The Mid-Hudson Valley region joins the Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions in satisfying all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s reopening plan; and Long Island is still on track to begin reopening tomorrow — leaving only New York City, where the state is directing resources to the most impacted communities. The governor will meet with the president Wednesday to discuss infrastructure projects in New York City, two of which the state is planning to fast-track to help jump start the re-emerging economy.
On Tuesday, the governor rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange for the first time since the floor was closed to traders more than two months ago in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
State and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, while renewing his call for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.
The governor announced on Sunday that professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps this week. He also said that campgrounds and RV parks will open on Monday and veterinarians statewide will be able to open on Tuesday. Two more regions, including Long Island, are still on track to reopen this week as well.
New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley region is on track to meet all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting Tuesday, May 26, joining the Capital District, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions. Long Island may become eligible by the following day.
The governor announced on Friday the launch of a $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, with a focus on minority and women owned small businesses that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.
The New York State Department of Labor announced this week that the backlog of pending unemployment benefit applications has been reduced to 7,580 — representing major progress since an unprecedented crush of applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic flooded the department's systems in March. Unprocessed applications include those that are missing critical information and cannot be processed, duplicates, and abandoned claims.
The governor has announced partnerships with a number of wealthy business leaders to lead economic, technological and educational recovery efforts in New York — and civil rights advocates and educators are not happy. NYCLU's Johann Miller has called on Cuomo to pass reforms that address racial inequities in New York's K-12 schools.
With another COVID-19 stimulus bill being negotiated by Congress, data analysis from the Rockefeller Institute of Government shows that federal funds have not been going to the states most in need. New York state and local governments rank last in relief received from the federal government — $169,000 per COVID-19 patient, compared to $21,551,724 per patient for top-ranked South Dakota.
The Legislature held a virtual public hearing this month to discuss the impact of federal relief on the state economy.