General Resources

Legal Resources/Rights

Our free and confidential legal helpline (1-833-NEED-ABB (1-833-633-3222) can help you understand your workplace rights around caring for yourself and your family members. We assist workers nationwide facing various issues at work related to:

  • sick leave;
  • family and medical leave;
  • pregnancy discrimination;
  • accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions;
  • discrimination based on being a parent or other caregiver;
  • fair scheduling; and
  • equal pay (including inquiries from potential employers about salary history)

Voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot. A voter may request an absentee ballot as follows:

  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
  • You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form:
  • Upon completion, applications must be mailed, emailed or faxed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
  • You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
    • your name and date of birth
    • the address where you are registered
    • an address where the ballot is to be sent
    • the reason for the request.

    The letter may be sent via mail, email or fax.

AT&T has a new resource for how to avoid COVID scams and be safe online during the Pause when more people are online than ever before, including criminals. It is called CyberAware.

The COVID-19 Tenant Protection Unit, staffed by members of the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office, will assure that tenants’ rights are being protected through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “New York on Pause” order, which put all commercial or residential eviction under a 90-day moratorium. To file a complaint, click here.

The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles offices are limiting in-person services, you can still do most transactions online. DMV staff are also available by phone at 518-486-9786 to answer questions. The DMV has extended any driver’s licenses, non-driver ID, vehicle registration, 45-day temporary registration issued by auto dealers or yearly vehicle inspections to expire as of March 1 or after until further notice.

LSHV provides free, high-quality counsel in civil matters for poor and low-income individuals and families who cannot afford to pay an attorney when basic human needs are at stake.

NYSCADV, provides training and technical assistance for local domestic violence programs across New York State, working with communities to change our culture into one that doesn’t condone violence, and advocating for policies to make sure that survivors across our state are provided the support they need to get safe and heal.

The County has established a COVID-19 Tenant Protection Unit for anyone who believes they are being treated unjustly by their landlord. They can call 340 – 3232 to register a complaint or go to the “Forms” section of the Ulster County COVID-19 website.

Business Related

A series of events hosted by The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business discussing how to keep employees engaged, digital currencies in uncertain times, and embracing the uncertainty of the future. Attending the Zoom conversations is free of charge.

The most recent listing of businesses to be considered essential under the Federal government guidelines. 

In this time of great stress and challenge for our nonprofits, their staff, and the communities they serve, Nonprofit University is pleased to offer our spring workshops online and free to all. We realize this may be a difficult time for you, and we want you to know this resource remains available to you. To register for any of the workshops below, click here.

Facebook group promoting ALL of the members of the Small Business community in the Ulster County Region. A way to support local businesses who are modifying the way they operate and instituting digital options through this time.

Resilience in a Box is based on best practices and designed to educate newcomers on business resilience. Small businesses are both highly vulnerable and can be without adequate resources to focus on preparedness actions. These resources will guide companies toward addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions.

VOTE411 is a new service by the League of Women Voters to facilitate creating personal voter information: Register to Vote, Check you Registration Status, Find What’s on the Ballot… Protect your right to vote and make a choice.

Hudson valley based free resource called We’re Still Open HV that has restaurants as well as professional services that are still open! It has a super easy search function that allows you to search by category, town, county, or even keyword. All run by volunteers. Check it out! 

Tips for Managing Stress

During this anxious time of dealing with isolation and concern due to COVID-19, this resource from the Institute for Disaster Mental Health has suggestions that can help you better deal with the isolation and uncertainty of the current situation.



New York Times article: “10 Ways to Ease Your Cornavirus Anxiety”

Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline

Staffed 24/7 for answers to questions on issues related to the coronavirus.
Ulster County Hotline:
Ulster County Online Chat Tool:
(for Covid-19 questions and concerns)
NYS Hotline: 888-364-3065

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Additional HOTLINE support:
Family of Woodstock crisis phone line: 845-338-2370 (24 hr.)
New York State Crisis text line: Text 741-741 (24 hr.) Text and Chat line: 845-679-2485
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- 8255 (24 hr.)

Educational Opportunities

NYS announces a partnership with an online training platform which will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the COVID-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost. The new tool will provide access to nearly 4,000 online programs taught by leading professors and industry professionals on Coursera, with a focus on high-growth and in-demand sectors like advanced manufacturing, technology, and health care, among others.

New Yorkers can request a free account on the New York State Department of Labor website.

A directory of 450 Ivy League courses available for free online, across a wide range of disciplines.

A directory of 450 Ivy League courses available for free online, across a wide range of disciplines.

Libraries are now beginning to offer limited openings and curbside pickups. To see what your local library’s policies are check the MHLS.  Libraries offer a range of online resources from e-books and digital magazines to audiobooks, foreign language courses, and online classes in a wide rage of subjects from accounting to psychology to web development and even home-schooling. Click here for listing.

Virtual Tours & Treks

A 360-degree tours of historical landmarks, museums, and cultural institutions from around the world at your fingertips. Discover artworks, historical information, cultural treasures, and stories from all around the world in a new way, and easily share with your friends.

Explore virtual treks through Petra in Jordan, the Khumbu valleys at the base of Mt. Everest in Nepal, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt from the comfort of your home during quarantine

Resources for Special Populations

As LGBTQ+ health and community centers are shutting down nationwide, these virtual resource kits, phone hotlines, live streams, and webinars are vital for getting information and support.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance offer a comprehensive page of resources for domestic workers who keep homes clean and safe, care for children and provide support for elders and people with disabilities. Their work as nannies, home care workers and housecleaners is critically important–and it puts them on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. is dedicated to increasing access to resources and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. We understand that these times are especially hard on immigrant communities dealing with the unique challenges of coronavirus and immigration status.

Immigrant Resources page for local, Ulster County resources and answers to FAQ regarding immigrants rights during this crisis.

It is important for trans people to be prepared for obstacles if an outbreak happens in their communities. NCTE urges everyone to put together a plan of action that not only takes into account basic health needs, but also your specific needs as a trans person. Click here for more information.

List of grocery stores that offer dedicated senior shopping hours. Some stores also offer shopping hours for vulnerable populations in general – including pregnant mothers and immune compromised. Will update as information becomes available. Click Here.