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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he’s immediately taking steps to control several cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 in portions of New York state, including installing rapid testing machines at virus hot spots.

Pay raises for 80,000 state government employees in New York have been deferred a third time, according to the Civil Service Employees Association.

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Landlords in New York will not be allowed to evict their tenants for nonpayment of rent until the start of next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, setting up a reprieve for renters who’ve been unable to pay rent for the last several months due to the pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking local governments in New York state that have closed homeless shelters during the COVID-19 crisis to begin reopening those facilities, saying encampments of homeless people endanger public health.

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Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and state officials.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is responding to critics who say the state needs to make decisions on how to close its COVID-19-related multibillion-dollar deficit. He said the federal government needs to provide relief, because it was the not the state’s fault.

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Saying he does not trust the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York State will conduct its own review of any COVID-19 vaccines that are deemed to be ready for use.

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New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dismissing as “political” President Donald Trump’s Justice Department move to classify New York City, Seattle and Portland as “anarchy” jurisdictions and withhold billions of dollars in federal funds.  

A decision by New Jersey leaders to raise taxes on that state’s wealthiest residents has provided new hope to advocates who want to tax the rich in New York -- but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his budget director are throwing cold water on that proposal.

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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.

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New York’s fiscal year is nearly half over and the state budget remains billions of dollars out of balance, largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic-related economic shutdown. So far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been relying on temporary measures to keep the state afloat, but fiscal experts say it’s time to make some hard decisions.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed rumors Tuesday that Halloween trick-or-treating might be canceled next month due to the pandemic, declaring he has no intention of preventing kids from making their annual door-to-door quest for candy.

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Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students, though some students will learn remotely. Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19.

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The ACLU of New York, Common Cause and other advocacy groups are asking New York to mandate pre-paid postage for absentee ballots in the November general election. But the state's budget office says doing so would require more federal funds.

New York’s largest teachers union is planning to file a lawsuit against the state if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the state Legislature don’t release funds withheld in recent weeks from school districts, some of which have had to lay off hundreds of employees as a result.

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The war of words between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump escalated again Tuesday, 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.

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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.

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Schools in New York are busy finalizing plans to partially reopen, and many colleges and universities have already begun classes. But those who work at the schools, including teachers and professors, say guidelines for when to wear masks need to be more comprehensive to help prevent spread of the coronavirus. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients have dropped to new lows statewide.

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Over the weekend, the State University of New York at Oneonta became the first in the 64-campus system to shut down in-person classes for two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak. State and college officials are trying to prevent that closure from becoming a trend.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. That’s according to figures released Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said that hospitalizations dropped to 458, the lowest number since March 16, and intubations dropped to 48, also the lowest number since mid-March.

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More schools around New York say they are scaling back on plans for in-person learning and expanding remote instruction, citing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s temporary 20% cut in state aid to schools which was enacted to help close a pandemic related state budget deficit.

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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.

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COVID-19 infection rates have reached 2% in the five Western New York coronavirus counties. "That's not good news," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and it has prompted "a caution flag" for the region.

In response, the governor said the state is sending a state Health Department SWAT team to the region to establish eight new testing sites with 50 machines that will provide quick results.

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Republicans are celebrating a possible U.S. Department of Justice inquiry into the COVID-19 crisis in New York state nursing homes, while others are concerned that the action is politically motivated.

 

About 130,000 high school athletes got the green light Monday to participate in sports this fall; now their school districts are mulling whether to allow the seasons to start. All high school sports have been on hold since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Trump administration said Wednesday that it’s requesting data from a handful of states, including New York, to determine if the federal government should open a civil rights investigation into how those states have handled COVID-19 at nursing homes.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls changes in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that ease testing standards for Americans exposed to someone with COVID-19 “political propaganda” and says he won’t follow them.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed executive orders that he said will help ensure safe and secure voting in November’s elections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that there won’t be any high school football games, wrestling matches or ice hockey contests this fall. The governor did issue new guidelines to phase in matches for other types of school sports, however.

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