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2021 NYS Legislative Calendar

Today December 8th, 2020 the New York State Legislature released the 2021 session calendar, attached hereto. Next year will be a full, 60-day session beginning January 6th and concluding the second week of June. The Governor has stated publicly the Capitol will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. While we fully expect remote voting for at least the first few months of session, the extent of how legislators themselves will be able or required to engage in person [...]

2020-12-21T12:49:24-05:00December 21st, 2020|Budget, Download, New York State|

The Wrap Up – December 7, 2020

New Adjustments to NYS on PAUSE After announcing last week that the State would be shifting it’s focus from positive test rates to hospitalization rates, in an attempt to keep hospitals from being overrun by future COVID-19 surges, Governor Cuomo announced new metrics today that would place a region back into NYS on PAUSE protocols. Regions that reach critical hospital capacity will be designated as a Red Zone under New York's micro-cluster strategy. Specifically, following the implementation of the state's "surge [...]

2020-12-21T12:46:36-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 3, 2020

Expanded Eligibility and Reopened Application Window for COVID Rent Relief Program Governor Cuomo today announced that he will be signing an Executive Order expanding eligibility for New York State's COVID Rent Relief Program and reopening its application window.  The Governor’s Office will be announcing additional details about these adjustments in the coming days. New COVID-19 Rapid Testing Sites Statewide New York State is partnering with Prescryptive Health to provide expanded COVID-19 testing capacity across New York State, particularly in areas where [...]

2020-12-21T12:45:36-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – December 2, 2020

Updated NYS Vaccine Plan Today Governor Cuomo announced during his morning press conference further details on the New York State COVID-19 vaccination plans. The Governor stated that the State will be receiving an initial round of 170,000 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer on December 15th, provided it meets all safety and efficacy approvals. To complete the vaccination protocol of the State’s first 170,000 people, 21 days later they will then receive the second 170,000 doses from Pfizer to finish this [...]

2020-12-21T12:44:32-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – November 30, 2020

“Winter Plan” Laid Out Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference today to lay out a new winter plan to combat COVID-19 through five targeted strategies focused on mitigating the spread of the virus and bolstering New York State hospital preparedness. These five tenets include: Continue and Strengthen New York's Targeted Micro-Cluster Strategy while Managing Hospital Capacity to Enhance and Equalize Care;Increase and Balance Testing Resources and Availability;Keep Schools Open Safely;Prevent Viral Spread from Small Gatherings; andOperationalize an Equitable and Safe [...]

2020-12-21T12:43:02-05:00December 21st, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – July 23, 2020

Bars and Restaurants Today Governor Cuomo continued his push for vigilance by local governments in enforcing the proper guidance for patrons and operators of all bars and restaurants when dealing with the State’s social distancing standards. Additionally the Governor announced that the New York State Police (NYSP) will lead a task force with the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to investigate and shut down establishments not complying with the proper safety standards. Governor Cuomo indicated that the NYSP and the SLA will [...]

2020-07-23T17:59:39-04:00July 23rd, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – July 13, 2020

New Guidance on Reopening Schools in New York State New York State today released new guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools in the State, available here.  According to the guidance, schools in a region may be permitted to reopen if that region is in Phase 4 of the New York Forward reopening process and if the region’s daily infection rate remains below 5 percent using a 14-day average. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, [...]

2020-07-13T19:00:03-04:00July 13th, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up, July 8, 2020

Surrounding States Governor Cuomo announced that there are now 36 States that are seeing a COVID-19 infection rate increase with three new states being added to the tri-state travel advisory group. With the addition of Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma, the total number of states in the advisory is now 19. School Reopening The Governor announced that he does not plan to make a decision on schools reopening in the fall until the first week in August. He has laid out a [...]

2020-07-08T18:27:40-04:00July 8th, 2020|COVID-19, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – July 6, 2020

Reopening Updates New York City today began Phase 3 of the New York Forward reopening process, without indoor dining.  The Mid-Hudson region (which includes Westchester and Rockland counties) will enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow, July 7th, and Long Island is on track to enter Phase 4 on Wednesday, July 8th. Casinos and movie theaters currently remain closed throughout New York State as State government continues to determine how they can reopen safely. Update on Reopening of Schools Governor Cuomo today said that the NYS Department of Health, [...]

2020-07-07T12:11:31-04:00July 7th, 2020|COVID-19, New York State, Wrap Up|

The Wrap Up – July 1, 2020

New York City Indoor Dining Postponed Governor Cuomo today announced that the inclusion of indoor dining as part of New York City's anticipated Phase 3 reopening on July 6th  will be postponed given that states across the country that previously reopened indoor dining are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases.  The duration of the postponement will depend upon several factors, including local government enforcement of social distancing, as well as business and citizen compliance with social distancing.  The Governor also will look for the spread of COVID-19 [...]

2020-07-07T12:10:09-04:00July 7th, 2020|COVID-19, New York City, New York State, Wrap Up|
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