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New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a report Monday on the likely cause of deaths from COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes that he says shows the virus came in through infected staff, not through hospital readmissions. 

 

 


The state’s ongoing fiscal crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to temporary funding reductions for some cities and postponed planned pay raises for state workers. It has also led to reductions to some smaller programs, including a key organization that has helped New Yorkers with intellectual disabilities navigate the pandemic. The program is slated for significant cuts this month. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the rate of the COVID-19 virus continues to be low in New York, with 11 deaths on June 30, but he said he worries that compliance with safety rules is slipping.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Watch it live here. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is adding eight more states to a travel advisory list, as visitors from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee will now be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in New York.

 

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted constitutionally by temporarily banning evictions because of the coronavirus, a judge ruled Monday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed on President Donald Trump during a news conference Monday in New York, saying the president should “start telling the people of this country the truth” and sign an executive order requiring masks to be worn in public nationwide.

Republicans, meanwhile, called on Democrats in the state Legislature to strip Cuomo of emergency law-making powers, saying the time has come to limit that authority.

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Parents and teachers across New York are anxious about whether schools in New York will reopen in September. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hopes schools can reopen, but a lot can happen in the next two months that will influence his final decision.

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A federal judge on Friday blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50%.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is offering help to states like Texas and Arizona that are struggling with spiking COVID-19 infections, but is also talking with airport officials and federal border control officers on how best to enforce the travel advisory requiring travelers from states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days.

 

 


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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.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget office is temporarily withholding 20% of a state aid payment owed to several cities across New York, citing the COVID-19 pandemic-related revenue shortfall and budget deficit plaguing the state government.

 


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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are imposing mandatory quarantines for travelers from several states with high rates of the novel coronavirus, including Florida and Texas, effective midnight Wednesday.  

 


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New York state, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, will mandate that travelers quarantine for 14 days if they’re coming in from states with high rates of COVID-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is contemplating a quarantine order on travelers to New York from other states with high rates of the novel coronavirus, including Florida.

 


Many of New York’s cities begin their new fiscal year July 1, and they are struggling to balance their budgets after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent protests in some cities are straining budgets even further. Meanwhile, 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.

 

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In his final daily coronavirus briefing Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s grateful that the virus is at an all-time low in New York, but he worries about rising infection rates elsewhere in the United States. 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo ends over three months of continuous daily coronavirus briefings Friday. The briefings became a cultural phenomenon and made the governor nationally famous, as New Yorkers and many across America staying home to try to stop the spread of the virus tuned in to what became a daily ritual.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning businesses not to jump ahead on the state's methodical reopening plan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll end the popular daily briefings on the coronavirus pandemic that began more than three months ago, as New York state faced a "tsunami" of coronavirus cases that threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

The last regular briefing will be held Friday. The change reflects the steep decline in infections and hospitalization rates in New York.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this Friday, June 19, known as Juneteenth in honor of the end of slavery in the U.S., will be a holiday for state workers. And he says he will work to make it a statewide holiday for 2021.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says visitors will now be allowed for patients at hospitals and residents of group homes for the developmentally disabled. But nursing home visits remain off limits, for now.


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Just days after ordering local governments and police to rework their models or lose state funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed additional pieces of legislation to reform police and law enforcement practices.

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There have been 25,000 complaints statewide about large gatherings, a lack of social distancing and no face masks as New York continues to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed several police reform measures into law Friday, while saying he’ll withhold state funding from local police departments that do not submit proof that they’ve worked with their communities to reconfigure their forces. 

 


 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that he did not believe New York City's prominent statue of Christopher Columbus should be removed and pointed out its importance in the Italian American community.

Cuomo was asked on Thursday at a press conference whether it was time for the statue, which stands above the city's Columbus Circle subway stop, to go.

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The New York Assembly and Senate has approved the repeal of a measure that’s been used to shield police disciplinary records from the public, although opponents, including police unions and some Republican Senators, says it unfairly singles out officers for scrutiny that other public servants don’t face.

 

 


 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that President Donald Trump should apologize for a tweet in which he suggested the 75-year-old man pushed by Buffalo police during a protest last week could have staged the assault as part of an activist group.

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The New York State Legislature met in session at the state capital Monday to begin work on a package of bills aimed at reforming the police. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to sign them. If approved, New York would be the first state to act on police reforms since the death of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis during an incident with police two weeks ago.


New York's legislature moved swiftly Monday to pass a first wave of police reform legislation, including a ban on chokeholds, a prohibition on race-based profiling, and a measure requiring police departments and courts to track arrests by race and ethnicity to help identify patterns of bias.

The session followed a historic wave of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The protests evolved into a referendum on police brutality.

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