As we all work through the COVID-19 situation, we will provide the most up to date information as it becomes available to us through New York State, the NYS Economic Development Council and Lewis County Public Health.
Am I an essential business? Guidance can be found here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
Produce Needed Supplies: Can you convert your operation to produce the needed supplies, such as PPE, hand sanitzier, etc.? For more information: https://esd.ny.gov/guidelines-personal-protective-equipment-ppe
Please check out the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for up to date details on what our local businesses are offering during this time!
For assistance with filing for Unemployment Insurance, please call 315-376-5800 to make an appointment. Due to overload, the UI system has been crashing. Please be patient & try to apply during off hours (early mornings or late night).
If you need small business guidance, please contact our Watertown Small Business Development Center
Unemployment Benefits: Employees can apply for uneployment benefits here. The 7 day wait period has been waived.
Unemployment Insurance Claims: The State is working to alleviate the significant pressure the influx of unemployment claims has created on the workforce system. Therefore, the New York State Department of Labor has just released a new schedule for individuals filing new Unemployment Insurance Claim by phone or web. As a reminder the 7 day waiting period has been waived. https://labor.ny.gov/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm
The day you file is based on the first letter of your last name, and filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of your claim. Claims are effective on the Monday of the week of filing: A-F: Monday | G-N: Tuesday | O-Z: Wednesday
United Way of NNY is working to address critical concerns to North Country families, such as a shortage of supplies to meet the basic health and safety needs, children's access to breakfast and lunch and the immediate economic impact for many workers. If you wish to donate to the United Way of NNY Crisis fund, please click for more information.
Please feel free to call Lewis County Economic Development at 315-376-3014, or the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, at 315-376-2213 with any questions or concerns!
Stay safe, and healthy! We will get through this together. #naturallylewis #naturallytogether