Fort Lauderdale police suspended an officer after video showed he pushed a kneeling black woman to the ground during protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, escalating a clash where bottles were thrown and tear gas was fired. Also in Fort Lauderdale, the state attorney's office fired a prosecutor Monday for calling demonstrators “animals" at the zoo in a quickly deleted Facebook post.
Western New York is expected to enter phase two of the state’s reopening process Tuesday and the Capital Region is expected to enter phase two of reopening on Wednesday, allowing professional services; finance and insurance; retail; administrative support; and real estate, rental and leasing businesses to reopen in those regions. New York City is expected to begin phase one next week.
NYC is under curfew tonight as the state looks into violent protests that have erupted in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The governor, in response to national upheaval, has denounced systemic racism and called for reforms to police oversight policies even as he has stepped up state police presence and informed municipalities that the National Guard is on standby.
On Saturday, the governor signed into law a new measure providing death benefits to the families of frontline workers who lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. The bill establishes a COVID-19 death benefit for the families of state and local government employees who have been on the front lines of response to this public health emergency.
Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in the state are now facing a “perfect storm:” a lack of access to medical care combined with poverty and the attendant health problems, including hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease and diabetes, that can worsen the outcomes for those who become sick with the coronavirus.
The governor issued an executive order on Thursday authorizing businesses to deny entry to anyone not wearing a mask as the state begins the process of reopening, and announced a partnership with entertainers Rosie Perez and Chris Rock to communicate the importance of continuing to wear a mask, getting tested and maintaining social distancing practices to prevent the rate of infection from rising again.
According to a recent Siena College poll, three-quarters of registered New York voters believe we will face another COVID-19 outbreak in the fall, while two-thirds think schools will likely still open in September. More than half say that there will be time for the state Legislature to conduct business after the pandemic has subsided, but almost 40 percent believe session should resume as soon as possible. And, while the governor’s approval ratings remain high, they have fallen from record highs and a small plurality has given him a negative rating on his handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis.
Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal funding and influence others to do the same. A letter from the department's civil rights office, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage.
While in Washington, D.C. meeting with President Donald Trump to urge support for New York City infrastructure projects he says will “supercharge” the recovering state economy, the governor reiterated his call for the repeal of SALT limitations and for Congress to pass legislation supporting states and limiting corporate bailouts.