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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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Less than two days after New York relaxed certain coronavirus restrictions on religious services and Memorial Day events, allowing gatherings of up to 10 people, the state has extended the measure to cover all gatherings for "any lawful purpose or reason." Gov. Andrew Cuomo amended the move in an executive order Friday.

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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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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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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has about 10 days before he has to make some big decisions about New York state’s estimated $14 billion budget deficit.

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New York State's June 23 Democratic presidential primary will definitely take place now.

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Parts of New York state are gradually reopening, with western New York authorized on Monday to join five other regions of the state and begin the first of a four-phase process. The Capital Region will be allowed to begin reopening on Tuesday. 

In New York, no one can be evicted before Aug. 20. What happens on Aug. 20?

“You know what, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen two, three months down the road, but I can tell you, whatever happens, we will handle it at the time,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a briefing.

However, advocates for both renters and landlords predict eviction courts to be busy.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a plea on Sunday for more New Yorkers who qualify to get tested for COVID-19, even undergoing his own test for the disease on live, national television during his daily briefing in Albany.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York’s beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend, along with beaches in New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, but at 50% capacity and with strict rules about social distancing.

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Several upstate regions of New York are poised to begin reopening Friday. Among them is central New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that it can now join the areas that are starting the first phase of a reopening.

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The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors is moving ahead with a $450 million plan to rebuild 23 of the 27 service areas and provide significant upgrades to the remaining four.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the phased-in reopening of another region of the state Wednesday. He says New York’s North Country has met the state’s criteria.

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The director of Cornell University’s prison education program is leading a campaign to provide more face masks to inmates across New York state.

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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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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is extending a one-year lookback window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits for an additional five months, to mid-January.

State Senate Republicans are calling for an independent investigation into the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

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A trio of billionaires will help New York reimagine its economy, health care system, and education strategy as the state begins to distance itself from COVID-19, a disease that has disproportionately affected low-income communities and people of color.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended a ban on evictions through Aug. 20 to protect renters in New York who have lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the coronavirus shutdown. 

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New York’s Democratic presidential primary is back on now that a judge has thrown out a decision by the state Board of Elections to cancel the election. The board had acted after Bernie Sanders dropped out, leaving Joe Biden as the only candidate on the ballot.

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The number of COVID-19 deaths in New York is steadily going down, and 230 were reported on Monday. But New York state is now adding 1,700 more deaths at nursing homes in the past few weeks that are believed to be from the disease.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that some Upstate New York regions may be able to have a limited reopening of some businesses when the current shutdown order expires May 15, but it will come with many caveats. 


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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.

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New York City subways will be shutting down each night for disinfecting and cleaning starting May 6 and a plan to greatly ramp up contact tracing is beginning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday, which included guest appearances by the present and former New York City mayors.

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The food supply disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have led to some dairy farmers dumping some of their milk because they have no place to sell it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will step in to try to get the milk to new markets and to help feed those left jobless from the economic shutdown.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered more details on what needs to be in place before portions of New York State can begin to reopen. But the governor said a partial reopening, for now, likely won’t include major attractions like the State Fair.


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A new poll from Siena College finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings are at a record high of 77% and that New Yorkers, by a three-to-one margin, trust Cuomo over President Trump to get them through the pandemic.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will send absentee ballot applications to all eligible state voters for the June 23 primary to give them the option of voting by mail if they don’t feel comfortable going to the polls in person on that date.