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Hospital Admissions for Coronavirus Patients in New York City Are Down: Mayor

April 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin Hospital admissions for coronavirus patients in New York City are continuing to go down, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today. On Wednesday, the number of people admitted to New York City hospitals with coronavirus symptoms was 227, a marked decline from figures of two or three weeks ago. For… Read more »

New Exceptions in Construction Shutdown Keep Thousands of NYC Sites Open

By Rosa Goldensohn, THE CITY This story was originally published on 4/22/20 by THE CITY The list of “essential” construction projects and permitted work has ballooned sixfold since Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a virtual construction shutdown last month, Department of Buildings data shows. Some 4,936 job sites are now allowed to be worked on, up… Read more »

Sen. Leroy Comrie Leading Effort to Deliver Meals to Queens Hospital Staff

April 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin State Sen. Leroy Comrie is leading an effort to deliver food to frontline healthcare workers at Queens Hospital Center and residents in need in Jamaica. Queens Hospital Center, located at 82-68 164th St., is one of 11 public hospitals that has faced the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic in… Read more »

City Increasing Clinical Staff and PPE Shipments to Nursing Homes

April 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin The city is about to provide nursing homes with more staff and protective equipment. The city is sending an additional 210 clinical workers to 40 nursing homes this week, doubling the number of clinical workers it has already sent to nursing home facilities across the city. In addition, the… Read more »

McDonald’s Offering Free Meals to Healthcare Workers and First Responders

April 23, 2020 By Michael Dorgan McDonald’s restaurants are offering free meals to healthcare workers and first responders as a token of appreciation for their efforts during COVID-19. The fast-food chain is dishing out one free meal per day to medical staff, police officers and firefighters at its stores in Queens and across the country… Read more »

City Council Approves Expansion of the Flushing Business Improvement District

April 23, 2020 By Christian Murray The city council passed legislation yesterday that will see the Flushing Business Improvement District get a whole lot bigger. The Flushing BID, which currently incorporates properties along Main Street from Northern Boulevard to Sanford Avenue, will now include properties along Roosevelt Avenue—from College Point to Union Street. The BID… Read more »

Constantinides Backs State Legislation Calling for the Cancellation of Rent for Struggling Tenants

April 22, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Council Member Costa Constantinides is backing state legislation that would cancel the rent for tenants who are unable to meet their monthly obligation as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. Constantinides introduced a resolution in the city council Wednesday seeking the support of his colleagues to put pressure on… Read more »

Queens Small Businesses Getting Little Help From Federal Programs

April 22, 2020 By Christian Murray A federal loan program designed to help small businesses stay afloat is likely to get a $310 billion injection in cash in coming days—but critics argue that it will not do much to save Queens businesses. The Payment Protection Program, which essentially provides business owners with a forgivable loan… Read more »

Coronavirus Death Toll in Queens Nears 4,000

April 22, 2020 By Allie Griffin The number of Queens residents killed by the coronavirus is inching towards 4,000, according to city data released today. In total, 3,915 people have died from the virus in the World’s Borough as of yesterday evening, according to the city’s Department of Health. The figures consist of 3,002 people… Read more »