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COVID-19 update: Street cleanings to only happen once a week, de Blasio says

June 23, 2020 Editorial Staff
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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.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia on Tuesday announced the end of twice-weekly street cleanings, the most dramatic reform to Alternate Side Parking (ASP) in decades. Beginning Monday, June 29, the City will resume ASP regulations for one week. Going forward, residential streets will be cleaned no more than once per week. “New Yorkers will no longer need to move their cars more than once per week when Alternate Side Parking rules are in effect,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As our city reopens and fights back against the COVID-19 crisis, we’re proud to offer more convenient options for working New Yorkers.”

Hook Arts Media is proud to present the 27th annual Red Hook Fest. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed unprecedented challenges to the arts and culture sector, Hook Arts Media successfully pivoted its existing programs and even launched new ones in this uncertain time. Red Hook Fest, Red Hook’s largest annual festival, will also remain strong despite 2020’s unique challenges. The festival will be available to livestream via Facebook, YouTube, and on Saturday, June 27th at 2 p.m. and every Friday at 6 p.m. July 3rd through July 17th.

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) and The New York Community Trust are providing a total of $750,000 in funding to Housing Works for a program that aims to improve retention and adherence to medications for opioid use disorder for people at risk for overdose. The funds support efforts to maintain access to medications for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic and to learn from recent changes in care, such as the transition to telehealth. “Now more than ever it is important to ensure access to care for the most vulnerable populations,” said Karen Scott, M.D., M.P.H., president of FORE.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday announced a citywide graduation celebration will be held on June 30. The graduation will celebrate the Class of 2020, featuring student spotlights, musical performances, and special guest speakers — including award-winning artist and former NYC Public School student and teacher Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Graduating high school under normal circumstances is an extraordinary accomplishment, but I am especially impressed by the Class of 2020 and all they have been through to get to this point. In this time of great upheaval and many challenges, they will be leading the way to create a fairer, safer future for all,” said de Blasio.

A new $500,000 grant program from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will alleviate the added costs of providing personal protective equipment and sanitation services in the workplace so that businesses can keep staff and customers healthy. The grant program will provide local businesses with masks, gloves, sanitizer, shields, contactless payment devices and cleaning services. “We are grateful to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for all they did to care for Brooklynites during this crisis, and for this generous contribution to help Brooklyn businesses reopen safely,” said Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. Businesses may apply here.

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