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July 12, 2022

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Lisa Derrick
Pfizer Inc. Donates To New York City Schools
STEM Programs

amid the Coronavirus pandemic

President Biden Signs Executive Order; NYS DOH Launches New COVID-19 Hotline; and More!
Test Early, Treat Early - COVID-19. Video Credit: NYS DOH
  • Governor Hochul announced the launch of a new COVID-19 Treatment Public Awareness Campaign.
  • The campaign will run in English and Spanish across TV, radio and digital media to encourage New Yorkers to test early for COVID-19 and treat it as soon as possible if they test positive. For more information on COVID-19 available treatment options click here.
  • The New York State Department of Health launched a free Hotline for those who test positive for COVID-19
  • The Hotline, 888-TREAT-NY (888-873-2869), is for individuals who don't have a health care provider. Complete an evaluation form at the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access website here.
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  • Pfizer Inc. donated $1.5 million to the Mayor's Fund to advance New York City public school STEM educational programs for middle and high school students. Read more here.
  • NYC unveiled the first active Link5G kiosk, located in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.
  • The kiosk will provide free Wi-Fi, nationwide phone calls, and other digital services.Read more here.
  • Mayor Adams announced that the city is investing an additional $1.25 million for the Saturday Night Lights program. Read more here.
  • The program provides safe and engaging activities such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, dance, martial arts, and more for young people in underserved neighborhoods. Learn more about the Saturday Night Lights Program near you here.
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  • President Biden signed an executive order that will defend people who travel out of state for an abortion, as well as provide support for access to abortion pills. Read more here.
During the weeks of July 11th – July 29th the Office of Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn will host Summer Subway Office Hours at several train stations. This will provide an opportunity for residents of the 42nd Assembly District to have their concerns addressed. Please see the schedule for Subway Summer Office Hours and stop by and visit us between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
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Friday, July 29th:
Newkirk Plaza, B/Q Line
Church Avenue (Caton side), B/Q Line
Cortelyou Road, Q Line
Beverley Road, Q Line
Newkirk Avenue - Little Haiti , 2/5 Line
Beverley Road, 2/5 Line
Parkside Avenue, Q Line
Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn College, 2/5 Line
Avenue H, Q Line
The office of Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn kickstarted their annual Summer Subway Office Hours at Newkrik Plaza B/Q Line.
Chief of Staff, Lisa Derrick, speaking with a member of the community
Director of Operations, Soleil Griffin, assists community member in signing up for our newsletter
  • The Community Education Council of District 17 warmly welcomes you to their July Annual/Calendar/Business meeting
  • They will have a presentation on how the NYC Department of Education will be funding our schools in accordance with the State’s Contracts for Excellence Law. You can learn more about that here.
  • The GodSquad is seeking to expand their internal support. If you are interested in working for the organization APPLY NOW.
  • There are 4 positions available: Program Coordinator; Clergy Lead Director; Director of Operations; and Partners Against the Hate (PATH) Forward Coordinator.
  • Submit your cover letter and resume via email to
Cooling centers help keep our vulnerable populations, like older adults, children and those without access to air conditioning, safe and healthy. To find a cooling center near you, click here.
The COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program provides financial assistance to New York State small businesses.
  • The Program offers qualifying businesses relief from added economic burdens by providing tax credits to help reduce the pandemic-related financial impact. Learn more here.
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: