“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’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.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday approved a saliva test for COVID-19 developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, which means the test can now be used nationwide.
The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March.
Of the 83,997 test results reported to New York state on Monday, 754, or 0.89 percent, were positive.
“I think when we get complacent in society after a period of time, we, you know, forget about the value of the little things that we need to do, like wearing a mask.”
“I don’t even know what that’s like, having to actually go fill out an application to try to get another job, and fit in somewhere,” said Swain. “Starting over, like that’s just so crazy.”
“It’s depressing because you know that the families and the residents are lonely.”
“This Administration has to understand that we won’t have a healthy economy until we have a healthy country and that starts with taking this virus seriously.”
The governor and health secretary want residents to guard against the virus as a federal judge calls stay-at-home and business closure orders — since lifted — unconstitutional.
The governor has temporarily held back 20% in aid payments to schools, local governments and others, under emergency powers granted to him by the State Legislature.
NEW YORK NOW – The state’s largest teachers union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Division of Budget over more than $5 billion in state spending that’s expected to be withheld from school districts as the state grapples with an unprecedented budget crisis.
The governor wants the deadline to send out vote-by-mail applications moved up, among other things.
“If you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I’m not going to tell you not to. If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not going to tell you, you can’t take your child to the neighborhood. I’m not going to do that.”
“It is very stressful. It’s been six months now that we haven’t had the revenue in the stream. It’s been a difficult time.”
“Instead of a frivolous lawsuit, NYSUT should turn its attention to Washington and work with us to get the assistance New York’s children deserve.”
“We want to keep students here and operating. If there has to be some mitigation efforts taken, we will keep students here as much as we can. But, we all have to remain vigilant.”
Thousands of restaurants in the five boroughs have three weeks to prepare their establishments to comply with the state’s guidance for reopening.
“Zero revenue, 100% bills.”
The war of words between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump escalated again Monday, with both accusing the other of attempting to destroy the economic viability of New York City, and the state, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think that technology has really helped us. It’s an inexpensive technology. It’s a student-friendly and a faculty-friendly technology.”
“We’ve been planning this all for a while, so the regulations were about what we thought they were gonna be.”
New York State marked a milestone of progress in fighting coronavirus infections on Monday, with a full month of fewer than 1% of virus tests coming back positive.
“The U.S. Postal Service is the only institution that is in the Constitution, that it’s a right for the American people to receive their mail. What he’s doing is illegal, inappropriate, unethical and wrong.”
It’s the latest stress the industry has faced since COVID-19 turned the child care sector upside down in March.
Casinos in New York will be allowed to reopen next Wednesday, Sept. 9, as long as they have a sufficient air filtration system and limit the number of people allowed in the facility at one time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
Over half say they are wary of eating indoors at a restaurant, having a drink at bar, watching a movie in a theater, working out at the gym, or going bowling.
“Young people can help our elections and make some extra money by becoming poll workers and relieve the pressure on our older poll workers.”
Masks are strongly recommended at all other times, including in the classroom, but they are not mandatory once the student is sitting down at a socially distanced desk.
“Now, we cannot just know what’s going on, we can help better pinpoint the virus, address the virus, contain the virus.”
For the next 90 days, public rules on masks and social distancing, as well as relaxed rules on unemployment insurance and professional certification will remain in place.
“So you wanted a party. OK, now you have to go to remote learning, which means you basically stay in the dorm. It’s a function of discipline and compliance.”
The three organizations suspended include the Theta Chi and Zeta Beta Xi fraternities and the Sigma Delta Tau sorority.
“We had a great fair planned, a really great fair. Great music. Changing things up again programmatically, we were doing everything we could to keep drawing numbers.”
Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.
Tennis players are navigating the eerie stillness of a Grand Slam event known for its lively crowds. Last year’s U.S. Open set an attendance record, drawing more than 737,800 fans over two weeks.
“Our ability to keep this deadly virus in check will be determined by what each of us does each day and by the capacity of local governments to enforce state guidance.”
“That constitutional right doesn’t go on hold because there are financial constraints, because the state is having financial difficulties. This is a constitutional right.”
“I got boxes I’m staring at every day. My kids are staring at it. They’re like, ‘When are we gonna find a place to go?’”
As researchers work to test a potential novel coronavirus vaccine on a diverse set of study participants, they’re also being confronted by a history of distrust between communities of color and medical researchers.
“We’re all trying to figure out, ‘How can the counties have the responsibility for making sure the count is accurate and as timely as possible?”
Colleges in New York will be required to return to remote learning for at least two weeks if either 100 cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed, or 5% of that institution’s population tests positive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
“I will be a catastrophe. Many school districts depend just about totally on state aid to get their programs running.”
New York State is expected to make additional announcements about high risk winter sports like basketball, hockey, wrestling and cheerleading in the coming months.
“It’s no coincidence the moment the Trump administration is caught weakening the CDC’s COVID-19 testing guidelines to artificially lower the number of positive cases, they launched this nakedly partisan deflection.”
Shame on the people in the CDC. These will be indefensible actions in the light of history.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced she was stepping down from her position to look after her family. Working families across the country are figuring out how to provide care for their children with remote and hybrid schooling this year.
“When is the optimal time to treat them? And what’s the dose that they should receive? And how many doses should they receive or how many days should they be treated? What are some nuances of patients that could benefit from a standard course of therapy?”
Gov. Tom Wolf calls for some of the revenue from marijuana sales to go toward “repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.”
Under state guidelines released last week, ticketed live music is not permitted inside bars, restaurants and clubs.
Voters can begin requesting absentee ballots right away from their local elections boards, citing the reason that they fear risks of contracting the coronavirus or any other contagious illness.
“Make no mistake, there was not a single student who gathered on the Quad [Wednesday] night who did not know and understand that it was wrong to do so.”
The New York Governor predicted that the flu season will put an added strain on the overburdened disease-testing system in the state and could lead to a further slowdown for obtaining timely results of coronavirus tests.
The president of the city’s United Federation of Teachers called for testing every student and staff member before the start of school, set for Sept. 10.
Republicans in the state Legislature are hoping that support from a handful of Democrats on a bill to establish an independent probe into the state’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis will garner momentum for the measure.
In a rush to find answers, lawmakers and election officials alike are proposing a number of changes.
Officials are routinely citing the law to deny public records requests, but legal experts say the state can be more transparent — if it wants.
Cuomo’s “American Crisis” will be released Oct. 13, three weeks before Election Day, when Trump is expected to face Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“It is congregate, it’s one ventilation system, you’re seated there for a long period of time. Even if you are at 50% capacity, with one seat between the two of you, two seats between the two of you, this is a risky situation.”
Many of New York’s streets have come alive with fenced-in dining areas with tables and umbrellas and decorated with flower boxes and hanging plants.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s risen to national fame in recent months through daily televised briefings on New York’s response to the coronavirus, delivered a speech to Democrats in Wisconsin Monday intended to both unite the party and condemn the federal government.
“If in fact we brought the boxes to them, and they had the ability to vote right at senior centers, right at community centers, then I think that’s the recipe for success.”
“This pandemic is far from over, but we’ve determined that institutions can reopen if they adhere to strict state guidance and take every precaution to keep visitors safe.”
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There is no set date for gyms to reopen, but the governor says rules will be released on how they can do so safely.
“We know that those numbers are suffering, especially on the tourism side. We live in an area that’s built on tourism, so you hate to see it.”
“We are willing to go by any guideline the governor is willing to tell us. The problem is there has been no communication. He has gone radio silent.”
When treatment facilities ignore coronavirus protocols, patients are forced to choose between recovery and safety.
“Before this whole thing, I thought I would’ve thrown my life in front of kids to save them. Now it’s like asking us to go in and risk our lives.”
“I would have pulled my mom out of that facility. She would be alive today, actually, had we actually been informed.”
The newly-added states are Hawaii and South Dakota. Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed.
“You could go blind, you could go into a coma, you could have seizures. If anyone even thinks there’s a possibility they got into this product, they would want to call the poison center right away.”
Kentucky is also the home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell earlier this year suggested that states that lost revenue due to the pandemic should declare bankruptcy.
The school district plans must include procedures and protocols for instruction, health screenings, and social distancing measures.
“If they get too far into the weeds or attempt to drop in other fixes now, my fear is nothing will get done.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally gave schools the green light to reopen on Friday, saying the coronavirus infection rate was low enough in New York for students to return to class in the coming weeks.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said a provision of the President’s measure that requires states to foot part of the bill was unworkable.
“The constitutions of the State of New York and the United States of America are not abandoned or thrown to the side during times of emergency. But that’s exactly what our government has done.”
“You could have a clot that forms in the heart artery and leads to a heart attack, or you could have a blood clot that forms inside the heart itself that breaks off and leads to a stroke.”
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour left open the possibility that the football team won’t play at all.
“We touch people’s lives every day. Every day, we love our jobs. But you’re not giving us a chance to help people where they need it the most.”
“When we have people who don’t stay in touch with us, or we knock on the door and they refuse to answer, or they tell us to our face, ‘I’m not going to pay, do what you’re going to do,’ that’s when it gets frustrating.”
“We have been losing members without new members joining. Our expenses are piling up. Our revenue is nonexistent.”
Dr. Paul Offit, who serves on the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory board, says he doesn’t think an effective vaccine that’s undergone adequate testing can be ready this year.
Checkpoints at major bridges, tunnels and other sites are meant to drive home the message that 14-day quarantine rules are mandatory for people returning from states with high infection rates.
A series of legal protections granted during the COVID-19 pandemic to nursing homes and health care facilities as part of the state budget was partially rolled back on Monday.
“Districts must have a plan in place for testing related to symptomatic or exposed individuals, whether in school or through the local health department.”
Changes to state law need to be effective by early September if counties are to implement them in time for the general election.
“Would they let me be the gender that I am or the gender that I was assigned at birth? Because I have very strong views on that.”
“It is unfortunate. It is sad. But it is true. 98% of nursing homes already had COVID in their nursing homes, and those are the facts.”
Pennsylvania’s finances received a welcome — but probably temporary — boost in July, with tax collections up 6.6% compared to the same time last year, according to figures released Monday by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.
“I don’t care what any bureaucrat says,” said Cuomo. “If they don’t have a good plan for reopening, no kids are going to come and no teaches are going to come.”
“Please, if you’re in central New York, some of you have kids that have moved away, some have parents that have moved away, call them and ask them to call their senator and say ‘this is needed everywhere.'”
Coronavirus testing, online instruction, and the ability to turn on a dime are central to reopening plans
“If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen,”
“I appreciate the work that the Congress has done to date with the CARES Act proposals. But this current debate must create resources that support state education and educational equity.”
State officials are trying again, this time with a grant program targeted at the smallest and most vulnerable operations.
New York, fearing the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to pull an item from this year’s ballot to decide if the state should borrow $3 billion to fund a series of environmental projects related to climate change.
Members of the Phillies roster were reported to test positive for COVID-19.
“It’s really a person-by-person, case-by-case situation. Doctors know their patients. And if it’s a new person, doctors should take some time. Get to know them. It can be hard, but it’s important.”
Classroom capacity ranges from about 19-21 students. But with social distancing, the capacity can drop to around 16 or 17 students.
The governor says the state faces a $14 billion deficit in the current fiscal year, and $16 billion next year, and without federal funds, he’ll have to slash schools, hospitals and local government aid by 20%.
“Our school board members, really their heart is in opening up the school, but they know it’s going to cost a lot of extra money this year.”
The coronavirus pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for those involved in the 2020 Census. The pandemic wreaked havoc on plans for the every-ten-year population count.
The Safe & Sound fundraiser, held Saturday in Southampton, drew rebukes after video emerged showing audience members dancing close together. Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted, “I am appalled.”
“If we did something as a business, the person would just up and leave and go somewhere else, because someone else is not going to enforce it.”
People traveling to New York from more than two-thirds of the country will now have to quarantine for at least two weeks upon entering the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, after infection rates in three more states exceeded New York’s threshold.
“Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul are federal ‘bag men,’ to use a different expression. They’ve been taking New Yorkers’ money for years, putting it in a bag in Washington and bringing it home to their state.”
“Someone who has recovered from coronavirus has antibodies in their blood that may be able to help someone else fight that infection.”
“The moment we left Canada, there was concern. We’ve got to follow the guidelines. It’s not gonna be easy.”
“There are men just like me in there. They should have been walking out with me. But instead they’ll probably die in prison.”
“They had been promising, promising, promising. It’s not that I was waiting without them suggesting possibility. They have been saying we’re going to do it. Then they didn’t.”
“I’ve been doing this since April 4th, and I have received zero money. The problem is you cannot get through on the phone.”
As modelers look at national trends, they’re concerned about case jumps in areas that had previously managed largely to squelch the virus.
The bill would require upwards of three months of leave at 66 percent of a person’s salary.
“The pediatric infrastructure, the people who care for your children are struggling to stay afloat, stay available, and we need help.”
The COVID Rent Relief Program provides a one-time rent subsidy, paid directly to landlords, based on the amount of income lost in the past four months.
Here’s something you may not know: People with disabilities are not guaranteed the right to live in the community.
8 percent of claims needed to be reviewed manually.
If the Blue Jays can’t find a major league park, Sahlen Field, home of their Triple-A affiliate, would be a likely site for home games.
Major League Baseball’s delayed and shortened regular season gets underway Thursday. There will be no fans in the stands and plenty of health and safety protections for the players and team officials.
“Democrats are not providing any oversight of the governor’s decisions throughout this pandemic. And that is a real problem that I think should concern all New Yorkers.”
65% of farmers in New York state say their business has been negatively or very negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the spirit of bipartisanship, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) got together for a virtual town hall on Facebook this week, the first time they’ve ever done such a joint meeting.
The lawsuit represents yet another test of Wolf’s emergency powers, which have been unsuccessfully challenged several times.
Virtually everybody has made sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic. But, for some people who are deafblind, it meant almost entirely losing their connections to the outside world.
People traveling to New York from nearly two-thirds of the country will now have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entering the state after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 10 more states would be added to that list.
Bill sponsor, transparency advocates urge governor to reconsider
“I would never have applied if they hadn’t come and talked to me about it. They emphasized to me: Why don’t you take advantage of some of the things that are out there for you?”
“New Yorkers are outraged at these establishments, we’re getting thousands of complaints, pictures, videos. This is a question of public health.”
The city aims to provide relief for working parents who either can’t afford to stay home or can’t find child care for the days that students aren’t in school.
Chelsea business owners hope the reopening of the popular elevated park will bring more foot traffic back to the neighborhood.
“This whole process we’ve had an array of choices and they’ve all been bad.”
“If we give the schools the dollars they need to make sure the kids are safe and the teachers are safe and the employees are safe, we can sort of have our cake and eat it too.”
The country’s largest art museum will be open to the public five days a week starting at the end of August. It had been closed since March as New York City grappled with the coronavirus pandemic.
“By testing a pool, if the pool is negative, everyone is clear. If the pool is positive, we break out the samples, we run them individually, so it’s like an individual test.”
The state Supreme Court earlier this month upheld the governor’s disaster emergency declaration, saying the legislature can’t terminate the declaration on its own.
“There are some strings. They have to use it for health and education, but we don’t say one size fits all.”
The bulk of New Yorkers, over 9 million, have already filed their taxes, but around 1.3 million have not and are expected to do so by Wednesday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is deploying teams to check for proof that travelers getting off flights have completed forms before leaving airports across the state.
Fourth-generation funeral director Patrick Kearns and his brother-in-law Paul Kearns-Stanley are partners in a 120-year-old family funeral business. They describe their unrelenting work and worries.
Mayor Bill de Blasio calls on President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act to speed up processing of coronavirus tests: “If you can’t get the results in real time, it doesn’t help you enough.”
“Trump’s COVID scandal makes what Nixon did at Watergate look innocent. Nobody died in the Watergate scandal. Thousands of people are going to die in this COVID scandal.”
Regions will be allowed to reopen schools if, by the first week of August, the infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average.
Lawmakers announced legislation Friday that would cancel rent for all tenants in New York through the COVID-19 state of emergency, and 90 days thereafter.
Given that the state claimed earlier this week that visitors were partly responsible for previously spreading the virus at those facilities, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said they’re proceeding with caution.
Jerri Lynn Sparks says her 22-year-old son, Jared, and thousands of other New Yorkers with disabilities are suffering because the state has adopted “one-size-fits-all” coronavirus restrictions for group homes.
Despite the pandemic, Census Bureau officials say they’ve determined it’s safe enough for visits to unresponsive homes in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
“We just have to change the law to let folks like this get a second round and we will have many, many more small businesses surviving and even prospering in the next six months.”
“If we’re going to get serious about bridging the urban-rural divide and making sure that schoolchildren are not left behind then we have to work together to do a few things.”
The state supreme court sided with Wolf in a ruling last week.
“The federal government’s demands that schools reopen without concern for health, safety and equity are simply out of touch.”
New York will decide if schools will reopen this fall in the first week of August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, and tasked districts across the state with coming up with plans in the event that they’re allowed to resume in-person learning.
Now that so many are working from home, more people are considering moving out of the city. The pandemic has sent enough New Yorkers to the exits to shake up the area’s housing market.
“As the epidemic has eased, we think the legislature should get back to work. Hold committee meetings, move bills.”
Travelers from three more states will now be required to quarantine themselves for two weeks when they enter New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
“We are seeing a lot of day- and long-weekend trips to the Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands, Adirondacks, and the Lake George area. State parks remain popular as the tourists enjoy hiking and being out in nature.”
“The data shows that the nursing home residents got COVID from the staff and also presumably those who visited them.”
Those who are playing, though, will need to adhere to a series of “return to play” rules that require minimal physical contact on the field – no high fives and handshakes.
“This year we’re going to have to cancel it. That makes me personally, very unhappy, but that is where we are.”
“You should really make reservations in advance to make sure you have a place to stay. And with the brand name hotels, they do have cleanliness policies updated.”
“People will now hear from governors, and county execs and their mayors and assembly and senators and realize they better get back to Washington and do their jobs.”
“We’re kind of stuck in a position where we kind of feel helpless. We feel like we should be doing something.”
67 Orange Street makes do with take-out and outdoor service while waiting for a decision on inside dining in NYC.
New York City, which normally is the number-one tourism destination in the state, is still viewed by many to be unsafe – opening up new opportunities for upstate.
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.
“The good news is, our house is doing very well. The bad news is the neighbor’s home is on fire.”
A researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says his studies show people who smoke or vape nicotine have elevated levels of the receptors that allow the novel coronavirus to gain entry to the lungs.
“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.”
“We are more than happy to provide childcare. It’s complicated. It’s not easy. But it’s our mission.”
“We are preparing to open schools, we have plans to open schools, but (edit) I’ll be honest with you. It’s two months away. Anything can happen in two months.”
Hospitalizations from the disease also dropped Saturday, bringing the total number of people requiring treatment for the disease down to 869.
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.
“It raises questions about interstate commerce and really the constitutionality of it.”
“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,”
The Y, and New York City’s Department of Education, have been caring for tens of thousands of children during the pandemic. Neither has had reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks.
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.
The governor has talked about the possibility of imposing a 14 day quarantine for those who travel from the 20 plus other states
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.
We’re experiencing the coronavirus outbreak as one, yet we all have different coping styles. Are you focused on logistics? Struggling to stay motivated in a strangely isolated world? Are you unable to concentrate? Or confused about your sudden jumble of new roles?
The fate of the governor’s emergency declaration hangs in the balance
Stakeholders are being asked to share what they’ve experienced during the pandemic shutdowns and how can the state improve and take proper precautions in the fall.
“I don’t have confidence in his numbers and some of his people.”
“It’s not a coincidence that this is primarily an argument put forth by Republicans. That is a factual statement.”
“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.”
The event will begin on Aug. 31 without fans because of the continued spread of the coronavirus. Australian tennis star Nicholas Kyrgios calls the move “selfish.”
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be getting more money than usual to help with groceries this month.
Do the benefits of a ban on nursing home visits to protect residents from COVID-19 outweigh the risks of isolation?