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Will The New York Legislature Return?

BY Nick Reisman New York State

State lawmakers aren't ruling out a return to Albany for finishing up a legislative session that has been disrupted by a global pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signaled he felt the Legislature's work wasn't done, days after they put the finishing touches on a state budget that will have to be re-adjusted throughout the year amid non-existent tax revenues and uncertainty surrounding continued federal support.

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Cuomo Warns States: You Could Be Next In COVID-19 Fight

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Mixed in with Governor Andrew Cuomo's daily and increasingly dire warnings of the impact of the pandemic on New York's strained public health system has been a message to other states: You could very well be the next part of the country to face the coronavirus.

New York has the most coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York City leading the way followed by suburban counties in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.

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Controversial NY Bail Law Would See Changes if Budget Legislation Passes

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York lawmakers are poised to approve legislation that would expand the criminal charges that would qualify for cash bail — altering a measure that was approved in the previous year's budget.

The provision will qualify charges for offenses like sex trafficking, second-degree burglary, aggravated vehicular assault, money laundering charges, and child pornography.

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Lawmaker: Require Hospitals To Communicate With Families

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A state lawmaker on Wednesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require hospitals to provide medical updates to family members of patients on a regular basis as visits are barred due to the pandemic.

Democratic Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein in a statement called on Cuomo to issue an executive order amid the no-visitor policy implementation.

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New York's Coronavirus Budget

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's state budget outside of the Albany bubble often draws little attention.

Sure, there are items that can affect a broad range of New Yorkers, like last year when the spending plan banned plastic bags in supermarkets.

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Environmental Measures Find Home In Budget

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Even though this is a rough budget season, full of expected cuts as the state stares down a potential $15 billion budget hole, things are looking bright for environmental advocates.

The New York State Senate included a host of environmentally friendly bills in the the state budget agreement.

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Delayed Paychecks Anger Union Leader

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday declared there is a framework deal in place for a state budget, hours after the state's fiscal year began.

The delayed budget has meant a snag in payroll for 120,000 state workers given the budget due date lined up with payday. So it's meant delayed direct deposits for state employees, including those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Counties Make Last-Ditch Plea On Medicaid

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Local government budgets are going to be hit hard by the resulting economic recession in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

And now the state budget is poised to return more costs of the Medicaid spending onto county governments.

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New York, New Jersey Delegations Seek Regional Hospital Funding

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Federal lawmakers who represent two of the hardest-hit states in the coronavirus pandemic are seeking to direct aid to regional hospitals that could be overwhelmed by an influx of patients.

New York and New Jersey House members on Monday released a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging him to prioritize the $100 billion in hospital spending in a $2 trillion rescue bill for hospitals in their states.

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NY-17: Buchwald Ad Focuses on New Normal

BY Nick Reisman New York City

Assemblyman David Buchwald has released his first TV ad of his congressional campaign, a 30-second spot that focuses on pulling together during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ad is perhaps one of the first to seize on the new normal of the last two weeks, featuring the candidate talking through a laptop computer as millions of Americans take to video streaming to have conversations with loved ones.

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Cuomo For President? No Thanks, He Says

BY Nick Reisman New York State

For years, Governor Andrew Cuomo studiously avoided building a national profile and the accusation that he has his eyes set on the presidency.

Being governor of New York, he has said in so many words, is his dream job. He rarely traveled out of the state, and when he did it was a quick few hours on the ground -- even if that ground was in Israel or Cuba -- and then back home again.

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Corrections Union Chief Tests Positive for Coronavirus

BY Morgan McKay New York State

NYSCOPBA announced on Monday its Union President Michael Powers tested positive for COVID-19 and the union is calling for safety reform within the system during this pandemic.

The New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association is asking the state to allow all employees working in parole offices, correctional and mental health facilities, and other essential agencies to use personal protective equipment.

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Calls To Safeguard Prisons Against Virus Grow

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Calls to provide further safeguards for prisons against the spread of coronavirus are heightening after the president of the state corrections officers' union tested positive for the disease.

Meanwhile, criminal justice advocates have further urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release vulnerable inmates in New York over concerns prisons would be a breeding ground for the virus and spread quickly much in the same way it can through a nursing home.

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New York State Legislature Moves To Vote Remotely

BY Nick Reisman New York State

When state lawmakers cast votes for the state budget this week, many of them might not be in the chamber — or in Albany for that matter.

Both the state Senate and Assembly are taking steps to formally allow for remote voting during a declared emergency.

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Good-Government Advocates: Move Presidential Primary

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A coalition of good-government organizations on Friday endorsed moving New York's presidential primary from April 28 to June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Their letter -- signed by Common Cause, the New York League of Women Voters, the New York Public Interest Research Group, Citizens Union and Reinvent Albany -- comes days after elections commissioners in the state also endorsed the move, as have several state lawmakers.

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Cuomo: New York Schools to Remain Closed For Another 2 Weeks

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York schools will remain closed until at least April 15 in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said.

Some schools ordered closed by the state were set to re-open on Wednesday, and schools overall had a portion of the 180-day open rule for funding waived until then.

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Senator Urges Cuomo To Open Gun Shops

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt in a letter this week to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged him to open gun and sportsmen stores in New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Keeping them closed, Ortt argued in the letter, deprives New Yorkers of their Second Amendment rights. He pointed to neighboring Pennsylvania, which has allowed gun stores to operate on a limited hours basis.

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Jobless Claims Soar In New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

More than 80,500 jobless claims were filed in the last week in New York, according to the state Department of Labor, amid the deepening public health crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The initial increase for unemployment insurance is a 520 percent rise. Each of the state's 10 labor markets saw a minimum 284 percent spike in unemployment insurance claims, state officials said.

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Covering Cuomo In Crisis

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

One late summer day in 2011 a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's press office asked if I wanted to go for a helicopter ride.

A helicopter?

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What Will New York's Jobless Picture Look Like?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The state Department of Labor had some good news on Thursday: New York's unemployment rate in February declined from 3.8 percent to 3.7 percent.

But that last month, before the coronavirus pandemic wrecked Wall Street and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other states ordered non-essential workers to stay home and businesses to close to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Analysis: Trump Exaggerates New York Ventilator Report

BY Nick Reisman New York State

President Donald Trump on Tuesday knocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid a push from New York officials to gain access to tens of thousands of ventilators.

Trump pointed to an article from Gateway Pundit, a right-wing website. He made two basic claims:

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Hickey Freeman To Make Face Masks for Rochester General

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Hickey Freeman, a clothier synonymous with Rochester, will convert its factory in the city manufacture protective face masks for the medical staff at Rochester General Hospital.

The decision by the company to do so comes as private industries have announced plans to change their production efforts to medical supplies in an effort to turn back the coronavirus pandemic and shore up flagging medical supplies.

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Will the New York State Budget Be Cuomo’s Big Buzzkill?

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

After weeks of PowerPoint-filled press conferences; almost daily hits on national television; Red Room appearances by two of his three daughters; tiny but tantalizing glimpses into Cuomo family dynamics; and at least one online love letter, it’s difficult to find anyone but hardcore Andrew Cuomo-haters who have critical words for New York’s ubiquitous governor.

But that may soon change as budget negotiations get heated.

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Cuomo and Trump Find Common Ground

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The coronavirus crisis has created some common ground for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump.

Yes, Trump and Cuomo had a public spat earlier this month over how to handle the crisis. But that quickly extinguished.

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Cuomo Orders All Barber Shops, Salons, Tattoo Parlors to Close

BY Nick Reisman and Spectrum News Staff New York State

Business closures continue as the coronavirus continues to spread in New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced all barber shops, hair salons, tattoo/piercing parlors and other related personal care services would be required to close to the public as of Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m.

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Cuomo Tightens Work-From-Home Order, Tries to Relieve Financial Burden on New Yorkers

BY Nick Reisman and Spectrum News Staff City of Albany
UPDATED 11:35 AM ET Mar. 19, 2020

New York businesses and non-profit entities will have further restrictions placed on their employees coming to work sites around the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Thursday, announced businesses not deemed essential will have to keep 75 percent of their workers at home or have them work remotely in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Your Questions, Answered: Cuomo's Work-From-Home Order

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York businesses will have to cut the number of employees they have coming into worksites and offices in half as per an order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The move is meant to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the state by limiting density.

But there are exemptions and a lot of details. Here's a question-and-answer:

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New York's Budget Will Face Adjustments To Respond To Crisis

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The cascading revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is forcing lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to rethink how the state budget will be shaped.

But time is short to have some sort of spending plan in place: The budget is due at the end of the month.

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Legislature Approves Coronavirus Sick Leave Bill

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:39 PM ET Mar. 18, 2020

For the thousands of people who are in mandatory or self-imposed quarantine: Some relief from New York government.

Lawmakers in half empty chambers on Wednesday put the finishing touches on a bill that would provide for paid time off for those affected.

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Cuomo Order Limits Local Governments From Sheltering In Place

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an order issued on Wednesday limited the ability of local governments to issue emergency orders or executive orders without approval from state health officials.

The move is meant to curtail any efforts in New York City and its mayor, Bill de Blasio, to issue a "shelter in place" order, which Cuomo has said repeatedly he does not want to do.

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Pennsylvania Joins Northeast Coronavirus Pact

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Pennsylvania will join the tri-state area compact to set down a uniform set of orders for limiting movement and density in northeastern states to limit the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced.

The move means that along with New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the ability to "shop" or have people spread the virus to bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and other venues where people to gether will be limited.

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New York Counties Could Take $1B Hit From Coronavirus

BY Nick Reisman New York State

County governments in New York could face an economic hit of $350 million to $1 billion in lost revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report released Wednesday from the New York State Association of Counties found.

The report comes a day after Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in a revenue report found the pandemic will lead to a revenue loss of between $4 billion and $7 billion.

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Teacher Union Frets Testing Mandates Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Schools in New York across the state on Wednesday closed their doors for at least the next two weeks as the state works to limit the number of new coronavirus cases.

In response, the New York State United Teachers union is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive state testing mandates for children in grades 3-8 for the rest of the school year.

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Hospital Ship Coming To New York

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The USNS Comfort will be coming to the New York City harbor amid an expected increase in need for hospital beds due to coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said.

The ship will provide an additional 1,000 beds. But New York will need much more than its current capacity and what the ship can offer.

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Cuomo Orders Private Sector To Keep Half Its Workers Home

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered businesses to keep at least half of its workforce at home or have them work remotely in order to further prevent the spread of coronavirus.

There are exemptions to the order: Businesses that provide food, shipping, pharmacies, medical services, as well as the media, are not included.

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Hospitalizations To Peak in 45 Days for New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Hospitalizations in New York are expected to peak in about 45 days. It's a projection announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that brings a deadline to the need to expand the state's capacity to handle the influx of patients.

At minimum, New York will need to more than triple its capacity for intensive care unit beds and ventilators from 3,000 to at least 18,000. The worst case scenario: New York will have to respond to 37,000 ICU patients.

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Coronavirus Scrambles New York's Revenue

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's projected revenue picture is darkening amid the growing crisis surrounding the spread of coronavirus as a report from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Tuesday estimated the state's revenue projections are off by as much as $7 billion.

At minimum, New York's tax revenue will be $4 billion below projections -- a gap that lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have to fill by the end of this month.

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Paid Sick Leave Bill Takes Shape

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that there is a three-way agreement on the paid sick leave legislation that is expected to be finished today.

According to a state Senate source, the final bill will include 14 days of paid leave for everyone.

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Cuomo Says Feds Are Yet To Own Crisis

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an interview with his brother on CNN Monday evening, said the federal government has not yet "fully owned" the coronavirus crisis.

Cuomo over the last several days has urged the Trump administration to deploy the Army Corps of Engineers to help expand hospital capacity ahead of what's expected to be an influx of patients.

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Cuomo Orders Remaining New York Schools To Close

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The remaining public and private schools in New York that are still open will close on Wednesday for at least two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Cuomo is closing the remaining 14 percent of schools in the state that are still open or have not yet announced plans to close as large-city school districts, including New York City, also begin to close in order to halt the spread of the virus.

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Cuomo Moves Village Elections To April 28

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Village elections scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed to April 28 as the spread of coronavirus continues to upend the election calendar.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order moving the village elections amid broader efforts to reduce density and spread of the virus.

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Cuomo And Trump Spar Over Doing 'More'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

President Donald Trump in a Twitter post on Monday said Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to "do more" with containing and managing the spread of coronavirus -- a claim that led to a retort from the New York Democrat.

"Just had a very good tele-conference with Nation’s Governors," Trump wrote. "Went very well. Cuomo of New York has to 'do more'."

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Cuomo Takes Further Steps To Expand Hospital Capacity

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York officials on Monday announced further steps to expand the state's hospital capacity amid the expectation the public health care system will be stretched to the extreme in the coming weeks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the last several days has urged the federal government to use the Army Corps of Engineers to expand hospitals and intensive care units. New York has about 50,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds with ventilators.

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Push Made for a "Skinny" or "Bare-Bones" Budget

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Two weeks ago, lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo were likely headed to a change in the state's cash bail law, which ended the requirement for misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses.

Now New York and the rest of the globe is staring down the barrel of a pandemic.

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Testing Expands In New York With Private Labs

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's capacity to test for the novel coronavirus will greatly expand in the coming days to up to 6,000 tests by next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said.

The capacity is expanding due to the approval of 28 private laboratories to test for the virus. At the same time, a drive-through testing location was established in New Rochelle, a hot spot for the virus in Westchester County.

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Will Coronavirus Postpone Upcoming Elections? Unclear, For Now

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his team have not considered backing any plans to move New York's presidential primary away from April 28.

But Cuomo on Friday for the first time acknowledged the collecting of petition signatures for candidates in New York, due April 1, presents a problem for those running for office and their staff who go door to door to collect those signatures.

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New York Opens Mobile Testing Site in New Rochelle

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York will be able to expand its coronavirus testing capabiliy to 5,000 a day with the opening a mobile testing site in New Rochelle.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the city on Friday for the opening of the center. New Rochelle has been a hotspot for the virus and Westchester County alone has made up much of the number of confirmed cases in New York.

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New York Officials Battle Coronavirus Rumors

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The subway is about to close. New York City is going to be shutdown.

These were the unfounded rumors elected officials found themselves battling and knocking down late Thursday afternoon.

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Restaurant Association Frets New York Occupancy Cap

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York on Thursday moved to limit large gatherings in response to the coronavirus, a move that will cut occupancy limits in half for restaurants and bars.

Already taking a hard hit in the metropolitan region, the industry worries the cap will have a widespread effect on businesses in New York.

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Coronavirus Spread Could Strain Unemployment Insurance

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Unemployment insurance is expected to be strained as workers stay home or are temporarily thrown out of work amid efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday states can amend their laws to allow for unemployment insurance to be provided for multiple reasons surrounding the coronavirus, even if that person is still employed.

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New York To Bar Gatherings of 500 or More People

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York will bar events of 500 or more people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday, a move meant to block the spread of coronavirus in New York by limiting dense spaces.

The move also require other spaces -- including restaurants, bars and houses of worship -- to cut in half their occupancy limits for the forseeable future.

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Judge Tosses Law Creating Public Financing Panel

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A state Supreme Court judge in a ruling issued Thursday tossed out the law creating a commission that recommended the creation of a system of publicly financed campaigns and provisions that make it harder for minor parties to get on the ballot.

Justice Ralph Boniello wrote in the ruling the measure creating the panel is "an improper and unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority."

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Q And A: SUNY And CUNY To Move To Long-Distance Learning

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The 64 campuses of the state's public college and university system will move to a long-distance learning plan by March 19 amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced.

The development will also affect students, faculty and staff at the City University of New York in New York City.

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Cuomo Wants Businesses To Voluntarily Keep Workers Home

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to speak with business leaders in the state and ask them to voluntarily keep workers at home or have them split shifts at work sites and offices to limit the spread of coronavirus.

"I'm going to ask them voluntarily to do telecommunicating, two shifts, a morning shift and a late shift and let people work from home, voluntarily," Cuomo said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday morning.

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New York To Enact 'Containment Area' For New Rochelle

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York officials on Tuesday said they would enact a "containment area" consisting of a one-mile radius in the Westchester County city of New Rochelle, which has been the site of dozens of conoravirus cases, beginning on Thursday and running until March 25.

Schools in the area will close as will "large facilities" that can host gatherings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.

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Cuomo Says He Wants Budget Impact Review Of Coronavirus

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to perform an assessment of the effect the global spread of coronavirus has had on the state's revenue picture.

For now, it's unlikely the virus has impacted the current year budget, Cuomo said. But the concern is over how the budget that is due to be enacted on April 1.

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Good-Government, Budget Watchdogs Raise Concerns With NY Budget Changes

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A collection of good-government organizations and fiscal watchdog groups on Tuesday released a letter raising concerns with how the state budget could make it harder for the state comptroller's office to track spending.

The letter points to a measure in the budget plan that broadens what are known as "refunds of appropriation." At the moment, the practice provides that if the state is refunded money from a vendor due to overpayment or error, the spending authority is restored that money.

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Cuomo Pushes Paid Sick Leave To The Fore

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he wanted to move quickly on a paid sick leave proposal that would cover people who are quarantined due to the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Cuomo at a news conference said he would speak to top lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly about expediting the measure this week.

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Positive Coronavirus Case In Schools Will Trigger 24-Hour Closure

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Schools in which students or staff test positive for the coronavirus will be closed for at least 24 hours, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.

The move would allow schools to disinfect a building and have the state perform a review to determine whether and when the school should re-open.

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New York Produces Its Own Hand Sanitizer

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York has produced its own hand sanitizer to be made available to government agencies, schools, prisons and the MTA, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday at a news conference.

The goal is to manufacture 100,000 gallons of the sanitizer a week.

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Lawmakers Work To Keep Pace With Coronavirus Developments

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A group of lawmakers will hold a news conference today to address a rise in hate crimes against Asian community members.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara released tips for preparing for the spread of the coronavirus when you share a home with someone with autism.

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Cuomo: NY Delegation Should Have Done More For Coronavirus Aid

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's congressional delegation should have pushed for more in the $35 million approved for the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said.

Cuomo has previously vented his frustrations with the federal response this week, calling the measure signed into law by President Trump "insufficient" for New York.

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Cuomo Wants State Police To Investigate Medical Equipment Thefts

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The State Police is investigating people who have stolen medical equipment from hospitals like face masks amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said.

"It's not just people taking a couple -- two or three," Cuomo said at a news conference. "I mean actual thefts of those products."

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Will Coronavirus Concerns Impact the Legislative Session?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 1:44 PM ET Mar. 06, 2020

Bottles of hand sanitizer are at the ready at the back of the state Assembly chamber.

Signs on bathroom doors and next to elevators remind people to wash their hands for 20 seconds and avoid touching their face.

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Coalition Pushes Carbon Reduction Plan in New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A coalition formed to push New York into becoming the first state that implements a carbon pricing plan is launching a statewide petition on Friday to further bolster their case.

The group, called CarbonFreeNY, wants the state to enact the plan backed by the New York independent System Operator.

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Local Highway Workers, Lawmakers Want More Road Funding

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Hundreds of people clad in bright orange shirts descended on the Capitol this week, calling on the legislature to fund local infrastructure improvement programs.

The Consolidated Local Street Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), PAVE-NY, and Extreme Winter Recovery are just a few of the current programs in the state that help distribute state funds equally to cities for road and bridge improvements.

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Here and Now — March 6

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned.

At 9 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization's Breakfast Conference Commemorating Women's History Month, Antioch Baptist Church, 826 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn.

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More Than 50 Groups Urge Lawmakers To Keep Bail Law, Tax Rich

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A coalition of 51 progressive and criminal justice groups on Friday will send Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly a letter urging them to not alter the state's bail law.

At the same time, they want the state to consider tax increases for the wealthy in order to better fund schools and health care in the budget.

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Cuomo Calls Federal Coronavirus Aid 'Insufficient'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The $35 million allocated for New York in an $8.3 billion appropriation approved by Congress is insuficient for New York to handle an outbreak of coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.

Cuomo announced there were now 22 positive cases of coronavirus in New York, including eight people infected in Westchester County connected to a 50-year-old New Rochelle man.

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Here and Now — March 5

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Good morning! Lawmakers are out of Albany and won't be back until Tuesday. Here's what's happening today in New York:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned.

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Amid Coronavirus Concerns, 300 SUNY and CUNY Students Returning to New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

There are now six confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York state, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The news has prompted public colleges and universities to bring 300 study abroad students home for the semester.

The new cases — up from two on Tuesday — all stem from a Westchester County man who was found to have the virus. They include his neighbor, his wife, and his son who tested positive.

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What New York's New Coronavirus Law Does

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

While many of us were sleeping on Monday, state lawmakers approved a $40 million bill to grant Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded authority to respond to the coronavirus and a potential outbreak in New York.

The measure was signed into law by Cuomo earlier this morning, who called the measure necessary and needed. Some lawmakers, however, initially balked at the proposal given the scope of the powers Cuomo is being granted.

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2nd Coronavirus Case Confirmed in New York State

BY Nick Reisman New York State
UPDATED 10:38 AM ET Mar. 03, 2020

New York's second coronavirus case was confirmed on Tuesday morning by state officials as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a $40 million package that gives him broader authority to respond to a potential outbreak.

The second confirmed case is that of a Westchester County man in his 50s who has no known recent foreign travel. He has underlying health conditions and has been hospitalized in New York City, Cuomo said during a news conference.

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New York Officials Move To Counteract Coronavirus

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers on Monday evening were poised to approve a $40 million bill meant to help New York respond to a potential coronavirus outbreak in the state.

The bill was first proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, part of an effort to purchase equipment and other resources to repsond.

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Cuomo: Coronavirus Response Will Be Costly

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Responding to the coronavirus in New York will be a "significant financial burden" for New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday at a news conference.

A 39-year-old Manhattan woman has tested positive for the virus, the first New York case. She is a health care worker who recently traveled to Iran and has been in self-isolation, Cuomo said.

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Here and Now — March 2

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Good morning and happy Monday. Lawmakers are back at the Capitol today, while Gov. Cuomo will be holding a briefing on the coronavirus.

Here's what's happening today:

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Cuomo Speaks With Pence On Coronavirus Response

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday spoke with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the state's response to the coronavirus, while the governor in a series of radio interviews this morning said it is "inevitable" a positive case will come to New York.

Pence is coordinating the federal government's effort in responding to the spread of the virus, which has shaken the financial markets.

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Abuse Survivors Renew CVA Extension Call

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse renewed their push on Thursday to extend the look-back window for the Child Victims Act, saying more time is needed to allow victims to file legal claims.

Their push comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week signaled he was skeptical over whether the look-back window, due to close in August, should be extended for another year.

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Cuomo Outlines Anti-Hate Crimes Agenda

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined on Thursday his proposal in the state budget to combat hate crimes in New York through $25 million in spending meant to aid vulnerable religious non-profit entities.

The spending comes amid an uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the state over the last year.

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Bloomberg's Gay Marriage Claim Goes To The Heart Of Cuomo's Legacy

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The first time former Mayor Mike Bloomberg in a debate this week played up his role in the push getting Republicans in the state Senate to support same-sex marriage, Gov. Andrew Cuomo shrugged it off.

The second time Bloomberg did so in a CNN town hall on Wednesday night, Cuomo's gloves came off.

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Here and Now - February 27

BY Nick Reisman NY State of Politics Blog

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with nothing public planned.

At 10 a.m., New York State United Teachers will bring its Fund Our Future statewide bus tour to the City School District of Albany. Sheridan Preparatory Academy. 400 Sheridan Ave., Albany.

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Cuomo Shrugs Off Bloomberg's Gay Marriage Claim

BY Nick Reisman Albany County

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday shrugged off the claim made by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that he got Senate Republicans to support same-sex marriage legalization.

Bloomberg took credit for the vote in the Tuesday evening debate of the Democratic presidential candidates.

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Cuomo Says Bail Change 'Essential'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday went his furthest yet in calling for an amendment to the state's current bail law, saying "additional improvements" are "essential."

"I think it's essential we have changes -- additional improvements -- to bail reform," Cuomo said, later adding, "I will not be willing to let the necessary changes go unaddressed."

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Cuomo Seeks $40M For Coronavirus Response

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking $40 million in supplemental funding to help the state combat a possible outbreak of the coronavirus, he announced on Wednesday in a news conference.

So far, there have not been any confirmed cases of the virus in New York.

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Cuomo Sets April 1 Deadline For Bail Changes

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday set an April 1 deadline for making changes to the state's bail law, the same day the state budget is expected to be in place.

"I want to respond to facts and data, not hysterics and politics in this crazy partisan time,” Cuomo said at a press conference at the Capitol.

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Republicans Meet With DHS Amid Green Light Dispute

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly on Monday met privately with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, who aired concerns over acccess to the state's motor vehicle database.

Access to that database by entities like ICE is blocked by the state's Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses over concerns they would be targeted by federal immigration enforcement.

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Medicaid Waiver Denied, Cuomo Calls It Politics

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the federal government for denying a Medicaid waiver for a program that was hatched from the 2011 Medicaid redesign and could cost the state more than $600 million.

Cuomo at a news conference framed the issue as not necessarily dire for the state, but a sign of how the federal government continues to take a punitive posture toward a blue state.

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Is New York's Blue Wall In Doubt?

BY Nick Reisman New York State

During President Obama's administration, red states sought to challenge his agenda.

Republican attorneys general filed lawsuits. GOP governors and state legislatures approved resolutions and laws meant to prevent what they saw as federal overreach.

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