A. Tax-related –


B. Incentive-related –

(1) Stimulus – $600 check to each person

(2) State unemployment benefits

(3) SBA (Small Business Association) programs:

(a) Payroll Protection Plan ) – renewal of first one and issuance of new one

(b)  Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants (EIDL – Uncertain at 2/1/21 if this program                        will be available like last year.

(c) Shuttered Opportunity Grants – SOS Grants

C. Grants and loans from industry groups –

(1) EAG- Episcopal Actors Guild (

(2) Dramatists Guild, NYC

D. Unemployment Benefits Program

E. Various governmental programs

F. Various community programs



A. Vaccine info

B. Testing info




Once weekly – Tuesday at 7 to 8:30pm (Platforms – Zoom, and simultaneously on Facebook Live and Radio (WVOX 1460AM, and worLdwide on http://www.wvox). Please contact Fran Sisco by phone to arrange being a guest or a sponsor. TO BE A GUEST OR SPONSOR on future shows, please text me at 914.589.1013 (cell) the following “Yes to and the date. Each guest has between 2-3 minutes to share a discussion, song, poem, monologue, writing, performance, comedy (but must be PG with no vulgarity), tips and suggestions, information about the EIDL Small Business grants, other grants and resources, memorials, etc. Several people have told me this show is a cross (a rough one at that) between The Joe Franklin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and now with Jimmy Fallon.
On each show, there will be a 15-minute focus segment. For example, on one show we may highlight 5 actors reading monologues or a scene. On another show, we may focus on playwrights discussing their recent plays and musicals. Sometimes music and song with be the focus, and sometimes finance, banking and legal issues, or grant resources. Although prayer and spirituality and meditation has a spot on every show, on a focus show we may have three priests, ministers and rabbis having a discussion and answering questions. Filmmakers and reviewers will discuss films on most shows, but on a periodic show we will show clips from produced award-winning films, especially from indie filmmakers. On each show there will be some comedy (stand-up or sketch) but on one periodic show, we will have a game show segment, involving several guests and co-hosts, with prizes. Each show is very different so please keep coming back to watch them, either live if you can or prerecorded.
This show is an extension of the long-running Crisis Help Radio show that I’ve co-hosted with Tom Sullivan for over 11 years, and with my daughter Kelly Sisco more recently.

Sample show #0 – Tech rehearsal

from Thursday 3/26/20 (12pm noon to approx. 2 pm) – Youtube link as follows:

A rehearsal show that had some technical difficulties but was funny and informative nevertheless, including Pepe Cardona (via facetime phone, singing “What the World Needs Now”), Baron Raymonde, Pat DiBuono, Gene Dinapoli, Pastor Patt Kauffman, Mike Marino, Kathrina Miccio (and Lulu Lama), Anne Bella, Tony Aversano, Gail Thacker, Stephen Moscatello, Michelle Hartley, Lily Nin (and Fifi).

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Sample show #1

from Wednesday 4/1/20 (12pm noon to approx. 2 pm) – Youtube link as follows:

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Sample show #2

from Tuesday 4/7/20 (7 to 8:30pm) link as follows:

(A) Zoom recording of show (but missing first several minutes because the host Fran Sisco forgo to press “Record” on her Zoom application until about 10 minutes into the recording) that was also shared on Facebook Live under Francis Sisco

Freddie Lando sings “Prayer” starting at 1 hour and 32 minutes and 20 seconds.

(B) Facebook Live post as follows: (The steadier recording posted on youtube is posted above, although it is missing the first several minutes.)

Freddie Lando sings “Prayer” starting at 1 minute 51 seconds (on cursor bar) and again on 1 hour and 32 minutes and 0 seconds.

(to be replaced by edited file at 4/19/20)

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Sample show #3

from Wednesday 4/8/20 (12pm noon to 2pm) link as follows:

(A) Zoom recording of show that was also shared on Facebook Live under Francis Sisco

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Sample show #4

from Tuesday 4/14/20 from 7pm to link as follows:

(A) Zoom recording of show that was also shared on Facebook Live under Francis Sisco (and some of audio was broadcast on WVOX 1460 AM – or

(B) Radio recording from live broadcast on WVOX 1460AM ( with Tom Sullivan in the studio as co-host and Chuck Donegan as engineer. (The beginning was choppy in trying to coordinate the visual show and the radio show)

Click below:

Tom played his song parody of “Close to You” called “Far From You), written by Tom Sullivan and sung by Shelly Gartner.

Call in guest Kelly Karavites, discussing his message of staying positive through the anxiety he is feeling.

Sample show #5

from Wednesday 4/15/20 from 12:10pm to link as follows:

(Note) There were 2 technical problems, namely (1) I forgot to record the Zoom show and (2) the Facebook Live show was not recorded the first 10 minutes of audio (because I had headphone plugged in and thus the sound of the guests was not heard to record on Facebook Live.  Note from 4/20/20- I plan to create a visual file from the fragments I have, to at least recapture some of the moments.


Sample show #6

from Tuesday 4/21/20 from 5:10 to 6:10pm – link as follows:

“Crisis Help Show”-4/21/20-Themes – Money & Funny – Edited To Exclude 14 minutes of practice At Beginning

Themes – Money and Funny –
Co-hosts Fran Sisco and daughter Kelly Sisco.

Introductions section:
Warren Bub – sharing about him being Covid-19 – positive, but now doing well
Fran Sisco – reports that a client received $171,000 proceeds for a Economic Injury Disaster Loan, following a $3,000 based on 2 employees
Kelly Sisco – reporting about the Crisis Help Radio Show (once monthly) and this Crisis Help Show currently being twice weekly
Peter Gonzalez Falcon – actor, documentarian, cook, etc.
Lily Nin – actor, artist, writer
Warren Bub – actor, producer,
Pat DiBuono – actor, small business and sales advisor,
Cristina Fontanelli – singer all over the world, actor in film “Santino”
Anthony Valbiro – director, actor, entertainer,
Gene Dinapoli – entertainer, singer, actor,entrepreneur
Kathrina Miccio -festival director, filmmaker, actor, artist
April Brucker – actress, writer, comedian, ventriloquist
Helaine Witt – comedian, entertainer

Paying respects for people who died, and wishing the best for those who are sick. Saying “Our Father”
April (and May, the puppet)
Helaine Witt
Anthony Valbiro – Singing “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”
Peter Gonzalez Falcon – Winging it, and talking about cooking
Warren Bub – Praying for Nick Cordero, famous actor
Susan Mutti – Announced $480 Billion relief package

Fran Sisco – Regarding SBA loans
Lily Nin –
current creativity, writing, photos, sketching
Gene Dinapoli – Referring to May and 57 cents and talking to May and April
Cristina Fontanelli – Singing “My Heart will Go On and On”
Pat DiBuono – Sales coaching and business development strategy – postponed to next meeting
Kathrina Miccio – Singing her children’s song, mentioned upcoming show


Sample show #7

from Tuesday 4/28/20 from 5:10 to 6:10pm – link as follows:


Sample show #8

from Tuesday 4/28/20 from 7:10pm to 8:10pm – link as follows:


Sample show #9

from Tuesday 5/5/20 from 7:10pm to 8:45pm – link as follows: (The show was not broadcast on Facebook Live). The focus was on Rusty Hesse and his passing on 4/30/20.

An additional fuller show with about 5 guests happened on Tuesday 5/5/20 at 7pm to 8:30pm (with a sign-in for testing speaker and mic etc. starting at 6pm when the Voom link will be emailed to people who have signed up with Fran Sisco via email at

Sample show #10

from Saturday 5/9/20 from 7:10pm to 10pm – link as follows: (The show was not broadcast on Facebook Live). The focus was on Rusty Hesse and his passing on 4/30/20.

(A shorter show with about  guests will happen on Saturday 5/9/20 at 7pm to 8:30pm)(with a sign-in for testing speaker and mic etc. starting at 6pm when the Voom link will be emailed to people who have signed up with Fran Sisco via email at

Sample show #11

from Tuesday 5/12/20 from 7:10pm to 8:30pm – link as follows: (The show was broadcast on Facebook Live). The focus was on the magic of Mothers in dealing with crisis.

For more info, please contact Fran Sisco via email at


CORONAVIRUS MAJOR WARNING AT 4/2/20- PLEASE READ THE BELOW! Major effect on decision-making, especially for essential businesses evaluating to stay open. It now may make more sense to close COMPLETELY (exception for isolation operations) if it is true that the virus spreads as easily in the air as indicated below. xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 4/2/20

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CORONAVIRUS CRISIS POSTING #14 FOOD SAFETY TIPS – Worthwhile to review this video. on  xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 4/1/20 Correction: Rinse fruits and vegetables with water – no soap. Correction: NIH Data – COVID-19 lives on cardboard for 1 day.
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CORONAVIRUS POSTING from 3/28/20 –  NY Times Update on New Rochelle and on hope. xoxo Fran Sisco, resident in the containment zone that has been recently lifted., posted 3/28/20

“Everybody talks about flattening the curve, and I think that’s exactly what we were able to do,” a health official said.


SBA ECONOMIC INJURY LOAN ADVANCE – Up to $10,000 for small businesses and non-profits except churches. The loan advance does not have to be repaid. Caution about conflicting media info. As of 4/10/20, it seems that the measure of how much will be paid to an applicant is $1,000 per employee. When further info is knowS, we will post it, and also when the proceeds are received the over 20 applications I have processed with clients who named me as a helping representative.

Link to EIDL –

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SBA LOANS – EIDL ADVANCE AND PPP (Payroll Protection Plan) – The below 4/9/20 Forbes article is a good general informative piece. (FACEBOOK CORONA VIRUS POSTING #24).  Regarding EIDL, please call me if you have further more detailed questions. Thanks, Fran Sisco, CPA

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SBA Payroll Protection Plan – This loan provides about 2.5 months of payroll as a forgivable loan (but how much). These need to be processed through a bank


FACEBOOK POSTING – CORONAVIRUS – POSTING #15-Info about financial help for actors and other creatives who are members of SAG-AFTRA. (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 4/1/20

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FACEBOOK POSTING – CORONAVIRUS CRISIS HELP REPORT – POSTING #13Here is resource guide for MUSICIANS prepared by Billboard. Could be of important help! xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 4/1/20 (Please join us on our live “Crisis Help Show” today 4/1/20 at 12pm noon on Zoom (fb message me for the Zoom link or voicecall me) and/or go to my Francis Sisco page on facebook. xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 4/1/20

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FACEBOOK POSTING – CORONAVIRUS POSTING #14A For people identifying as women and over 40 who are artists and residents of certain California counties can apply for grants described below. xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 4/2/20

The Anonymous Was a Woman emergency grant will distribute a total of $250,000 in funding, up to $2,500 for each grantee.
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Here is the new info on the upgraded NY Unemployment application process. It may be worthwhile to stop trying the old application and use the new system. Not sure , but I think it launches 7pm on 4/9/20. I believe you can apply online starting 4/10/20 as follows:
Monday – to Thursday – 7:30am to 7:30pm
Friday – 7:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday – Anytime
Sunday – until 7pm

Special NY unemployment form – “Unemployment Insurance Request for Reconsideration”

Click to access TC403HR.pdf

Fran Sisco, posted 4/9/20


(1) Extensions – There is an automatic extension for filing and for paying Federal taxes extended from 4/15/20 to 7/15/20. I encourage taxpayers who expect a refund to file ASAP, and I also suggest filing extensions before 4/15/20 to get an automatic extension until 10/15/20, which is later than the current extension date.

(2) Preparing tax returns – It may be wise to file 2019 ASAP to get updated info on government systems that may be necessary for unemployment claims, grants, loans, etc. My usual tax preparation fees are based on the number of hours I spend X $100 special-reduced-hourly rate.  Because of my unique systems developed over the years, and my wide and long experience,  I am able to prepare accurate tax returns less expensively than many preparers.


FINANCIAL SERVICES ALERT! – I am a CPA and financial advisor for over 35 years with thousands of clients over that period. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact me via cell phone or email to regarding:
1. Preparing tax returns, current ones and prior ones
2. Applying to the SBA or banks for loans
3. Getting unemployment insurance from your state or from new Federal rules just passed on 3/27/2
3. Moving some risky variable funds into secure fixed-rate investments
4. Evaluating insurance plans including life insurance and long-term care insurance
5. Getting estate plans up to date.

6. Seek out bold out-of-the-box ideas as well as tried-and-true prudent suggestions.

Reasonable fees.
Fran Sisco, CPA, PFS, AEP

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FINANCIAL -STIMULUS CHECK OF $1,200 (if joint Adjusted Gross Income is under $198,000 and if single your AGI is under $99,000, with phase-outs before that level)


Yahoo Finance Article dated 4/24/20 about Stimulus Checks:


Copy from 4/17/20 email from Westchester County Legislator, Damon Maher, serving New Rochelle, Eastchester and surrounds:

We’re now in mid-April and you don’t have to send the IRS any money.  In fact, it may be the other way around if you file for a refund now or if you are eligible for a direct individual payment from the federal Stimulus Package #3.  The IRS has released its new Get My Payment tool (referenced in the note below) which individuals can use to:

  • Check their payment status,
  • Confirm their payment type: either direct deposit or check, and
  • Enter bank account information for direct deposit if:
    • IRS doesn’t have their direct deposit information, and
    • Hasn’t sent their payment yet

In certain cases, the Get My Payment app will be unable to tell users the status of their payment. Users may receive this message if they:

  • Are not eligible for a payment (Click here for the IRS FAQs doc for question on who is eligible and who is not eligible)
  • Are required to file a tax return and have not filed in tax year 2018 or 2019.
  • Recently filed their return or provided information through the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info tool. Payment status will be updated when processing is completed.
  • Are an SSA or RRB 1099 recipient, SSI or VA benefit recipient – the IRS is working with the relevant agency to issue payments and information is not available in this app yet.

Additional information is included in the IRS release that I received from our friends in Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office.


Link to article –

Posted 4/16/20


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