IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE FOR JERSEY CITY RESIDENTS

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has created an economic crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime. 40% of households earning under $40,000 have lost their jobs. 1.1 million New Jersey residents and 36.5 million Americans have filed unemployment claims. Compounding matters, the unemployment system is broken , and not just in New Jersey. Nearly double the amount in unemployment benefits should have been paid out to Americans already .

But this is not simply about statistics. It’s about people, who are struggling and deeply anxious, living paycheck to paycheck. My office heard from a Jersey City resident who is the mother of a young child. She worked at a childcare facility that was closed due to this pandemic. She filed for unemployment in late March and has been following up weekly, but has yet to see one dollar. Unfortunately, her story is all too common.

If this story sounds all too familiar or you have your own unique frustrations with unemployment, I invite you to join me for a free webinar on New Jersey unemployment benefits during COVID-19. I am pleased to co-host this program with Northeast New Jersey Legal Services who will lend their expertise on this subject.

The webinar will provide an overview of New Jersey unemployment benefits with a focus on COVID-19’s impact on unemployment benefits and available assistance. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to ask general questions. The webinar is on Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00 PM – 3:30PM, and will be presented in English and recorded.

To RSVP and receive the webinar link, please complete and submit the following Google Form: https://bit.ly/2zBtLCE. The webinar information will be emailed an hour before the webinar is set to begin, so please be sure to RSVP early.

As we all adjust our lives to this “new normal,” please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions.

We Are All In This Together, 

Rolando

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Parking is a daily challenge for Jersey City residents.

At tonight's Caucus meeting, The City Council will be discussing amendments to the cap on fees for 3rd-party delivery services, an application for reimbursement of funds spent on costs associated with the City's Covid-19 related costs, and various other issues.

If you're interested in tuning into Jersey City Council's public process and decision making, the Caucus Meeting will be held TODAY at 4pm. The Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm.

To watch tonight's Caucus and and Wednesday's Council Meeting, visit: visit jcnj.org/vcm.

To speak at Wednesday's Council Meeting, please submit a public speaking list request at this link: cityofjerseycity.civicweb.net/Portal/CitizenEngagement.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0fR80IebLegVGNXyPBlIyOlas_...

LINK TO AGENDA: cityofjerseycity.civicweb.net/document/26668?printPdf=true

--Talita Elizeu, Aide to Councilman Lavarro
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At yesterday’s Council Caucus, the Administration announced that they would put a pause on their plan to withdraw the November referendum to create an “Arts and Culture Trust Fund”. Why? The Business Administrator suggested that they would wait to see how things develop before moving forward, citing discussions with the Arts community as being instrumental to their decision.

I agree with this tempered approach. As I shared when the withdrawal was first proposed, “the decision to pull the referendum doesn’t have to happen today... Legally, it could be made as late as mid-August.” jcitytimes.com/arts-referendum-mixed-reviews/

The arts community led the way in pushing for the establishment of a dedicated cultural arts fund. They should also be at the table for the decision to rescind or delay its implementation. With the time afforded by this temporary postponement, the arts advocates and stakeholders should turn their attention to coming up with a plan as to how use these funds in reimagining and rebuilding a post-COVID Jersey City. We can call it the Phoenix Fund. Sorry that’s the comic book geek in me coming out. 😆

Congratulations to the arts advocates for this temporary respite. I’m here if you need me.

Jersey City Arts Council Art House Productions Nimbus Dance Jersey City Theater Center
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At tonight's Caucus meeting, The City Council will be discussing amendments to the cap on fees for 3rd-party delivery services, an application for reimbursement of funds spent on costs associated with the City's Covid-19 related costs, and various other issues.

If you're interested in tuning into Jersey City Council's public process and decision making, the Caucus Meeting will be held TODAY at 4pm. The Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm.

To watch tonight's Caucus and and Wednesday's Council Meeting, visit: visit jcnj.org/vcm.

To speak at Wednesday's Council Meeting, please submit a public speaking list request at this link: cityofjerseycity.civicweb.net/Portal/CitizenEngagement.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0fR80IebLegVGNXyPBlIyOlas_...

LINK TO AGENDA: cityofjerseycity.civicweb.net/document/26668?printPdf=true

--Talita Elizeu, Aide to Councilman Lavarro
... See MoreSee Less

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At yesterday’s Council Caucus, the Administration announced that they would put a pause on their plan to withdraw the November referendum to create an “Arts and Culture Trust Fund”. Why? The Business Administrator suggested that they would wait to see how things develop before moving forward, citing discussions with the Arts community as being instrumental to their decision.

I agree with this tempered approach. As I shared when the withdrawal was first proposed, “the decision to pull the referendum doesn’t have to happen today... Legally, it could be made as late as mid-August.” jcitytimes.com/arts-referendum-mixed-reviews/

The arts community led the way in pushing for the establishment of a dedicated cultural arts fund. They should also be at the table for the decision to rescind or delay its implementation. With the time afforded by this temporary postponement, the arts advocates and stakeholders should turn their attention to coming up with a plan as to how use these funds in reimagining and rebuilding a post-COVID Jersey City. We can call it the Phoenix Fund. Sorry that’s the comic book geek in me coming out. 😆

Congratulations to the arts advocates for this temporary respite. I’m here if you need me.

Jersey City Arts Council Art House Productions Nimbus Dance Jersey City Theater Center
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