Tag Archives: New York state

“Frustrated” Cuomo Seeks Direct Vax Deal With Pfizer

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo, fed up with the federal government’s frustratingly slow rollout of COVID vaccines, is going straight to the source. The governor penned a letter Monday to Pfizer asking if the pharmaceutical giant would cut out the middleman and sell doses directly to New York. “You no doubt understand the challenges New York and …

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NY AG To NRA: You Can’t Escape Me With Bankruptcy

The New York Times reports: Seeking an end-run around an investigation by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association said Friday that it was declaring bankruptcy and would reincorporate in Texas. The gun group was set up in New York after the Civil War. The group’s effort to circumvent New York’s legal jurisdiction raised immediate questions from Letitia …

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De Blasio: NYC Will Exhaust Vax Supply By Next Week

Gothamist reports: New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine supplies by the end of next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Friday. The shortage would disrupt the mayor’s goal of administering 1 million doses across the five boroughs by the end of January, delaying the prospect of rapidly achieving herd immunity and reopening safely. “We will run …

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NY Sues NYPD Over Excessive Force At BLM Protests

Spectrum’s NY1 reports: New York State Attorney General Letitia James is suing the New York City Police Department in an effort to install a federal monitor to oversee them. The lawsuit comes after the AG’s office found widespread civil rights abuses by police against Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer. This marks the first time in state history the …

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NY Opens Probe Into Orthodox Clinics Offering Vaccine

The New York Daily News reports: New York Attorney General Letitia James is launching an investigation into a Brooklyn-based health care network that publicly boasted about doling out coronavirus vaccine shots on a “first come, first serve basis” in apparent violation of the state’s restrictions on inoculations. In a statement Monday, James said her office opened the probe after learning …

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Cuomo Threatens $1 Million Fine After Orthodox Jewish Clinics Are Accused Of “Illegally Obtaining” COVID Vax

Gothamist reports: Health care providers who fraudulently obtain and distribute the coronavirus vaccine could lose their licenses and face up to $1 million in fines, under a new executive order announced Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The threat comes amid a widening fraud investigation into ParCare Community Health Network, a chain of urgent care clinics catering to Orthodox Jews in …

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Cuomo Reports “Dramatic” Jump In NY Positivity Rate

The New York Daily News reports: New York’s COVID stats skyrocketed over the weekend, but it remains unclear if the spike is a post-holiday surge or due to a dip in testing, Gov. Cuomo said Monday. The percentage of New Yorkers who tested positive for the virus rose to 8.3% on Sunday, a 3% uptick from two days prior, which …

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New York State To Extend Moratorium On Evictions

The New York Times reports: The New York Legislature is expected on Monday to pass one of the most comprehensive anti-eviction laws in the nation, as the state contends with high levels of unemployment and a pandemic that has taken 37,000 lives statewide. For months, tenants and advocacy groups have been dreading the end-of-year expiration of eviction bans that have …

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Cuomo Calls On NY Hospitals To Test For UK Strain

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo is calling on New York hospitals and labs to specifically test for a new highly contagious COVID mutation found in the United Kingdom. The governor, who a day earlier worked out a deal with airlines requiring travelers from England report a negative coronavirus test before flying to the Empire State, said he …

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NYC Doubles Last Winter’s Snow Total In One Day

The New York Times reports: With forecasters predicting New York could get up to a foot of snow when a nor’easter hit on Wednesday, residents braced for what had the potential to be the most severe winter storm since a blizzard shut down the city in January 2016. The snowfall was fierce for a time — coming down at a …

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Trump Org Must Turn Over Docs To New York AG

Law & Crime reports: Advancing an investigation likely to trail the outgoing Commander-in-Chief long into his post-presidency, a Manhattan judge ordered the Trump Organization and its attorney to turn over documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James about an engineer for a 212-acre Westchester estate. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, who previously found those documents to be privileged, …

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Cuomo Warns NY May See Second Full Lockdown

Bloomberg reports: New York is headed toward a second full shutdown if Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue at their current pace, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “If we do not change the trajectory, we could very well be headed to shut down” all non-essential businesses, Cuomo said Monday at a virus briefing. The state reported 5,712 hospitalizations, an increase of more …

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Cuomo Unboxes Mock-Up Vaccine Shipment [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: A day after announcing New York is expecting to receive its first shipment of COVID vaccines, Gov. Cuomo demonstrated just how the doses will be delivered and administered across the state. The governor made a joke about Christmas and grinned Thursday as he opened a mock-up box packed with dry ice, vials and trays …

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Cuomo Lays Out New Strategy For Strained Hospitals

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo unveiled a revamped strategy to deal with New York’s surging coronavirus cases on Monday with a focus on avoiding an overwhelmed health care system. More than 3,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, a growing number that the governor warned could lead to renewed shutdowns on a scale not …

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Supreme Court Blocks NY Limits On Religious Services

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court late Wednesday night barred restrictions on religious services in New York that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had imposed to combat the coronavirus. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three liberal members in dissent. The order was the first in which the court’s …

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NY Governor To Get Emmy Award For COVID Briefings

Just in via press release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will receive this year’s International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world. The Emmy® will be presented to Governor Cuomo, also a New York Times best-selling author, during the …

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Trump: No COVID Vax For NY Until Cuomo Says So

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. government would not deliver a coronavirus vaccine to New York if and when one is available. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “will have to let us know when he’s ready for it because otherwise, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people …

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Black Gay Progressive Mondaire Jones Wins House Bid

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: It’s official: Voters in New York have gave final approval Tuesday night to U.S. House candidates Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres, making them the first openly gay Black candidates elected to Congress. Jones was elected in New York’s 15th congressional district in the Bronx and Torres prevailed in New York’s 17th congressional district …

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Ritchie Torres Becomes First Black Gay US House Rep

Buzzfeed News reports: Democratic Rep.-elect Ritchie Torres made history Tuesday night, becoming the first openly gay Black person elected to Congress. In June, Torres won the primary to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano in New York’s 15th District. Decision Desk HQ called the race in the heavily Democratic district soon after the polls closed in the general election. Mondaire Jones, …

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NY AG Gets Docs In Trump Org Tax Deduction Case

Bloomberg News reports: A former land-use lawyer for Donald Trump’s company was ordered by a New York judge to hand over hundreds of documents to state officials investigating whether the president’s real-estate business falsely reported property values to get loans or tax benefits. Charles Martabano went too far in asserting attorney-client privilege over documents relating to his past work for …

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