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COVID 19 Update 7

Post: Mar. 18, 2020

Dutchess County Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall, Tonight, 5:30 p.m.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will host a telephone town hall this evening at 5:30 p.m., answering residents’ questions about the evolving Coronavirus pandemic, providing updates on the current situation in Dutchess, and discussing available resources.

Residents can call (845) 765-7121 to take part in the telephone town hall. 


Commerce Dept Will Hold Webinars on COVID 19 Related Topics

Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service, in partnership with our friends at the Connecticut District Export Council, for a special topic conference call series.  This series will run throughout Spring 2020.

Conference Call Topics include:

Force Majeure, Cyber Risks in Teleworking, SBA Disaster Loan Available, HR Considerations in Teleworking, ThomasNet Manufacturing Survey Results, Aerospace/Defense related Issues and more!

Registration for this series is FREE. Please register using the button below.  You only have to register once as the conference call details will be identical for each topic.

Register Here

Empire State Development Issues Guidelines for NYS Businesses Related to COVID 19

The Guidance is helpful, but there is not a lot of new information. 

Guidance For New York State Business Related to Covid-19

Behind Washington’s Stimulus Frenzy: the Prospect of Billions of Unpaid Bills
The Wall Street Journal Reports that Businesses and households have a similar and pressing problem: The money just isn’t coming in, but bills still have to get paid. The Federal Reserve launched a program to provide short-term loans to businesses in commercial paper markets, while White House officials and lawmakers scrambled for ideas to get funds into the private sector, and the Treasury postponed one of the biggest bills coming due for anyone: individual income taxes.

GOP Divided on Next Steps for Massive Stimulus Package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Tuesday that the Senate will not leave town until it passes the bill, but doing so will be a huge undertaking.

The Hill is reporting that Republicans disagree over fundamental questions such as whether to make direct payments to Americans who miss paychecks because of the crisis or to all adults in a bid to boost the economy more generally.

They’re also split on whether economic aid should be delivered primarily through unemployment benefits for workers who miss time or lose their jobs or whether economic aid should go directly to businesses in the form of loans or payroll tax reduction.

Council of Industry Conference Call – Thursday 3/19 2:00 p.m.

Best Practices: A presentation and Discussion on What Members are Doing to Keep  Their Employees Healthy and Business Operating

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The impact of COVID-19 virus and government efforts to contain its spread are greatly affecting Council member firms.

Dial-in on Thursday, March 19th at 2:00 pm to hear how three members are addressing the problems:

  • Jenny Clark – Director, MFG Operations, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Joe Ferraro – President, Elna Magnetic
  • Janet Gianetta – Janet Giannetta, Partner, Visions Human Resource Services, LLC

Will each discuss their firm’s programs and processes to minimize the impact the virus will have on their employees and operation.

Harold King will discuss Council of Industry resources to support our members.

Finally, we will have an open discussion of thoughts, ideas, and best practices.