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March 31, 2020

MARK will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 1 on how to sift through current SBA and State funding sources.

Email admin@markproject.org with subject header ZOOM to register

SBA Paycheck Protection Program 
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.

If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.

Businesses – including eligible non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors described in the Small Business Act – with 500 or fewer employees may apply.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 31

 

March 31 2020

Catskills Regional Harvest & Butcher Shop  is committed to feeding the Delaware County community with local and regional foods from farmers, producers and suppliers. The Harvest continues to restock its shelves daily adhering to robust sanitation protocols while providing our customers with a safe personal shopping experience. Hours are as follows: Wednesday – Sunday 10-11am (Seniors Only) 11am-4pm for the Public; one customer at a time. Porch Pick-up available; see website for further details.

Good Cheap Food is offering curbside delivery of groceries for email orders, and delivery within the village of Delhi for people who can’t get out. They carry the goods of several fine local bakers who are finding an appreciative audience.

 

Some very useful information. Take the time to watch

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 29

March 28, 2020

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 27

Coronavirus Updates: Schools Close Two More Weeks, Non-Essential Construction Halted

FYI, here is the current language about construction being halted. I was told that more specifics about “essential” will be coming out on monday. Construction
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

March 27, 2020

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 26

Coronavirus Hudson Valley and Catskills News: Thursday, March 26

March 26, 2020

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 25

March 25, 2020

  • A step by step guide for filing unemployment.

https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/Unemployment-Filing-Instructions.pdf

  • NYS just re-opened ACA healthcare enrollment until April 15.

https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov

March 23, 2020

  • New video series on cooking on a budget with Peg Ellsworth and Peggy Bellar.

https://vimeo.com/399995024

  • Lissa Harris’ Round Up from March 22. Lots of moving parts.

 

March 22, 2020

  • MARK opens up Small Business Relief Fund

If you are a small business in the Towns of Andes, Middletown, Roxbury, Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville or the Hamlet of Pine Hill and need assistance with mortgage, rent, utilities or telecommunication costs please email peg@markproject.org for application and guidelines.

  • Round up from yesterday

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-hudson-valley-and-catskills-news-saturday-march-21/

March 20, 2020

  • Congressman Antonio Delgado will hold a telephone town hall Friday. His constituents are encouraged to join by dialing (855) 905-3295 at 6:30pm.

 

  • March 19 Roundup

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-hudson-valley-and-catskills-news-thursday-march-19/

March 19, 2020

  • March 18 roundup by Lissa Harris. This is a great resource for all information pertaining to COVID 19

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-hudson-valley-resources/

A list of resources to people in the Hudson Valley and Catskills manage during the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated regularly.

  • SBA opens up loans to small business

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for NY. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Please review the attached fact sheet with important information about the declaration and EIDL requirements. Businesses can take advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for help with preparing their loan applications. They may visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find local help. The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.Just in from the Governor’s Office

Fact sheet below.

NY_16346 EIDL Fact Sheet

 

March 18, 2020

  • Margaretville Telephone Company  COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of our staff and our valued customers,  the MTC Business Office, located at 579 Main Street in Margaretville is now closed to walk-in customers. This is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

As an employee owned, critical infrastructure provider, we recognize the importance of being available to our customers in a time of need. Our customer service team is, as always, available to serve you over the phone or by email. Payments can be placed in the drop box outside of our office. If your needs can not be filled through the aforementioned avenues, we kindly ask you to schedule an appointment. Please do so by calling our office  at 845-586-2288 or 877-727-2288 or email us at mtc@catskill.net. We will do our best to respond promptly.

As always, MTC remains dedicated to the communities we serve and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We are all in this together. 

 

  • Empire State Development  has established a special online intake portal [https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-help] for individuals and businesses to relay business-related COVID-19 questions and concerns. Any information or issue submitted through the portal will be routed to the relevant ESD department, enabling the agency to rapidly respond to questions from our stakeholders across the state. Please feel free to use this link in response to inquiries from businesses.  You can also share this link with your networks.

March 18, 2020

 

  • From Delaware County

http://www.co.delaware.ny.us/wordpress/alerts/

  • Lissa Harris is working very hard to keep us all informed. This includes the Catskills.

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-hudson-valley-news-tuesday-march-17/

2020.03.17 COVID19 Release - NY

 

March 17, 2020

  • If you are in need, and I mean NEED of wifi service for educational or communication purposes, Margaretville Telephone Company along with municipal officials, have dedicated wifi hot spots. In Margaretville, the Pavilion behind Freshtown of Margaretville and on Main Street near the Binnekill Tavern; back by the barns in Kirkside Park, Roxbury; at Wagner Park in Fleischmanns, Village of. All are live now. Stay in your car and respect the social distancing. Tomorrow MTC will be addressing the same needs in Andes and Downsville. A day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
  • Margaretville Telephone Company and MTC Cable are waiving all installation and reconnect fees and all MTC charges for the difference in upgraded service or new service are waived for 60 days. Special requests are being handled on a case-by-case basis. BRAVO

Community

Town of Middletown Emergency Page: http://emergency.middletowndelawarecountyny.org/
Town of Shandaken:  https://www.shandaken.us/
Delaware County Health Department: http://delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

March 31 2020

Catskills Regional Harvest & Butcher Shop is committed to feeding the Delaware County community with local and regional foods from farmers, producers and suppliers. The Harvest continues to restock its shelves daily adhering to robust sanitation protocols while providing our customers with a safe personal shopping experience. Hours are as follows: Wednesday – Sunday 10-11am (Seniors Only) 11am-4pm for the Public; one customer at a time. Porch Pick-up available; see website for further details.

Good Cheap Food is offering curbside delivery of groceries for email orders, and delivery within the village of Delhi for people who can’t get out. They carry the goods of several fine local bakers who are finding an appreciative audience.

Local Line

March 25, 2020

  • A step by step guide for filing unemployment.
  • A list of food pantries and their contact numbers. Please note. The Community Pantry in Margaretville has opened up the pantry to anyone who needs. Income eligibility requirements are paused.

March 23, 2020

  • The First in a new cooking series in partnership with Pegg Bellar of the Catskills Dream Team.
  • A comprehensive guide about food and COVID 19
  • Freshtown designating first hour of shopping to Seniors

Senior Citizen Shopping Hour – STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH. This will be the first hour of business EVERY DAY. To all our customers…..7am to 8 am will be reserved for SENIOR’S ONLY. If you are not a senior citizen, please wait until 8 am to come and shop. This will make it easier for the seniors during this difficult time. If you are a senior, we request that you do not bring family members unless you need them to help you shop.

Thank you to the community for adhering to this. We are all working together to get through these unprecedented times. We are so proud of our associates who have been working so hard these past weeks to serve you. We thank you, our amazing customers, for your patience and business in the stores.

Sincerely, Noah Katz, Co President, Noahkatz@psksupermarkets.com

  • Margaretville Telephone Company  COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of our staff and our valued customers,  the MTC Business Office, located at 579 Main Street in Margaretville is now closed to walk-in customers. This is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

As an employee owned, critical infrastructure provider, we recognize the importance of being available to our customers in a time of need. Our customer service team is, as always, available to serve you over the phone or by email. Payments can be placed in the drop box outside of our office. If your needs can not be filled through the aforementioned avenues, we kindly ask you to schedule an appointment. Please do so by calling our office  at 845-586-2288 or 877-727-2288 or email us at mtc@catskill.net. We will do our best to respond promptly.

As always, MTC remains dedicated to the communities we serve and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We are all in this together.

  • Local Restaurants doing take out business as of March 19th
https://www.sisboomyum.com/
  • If you are, or know of, a family or individual in need of food during this state of emergency, PLEASE email admin@markproject.org with the subject line “food”. We are here to help!

March 17, 2020

  • If you are in need, and I mean NEED of wifi service for educational or communication purposes, Margaretville Telephone Company along with municipal officials, have dedicated wifi hot spots. In Margaretville, the Pavilion behind Freshtown of Margaretville and on Main Street near the Binnekill Tavern; back by the barns in Kirkside Park, Roxbury; at Wagner Park in Fleischmanns, Village of. All are live now. Stay in your car and respect the social distancing. Tomorrow MTC will be addressing the same needs in Andes and Downsville. A day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
  • The Halcottsville Grange has now opened up their wifi for public use as well as Union Grove Distillery. Please stay in your cars and respect social distancing.
  • Margaretville Telephone Company and MTC Cable are waiving all installation and reconnect fees and all MTC charges for the difference in upgraded service or new service are waived for 60 days. Special requests are being handled on a case-by-case basis. BRAVO

Business

March 31, 2020

MARK will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 1 on how to sift through current SBA and State funding sources.

Email admin@markproject.org with subject header ZOOM to register

March 31, 2020

MARK will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 1 on how to sift through current SBA and State funding sources.

Email admin@markproject.org with subject header ZOOM to register

SBA Paycheck Protection Program 
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.

If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.

Businesses – including eligible non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors described in the Small Business Act – with 500 or fewer employees may apply.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

March 28, 2020

FYI, here is the current language about construction being halted. I was told that more specifics about “essential” will be coming out on monday. Construction
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

 

March 27, 2020

We are developing a link for businesses to take an economic impact survey. Will post the link here when it is ready.

March 23, 2020

  • MARK opens up Small Business Relief Fund

If you are a small business in the Towns of Andes, Town of Middletown, Roxbury, Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville or the Hamlet of Pine Hill and need assistance with mortgage, rent, utilities or telecommunication costs please email peg@markproject.org for application and guidelines

  • If you are looking for late Sales Tax filing fees to be waived, here is the link for guidance

https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/notices/n20-1.pdf

March 20, 2020

  • NY State agrees to waive fines for Businesses that miss the Sales Tax Deadline

https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/03/new-york-state-agrees-to-waive-fines-for-businesses-that-miss-sales-tax-deadline.html?fbclid=IwAR3kz1-tNW7arEOxl19TU7QLUyfvCRyL9xEN3DjAYlGecYqpKVANz_i-29k

  • Per the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, yesterday Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order to reduce in-person workforce by 50% (E.O. No. 202.6, see link below). Today the Governor ordered further in-person workforce reduction by 75%. Businesses within essential service industries are exempt from these reductions, including: shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.
  • Detailed guidance for businesses is now available online at:

https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

  • Businesses unsure if they are included within in exempt categories but still believe they are providing essential services or functions can request a waiver from these reductions by completing this form:

https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request%20for%20Designation%20Form_0.pdf

REMINDER: To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers:

March 18, 2020

  • Attention local restaurants: This may be helpful with regards to food prep and distribution spaces.

https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/sites/instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/files/shared/covid-19-risk-mgmt-top-measures-v3.pdf

  • From the Catskill Watershed Corporation:  At this time, CWC is conservatively working with our businesses who are being impacted by the State mandated closings, such as restaurants, bars, lodging facilities, wedding venues, theaters and gyms.  As you can imagine, at this time of economic uncertainty, we too, have been negatively impacted by this unfortunate situation.

March 17, 2020

  • The MARK Project is working hard to put emergency relief funds in place. If you are a business in need of assistance please email admin@markproject.org with the header Business
  • If you are a restaurant serving take out please email admin@markproject.org with subject header “take out” to get on our list. We plan to have this up later today on a separate website and will be updated in realtime. Meanwhile See below under “Community”
  • Delaware County Economic Development are deferring loan payments for 90 days. https://dcecodev.com/
  • Some great resources for Artists

https://agmarelief.org/

https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/

 

March 15, 2020

  • The MARK Project is deferring SBDF and BRLF loans until further notice

Education

Parents, Please make sure you are following the curriculum provided by your school district.
The MARK Project has started a public group Support for Education. Please feel free to join the conversation. Hoping to have teachers united with parents and students for a common cause. Parent, please remember to follow your school’s education curriculum FIRST. This is supplemental information and additional connecting resources.

Tips

March 18, 2020

This is serious. Please stay at home and follow all state and federal guidance regarding your health and well being.
Stay calm, try to be more compassionate, we are all in this together.

 

March 17, 2020

 

From the Executive Director: During this challenging time, we at MARK are committed to the health and well being of the Region. We are doing our best to ensure we offer all the support and safety nets possible during this global emergency. Please email me personally with comments, questions, suggestions peg@markproject.org,  I will do my best to respond promptly. Remember, we are #strongertogether. Thank you

We plan to use this page for accurate information as it comes in. Stay tuned and for more information Email admin@markproject.org





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