Manhattan COVID-19 News Roundup, May 4, 2020

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Levine Praises Provision of 400,000 Kosher Meals

Council Member Mark D. Levine
Council Member Mark D. Levine

The City Council has distributed 400,000 Kosher meals to New Yorkers since Apr. 21, according to a recent report from Jewish Insider.

Following efforts by the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, 150,000 such meals have been available at various “Grab & Go” locations citywide. An additional 220,000 went to seniors and families who are required to be under quarantine.

“There has never been a time in our history where the city needed to do more to get food to New Yorkers, and it’s critical that the unique dietary needs of the Jewish community be served in this crisis,” said former caucus chair Mark Levine (D-Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights), especially considering “how hard this virus has been hitting the Orthodox community.”

Hoylman Wants to Restore Subway Service after Pandemic

State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Senator Brad Hoylman

State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Chelsea, Midtown West,) indicated plans to propose legislation requiring a restoration of subway service once the coronavirus pandemic ends, CBS 2 New York reported Friday.

Since the announcement that trains would close nightly for cleaning, the 100,000 New Yorkers who use the trains in the late night hours must rely on extra buses. 

“This can’t become our new normal, we can’t let COVID-19 hurt one of New York City’s greatest assets,” he said. “I think it’s an important signal to all New Yorkers, once we beat this virus, we need to get back to business.”

Kallos Leads Senior Food Drive

Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Ben Kallos

City Councilmember Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side, East Harlem, Roosevelt Island) and Wildcat Services employees gave meals to the seniors at the Upper East Side’s Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center last Thursday, Patch reported.  

The center, located on the NYCHA housing campus of the same name on 1st Avenue and East 93rd Street, had previously announced it required volunteers to feed their quarantined seniors. 

Wildcat Services is a nonprofit that connects homeless New Yorkers to employment to help them get back on their feet.

“Our neighborhood facilities that feed our seniors and house NYCHA residents needed help with getting meals to the community,” said Kallos. “I knew I could not do it all myself so I called in reinforcements. My friends over at Wildcat pounced at the chance to help, today is a win for everybody involved.”