Update on the Coronavirus Pandemic – May 29, 2020

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Dear Friends:
I hope you and your families are continuing to stay well during this time. It is a sad milestone as we have officially lost over 100,000 lives to this pandemic, these are not just numbers-they are grandparents, parents, siblings, children, spouses, and friends that can’t even be mourned or properly buried. As we move ahead and while the recovery is still long, let’s pause and remember all of them. 
On the legislative front, I am proud that my third party delivery platform legislation to protect locally owned restaurants and save jobs amid this pandemic, was signed into law. The fight to protect our small business is not over but this is a great step in the right direction.
We are glad to share numbers and statistics from our District Office as far as constituent cases, food and mask giveaways, cleaning initiatives and more, that our Staff has been diligently working on during this pandemic.
To ensure you receive the best assistance with any issues, please contact our District Office at (718) 931-1721, email us at MGjonaj@council.nyc.gov and follow us on social media for the most updated news.
As we are NY Strong and moving to NY Forward, we continue to salute our first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees who are weathering the frontline, serving and protecting us. 
Wishing you all a peaceful weekend, please exercise social distancing, wear a mask and remember – We are All in This Together!
NYC Councilman Mark GjonajDistrict 13, Bronx
Essential Employees are doing an exceptional work to make sure that we have critical services during this difficult time. Thank you Manny from NYC Emergency Management, National Guard, MTA Bus Driver Pedro Torres, NYPD 45th Precinct, Wildcats, and many others for all you are doing! #SalutingOurHeroes
Mayor de Blasio Signs Councilman Gjonaj’s Legislation into Law
It was a historic day for small businesses in NYC as Mayor de Blasio signed into law Councilman Mark Gjonaj’s legislation on third party delivery reforms to protect locally owned restaurants and save jobs amid this pandemic. We are proud that this endeavor has come to this day and will make the difference between a locally owned business staying open and keeping its workers employed. The fight to protect our small business is not over and this is a great step in the right direction. Councilman Gjonaj looks forward to the continued legislative cooperation from both colleagues in the Council and within the administration on long-term.
Upcoming NYC Council Hearings
Upcoming legislative and budget hearings over the next few weeks that will be streamed online. See the full list of hearings by Clicking Here.
Small Business Walkthrough and Face Mask Giveaway with SBS Commissioner
Councilman Mark Gjonaj was happy to welcome the new NYC Small Business Services Commissioner Jonnel Doris to the Bronx to visit businesses along the Westchester Avenue commercial corridor in Pelham Bay to hear firsthand about their needs and concerns during this crisis, as well as do a face mask giveaway.
Memorial Day Ceremonies in District 13
Amid the pandemic, a different remembrance this Memorial Day weekend, as Councilman Mark Gjonaj proudly took part in Memorial Services ceremonies around our district to salute, remember and honor the sacrifice of so many who have served our country.
Neighborhood Free Mask Giveaways in District 13
Councilman Mark Gjonaj was proud to giveaway free masks to residents in the Spencer Estate, White Plains Road, Hutchinson River Parkway, and Pelham Parkway neighborhoods! Thank you to our community associations for your partnership. Stay tuned to find out when we stop by your neighborhood next.
National Guard Delivers Hand Sanitizers
Thank you to the National Guard for their service and dropping off much needed hand sanitizer to our District Office. We look forward to sharing the hand sanitizer with our community. We are all in this together!
Food and Mask Distributions in District 13
Another Food and Mask Distribution in our District with AAOHA, ICNA Relief, and Catholic Charities for the Pelham Parkway, NYCHA Throggs Neck, Rhinelander Ave, St. Peter’s Ave, Boston Rd, and Pelham Bay communities. Thank you to all the volunteers and donors. We are all in this together!
Bronx Business Forum
Councilman Mark Gjonaj joined the Third Avenue BID, Small Business Commissioner, Bronx businesses and other elected officials to a Bronx Business Forum as they discussed equitable resources, recovery and reopening for Bronx businesses.
NYCDOE CEC 8 Kindness Awards Ceremony
Councilman Mark Gjonaj was glad to be part of the NYCDOE CEC 8 Kindness Awards Ceremony honoring 37 student kindness winners. Congratulations to the students and thank you Superintendent Dr. Erika Tobia, District 8 Choir, teachers, parents and staff for all your efforts. #KindnessMatters
Weekend City Island Clean-Up
This pandemic should not be a reason for anyone to litter our streets and our neighborhoods. Great work by our partners Wildcats on this weekly assignment cleaning the City Island!
Graffiti Removal Service
After complaints to our office about graffiti on 2112 White Plains Road/Corner of Maran Avenue, we are glad to share that it has been removed and painted.
Thank You: Domestic Violence Resources Tele-Townhall
Thank You Letters
Safety Tele-Townhall
Neighborhood Free Mask Giveaways in District 13
Stay tuned for a Free Mask Giveaway in your neighborhood!
COVID-19 Cleaning Services
COVID-19 Protective Supplies & Food Distributions in District 13
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