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Running a local campaign is hard. Keeping momentum for over a year until the election is hard. What’s even harder? Officially launching a campaign in the middle of a pandemic. more
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it official: All public schools are closed Monday, and they won’t open again until — at the earliest — April 20. The announcement came just a few hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced public schools in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties were closing beginning Monday, and that New York City public schools had 24 hours to develop an action plan that would allow those schools to shutter this week. more
David Lindsay was concerned as he sat down at an empty table to take a breather Saturday, but he wasn’t panicking just yet. His Kingsbridge Social Club restaurant on Kingsbridge Avenue was busy. Yet, every other table was empty. Not because customers weren’t hungry for crispy Brussels sprouts or one of its wood-fired pizzas, but because all restaurants like the one Lindsay co-owns were ordered to fill only at half-capacity. more
With two cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 confirmed on Rikers Island, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is calling on both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to create an emergency plan that will allow those in jail a fighting chance to protect themselves from getting sick. more
With federal and state officials working on various plans to try and bring money into areas like New York City most affected by the coronavirus, city council Speaker Corey Johnson is proposing a plan of his own, with the hopes Washington will be willing to pick up the $12 billion price tag. more
Any New York employee who is ordered to stay home because of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will not have to worry about losing wages because of it. more
The first major bill designed to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus was signed by President Trump Wednesday after the U.S. Senate approved the legislation first passed by the House last week.  more
More often than I would like, I find myself leaving our North Riverdale office quite late in the evening. If you’ve never been around Skyview Shopping Center near West 259th Street after midnight, it’s an interesting experience. What’s typically a busy Riverdale Avenue becomes eerily quiet. more
The U.S. Small Business Administration is rolling out a series of disaster assistance loans in an effort to help offset financial losses caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. more
People staying at home and away from their cars during the coronavirus crisis can now do so without worrying about moving their car once aweek to the other side of the street. At least for now. more
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