has been released by the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets. It can be found HERE.

 

 


Summary Of Benefit Changes From RBT

Accounting Services 


Federal Actions.

The following federal policies apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees. They go into effect April 2 and remain in effect until December 31.


Employees who are health-care providers or first responders may be excluded from the policies. Employers will receive a refundable tax credit against the employer portion of Social Security taxes for 100 percent of the qualified sick leave and family leave wages paid each quarter under the policies.


Emergency Paid Sick Leave

This program is available for full- and part-time employees who are unable to work (or telework) regardless of their start date. An employer cannot require the use of other paid leave before using the paid sick leave provided by the new law. It provides two weeks of paid sick leave for employees who:

 

  • Are being treated for coronavirus or exhibit symptoms and are awaiting a diagnosis, or
  • Have been told by a doctor or government official to stay home because of exposure or symptoms.

 


Full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours (two weeks) of paid time off at their regular rate of pay, not to exceed $511 a day. Part-time employees are entitled to two weeks of paid time off, also up to $511 per day, based on the average number of hours worked during a two-week period.


In addition, eligible full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours of paid time off at two-thirds of their normal pay rate, capped at to $200 per day, to care for another person who is quarantined for the reasons described above, or for a minor child whose school has closed or whose child-care provider is unavailable due to coronavirus precautions.


Emergency Paid Family Leave

This program is available for employees who have been employed for at least 30 days. It provides up to 12 weeks of leave for employees who are unable to work (or telework) because they must care for a minor child whose school has closed or whose child-care provider is unavailable due to coronavirus precautions.


The first 10 days of leave may be unpaid, although the employee may elect to use any available paid time off during that time, including paid time off provided under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave described above. After the first 10 days, the employer must provide up to 10 weeks of paid leave at two-thirds of the employee's regular pay rate (capped at $200 per day).


New York State Actions

The following New York State policies are now in effect.


Emergency Paid Sick Leave

For employees who are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by New York State or any government agency that can issue a Covid-19 order:

 

  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees must provide their workers with job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.
  • Employers with 11 to 99 employees as of 1/1/2020 must provide five days of paid sick leave and Job protection for the duration of the quarantine order. 
  • Employers with 100 or more employees as of 1/1/2020, and public employers, must provide fourteen days of paid sick leave and job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.

 


Sick leave shall be provided without loss of any accrued sick leave that an employee may have, meaning this leave will be in addition to whatever leave is already provided by the employer.

 

  • Benefits are not available for employees who are deemed asymptomatic or not yet diagnosed with any medical condition and who are physically able to work (or telework).
  • Benefits are not available for anyone returning from travel to one of the destinations on the Centers for Disease Control's travel advisory list.

 


Should an employee's period of quarantine or isolation extend beyond their available sick leave as described above, the employee would be able to apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) and for New York State Short Term Disability (DBL) concurrently. Benefit amounts would be the combination of payments from PFL and DBL, up to 100 percent of an employee's average weekly wage, capped at $2,884.62 per week. These benefits can also be used for the care of a dependent minor child who is under an order of quarantine or order of isolation. This provision does not apply if a child's school or place of care is closed.


Changes to New York State Unemployment

New York State is waiving the seven-day waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for people who become unemployed due to Coronavirus-related closures or quarantines. Situations where an employee may file an unemployment claim include but are not limited to:

 

  • Termination of all employment
  • Being furloughed from a position (a temporary layoff with an expected return to work date)
  • A reduced work schedule, for example going from working five days a week to two 2 days.

 


A person filing a new unemployment insurance claim should file based on the first letter of their last name. If your last name starts with A-F, file your claim on Monday. For last names starting with G-N, file on Tuesday. For last names starting with O-Z, file on Wednesday. If you miss your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 



Monday, March 23, 2020

http://ehamptonny.gov/656/Coronavirus-Information

Vist the Town of East Hampton's Corona website for the latest info from Town Officials.

www.ehamptonny.gov/656/Coronavirus-Information 


Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update/ County Executive Hosts Facebook Live Event tonight

311 FAQs March 23, 2020 Update 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to Hold Facebook Live Event
Tonight, Monday, March 23 at 6:30 pm

In an effort to better connect with residents and provide transparent and factual information, County Executive Bellone announced he will be hosting a Facebook Town Hall to provide a forum for residents to ask questions and hear the latest information and guidance regarding the Coronavirus. For updates and to tune into this event, residents should visit www.Facebook.com/SteveBellone. 


New Suffolk Transit Policies-March 22 2:00 pm

First, we are asking all of our riders to go cashless with the Suffolk FastFare Mobile App so that they can bypass payments to keep themselves and the bus drivers protected.

The app is available for use on all Suffolk County Transit buses and allows riders to easily purchase tickets on their smartphones anytime, anywhere.

Second, we are implementing a Rear-Door Boarding Policy. Riders will now be required to board on the back of the bus, and we are isolating the first few rows of the bus to create a safe social distance between the riders and the driver effective March 23rd.  


Suffolk County Supply Drive for Personal Protective Supplies-March 21, 2020

The County is looking to solicit donations of N95 masks, ear loop face masks, gowns and gloves from the construction industry, building trades, and others in organized labor. These are typical supplies that would ordinarily be used on work sites. Additionally, the County is looking to solicit donations of ear loop masks and gloves from the personal service industry, whose businesses will temporarily be closed as of 8:00 PM tonight.

Starting on Monday, March 23, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on weekdays, individuals will be able to drop off supplies at the Suffolk County Fire Academy located at 102 East Ave in Yaphank. Residents can email FRESfinance@suffolkcountyny.gov regarding a large donation of supplies or a potential vendor of opportunity. 



Suffolk County Police Department Update-March 21, 2020

County Executive Bellone and Police Commissioner Hart announced on March 21, 2020 that mandatory online or telephone reporting for specific non-emergency incidents, effective Monday, March 23. 

The changes will be enacted in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of both police officers and residents. To file a report online, visit www.suffolkpd.org/onlinereporting, to file a report over the phone residents can call 641-852-COPS. A list of the types of reports that can be filed online can be viewed at www.SuffolkPD.org.   


 


Governor Cuomo Update

Effective Sunday, March 22, at 8 PM, the New York State on Pause plan enacted by the NY State Governor bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. The New York State on Pause plan does permit you to leave your home for outdoor exercise so long as it is a solitary activity such as riding a bike, running, or walking through our parks. Outdoor recreational activities must be limited to non-contact and you are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public. 

We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. You can’t, for example, play basketball with your friends and are not permitted to congregate with anyone outside of your immediate family.

Are you an Essential or Non Essential Business?
If a business is uncertain about its designation of essential/non-essential it is to contact Empire State Development to receive guidance. They can access information at https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 

For any business that believes they are an essential business they have to apply for permission from NYS Empire Development Corp. The link to complete the request is https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request20Designation%20Form_0.pdf 




NYS DMV Additional Guidance-March 22

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Temporarily Closing DMV In Office Transactions: Online Transactions Still Available.

All drivers licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations with an expiration day of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended.

All DMV offices are closed and all road tests are suspended. All reservations have been cancelled. Please visit the DMV website if you wish to complete a transaction online http://www.dmv.ny.gov 




Important Links:

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19)

S.C. Covid-19 Update Page

NYS Coronavirus Information 


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Free Legal Helpline from Campolo, Middleton & McCormack, LLC

Due to the overwhelming response we've received from our first-of-its-kind virtual hotline, we have now created a dedicated phone number for Coronavirus relief inquiries at no charge: (631) 738-6781.
Members of the business community, regardless of whether they are CMM clients, can call or email coronarelief@cmmllp.com with questions relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. The inquiries will be constantly monitored and routed to the appropriate CMM attorney, who will promptly offer complimentary guidance.
Please also visit our Coronavirus Resource Hub for the latest updates.
CMM is here to help your business navigate this challenging time without the added stress of having to pay for access to critical information. We are all in this together.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sales Tax Filing Extended - Mortgage Payments Delayed

The Governor released two Executive Orders on 3/21 which require the following:

Executive Order 202.8: Directs NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to extend the filing period for sales and use taxes due March 20, 2020 (for the period ending February 29, 2020), for a period of 60 days.

Executive Order 202.9: Directs banks to delay mortgage payments for 90 days for any person or business who is experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 Disaster. The order requires the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services to promulgate emergency regulations to ensure that applications for the forbearance be widely available to consumers, and approved in all "reasonable and prudent circumstances".


Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Discover Long Island Update

Coronavirus Update and Information

Dear Valued Discover Long Island Partners:

These are the most difficult times our industry has ever faced. The team at Discover Long Island remains vigilant in serving as a resource to our partners and our industry. Developments are changing rapidly and we want to share relevant information with you, without overwhelming your inbox. We will continue to send timely updates, but we remind you that we are here for you and will be responsive to your questions in the meantime. Please feel free to email: membership@discoverlongisland.com with any questions or needed assistance and we pledge to be responsive.

Currently, Discover Long Island is focusing on three priorities:

·     Serve as a central resource for tourism related communications and information for industry partners, business community leaders and local, state and federal elected officials.

·     Track and communicate sources for assistance and financial relief available to tourism industry businesses.

·     Prepare a strategic and robust approach to welcome back visitors, when appropriate.

Information & Resources:

·     Due to increased testing, New York State now has confirmed 4,152 cases with 550 of those cases here on Long Island. There are now three mobile testing sites available. Jones Beach and Stony Brook University testing is conducted by appointment only, call: 888-364-3065. To make an appointment at the Jericho location, visit prohealthcare.com.

·     Federal Aid – The industry is rallying to urge Congress for federal assistance. We encourage you to make your voice heard at: https://ahla.quorum.us/campaign/25208/ 

·     US Travel released new data on estimations of travel impacts and an advocacy strategy for industry assistance that will be needed as a result: https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/document/Coronavirus_FullRecoveryOptions.pdf

·     Empire State Development has established a website for businesses to submit COVID-19 related questions.

·     The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans up to 2 million dollars for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We understand that this opportunity will open to New York businesses today.

·     These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.

·     For information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at: SBA.Gov/disaster, 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

·     The SBA New York District Office also has its Long Island Branch Office located in Hauppauge dedicated to assist and guide the Long Island Small Business Community as needed. 631-454-0750.

·     Applications for Unemployment Insurance have overloaded NYS Department of Labor’s online and phone systems. To deal with the influx they have announced a new filing system based on the applicant’s last name to handle the loads in a more orderly fashion. Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.


·     A - F : Monday
·    
G – N : Tuesday
·     O – Z : Wednesday
·    
Missed your day: Thursday and Friday

·     Smith Travel Research will be hosting a series of industry webinars discussing the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. and Canadian hotel performance. These webinars will be held every Thursday at 3pm EST with updates from the prior week. Individuals may register on our COVID-19: Hotel Industry Impact landing page (http://bit.ly/2QpNNFQ). This section of STR’s website also houses recordings from prior webinars and a number of press releases and articles from the past two months.

More to Come:

·     Partner Survey – We will be sending out a survey to collect data so that we can assist in collecting and communicating the regional economic impact.

·     Website – We will be providing updated information and resources on Discoverlongisland.com


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