presented by Vision Long Island and the Long Island Main Street Alliance
April 15th, 2020
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Helping Main Street through the
At this time of uncertainty, we are beginning to see a number of downtowns being shuttered as bars, restaurants, and any place where multiple people congregate are running up against fears of and caution at spreading the Coronavirus. While this is a socially responsible action that will help to save lives, in the short term these actions are having a number of adverse effects on our local communities.
Vision Long Island and Long Island Main Street Alliance members have collected a number of experiences from local restaurants and service businesses, but before we go into that we would like to encourage everyone reading this to find a way to responsibly patronize local establishments. Many stores are offering curbside pickup or online shopping to help them get through this difficult time. And your favorite restaurants are also currently open for business with takeout available.
We also urge you to consider gift cards in order to purchase something at a later date for yourself, or perhaps to give as a present.
Local shops are in a capable position to provide you with what you need in the short-term. Many will also be willing to accommodate you if you contact them ahead of time with requests that will minimize contact and help to lower the spread of this virus.
Vision has connected to over 475 small businesses in over 45 downtowns as they weather the economic storm through the Coronavirus. We encourage people to responsibly patronize these and other open establishments who need your help in this time of crisis.
Many of these businesses have been there for local organizations and philanthropy - they now need our support.
In the meantime, here is the featured downtown for today.
For a complete list of downtowns profiles, please check out our website here.
Tuesday April 14th, Day 30 of the Coronavirus shutdown, took us to the hamlet of Middle Island.
Middle Island is a close knit suburban community in the heart of Brookhaven. It features access to parks, trails, a strong library and school district servicing multiple communities.
The Longwood Alliance and Middle Island Civic Association are very active and have led the charge to help create a downtown area with local restaurants and housing. These efforts have resulted in approval for a new zoning, preserved land, trails, new housing and a renovated and expanded library.
Since the shutdown the community has pulled together in ways that are inspiring. Multiple charity drives, support for front line workers and an effort to shop at local restaurants still open. It was great to see multiple local restaurants that are hurt from this crisis themselves donate food for many community needs.
“To fight the virus, we need doses of the good news more than ever. I'm amazed and uplifted by the generosity and selfless dedication displayed by our local vendors and workers. Their stories are the golden nuggets of goodness that help all of us feel better,” Gail Lynch Bailey, President, Middle Island Civic Association
Here are some of the independent local businesses in Middle Island open for takeout and delivery:
Lombardi’s 185 RT 25 Middle Island 631-345-3973
Middle Island Pizza 586 RT 25 Middle Island 631-924-0091 Pizza Kits a specialty!
Mac’s Countryside Deli 61 Halfmile Rd Middle Island
Meltology 848 RT 25 Middle Island 631-504-6285 curbside, DD, UE, GH, online
Athen’s Greek Diner 837 RT 25 Middle Island 631-775-9888 free delivery, 4 mile radius
Bagels 101 852 RT 25 Middle Island 631-205-9511 open 6am -2pm
Capio’s 1259 RT 25 Middle Island 631-345-5454
Good Wok 1209 RT 25 Middle Island 631-942-3338
And here are some in the adjoining communities of Coram, Gordon Heights, Ridge & Yaphank as part of the Longwood Alliance:
383 RT 25 Coram 631-451-0487 curbside, DD, UE, GH
Bella Roma 264 RT 25 Coram 631-732-3000
La Bistro 512 RT 25 Coram 631-696-4467
La Bonita 1850 RT 112 Coram 631-320-3959 Fri & Sat only
Matt’s Pizza 25-09 Gibbs Rd Coram 631-473-8423
Bella Maria Pizza 1844 RT 25 Coram 631-698-4650
Yummy Kitchen 1671 RT 112 Coram631-928-0880
Popei’s Clam Bar 451 RT 25 Coram 631-696-4029 curbside, DD, UE, GH, online
Taino’s 24 RT 25 Coram 631-846-1649 opens 4pm; Happy Hour all day!
Alfredo’s 1679 RT 25 Ridge 631-924-7713
Go Burger 1699 RT 25 Ridge 631-252-0008
Misfits Tavern 800 RT 25 Ridge 631-775-8733 also accepting PPE donations
Harvest Moon Deli 151 RT 25 Ridge 631-448-7156 closes 5pm
PizzAmore 145 RT 25 Ridge 631-886-3000
Golden Jalapeno 4486 Rt 25 Calverton 631-740-9500
Yaphank Comm Pizza E Main@Yaphank Ave Yaphank 631-924-0269
Yaphank Deli 229 E Main St Yaphank 631-775-6464 feeding Veterans Place residents
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King
In the historic and charming Village of Greenport, businesses have stepped up during this national crisis to make the lives of first responders, postal workers, grocery store workers, nursing home workers, and members of the National Guard safer. William J. Mills & Co, a fifth-generation sailmaker and canvas manufacturer, and Greenport Harbor Brewing Co, launched in 2009 in an old firehouse, started collaborating in early April to manufacture and donate protective face shields and other personal protective equipment to local essential workers in need.
Operation COVID-19 Defense Fund was created on April 2, raising an astonishing $43,551 to date. Brothers Jamie Mills (president) and Bobby Mills (vice president) of William J. Mills & Co worked on eight different prototypes in order to create the right amount of depth for the face shields. “There’s definitely a need, and based upon what we have seen so far with the shield, it’s going to be successful,” Jamie Mills said in early April. “We’re not General Motors. We’re not pumping out 400,000 a day, but in our little community, we’re going to make a difference.” And that is exactly what they did.
The masks are cut at the Mills’ facility and assembled at Greenport Harbor Brewing’s Peconic location to ensure all volunteers maintain proper social distancing. Richard Vandenburgh, co-founder of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Village of Greenport Business Improvement District president, who opened up his large facility to assemble the lightweight face shields, which use Velcro adjustable straps, and offers clear vision while protecting the face, explains, “It makes you feel really good that you can do something tangible to help out.”
The Greenport Village Business Improvement District, Southold Schools Robotics Club and Reflective Image Manufacturing have also joined the effort. Both club members and mentors of Southold/Greenport robotics team are counted among of the volunteers.
About 700 face shields can be assembled a day, with 3024 completed by Thursday afternoon, April 9th. Deliveries included 500 shields to Southampton Hospital, 432 shields to all the first responder units on the South Fork, 500 shields to Peconic Bay Medical Center, 150 shields to Southampton and Riverhead Police Departments, 150 shields to the Nassau County Police Paramedics Corps, to all the post offices on the North Fork, and requests are still coming in.
The idea to mobilize and fill this need was born from the hard working and honest values of North Fork businesses and community members who recognized the unprecedented demand and selfless risks that local hospitals, their staff, and first responders take to insure the most responsive medical and emergency care possible. The Village of Greenport, business, government and community, are stepping up to support them as they do it. Kudos to all involved.
The Governor Briefs on Progress against COVID-19, Reopening the Economy, and Order to Wear Facemasks in Public
Governor Cuomo’s hit a few key points in his briefing earlier today:
• Total hospitalizations continue to tick down, suggesting a plateau or flattening of the curve, with the 3-day average being a net negative for the first time.
• ICU admissions and intubations are also continuing to fall.
• However, around 2,000 people per day continue to be diagnosed.
• 752 lives were lost yesterday.
• CDC has changed guidelines on how deaths are reported, numbers will be updated based on those guidelines.
• Healthcare system appears to be stabilized and fears of the system being overwhelmed seem to be fading thanks to efforts to limit the spread.
• Entering a new normal and businesses will not be returning to a past version of “normal.”
• We won’t be able to get back to a complete normal until a vaccine is ready, and New York State is ready to work with the federal government to speed that process along.
• Other possible medical treatments are being tested, but a new method will require testing and verification.
• It will be do-able but still hard, but there are a number of methods and technology available currently available and being developed.
• We are not there yet there though, but New York is still one of the top testing states in the Country.
• New York is coordinating labs across the state to try and increase testing capacity with a short-term goal of being able to conduct 100,000 tests per day.
• Antibody testing will be prioritized for certain individuals such as healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers.
• We will need federal support, which should be apportioned based on the needs of the states.
• Once people are tested, New York will need an army of people to be able to trace contacts so that they can be evaluated as well.
• Federal funding will be required because revenues for state governments have taken a huge nosedive since the pandemic began.
• New York State will begin a phased reopening coordinated with other states, but the priority will be public health safety and keeping the infection rate low.
• Large scale testing will be the greatest tool to making the reopening possible.
• The state will need assess how essential a business service is as well as the risk of infection spread from the business.
• May require a re-design of how a business functions.
• More essential industries with low infection risks will be the top priority for reopening.
• Essential businesses with high risk and nonessential with low risk will be the next priority.
• Less essential businesses with a high infections risk will be low priority and will require serious precautions in order to function.
• Announced some new orders to help slow the spread:
You can watch the full press briefing here.
Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses Goes into Effect
The US Department of Treasury has released guidelines for small businesses seeking relief from payroll costs during the Coronavirus pandemic. This program called the Paycheck Protection Program, will provide small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. All loans under this program will have an interest rate of 0.5%, maturity of 2 years, be 100% guaranteed by the SBA, and the first payment will be deferred for 6 months.
Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries. Maximum loan amounts will be up to $10 million.
People can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at www.sba.gov.
Small Businesses Urged to Apply for SBA Loans
There are still a lot of questions in regards to the impact of the Federal aid package on small businesses.
Here is the latest fact sheets from US Congresswoman Kathleen Rice that outlines the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (here) and the SBA’s Paycheck Program Loan with the updated guidelines (here). Congressman Lee Zeldin recently had an SBA representative encourage folks to apply for loans no matter what.
In the meantime, there has been an effort to encourage small businesses to work to apply for loans asap. The LI Main Street Alliance and the Nassau & Suffolk Chambers are working to get information out to the small business community to help as much as possible.
Newsday and the LIA are both hosting, and will continue to host, video conferences on a range of business resources as well.
This past Friday morning, the Queens Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar for businesses to learn how to apply for SBA loans. Man-Li Lin, from the New York District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented information to explain how to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This information is subject to change as the situation remains fluid. The local Small Business Development Centers at Farmingdale State College (here) and Stony Brook University (here) will have new information as updates occur.
While SBA loans are typically only available for small businesses, during a declared national disaster, they are also available for private not for profit entities as well. Most small businesses and non-profits are eligible except for businesses relating to gambling, religious organizations, investment or lending companies, charitable organizations, speculative activities, or agricultural enterprises.
Loans of up to $2 million are available with no payments for 12 months. They can be used to pay expenses such as fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, or other bills affected by the disaster. Interest rates are 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for private non-profits and long term repayments for COVID crisis will be 30 years. Loans cannot be used for lost revenue, just for expenses. Typically, businesses are not eligible if they are able to secure credit elsewhere. However, they are currently allowing applications without denial letters from other lenders.
There is no cost to apply and no obligation to take the loan if it is offered. The amount of the loan application should reflect six months of operating expenses. Documentation of a typical months expenses is required. Businesses are eligible even if they already have a previous SBA loan, disaster loan or other types of SBA loans. Loans over $25000 require collateral, but won’t be denied simply for lack of collateral, they will require a pledge of what is available. Criteria for approval will include eligibility, credit history and the ability to repay.
US Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
You can also contact the SBA disaster customer service center at 1-800-659-2955, email@example.com or TTY:1-800-877-8339. They recommend email as the best way to get in touch with someone. If applicants are receiving a 404 error, they recommend clearing your cache and trying again.
Nassau County to Hold Virtual Town Hall Thursday at 6:30 pm
As Nassau County continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Curran is trying to ensure that all residents quickly receive important information and get their questions answered. After holding an initial Town Hall last week, many expressed gratitude at getting answers in real time. So, on Monday, April 6, there will be another Virtual Town Hall over Facebook live. Going forward, as long as questions remain, these town halls will be held regularly.
Even though we can’t be together physically right now, these town halls can provide residents with an opportunity to learn about new developments, connect with each other, and provide clarity.
What: Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 in Nassau County
You can ask questions during the Town Hall by commenting, and the full video will be recorded and available to watch on Facebook afterwards. You can also find our daily press briefings in the videos section of the Facebook page.
US Senator Chuck Schumer Speaking on Free Webinar Hosted by Newsday and LIA on Friday, April 17th
Join Newsday for their latest free webinar in partnership with the LIA to help the Long Island business community survive during the coronavirus crisis.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, New York, Senate Minority Leader, will detail what the next federal package should include to help small businesses in a discussion moderated by Kevin Law, President and CEO of The Long Island Association.
Submit your questions for this event in advance by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can register for the event here.
MTA, Amtrak, NJ Transit, Port Authority and Regional Transit Agencies Launch April 16 #SoundTheHorn Campaign
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), together with Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYC Ferry and other regional bus and ferry operators today launched a coordinated day of action to simultaneously sound their fleets of train, bus and boat horns on April 16 to honor heroic transportation workers across the region. As a tribute to #HeroesMovingHeroes on the front lines of this public health crisis, all trains and buses running in service will give two one-second horn blasts at 3:00 p.m. in solidarity with partner agencies. Heroic transportation workers continue to provide critical service for healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees and other heroes who are performing critically essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sounding of horns advances the MTA’s #HeroesMovingHeroes campaign, which is dedicated to honoring the agency’s employees. The campaign was first launched on April 6 and features heroic frontline transportation workers who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty during this challenging time. The coalition of agencies invites transit agencies across the country to participate in the day of action.
“Our employees are heroes,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “They are courageously coming to work each day to perform their essential duties, which are critically important to this region during the pandemic. We hope this action will draw attention to their efforts and help further our employees’ spirit of solidarity with all New Yorkers.”
“Every hero deserves to be recognized and thanked for their courage, selflessness and the help they are providing to this country during this time,” said Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Commercial Officer Stephen Gardner. “We are proud to participate with our partners and ‘sound our horns’ by honoring and thanking all of the heroes in the New York metropolitan area and across the nation who continue their essential and heroic service.”
Anyone who sees or hears trains, buses or ferries sounding their horns at 3 p.m. on Thursday is encouraged to use the #SoundTheHorn hashtag to post audio and video, and tag the agency on the platform of their choice.
CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention
As concern about the ever-expanding impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, we can minimize or prevent the spread of coronavirus by taking these steps:
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
For more information see the CDC website or call the NY State Coronavirus hotline to speak with a representative 888-364-3065
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