Long Island Main Street News April 6th, 2020

Here is today’s edition of LI Main Street News for day 22 of the shutdown. Looks like we might hopefully be close to halfway through the stay at home orders for schools and nonessential businesses. Today’s edition covers new community updates, resources, guidance documents and a new daily heartwarming communities helping communities section. Check it out…..

presented by Vision Long Island and the Long Island Main Street Alliance

April 6th, 2020

“Like all downtowns Patchogue’s downtown is very quiet. Most restaurants are offering take out and home delivery. The Patchogue Theatre is closed to preserve the funds necessary to reopen when they can. The reopening of the Theatre will be critical to the comeback of our downtown.”

– Hon. Paul Pontieri, Mayor, Village of Patchogue

“Patchogue remains resilient and strong as we move trough this unprecedented time. Many of our businesses have found unique ways to provide needed food, items and services while following social distancing guidelines.”

– David Kennedy, Director, Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

“The Village of Port Jefferson is keeping our businesses relevant and supported thru a cooperative effort between the Chamber and BID under portjeff.com/opentoday to keep updates on who is open for pick up or free home delivery. We are encouraging people to of course stay in as we will come out of this pandemic earlier and stronger if we abide by the Gov.’s Pause NY mandates. “ 

– Hon. Margot Garant, Mayor, Village of Port Jefferson

“It’s hard to express in words how grateful we are for the dedication and selflessness of our community’s heathcare workers during this crisis, but we hope this effort is a way of showing our support and care.”

– Mary Joy Pipe, President, Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and owner of East End Shirt Co.

A message from Vision Long Island and
the Long Island Main Street Alliance…

Helping Main Street through the
Coronavirus Shutdown

Day 22 of shutdown – Monday April 6, 2020

The Coronavirus economic shutdown is on day 22.  With the stay at home measures going until at least April 29th we are luckily halfway through this journey.  The stories of community level philanthropy is so heartwarming and we will profile at least one each day to help lift our spirits as we struggle with the real stress and pain this process has taken folks through.

Here are some updates for today:

• Governor Cuomo held his daily briefing today.
The shutdown is extended to April 29th, which includes schools and nonessential businesses.  New hospitalizations and ICU admissions are going down slightly for a second day in a row and new deaths are declining. Other states have delivered ventilators which also helps relieve some of the stress from the health care system.

• Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is holding another virtual Town Hall this evening.
Each day at 5pm Nassau County updates numbers of Coronavirus cases here

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone holds daily briefings and the latest is here
Suffolk County is constantly updating their Coronavirus cases here

• The LI Main Street Alliances “We Are Open” Facebook page is now live sharing all of the local businesses still operating in 40 local communities.   Like it and share it and most importantly support your Main Street.

• If you have filled out and submitted your SBA application but have questions on your status and timing of support a number to call is 1-800-659-2955

Folks have been scrambling to see where there bank is regarding the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program – here is a list of the most active SBA lenders.

Some outreach materials are not in Spanish but the applications are available at the SBA website

SCORE Long Island is available to assist businesses with their SBA applications

• Read the Editorial from Stuart Richner of the Herald calling for a Small Business Stimulus to lead us into the recovery.

• If you are a Veteran and struggling through these difficult times you can have virtual Coffee with a Veteran each day at noon until Apr 30.   Email Dave-rogers1969@live.com to sign up.

• If you are a school providing meals during the Coronavirus crisis grants are available.

• Bored at home – Fifty libraries in Nassau County now offer digital cards, allowing residents to explore their hometown library’s book, music and art collections online from the comfort of their couch.

• How to make your own face mask.

• How to make homemade disinfectant spray and wipes.

• Check out a virtual landscape art exhibit from the Westbury Arts Council

• Always wanted to learn to play guitar but never had time?  Fender is giving free lessons from the next three months.

• It goes without saying that the front line providers in health care, police, ambulance, food services and many others are working round the clock and are the true heroes in this.

At 7pm last night fire departments and communities islandwide shouted out to all of the frontline providers selflessly assisting their neighbors.

Participate in the “Letters to Our Heroes” initiative!  Families can send emails (or scan letters or artwork) to show their support for our first responders, doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are helping to control the COVID-19 outbreak and keep our communities healthy. You can email them to: LSchaefer@NassauCountyNY.gov   

The SBA sites and webinars and NYS DOL unemployment websites continue to be overloaded with requests.  SBA webinars have been filled to capacity.  The 311 call center in Suffolk, the call lines in Nassau as well and every Town, Village and community organizations are taking enormous amount of calls to answer questions and guide residents to resources where they are available.

For the small businesses that are still open there is a movement to continue to support them and keep them operating.  To their credit that is largely happening in most downtowns across Long Island. 

As we head into the fourth week of shutdown please think about supporting your local businesses at least once if not multiple times.  We have spoken to nearly 400 local business in over 40 downtown communities and they need your help.


• Senator Schumer’s release on $2 trillion Federal rescue package with $112 billion headed to NYS

• Governor Cuomo’s April 6th message

• Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s recent message

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s April 6th message

• Huntington will begin holding official Zoning and Planning Board Meetings remotely

• Town of Huntington to Close Tennis Courts, Crab Meadow Golf Course Monday

• Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin calls for National Medical Disaster System resources to be deployed in the Town.

• A message from the desk of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand

• A message from Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro

• The Village of Great Neck Plaza’s most recent newsletter

• Village of Babylon’s Village Hall Offices will be Closed April 6th to April 20th

• The Village of Valley Stream is Supporting Small Business

• Cedarhurst will Sound Sirens in Support of First Responders and Healthcare Workers on April 7th at 7:00 pm

• Updated NYS guidance document on essential vs nonessential businesses.


• US Senator Kristin Gillibrand has provided this thorough Q&A on the CARES Act.

• The US Chamber of Commerce has produced a guide to the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program which is very useful.

• The US Senate has provided this resource guide for small businesses and the CARES act.

• A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

• The NYS Department of Labor has instituted a new system to spread out applications.  Check out the PSA that explains their new guidelines to get folks their benefits.

• The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is an important program and details are coming forward.

• With the passage last Friday of the CARES Act, small business owners and nonprofits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

• Also check the Suffolk Chambers and Nassau Chambers website for important news and links.
Newsday and the LIA hosted a webinar with NYS SBDC and you can check it out here

• The Suffolk County online Coronavirus case tracker is back up and running.

• Our friends at LISTnet have a Coronavirus support page.

• National Federation of Independent Businesses is holding webinars on small business loans and has videos of past ones on their site.

• If you are in the construction industry here is a very thoughtful webinar from the KOW consulting group on changes underway.

• Updated information regarding REVISED SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan application can be found here.

• SBA’s Coronavirus landing page has been updated as well, and has important information including on the SBA Bridge Loan Program

• Property and casualty insurance premiums were waived for small business

• The Small Business Association announced an automatic deferment for loans from previous disasters

• All nonessential construction is shutdown

• Updated NYS guidance document on essential vs nonessential businesses

• NYS has developed a Shared Work program for folks to apply for partial unemployment to supplement a reduced work schedule

• Dining Bonds created to help local small businesses

• The free New York State business advisement services of the Small Business Centers at Stony Brook University and Farmingdale are also available to assist

• Facebook has grants for small businesses

• Kiva has grants for small business

• Amazon has a grant fund for small business

• Verizon has set up a small business recovery fund

• Here is a video with Leg. William Doc Spencer on safely supporting Main Street businesses

• Rose Walker visited local downtowns to remind residents to patronize businesses that are struggling right now.

• Legislator Laura Schaefer has a series of videos on her Facebook page promoting takeout and delivery to independent small businesses.  Here is one for West Hempstead.

 Nassau County Minority Affairs Director Lionel Chitty provides an update on small business disaster loans.

• If you are searching for hand sanitizer for your organization, community or business you can order a batch here at reasonable prices.

• Nassau County and Suffolk County are surveying small businesses: The Nassau County survey is here.  The Suffolk County survey is here.

• LI Business News and Newsday have done a great job reporting on the need to support local businesses.  Here are a couple of recent stories spotlighting downtown businesses and the LI Main Street Alliance members:

Eating on the Run at LIBN
Survey of Downtown Businesses Shows Potential Closurees at Newsday
How to keep the money from the federal small business bailout at Crane’s New York (Subscription required)


• The NYS Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has weblinks for assistance here.

• FEMA Emergency Grants for local governments and service organizations

COVID-19 Guidance: Procurements Under Grants During Periods of Emergency or Exigency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides financial assistance to states, territories, tribes, local governments, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and other non-Federal entities. All FEMA grant programs are subject to the Federal procurement standards found at 2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317 – 200.326.

This 1-hour training will help participants understand how to properly contract during emergency or exigent circumstances when using federal funds.

Target Audience:
State, local, and tribal emergency management personnel, houses of worship, and private nonprofit entities; Public Assistance applicants

Topics include:
Sole sourcing under Emergency or Exigency (E&E); additional procurement under grant requirements under E&E; use of pre-existing contracts during E&E

Delivery Format:
Online training trough Adobe Connect. If you have never used this platform, test your connection in advance here.

Training dates and access information are provided below.

FEMA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI) Training Schedule:

4/8/2020 – 9:30 AM (EDT) – Phone Number: 1-888-270-9936 – Access Code: 101-7496
4/10/2020 – 9:30 AM (EDT) – Phone Number: 1-888-270-9936 – Access Code: 101-7496


• New grant resource for folks who provide meals to children from No Kid Hungry


• Some tips on bills you need to pay and some that you don’t as this crisis gets prolonged

• The IRS has created a Q&A page with information on what you need to do with your taxes

• Up to date information in accessing unemployment from NYS DOL

• Status of accessing unemployment with 1000% increase in requests

• If you filed for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim. Department of Labor Commissioner Reardon has signed a new order that limits all work search activities for all unemployment claimants. No activities are required during the pandemic to receive unemployment benefits.

• Life Insurance payments deferred – For a 90-day period, New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. Additionally, consumers and small businesses experiencing Coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)

• Pharmacies will now offer free home delivery to New Yorkers. All NYS major pharmacy chains, pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities

• PSEG has a Coronavirus page that is updated regularly

• There is now a 90 day waiver on mortgage payments which is a relief to the thousands of Long Islanders that had those bills hanging over their head during an extended forced shutdown.

• Freddie Mac is prohibiting evictions on properties where their loans are in place

• All NYS Department of Motor Vehicles licenses, ID’s and registrations are extended.   All offices closed and transactions are shifted to online service.

• AT&T suspends collection activities during the Coronavirus crisis

• PSEG Long Island Halts Service Shut Offs

• National Grid Halts Service Shut Offs

• Verizon Suspends Collection Activities

 Geico postponed collectons during Coronavirus shutdown

• Folks can check out this stimulus calculator that tells you what you might receive in the form of a direct payment from the Federal government.

• You may be able to temporarily stop making your student loan payments.

• If you are struggling with various bills to pay and worry about automatic payments from your bank account here is guidance on how to stop them.


• Folks need FoodIf you are in need of food Island Harvest has their food locater and is working round the clock to continue supplies to those in need

• Domestic Violence is up 10%:  Many experts in the area of domestic violence prevention have pointed out lately that Isolation and unemployment are a recipe for disaster in a household with a history of intimate partner violence. If you need help, contact the Safe Center 24/7 at 516-542-0404 or the NY Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 800-942-6906. If you are in any personal crisis, you can also call the Long Island Crisis Center 24/7 hotline at 516-679-1111.

• How is your mental health? A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. We can’t underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. Over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York’s Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314

• If you are pregnant?  Many pregnant women and their families are facing uncertainty about what the COVID-19 outbreak means for their ability to have a safe, supported delivery in Nassau County hospitals.   In response to these concerns, Nassau County has launched a hotline: 516-4UR-CARE. Pregnant patients can call this line and get answers and advice about how to have a safe childbirth under COVID-19 conditions.

• Salvation Army has a Coronavirus hotline for their services of food, counseling and other emergency services

• Stay Clean – NYS is supplying their hand sanitizer to front line providers on an as need basis.   Here is the request form.

• New York State has a Coronavirus hotline and website for information or to schedule a test.  Please call 888-364-3065 or navigate here.

• If you lost your health care, NYS has reopened its health exchange.

• If you are a Senior check out the AARP Thursday conference call with info on social security, tax deadlines and other services.


• Island Harvest is seeking food donations from commercial food establishments impacted by the coronavirus.

• Blood donations are needed: The New York Blood Center said it is in urgent need of donors, since coronavirus concerns have resulted in “critically low blood and platelet appointments” across Long Island. The NYBC has six centers in Nassau and Suffolk and said safety protocols are in place as they urge healthy individuals, who have not been exposed to coronavirus, to donate. The NYBC said if you are unsure if you can donate, you can ask their experts at 800-688-0900 or navigate to their webpage here.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is calling for people to make appointments to donate blood.

• Nassau & Suffolk County need Emergency Personal protective Equipment – Drive is underway.   Info is here.

• New York is calling for qualified health professionals and related professionals to supplement hospital capacity on a temporary basis to help treat seriously ill coronavirus patients.


• Tens of thousands of Long Islanders are out of work.   There are many service industry positions seeking temporary or permanent employment.   Here are some:

7-11 (looking to add 20,000 jobs)
Aldi (5,000 open positions)
Amazon (looking to add 100,000 employees)
CVS (looking to hire 50,000 employees)
Dollar Tree/Family Dollar (25,000 full- and part-time associates)
Domino’s (looking to hire up to 10,000 employees)
Pepsi (bring another 6,000 people on board)
Pizza Hut (over 30,000 open positions)
Stop & Shop
Walgreens (fill roughly 9,500 full- and part-time positions)
Walmart (adding 150,000 temporary positions)

General Listings:

Long Island’s Craigslist
New York Jobs

Simply Hired

• If someone is looking for a procurement opportunity through the state you can fill out this form here.

• If someone is looking for a procurement opportunity with the federal government check out this source


• If you are stir crazy with kids at home the Cradle of Aviation uses a video service to bring the museum to residents.

• Bored at home?  East End Arts is providing virtual access to artists.

• The Staller Center for the Arts has a virtual tour of  many instruments and their outreach activities

• Folks are at home with their families and children for extended periods.   It’s important to know how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus so they don’t think we are living in an episode of the Walking Dead.  Here is also some guidance from PBS.

• If you are trying to figure out what to do at home with your kid while they have very limited hours with their teachers online.  Western Suffolk BOCES has produced an online toolkit for learning.

An added bonus to the toolkit is an activity with Mo Willems, Author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” and many other cool stories

 If you are searching for something to do with your kids Chocolate Works has Easter kits.  For every one you buy they will donate one to a local food pantry.

• Turn off your Zoom call once you are done.


• Folks are answering Governor Cuomo’s call for ventilators, masks:

The Business Incubator Association has created an invitation to ventilate.   

The LI Racing Association folks have a go fund me page to increase production of their reusable n95 masks.

A Long Island Distillery is making hand sanitizer.


• SUEZ – who manages Nassau’s major sewage treatment plants in Cedar Creek and Bay Park is urging residents to NOT flush wipes down the toilet but instead place in garbage.  

• One benefit of Coronavirus: traffic is down and more folks walking, biking

• Environmental regulation impacted as EPA Suspended all Environmental Rules

• PSEG Long Island Continues to Storm-Harden the Grid

• MTA Distributes N95 Masks to Heroic Workforce

• MTA Announces Virtual Board Meeting to Be Held on April 22

• LIPA provides update on coordination plan and current projects and initiative

• NICE buses in Nassau County will switch to a reduced schedule beginning April 5th. The service will operate on a Saturday schedule from Monday-Saturday, and Sunday service will be unchanged. This does not apply to the Elmont Flexi Shuttle, the Mercy Medical Community Shuttle, the Port Washington Shuttle, and the n19, n57, and n80 routes, which will all continue to run normally


• Nassau County Map of updates from Across the County

• Suffolk County Map of confirmed Coronavirus cases

• Thinking Globally?   Here is a website documenting the world impact of Coronavirus.

• Thomas Friedman wrote a thoughtful opinion piece on how to get the economy back on track without sacrificing public health.

• Inspirational op-ed from LIBN editor Joe Dowd

• Gary Labarbara from the NYS Building Trades Council speaks about safety for construction workers.

• Celebrities have time on their hands and are letting us know how they feel including Ben Stiller, Danny Devito, Cardi B, Robert Deniro and Madonna encouraging folks to stay home.  Sean Penn was looking to send in the military.  Arnold Schwartzeneger was telling folks to stay home while smoking a cigar in his hot tub, Neil Diamond even wrote a song called “Hands Washing Hands” sung to the tune of Sweet Caroline.


There are more than 80,000 unemployed in NY but there are many more as folks can’t or haven’t navigated the system for benefits to date.

That is not simply an eye catching statistic but real people with lives upended.

For the folks that are still working I hope you are:

1) humble, sober and aware of the fact that right now millions of americans are in pain,
2) if you have resources to help local folks – patronize open small businesses to limit further job loss,
3) donate to local food pantries,
4) donate other resources directly to real people you may know in need and
5) if you have resources to give to groups make it very local groups who are on the ground and getting them needed help in this time.


• We are starting to see some Corporate Philanthropy develop that has been missing through this crisis.   Stay tuned for a more thorough report.

– The Long Island Community Foundation has set up a Coronavirus fund for community services and organizations.
– Pink Tie and the LI Nets have developed a Pink Tie delivers program – more on that in the coming days.
– Trader Joe’s has been making donations to local food pantries
– Verizon has set up a small business recovery fund.
– The Long Island East End Group purchased 15,000 masks for distribution to front line providers.
– The Estée Lauder Companies provided 10,000 hand sanitizer bottles (8 ounces each) per week for 4-5 weeks
– Long Island Ambulatory Surgery Center donated a Ventilator
– In addition the United Way, The Townwide Fund of Huntington and the 1763 Foundation are all raising money to distribute to folks that meet their guidelines.  

– JP Morgan Chase has committed $50 million
– Lowes has announced $25 million in grants and in-kind donations
– Citi Foundation has announced a $15 million fund
– Google has announced $15 million in cash grants
– Citizens Bank has announced $5 million
– Anna Wintour has set up a fund for folks in the fashion industry who are displaced.
– A number of grants for displaced local artists are starting to emerge
– Bank of America has dedicated a $100 million fund nationwide.

• The United Way has a fund to assist low income wage earners who were either (1) laid off or (2) furloughed from their jobs due to COVID-19.  People can search for assistance here.

There is still a dearth of real community level information and tons of questions from folks stay tuned daily for updates on the range of actions taken to get us through this public health and economic crisis. 

We need you out there to tell is what is happening and what resources are available.   No matter what please join the LI Main Street Alliance by emailing us at ea@visionlongisland.org or call 631-804-9128.  

You can read previous editions of Long Island Main Street News here.


Northwell Health Digital Resource Center

The US Small Business Administration

New York State Department of Labor

NYS Department of Health

CDC Website

Occupational Safety and Health

New York City

Nassau County

Suffolk County

Town of Hempstead

Town of North Hempstead

Town of Oyster Bay

Town of Babylon

Town of Brookhaven

Town of East Hampton

Town of Huntington

Town of Islip

Town of Riverhead

Town of Shelter Island

Town of Smithtown

Town of Southampton

Town of Southold

City of Glen Cove

City of Long Beach

MTA Information

School Closings

AARP’s Updates on the Coronavirus

Island Harvest’s Food Pantry Tracker

Suffolk County Alliance of Chamber’s Disaster Relief Information

Global Dashboard of Infection Data

Worldometers Coronavirus totals in the US

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Reports from Local Downtowns

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 nearly 400 small businesses in over 40 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 are two featured downtowns for today.

For a complete list of downtowns we’ve been to and what’s still open, please check out our website here.

Village of Port Jefferson

Day 21 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown brings us up to the Village of Port Jefferson.

Lower Port Jefferson has been a waterfront tourism destination for decades with strong restaurants, public space, community center, ferry service an ice rink, waterfront hotel, comedy club and theatre and thriving local arts and culture. Upper Port has experienced revitalization in recent years with new multifamily housing, planned mixed use buildings and train station improvements. Both areas of Port have been planned with public input through their Comprehensive Plan process and managed actively by the Village of Port Jefferson and a number of community organizations.

As the Coronavirus shutdown hit the Village the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce worked with local restaurants to provide free meals to Mather and St. Charles hospital workers during the COVID-19 crisis. “It’s hard to express in words how grateful we are for the dedication and selflessness of our community’s heathcare workers during this crisis, but we hope this effort is a way of showing our support and care,” said the chamber’s president, Mary Joy Pipe, of East End Shirt Co.

The Steam Room Restaurant prepared free meals for pick-up at St Paul’s Church and the Fifth Season is helped make the meals at the First Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen.

Port Jefferson Village, the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District teamed up to offer free delivery services from restaurants in the 11777 zip code. The action was meant to help keep delivery drivers on-staff and actively working as the nation faces the new coronavirus.

Here are some of the restaurants and local businesses that are open for takeout or delivery:

Amazing Olive
(631) 509-4596

Barito Tacos & Cocktails
Open Daily 11am-8pm
(631) 828-8808

C’est Cheese
Open Fri-Sat 12-8pm Sun 12-6pm
(631) 403-4944

Chenlin Garden
Open Daily 11am-8pm
(631) 473-8887

Open Mon-Sat 10:30am-10pm
(631) 476-8100

Curry Club
Cocktails, wine, beer to GO!
(631) 751-4845

Fifth Season
Tuesday-Sat 3-8pm Sun 12-8pm
$15 craft beer 6 packs and 20% off bottles of wine
(631) 477-8500 ext. 2

Gourmet Burger Bistro
(631) 403-4033

Grumpy Jacks
Open Daily 12-8pm
(631) 642-1942

Juniors Spycoast
(631) 509-5987

La Bonne Boulangerie Bakery
(631) 473-7900
Open for regular retail

(631) 509-0627

Thurs-Sat 4pm – 8pm
(631) 682-3882
CASH ONLY – We are offering 50% off food, wine bottles, and liquor

Pasta Pasta
(631) 331-5335

The Pie
Open Daily 11:30am-8pm
(631) 331-4646

PJ Lobster House
Market is open for fresh fish
Grab & Go Ready to Heat Meals
(631) 473-1143

PJ Pizza & Gyros
Open Daily 11am-10pm
(631) 509-5805

Po’Boy Brewery
(631) 828-1131

Port Jeff Bistro
20% off all Curbside Pick-Up. Selling Growlers
(631) 838-2550

Port Jeff Brewery
(631) 331-2959

Ruvo Kitchen & Wine Bar
Open Daily 12-7pm
15% off all checks
(631) 476-3800

Salsa Salsa
Sun-Th 11am- 8pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

(631) 509-1166

Steam Room
(631) 928-6690

Sweet ‘N Savory
(631) 828-6053

Torte Jeff Pie Co.
(631) 456-1532

Wave Seafood & Steak
Open Wed-Sun 12-8pm
(631) 928-5200

Mon-Sun 10am-9pm
(631) 476-7510

Other businesses open:

The Barn
Tuesday through Saturday 11-4
Shipping out daily
(631) 560-5041

(631) 331-0965

The Fox & Owl Inn
Open for Essential Travel
1037 Main Street, Port Jefferson
(631) 509-3669

Lavender Fields
Offering a 20% off Coupon
(631) 474-5461

M.S.W. Truck & Auto Repair
750 Hallock Ave., Port Jeff Sta.
(631) 928-7100
Full service auto and truck repair shop. NYS inspections, oil change, brake service and all other maintenance work.

Port Jeff Car Care
203 Route 112, Port Jeff Sta.
(631) 828-5111

Village of Patchogue

Day 20 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown takes us to the Village of Patchogue.

The Village of Patchogue have worked over the last two decades to revitalize its Main Street with restaurants, a range of housing options, investments in parking and a downtown theater. They host multiple events including the signature “Alive after Five” and through all these efforts are a destination for tourism

Patchogue’s leaders have brought the same energy that they use for their revitalization efforts together early to support local restaurants and small businesses through the Coronavirus shutdown.

On their website, patchogue.com, you will find information on what businesses are still doing business as well as important information for the community, including specific links for members to get needed recovery, relief and loan assistance information.

Through their social media they are running contests to win gift certificates for those getting Patchogue restaurant take-out.

The Chamber’s Restaurant Committee has partnered with Qwik Rides and Late Night Chauffuers to provide free delivery service to those within a 3 mile radius of downtown Patchogue.

Better Man Distillery is sponsoring a weekly Saturday Virtual Happy Hour with participating restaurants

The Patchogue Chamber also includes a non-profit Greater Patchogue Foundation. This Foundation includes the Greater Patchogue COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) that is leading community relief efforts. Already they have connected face mask and medical suppliers to local medical workers and providing meals for the community and volunteer emergency workers.

David Kennedy, Director of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce said “Patchogue remains resilient and strong as we move trough this unprecedented time. Many of our businesses have found unique ways to provide needed food, items and services while following social distancing guidelines.”

Here are the Restaurants doing Take-out/Delivery:


Better Man Distillary

Blue Point Brewery


The Cheese Pa

Donatina’s Pizza

Fulton’s Gate Irish Pub

Gino’s Pizzeria

James Joyce Irish Pub

Local Burger

Locale Gastro Pub & Pizzette

Perabell Food Bar


Rudi’s Bar & Grill

Swell Taco

Village Idiot Pub

Retailers doing internet sales:

Amazing Olive


Budget Buy & Sell

Elle J + Company (also doing local delivery too!)

Paper Doll Curiosity Shoppe

Say More Boutique

Thred Clothing

William J. O’Neill’s Sales Exchange

Communites Helping Communities: Gino’s of Kings Park

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”  Fred Rogers.

Well, in the close-knit hamlet of Kings Park, helpers are not hard to find, just look at the hard working folks at Gino’s of Kings Park (52 Indian Head Rd, Kings Park, (631) 269-2880).

ino’s is not only adapting to the needs of the community, offering takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, they are going far beyond. Tony Sanchez, general manager of Gino’s, sent a clear message to the community, we are here for you.

“If anyone is not working and runs out of food, please don’t go to sleep with an empty stomach. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will be more than happy to help with food! I will drop and go. No questions asked and no repayment needed! I am going to add to theme post and say if you are sick or quarantined, or cannot go out due to fear, I am here for you,” Tony states.

Tony explains, “I was taught growing up that where one person eats; two can eat, too. We have to be more grateful and less selfish.”

Gino’s generosity likewise extends to all emergency and front liners, like nurses and doctors. “I will do whatever I can do to help you all. Thank you for everything you are doing,” Tony says.

Saying thank you to Gino’s doesn’t seem to be enough, but thank you. Let’s all remember to support our local businesses; they are always here for us. #KingsParkStrong

Governor Cuomo Talks about Possible Plateau in COVID Cases, Shutdown to Continue Until at least April 29th

Governor Cuomo opened his daily update with some good news as the number of cases in New York appearing to be on the front part of a plateau.  While the administration stressed that it is too early to celebrate, if the trend continues then the state may begin to see the numbers of new Coronavirus cases level out.

However, Governor Cuomo also pointed out that the medical system for New York is still at maximum stress levels, likening it to an engine that’s running at peak capacity.  Though the number of cases are leveling out, there is still a lot of work left to do to help contain the spread of the virus.

There is a “relief valve” for the local hospitals though with the new Javits Center opening with an additional 2,500 beds being made available for COVID-19 patients.  The US Navy Ship the USNS Comfort has also recently arrived with an additional 1,000 beds.  While the Comfort was originally slated for non-COVID use, Governor Cuomo stated that he will be asking for permission to use it for COVID patients as well.

The change of use for the Navy ship is being requested because restrictions currently in place has actually lowered the number of non-COVID patients in hospitals.  With more people staying home there has been a sharp decrease in the number of traffic accidents and crimes being committed.  This has helped to free up beds for COVID-19 patients, but the system is still under maximum pressure.

Governor Cuomo also noted that even if numbers do even out, New York cannot lift the restrictions for some time.  His NY PAUSE initiative will therefore remain in place until April 29th, meaning that schools and nonessential businesses will remain closed through at least the end of the month.  He cited reports from across the globe where countries thought they had beat the virus and attempted to return to normal only to see a large uptick in cases.

The Governor also took a moment to chide people who are ignoring social distancing rules.  While he understood that the weather is turning nicer and there is a sense of cabin fever among people who are isolated, he also talked about how it is unacceptable to gather in large crowds while the pandemic is going on.  He cited all the health workers who are putting their lives on the line and their families’ happiness to help treat the virus and that it was irresponsible of people to gather in places such as Central Park and other locations in the City. 

He also talked about a superfund that is being put in place where NYS where the state will take donations to help out health workers who are being put through so much to deal with this.  This fund will help to cover expenses and costs associated with their efforts to help combat COVID, such as childcare.  NYS will also partner with the app Headspace to help bring mental health services to New Yorkers as well as an emotional support hotline for those in need.  People who feel like they need to talk with someone about such issues can call 1-844-863-9314.

Finally, before taking questions from the press, Governor Cuomo talked a little bit about perspective. While he regretted the fact that we would lose anyone, he also noted that the challenge is to ensure that we don’t lose anyone we could have saved.  That is why he is working to bring additional health resources, devices, and hospital beds to the state as well as personnel.  He state that he feels that, so far, New Yok has done everything it can to help people.

You can watch the full press conference 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.
Qualifying small businesses and sole proprietorships will be apply to apply beginning this Friday, April 3rd.  Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10th.  People are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible as there is a funding cap in place.

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.

You can find more information on the loans here. You can read more at Long Island Business News.

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.
The application forms can be downloaded here.  Once the forms have been completed, they can be uploaded to the site or hardcopies mailed to:

US Small Business Administration

Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243

You can also contact the SBA disaster customer service center at 1-800-659-2955, disastercustomerservice@sba.gov 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.

While this process is still evolving, businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and provide all required documentation. Representatives from the SBA will follow up with questions.

Webinars will be held to help gide businesses through the application process, the times are as follows:

April 7th, 12 pm to 1 pm. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 8th, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Zoom link here, Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 14th, 12 pm to 1 pm. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 15th, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 16th, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866

Governor Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand

The following op-ed was written by Stuart Richner, owner of Richner Communitications, and originally ran in the Long Island Herald and is a proposal for helping Small Businesses across the State of New York

Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live.

But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, thousands of small business owners across New York state are losing sleep over how to keep this virus from killing the businesses they have worked so hard to build.

At the same time, lawmakers in Albany are trying to craft a budget in the face of plunging revenues. Sales taxes — much of them generated by small business — brought in a whopping $73.6 billion last year. Our schools, as well as other vital government services, rely on these funds. When a business fails — and too many are on the precipice of failure right now — that sales tax revenue goes, too.

We believe a simple proposal could help restart local business and bolster sales tax revenues, but swift action is required by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature.

Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. Everyone wants a thriving downtown where they can shop, eat or go to a movie. The good news is that small businesses have always been engines of innovation and entrepreneurship, and we are seeing that again today as they adapt to the new reality. Local gyms are streaming personal training sessions. Restaurants offer free delivery and online happy hours. Medical practices are expanding their telemedicine capabilities. Car mechanics are making house calls that require no personal contact at all.  

Of course, it’s vital that these businesses let potential customers know about their services. That’s the role of advertising in all its myriad forms. But advertising costs money, and the sad truth is that advertising is one of the first things small businesses cut when times are tough.

Put yourself in the shoes of a local restaurateur with a stack of bills and very little money coming in. By the time she finishes paying the most urgent bills — rent, food suppliers, payroll — there’s not much left for advertising. Whatever stimulus money she gets from Washington or Albany will most likely be needed to keep the door open and the lights on. Yet studies show that how well businesses survive a downturn is in large part determined by whether they continue to market and advertise during the hard times.

Fortunately, there is a way for Albany to prime the sales-tax pump to keep revenue flowing to both small businesses and state coffers. Let businesses use some of the money they would have sent to Albany, as sales taxes, to market their new offerings. The formula would be simple: Every dollar a small business spends on advertising (up to some reasonable limit) would be a dollar saved off that business’s sales tax bill.  

It would be a win-win-win. Local businesses would be healthier because the increased advertising would jump-start sales. The state would get more sales tax revenue because local businesses would be selling more. And media companies (like ours) would benefit from the additional ad revenue. We’d like to think that we, too, are vital to the character and strength of our communities, not to mention our democracy. Think for a moment of the critical role that journalists have played in getting vital local information out to your community during this unprecedented crisis.

The Legislature has a lot on its plate right now, and the temptation will be to bury this idea, or to take the shortsighted view that we can’t afford to do it right now. But right now is when it’s needed. We’ve been impressed with Governor Cuomo’s levelheaded leadership in this crisis, and we call on him to back this innovative yet simple policy.

Nassau County to Hold Second Virtual Town Hall Tonight 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: Second Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 in Nassau County
When: Monday, April 6 at 6:30 pm
Where: On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCexecutive/
How to join: Click the above link at 6:30 pm — the Virtual Town Hall will be the first video on the page.

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.

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:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or antiseptic wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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

Smart Talk

Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Christopher Kyle, Communications Director; Elissa Kyle, Placemaking Director; Jon Siebert, Administrative Director

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