Topic: Wrap Up

The Wrap Up – June 29, 2020


After review by the State Department of Health and international experts, Governor Cuomo announced that the Western New York region will enter into phase 4 tomorrow. As it stands currently the remainder of the regions are in the following regions:

Phase 4

  • Central NY
  • Finger Lakes
  • Mohawk Valley
  • North County
  • Southern Tier

Phase 3

  • Western NY (Phase 4 on 6/30/20)
  • Capital Region
  • Mid-Hudson
  • Long Island

Phase 2

  • New York City

New York City Indoor Dining

Today Governor Cuomo indicated that although New York City is on track to move to Phase 3 on July 6, it may not include indoor dining in the same vein that the other regions of the State have. The Governor indicated that although the current status of outdoor dining in the City is going well, indoor dining may still be a problem.

The Governor cited a few factors in the determination of the short term future on indoor dining.  In general, there is a lower level of compliance with social distancing regulations in the City as well as possible issues with the correct level of HEPA filters on air conditioners within the establishments as there are some HEPA filters that can remove COVID-19 particles from the air.

The State will continue to look into this issue and will make further determination by Wednesday of this week. 

New York City Council

The NYC Council is expected to meet tomorrow at 11:00 AM to vote on the NYC budget.  Negotiations continue but the city must pass the budget tomorrow by law or the State financial control board will take over the City’s finances. 

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

New York State is still maintaining the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.  With this in mind, there still were 8 deaths yesterday from COVID-19, bringing the three day average down even further.  

The Wrap Up – June 26, 2020


Governor Cuomo announced that five regions are officially entering into Phase 4 today. The regions are Central New York, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and the North Country.

Additionally the Governor stated that they are still holding back on the reopening of malls, gyms, and movie theaters as there is still further information that needed to be analyzed about the possible spread of COVID-19 through the recirculation of air within an air-conditioning system. The State Department of Health is currently working to see what solutions there may be to this situation as well as State Budget Director Robert Mujica who has been in contact with companies about the possibility of a filter that could solve this problem.

Inter-State Travel

As some other states have paused their current reopening processes, Governor Cuomo offered any help New York State could provide to assist them with their process, from equipment to personnel. As for the tristate Trip Advisory, the Governor is still looking into what can be done to enforce this and has been in contact with the Federal government as well as the airlines to see what possibilities exist.

New York State Fair

When asked about the possibility of the New York State Fair opening this year, the Governor stated that “right now we are not in a position to go ahead.” The Governor did indicate that there are still a few weeks remaining before they must make that final decision and they are in contact with the Fair about this issue.

New York City

Mayor de Blasio today confirmed Phase 3 will begin in NYC on Monday, July 6th.   This includes indoor dining at 50% capacity for each restaurant, and the re-opening of recreational areas (basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball and bocce courts, soccer fields and dog runs.  

Beaches will open for swimming on July 1st. 

The Mayor also announced there will not be a property tax rate increase.  He did not quantify how long his “no property tax increase” pledge will last. 

Mayor de Blasio did emphasize that the City is facing a $9 Billion deficit, and budget negotiations continue. 

New York City Outdoor Dining to Expand

Today, the NYC DOT announced it will expand outdoor dining to allow restaurants to take up an entire block. On Monday, June 29th, the application process begins and the program will begin on July 4th weekend.  DOT is working with the NYPD and FDNY to ensure emergency vehicles have access, and they expect the approval process to take 1 to 2 weeks.   

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

New York State is still maintaining the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.  With this in mind, there still were 14 deaths yesterday from COVID-19, bringing the three day average down to 16. 

The Wrap Up – June 24, 2020

Interstate Travel Advisory

At a press conference today, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and announced a “joint incoming travel advisory.”  The travel advisory would affect all individuals traveling from states with “significant community spread” of COVID-19, requiring them to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. In this case the term “significant community spread” would be defined as “a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.”

Currently the travel advisory would affect travelers from the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Washington
  • Utah
  • Texas

The travel advisory takes effect at midnight this evening.

Phase 4

Today Governor Cuomo announced that five upstate regions will be eligible to move on to Phase 4 this coming Friday, June 26. The regions, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and the North Country will be allowed to have social gatherings of up to 50 people, which is an increase from the 25 people currently allowed in Phase 3.

The Governor also indicated there is still a hold on the opening of locations like malls and gyms in Phase 4 as they continue to look deeper into the possible effect of infection spread via air conditioning systems. Additionally in Phase 4, indoor religious gatherings will be allowed to increase from 25% occupancy during services up to 33%.

New York City

Mayor de Blasio today announced the city is facing a $9 Billion deficit.  After cutting $2 Billion from the city budget, the administration is seeking to cut an additional $1 Billion by working with the city employee unions to find cost savings. 

The City will expand the “Cool It! NYC” program to help New Yorkers beat the heat this summer. In addition to installing air conditioners for low-income seniors, the City will expand the number of outdoor cooling elements available for New Yorkers to enjoy during extreme heat and refine existing programs to better serve residents in heat challenged areas.

Mayor de Blasio announced the July 4th Macy’s fireworks will be spread out across NYC beginning on June 29th through July 4th. The Mayor and Macy’s announced that from Monday, June 29 through Saturday, July 4, Macy’s Fireworks displays will launch unannounced on select evenings across New York City. Each 5-minute display will feature Macy’s signature pyrotechnic scale with thousands of shells reaching heights up to 1,000 feet. The displays will be launched from one or two land or water based locations over the course of the week-long celebration covering every borough of New York City. A finale will be televised on July 4th beginning at 8pm.

New York City will begin to amend Alternate Side Parking(ASP) regulations beginning Monday, June 29th.  City streets will be cleaned no more than once a week. ASP is currently suspended through Sunday June 28th. Streets with multiple ASP days will be cleaned on the latest day posted on the street sign. The City will resume ASP next week and decide each week thereafter what ASP rules will be administered.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

New York State is still maintaining the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.  With this in mind, there still were 17 deaths yesterday from COVID-19, bringing the three day average up a tick to 18. 

The Wrap Up – June 19, 2020

New York City Cleared for Phase 2 Reopening on Monday, June 22nd

New York City officially has been cleared by data experts to begin Phase 2 of the New York Forward reopening process on Monday, June 22nd

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

On average, New York State lost 25 lives daily during this past week.  While painfully high, this is the lowest such figure since the pandemic began.

The Wrap Up – June 18, 2020

Criminal Justice Reform

As State localities have been instructed to begin reevaluating their local police forces, the Governor has pointed to an expanded list of question that should be answered to help direct this initiative.

Reopening Continues

Governor Cuomo stated that with the probably sign off of the New York State as well as international experts that are scrutinizing the current data, that New York City businesses should be prepared to move to Phase 2 on this coming Monday June 22.

New Executive Order

The Governor announced that he would be signing a new executive order that will increase the penalty for violating reopening rules that have been set through the different stages of reopening guidance. The new executive order with dictate that businesses that violate these rules can be shut down immediately and in the case of establishments that have a liquor license, they may be revoked immediately as well.

New York State Budget Status

Governor Cuomo, when asked about the current status of the State budget continued his stance of pointing to the federal government for assistance. He indicated that when they make a decision on state funding levels he would then be able to then make further choices on to movement needed with the State budget. Additionally he declined to identify how any plans to fill the budget gap if the federal assistance falls short of what he has stated that New York needs. 

New York City

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced New York City is set to enter Phase 2 on Monday, June 22nd.   

The Mayor also signed an Executive Order that creates a new and streamlined application process to allow restaurants to expand capacity outdoors as NYC enters Phase 2 Phase 2 will allow restaurants and bars to serve customers in outdoor spaces, and re-open office spaces, real estate services, in-store retail, barbershops and hair salons, car dealerships, and houses of worship at limited capacity.

Restaurants seeking to open outdoor space are required to submit an application to the NYC Department of Transportation beginning tomorrow to acknowledge they have read and will abide by the rules set in place for this new dining feature.   

The NYC Council today passed several pieces of police reform legislation, including a ban on chokeholds, shortening the amount of time police have to conduct internal investigations, requiring police to reveal how surveillance technology, including surveillance video and facial recognition software, is to be used, and requiring the NYPD to seek public input when developing policies. 

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

The State yesterday recorded the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. Out of the 68,641 tests conducted yesterday, only 618 or 0.90%, were positive with the lowest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began.  That said, there still were 29 deaths yesterday from COVID-19.