My full statement on Governor Cuomo’s resignation:
Governor Cuomo’s resignation is a victory for the brave women who came forward, at great personal risk, to hold the most powerful person in our state government accountable. Their courage is inspiring, and I want to thank them for sharing these difficult experiences. We must honor their bravery by continuing this conversation and by continuing to root out this behavior from not only the state government, but all workplaces.
This is an important step forward for our state. Sexual harassment, mysogny, and bullying in the work place still perpetuates economic inequality, as women and vulnerable workers are pushed out of entire careers, lose opportunities for promotions, and must deal with the emotional consequences of these experiences. We must pass legislation to ban the release of personnel records as retaliation, close the Personal Staff Loophole, and fight for other policies that will protect our most vulnerable workers.
I look forward to working with Governor Kathy Hochul as we navigate this transition of power during a difficult time for our state. I am ever hopeful for her success and stand ready to help her continue the work of New York State in any way I can. The sooner we move on, the sooner we can tackle the issues that are most pressing to New Yorkers.
Indoor establishments such as restaurants and gyms will require proof of vaccination. The policy will go into effect on Aug. 16 but inspections and enforcement won’t begin until Sept. 13 — the week the city’s public schools reopen for fall. Use the Excelsior app or a CDC vaccine card to show that you’ve been vaccinated. Let’s abide by this mandate and keep our community safe.
Unemployment Benefits and Eviction Moratorium Ending:
On September 5, 2021, several Federal unemployment benefit programs will be expiring across the country. These programs are:
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
- Extended Benefits (EB)
- $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
“Regular” Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will continue to be paid to eligible claimants even though these four Federal programs are ending. To be considered eligible for UI after September 5, 2021, a claimant would need to be unemployed AND be in the first 26 weeks (or 104 effective days) of benefits.
Meanwhile: New York State’s eviction moratorium will reach its end on August 31. At the moment, we have no information on another extension.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP):
The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is processing the June applications. If you submitted in June and were approved, you should be hearing from the agency shortly, if not already. The program has no set end date yet, but we recommend that those in need of rental assistance apply as soon as possible. Should you need help with the application process, feel free to reach out to our office.
Excluded Workers Fund (EWF):
The EWF, which seeks to help New York residents who were ineligible for Unemployment Benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic, is now open. For more information, visit the application website or apply online here.