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After a weekend of confusion for schoolchildren, their parents and teachers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified changes in mask policy for schools in New York on Monday. He said children don’t have to wear masks outside, but do have to wear them inside.

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New York failed to provide desperately needed protective gear, testing and help with staffing for group homes serving residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of those homes and family members told lawmakers at a legislative hearing Thursday.

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New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the state will stop administering the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson.

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Critics of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic marked the anniversary of the controversial March 25, 2020 order that required the homes to take back from hospitals residents who were ill with the disease. They said an ongoing federal probe does not go far enough in investigating all that may have gone wrong in the governor’s management of nursing homes during the pandemic. 

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New York State has recorded its first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50% capacity, can now move to 75% capacity starting March 19.

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New York lawmakers are looking to pass sweeping nursing home reforms this legislative session in light of COVID-19. One piece of legislation that predates the pandemic is a safe staffing bill, which would mandate nursing homes meet minimum staffing ratios. 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals: the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the months-long suppression of the true number of residents’ deaths, and allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed a former staffer.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched an attack on one of the critics of his nursing home policies: Assemblymember Ron Kim, who lost his uncle to COVID-19 in a nursing home. Cuomo said Kim’s disagreements over nursing home policies is really about an old feud over a bill to regulate nail salons.

Republican state senators and some family members of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 say they are still looking for answers from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, one week after a scathing report from the state’s attorney general that found twice as many nursing home residents died of the disease than what the state reported.

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A winter storm caused state vaccination sites to close Monday in the downstate area, but ones in upstate remained open. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a briefing, also blamed the federal government for ongoing glitches in the state’s vaccine rollout.

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report from New York’s attorney general finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration may have undercounted by as much as 50% the number of the state’s nursing home residents who died at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York last spring. The news has led the Republican leader of the state Senate to call for the state health commissioner’s resignation.

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The state Senate chair of the Committee on Investigations is threatening to subpoena Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner, if he does not provide data on how many nursing home residents died in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic surge in New York last spring.

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New York State is making an exception to its restrictions on large gatherings to allow fans to attend a Buffalo Bills home playoff game in January as long as all test negative beforehand. It will be the Bills' first playoff game in 25 years and a huge test not only for the team but COVID-weary New Yorkers.

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Bills Stadium in Orchard Park could see fans in-person for the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game since 1996. That according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the NFL is working with the state on a plan to allow 6,700 fans to attend the game.

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New York State is considering the possibility of making the flu vaccine mandatory for students attending school this year for in-person learning, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Thursday, as public health officials urge the public to get vaccinated for the disease.

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The New York State Legislature on Monday held the first of two hearings on the thousands of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents. Questions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, focused on a controversial March 25 directive that required nursing homes to take back COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

NYS to allow limited visitation at nursing homes

Jul 11, 2020
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New York State will now allow limited and regulated visitation at nursing homes that have been free of COVID-19 for at least 28 days, the state Department of Health said Friday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the phased-in reopening of another region of the state Wednesday. He says New York’s North Country has met the state’s criteria.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again pressing for a ban on flavored tobacco-based vaping products, saying he hopes a law is passed in the next month.


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A state appeals court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing its new ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state figures Wednesday that show the number of new HIV diagnoses has dropped to a new low since the peak of the epidemic.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner faced an intense grilling from lawmakers Wednesday at a joint hearing on how the administration handled water contamination in the eastern New York village of Hoosick Falls.


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Albany is urging high school sports coaches to help students drive safely.

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New York State's acting health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, marked the start of National Public Health Week on Monday by kicking off a statewide tour in Buffalo.

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Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov.Cuomo said there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

Governor relents on start of marijuana program

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Following the recent deaths of two young local girls who suffered from epilepsy, the push is on Albany to speed up the implementation of medical marijuana.