Saturday, November 27, 2021

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - NOVEMBER 27, 2021

 Clinical specimen testing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Wadsworth Laboratory

Requires Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities to Make Booster Doses Available to Residents  

58,597 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours    

 67 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Over the Last Two Days 

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.    

"With the emergence of the Omicron variant abroad and warning signs of spikes in cases this winter, the need for basic COVID safety procedures here in New York is more important than ever," Governor Hochul said. "If you've been waiting to get vaccinated, there's no better time to get your first shot. If you're eligible to get your booster, get it as soon as possible. And as always, make sure to follow basic pandemic safety measures like wearing a mask and washing your hands with soap and water." 

As part of ongoing efforts to ramp up booster distribution, Governor Hochul is now requiring New York State nursing home and adult care facility operators and administrators to make booster doses available to all of their residents.

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

*Increase since data was last reported on Thursday, Nov. 25.

  • Test Results Reported - 91,415
  • Total Positive - 4,326
  • Percent Positive - 4.73% 
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.95% 
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,696 (+113)*
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 637* 
  • Patients in ICU - 513 (+4)*
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 280 (+34)*
  • Total Discharges - 214,686 (+440)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 67
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 46,412

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only. 

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 59,069

This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings. 

  • Total vaccine doses administered - 29,554,705
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 58,597
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 563,937
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 85.7% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 78.2% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 90.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 80.5% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 73.9% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 66.3% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 77.5% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 68.2%

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - NOVEMBER 26, 2021

 Clinical specimen testing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Wadsworth Laboratory

56,353 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours

28 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

Due to Thanksgiving Holiday, Numbers Marked with Asterisks Were Not Submitted Yesterday; Update of These Numbers Will Resume Today and be Reflected in Tomorrow's Release, November 27.

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.

"With the emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, it is crucial that we continue to use the tools that we know help prevent the spread of this deadly virus: wear masks indoors, wash our hands, and utilize the greatest weapon we have to keep ourselves safe - the vaccine," Governor Hochul said. "The vaccine is safe, effective, and free. It's readily available statewide. If you haven't gotten yours yet, get it as soon as you can. If you're in need of your second dose or your booster, you can get those for no cost, too. Take every precaution you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter." 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

·         Test Results Reported - 182,644

·         Total Positive - 6,295
·         Percent Positive - 3.45%

·         7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.82%
·         Patient Hospitalization - 2,583 (0) *
·         Patients Newly Admitted - 371 *
·         Patients in ICU - 509 (0) *
·         Patients in ICU with Intubation - 246 (0) *
·         Total Discharges - 214,246 (0) *
·         New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 28 *
·         Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 46,343 *

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.
·         Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 59,069
This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings.
·         Total vaccine doses administered - 29,496,108
·         Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 56,353
·         Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 627,575
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 85.6%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 78.2%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 90.3%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 80.5%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 73.9%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 66.2%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 77.5%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 68.2%2

Two New York Men Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach


Two New York Men Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

  Three New York men have been arrested for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

 Gregory Purdy, 23, of Hopewell Junction, and his uncle, Robert Turner, 39, of Poughkeepsie, are charged with felony offenses of civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, among other charges. Purdy’s brother, Matthew Purdy, 22, also of Hopewell Junction, is charged with misdemeanor offenses. Gregory and Matthew Purdy were arrested on Nov. 10, 2021, and Robert Turner was arrested on Nov. 22, 2021. All were released pending further proceedings.

 According to court documents, video footage shows Gregory Purdy, his brother, and Turner amongst a group standing outside the U.S. Capitol, opposite a group of officers attempting to protect the building. At approximately 2:01 p.m., the footage shows Gregory Purdy and Turner in a crowd pushing the police line, and both make contact with police. Purdy, his brother, and Turner entered the Capitol at approximately 2:13 p.m. and remained there for at least a few minutes. A little over an hour later, Gregory Purdy is seen on video footage telling officers outside the Capitol, “We’re on the same team. You don’t have to take these orders.” Gregory Purdy later said, “Are you guys going to let us in or are we gonna have to push in?” At various times, he appeared to wave others in the crowd behind him to move forward. At approximately 3:30p.m., he yelled to the crowd, “Guys, we all gotta  go at once.” He then counted down from ten to one, Upon reaching one, he ran forward into an officer and pushed his way past the police line. Turner also ran forward and pushed against officers.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York.

 The case is being investigated by the FBI’s New York, Los Angeles, and Washington Field Offices. Assistance was provided by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police.

 In the ten months since Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 210 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.

 Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit

The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

36 Days and Counting


I hope everyone enjoyed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We worked hard to bring it to you a close as it was pre-pandemic. We are on the road to Recovery, and we will have Time Square fully open for New Years Eve for when the ball drops, and I am no longer your Mayor. 

It's amazing that we have the NYPD taking off the streets a record number of guns, but the number of shootings and shooting victims increase every day, especially in the Bronx. Commissioner Shea, did we do any intense gun warfare in the Bronx like we did in the other four boroughs? Well at least we did not break the fact that the Bronx is last in anything good, and first in anything bad. I'll let Mayor Adams worry about that, like all the other problems the city has, let's party. 

Councilman Mark Gjonaj's NYC Moving Forward Week in Review - 11/26/2021


Dear Friends,

I hope you and your families are doing well as we just passed Thanksgiving, a day to stop, reflect on the many ways in which the community inspires us to be thankful and give back, as we finished our largest turkey giveaway in District 13.

Tomorrow November 27th is Small Business Saturday, an annual holiday that celebrates small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. As Chair of NYC Council Small Business Committee, I encourage everyone to shop small, patronize the small independent shops and businesses in our community, help support local economies that are the backbone of our City.

This week we held a joint hearing with the NYC Council Committee on Technology, chaired by Council Member Robert Holden focused on the film industry’s impact on the NYC’s economy, city residents, and small businesses. While we thank the film industry for choosing NYC, small businesses are obviously at the center of what makes this city great. Blocking a small business’s visibility, closing down a street or not giving them enough notice can be a hindrance to daily small business operations. Let’s be considerate of those needs first and allow them both to thrive together.

On a different legislative note, NYC Council Housing and Resiliency committees tackled waterfront resiliency and heard my bill Intro 2189 that would initiate a feasibility study into moving remaining above-ground power underground. Whereas Manhattan moved their power lines completely underground over a century ago, the rest of the city lags behind, leaving their power vulnerable to storms and evincing the “tale of two cities” narrative that so consistently rings true. We cannot allow such disproportionate impact and my bill gets the ball rolling towards more equitable and just storm resiliency infrastructure.

With the end of the year festivities approaching I am glad to sponsor Menorah Lightings and Christmas Tree Lightings around the district.

Please remember we are here for you, contact my office with issues or concerns at 718-931-1721 or email at

In honor of Albanian Independence Day coming up this weekend, I am proud to continue a tradition I started 12 years ago lining Albanian and American Flags around the Bronx and wish all Albanian Americans a Happy Flag Day!


NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj
District 13, Bronx

As of August 17, Key to NYC — proof of Covid vaccination is required for entry into bars, restaurants, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums and other indoor venues. There are multiple ways to show proof of vaccination such as hard copy of CDC vaccination card, NYC COVID Safe App, NYS Excelsior App, Official vaccine record, A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the US for the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac. Visit to find additional resources for businesses, including printable copies of required signage, a Key to NYC Pass checklist, FAQs, and more.

Permits Filed For 2670 Schurz Avenue In Throgs Neck, The Bronx


Permits have been filed for a three-story residential building at 2670 Schurz Avenue in Throgs Neck, The Bronx. Located between Buttrick Avenue and Davis Avenue, the waterfront lot is within walking distance of Ferry Point Park. Peter Serpico of Vertical Community Development is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 26-foot-tall development will yield 18,098 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 24 residences, most likely rentals based on the average unit scope of 754 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar, a 30-foot-long rear yard, and 36 enclosed parking spaces.

Manhattan-based Marin Architects is listed as the architect of record.

Demolition permits were filed in August for a two-story residential building on the site. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

Friday, November 26, 2021

NYC Mayor's Community Affairs Unit


Dear New Yorker,


I hope everyone had a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. The holiday season is officially underway. The Rockefeller tree lighting is next week!


The City is back and stronger than ever and ready to celebrate, as seen yesterday at the Thanksgiving Parade.


Lets keep it safe by following these tips from the Department of Health. 


In partnership,

Roberto PĂ©rez,  

Commissioner, Mayor's Community Affairs Unit

Key Updates:

Want to learn how to integrate behavioral health support into the services offered at your nonprofit or agency? Free courses are open to staff at NYC community-based organizations and city/state agencies who fund or deliver services in the city -- with priority given to staff who serve TRIE neighborhoodsVisit:

NYC Junior Ambassadors empowers NYC 7th grade students to become actively engaged with the United Nations and see themselves as global citizens. We’re now going virtual. Learn more and apply to be part of the 2021-2022 cohort today:


NYC Vaccine Updates

It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination in New York City. New Yorkers 12 years and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine at sites across the five boroughs. To find out where to get vaccinated and to make an appointment, visit or you can also call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).


Booster Shots

Vaccine booster shots are now available for New Yorkers ages 18 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.

No one will be denied a booster shot in New York, as long as they are 18 or older and received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

For more information on 3rd doses and booster shots click here


Third Doses for People with Weakened Immune System

Separate from booster shots, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) are eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as part of their initial vaccination series. They can get a third dose 28 days after their second shot.


In-home COVID-19 vaccinations

NYC also offers in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to any city resident who requests one. You can also request whether you want the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Schedule your appointment today for your in-home vaccination by filling out this form: http://nyc.ed verification of your vaccine status, you can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. You cannot get a replacement COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card at this time, but you can get an official record noting you have been vaccinated. Go here for more information:



COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification

If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or ne

NYC Expands $100 Vaccine Incentive SOMOS Community Care

The Mayor announced the City’s cash-for-vax incentive would be expanded to Somos Community Care doctors’ offices.  For more Information go to:


Why Are We Neglecting a Precious Resource?

Why Are We Underfunding The City University Of New York?

Hello Bronx Progressives! Hope you're all having an awesome November ahead of the holidays, and staying healthy and safe! It's been a while since we last connected. 

As those that have been with us since last September (last year), when a working group was formed to reactivate Bronx Progressives, we've face enormous challenge taken on this effort for many reasons. Some within our control; some outside our control. Nonetheless, the working group has remained adamant and committed during this time, with figuring out what comes next for us, and making sure we continue thriving. 

As this year comes to a close, we invite you to join us to learn about what 2022 has in store for our progressive movement in the Bronx. In partnership with Concerned Citizens for Change, we're excited to collaborate on organizing this joint meeting, where we will discuss campaign plans to take on and exciting news about what's coming in 2022!

For over 150 years free tuition at CUNY was a right for NYC residents. Opportunity for all was a reality and countless New Yorkers found a path out of poverty through the university system. That is no longer true. And, these days staffing needs at the CUNY are ignored while its physical plant is allowed to deteriorate.

Restoring the City University of New York to the treasured status it once held would give us a powerful way to fight economic and social inequality. It would no only benefit the students pursuing their education there, it would benefit all New Yorkers by enriching the city. It should be a key part of plans to rebuild New York after the pandemic.


In A Joint Zoom Meeting With 
Concerned Citizens for Change

About The New Deal For CUNY Bill

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New York State Senate District 22

Alex Pellitteri
Steering Committee
DSA New Deal 4 CUNY Campaign

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The Friday Extra
This week's Friday Extra comes from our fearless leader Lisa Sorin.

Topics are:

1.Small Business Saturday (11/27/21)
2. Recall Bill Hearing (11/30/21)
3.Bronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party (12/9/21):
4. Bronx Net Friday Open show (11/26/21)
Upcoming Events
Bronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive
The holiday season is finally here — which means it's time to deck the halls, bring out the holiday cookies and embrace all things merry and bright.

Join the Bronx Chamber for our annual Holiday Party at Villa Barone Manor on Thursday, December 9th. Wear your best ugly sweater for our #uglysweatercontest and bring a toy for our #TOYDRIVE.

This years Toy Drive recipient is New Settlement. The New Settlement Community Center serves students from three schools, their families and members of the surrounding community with a range of programs in health and nutrition, education, youth development and the arts.

What You Should Know
Small Business Saturday
The holiday season is around the corner, and small businesses everywhere have been pivoting to serve a post-COVID shopping landscape. We encourage everyone to go out and shop locally as it not only supports the business but the neighborhood as well. For every dollar spent at a small business, American Express estimates an average of $0.67 stays in that business's local community.

Legislation Introduced to Reinstate Usage of Propane Heaters
Winter Is Coming! And the NYC Hospitality Alliance has been fighting to get our propane heaters back. Councilmember Keith Powers introduced legislation to reinstate the use of propane heaters with outdoor dining this winter, which are currently prohibited after they were allowed temporarily last winter.

The Small Business Growth Fund
Hello Alice is awarding 50 small business owners with $5,000 grants to help them make their next big move in 2022. To be eligible, a business must have less than $1M in annual revenue, a commitment to diversity and community, and a clear plan to use the grant funds.

Applications for Round 1 are open now through December 10, 2021 at 6PM ET. For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions.

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Crain's Business Forum
With New York's legalization of adult-use marijuana expected to be up and running by late 2022, the industry is expected to generate north of $4 billion in overall sales. This translates to $350 million in tax revenue. How can state offices ensure communities that historically had been criminalized by marijuana laws have an opportunity to do business in the emerging industry? Join us on December 15th to learn more!

 How to Do Business With the NYC Department of Education Webinar
This presentation on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m will give your minority/women-owned business insight into how to sell your goods and services to our public schools.

You will learn:

  • How to Market your Business to the NYC Department of Education
  • Resources Available to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
  • How to Qualify Your Business as a Vendor
  • Upcoming Contracting Opportunities

This is a great opportunity to make an impression with a city agency with an annual spend of Billions and network with other NYC vendors.

For contracting opportunities, please register an account on our Vendor Portal via or visit Note: a vendor portal account does not make you an active DOE vendor. You may submit language and disability accommodation requests to  

This webinar will provide guidance for businesses interested in applying for loans and grants. In addition to providing an overview of available financing options, we will share tips to consider before taking on debt, an overview of documents commonly required to apply for a loan, and a summary of other loans and grants that are currently available for NYC businesses.