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COVID-19 update: New MTA screens to provide safety info at hundreds of stations

July 8, 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.

With subway ridership reaching nearly 1.1 million customers on Monday, July 6, the MTA on Tuesday announced it is deploying 9,000 new digital screens across the system over the next 12-14 months. “Now, for the first time, we’re able to tailor customer messaging to specific lines and stations,” said Janno Lieber, President of MTA Construction & Development. “That gives us a tremendous tool to convey COVID-relevant safety information, so we are pushing to deliver digital screens to hundreds of stations during this period of lower ridership.”

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday joined members of the New York City fashion industry to unveil a new law requiring that a percentage of masks and other personal protective equipment be made in the United States and stockpiled for the “second wave” of COVID-19, an unknown future pandemic, or other similar widespread communicable disease. The new legislation, to be introduced in U.S. Congress, will be called the Made in America: Preparation for a Pandemic Act.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha announced on Tuesday the postponement of the annual tax lien sale until September 2020, as the city continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We must build a fair and equitable recovery for the working people of our city,” said de Blasio. “Postponing the lien sale will give some relief to those struggling to make ends meet, and more time for New Yorkers to apply for our hardship programs.”

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday announced $2,377,992 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. “As New York recovers from COVID-19, it’s imperative that our hospitals and health centers have all the tools necessary to keep the virus at bay,” said Schumer. “This vital funding for telehealth programs provides New Yorkers with safe medical care during our state’s recovery.”

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