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Coronavirus: How Can You Help?

I don't really like the phrase "social distancing." I think of it more as "physical distancing," because we still need to be social. Maintaining connections with each other, in creative and virtual ways, is not only important to our well-being at this time but also reminds us that we are not in this alone. We are all going through this crisis together.

The Coronavirus has already forced so many people out of work, and food insecurity is going to become an increasing reality. Far too many Long Islanders, even before Coronavirus changed the way we live, often weren't sure where their next meal would be. Now, many more families will be affected.

One way to help is to take a moment today and contact your local food bank. If you are unsure where to turn, consider Island Harvest, at, or Long Island Cares, at

Another big concern is our senior population. As one of the most vulnerable groups, they should not be going out to super markets or pharmacies. One way you can help is to "adopt a senior" and if possible, pick up essential items they need and drop them at their doorstep. Or even just give them a call and check in on them. I have done this the last few days and their appreciation for the call is palpable through the phone lines. It is a connection that is needed at this time. Many churches and senior centers have "adopt a senior" programs, so give them a call if this is something you would like to do to help out.

Over 10,000 cases have now been identified in New York State, and we can anticipate that number to grow. This is not going away any time soon, and our first priority must be to keep physical distance and not go out except for essential items.

But social distancing (or physical distancing) doesn't mean we should stop caring about each other. This may well be one of the most trying and difficult times we will go through as a society. But we will come out on the other side of this crisis better if we take care of each other in the meantime.

And remember that I am always here for you if you need help. I may not have the answer but I'm ready to find it. Let me know.


Posted on March 22, 2020.

For 25 years, I have been a common-sense businessman — not a career politician — so I look at things differently. I know about fixing dysfunction. It starts with hard work, a commitment to results, and perseverance — not scoring cheap political points. We can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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