MARCH 21, 2020 — As COVID-19 continues to spread in Westchester and Rockland, I will keep in close contact with hospital leaders, small business owners, and state and local officials.
Visit my website here for regular updates on local closures, CDC guidance, and other important information related to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more helpful information visit CDC’s website or the State’s website.
It is imperative to remain cautious and attentive in the face of the novel coronavirus so we can stay safe, informed, and protect the public.
Here are some helpful resources and updates to keep New Yorkers safe and secure:
- Small Business Relief
- Tax Deadline Extended
- Calling for Medical Supplies
Small Business Relief
This week, I urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to immediately make a disaster declaration for New York State so small businesses they can access SBA loans. New York’s request has been approved. This declaration allows small businesses and qualified nonprofits to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
- The outbreak has made it difficult or impossible for many to make payroll or fulfill other typical financial obligations, and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan can help cover those costs as we take the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our communities.
- The interest rate on these loans is 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for qualified nonprofits. Small businesses could qualify for up to $2 million in disaster loan assistance, which can be paid over a loan term of up to 30 years.
- For more information on how to apply, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
Tax Deadline Extended
The Trump Administration has moved the IRS deadline for filing taxes from April 15 to July 15. New York State also extended its tax filing deadline to July 15.
- People across the Lower Hudson Valley are facing unprecedented roadblocks to filing their taxes, and extending the deadline was the right thing to do on all fronts: public health, safety, and financial security.
- I will continue to push for sensible changes that respond to the needs of our community in Westchester and Rockland. It is critical that we provide as much relief for families as we can.
Calling for Medical Supplies
New York is experiencing a critical need for personal protective equipment, including gloves, gowns, and masks. If you are a medical provider with unused supplies, a medical provider with nonessential ventilators, or a manufacturer with production capacity that needs funding, please see the graphic above and contact the state to help.
- As the number of cases continues to increase across the Hudson Valley and New York State, we must do our part to keep each other safe.
- Please stay alert and look for more opportunities for you to help your community during this crucial time.
Staying in Touch
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact my office in Westchester County at (914) 428-1707, Rockland County at (845) 639-3485, or Washington, D.C., at (202) 225-6506, and we will do all we can to help.
Nita M. Lowey (NY-17)
Member of Congress