Two Democratic lawmakers in the state Assembly have tested positive for coronavirus and the state Capitol will close to visitors effective Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Speaker Carl Heastie said Saturday evening.
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, of Brooklyn, and Assemblyman Charles Barron, also of Brooklyn, are the lawmakers who have both tested positive.
"We have spoken with the Senate and are undertaking an intensive cleaning of the Capital and the Legislative Office Building," Cuomo and Heastie said Saturday night in a joint statement. "All legislators and staff that have come in contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of everyone."
The development comes as lawmakers are to return on Monday and potentially begin passage of a state budget on an accelerated time table.
Weinstein in a separate statement said she has not been in Albany since March 4 and began feeling symptoms on March 11. She immediately began a self-quarantine.
"I am resting comfortably and continue to work from home on legislative matters, and I am disappointed that I cannot be with my colleagues as we work toward a budget agreement," she said.