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Local coverage of what's going on in New York state government, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature — dominated by Democrats following the 2018 midterms — are pursuing a legislative agenda in open defiance of federal policy under President Donald Trump. (Includes links to state legislators and legislation, as well as relevant agencies, organizations, people, primary sources and public events.)

Local coverage of what's going on in New York state government, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature — dominated by Democrats following the 2018 midterms — are pursuing a legislative agenda in open defiance of federal policy under President Donald Trump. (Includes links to state legislators and legislation, as well as relevant agencies, organizations, people, primary sources and public events.)
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NewsPlexus Media August 2, 2020

NY COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths drop to new low since mid-March
New York has now completed 6 million diagnostic COVID-19 tests and is experiencing the lowest number of hospitalizations and fatalities it has seen in more than four months.
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NewsPlexus Media August 2, 2020

Gov outlines plan to reduce wait for COVID-19 test results in NY Times op-ed
The New York Times published an op-ed by New York's governor on Friday laying out a roadmap to reduce widespread national delays in getting COVID-19 test results.
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NewsPlexus Media August 2, 2020

State prepares emergency response as Isaias is forecast to impact eastern NY
State agencies are preparing and deploying emergency response assets as Hurricane Isaias moves closer to the Florida coastline.
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NewsPlexus Media August 2, 2020

Citing survey showing support from parents, NYC plans to reopen public schools
The mayor of New York City outlined on Friday how his administration plans to bring students back to its public schools, an initiative the mayor said is the most important part of the city’s reopening plan.
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NewsPlexus Media July 31, 2020

New York pulls historic $3B environmental bond proposal from November ballot
Environmental advocates are not happy that the state has pulled a bond proposal to borrow billions for climate change mitigation and preparedness.
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NewsPlexus Media July 31, 2020

New York provides reciprocal support to Utah in battle against COVID-19
New York state is continuing to make good on promises to provide support to other states hit by the coronavirus pandemic and is working with Northwell Health to send healthcare personnel and equipment to Utah this weekend.
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NewsPlexus Media July 31, 2020

Gov invites MLB to stage more games in New York
As Major League Baseball gets underway amid widespread concerns about COVID-19 outbreaks, the governor said this week that New York is willing to host more games this season.
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NewsPlexus Media July 31, 2020

New York ranks 6th best in children’s health care study
New York came in sixth best in a new study by WalletHub that examined children’s health care data among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on three key dimensions.
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NewsPlexus Media July 31, 2020

NY puts more resources toward fighting virus as infection surges around nation
With coronavirus hospitalization rates in New York continuing to drop and deaths hovering around the low double digits, the state is continuing to fight the worst of the pandemic — enforcing regulations, funding contact tracing and mobilizing companies to produce personal protective equipment.
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NewsPlexus Media July 31, 2020

State approves $94 million for technology, security in public schools
New York’s Smart Schools Review Board has approved 148 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at improving school security and reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.
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NewsPlexus Media July 30, 2020

Thousands of New York’s primary ballots not counted because of technicalities
Although New York’s primary election took place more than a month ago, problems in the system have caused confusion as the counting finally appeared to wrap up this week.
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NewsPlexus Media July 30, 2020

New York state becomes first in nation to regulate toxic compound 1,4-Dioxane
New York has adopted the nation’s first limits on the levels of the toxic compound 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water, also announcing new standards for the contaminants PFOA and PFOS on Thursday.
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NewsPlexus Media July 30, 2020

Gov says Washington needs to fill NY's budget gap, opposes millionaires' tax
The state of New York faces a budget deficit of $30 billion over the next two years thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, and the governor said Wednesday it’s up to the federal government to fill it.
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NewsPlexus Media July 29, 2020

Technology SWAT partnership assists New Yorkers during COVID-19 pandemic
On Tuesday, the governor announced the progress of the state’s Technology SWAT Partnership in assisting New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NewsPlexus Media July 28, 2020

New York Republicans say Democrats impeding work of redistricting commission
The New York Senate Republican Conference accused their counterparts on the other side of the aisle of interfering with the Independent Redistricting Commission, calling the Senate Democrats’ conduct an attempt to overturn the will of the voters.
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NewsPlexus Media July 28, 2020

State pushes to ensure all New Yorkers are counted in 2020 U.S. Census
New York state has kicked off a Census Push Week, urging New Yorkers to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census before the Oct. 31 deadline and to make sure every New Yorker is counted in the upcoming census.
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NewsPlexus Media July 28, 2020

Former New York Assembly speaker sentenced to 6½ years in prison
For 21 years, Sheldon Silver was one of the three most powerful men in New York state, part of a triumvirate that steered the ship of state and a political figure who sought to leave his stamp on the state Assembly. But soon he will be, instead, a federal inmate after he was sentenced Monday to 6½ years in prison.
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NewsPlexus Media July 27, 2020

Gov pleads with Congress to pass new round of coronavirus relief
The governor has called for the federal government to act soon on a stimulus bill that would help the state cover the revenue lost due to the COVID-19 crisis as well as the billions it spent over 148 days to control the spread of the deadly virus.
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NewsPlexus Media July 27, 2020

New York Senate GOP's bid to repeal Gov’s emergency powers denied by Democrats
Senate Democrats recently rejected calls to pull back expanded powers that were granted to the governor at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
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NewsPlexus Media July 27, 2020

New York ranks 11th lowest in study of racial equality in state economies
New York came in 41st in a new study by the WalletHub website that examines the level of racial equality within the economies of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on eight key dimensions.
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NewsPlexus Media July 27, 2020

Gov announces nominations, appointments to administration
The governor has announced new appointments to his administration, and nominations, which have been confirmed by the Senate.
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NewsPlexus Media July 25, 2020

New York's coronavirus numbers continue to remain low and steady
The governor updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday.
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NewsPlexus Media July 25, 2020

Task Force shuts down NYC establishments violating executive orders
The governor announced on Friday that the multi-agency task force to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations at bars and restaurants conducted nearly 1,100 compliance checks between July 21 and July 23, documenting violations at 84 establishments.
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NewsPlexus Media July 25, 2020

New York Interim State Education Commissioner to leave SED next month
New York Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe will leave the state Department of Education next month.
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NewsPlexus Media July 23, 2020

Trump won’t send feds to NYC, says Gov, at least not right now
The governor made a series of announcements on Thursday, telling New Yorkers that Trump has agreed to hold off on sending federal agents into New York City — for now — and revealing the results of COVID testing in the state’s correctional system, announcing a new task force to enforce COVID restrictions and launching a new ad campaign aimed at young people. He also reiterated his call for federal funding to help restore state and local economies.
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NewsPlexus Media July 23, 2020

Reports show NY economy in “free fall” as coronavirus pandemic continues
Recent reports show that New York’s economy is “in virtual free fall” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and low statewide response to the 2020 Census is not going to help.
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NewsPlexus Media July 22, 2020

Hospitalizations continue to drop as New York adds ten states to quarantine list
COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York have reached a new low as ten new states are added to quarantine travel advisory; SLA continues to prosecute bars and restaurants violating coronavirus executive orders.
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NewsPlexus Media July 22, 2020

NY seeks proposals for offshore wind energy, sites for landed renewable energy
New York is seeking proposals for projects to provide thousands of megawatts of renewable energy — both offshore and on land — and help the state achieve ambitious climate goals. Officials are also seeking suggestions for land-based renewable energy sites.
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NewsPlexus Media July 21, 2020

New York continues to offer help to states suffering worst of surging pandemic
The governor has announced that New York State will establish two testing sites in COVID-19 hotspots in Savannah, Georgia.
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NewsPlexus Media July 20, 2020

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York continue to drop
The state has reduced COVID-19 hospitalizations to their lowest numbers since mid-March.
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NewsPlexus Media July 20, 2020

Consumer sentiment in NY climbs slightly, remains well below pre-COVID attitudes
Consumer sentiment in New York has increased a little, driven by New York City, but remains down 22 points from pre-pandemic reality, according to a new SCRI poll. Despite re-opening, pluralities say they are worse off and expect the state economy to further weaken even as gas concerns hit their lowest level eve
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NewsPlexus Media July 18, 2020

NYC cleared to enter final phase of reopening as Gov warns of 2nd COVID-19 wave
The governor announced Friday that New York City has been cleared to enter the fourth phase of the state’s reopening plan on Monday. He also warned New Yorkers to expect a second wave of COVID-19 to hit New York
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NewsPlexus Media July 17, 2020

More than 40 percent of New Yorkers have still not responded to 2020 Census
New York lags behind most other states in responding to the 2020 Census, the state comptroller said this week, which could cost the state congressional representation as well as crucial federal funding.
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NewsPlexus Media July 17, 2020

New Yorkers should prepare for extreme heat this weekend
High temperatures and increased humidity expected across the region this weekend could be dangerous to at-risk populations, such as children and the elderly. New Yorkers are encouraged to take precautions, conserve energy and practice safety while out on the water. State utilities are suspending planned outage work to ensure electric capacity meets demands will be monitored by the state Department of Public Services.
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NewsPlexus Media July 17, 2020

New York ranked most responsible responder to coronavirus pandemic in US
New York state has been the most responsible in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by an insurance group that compared the adoption of face coverings, the percentage of people sheltering in place and the number of administered coronavirus tests across all 50 states.
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NewsPlexus Media July 15, 2020

New York offers rental assistance to residents impacted by coronavirus pandemic
The governor has announced an emergency rental assistance program to help keep low-income New York families in their homes during the ongoing pandemic. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday.
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NewsPlexus Media July 14, 2020

NY, 14 states and D.C. sign agreement to "ramp up" electrification of vehicles
New York signs Memorandum of Understanding with 14 states and the District of Columbia to meet targets for transitioning to electric vehicles and pledges to develop action plan to reduce toxic diesel emissions from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2050.
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NewsPlexus Media July 14, 2020

4 states added to NY travel advisory as enforcement actions begin at airports
Enforcement teams will be stationed at Port Authority and regional airports beginning today, to request proof that travelers have completed a required DOH traveler form upon entering the state. Four states have been added to the advisory list, bringing the number of restricted states to 22. Delaware has been removed.
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NewsPlexus Media July 14, 2020

NY launches statewide fair housing initiative in opposition to federal efforts
The state is moving forward with the Fair Housing Matters NY initiative — a statewide effort to analyze and address segregated living patterns and housing disparities in New York — despite the federal government's proposal to gut fair housing regulations required by the Fair Housing Act.
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NewsPlexus Media July 14, 2020

Govt accountability group questions handling of NY nursing homes during epidemic
The state Department of Health released a report last week defending actions taken regarding nursing homes in New York, which have seen more fatalities than the larger population — specifically a March 25 order compelling them to accept potentially infected patients for admission. In response, a conservative government accountability group has criticized the department, saying that the report is biased and withholds information.
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NewsPlexus Media July 12, 2020

NYCLU to NYS: Fix voting issues before November election, please
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 12, 2020

Groups dismayed by court decision declining investigation into NYPD
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 10, 2020

DiNapoli: Trouble ahead for local governments and schools
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 10, 2020

New York sends help to Florida, opens beach concessions
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 9, 2020

NY to decide on schools reopening in early August
New York will decide whether schools will reopen in the fall during the first week of August, the governor said on Wednesday.
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NewsPlexus Media July 8, 2020

3 states added to quarantine list as Long Island preps for phase IV of reopening
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 7, 2020

Advocates, lawmakers seek to curtail “extraordinary” powers granted to Gov
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 6, 2020

NYC will enter phase III of reopening, without indoor dining, on Monday
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 3, 2020

Fireworks cancelled, landmarks lit for July 4 as virus continues to spread in NY
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.
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NewsPlexus Media July 3, 2020

Civil rights org slams state lawmakers for taking money from police unions
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.
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