U.S. Senators have unveiled their $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. New York Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy have high expectations as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the bill could be passed "in a matter of days."
Although the coronavirus pandemic subsided in the U.S. over the last several weeks, the rapid spread of so-called “breakthrough cases” involving the Delta variant has renewed public concerns, especially in several upstate New York counties.
Officials are keeping a close eye on coronavirus cases, watching for any uptick following the Easter and Passover holidays. It comes as New York opens up vaccine eligibility to those 16 and up Tuesday.
The same day that the targeted vaccination center opened in Albany, the county leaders of Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties gathered to encourage the public to seek a vaccine, and also aired some shared frustrations.
Albany County is reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period. County Executive Dan McCoy on Tuesday announced 351 new cases and two virus-related deaths. The county’s death toll since the pandemic started is at least 256. With remaining hospital capacity in the Capital Region around 25 percent, McCoy says St. Peter’s Health Partners will staff a 160-bed section of the county’s Shaker Place nursing home to handle COVID overflow from hospitals.
Equinor is an international energy company based in Norway focused on developing wind and solar power. Now, the company is looking to locate America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany.