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With Phase Three of reopening underway in Western New York, some are calling to Governor Cuomo to include indoor shopping centers including malls to the list of businesses eligible to resume their services. The plea to reopen malls was presented outside Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

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Western New York is expected to move into Phase 2 of reopening on Tuesday, allowing hair salons and a variety of retail establishments to resume business with certain precautions in place.

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The Buffalo Common Council wants to give a break to many local bars and restaurants by changing the rules for outdoor eating and drinking.


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The New York State Child Care Availability Task Force was established 18 months ago to dive into what officials call the child care "crisis" afflicting the state. After just a couple of months of pandemic, however, words like "devastation" and "decimation" are being used. Here are their interim findings and recommendations.

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Local governments in New York will now be required to provide death benefits to public workers on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also urged the federal government Monday to provide hazard pay to those individuals.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is continuing her push to have Western New York residents follow the rules and keep COVID-19 at bay.

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It is going to be very different at Canalside this Memorial Day, in the the first unofficial weekend of summer under COVID-19 rules.

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Memorial Day weekend begins with it beaches opening up and other tentative steps to restart the economy. In his daily coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the reopenings can be done safely if people follow the rules.


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The unofficial start of summer kicks off this year under pandemic rules applying to the streets, parks and beaches.

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New York will allow small religious gatherings starting Thursday as the state gradually loosens restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at his Wednesday briefing.

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The local construction industry has not been shut down in the last two months, but more than half of the work stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. That changes Tuesday, with the sector part of Phase 1 of the state's reopening strategy.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his aides are still scrambling to create new hospital beds and procure adequate medical equipment, as the state begins its full day of a work shutdown, except for essential services. But the governor says he’s also assigning a team to try to figure out how and when to restart the economy in the coming weeks.