The Wrap Up – May 11, 2020

Regional Reopening

Today Governor Cuomo released his “NY Forward” guidance document broadly outlining the State’s economic reopening plan. The Governor announced three regions in the State will be eligible for Phase I of the reopening process effective May 15th: the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and Finger Lakes have met the key metrics laid out by New York State in conjunction with the Center for Dieses Control reopening guidance.  

Highlights of NY Forward guidance: 

  • For each region there will be “Control Rooms” to monitor regional metrics to ensure each region remains compliant with the CDC guidelines and businesses remain compliant.  
  • The list of members of each Control Room can be found here.  
  • The State also issued a “dashboard” map of the state to monitor reopening compliance.  

Governor Cuomo indicated that in this first step of Phase 1, reopening will include:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and wholesale supply chain
  • Retail – curbside and instore pickup and drop-off
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
  • A more detailed “Industry Breakdown” of Phase I industries can be found here

Additionally the Governor announced certain low-risk recreational and business activities will open statewide on May 15th:

  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Landscaping and gardening
  • Outdoor, low risk recreational activities such as tennis.  No further details on what other “outdoor, low risk recreational activities” will open.  

Below is where each region in New York stands currently.

New York City

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop to become a Senior Advisor for the Small Business Task Force to help deal with the COVID-19 recovery.

Also, Mayor de Blasio was quoted in a Politico press article on reopening, stating “Unless something miraculous happens, we’re going into June,” he said. “June is when we’re potentially going to be able to make some real changes, if we can continue our progress.”

In addition to this, Mayor de Blasio also announced the alternate side will return from May 18-24 for street cleaning in all boroughs. After which parking rules will again be suspended for two weeks from May 25 through June 7 at which time they will reassess what the best plan is moving forward.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

Thankfully, we continue to remain on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 161 since yesterday. To help put some perspective on where the State stands, the hospitalization rate in the last 24 hours is roughly the same as it was on March 19, three days before the “New York State on PAUSE” program originally went into effect on March 22.

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Regional Reopening in New York State

New York State on PAUSE” business restrictions and social protocols are set to expire on Friday, May 15.  Governor Cuomo today stated he will discuss regional reopening plans in more detail tomorrow, May 11, and he revealed that there will be regions that are eligible to begin a phased reopening on May 15.

Nursing Home Protections

The Governor announced additional measures to protect residents and staff in nursing homes:

  • If a nursing home has a COVID-positive resident that it cannot treat for any reason, the facility must contact the NYS Department of Health (DOH) for the resident’s transfer.
  • All nursing home staff must be diagnostically tested twice per week for COVID-19.
  • Hospitals cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for COVID-19.
  • Residents must be referred to DOH if there are any issues with their care.
  • Any nursing home operator that does not follow these procedures will lose its license.

All nursing home and adult care facility administrators will be required to submit a plan on how they will accomplish this testing and a certificate of compliance with these procedures to DOH by Friday, May 15.

Federal Assistance and Proposed Federal Legislation

The Governor reiterated that without federal assistance, New York State must cut funding by 20 percent each for schools, local governments and hospitals.  He also stated that the State needs approximately $35 billion in federal assistance this year to compensate for COVID-19 losses.  Finally, the Governor proposed a federal “Americans First Law,” which would state that a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it does not rehire the same number of employees that it had before the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

Thankfully, we remain on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 207 since yesterday.

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“New York State on PAUSE” NOT Extended to June 6

Following inconsistent messages circulating in the press, the Governor’s Office announced that “New York State on PAUSE” business restrictions and social protocols have NOT been extended to June 6.  The following release was issued a short time ago:

For Immediate Release: 5/9/2020GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO


“NY ON PAUSE was not extended to June 6.

“Yesterday’s Executive Order extended the underlying legal authority for the Emergency Order, but did not change the text of any of the directives in NY ON PAUSE and so the expiration date of May 15 still stands until further notice. At that time, new guidance will be issued for regions based on the metrics outlined by Governor Cuomo earlier this week.

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COVID-Related Illness in Children

Hospitals have reported 73 cases of what may be a COVID-related illness in children.  Three children have died of this illness, which has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome.  In response, Governor Cuomo today announced the NYS Department of Health is partnering with the NY Genome Center and the Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand this illness and its potential genetic basis.  Additionally, New York State is helping the CDC develop national criteria for identifying and responding to this syndrome.

Expanded Testing in Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

Acknowledging that COVID-19 disproportionately has affected low-income and minority communities, the Governor today launched a new initiative to expand access to testing in those communities. The State will partner with Northwell Health to establish an initial 24 temporary testing sites at churches in predominately minority communities in downstate New York.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

Thankfully, we remain on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 226 since yesterday.

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Child Victims Act Extension

Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State will extend the window for victims to file cases under the Child Victims Act until January 14, 2021.  The current deadline for filing a case is August 2020, however the Governor stated that COVID-19 has limited survivors’ ability to file claims.

Reimagine Education Advisory Council

The Governor today announced members of the Reimagine Education Advisory Council.  The Council, chaired by SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras, will be comprised of lower and higher education leaders from across the State. The list of members is below:

  • Kaweeda Adams, Superintendent, Albany City School District
  • Jaime Alicea, Superintendent, Syracuse City School District
  • Jody Arnhold, Founder, Dance Educator Laboratory
  • Melodie Baker, Director of Education, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Kyle Belokopitsky, Executive Director, New York State PTA
  • Meg Benke, Provost, SUNY Empire State College
  • Jackie Burbridge, Parent, Suffolk County
  • Katie Campos, Partner, Strategic Collective
  • Anthony Collins, President, Clarkson University
  • Stephanie Conklin, Master Teacher, South Colonie Central School District
  • George Dermody, CEO, The Children Home of Wyoming Conference
  • Karol Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Austin Ostro, President, SUNY Student Assembly
  • Martin Palermo, Master Teacher, William Floyd School District
  • Roger Ramsammy, President, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Seema Rivera, President, Guilderland Central School District School Board
  • Shannon Tahoe, Interim Commissioner, New York State Education Department
  • Dennis Walcott, Former Chancellor, New York State Department of Education
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

Thankfully, we remain on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 216 since yesterday to 20,324 in total.

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Legislative Hearing Scheduled

The State Senate and Assembly announced today a joint public hearing that will focus on the federal response to the COVID crisis, including but not limited to, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and whether the federal assistance provided was adequate and accessible for small businesses across the State. Thea hearing will be virtual and has been scheduled for May 13th at 10am.

Nourish New York

Governor Cuomo announced today the results of the Nourish New York Initiative, an effort to help connect upstate farms with those in need. The $25 million initiative helped bring together nearly 50 food banks and soup kitchens with over 2,100 farms and more than 20,000 households across the State in a collaboration to get much needed products from farms to people and families that need them most while also helping the farms find an audience for their goods.

Rent Relief

Today Governor Cuomo announced the extension of the March 20 executive order (202.08) that enacted a moratorium on residential and commercial COVID-19 related evictions for an additional 60 days, until August 20th

Additionally the State is banning late payment fees for missed payments during this eviction moratorium as well as allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repaying their security deposit over time. In accordance with this extension the Governor indicated that he is also “working on relief from the banks for the landlords” that could be seeing a longer gaps in tenant payments, as well as relief for banks themselves.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

Thankfully, we remain on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 231 since yesterday to 20,108 in total.