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Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it live here at 11:30 a.m.

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The New York State Attorney General’s Office report released Thursday, which found the state Department of Health may have underreported nursing home COVID-19 deaths by 50%, makes plenty of mentions about Western New York nursing homes’ struggle to provide personal protective equipment and follow infection protocols during the pandemic.




At 11:30 a.m., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver the fourth part of his State of the State address from Albany.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the first in a series of 2021 New York State of State addresses Monday. Watch it here.

While many people working within New York State have had paid sick time available to them, others were not guaranteed that benefit until the New York Paid Sick Leave Law was signed into effect last year. Upon the start of the new year, workers may now begin using hours collected since the end of September. / Office of the Governor of New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it live here at 11:30 a.m.

WATCH LIVE: NYS COVID Update for Dec. 16, 2020

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany at 11:30 a.m. Watch it live here. / Office of the Governor of New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 briefing in Albany on Monday. Watch here.

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New York State made history Monday morning. The first New Yorker to receive the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer took place at 9:10 a.m. It also was the first dose to be administered nationwide.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday unveiled details of what he calls the “winter plan” for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in New York state.

He said it’s aimed at avoiding further economic shutdowns, and he added that it’s up to New Yorkers to voluntarily limit in-home gatherings in the coming weeks.

The governor also said indoor dining in New York City will be banned, starting Monday.

Cuomo said he does not want another massive shutdown like the one the state experienced in the spring when New York was the epicenter of the worldwide pandemic.

Governor Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 briefing in Albany on Friday. Watch it here.


Athletes Unleashed Inc., the Orchard Park gym that was recently fined $15,000 for violating COVID-19 restrictions, has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health.

State lawmakers in conflict over COVID-19 vaccine

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State political figures from opposite ends of the aisle are going head-to-head in an effort to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to New York State.

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Voters in New York who have not cast their ballots early in person or by mail go to the polls Tuesday. While Democrat Joe Biden is heavily favored to win the state over President Donald Trump, there is plenty of action in congressional and state races for voters to weigh in on.

As many as 2 million unemployed New Yorkers will start receiving their share of an extra $300-a-week assistance boost next week from a temporary federal fund that's running out of money.

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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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New York's never-enforced ban on single-use plastic bags has survived a lawsuit lodged by a plastic bag manufacturer and convenience store owners, but a state judge ruled Thursday that state regulators went too far by allowing stores to hand out thicker plastic bags one day.

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The New York State Labor Department said it has prevented more than $1 billion in unemployment fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said the department identified more than 42,200 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since mid-March, and it has referred more cases to federal prosecutors than the department did in the last 10 years combined.

President Donald Trump's latest executive orders, announced over the weekend at a country club he owns in New Jersey, are being deemed by some as unable to implement, and by others as further crippling to already cash-strapped states.

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The re-opening of schools in September is garnering increased attention, and Congressman Brian Higgins weighed in on the issue yesterday.

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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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A judge ruled federal immigration authorities cannot make civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arrest anyone going there for a proceeding.

New York State would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal reintroduced in the state Legislature that would lift criminal penalties for sex work.

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A new poll finds most New Yorkers are comfortable with the pace of the reopening of the economy, even though many are taking a financial hit due to the shutdown.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he believes New York has finally “turned the page” on the COVID-19 pandemic, for now at least, and that it’s time to refocus on “supercharging” the economy.




While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has held daily briefings on the coronavirus and issued more than 250 executive orders, the state legislature has been absent from the capital for six weeks. Now, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins say they plan to hold committee meetings on Tuesday and convene in session in the following days to vote on legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The New York State legislature on Wednesday took one of its first official actions since passing a state budget over a month ago. They held a public hearing — remotely — on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses, and how the federal government has responded.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging Congress to include money in its next federal aid package to help state governments that are financially decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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New York is poised for a first step in reopening businesses, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that three regions of the state have met his criteria to begin a slow reopen, starting with some construction and manufacturing businesses as soon as this Friday.


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New York is teaming up with six other states in the northeast to pool their purchasing power for medical supplies and equipment, with a goal of boosting their likelihood of buying those products on the open market and strengthening their collective bidding capacity.