369,025 New Yorkers Filed for Unemployment Last Week

ALBANY – The NYS Department of Labor announced that 369,025 initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims were filed for the week ending March 28, 2020, representing an increase of 288,516 claims from the 80,509 UI claims that were filed the previous week. Compared to last year, initial claims for Unemployment Insurance in New York State for […]


NYC Schools Now Offering Free Meals to All

NYC Schools are now offering free meals to all New Yorkers, not just children. The city schools have been offering free kids meals while school has been out for the past two weeks but Mayor de Blasio is now opening the service to all New Yorkers who need a meal.  Any New Yorker who wants […]


NYS Overwhelmed by Unemployment Claims

If you are filing for unemployment in New York, you’ve probably found it difficult if not impossible to reach someone in the NYS Dept. of Labor Unemployment Insurance Claim Centers. That’s because call volumes have hit unprecedented levels with so many people forced out of work. The Dept. of Labor says it typically gets 50,000 […]

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Hospital Ship Brings Comfort to NYC

(Photo: The USNS Comfort is escorted by U.S. Coast Guard, New York Police Department and New York Fire Department as it sails below the Verrrazano Bridge as the ship arrives in in New York City. NEW YORK — The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in New York City Monday in support […]

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Temporary Hospital Completed at Javits Center

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (photo above) announced that the first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan. This temporary hospital site is part of the Governor’s goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each NYC borough as well as Westchester, Rockland, […]

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MTA Enacts Essential Service Plan

NY’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on moving healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel on the frontlines of this public health crisis. With a dramatic drop in ridership over the past few weeks, the Authority announced the implementation of the “NY Essential Service Plan.” The reduced schedule […]

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Javits Center Converted to Emergency Hospital

The Jacob Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan is NY’s largest convention center but is being converted into an emergency hospital to deal with an expected overflow of coronavirus patients. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital at Javits that will help increase New York’s hospital […]

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NY, NJ, CT Governors to Close Restaurants, Bars, Gyms and Casinos

The Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have banded together to order closings of gyms, bars and casinos in their states. Restaurants will no longer provide dine-in service but can open for takeout and delivery. Citing a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor […]


Cuomo Orders State Employees to Work From Home

Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered nonessential State employees to work from home started Tuesday. The Governor also directed local governments to reduce their overall workforce by 50 percent and allow nonessential employees to work from home. Cuomo has also directed DMV to move to appointment only to limit person to person contact and revert to […]


Mayor Delivers State of NYC Address

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his sixth State of the City Address on Thursday. Taking the stage at the Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Mayor highlighted a series of sweeping proposals aimed at fighting income inequality across New York City. Policy promises focused on health care, workers’ rights, and tenant protection […]