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Yesterday Mayor de Blasio released New York City’s Executive Budget for FY21. This budget aims to address a $8.7 billion deficit due, in great part, to the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus on the city while also ensuring that vital food supports, human services, and health care are available to all New Yorkers to both fight COVID-19 and put the city on the road to recovery. These are challenging times that are forcing our city leaders to make difficult decisions. But in making these decisions, they must be vigilant about not causing further harm. The individuals, children, and families most challenged by the coronavirus will be the most impacted by many of the proposed cuts. This is especially troubling considering that they are the very persons who were struggling economically and academically to get on track and forge ahead before COVID-19.

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The effects of the coronavirus on New York City are reaching mammoth proportions as the number of people affected soars. It’s been speculated that city and state budgets will take a massive hit due to pandemic response and economic impact. Now we have estimates of how big that hit will be.

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On Friday, the president signed into law The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2.1 trillion CARES Act provides significant support for people, states, the health care system, small businesses, and yes, big businesses too.

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For those stuck at home and looking for distractions, here’s one: The 2020 census has arrived. For the first time this year, the once-a-decade survey can be completed online or by phone, in addition to via snail mail. But that doesn’t mean the federal government’s massive census operations can be insulated from the far-reaching impact of the novel coronavirus.

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The Interfaith Census 2020 Coalition is launching a first-of-its-kind census mobilization effort. It’s a partnership between city government and New York City faith leaders and communities. The goal is increased participation in this year’s census in historically undercounted communities.

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