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Why Vaccinations in New York Will Overshadow the Testing Challenge

BY Morgan McKay New York State

"Administering a vaccine is going to make testing look simple,” Governor Andrew Cuomo emphasized on Monday during a press conference call.

Cuomo highlighted the enormous task of trying to get 19.5 million New Yorkers vaccinated against COVID-19, once a vaccine is released most likely next year.

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Groups Urge Against Higher Education Cuts in New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Higher education and community groups on Friday released a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to not cut spending for New York's colleges and universities amid an historic economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coalition of 166 organizations include faculty and student organizations.

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State Continues to Hunt for COVID-19 Clusters

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York is dealing with two "different realities," as Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday put it.

In one space, there's the coronavirus pandemic like it was during the summer: An infection rate of less than 1 percent out of thousands of tests in most areas. Then there's the other side: clusters of cases in Brooklyn, Queens, as well as Orange and Rockland counties, and some spots in the Southern Tier region.

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Cuomo Says Deficit Decisions Will Hold Until After Election Day

BY Morgan McKay New York State

"Life is options and we don't have any good ones,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press call on Wednesday about federal stimulus talks being stalled again.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on the U.S. Senate to stop negotiating on a stimulus deal and focus instead on confirming his Supreme Court justice pick.

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Hospital Groups Concerned By Prescription Drug Change

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A change in Medicaid funding for prescription drugs could cost New York safety net hospitals big in the state budget, industry groups warned state officials last week in a letter.

Leading hospital associations in the state are urging the Department of Health and Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse the provision, which switches the Medicaid pharmacy benefit from Medicaid managed care to fee-for-service.

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Advocates Call for Broad Residential Eviction Ban in New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Housing advocates on Monday called for a broad ban of residential tenant evictions in New York as Governor Andrew Cuomo extended a moratorium until the start of 2021.

Cuomo announced the extension for residential renters suffering financial hardship due to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. A commercial tenant moratorium has also been extended.

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Residential Eviction Moratorium Extended to January for New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A ban on residential tenant evictions will continue for the rest of the year in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

The extension of the moratorium for residential tenants came after the state also extended an executive order limiting commercial evictions.

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New York's Limited Budget Options

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo has acknowledged the various paths New York's state budget can take are not pretty if no federal aid comes through from Washington.

New York is seeking billions of dollars in aid from federal officials to offset the revenue that vanished amid the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Why David Paterson's Book of Trials Resonates

BY Nick Reisman New York State

This is a year for books by New York governors. Former Gov. George Pataki's new book details the response to the Sept. 11 attacks. Next month, incumbent Andrew Cuomo will publish a book on the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

And David Paterson this week published his own account of being a governor in a time of multiple crises and struggles.

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AG James Ready to Sue if Federal Funding for NYC is Cut

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Attorney General Letitia James on Monday signaled she was ready to take the federal government to court if designating New York City an "anarchist jurisdiction" would lead to cuts in federal funding.

James in a statement called the designation and an attempt to distract voters from the ongoing crisis of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Calls for Prison Reform Made on Attica Anniversary

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Advocates and former inmates on Sunday commemorated the anniversary of the final day of the Attica prison uprising with a push for an end to solitary confinement and the closure of correctional facilities around the state.

The protests, held in New York City and in Albany, come as criminal justice advocates have also called for the release of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic amid concerns the virus can easily spread in congregate settings like prisons.

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Casinos Can Open Next Wednesday in New York, Cuomo Says

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York casinos can re-open next Wednesday with social distancing and filtration guidelines in place, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday morning.

The casinos must operate at 25 percent capacity and install filtration systems that have been shown to remove coronavirus particles from the air.

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Cuomo, Labor Leaders: $59B in Federal Aid Needed

BY Nick Reisman New York State

State and local governments in New York need $59 billion in federal aid or across-the-board spending cuts are likely, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday in a letter backed by prominent labor leaders.

The letter warns "no combination" of state-based solutions like raising taxes and cutting spending can offset the need for federal aid as the economic fallout from the pandemic continues.

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Cuomo: Colleges With COVID Spikes Will Move to Remote Learning

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Colleges and universities in New York that see elevated coronavirus cases will move to two weeks of remote learning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said.

The criteria announced Thursday in a conference call comes as SUNY campuses around New York are already in session with students on campus. A student this week at the University at Albany tested positive this week.

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Cuomo: DOJ's Nursing Home Request Is "All Politics"

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York will comply with a request for information on deaths at five state-run nursing homes at the height of COVID-19 pandemic in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said in a conference call.

But Cuomo also blasted the request from the U.S. Department of Justice as a political effort aimed at Democratic governors like him and his counterparts in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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MTA Faces Dire Need for Federal Help, NY Officials Say

BY Nick Reisman New York City

New York City's mass transit system is in dire need of a federal aid package or risk a potentially costly borrowing plan and fare hikes, state officials on Thursday warned.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's finances were devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown. Commuters stayed home or largely avoided trains, buses and subways and fares plummeted to levels never seen before, starving the MTA of revenue.

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Cuomo, Health Commissioner Criticize New CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Testing

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, criticized recent changes to Centers for Disease Control guidance when it comes to being tested for COVID-19.

Overnight, the CDC changed its guidance, recommending that if someone is in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for less than 15 minutes, then they do not have to be tested if they are asymptomatic. This is different than their original guidance that recommended for a person who is in contact with a COVID-positive person to be tested, even if they are asymptomatic.

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Cuomo Signs Bill to Expand Narcan Use

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Restaurants and bars are now joining a growing list of businesses that will be able to carry opioid antagonists, like Narcan, in the case of an opioid-related overdose.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Monday that expands the list of establishments that are allowed to possess and administer opioid overdose reversal medication. This list will now include malls, beauty parlors, theaters, hotels, restaurants, bars and retail establishments.

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COVID Hospitalizations Drop Below 500 Patients

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Coronavirus hospitalizations have fallen below 500 patients for the first time since March 16 as New York's overall new infection rate has plunged to below 1% for two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said.

"Part of the reason we were able to tame the beast in New York is because of our aggressive testing strategy. When the federal administration fell down, New York stepped up - and yesterday we raised the bar even higher with nearly 100,000 tests reported in a single day," Cuomo said.

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New York's Unemployment Rate Remains High, But Jobs See Gains

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York's unemployment rate continued to climb, reaching 15.9% in July even as the private sector added jobs last month, the state Department of Labor on Thursday reported.

The state saw an increase of 244,200 jobs, a 3.6% increase in July. But issues remains as the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession lingers across the economy.

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Cuomo Signs Bills Expanding Absentee Ballot Access

BY Nick Reisman New York State

A three-part package of bills that are meant to expand access to absentee ballots and ensure they are received by Election Day was signed onto law on Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The measures come amid heightened concerns around absentee and mail-in voting ahead of the November general election.

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How Biden, Cuomo Share a Base and Approach to Politics

BY Nick Reisman New York State

It seemed like Gov. Andrew Cuomo was putting his money on a long shot.

Last year, Cuomo was praising former Vice Joe Biden as the candidate best suited to take on President Donald Trump. Cuomo did so over the canddiacy of fellow New Yorker Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, against all the conventional wisdom that suggested at the time Democrats would nominate a younger candidate, not a 77-year-old white man.

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Coronavirus Book Will Be "Halftime" Review of Pandemic, Cuomo Says

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's forthcoming book on the coronavirus pandemic will be forward looking, as well as a "halftime" assessment on how the crisis was handled, he said on Wednesday in a conference call.

"The book is not the history of COVID," Cuomo said in the call with reporters. "That totally misses the point. We are very much in the midst of it. We have learned much. We have more to learn. We have done some things right, we have done some things wrong."

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What to Watch For in Cuomo's DNC Address

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Four years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was jockeying for a good speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia against Mayor Bill de Blasio.

This year, even though de Blasio was one of the dozen or so Democrats who briefly sought the presidential nomination, Cuomo won't be fighting the mayor for speaking time.

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Cuomo, Ocasio-Cortez, and Schumer to Speak at DNC

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a speaking slot on Monday at the Democratic National Convention, while fellow New Yorkers Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are scheduled to speak on Tuesday.

The convention this year will be a largely virtual event after much of the planned festivities in Milwaukee have been largely scaled back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cuomo: $3 Billion New York Environmental Bond Act Postponed

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

The Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, which would have been the largest in state history, was supposed to reduce the risk of flooding for vulnerable communities, restore habitat, and prepare the state for climate change.

It’s become another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cuomo Blasts Homeland Security Leaders Over Green Light Opposition

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday blasted the Trump administration's since-withdrawn effort to freeze access to trusted traveler programs for New Yorkers over the Green Light law after the Department of Justice acknowledged the opposition to the measure had been based on misstatements and falsehoods about the measure.

And Cuomo, who raised the possibility of legal action over the episode, suggested the dispute could have led to longer lines at aiports in New York, leading to a faster spread of coronavirus in the process.

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New York, Feds Resolve Trusted Traveler Program Dispute

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The federal government will allow New Yorkers to again apply for ease-of-entry programs for crossing the Canadian border and global entry programs, resolving a dispute that began earlier this year over allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.

"After the Department of Homeland Security announced the ban on the Trusted Traveler Program for New York residents in February, I immediately met with President Trump at the White House to discuss what -- to the extent that there were bonafide concerns -- needed to be done to address the issue while still protecting the privacy of all New Yorkers," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Thursday.

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Cuomo: 2 Percent of Prison Inmates Over 55 COVID Positive

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Tests of more than 3,900 prison inmates age 55 and above found an infection rate of 1.9 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said, as criminal justice advocates have called for some inmates to be released in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

The test was designed to find asymptomatic prison inmates and all 77 inmates who were found to be positive were not showing symptoms.

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Cuomo, Hogan Again Push for Federal Pandemic Aid

BY Nick Reisman Albany County
UPDATED 4:37 PM ET Jul. 22, 2020

The governors of New York and Maryland are teaming up again on a renewed push for federal aid.

The effort from Republican Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland and New York's Andrew Cuomo comes as Congress is once again negotiating another federal stimulus bill.

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Nursing Home Liability Rollback Continues to Draw Opposition

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Health care interests in New York on Wednesday continued to push back against a measure meant to roll back liability protections for nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, signaled he would be open to a version of the legislation that carved out COVID cases from liability, but said he would have to read the measure.

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Cuomo Says He Discouraged Trump Sending Federal Officers to New York City

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he discouraged President Donald Trump from sending federal law enforcement officials to New York City to handle rising crime, telling the president the state would step in if necessary.

Cuomo discussed the call held with the president on Tuesday in a conference call this morning with reporters, saying he does not believe the situation yet warrants state or federal action in New York City.

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Cuomo: New York's COVID-19 Positive Rate Remains Flat

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York's coronavirus infection rate remains largely flat as the virus continues to spread in other areas of the country, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

Cuomo said in a conference call nearly 70,000 test results in the last day found a positive rate of 1.04 percent, or 705 positive cases. The state's COVID positive rate has been largely flat in recent weeks.

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For Now, No Fans At College Games In New York

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The new roof at the Carrier Dome may not get admired by fans of the Syracuse Orange this fall.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget advisor on Tuesday said at the moment there will not be fans in attendance for college sporting events this fall.

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Cuomo: Only 2 COVID Deaths Over 24 Hours In New York, 31 States Under Travel Quarantine

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 2:54 PM ET Jul. 21, 2020

Two people have died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours as the daily death toll from the pandemic continues to decline in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, New York added 10 more states to a list of states requiring travelers to submit to a 14-day quarantine. There are now 31 states on New York's quarantine list, more than half the country.

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Top GOP Lawmakers Back Nursing Home Investigation Bill

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The top Republican lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly are signing onto a bill that would create an independent investigation of nursing home and long-term care facility deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

The measure was originally introduced by Sen. Jim Tedisco and has the support of Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay.

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Cuomo: Large Gatherings Could Close Restaurants

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Restaurants and bars in New York could once again close unless local governments more aggressively enforce guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

"We will have to roll back the bar and restaurant opening if the congregating continues," he said.

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New York Lawmakers Consider Rollback of Nursing Home Liability Protections

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers are discussing a rollback of liability protections for nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic as the legislature meets in a rare summertime session.

The measure could be considered along with a range of pandemic-related relief measures, including a bill to extend the expansion of absentee voting into the November general election.

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New York City Enters Phase 4, With Limits

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 5:15 PM ET Jul. 17, 2020

While the New York Yankees can play in the Bronx, and the New York Mets can play in Queens, they won't have fans. Restaurants can continue serving food outside. Bars, however, not so much.

New York City, the engine of the state's economy, is entering the fourth phase of the reopening on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed, though there will be restrictions.

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Cuomo: Daily Infection Rate Under 1%

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's daily coronavirus infection rate slipped below 1% again, with 776 new cases of the virus confirmed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Friday.

Ten people have died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Hospitalizations have declined by 48 cases to 765 patients, the lowest number since March 18.

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As Economy Opens, New York Revenue Still Down

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

As New York's economy was in the process of reopening last month, state tax revenue still lagged, a report released Thursday by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office found.

Tax receipts in June were down $1.5 billion from the previous year, missing the mark by 17.3 percent.

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New York Regulators To Investigate Twitter Hack

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State regulators at the Department of Financial Services will investigate the hack of the social media platform Twitter after the accounts of prominent people and well-known brands were hacked on Wednesday.

The disruption led to the temporary freezing of verified accounts on the site and spurred concerns over cybersecurity for the platform.

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New York to Send Pandemic Supplies to Atlanta

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York officials are sending pandemic fighting supplies to Atlanta as the virus continues to spread across the United States.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced thousands of N95 masks, test kits, gowns and gloves will be going to the city, as well as more than 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer.

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New York's Infection Rate Stands at 1.3%

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The results of 63,598 tests in New York found 831 new coronavirus cases, an infection rate of 1.3 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Wednesday said.

The results come as New York is trying to stave off a resurgence of the virus as the pandemic has ravaged the Sun Belt and western states. New York placed a 14-day quarantine for travel from nearly two dozen states which high infection rates.

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4 More States Added to NY Quarantine List; Infection Rate Hits 1.5%

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin were added to New York's 14-day quarantine list for out-of-state travelers, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced.

The addition of those states brings the list to 22 states, requiring travelers to New York from those areas of the country to self-isolate for 14 days or face a fine.

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Cuomo's New York Pandemic Poster Draws Mixed Reviews

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new poster on Monday, as his way of illustrating New York's long, arduous battle against the coronavirus.

But the artful depiction of the more than 32 thousand New York deaths from COVID-19, did not sit well with some State Senators and New Yorkers.

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New York Releases School Reopening Guidance

BY Nick Reisman and Ryan Whalen New York State
UPDATED 5:27 PM ET Jul. 13, 2020

State education officials on Monday released a framework guidance for schools if they move forward in the coming weeks with in-person instruction.

Update: Gov. Andrew Cuomo later at a news conference released the criteria for whether a school can reopen.

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Republican Lawmakers Urge Outdoor Nursing Home Visits

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State health officials should allow outsoor visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in order to increase the number of people who can see their loved ones, a group of Republican state lawmakers on Monday said.

The lawmakers, Sen. George Borello, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Assemblyman Joe Giglio, wrote in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote that if implemented safely, the move would result in more visitors without spreading coronavirus at the facilities.

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How New York Will Enforce Travel Quarantines

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York officials want to strengthen enforcement of the state's 14-day quarantine for states with high COVID-19 infection rates as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order meant to boost contact tracing.

Cuomo's order will require travelers flying into New York from states under the quarantine guidance to provide contact information before entering the state. Not doing so could result in a summons and a $2,000 fine, Cuomo said at a news conference on Monday.

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall Below 800 In New York

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Coronavirus hospitalizations have fallen below 800 patients in New York for the first time since March 18, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office on Saturday said.

Seven people died of COVID-19 in the last day, the lowest death toll since March 16.

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Hammond: We Need To Learn What Happened In Nursing Homes

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 7:30 PM ET Jul. 10, 2020

Why did more than 6,000 nursing home residents die in New York during the height of the coronavirus pandemic?

It's not an academic question for those who still live in nursing homes and long term care facilities or their family members, especially if a second wave occurs in New York or for when the next pandemic strikes, said the Empire Center's Bill Hammond.

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Cuomo: New York COVID-19 Cases Could Rise Due To Other States

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York could see its coronavirus numbers tick upward as the pandemic surges in the south and west in the United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday in a WAMC interview.

"You're going to see our numbers and the Northeast numbers probably start to increase because the virus that you see now in the south and the west — California has real trouble — it's going to come back here," he said in the interview. "It is going to come back here. It's like being on a merry-go-round. It's totally predictable. And we're going to go through an increase. I can feel it coming. And it is so unnecessary, and so cruel."

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New York To Allow Nursing Home Visits On A Limited Basis

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Visits at New York nursing homes and long-term care facilities will be allowed on a limited basis for facilities that have been free of new COVID-19 cases for at least 28 days, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Friday announced.

The guidance will take effect Wednesday, July 15.

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Former Top Cuomo Aide To Start His Own Firm

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Steve Cohen, a former top aide and longtime advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is leaving the investment company led by Ron Perelman where he has served as general counsel to start his own firm.

“Steve has been a valued member of the Office of Chairman as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for eight years," said MacAndrews & Forbes spokesman Josh Vlasto. "During that time, Steve established a great team and we agreed this is the right time to 'pass the torch'. Steve will be pursuing outside business opportunities, starting his own firm and will continue to serve as a legal advisor to the Company.”

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Cuomo: New York Infection Rate Flat, But Don't Get Complacent

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's coronavirus infection rate remains largely flat, with more than 70,000 test results in the last day finding an infection rate of just over 1 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said Friday.

The state's infection rate over the last several days has continued to hover at around 1 percent. Hospitalizations were reduced by 25 cases to 826 patients. Eight people died of COVID-19, Cuomo's office said.

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Marist Poll: New York Voters Approve of Cuomo's Job Performance During Pandemic

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 5:44 AM ET Jul. 10, 2020

Sixty percent of registered voters in New York approve of the job Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing, a Marist College released on Thursday found.

The job performance approval is the highest score Cuomo has received in the poll since taking office in 2011 and is a sharp increase from a 38 percent approval rating in March 2019.

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Nurses Association: Independent Nursing Home Review Needed

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

An independent inquiry into deaths at nursing homes and long term care facilities is needed, the New York State Nurses Association said Thursday in a statement.

The statement came days after the state Department of Health backed up Governor Andrew Cuomo's public comments that asymptomatic staff carried the coronavirus into nursing homes and spread the infections unknowingly.

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New COVID Tests Show Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

There were 584 new coronavirus cases confirmed in New York over the last 24 hours out of 65,564 tests that were conducted, an infection rate of about 0.89 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Thursday.

New cases were found in 46 counties, and eight people died from COVID-19.

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Some Malls Can Re-Open Friday; Cuomo Unveils School Timeline

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Malls in some parts of the state will be allowed to open on Friday as long as they have an enhanced air ventilation system that could remove coronavirus particles from the air, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said.

Meanwhile, the state will make a decision on reopening school buidlings in the first week of August, as Cuomo asserted it is a decision that's up to New York officials and will not bend to pressure from President Donald Trump.

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Court Rules Against Gun Store As "Essential" During Pandemic

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A federal court on Wednesday upheld New York's decision to close gun stores during the coronavirus shutdown, with the court finding the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers were not violated as a result.

The case stemmed from a legal challenge made by a Long Island-based firearms dealer, Dark Storm Industries, which had challenged New York's shutdown order made in March. Health officials kept a limited number of businesses open deemed essential ⁠—such as health care and food distribution ⁠— as most other businesses and entities were ordered to close.

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Republicans, From Trump To Assembly GOP, Seek Reopened Schools

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republicans at the federal and state level are building pressure for a reopening of schools in September as New York, for now, is yet to make a decision on whether students and teachers will return to the buildings in about eight weeks' time.

At issue is balancing the health and safety of children, as well as educators and school staff, amid a coronavirus pandemic with the need to alleviate working parents and guardians of the demands of in-home instruction that has frustrated families since March.

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New Yorkers Want To Keep Take-Out Drinks, Industry Poll Finds

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Around 86 percent of New Yorkers want to continue purchasing cocktails to-go even after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the executive order allowing for alcoholic beverages to be purchased with takeout or delivery only through the end of July.

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3 States Added To New York's Travel Quarantine

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 10:45 AM ET Jul. 07, 2020

New York is adding Delaware, Oklahoma, and Kansas to its travel quarantine list as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge across the country.

The quarantine policy put in place by New York and neighboring Connecticut and New Jersey requires travelers to self-isolate for 14 days after traveling from states with a positive test rate of 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a 10 percent or higher positivity rate during that same time.

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Schools Can Make Plans, But State Will Make Reopening Decision

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In more normal times, school children would have about eight more weeks of enjoying summer before heading back to school. But these aren't normal times.

And for now no decision has been made on New York school children returning to in-person classroom instruction by September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said.

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Republicans: Independent Nursing Home Report Needed

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republicans in the state Legislature on Monday assailed a report on nursing home deaths released by the state Department of Health and called for an investigation independent of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

The governor's office, in turn, knocked Republicans for "embarassing themselves" with politicizing the issue.

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DOH Report Says Staff Spread COVID-19 In Nursing Homes

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 11:21 AM ET Jul. 06, 2020

In April, a local government official in Steuben County was alarmed by a little noticed policy that allowed COVID-19 positive nursing home staffers not showing symptoms to continue to go to work.

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler went to the press about it, and the policy was reversed on April 29 only hours after Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was asked about it.

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Cuomo Calls Out Trump, Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Testing

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State
UPDATED 12:39 PM ET Jul. 01, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a swipe at President Donald Trump during a resurrected coronavirus briefing Wednesday.

Near the beginning of the briefing, Cuomo addressed the increase in cases of the coronavirus in a large number of states, saying President Trump needs to take responsibility for what is happening on the national level.

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Capital Region Enters Phase 4 Wednesday

BY Nick Reisman Albany/Capital Region
UPDATED 8:19 AM ET Jul. 01, 2020

The Capital Region enters Phase Four of economic reopening on Wednesday.

The move means most of upstate New York is now in the fourth stage of the reopening. Officials, however, have delayed the reopening of gyms, malls and movie theaters over concerns of how the virus can spread indoors.

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State To Monitor Social Distancing, Mask Wearing In New York City

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Officials from the state Department of Health, State Liquor Authority and the State Police will be monitoring compliance this evening for social distancing and face coverings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday told NY1 in an interview.

The monitoring comes as New York is working to avoid a second spike of coronavirus cases in a state that was hammered by the pandemic in late winter and spring. New York's cases have since ebbed, but the virus is spiking elsewhere in the country.

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8 States Added to New York's 14-Day COVID-19 Quarantine

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 11:37 AM ET Jun. 30, 2020

Eight additional states have been added to New York's 14-day quarantine, including California, as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the south and western regions of the United States.

The full list of states requiring travelers to quarantine for 14 days now stands at: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

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Lawmakers Seek Renter Protection Approvals

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Housing advocates and lawmakers are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would expand protections for tenants before July's rent is due.

The bill was passed by the Legislature in May and was delivered to Cuomo on June 18. Known as the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act, the measure would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cuomo Worries The Next COVID Outbreak Could Come From A Spiking State

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's coronavirus caseload is -- to borrow Gov. Andrew Cuomo's visual metaphor -- finally descending the mountain.

Less 900 cases remain in New York hospitals and the infection rate out of tens of thousands of tests each day has tiptoed around 1 percent over the last several days. New York is finding hotspots -- a slate company in Washington County, a manufacturer in Montgomery County, a graduation in Westchester County -- but that also means the virus is be tracked back to a source and the infection can be slowed.

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Education Officials Seek $19.9M For Remote, Blended Learning

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York education officials are seeking $19.9 million in federal funding for developing new education models as schools consider how to bring students back in September amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Each day it becomes increasingly clear that the pandemic has further exacerbated the equity gaps among our students who were already most at risk and marginalized,” Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “While nothing can replace the importance of face to face instruction, with these funds, we hope to effectively implement blended instructional approaches that meet the needs of all children.”

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Cuomo: COVID Cases Continue To Fall, But A Decision On Schools Remains Difficult

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 10:44 AM ET Jun. 28, 2020

Hospitalizations from coronavirus in New York fell below 900 cases as more than 60,000 tests in the last day found a positive rate of less than 1 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Sunday announced.

Five people died from the virus on Saturday, the lowest level since March, while 616 new COVID-19 cases were discovered from 61,906 tests.

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New York's Friday Infection Rate Falls Below 1 Percent of Those Tested

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's coronavirus infection rate fell below 1 percent of the thousands of people tested in the last day, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced on Saturday.

More than 70,000 tests on Friday found 703 new coronavirus cases, a rate of .96 percent. 13 people died from the virus, the governor's office said, and 908 people are hospitalized as discharges continue at a steady clip.

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Bucking New York Guidance, Federal Judge Relaxes Cap on Religious Gatherings

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York state's cap on religious gathering capacity was blocked by a federal judge on Friday, but attendees must still adhere to social distancing of at least 6 feet.

The legal challenge to the occupancy limit had been filed by Catholic priests in Central New York and a rabbi in the state's Hudson Valley region.

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Cuomo Says New York Offering Assistance to States With High COVID Rates

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York is offering assistance to states that have high coronavirus infection rates as the state faces a reversal of where it was at in March and April, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.

The state's overall infection rate over a seven-day average is the lowest in the country, Cuomo said. More than 60,000 tests conducted in the last 24 hours found an infection rate of 1.3 percent, Cuomo said.

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New York To Continue Allowing Cocktails-To-Go

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York will continue to allow customers to place to-go drink orders as restaurants and bars continue to struggle in the pandemic-induced economic recession.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration had previously waived the regulation barring to-go drink orders as restaurants across the state shuttered in March, but were able to remain open for take out orders. The move had been applauded by restaurants amid a darkening financial picture for them for much of the year.

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8 Questions About the Tri-State COVID-19 Quarantine

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have announced a Tri-State 14-day quarantine for people coming into those states from states with a high coronavirus infection rate.

The move comes after those states saw an early surge in coronavirus infections which has subsequently subsided. But in the south and west, the virus is quickly gaining momentum.

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County Governments To Get Millions In COVID Relief

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York counties are recieving $323 million in Medicaid funding as part of coronavirus relief money from the federal government, the state Department of Health on Thursday announced.

The money is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and is being disbursed to counties whose governments have been financially hard hit by the virus and have spent heavily to respond the crisis.

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New York COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall Below 1,000 Patients

BY Nick Reisman New York State
UPDATED 10:10 AM ET Jun. 25, 2020

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have fallen below 1,000 patients for the first time since March, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said in an interview with CNN.

Total hospitalizations in New York now stand at 996 people due to the virus as the infection rate over the last week has remained at around 1 percent of the tens of thousands of daily tests conducted.

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5 Regions To Enter Phase 4 of Re-Opening Friday

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Five upstate regions will enter the fourth phase of the reopening by the end of the week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced on Wednesday.

Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and the Southern Tier are "on track" for the fourth stage.

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New York Releases Phase 4 Guidance

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Wednesday morning released updated guidance for businesses that will be allowed to operate in the fourth reopening phase.

The guidance confirms that gyms, movie theaters and malls will not immediately be part of the fourth phase.

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Local Government Aid Withheld As Federal Assistance Remains Up In The Air

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York is withhold millions of dollars in local government aid as the state government awaits federal pandemic relief, a move that is complicating budget making for cities across the state.

The numbers are massive: $20 million for Buffalo, $17 million for Rochester, more than a $11 million for Syracuse. The New York Conference of Mayors first highlighted the withheld aid, calling it "disturbing news."

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Malls, Gyms To Have Delayed Opening in Phase 4

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Although Governor Andrew Cuomo repeatedly laid out a strict four-phase reopening process, complete with 7 metrics each region had to meet, it seems there is an unofficial next phase after all.

Regional Control Boards, in charge of monitoring the rate of infection and conducting testing in their areas, were informed on Tuesday that malls, gym, movie theaters and outdoor theme parks were not cleared to reopen at the start of Phase 4.

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New York's COVID Infection Rate Remains at 1 Percent

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York's coronavirus infection rate stood at 1 percent out of 48,709 tests performed over the last 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Tuesday announced.

Twenty-seven people have died due to the virus, Cuomo said, an increase from 10 people the previous day.

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Cuomo, Eyeing COVID Cases Outside New York, Talks Quarantines

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is speaking with his counterparts in New Jersey and Connecticut about people traveling from states with coronavirus cases that are increasing out of concern the virus could once again spike in the northeast, he told CNN in an interview on Monday.

Cuomo has not ruled out a potential quarantine for people traveling into New York from states like Florida and Texas as the infection rates there continue to increase. In New York, testing has shown an infection rate daily of less than 1 percent over the last several days.

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Finding Comedic Inspiration In Cuomo's Briefings

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily briefings are coming to an end, but their impact on the pandemic is expected to live on — especially for New Yorkers who drew all sorts of inspiration from them.

"Someone said to me they were concerned because she relied on me to know what was happening," Cuomo said Friday during a televised address. "I will still do what I do, we just don't have to do it every day. And that's a good thing."

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Cuomo Has Emotional Message in Final Daily Coronavirus Briefing

BY Morgan McKay New York State

It has been 111 days since the first case of coronavirus was officially found in New York.

And for the past 110 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo has held a daily press briefing, presenting power points with coronavirus data, breaking down important information like the number of ICU beds and ventilators and often taking tough questions from reporters around the state.

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Cuomo: Local Governments Must Step Up On COVID-19 Compliance

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo is signing off from the daily briefings on Friday, but he's ending it with a message for local governments: It's on them to make sure coronavirus compliance is being adhered to, or New York risks a spike in infections.

Cuomo specifically is pointing to New York City, which had become an epiceneter of the pandemic. The city is now entering phase 2 most likely on Monday, while most of New York is in the third phase of the reopening.

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Cuomo Endorses Engel For The Seniority

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's endorsement of Rep. Eliot Engel ahead of the June 23 Democratic primary is a bet on the seniority the longtime lawmaker has amassed in Congress over the years, Cuomo said Thursday in an interview with WAMC.

"Seniority matters and we need help from the federal government," Cuomo said.

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What I Learned Over 110 Cuomo Briefings

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The requests would come in via email and through direct messages on social media. Could you ask the governor about libraries? Why am I not getting my unemployment check? When will he address in-classroom learning?

I'm a state politics reporter. That has traditionally meant covering some of the more esoteric topics like campaign finance, things with names like the Public Authorities Control Board and elections for the next Assembly speaker or Senate majority leader.

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Cuomo: Make Juneteenth An Official Holiday

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 12:45 PM ET Jun. 17, 2020

An executive order signed on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make Juneteenth, this Friday, a holiday for state workers.

Juneteenth commemorates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas and has come to be a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

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Cuomo to End Daily Briefings As Infection Rate Falls Below 1%

BY Nick Reisman New York State

After 109 days of updates on the coronavirus pandemic and, later, the unrest and protests against police brutality and racial inequality, Governor Andrew Cuomo will end his daily briefings on Friday.

The decision to end the briefings, which had become nationally televised events, come as New York's infection rate has held steady at around 1 percent of the tens of thousands of people who have been tested in New York.

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Capital Region Enters Phase 3 Today

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's Capital Region will enter the third phase of the economic reopening, which will allow for businesses like nail salons to open and restaurants to offer inside dining.

But health officials are still urging customers and businesses alike to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks in order to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases that have cropped up in other parts of the country that are also attempting reopenings.

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Local Governments Face Police Reform Pressure

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Local governments and police agencies are coming under pressure from Governor Cuomo make changes on the local level -- changes Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is happy to discuss and potentially embrace over the next year.



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