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June 15, 2022

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NYC Decreases Public School Budget

amid the Coronavirus pandemic

NYS Signs Six Reproductive Rights Bills; FDA Plans To Approve Vaccines For Babies and Toddlers; Masks Are Optional For Students Ages 2-4 year old; and More!
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  • Governor Hochul signed a bill package with 6 pieces of legislation to protect abortion and reproductive rights in anticipation of final decision by Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade. Read more here.
  • NYS has announced two initiatives to expand services for individuals suffering with addiction to have better access to treatment and other support.
  • $4 million has been allocated to expand transportation services; and
  • $1 million as been allocated to expand telehealth services. Read more here.
  • New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive an emergency assistance supplement for the month of June to bring them to the maximum SNAP benefit.
  • Those who are near or have reached the maximum will receive at least $95. Read more here.
  • To view a table of maximum SNAP benefits, view here.
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  • Mayor Adams announced his decision to decrease the NYC public school budget due to low enrollment. Read more here.
  • Starting Monday, June 13, masks will became optional for early childhood schools with students ages 2-4 year olds. Read more here.
  • Mayor Adams asks the governor to veto a bill (A7389C) that would impose a moratorium on fossil-fuel powered plants used for cryptocurrency mining. Read more here.
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  • FDA plans to authorize two COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers for emergency use. Read more here.
  • The Biden Administration lifted the pre-departure testing requirements for all travelers coming into the United States from overseas. Read more here.
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As of June 1, 2022, the Federal Poverty Levels used as part of the Cash Assistance eligibility determination process for most households increased. All new applications, or new budget calculations will use the updated FPL amounts when the household is subject to the Poverty Level Test. Please see this table for the updated levels.
  • As a reminder, for SNAP, the Federal Poverty Level changes go into effect in October.
NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability announced that applications for college scholarships are now open. One-time $1,000 grants are awarded to eligible NYCHA residents who are pursuing undergraduate degrees at a City University of New York (CUNY) college. Apply here.
On Tuesday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, Con Edison will host their quarterly virtual Community Resources Conference. Register here.
Community Board #17 Commerce Committee hosts their 7th Annual Sumptuous Sampling Event 2022 on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – 6:00 P.M., located at K & L Manor, 4501 Glenwood Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203. 
  • This event will launch the 7th Annual East Flatbush Restaurant Week 2022 from June 29, 2022 to July 10, 2022.
Join Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Senator Kevin Parker, and Council Member Farah N. Louis for a Men's Day of Health on Wednesday, June 22nd from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Mount Sinai's Robert F. Smith Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening team will conduct PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing located at 1312 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Registration is required. click here to register.
If you or someone you love would like to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
New York State is partnering with counties to provide in-home vaccinations for those who can't travel to a vaccine provider for medical or nonmedical reasons.

Mutual Aid NYC is providing food assistance, resources, and other services. To get more information call their hotline at which you can call at 646-437-8080.
The NYC Small Business Resource Network is a unique private/public partnership that provides our local businesses with the free, personalized guidance they need right now to survive the pandemic. If you have a small business, you can sign up for this network today.

Once you fill out the brief intake form, you will be matched with a business support specialist. Through this program, all five borough Chambers of Commerce have specialists offering one-on-one support to businesses in their boroughs.
The program is funded by a $2.8 million grant from the New York City-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation and supported by in-kind contributions from other partners, this collaboration, led by the Partnership for New York City, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and all five Chambers of Commerce, leverages the city’s corporate, financial and professional services sectors, as well as universities, philanthropies and expert volunteers to help small business owners gain access to a range of programs and services.
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  • Notify NYC: Beware of COVID-19 scams!
  • Report price gouging to 311 or You can also file a complaint to the Attorney General's office by filling out a complaint form.
  • NYS Price Gouging Hotline: 800-697-1220.
  • CDC staff will NOT go door-to-door. If you experience this, call 911.
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Due to the impact of COVID-19 on New York City's workforce, the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. The list below will be updated frequently.

It has information on the following categories:
  • Employment Resources
  • Food Assistance
  • Health & Medical Assistance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Rent Arrears and Public Assistance
  • Emotional Support & Spiritual Care
  • Other Assistance

Visit this website for resources.

NYS Department of Health Hotline for people who want to be assessed and get appointment for test (888-364-3065). NYC residents should call (844-692-4692).

The Hebrew Educational Society in partnership with MET Council has a food pantry that is open to all. To reserve a spot, visit here.
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), Chair of the Task Force on Women's Issues and serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Education, Banks, Health, and Higher Education. She also sits on Governor Hochul's Domestic Violence Advisory Council and Mayor Adams MWBE Task Force.

As a current Assemblymember, District Leader, and Chair of Brooklyn Democratic Party, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn has been an outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, education, economic development, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, school safety, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.

Learn more about 
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn by visiting her websites: