Topic: New York State

The Wrap Up – June 7, 2020

NYS Legislature in Session Tomorrow, June 8th

The NYS Senate is expected to gavel into remote session tomorrow, June 8th at 4:00 p.m.  The Assembly is expected to gavel in tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.  We expect session to address elements of the “Say Their Name” Reform Agenda, including 50-a police disciplinary records, banning the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers, and codifying the NYS Attorney General as special prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.  Click on the following links to find the committee agendas for the Senate and Assembly as they stand currently.

Status of Reopening

New York City will begin Phase 1 of New York State’s reopening process tomorrow, June 8th.  The Hudson Valley region is on track to begin Phase 2 on Tuesday, June 9th, and Long Island is on track to begin Phase 2 on Wednesday, June 10th.

As New York City begins Phase 1, the State and City will collaborate to conduct up to 35,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests per day in the City.  All participants in recent protests are eligible for testing at any testing site.  Additionally, the State will prioritize 15 testing sites across the City for individuals who have participated in recent protests.

Changes to Voting Procedures

The Governor today signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23rd

The Governor also announced he will issue an Executive Order extending the deadline for school districts to receive school budget ballots. To be counted, school budget ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5pm on June 9th and received by mail through June 16th by the school district. 

Limited Graduations Can Begin on June 26th

Governor Cuomo today announced that outdoor, socially-distanced graduations of up 150 people will be allowed beginning on June 26th, subject to any outbreaks or significant developments in COVID-19 data.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

Thankfully, we are now firmly on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau in New York State.  That said, the number of deaths in the State increased by 45 since yesterday.

Thw Wrap Up – June 6, 2020

Places of Worship Approved for Conditional Reopening in Phase 2

Governor Cuomo today announced that places of worship will be permitted to reopen with 25 percent occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place during Phase 2 of New York State’s reopening process. Places of worship in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier, and Western New York – can reopen beginning tomorrow, June 7th.

Ban on Price Gouging of PPE

To ensure that healthcare workers and the general public have adequate access to PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks, the Governor will be signing legislation (S.8189/A.10270) banning price gouging of PPE through the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temperature Checks in Commercial Buildings

As office workers are returning to the workplace in Phase 2 of the State’s reopening, the Governor is issuing an Executive Order allowing commercial buildings to conduct temperature checks for anyone entering the building.

New York City Beginning Phase 1 Reopening on Monday, June 8th

In preparation for New York City’s Phase 1 reopening on June 8th, the State is supplying the MTA with over one million masks, as well as 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2 oz. bottles of sanitizer.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers – New Lows Reached

Places of Worship Approved for Conditional Reopening in Phase 2

Governor Cuomo today announced that places of worship will be permitted to reopen with 25 percent occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place during Phase 2 of New York State’s reopening process. Places of worship in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier, and Western New York – can reopen beginning tomorrow, June 7th.

Ban on Price Gouging of PPE

To ensure that healthcare workers and the general public have adequate access to PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks, the Governor will be signing legislation (S.8189/A.10270) banning price gouging of PPE through the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temperature Checks in Commercial Buildings

As office workers are returning to the workplace in Phase 2 of the State’s reopening, the Governor is issuing an Executive Order allowing commercial buildings to conduct temperature checks for anyone entering the building.

New York City Beginning Phase 1 Reopening on Monday, June 8th

In preparation for New York City’s Phase 1 reopening on June 8th, the State is supplying the MTA with over one million masks, as well as 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2 oz. bottles of sanitizer.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers – New Lows Reached

Thankfully, we are now firmly on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau in New York State.  The number of deaths in the State increased by 35 since yesterday. While this number remains painfully high, it represents the lowest number of deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began (by contrast, a record-high of 800 people passed away on a single day eight weeks ago).

Thankfully, we are now firmly on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau in New York State.  The number of deaths in the State increased by 35 since yesterday. While this number remains painfully high, it represents the lowest number of deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began (by contrast, a record-high of 800 people passed away on a single day eight weeks ago).

The Wrap Up – June 5, 2020

“Say Their Name” Reform Agenda

In response to the climate in New York State and the nation following the death of George Floyd, Governor Cuomo today announced the “Say Their Name” Reform Agenda.  This agenda includes:

  • Allowing for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the Civil Rights Law;
  • Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers;
  • Prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime; and
  • Designating the NYS Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.

The Governor said he will work with the NYS Legislature to finalize these policies next week, when the NYS Senate and Assembly are expected to reconvene in session.  Neither house has released any details on this potential session, but we will keep you apprised of any information we learn.

Federal Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Enacted

The Federal Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) has been signed into law by the President.  This new law modifies the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was intended to provide COVID-19 relief to small business.  The provisions of the new PPPFA include:

  • Giving small businesses more time to use emergency PPP loans by extending the period in which they must use the money to qualify for loan forgiveness – from eight weeks to the earlier of 24 weeks or December 31, 2020.
  • Reducing the amount of a PPP loan required to be spent on payroll from 75 percent to 60 percent.

Full text of the legislation can be found here.  Media coverage can be found here and here.

New York City

New York City will begin Phase 1 of the NY Forward reopening on Monday, June 8th, assuming the metrics required remain intact and under the required thresholds.  Phase 1 in New York State encompasses the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

New York City is expected to approach Phase 2 in early July. 

COVID 19 Mobile Testing

Mayor de Blasio today announced the City will implement mobile testing throughout the 5 boroughs beginning in Soundview in the Bronx and Kew Gardens in Queens.  The testing will begin with 2 trucks next week and grow to 10 trucks in the coming weeks. The Mayor urged all New Yorkers to get tested, noting the tests are readily available and free.

The Wrap Up – June 4, 2020

Phase Two Expanding

Today Governor Cuomo stated that the Mid-Hudson Region comprised of Westchester, Rockland, and the Hudson Valley areas should be eligible for reopening next week Tuesday June 9th, with the Long Island region following the next day, Wednesday, June 10th.

The Governor also indicated that the New York City region is still on pace to enter into Phase One next week Monday, barring any major statistical uptick in the infection rate, possibly in relation to the mass gatherings associated with the recent protests. In concert with this possibility the State is now expanding testing criteria to include any individual who attended any of the recent protests across the State.

Phase Two – Outdoor Dining

With all remaining regions outside of New York City presumably having entered into Phase Two by the middle of next week, the State has issued Interim Guidance for Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Looting-Related Insurance Claims

The Governor announced that he is directing insurers to begin expediting the claims for damaged and looted businesses. Additionally they are to provide free mediation of disputes and begin accepting photos as reasonable proof of loss so there is no need for businesses to wait on official police reports to begin processing their claims.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

Thankfully, we are now firmly on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau in New York State. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 52 since yesterday.

The Wrap Up – June 3, 2020

Outdoor Dining in Phase Two

Today Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor dining will be allowed in Phase Two of the reopening process. The regions currently in Phase Two, the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York will be allowed beginning tomorrow to reopen for outdoor dining. All outdoor tables must be at least six feet apart, all employees are required to wear face masks and customers must wear facemasks whenever they are not seated at their table. Full guidance on this has yet to be published.

Governor Cuomo on Law Enforcement

Today Governor Cuomo clarified his statements from yesterday where he took umbrage with the New York Police Departments ability to handle the riots and looters. He indicated that the issues he was referring to were not with the policed officers themselves but with the management of the officers.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers Thankfully, we are now firmly on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau in New York State. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 49 since yesterday.