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The Wrap Up – January 18, 2021

Vaccine Distribution Update Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that over the past two days the State has deployed eight community vaccination kits to churches and cultural institutions in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County to assist in the State's equitable vaccine distribution efforts focused on communities of color and low-income communities. These sites include: Manhattan: Abyssinian Baptist Church Brooklyn: Christian Cultural Center Bronx: Community Protestant Church Queens: Queens Baptist Church Nassau County: Grace Cathedral International Suffolk County: Prayer Tabernacle [...]

2021-01-19T15:13:04-05:00January 19th, 2021|COVID-19, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – January 15, 2021

State of the State Briefing Book Released This afternoon, Governor Cuomo formally released his full policy agenda with the 2021 State of the State briefing book. We have been and will continue reaching out to each of you individually with issues of concern, and you can view the press release announcement below as well as the briefing book itself HERE.   Vaccine Distribution Status Today, Governor Cuomo indicated that the State’s positivity rate, which had slowly flattened form the holiday increase, [...]

2021-01-19T15:11:48-05:00January 19th, 2021|Budget, COVID-19, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – State of the State – Day Four

State of the State, Day IV This morning, with his fourth and final 2021 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo discussed initiatives to rebuild New York by investing billions into infrastructure improvements throughout the State.  The Governor discussed the following projects during his address:   Midtown West Redevelopment in New York City Replacing the Port Authority Bus Terminal Developing the Empire Station Complex Affordable Housing and Community Restoration New Waterfront Park at Pier 76 Javits Center Expansion Modernizing New York [...]

2021-01-19T14:54:15-05:00January 19th, 2021|Budget, COVID-19, New York City, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – State of the State – Day Three

State of the State, Day III This morning, with his third 2021 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo stressed that the State of New York is progressing too slowly towards a Green Economy. The Governor identified four main areas that the State will emphasize as it transitions away from fossil fuels: Identify and build large-scale renewable projects Build New York manufacturing of green technologies Build the renewable energy transmission capacity Workforce Development – create programs to train a green energy [...]

2021-01-19T14:51:54-05:00January 19th, 2021|Budget, COVID-19, New York City, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – State of the State – Day Two

Today, during the second of four 2021 State of the State addresses that he will deliver this week, Governor Cuomo announced proposals to reopen New York State safely and support businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic.  The proposals include:   Safely Bringing Back the Arts with Pop-Up Performances and Events Supporting New York Artists Through the Creatives Rebuild Initiative First-in-the-Nation Affordable Internet for All Low-Income Families Partner with New York Businesses to Invest in Workforce Training, Expand Apprenticeships and Mentorships, and Reform [...]

2021-01-13T13:23:13-05:00January 13th, 2021|Budget, COVID-19, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up January 8, 2021

State of the State – Monday, January 11 During his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Cuomo today reiterated that his annual State of the State address will occur on Monday, January 11.  The Governor stated that the address will emphasize specific action plans to address COVID and post-COVID realities.   Among the Governor’s proposals will be the following:   Legislation to process absentee ballots as soon as they are received and begin being counting these ballots on Election Day.  This legislation also [...]

2021-01-13T13:12:05-05:00January 13th, 2021|COVID-19, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – January 6, 2021

2021 State of the State Proposals During Governor Cuomo’s press conference today he announced that he plans to include a proposal to “legalize and create an equitable adult-use cannabis program as part of the 2021 State of the State” address. The proposal would include the creation of a new Office of Cannabis Management that would regulate State medical and adult-use cannabis and cannabinoid programs as well as work to create an equitable market structure for the investment in individuals and communities disproportionately [...]

2021-01-13T13:10:44-05:00January 13th, 2021|COVID-19, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – January 5, 2021

Continued Expansion of Vaccine Eligibility Under the NYS Department of Health's most recent eligibility guidance, beginning January 4th, the following New Yorkers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine: All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff) All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations This [...]

2021-01-13T13:09:45-05:00January 13th, 2021|COVID-19, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap up – January 4, 2021

2021 State of the State Today Governor Cuomo announced that the 2021 State of the State address will “start” this coming Monday, January 11th. Without giving any further details, he indicated that the State of the State will be held virtually this year and that more information on it will follow throughout this week.   First Case of Second COVID-19 Strain in State During an afternoon conference call, the Governor announced that the State Department of Health has identified the first [...]

2021-01-13T13:08:08-05:00January 13th, 2021|COVID-19, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 30, 2020

Buffalo Bills Pilot Program Today Governor Cuomo announced a pilot program that will open Bills Stadium for the January 9th playoff game. The program will allow 6,700 fans into the stadium after testing negative before entrance into the game. All fans will be required to wear masks and observe social distance protocols once inside. All fans will be tested over the two days prior to the game. Fans will be contacted by the State Department of Health after the game to [...]

2021-01-13T13:06:57-05:00January 13th, 2021|COVID-19, New York State, Wrap Up|
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