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December 1, 2021

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Rising COVID Rates and Omicron Variant Behind State of Emergency Order

amid the Coronavirus pandemic

Mayor announces the City's first safe consumption sites, City encourages indoor mask uses regardless of vaccination status; and more!
RODNEYSE IN THE NEWS
News 12 Brooklyn- NYC officials tour Flatbush as part of Shop Your City campaign (Above)
  • News 12 Brooklyn- NYC officials tour Flatbush as part of Shop Your City campaign. Read more here.
  • Loop News Caribbean- Caribbean legislators welcome guilty verdict in Ahmaud Arbery trial. Read more here.
  • Politics NY- Political Odds & Ends Nov. 30, 2021. Read more here.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn delivers testimony at the New York State Assembly Task Force on Women's Issues/Health Committee Hearing on perinatal care and maternal health.
STATE GOVERNMENT
Brendan McDermid / Reuters file
  • Governor Hochul declares a state of emergency, regarding Omicron variant, first discovered in southern Africa. Read more here.
  • Attorney General James fights discrimination against transgender students in schools. AG James leads coalition of 23 attorneys general who are challenging a Florida school district's trans bathroom ban. Read more here.
  • Governor Hochul signs Executive Order to postpone elective hospital surgeries as part of a "surge and flex" strategy. Read more here.
  • Governor Hochul announced changes aimed at encouraging more food-insecure older adults and disabled individuals to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Eligible older New Yorkers can also now re-certify their benefits for 36 months. Read more here.
CITY GOVERNMENT
Office of the Mayor
  • Mayor de Blasio mandates COVID vaccinations for childcare workers-- workers will be required to have at least one dose of the COVID vaccine by Dec. 20. Read more here.
  • The city is encouraging New Yorkers to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Read more here.
  • The Mayor announces the City's first safe consumption sites after more than 2,000 people died in New York City from drug overdoses. Read more here.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
The White House
  • The federal government postpones mass firings of unvaccinated employees until January 2022, according to the Biden administration. Read more here.
  • Dr. Oz announces his candidacy for United States Senate. Oz will self-fund part of his campaign and is planning on "lowering drug prices, bringing back jobs from China and establishing a 'secure border'." Read more here.
  • The nation prepares for a possible government shutdown this Friday. Read more here.
  • The Biden administration weighs options on how the US will defend Ukraine against Russia. Read more here.
  • FDA endorses Merck's COVID-19 pill for high-risk adults. Read more here.
RODNEYSE IN THE COMMUNITY
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Farah Louis, Flatbush Gardens Tenant Association President Marietta Small and representatives from the NYPD, HPD, DOT, DSNY, and HCR meet with members of the community to discuss issues and solutions.
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn continues her Listening Tour throughout the 42nd Assembly District to hear from residents on what is happening in their surrounding areas. We would like to discuss what is working, what is not working and hear suggestions on how to improve our community as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agencies to provide information and resources included: NYPD, DOT, DSNY, HPD, HCR, and Parks.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION DAYS
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
NHS BROOKLYN
NHS Brooklyn is providing assistance to disabled Brooklyn veterans who own a home and needs modifications in order for them to continue to live independently.
  • Modifications include:
  • Wheelchair Ramps, Lifts, Roll-in-showers, Door widening.
  • Applications are processed on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Contact:
  • Angella Cummings, Director of Operation
  • Email: acummings@nhsbrooklyn.org
  • Phone: 718-469-4679
COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES
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.

COVID VACCINE SCAM ALERT
DON'T FORGET YOUR MASK
MUTUAL AID NYC FOOD RESOURCES
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.
NYC SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE NETWORK
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.
COVID-19 RAPID TESTING BROOKLYN LOCATIONS
STOP THE SPREAD
WEARING FACE COVERINGS
AVOID SCAMS
Photo Credit: Pixabay/CDC
  • Notify NYC: Beware of COVID-19 scams!
  • Report price gouging to 311 or NYC.gov/dcwp. 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.
SERVICES AND RESOURCES
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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 De Blasio's 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.

  
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