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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 Officeemail@example.com*||631.668.2428|
| Paul Montefirstname.lastname@example.org||631.875.2854|
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.
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!
Montauk Chamber of Commerce
Travel Industry Updates
159 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, New York 11937
PETER VAN SCOYOC (631) 324-4140
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.”
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- These phishing emails are sophisticated, with SBA logos and styling consistent with legitimate SBA communications. If in doubt, the borrower may contact our office.
- 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 email@example.com.
- If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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).
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 email@example.com 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 consulting. Click here to access the Member Savings Marketplace.
EH Town Police Enforcing Gov. Orders on Business, Gatherings
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!
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!
Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (NY-01)
31 Oak St.
Patchogue, NY 11772
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:
Join via Zoom link:
Dial in via phone:
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.
Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (NY-01)
31 Oak St.
Patchogue, NY 11772
For the latest info from the Suffolk County Legislature on Covid-19 please visit;
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
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
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
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
Vist the Town of East Hampton's Corona website for the latest info from Town Officials.
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".
Coronavirus Update and Information
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
· 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