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New York Capital Brief: August 20, 2020

Cuomo Delivers a Speech at the DNC

On Monday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a virtual speech during night one of the Democratic National Convention, drawing on his experience leading New York State through the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo reflected on New York’s battle with the virus, calling the state “ground zero for the COVID crisis.” Cuomo went on, stating that President Donald Trump “didn’t create the initial division. The division created Trump. He only made it worse.”

Republican Lawmakers Host Forum on COVID-19 on Residential Healthcare Facilities

On Monday, the Minority Republican leaders of the Senate and Assembly hosted another hearing to discuss the coronavirus’ impact on long term care and assisted living facilities.

Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt said that his party was not satisfied with the information provided by the State during the previous hearings and hoped that the minority-led hearing would shed more light. “If there is a second wave or surge [of COVID-19 cases], we need to know what went wrong so we can ensure the policies are changed,” Ortt said.

COVID & Travel Advisory Update

On June 25th, Governor Cuomo, along with CT Governor Lamont and NJ Governor Murphy, implemented a tri-state travel advisory which requires anyone who is returning from a “restricted state” to quarantine for 14 days. This week, Alaska and Delaware were added back on the list.