2020 Pandemic Business Resources

Governor Cuomo discusses phases of reopening
New York

During his Sunday press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo provided more details in the process to
reopen the state.

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Join US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand 

For an online discussion about the new federal legislation designed to help our economy and to fight Covid-19.
Hosted by
the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
Date: April 24
Time: 11:00 AM
HVEDC will send out the video-discussion link 
once your registration is completed. 

The Patch is offering local businesses the opportunity to promote classifieds
and events for FREE in their home community.
Learn how here:

We are offering any business that is still Open for Business an opportunity to run an ad in our May issue for just $100. Plus $25 if you want us to create the ad. It’s a way for us to help the businesses and a way for the small businesses to let 50,000 households and 135,000 local residents know they are still Open for Business.
The attached sheet has all the information. We just started telling people today and have several already onboard.
River Journal and River Journal North Now Reach Over 135,000 People per Month – Virtually Every River Town Household and Business from Irvington to Peekskill!
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Patch is committed to supporting local businesses in the communities we cover that may be struggling due to the coronavirus outbreak. As part of this effort, we’ve created a directory where local businesses can update their open/closed status and provide other relevant information to the community. This directory is being offered as a free public service to both local businesses and the communities they serve.
Our goal is to create a comprehensive resource for the community, and we hope that you can help us accomplish this goal by sharing the directory with your local membership. In doing so, you’ll be helping local businesses to share critical information with the community.
In addition, we’ve developed a collection of valuable resources for businesses, including information on small business loans and access to free promotional tools to share updates and announcements with the local community.
We are glad so many businesses already added themselves to our directory.
We would deeply appreciate your help in sharing this information with your mailing lists and via your social media channels. Thank you for helping us support small businesses and serve our communities in this uncertain time.


  • Facebook’s Small Business Grants Program is committing $40 million in cash grants and ad credits to support 10,000 small businesses in 34 locations where Facebook employees live and work, according to an April 2 post by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. She expects applications will be available starting next week. Businesses must have between two to 50 employees and meet other conditions to be eligible.
  • The Red Backpack Fund is making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to help female entrepreneurs in the U.S. The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation is funding the program with $5 million; the nonprofit GlobalGiving will oversee the grant program.
  • The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund is providing grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses, “especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises that don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital in historically underserved communities,” the fund’s site explains. The nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corp. is administering the program. Verizon has invested $2.5 million so far.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer received permission from Governor Andrew Cuomo to go forward with his plan to remove late fees for County residents and business for the late payment of their property taxes (New York State Executive Order No. 202.22).
Latimer said: “I want to thank Gov. Cuomo for recognizing the need to help Westchester residents and businesses. I am concerned about the financial pressures that the residents of this County are under. We can, we should – and now, we are – offering them some financial relief by waiving the late payments for the County taxes now due. This is the right thing to do for our constituents.”
To provide assistance to the cities and towns that collect these taxes, the Executive Order allows for the County Executive to accept less than 60% of the taxes (along with special ad valorem levies and special assessments) due on May 25 from towns and cities, as long as the municipalities waive residents’ late fees for the late payment of property taxes up to July 15, 2020.
To have the fee waived, the resident or business must certify economic hardship caused by COVID-19. The threshold for the certification requires in part that a resident must have qualified for the STAR exemption, is not paying property taxes through an escrow account and can assert that they have suffered loss of substantial employment income as a result of COVID-19.