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Starting Monday, April 12, those who lost loved ones to COVID-19 will be able to apply for retroactive reimbursements for burial costs.  Applicants can receive up to $9,000 per burial.  

The deceased’s documentation status is not considered, but the applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal residents, asylees, refugees, or non-citizen nationals.

To apply, you must call 844-684-6333. The call center will be open from 9am to 9pm ET, starting April 12. 

Before you call, please collect relevant documentation. The applicant(s) must provide:  

  • a copy of the death certificate. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely a result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are also considered sufficient. 
  • proof of funeral expenses incurred. Documentation (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) must include the applicant’s name as the responsible person for the expense, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and that funeral expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020 

Please note, FEMA will only award COVID-19 funeral assistance for a deceased individual on a single application. If multiple individuals contribute toward funeral expenses, they should register under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. 

For examples of eligible funeral expenses and for more information, click here. 


Verizon Power Outage in Mount Vernon


Earlier today, Mayor Patterson-Howard provided an update on the Verizon Outage impacting Mount Vernon. You can view that update here. A fire has damaged part of Verizon’s network equipment at the central office in Mount Vernon. Currently, service to about 900 customers remains impacted. This includes some FIOS, traditional phone services, broadband and TV services.
The Mayor’s office has been engaged with Verizon on providing updates on when service will be restored and estimates are between midnight and Monday morning.
If you are a Verizon customer and you remain out of service you should contact 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966). Any customer who has been impacted by this service disruption may receive a service credit.
At 8 pm tonight Mayor Patterson-Howard will be giving an update on about the Verizon outage and relevant city & COVID updates.


Join us, Friday, March 5th for some fresh produce & non-perishable items. We highly encourage you to pre-register to avoid long wait times.

To register, send your name and telephone number to or call the Recreation Department at 914-665-2420.
Please be patient with us as we are slowly transitioning to a pre-registered food distribution for the community. Be safe!

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