Guidance and Updates from Our Elected Officials



This guidance document discusses the importance of proper fiscal oversight by local and school district officials during these unprecedented times. It also identifies various revenues available under the CARES Act to local governments and school districts in New York State. Lastly, it addresses how CARES Act revenues and pandemic-related expenditures should be accounted for by local government and school district officials.

Click here to view the guidance document.


Division of Local Government and School Accountability

Elliott Auerbach, Deputy Comptroller

Phase 4 Guidance is has been released by the Governor's Office


The Mohawk Valley entered Phase 4 on Friday, June 26th. Business Owners must read the detailed guidelines HERE and provide their digital signature affirming that they have read and understand the document.


The Phase 4 guidelines apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen, essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open, and commercial and recreational activities that have been permitted to operate statewide with restrictions. If guidance has not yet been published for your specific industry, but you are permitted to reopen, please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan template.


For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool HERE


Guidance for Phase 4 includes:


• Higher Education DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Media Production DETAILED GUIDELINES


Please also review Statewide Guidance for:


• Childcare and Day Camps DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Religious and Funeral Services DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Racing Activities DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Lake and Ocean Beaches DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Dentistry DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Auto Racing DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Professional Sports Training Facilities DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Public Transportation DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Sports and Recreation INTERIM GUIDELINES

New York State Liquor Authority Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak​

Click Here to View Guidelines

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

Pre-Applications Available NOW!

Pre-applications are now available for the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), 

a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, 

nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the 

COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.


Click below for more information about eligibility or to fill out a pre-application:


New York Forward Loan Fund

Click Here for Updates



The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presents many serious economic challenges for the country and our NY-19 community. Congress and the Administration just approved a third emergency response package which includes critical measures to assist you, your family, and local businesses during this difficult time. Click on the button below to learn about cash payments to assist low-income and middle-class families, as well as how to access new and expanded unemployment benefits for self-employed and part-time individuals, new loans and loan repayment assistance for small businesses, and disaster assistance payments for upstate farms.

Click Here for Updates


COVID-19 Resource Guide April 22 , 2020


Recently revised guidance from Empire State Development regarding “essential businesses”


COVID-19 Update July 13, 2020


COVID-19 Update July 8, 2020


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COVID-19 Update - March 24, 2020