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Early voting in New York state starts Saturday and runs through Nov. 1. It’s the second year New Yorkers have the option to vote early, but it’s taken on greater importance this year with a presidential election and COVID-19 pandemic that necessitates social distancing. Here’s what you need to know.


Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a conference call with the media Thursday to provide an update on COVID-19 infection trends in New York State. Cuomo noted that the state's focus over the past two weeks has mainly shifted to microclusters of positive results, with many reported downstate in Brooklyn and Queens and in some New York City suburban counties. There have also been increases in the Southern Tier, due to people crossing into and out of Pennsylvania, where COVID rates have been rising. Listen to the entire interview.

Early voting begins in New York on Saturday, and continues through Nov. 1, two days before Election Day.

When voters in New York were asked two years ago what issues were at the top of their list while they prepared to head to the polls in November, they said health care, taxes, and the economy would decide their vote. That was according to a poll from Quinnipiac University, which was asking New York voters to rank which issues were important to them in that year’s race for governor.

Office of the Governor

With 43 states now on New York State’s banned list, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s talking to health experts about a possible testing regimen that could end the mandatory quarantine period.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his vaccination plan for New York, released over the weekend, is preliminary and much more information is needed to finalize the distribution of the vaccine to New Yorkers when it becomes available.

New York state nursing homes were permitted to reopen for visitation in July, and since then, many have limited visits to outdoors, keeping families on lawns and patios while taking advantage of the warm summer and early fall weather. 

 

But now, in mid-October, many question what will happen as the temperature drops.

 


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New York State will continue its hemp growing season through 2021, after the federal government decided to delay new regulations that the state found "overly strict" and “unrealistic.”

County leaders in New York say they are frustrated over delays by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to make major decisions about the state’s multibillion-dollar budget gap. They're also asking for more cooperation in carrying out key functions during the COVID-19 pandemic, like testing and tracing.

Aurora Theatre

Movie theaters in New York state can reopen beginning Friday, with restrictions on audience size and other precautions in place, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

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Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New details emerged Sunday on how health officials in New York could administer a future vaccine for COVID-19, with essential workers and high-risk individuals slated to receive the injection first, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

A federal judge has refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus infections.

Office of Brian Manktelow

Last month, New York State reduced the number of days a nursing home must be free from COVID-19 in order for families to visit from 28 days to 14, which the state Department of Health said will open up access to 500 of the state's 613 nursing homes. But a group of upstate lawmakers say there are still too many barriers in place.

Office of the Governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter on behalf of all the states’ governors asking President Donald Trump to form a clear plan on how to administer a COVID-19 vaccine when that day comes.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold state funding from schools in COVID-19 hot spot areas that are remaining open despite the governor’s closure orders. Cuomo said he will also hold back state funds from local governments that fail to adequately police the areas identified by health officials as COVID-19 clusters. 

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

A small band of protesters gathered Wednesday outside the state capital to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo loosen restrictions for visiting residents at nursing homes. But so far, the governor shows no sign of changing the rules.

Juneteenth of Buffalo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation officially making Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, a New York state holiday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new book was released Tuesday, and it simultaneously serves as a definitive chronicle of decisions made by officials in New York to address the COVID-19 pandemic and a sharp rebuke to the federal government’s perceived failure to act.

New York State Thruway Authority

The New York State Thruway Authority holds two more public hearings Wednesday and Thursday on its transitioning to cashless tolling in 2021.

New York Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many voters to choose to cast their ballots by mail this year. In New York, every eligible voter can vote by absentee ballot if they are worried about the virus, but the rules are still a bit complicated. WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with the League of Women Voters' Jennifer Wilson to sort it all out.

New York State is facing a 14.5 billion budget deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic. That has led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact state budget cuts, including a 10% cut to New York's Unified Court System.

Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

New York lawmakers may try to reform the state’s nursing home industry in light of thousands of COVID-19 deaths, and they don’t have to look far to find an example in another state. 

 

 


Tom Magnarelli / WRVO Public Media

The New York State Conference of Mayors say they are united in calling on the federal government for aid to support municipalities struggling with tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue, due to the coronavirus. Some upstate mayors pushed back against the narrative that the money is a bailout for their cities.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Internet broadband is a major problem in rural New York State and local public officials are blasting a new state tax as making installation of broadband even more expensive.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not planning to make any “irreversible” cuts to the state budget over the next month, after hopes of a relief package from the federal government were dashed this week.

Office of the Governor

Schools in coronavirus hot spots in New York City will shut down beginning Tuesday under an order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor also threatened Monday to close down religious gatherings, including large Orthodox Jewish events, in the hot spots and said the state will take over enforcement of rules, including mask wearing and social distancing. 

Ban on advertising, ticket sales at music venues ruled unconstitutional

Oct 1, 2020
Nick Lippa / WBFO News

A controversial State Liquor Authority ban on advertising and selling tickets for live music at bars and restaurants in New York has been ruled unconstitutional.

Spectrum News / WXXI News

State regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee a poorly maintained stretch limousine with corroded brakes that hurtled down a hill at more than 100 mph and crashed in a ravine, killing 20 people, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Raising New York

New York’s business leaders are among those warning that the state’s child care system is broken and on the verge of collapse, and they are calling for emergency and long term relief from the state and federal governments.

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