“What we want to avoid is providing data in a manner that would cause people to jump to potentially false conclusions about the disease or about any individual in our community.”
“What we want to avoid is providing data in a manner that would cause people to jump to potentially false conclusions about the disease or about any individual in our community.”
GOP legislature argued that it had the power to end Gov. Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration
Pennsylvania, Oregon and Kansas are among the latest states to require face coverings in public settings as COVID-19 cases surge in much of the country. Health officials say masks can slow the spread.
Cuomo blames local governments, who are supposed to enforce rules at restaurants, bars, stores and other public places.
Created just two years ago, the centers coordinate services including therapies, behavioral health specialists, job placement and recreational opportunities for their clients.
“Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats and discrimination, these survivors are finally receiving some justice.”
State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the coronavirus typically enters nursing homes through workers who don’t have symptoms.
Cariol Horne was fired in 2007 after stepping in to stop a White officer who held a Black suspect in a chokehold.
“The good news is, our house is doing very well. The bad news is the neighbor’s home is on fire.”
“If other states have a high infection rate, probability is they’re going to wind up increasing the spread in New York.”
“We will make it mandatory that they have air filtration systems that can filter out the COVID virus.”
Secretary of Environmental Resources and Energy panel said he was offended by AG’s characterization of natural gas industry
Bid to limit governor’s emergency powers is attached to racial equality amendment
“We are more than happy to provide childcare. It’s complicated. It’s not easy. But it’s our mission.”
“We’re in uncharted waters.”
Hospitalizations from the disease also dropped Saturday, bringing the total number of people requiring treatment for the disease down to 869.
“We’re really looking at some of the unchartered territory at the state level, which involves transgender New Yorkers who have only just received statewide protections.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is offering help to states like Texas and Arizona that are struggling with spiking COVID-19 infections.
New York has hit another milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic: hospitalizations from the disease have now dipped below 1,000 for the first time in about three months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
“They don’t know when the temporary period is going to end. Or whether they, down the road, may might be told they will never receive the aid”.
“We are ready to be back in business in a safe and effective manner and we’re just hoping that we can have the opportunity to do so, so that we can feed our families.”
“I really don’t think there’s reason for the governor to have this power over guns. We are given the ability to keep and bear arms by the Constitution.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that without aid from Albany and Washington, as well as concessions from labor groups, every department would face unprecedented job cuts
“If we really didn’t feel like there was much we could do for that patient, we would move on, and that’s sort of the idea of disaster management, do the best you can for the greatest amount of people,”
“Everyone’s got that opinion, but it’s only me that’s got that liquor license.”
People traveling to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut from states with high infection rates of the coronavirus, like Florida and Texas, will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
The unemployment rate nearly quadrupled in New York state’s metro areas in May compared to the same time last year, landing at 14.5% across the board, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.
$20 million will be available to help reopen and expand capacity for child care providers, and $45 million will be available to help pay for the cost of a newly opened classroom.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar tweeted the Southern Tier region had been cleared to begin Phase 4 Friday. But he did not indicate what businesses would be opening.
“These ideas increase funds, but don’t increase public safety.”
Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded absentee voting to include all New Yorkers.
The governor has talked about the possibility of imposing a 14 day quarantine for those who travel from the 20 plus other states
NYSEG electric customers would see about a 2.3% increase in the first year, with the average monthly customer seeing a monthly increase of $2.49.
There’s a growing movement in the state Legislature to raise taxes on the wealthy to help balance the state’s budget and to help cities out.
“When a crime is committed because of how a company does business, rather than an individual’s actions, we charge the company.”
Video shows an officer using an apparent chokehold on a man who had been shouting invective at passersby and police. Chokeholds have been banned in New York City since 1993.
“That’s not a responsible way to handle a problem.”
The fate of the governor’s emergency declaration hangs in the balance
Ortt takes the leadership post at a difficult time; during the COVID-19 pandemic, waning enrollment in the Republican Party and a fundraising disadvantage.
“If you’re going to give a speech, it should be given to my 13 year old. The ones that deserve it and the ones that need it.”
“I’m going to finish the daily briefings on Friday, and then we’ll do briefings as necessary, and I’m sure they will often be necessary.”
“I don’t have confidence in his numbers and some of his people.”
“We can’t stop right now. We have to continue fighting for our families, for our communities, for those who have lost their lives during COVID-19 without getting anything.”
“Our white accomplices understand abolition. They worked with us on abolition and we need them to get back into that mindset.”
The mayor called the process a reinvention of public safety that will include town hall meetings, canvassing, and outreach to a variety of organizations.
“The journey is over. I hope the journey stays over .”
“It’s not a coincidence that this is primarily an argument put forth by Republicans. That is a factual statement.”
“It’s right back to hiding and ducking and worrying about everything, especially right now.”
“It is a day that we should all reflect upon. It’s a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history.
Georgia Verdier is the President of the Elmira-Corning NAACP.
For three years, he was among the most powerful figures in the state, negotiating the state budget and key pieces of legislation each year.
“It’s business critical at this point. We’ve been shut down for three months and we have zero revenue, still having many of the obligations that we had before.”
“Ever since this era, our system has been trying to make up for this huge breach in public health trust. Trust is core to our ability to counter the COVID epidemic in the United States.”
“There’s just not enough availability for every kid that wants to be in day care to be in day care in most states today.”
“What we found is that most people who have loved ones incarcerated have lost the desire to vote.”
Action comes one week after Black Caucus members led protest on House floor
“It’s about people wanting to change. Well, New York will be the place that actually makes the change and we pass laws that have done just that.”
For years, the governor says, Democrats in the state didn’t have the political or popular support to enact reforms. Now, lawmakers have passed sweeping police accountability and transparency measures.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that sales tax revenue for local governments fell by more than 32% in May compared to the same month a year ago.
Responding to legislature’s lawsuit, Wolf asks high court to use “King’s Bench” jurisdiction
“Young people can engage in sports. Two spectators per child. So that’s another step towards return to normalcy.”
“It’s not just turning the valve on and filling the pool. There’s a lot of behind the logistics behind the scenes that happen and people don’t understand.”
“Everybody wants to swim, I understand. Everybody doesn’t want to see a spike in COVID again, so use your judgment. Sometimes yes is not the right answer.”
“A legitimate conversation about whether or not the police are the best people to send for a situation is, I believe, a valid conversation.”
The Republican discusses the bills during an appearance on New York Now
Those people who “ignore Christopher Columbus’ role in giving the green light to centuries of racism and dehumanizing of Indigenous peoples must be called to task.”
As we move further into summer, authorities in New York face tough choices about whether to open cooling centers. They’re balancing the risk of health problems from the heat against the risk of spreading COVID-19.
“Nothing changes. Essentially, the resolution that was passed last evening is meaningless.”
“In the sense that you can waive rent and you can not have consequences that are going to impact those same people that you are trying to help.”
Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins says passage of the bills gives her hope, but she says they can’t alone “fix racism in America”.
Action sets up a likely court fight over whether governor can veto the move
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the first African-American to hold that title, has long supported the repeal of the provision, but it has long languished in the legislature.
“Now is the time when true leaders will emerge to roll up their sleeves, stay in the room and have the passionate debate.”
One theory floated after the incident accused Gugino of rigging fake blood under his mask to flow upon his fall.
Banning chokeholds and disclosing police disciplinary records are among the legislation being pushed through the Democratic-led statehouse.
“I’m hopeful that this is our moment, that George Floyd and all those that came before him did not die in vain.”
Speaker Turzai says he supports calling a special session
As many as 400,000 workers are expected to leave their homes and return to their jobs as the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic begins easing stay-at-home restrictions.
“People need to have those doors opened and have their faith fulfilled and to be nourished.”
“It really is the best situation, I guess, that we can have. It’s a tough one. It’s really not what we want, but we’ll make the best of it.”
Hearing points to structural inequity, unequal treatment as causes of COVID-19’s exacting toll
Lawmakers will reconvene in Albany Monday to consider that legislation, which includes a handful of bills that have been in the works for years, but failed to gain support until now.
The call to end the curfew comes a day earlier than previously planned. De Blasio noted that most protesters had been peaceful, and admitted that the NYPD had sometimes overstepped its duty.
By lowering the outflows from Lake Ontario, the Board hopes to make navigation in the St. Lawrence River safer and raise the water levels in Lake St. Louis.
“We want police accountability, we want police reform. We want to make sure that if someone makes a 911 call and a false claim, this is potentially a hate crime.”
“If the police were arresting looters, and they were then being arrested and returned to the street the next day again, that would be nonsensical.”
“Here in New York, we actually read the Bible. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’.”
“The No. 1 contributor to New York state sales tax are bars and restaurants, so it will help the economy, it’ll help local businesses and it’ll help (our) finances as well.”
Annual event was expected to draw as many as 2,000 2nd Amendment activists on Monday
“Understand Ithaca, you’re not innocent. You are guilty, too.”
Cuomo stopped short of saying that he would deploy the state’s National Guard to any city without a request by its political leaders.
“It is time for community, for colleagues, who are white, who have the ability and the privilege to be heard — to take action.”
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?”
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.”
“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
Local officials complained about a lack of communication with state officials leading up to today.
Dine-in service is part of phase three of reopening
“It would just be a disaster. It’s, it would just be awful in every area.”
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.
The poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 66% approval rating is still among the highest during his 9 years in office.
“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.
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.”
“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.”
“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,”
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.
The normal start date for fall classes would have been August 24.
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.
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
Local officials were mixed about the state’s messaging as the Southern Tier Region reopened Friday.
“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.”
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.
We breakdown the issue in eight counties and the latest developments.
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.
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.
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 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.
Help with refinancing debt could help shale companies in PA
The state issued 12,826 denials and 11,635 businesses were told that their request did not require an exemption.
The Governor said more details will be available on Monday.
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.”
“It’s baffling that the Veterans Health Administration does not have a strategy in place to address the shortages of PPE in New York.”
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.
“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.”
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.
The tests were conducted after an employee was found to have the virus on April 27.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
Local businesses are coming up with plans for restarting, but how and when they go into effect are still an unknown.
Election chiefs call on state officials to allow processing to start earlier, clarify which polling places can open.
“We’re going to have the schools closed for the rest of the year. We’re going to continue the distance learning programs.”
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.
“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.
“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.
“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 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.
“It’s another Monday, and it’s another end-the-shutdown bill.”
“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.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 367 people died from the virus Saturday — less than half of the daily number at the height of the outbreak.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Cuomo said at their White House meeting Trump committed to procure more testing supplies from China and other overseas manufacturers. He said they agreed the Navy ship Comfort could leave New York.
Hochul spoke with WSKG’s Gabe Altieri as part of All Things Considered.
Cuomo also said elective outpatient surgeries will be allowed to resume in counties that do not have a significant number of people sick with the coronavirus.
“If a situation is radically different in one part of the state than another part of the state, take that into consideration.”
“We need to be, I think, taking a look at the data, and working with not only the health professionals, but also the business community.”
“I would just urge New Yorkers to keep being heard, making sure their concerns are being met.”
Gov. Tom Wolf announced the business shutdowns would be extended until until May 8. They were due to lift on April 30. He did ease the limits a bit, including on the construction industry.
“Any plan to start to reopen the economy has to be based on data and testing, and we have to make sure our antibody and diagnostic testing is up to the scale we need.”
It argues for the release of two inmates who claim they are highly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.
Main rally marked by Trump flags, open-carry firearms, anti-vaxxers and plenty of anger at Gov. Tom Wolf
“We’re at a point where some of the upstate hospitals have significant financial burdens because they are not doing the elective surgeries.”
“It’s an important support to make sure we have a viable food system and that farmers can still farm.”