Gale Brewer’s News: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 COVID Update

It’s Thursday, April 29, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker currently shows Manhattan has 19,837 confirmed cases and 2,110 probable deaths; New York City has 159,865 cases and 17,589 deaths.

Today is Denim Day! Every April, I help plan and attend the “Denim Day” rally in support of survivors of sexual violence. This year, of course, it will be held virtually; but we cannot let this pandemic make us any less mindful of the danger many of our friends and neighbors could be in.

I’m proud to support this initiative along with the Mayor’s Office to End Gender-Based Violence and 40 organizations. We’ll join together online as a community of survivors, advocates, and allies in order to work toward a future free of sexual violence and sexual assault. Show your solidarity with the movement by wearing denim tomorrow, April 29th. Stand with us at denimday.nyc.


Please join me tonight (4/29) at 6:30 pm for a virtual town hall on “Bridging the Digital Divide during COVID-19.” Panelists include Silicon Harlem’s Clayton Banks, Dr. Desmond Patton of the School of Social Work, Nilsa Orama of Community Board 11, and Noel Hidalgo from BetaNYC and we’ll discuss potential solutions for the many disparities in technology laid bare by this pandemic. Cosponsors include the Columbia University School of Social Work, BetaNYC, the West Harlem Development Corporation, Silicon Harlem, and Community Board 11.


If you complete (or have already completed) the census online and email a screenshot of the confirmation screen to info@census.nyc.gov before 6 pm today (4/29), you could be one of five New Yorkers to get a thank-you call from Lin-Manuel Miranda. The email should also include your name, neighborhood, borough, and a sentence about what the census means to you. Learn more here.


New Yorkers who receive Supplemental Security Income and have minor dependents can receive an extra $500 per child in addition to the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (which they should receive automatically). But if you get SSI and have not filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, you must complete the Non-Filer web form on IRS.gov by May 5 (next Tuesday) to secure your payment.


The Downtown Alliance is launching a Small Business Rental Assistance Grant program, awarding $800,000 in cash grants to small businesses in Lower Manhattan. Applications are available starting Friday (5/1) at 9 am, on a first-come, first-served basis, until May 15 or until funding has been exhausted. Learn more here.




Tonight (4/29) at 6 pm, the Dept. of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy will hold their monthly meeting via teleconference. Access the meeting online here, or call in at (800) 719-6100 and enter Meeting ID 113-9174 #. Sign-up for public comment will be available once you join the meeting, but only until 6:15 pm.


Tomorrow (4/30) at 9:30 am, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) will hold its second public meeting to discuss the 2020 Income & Affordability Study and the 2020 Mortgage Survey Report. Members of the public may livestream the meeting here, or call in at (646) 668-8656 with Meeting ID 967-5796 -0550. A recording of the first RGB meeting on April 23 is available here.


Tomorrow (4/30) from 10:00 – 11:30 am, the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is hosting a virtual policy symposium on “Ensuring an Inclusive Economic Recovery in New York City.” Register here.


Tomorrow (4/30) at noon and 9 pm, the New York City Quiz Game returns with Quizmaster (and former Manhattan Borough Historian) Michael Miscione, who will be assisted by Emma Guest-Consales, PhD, President of the Guides Association of NYC. Watch on Instagram Live @nycquizguy and learn more here. Email nycquizgame@gmail.com with suggestions for questions.


Tomorrow (4/30) from 2 – 3:30 pm, join the New York State Division of Human Rights for a Zoom meeting celebrating Fair Housing Month, addressing the fair housing rights for tenants, homebuyers, and persons with disabilities. Register here.


Tomorrow (4/30) from 7 – 9 pm, join Sen. Brian Kavanagh for a virtual town hall meeting covering housing issues and resources available for small businesses. Register for the event and submit questions in advance here.


New York Road Runners has adjusted their Rising New York Road Runners youth fitness program for families sheltering in place: “Active at Home” features free games and activities curated for smaller spaces, including workouts led by Olympic Bronze Medalist Jenny Simpson. Learn more here.


I was proud to partner with the City’s “food czar” Kathryn Garcia and FreshDirect to continue delivery of the 10-lb boxes of food to NYCHA developments in Manhattan, on a week-to-week basis, as they were during the Five Borough Food Drive. Today’s delivery was made to Taft Houses. From there, the boxes were distributed by Tenants’ Associations to neighboring buildings in King Towers, Lehman Village, 131 St. Nicholas Avenue, and Clinton, Carver, Washington, East River and Wilson Houses.

And please do call Gale Brewer with any urgent problems or concerns: (212) 669-8191.

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