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COVID-19 206 tested +; Info on April tax bill; Landscaping rules; County Center to become hospital on April 17; Volunteers wanted to help small businesses; complete census (we get more financial help if you do); info on unemployment insurance link
Summary of yesterday’s conference call with County Executive on coronavirus crisis: NEW DATA; UPDATED INFO ON APRIL TAXES; UPDATED INFO ON LANDSCAPING; COUNTY CENTER to become hospital on April 17; SBA loans (volunteers wanted); complete census (we get more financial help if you do); INFO ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE--WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU CAN’T GET THROUGH
Westchester Cases: 12,351(+784)
Greenburgh (unincorporated: 206); Ardsley: 26; Dobbs Ferry: 59; Elmsford: 21; Hastings: 29; Tarrytown: 53
New York State Cases: 102,863 (+10,482)
Westchester Hospitalized: 418 last reporting
New York State Hospitalized: 14,810 (+1,427)
Statewide Deaths: 2,935
Westchester Deaths: 71
EXCEPTION TO STAY AT HOME POLICY--STATE SAYS LANDSCAPING ESSENTIAL
VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP BUSINESSES APPLY FOR SBA LOANS
PLEASE RESPOND TO CENSUS
ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE APPLYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE?
I have been getting numerous calls from residents who tell me that they call the NYS Dept of Labor almost non stop and get no response after losing their jobs. Some wait hours on the phone. I hope this information helps.
Between 3/23 & 3/28, DOL’s phone system recorded 8.2 million calls, compared to 50,000 in a typical week– a 16,000% increase.
The online filing system received 3.4 million visits, compared to 350,000 in a typical week.
DOL is addressing this by trying to reduce call volume and increasing capacity.
Some measures include – having claimants call on specified days based on their last name. Automating more process to reduce the need to call.
DOL has 700 staff at the call center. Hundreds of additional staff are being trained to add to call center capacity.
Call centers hours have been expanded and now include Saturday. And DOL added 20 additional servers to support the website has capacity.