COVID-19 update: Bringing in the big bucks: New York ‘hot spots’ to receive $4.3 billion, says Schumer
On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines.
To contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Mayor de Blasio today announced a comprehensive “Test and Trace” strategy to reduce COVID-19 infections citywide. “To defeat this virus, we need to test and trace every last case,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “That’s why we are drastically expanding our testing capacity and exercising every last option to get the quantity of testing we need.” To test as many people as possible, the city will set up sites in communities across the five boroughs to collect specimens and test them for COVID-19. The city will also work with each person who has COVID-19 to connect them immediately to care and help them safely isolate at home, a hotel, or a hospital.
New York’s Friars Club and its Dean, legendary broadcast star Larry King, joined with iconic Brooklyn eatery L&B Spumoni Gardens to deliver 150 meals to frontline healthcare workers Tuesday at Maimonides Medical Center. The packaged meals of lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs were donated by the Friars Club. They were picked up at the restaurant by members of the Emergency Task Force of the Diocese of Brooklyn and delivered to the hospital’s emergency department, where doctors and nurses have been helping care for those stricken with COVID-19. King grew up in the neighborhood around Spumoni’s and the hospital. “As a Brooklyn boy, I can tell you there’s nothing better than a nice hot meal from Spumoni Gardens and I hope all of the healthcare workers enjoy it – they earned it,” said Mr. King.
Assemblymember William Colton announced today that he is outraged at the National Grid after it submitted an application to the New York State Public Service Commission for the gas delivery rate increase by more than 17.78%. “First, much of its request is based upon its insistence on building a billion-dollar pipeline, the cost of which is intended to be passed on to its gas customers,” said Assemblymember Colton. “An independent analysis of the National Grid’s “Long Term Capacity Report” by Synapse Energy Economics, a nationally known expert, concluded there was no supply and demand gap to justify building this pipeline, which National Grid customers are being asked to pay the price.”