A surge in COVID-19 cases this month has led U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi to scrub a fundraiser originally scheduled for Tuesday to March 1, his campaign announced.
The fundraiser, where host-level tickets go for $22,600, is planned for the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. The rescheduling of the event comes just days before campaign finance filings are due to state officials.
Suozzi's camapign instead urged supporters to donate online. The Long Island congressman is challenging Gov. Kathy Hochul for the Democratic nomination this year.
Suozzi's postponed fundraiser is the latest example of how the pandemic has upended expectations for the first month of the new year in state politics and government.
Restrictions for visitors have been put in place at the state Capitol in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, including having guests provide proof of vaccination or a negative test prior to entering the building. The adjacent Legislative Office Building has been closed to visitors just as the legislative session gets underway in Albany.