Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The chairs of the state legislative health committees are proposing a bill that would help protect the privacy of New Yorkers who give personal information to coronavirus contact tracers. They say without the protections, the contact tracing system -- aimed at curbing the virus and avoiding future shutdowns -- won’t work.

New York State Comptroller's Office

Among the budget pressures facing local governments is a sharp drop in sales tax revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Office of the Governor

There have been 25,000 complaints statewide about large gatherings, a lack of social distancing and no face masks as New York continues to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed several police reform measures into law Friday, while saying he’ll withhold state funding from local police departments that do not submit proof that they’ve worked with their communities to reconfigure their forces. 



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that he did not believe New York City's prominent statue of Christopher Columbus should be removed and pointed out its importance in the Italian American community.

Cuomo was asked on Thursday at a press conference whether it was time for the statue, which stands above the city's Columbus Circle subway stop, to go.

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There is a growing movement to defund the police, after the death of George Floyd and incidences of police brutality in the nationwide protests that came in the aftermath. New York leaders say they would rather restructure the forces than cut their budgets.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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

The New York State legislature Wednesday wrapped up passage of a package of bills on police reform, as the Senate Leader delivered a very personal speech on how systemic racism has affected her life.



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The New York Assembly and Senate has approved the repeal of a measure that’s been used to shield police disciplinary records from the public, although opponents, including police unions and some Republican Senators, says it unfairly singles out officers for scrutiny that other public servants don’t face.




Jenny Gold / Kaiser Health News

New York State has unveiled guidelines for the pending Phase Three of reopening the economy.

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that President Donald Trump should apologize for a tweet in which he suggested the 75-year-old man pushed by Buffalo police during a protest last week could have staged the assault as part of an activist group. / YouTube

The Syracuse Common Council is unanimously calling for the immediate suspension of a Syracuse police officer that broke rank and pushed a Post Standard news photographer to the ground during one of the city's protests against police brutality. It happened on the night when protests turned violent, windows were smashed and stores were looted.

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The New York State Legislature met in session at the state capital Monday to begin work on a package of bills aimed at reforming the police. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to sign them. If approved, New York would be the first state to act on police reforms since the death of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis during an incident with police two weeks ago.

New York's legislature moved swiftly Monday to pass a first wave of police reform legislation, including a ban on chokeholds, a prohibition on race-based profiling, and a measure requiring police departments and courts to track arrests by race and ethnicity to help identify patterns of bias.

The session followed a historic wave of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The protests evolved into a referendum on police brutality.


For almost half a century, Section 50-A of a New York state law sealed personnel information about police officers, firefighters and corrections officers. Some of it is truly personal: home address, family information, even data about a police officer who might once have had substance problems. That information may become public Monday, with state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo planning to repeal that legal provision of the Civil Service Law and open up information.

Office of the Governor

There were fewer incidences of looting of stores and other businesses around the state on Tuesday night, after three nights that left many stores damaged and empty of merchandise.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his daily briefing Wednesday, also read from the Bible to make a point about President Donald Trump's controversial photo opportunity on Monday.

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.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s outraged and disappointed over the continued looting of several stores that took place overnight in New York City, and he said that city’s mayor and police department did not do their jobs.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the mass protests in New York City and in upstate cities over the past few nights have been "counterproductive" to the cause of racial justice and may even reignite the spread of the coronavirus.

Hannah DIckinson

Across New York state on Sunday, caravans of decorated cars paraded streets showing support for farmworkers and food chain workers, but the festive celebrations mark a troubling reality for undocumented, essential workers.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has asked the state’s Attorney General to look into what he called “disturbing” videos of police conduct during weekend protests and unrest in New York’s cities, including one of two NYPD police cruisers driving into a crowd of people. He said he is also sending State Police to assist upstate cities where demonstrations occurred and has the state’s National Guard on standby.

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Many eligible voters for New York’s June 23 primary are receiving applications for absentee ballots in the mail, as the state tries to make it easier for people to avoid physically going to the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, voting rights advocates say more needs to be done.

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Updated at 6 a.m. Friday. Local officials in five regions around the state that began Phase 1 of reopening two weeks ago have been preparing for Phase 2 to begin Friday, and officials have been telling business owners to be ready to open. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Phase 2 will not start until data from phase one is examined by outside experts.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that allows businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing a mask, saying it’s intended to improve public health and reduce fights.



New York state lawmakers returned to session this week with plans to vote on bills aimed at helping New Yorkers cope with all of the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought his plea for more federal relief from the COVID-19 crisis to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. 


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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.


Poll: New Yorkers fear 'second wave' of COVID-19

May 27, 2020
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Most New Yorkers believe the state should not reopen too quickly, according to a new Siena Poll.

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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.