A decision by New Jersey leaders to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents has given new hope to advocates who want to tax the rich in New York. But Governor Andrew Cuomo and his budget director are throwing cold water on that proposal.
New York’s fiscal year is nearly half over and the state budget remains billions of dollars out of balance, largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been relying on temporary measures to keep the state afloat, but fiscal experts say it’s time to make some hard decisions.
Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th grade students, though some students will learn remotely. Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19.
Schools in New York are finalizing plans to partially reopen in a few weeks, and many colleges and universities have already begun classes. But those who work at the schools, including teachers and professors, say guidelines for when to wear masks need to be more comprehensive, to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.
Over the weekend, the State University of New York at Oneonta became the first in the 64-campus system to shut down in-person classes for two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak. State and college officials are trying to prevent the college’s closure from becoming a trend.
More schools around New York say they are scaling back on plans for in person learning and expanding remote instruction. They cite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s temporary 20% cut in state aid to schools, enacted to help close a pandemic related state budget deficit. Now, the attorney who won a court case over a lack of school funding, says the cuts might be unconstitutional, and is looking into seeking an injunction against them.
Governor Andrew Cuomo calls a federal Department of Justice probe into New York’s nursing home policies at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic “political,” and says President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is targeting Democratic governors.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling changes in CDC guidelines easing testing standards for Americans exposed to someone with COVID-19 “political propaganda,” and the Democrat says he won’t follow them.
New York will immediately allow all voters in the state to request a mail-in ballot for the November elections. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bills into law Thursday that, among other things, allow all eligible voters to cite the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to vote absentee.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the rate of positive coronavirus tests was below 1% for the twelfth day in New York. But he says it’s not time to be complacent, and predicts there could be worse to come this fall.
During a brief video address at the first night of the Democratic National Convention, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke of his state's struggles overcoming the coronavirus, and why he thinks former Vice President Joe Biden needs to win the presidential election in November.
The rate of transmission of the coronavirus in New York state remains low and all regions of the state have been in phase four, the final phase of reopening, for at least a month. But some industries have been left out of those plans and remain closed. Owners of gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other indoor based businesses held a news conference to ask why they aren’t allowed to reopen.
Family members of nursing home residents, testifying at a legislative hearing this week, told harrowing tales of neglect and unresponsive staff and administrators, while the COVID-19 pandemic raged in New York this spring.
The June 23 primary was the first in New York to allow all voters the option of casting their ballots by mail. Under an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo, registered voters could cite the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for filling out an absentee ballot. The New York State legislature held a hearing Tuesday on the June primary elections, to find out what went right and what went wrong.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined in a telephone news conference by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today, to try to put pressure on Congress to finally resolve a stalemate over a federal aid package for cash-strapped states affected by the coronavirus.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will announce later this week on what terms that schools can reopen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But he put the responsibility for the details back on schools Monday, saying they need to better respond to the concerns of parents.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll decide next week on whether schools can partially or fully reopen in September. Meanwhile, many school districts have been busy figuring out safe ways to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have already made some preliminary decisions.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to New York’s congressional delegation, urging them not to settle for a federal stimulus package that does not include aid to states hard hit by the coronavirus. The plea comes as talks between House Democrats and Senate Republicans in Washington are down to the wire.
In August, the New York State Legislature will hold hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policy on nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis, including a controversial March 25th directive that required the homes to readmit residents who were in the hospital with COVID-19. Karen DeWitt spoke with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who says she’s keeping an open mind.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll take legal action against the federal government, after the Justice Department admitted in court papers Thursday that it was untruthful in its rationale for banning New Yorkers’ access to the Trusted Traveler Program.