The challenge now: Counting nearly 2 million mail-in ballots. Final results may take a week to tabulate
The challenge now: Counting nearly 2 million mail-in ballots. Final results may take a week to tabulate
Lawmakers could consider an entire package of bills aimed at easing tensions between communities of color and the police, but it’s unclear which measures have support.
Cuomo stopped short of saying that he would deploy the state’s National Guard to any city without a request by its political leaders.
Hundreds of people marched in Binghamton on Tuesday night, as part of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
“It is time for community, for colleagues, who are white, who have the ability and the privilege to be heard — to take action.”
Pennsylvania is a presidential battleground state. There are no statewide races for governor or U.S. Senate this year. The commonwealth has 18 congressional districts. Pennsylvania voters must be registered with a political party to participate in its primary elections.
In recent years, climate activists and states have used the Clean Water Act to block pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. A new EPA rule makes that harder,
“People lost their jobs, people wiped out their savings, and now, mass gatherings with thousands of people in close proximity? What sense does this make?”
Wolf makes surprise announcement that he’s extending deadline for returning mail-in ballots by a week
Both officers, one a Buffalo Police officer and the other a New York State trooper, are currently in stable condition.
“I don’t want that to be what people remember out of yesterday’s demonstration.”
“We’re asking for access to child care for food chain workers, financial relief for undocumented workers and health and safety regulations for all workers on the job, especially farmworkers.”
Most of western Pa. moves to green phase of coronavirus reopening plan next week.
“Last night was an ugly night all across this nation. It was an ugly night across this state.”
“I’m a mother of two black sons and this is enough. So, we came to make some noise.”
“None of us can fathom 20% cuts to education. Those are cuts that I don’t think we’ve ever imagined, we’ve ever seen, in recent times.”
Voters eligible to cast ballots in the Democratic presidential primary and several congressional and state legislative primaries will be mailed applications for absentee ballots.
To protect his wife and four children, Dr. Roberto Vargas, who processes COVID-19 tests in Rochester, N.Y., is staying in their basement. “What carries me through is this family,” he tells them.
“The twice per week is not based in any scientific recommendation and counters what the CDC is asking for.”
Senate still needs to act, but resolution faces almost certain disapproval by governor
New Yorkers Gali Beeri and Joshua Boliver met at a dance class in March as the city was about to lock down. The near-strangers took a leap of faith and are riding out quarantine in Joshua’s apartment.
The epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has spent weeks under strict restrictions. But the mayor says up to 400,000 people will likely return to their jobs soon — with some conditions.
Local officials complained about a lack of communication with state officials leading up to today.
New York’s Public Theater is heading in a new direction with a star-studded, free, one-night-only virtual gala performance.
Time magazine reporter W.J. Hennigan embedded with workers responsible for caring for the bodies of some 20,000 New Yorkers who have died from COVID-19. “It’s a haunting thing,” he says.
Dine-in service is part of phase three of reopening
There will be a scaled back number of polling places open if voters feel comfortable going to the election sites that follow pandemic protocols.
Candidates suggest office has significant role in oversight of coronavirus response
“It would just be a disaster. It’s, it would just be awful in every area.”
Angelino faces Nick Libous in June’s GOP Primary
State lawmakers returned to session this week, with plans to vote on bills aimed at helping New Yorkers cope with all of the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A black man says he asked a white woman in Central Park to put her dog on a leash. His video, which has gone viral, shows her telling emergency operators that the man is threatening her and her dog.
The poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 66% approval rating is still among the highest during his 9 years in office.
Patients can have persistent physical, cognitive and psychological disability after their discharge.
Since the New York state PAUSE order went into effect in March, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and other support groups have transitioned to virtual meetings.
Binghamton University’s president said that students will return to campus this fall as well, but more details are forthcoming.
“This is going to be our new normal when the government allows us to come back. So, I am giving it a go.”
“It’s just you want some sort of closure already because, even now, I feel like we’ve been mean or something to dad.”
“It’s a beautiful day, we’re not stuck in the house, you know, driving each other bonkers.”
The unofficial start of summer, on May 25, the earliest the holiday could arrive, and delivers Labor Day, the marker of the season’s conclusion, as late as possible, on Sept. 7.
“What we found on Cornell campus is really three degrees of separation”
There are growing concerns and many unanswered questions about the pediatric inflammatory disease associated with COVID-19.
“Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Now, 1 in 4 New Yorkers may be going hungry.
Angelino faces Nick Libous in the GOP Primary.
“The wearing of masks, the cleaning regimen that would have to happen before or after, the airing out of the space, the need to manage things like doorways or bathrooms or places of contact.”
“If I’m not making money, if I can’t sustain rent on 2,400 square feet, plus utilities, then it’s no longer a benefit for me to keep the business as it was running.”
Scientifically, there’s no clear consensus yet on the effectiveness of school closures in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
“Our state and local budgets are hemorrhaging”
“It doesn’t prevent the decisions. It solely requires reports. Once the reports are made, those things are subject to review.”
“Claudia Tenney indicated at this time she is not accepting any invitation to debate her primary opponent.”
“This isn’t the first time a terrifying train derailment has happened in New York, and we need a full-scale investigation ASAP.”
After rejecting bill to reopen real estate industry, Wolf issues guidelines to accomplish the same goal
“When employers are having smaller staff, are they going to go out of their way to hire folks who already weren’t being hired before this, or are they going to overlook them?”
“The families claim “online learning is wholly inadequate to meet the needs of nonverbal and partially verbal children with autism who rely upon…in-person instruction.”
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine responded to critics who say there are holes in the state’s plan to test all residents and staff at nursing homes: “The plan is an evolution.”
The processing time of COVID-19 tests depends on what’s happening that day at Cayuga Medical Systems in Tompkins County.
“Low-income renters, in particular, are more likely to have all of their income earned in at-risk occupation,”
‘I wish everybody would have a clear mask, because as a person that needs to read lips, I’m afraid to go anywhere,’”
Construction has already started on a $350 million, 3.8 million square foot distribution center, where employees will work alongside robots to fulfill smaller customer orders.
Pa. is only state in nation where real estate is on hold during coronavirus
PA business owners share stories of evolving, sometimes contradictory, guidance from state
The state’s unemployment benefits agency continues to deal with “an avalanche of claims.”
“We are going to have to put strict limits in terms of capacity in every church, and all sorts of restrictions.”
Broome County’s Executive Jason Garnar said if the region continues to fulfill the reopening criteria set by the state, it could see Phase 2 on May 29th.
At least 150 children in the U.S. are now believed to have contracted a new illness thought to be connected to COVID-19.
The normal start date for fall classes would have been August 24.
“It takes that one person walking through the door. That one person being curbside that happens to cough on me, then who knows.”
“Going out there and saying ‘support your local economy’ is going to make you look bad if at the same time you are saying ‘put your kids in danger.’”
Georgianna Glose, a nun in Brooklyn, N.Y., who blew the whistle on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church died from COVID-19 complications. She was 73.
A pediatric cardiologist working at a hospital in the Bronx reflects on treating adults after part of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center was converted to an adult COVID-19 unit.
“They’re going to be flooded with evictions that happen all the time.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is extending the state’s stay at home order to May 28. Some areas of the state have been given the green light to enter Phase One of reopening beginning Friday.
Pennsylvania lawsuit highlights challenges faced by Muslim inmates during Islam’s holy month
Beaches will be monitored for density, and will be limited to half their usual capacity. Parking will be limited and entrances will be monitored to ensure that too many people aren’t coming in.
“That can help them find safe shelter, talk about their safety options, and really connect them to the services they need, during this time and even after this time.”
Estimates don’t capture leaks from ‘abnormal’ conditions, Environmental Defense Fund says
The union says health systems are sitting on stockpiles of N95 respirators, leaving nurses without needed protection, as some hospitals restart elective procedures.
“There’s a lot of people who think nothing will happen to them, and keep getting together, keep having parties.”
Local officials were mixed about the state’s messaging as the Southern Tier Region reopened Friday.
“Justice has been served for these students who were hoping for a shot at their dreams.”
“You open a business tomorrow with 50 employees. You don’t do it right, one person was infected. You can infect 30 of the 50 in one afternoon.”
“I would like to say that we are enlightened enough that this will be a period where we don’t play gratuitous politics, but everyone draws their own conclusion.”
“We’ve been fortunate in that none of our residents, to our knowledge, have been diagnosed with COVID, but that can change.”
President Trump is traveling to a medical supply distributor, where he will make the case that the coronavirus pandemic shows the danger in having supply chains spread around the world.
County Executive Jason Garnar’s office said the Willow Point resident was moved to a negative pressure room in the facility.
“The challenge has been that school districts don’t have a list of all qualified voters within a school district, so identifying those individuals has been challenging.”
“The folks that are incarcerated in the prisons in our region are potentially a huge source of contagion.”
“The whole spring season is basically lost.”
We breakdown the issue in eight counties and the latest developments.
Augusto Diemecke and Christine Lowe-Diemecke perform on the OSFL Facebook page.
Four regional counties were allowed to restart the procedures on Wednesday.
Small business owners, including restauranteur Carlos Suarez, testified about the struggles they have endured to get federal aid.
He said New York’s North Country and the Central New York regions have met the state’s criteria.
Health officials advise parents to seek immediate care if a child has trouble breathing, severe abdominal pain, a change in skin color, rash, fever, or racing heart.
“Helping them see their families, making sure we’re scheduling times for Zoom and FaceTime meetings — that’s never been a part of our day.”
The New York State Thruway Authority is moving ahead with a $450 million plan to rebuild 23 of the 27 service areas and provide significant upgrades to the remaining four.
“A lot of the headlines in terms of this pandemic being a great equalizer, isn’t necessarily so, in the way it’s playing out.”
How this business qualified for a waiver is unclear from just the information DCED posted on its website.
The candidates were asked a range of questions including what lessons they learned from a case last year which gained public attention and drew protests against the prosecution of two young people of color after an incident with police on the Ithaca Commons.
“This is not about government. Government can offer suggestions, advice and guidance.”
Binghamton’s curfew, free garbage pick-up and free parking expire on May 16.
The debate will be broadcast live on WSKG-TV and Radio. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the venue will be closed to the general public.
“A typical month for us pre-COVID would be 1.4-1.5 million pounds per month range. And now in April we are in the two million pound range.”
“It wasn’t about getting masks out to the public. It was about saving his company and making as much money as possible.”
The repercussions have been devastating. Nearly 1,000 out of 26,000 restaurants operating in the state have permanently closed due to coronavirus.
As sales to restaurant clients dried up, oyster farmer Peter Stein had to adapt or perish. Now, he’s delivering oysters directly to individual customers, doing about 20% of his usual business.
The Southern Tier region includes Broome, Delaware, Chemung, Tioga, Tompkins, Chenango, Schuyler and Steuben counties.
Rochester, Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira, and Utica, as well as the surrounding communities, will all be allowed to start the first phase of reopening this Friday.
The league includes the Binghamton Devils.
Many of these companies have already instituted a variety of protocols to keep workers safe.
GasBuddy on Monday reported that the national average price for a gallon of gas has increased 1.5 cents in a week to $1.75.
Help with refinancing debt could help shale companies in PA
They are particularly at risk of serious complications or death if they get the coronavirus, but if they refuse to work, they could lose their job and unemployment.
The state issued 12,826 denials and 11,635 businesses were told that their request did not require an exemption.
“I am hoping they come up with a vaccine. I will be first in line, because I want to get everybody out of the house.”
The Governor said more details will be available on Monday.
An educator and entrepreneur believes he’s found an untapped resource to help more struggling students succeed in reading. The secret? Families.
Starting this month, health departments in New York are trying to hire thousands of workers to build up what could become one of the country’s largest contact tracing programs for the coronavirus.
“If they test positive, we can get them isolated for the 14 days and hopefully reduce and stop the transmission of the virus within the nursing home.”
“Our staff continues to work towards a solution for reopening the ballpark this summer.”
Doctors in the U.S. and Europe are reporting a small wave of cases of what looks like a “shock syndrome” in young people. They have low blood pressure, inflamed hearts and other serious symptoms.
“It’s baffling that the Veterans Health Administration does not have a strategy in place to address the shortages of PPE in New York.”
“What we tried to do today is recognize some of those other organizations that are really on the front lines every single day doing this type of work around food and food care.”
“A good farmers market is like a weekly fair or festival. People are wanting that back, but it won’t be the same.”
“In a dental office, if the appropriate precautions are not taken, the virus and aerosols can stay lingering in the air for hours at a time.”
Regulator, company at odds over erosion, hillside slips
Digital divide remains a major challenge in some parts of Pennsylvania
Zoom has agreed to launch a new internal data security program and will take other steps to combat hacker disruptions, a practice that has become known as Zoombombing.
“I’m trying to look at the positive side of things with everything going on.”
“They are all feeling very ready to get back to work. Most of them are in the process of trying to develop plans to get there.”
One high school in New York has found a way to have safe and memorable graduation: hold it at a drive-in movie theater.
The governor says the state cannot widely enforce its worker safety order.
The Steelton-Highspire School District says it’s reaching between 73 and 79 percent of its high-schoolers with online instruction.
The stores will be limited to no more than 25 people, including employees, in a store at any one time.
Governor Wolf said he didn’t know how many people would be hired or when the corps would be formed, but that he wants it to be a big deal.
Live audiences help comics get exposure and work out new material. Colin Quinn says virtual platforms don’t replicate “the tension” of being in front of a room full of strangers.
The tests were conducted after an employee was found to have the virus on April 27.
The New York State Board of Elections had canceled the June 23 primary over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Maxwell Kirsner built sets for big events. Then he, his fiancée and their coworkers were laid off. Kirsner says he’s optimistic the city will make it back, but he’s worried how long that will take.
There will likely still be polling places open on June 23rd, but Governor Cuomo is strongly encouraging voters to use the mail- in option instead.
The funding can be used for a wide variety of purposes meant to prepare, prevent or respond to COVID-19 for housing authority employees and people living in public housing.
State health officials started testing nearly 200 seasonal workers at the giant hydroponic greenhouse last weekend because of concerns it might be a COVID hotspot.
Farmers argue that if we keep breaking the food chain, there will be a lot of farms that aren’t going to survive this.
Visits to any dealership will be by appointment only, and a number of safety precautions will be monitored to keep dealers and buyers safe.
“Is this the new normal in terms of what we’re going to do in terms of shutting down the economy?”
Kevin Boyle, the ranking Democrat on the committee, immediately interrupted him, calling on committee Chairman Garth Everett to cut Rep. Chris Dush off.
Some senior staff people volunteered to be furloughed so that others could keep their jobs.
State Attorney General Tish James is investigating reports from families who say the nursing homes kept them in the dark about the condition of their relatives who had COVID-19.
Democrats backing the bill say the White House has not fully utilized the power of the federal government, which has left hospitals and health care workers shorted in many places.
“Folks who deal in dairy and specialty crops will be provided meaningful support when it comes to price losses.”
“Our farmers, who are now eligible for the economic injury disaster loan, had been told that while they’re eligible in name only, they’re not eligible in practice.”
Public works employees have been directed to disinfect any touch surfaces, such as benches, in county parks, daily.
Licensed marriage and family therapist Tonya Girard on why some people might not feel the full effects of the crisis until months after it ends.
The people who track coronavirus exposures and try to prevent the virus’s spread are called Contact Tracers. Their work is taking on a new urgency.
“Without aid from Washington, we’re going to see higher taxes on the local level, and cuts in services as well as laying off teachers, cops, firefighters.”
The state in mid-April ordered all essential employers to provide protections, but some workers say they’ve seen little change.
But, he offered few specifics on how his administration will help counties deal with the huge volume of mailed ballots.
The entire state is in the red status until Friday.
“You’d rather have a controlled start, so that you don’t have to stop. You reopen too fast, then you have to stop.”
At this point, the state is allowing both in-person and absentee ballots for those village and special district elections.
The coronavirus pandemic has also closed some meatpacking plants, although PresidentTrump last week ordered large meat processors remain open.
“I think in the aftermath of COVID-19, and hopefully it happens sooner than we think, virtual job fairs are going to become the rule and not the exception.”
Local businesses are coming up with plans for restarting, but how and when they go into effect are still an unknown.
At least 9,000 front-line nurses and other medical workers have contracted COVID-19.
Election chiefs call on state officials to allow processing to start earlier, clarify which polling places can open.
“The plan is for us to continue to get dairy into the county through the food pantries and other food programs as long as the donations keep flowing.”
“We’re going to have the schools closed for the rest of the year. We’re going to continue the distance learning programs.”
The types of apartments rented in Binghamton do not give tenants much opportunity to organize into a collective bargaining unit.
Students who failed Regents tests during the school year normally would have the opportunity to take them again in August.
Congressman John Katko and North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) were appointed to the White House task force for reopening the economy.
Supporters say the public health emergency from COVID-19 has exposed a “pre-existing scarcity” of medical treatment, and available resources for those with disabilities.
Move comes as a Senate committee approves a motion to issues subpoenas to obtain more information on how Wolf administration responded to businesses seeking to remain open during coronavirus closure
“You rely on your state to bail you out and you can’t get any answers.”
Republicans in legislature want details on how state handled business requests to remain open during coronavirus closures
“We’re deemed essential on the backside, but not on the revenue side.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is sending a message about the food supply: there’s plenty of food and the state is adjusting to get it to people.
“We lost hundreds of thousands of operational dollars – every course did. Not profit dollars.””
The COVID-19 Maternity Task Force has issued its recommendations to support pregnant mothers and their newborns during the pandemic.
“The state is considering a deferral for all companies that have job creation requirements as part of economic development packages.”
Broome health officials said non-fatal overdoses have increased, advocates said fatal overdoses did, too.
Water levels throughout the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River System are expected to peak below the record-high levels seen in 2019.
“That’s awful, awful, heart breaking when you watch your milk go down the drain when it’s a perfectly good, sellable product,”
The Council also passed a resolution to reduce the type of health insurance plan for the mayor, Common Council and other managerial staff.
The iconic vessel was intended to provide overflow capacity to the New York metropolitan area but ultimately wasn’t needed as badly as first feared.
Organizers for both sporting events blamed the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.
“The goal is to not let that go to two positive cases or more.”
Brian Miller represents parts of Otsego and Delaware Counties
The measures are extended until May 15, in line with state guidelines.
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“With all health care, your condition dictates the speed of care provided, and that will still be the case as we look to reschedule.”
“Literally, ‘Pay me now and maybe you will get some stuff some time in the future,’ is where some vendors are starting.”
“I believe that they are scared. If you listen to a lot of what’s going on [on the news], it’s a lot of overkill, on the fear factor.”
Congressman Tom Reed wants that deal to include provisions that ensure local governments get needed aid with no interference by the state.
In a regular summer, up to a thousand kids from across Tompkins County participate.
The joint demonstration between the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds will begin early Tuesday afternoon over New York City, Newark and Trenton, N.J., and Philadelphia.
The justices threw out as moot a challenge to New York City’s strict gun regulations, but gun-safety advocates worry that gains in the states may be taken away by a conservative court majority.
“It’s very frustrating. We have excess milk but we can’t get it to people who are in need at this time.”
Repairing the locks, which allow boats to travel from one neck of the waterway to another, was deemed nonessential work.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is opening new drive-through coronavirus testing sites in five upstate counties.
“The science just does not back up shifting to plastic bags. But everyone is trying to make the best of a really difficult situation.”
“With the amount of unemployment we’ve seen in New York, and the number of COVID cases we’ve had, New York should be at the front of the list”
The state’s economy could lose a staggering $243 billion, or 14% of the state’s gross domestic product, over the course of the pandemic and the economic recovery.
‘Everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong’
Voters who request absentee and mail-in ballots before the May 26 deadline might receive them at different times due to “factors outside their control.”
“It’s another Monday, and it’s another end-the-shutdown bill.”
“I’m one to look at the half-full glass … but now I’m looking at which customers of ours are going to survive.”
“Nobody has communicated with us. They just do what they want to do and we have to live with it.”
Amazon may have violated federal health and safety standards as well as New York’s whistleblower law, the New York attorney general’s office wrote to Amazon in a letter obtained by NPR.
State elections officials canceled New York’s Democratic presidential primary amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, a move that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders strongly oppose.
“As we begin to rethink and restart the economy, projects like this can really help transform communities in a very positive way.”
Overall, 78% of New York voters — including a majority of Republicans — say they trust Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide when to reopen their state.
Even after the closure is over, specialists say many students with special needs still won’t be in the classroom.
Most sections have put the start of the regular season on hold
The New York Farm Bureau has asked the state, in recent days, to ramp up testing for COVID-19 in rural areas of the state, particularly at farms.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 367 people died from the virus Saturday — less than half of the daily number at the height of the outbreak.
“This is a very unfortunate casualty of the COVID-19 virus.”
The governor has said he might cut funding to schools, hospitals and local governments by 20%, but he said Friday no decision has been made.
As of this week, 83 workers with New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority died from COVID-19. Two bus operators talk about the crushing loss they’ve witnessed in their field.
State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), the sponsor of a longshot measure to revoke the governor’s emergency powers, said the waiver decisions seem random.
“As soon as he saw her face on that iPad, you could see relief in him immediately. She said, ‘Sing with me, Bob’, and he started singing and I literally started crying right there.”
“I’ve talked to our mayors all across New York, and a lot of them are now deciding whether they’re going to lay off police officers and firefighters.”
As need has increased, donations have decreased.
Judge Jeffrey Tait ruled the inmates did not establish their vulnerability to COVID-19 inside the jail
“Ultimately, the virus is going to set the timeline, not us.”
For weeks, paramedics and EMTs in New York City have been struggling to respond to a high number of 911 calls during the coronavirus pandemic. More first responders are getting sick themselves.
A majority are related to nursing homes.
Paramedic David Goroff works in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.
“Politicians took notice. Nothing like this had ever happened. It was obvious that people really cared more than anyone had known about clean air and clean water.”
“I think it is a good time to reflect on the power of nature, and where we were as a planet 50 years ago, and where we want to get.”
DEP’s Climate Change Impact Assessment report focuses on livestock and watershed
Defying the governor’s shutdown order, and spurred on by far-right activists and Republican state lawmakers, hundreds of people gathered to demand that businesses reopen.
The bill would ban doctors from using telemedicine for any drug on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy list.
“One of the questions about markets is, will we be able to provide enough…safety measures for people to feel comfortable in those spaces?”