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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|

The Wrap Up – December 23, 2020

State of the State Sneak Peek Governor Cuomo today provided a sneak peek at his upcoming 2021 State of the State program. The Governor is looking at how the State could reopen and stay open safely by widely administering both vaccination and testing programs simultaneously. Additionally, his administration plans to focus on rebuilding the State’s economy as the State races to reopen.   Evictions Moratorium The Governor announced today he also expects to issue an executive order to extend the current moratorium [...]

2021-01-13T13:08:40-05:00January 13th, 2021|Budget, COVID-19, New York State, State of the State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 16, 2020

Letter to Hospitals from Dept. Of Health Commissioner Today New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker published a letter to all hospital administrators in the State to shift to crisis management mode. By entering into the crisis management mode, hospitals must balance patient load within their system. If they are an independent hospital, they must form a local partnership with neighboring hospitals to enable local patient load balancing. In addition, hospitals must be prepared to reach 15% staffed bed capacity growth [...]

2020-12-21T13:41:27-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 14, 2020

Yellow Zone Expansion Early this afternoon during his press conference Governor Cuomo indicated that there had been no change in the State’s red or orange zones, but that there had been an expansion of several yellow zones. A yellow zone is defined as having a 3% positivity rate (7-day average) over the past 10 days and is in the top 10% in the State for hospital admissions per capita over the past week, and is experiencing week-over-week growth in daily admissions. [...]

2020-12-21T13:39:13-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 11, 2020

New York City Indoor Dining Will Close on Monday During his COVID-19 update, Governor Cuomo today announced that indoor dining in New York City restaurants will close beginning Monday, December 14. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery will be permitted to continue in the City. The Governor stated that this decision was based on CDC guidance on indoor dining and the City’s hospitalization rate, population density and rate of COVID-19 transmission. Mayor de Blasio today announced New York City is fully in a second [...]

2020-12-21T13:38:18-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 9, 2020

NY’s Continued Push for Federal Aid Today Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as well as various labor leaders from around the state published a letter addressed to the New York Congressional delegation emphasizing the importance of a “proportionate to the damage incurred” federal stimulus package. Governor Cuomo indicated that without federal money the steps the State would need to take to fill its growing budget [...]

2020-12-21T13:35:39-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|
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