As we enter this Valentine’s Day weekend, this pandemic-era holiday reminds us that through thick and thin, obstacles, hardships and uncertainties - love still prevails and has kept us together during these difficult times.
We are glad that just in time for Valentine’s Day, indoor dining is back in NYC at 25%, a step in the right direction to cautiously bring back this industry, but obviously not enough to save them.
While more than ever businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and their employees on the books, I am glad that as Chair of NYC Council Committee on Small Business, I co-sponsored a bill that passed NYC Council, to extend the moratorium on the City enforcing storefront signage rules for another two years. The midst of a global health pandemic, is not the time to saddle our city’s mom-and-pop shops with additional fees and burdens.
The COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal, but the shortage and difficulty to get an appointment and navigate the system is creating problems for seniors and other categories who are eligible. It is great to see that
Montefiore-Einstein is now offering eligible individuals appointments for the vaccine. by calling 1-844-444-CV19 to schedule an appointment. Yankee Stadium continues to be a mass vaccination site open for Bronx residents by appointment only by calling 1.833.SOMOSNY or visiting somosvaccinations.
The submission deadline to apply for NYC Council discretionary funding for not-for-profit community organizations is on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and you can still apply at: https://council.nyc.gov/
budget/fiscal-year-2022- discretionary-funding-expense- application-filing-period/.
Remember we have been with you throughout this pandemic and you can count on us with your issues, needs and concerns. We are proud that we have been able to assist so many in need in District 13 as we have given out over 81,000 food boxes, 66,000 masks and so much more.
Although this Valentine Day, testing, taking the vaccine, masking and social distancing are all love language, please find ways to connect with your loved ones by calling and checking on them, support your local restaurants, your local flower shop or your bakery.
Happy Valentine’s Day and do not hesitate to contact my office at 718-931-1721 or email at MGjonaj@council.nyc.gov.
NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj
District 13, Bronx