The help New York needs now – New York Daily News

Then, in a flash, COVID-19 killed more than 33,000 New Yorkers and disrupted the lives of millions. Desperate measures to contain the virus led to 20% unemployment in New York City at its peak, and nearly 16% statewide. Restaurants, small businesses and retail outlets, not-for-profits and cultural institutions, public agencies and local governments have had their finances gutted. Recent reports about vaccine effectiveness are encouraging, but the virus is far from done with us.