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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the stay-at-home order enacted to help halt the spread of the coronavirus will remain in place until May 28, with the exception of a handful of areas around the state that have met benchmarks for reopening.

In an executive order issued late Thursday, Cuomo said five regions in the state — Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and the North Country — could move into phase one of reopening.

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A longtime Hertel Avenue bar is closed after a neighborhood resident reported what Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz described as an "unofficial happy hour" at Gabels.

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Churches with the means to provide live video streaming utilized the online tool to provide Good Friday services during a time when COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings are continuing to keep religious faithful home. It's a period during which there are holy occasions for three prominent faiths.