New York must fix four problems with the state’s election process before November, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union — problems that the organization claims were predictable, yet “plagued” voters during the 2020 primary elections.
Plaintiffs groups are dismayed by a federal court decision that declines ordering an investigation into whether the New York Police Department’s social distancing and curfew enforcement practices have been racially discriminatory.
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the revenues of many local governments and its impact will likely be severe for many municipalities’ finances, according to a report released this week by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who called on the federal government to provide critical aid.
The rate of spread of COVID-19 in New York state remains stable, even as the numbers are skyrocketing elsewhere around the country. New York is sending the medication Remdesivir to Florida, which is struggling with record numbers of infections, to help the state care for hundreds of patients while waiting for a further supply from the federal government.
Three states have been added to New York’s travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Meanwhile, the Long Island region is set to enter phase four of the state's reopening plan on Wednesday.
Good government groups in New York joined with Republican leadership last week in calling to curtail extensive powers granted to the state’s executive office to respond to the public health threat caused by the coronavirus pandemic, urging lawmakers to return to unfinished business in Albany.
New York City will enter phase three of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, but without indoor dining, the governor said Sunday. Statewide, the number of hospitalizations continues to drop and deaths remain comparatively low.
While fireworks displays have been cancelled across New York in an effort to limit large crowds that could accelerate the spread of COVID-19, state landmarks will be illuminated to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday this weekend.
A local advocacy group has called out the governor and state lawmakers who voted to overturn bail reforms earlier this year for taking money from powerful law enforcement unions that have consistently lobbied against reforms to bring increased transparency and equality to the criminal justice process in New York.