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NYS Representative Joe Morelle schedules Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7-8 pm

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

March 28, 2020

Dear Betty,

These are unprecedented, extraordinarily difficult times for all of us. But our community is strong, it is united, and it is resilient—and in times of crisis, we band together. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, I will continue to provide updates about the actions I am taking in Congress and in coordination with my local partners in government to help families get through this public health emergency.

It’s important to me that I hear from you directly. That is why I will be hosting a televised, virtual Town Hall event with Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Mike Mendoza in partnership with 13WHAM ABC to answer your questions about COVID-19. You can watch the event live from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st on WHAM (Channel 13),, or on Facebook Live.

In order to best answer your questions and concerns, we’re inviting you to submit your questions here.

Yesterday, I was proud to vote to enact a third relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The $2 trillion investment represents the largest stimulus bill in American history and will provide direct payments to individuals, support for small businesses, aid for healthcare systems, and more. Specifically, this legislation includes:

  • Direct payments of $1,200 for individuals earning up to $75,000 and an additional $500 per child;

  • $260 billion investment in Unemployment Insurance, including $600 increase for every American, which equates to 100 percent of wages for the average American without a paycheck;

  • $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities;

  • $200 billion investment in hospitals, health systems and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.

  • $5.1 billion for New York State Coronavirus Relief Fund;

  • More than $128 million for Monroe County to assist with coronavirus response efforts;

  • $4,889,414 in Emergency Solutions Grants for the City of Rochester to support families and individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as additional homeless assistance to mitigate the impact;

  • Immediate Community Development Block Grant funds, including $4,883,258 for the City of Rochester, $539,540 for the town of Irondequoit, $250,601 for the town of Greece, and $1,095,772 for Monroe County.

There is much work still to be done, but y colleagues and I will continue taking action to help our ommunities get through this unprecvedented challenge and emerge stronger than ever.

I also want to remind you that my staff and I are working constantly to post up-to-date information on our Coronavirus Info Center. You can find local resources, food distribution sites, mental health tools, assistance for small businesses, and more. Please continue to check back regularly to ensure you have the most recent, accurate information as we navigate this crisis.

I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to be part of a community that is rising up every day to meet the challenges we face and uplift our neighbors in need. We will get through this together

Warmest regards, Joseph D. Morelle New York's 25th Congressional District

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