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Governor Andrew Cuomo receives the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine from Dr. Jacqueline Delmont of SOMOS Healthcare at a pop-up vaccination site in Harlem in March.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo will mandate that frontline workers in New York state-run hospitals be vaccinated against COVID-19. All other state workers also have to be vaccinated or be subject to weekly testing. But the Democrat stopped short of imposing new mask mandates, despite advice from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indoor masks be required in areas where the virus is spreading, due to the more contagious Delta variant.

Nurses "pulling vaccine" at a mass vaccination clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.
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New York City and the state of California announced Monday that government workers will have to get vaccinated or submit to weekly tests for the coronavirus. Teachers in New York City, beginning in September, will need to follow the same requirements, as worries about the increasing Delta variant grow. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the state’s death count during the COVID-19 pandemic, following a report by the Associated Press that says New York may have undercounted the number of deaths from the disease by as many as 11,000.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
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A fiscal watchdog group is using the Freedom of Information Law to try to get New York state’s health department to release more detailed data on the over 42,000 New Yorkers who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will relinquish the emergency powers he’s held for the past 15 months during the COVID-19 pandemic, as infection rates continue to drop and vaccination rates slowly climb. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is one tenth of a percentage point away from his goal of 70% of New Yorkers 18 and older getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a briefing Feb. 1, 2021.
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Following a weekend of confusion for school children, their parents and teachers, Governor Andrew Cuomo is clarifying changes in mask policy for schools in New York. The Democrat now says children don’t have to wear masks outside, but do have to wear them inside.  

Free masks and hand sanitizer were also given to people
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New York state is updating its mask guidance for K through 12 schools and summer camps starting Monday.

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In an effort to get more younger people vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will be giving away a free college education to 50 New Yorkers between the ages of 12 and 17 who agree to get a dose.

Letchworth State Park in New York
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New York State is offering a new incentive to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, free passes to state parks this Memorial Day weekend. 

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
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New York State is hoping to address a decline in COVID-19 vaccination rates by offering free lottery tickets to those who agree to get the shots starting on Monday. The top prize is $5 million. In announcing the effort Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo also faced questions about early COVID testing for his family and his pandemic memoir. 

The New York State Capitol
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Wednesday marked the easing of many COVID-19 restrictions in New York, but at the State Capitol in Albany many mandates and the public is still closed to the public.   

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a briefing Feb. 1, 2021.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will adopt the new CDC guidelines on masks on May 19. People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to wear masks outdoors or indoors, and won’t have to socially distance.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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Many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will end on Wednesday in New York, including capacity restrictions for some sporting events, indoor gatherings, and offices. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set the date for the reopening earlier this month, is not yet ready to abide by new CDC guidelines that say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

SUNY administration building in Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that all state and city university of New York students will have to get a COVID-19 vaccination if they want to take in-person classes during the fall semester. The Democrat also announced other incentives to get more New Yorkers vaccinated, as the rate of those getting their shots continues to decline. 

Yankee Stadium
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Broadway shows will reopen on Sept. 14, and that there will be new rules for attending baseball games, including incentives for those not vaccinated against COVID-19.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a measure passed by the New York State Legislature that extends a moratorium on evictions through August 31. Opponents say the measure doesn’t do enough to help landlords, and should end earlier. 

New York state Capitol
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Tenants in New York who continue to experience financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic would be safe from eviction until the end of August under a bill approved Monday by both chambers of the state Legislature.

Gov. Cuomo announces relaxed capacity limits
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Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that some remaining COVID-19 restrictions in New York will end in a couple of weeks, including capacity limits on events, and in some cases, the 6-foot social distancing rule. The Democrat also announced that 24-hour subway service will return to New York City.

El Loco owner Patrick Noonan, along with Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, at the restaurant's outdoor dining space on Madison Avenue in Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says dining in New York City can operate at 75% of capacity beginning May 7, bringing rules in the city in line with the rest of the state. COVID-19 restrictions are easing for dining at restaurants and drinking at bars across the state, but the industry, hit hard by the pandemic, says more needs to be done. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing resistance to lingering COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, says the virus is not yet conquered, and is urging caution on reopening up society too quickly.

A bartender makes a drink at the Savoy Taproom in Albany, NY.
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The New York State Legislature for the first time on Wednesday rescinded some of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a rule that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving alcohol unless the customer also ordered food. Lawmakers say with the infection rate going down and vaccinations increasing, they are no longer needed. Cuomo said he was planning to end the orders anyway. 

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
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New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to wear masks outdoors, and state-run vaccination sites will no longer require advance appointments, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Starting March 15, New York state will expand its capacity limits at weddings to 150 people, with COVID-19 testing required. Pandemic gathering restrictions have roiled many couples, families, and venues for the past year. WAMC’s Jesse King has more on what the stalled wedding industry thinks of the change. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 9, 2021 in Syracuse.
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New York will lower COVID-19 vaccine eligibility from age 65 to 60 this week, and soon loosen restrictions on vaccination sites that local officials have criticized, under a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York City March 30, 2020.
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Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus case in New York. Since then, more than 38,000 New Yorkers have died of the virus so far and more than 1.5 million were infected.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals; the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations that the Democrat sexually harassed a former staffer. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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For a time in 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic for his steady and focused daily briefings when many considered national leadership to be lacking. But recently, the Democrat has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration. Now a new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers think the governor did something wrong.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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The New York State Senate is poised to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of some emergency pandemic powers and create an oversight commission to review the decisions the governor makes. There’s growing support for the moves as the Democrat has said that he was wrong to withhold for months the true number of deaths from COVID-19 at the state’s nursing homes. There are also reports of two federal probes into the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and officials from President Joe Biden’s administration say they will open mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in medically underserved areas, beginning in Queens and Brooklyn, and later upstate.

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