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New York Capital Brief: October 7, 2020

Cuomo Announces Cluster Action Initiative This week, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the Cluster Action Initiative in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in concentrated areas within Brooklyn, Queens, Orange and Rockland counties. Instead of using the nine ZIP codes where COVID cases are skyrocketing, Cuomo has created […]

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New York Capital Brief: October 1, 2020

Cuomo Announces New COVID Smartphone App Governor Cuomo announced today the launch of a new mobile contact tracing app called COVID Alert NY. The app will notify users if they’ve been potentially exposed to a COVID-19 positive person. Ballot Printing Error in NYC Confuses Voters The week, nearly 100,000 Brooklyn residents […]

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New York Capital Brief: September 24, 2020

Comptroller Audit – Millions in Medicaid Overspending This week, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released five audits of the Department of Health’s Medicaid program that identified approximately $706.6 million in “unnecessary, improper, or questionable” payments. These audits come just as Governor Cuomo and the Legislature contend with solutions to […]

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New York Capital Brief: September 17, 2020

Assembly Hearing on COVID-19’s Impact on Addiction Services On Tuesday, the Assembly held a virtual hearing to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on substance- and alcohol-use disorders and access to treatment and supportive services. “Despite this national data, we have no idea how many overdose deaths there have been […]

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New York Capital Brief: September 10, 2020

Assisted Living Policy Changes After consistent expressions of concern regarding the negative physical and mental health consequences of resident isolation, the DOH advisory on visitation in adult care facilities and assisted living residences has been changed to permit visitation in communities that have been COVID-free for 14 days, effective September 9. Hodes […]

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New York Capital Brief: September 3, 2020

Cuomo v. Trump: Rising Tensions The complicated relationship between Governor Cuomo and President Trump has become increasingly exacerbated by the pandemic and upcoming elections. For the last couple of days, the two New York natives have been sparring over the President’s call for the federal government to review potential cuts […]

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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 […]

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New York Capital Brief: August 13, 2020

Schools to Resume In-Person Learning in September After closing schools and switching to an online education model in March, Governor Cuomo says the infection rate is now consistently low enough for schools to reopen in the fall for in-person learning. Each district is required to develop its own reopening plan […]

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New York Capital Brief: August 6, 2020

Governor Cuomo to Serve as National Association of Governors Chair NY Governor Cuomo, who will become the longest-serving current governor next year, was unanimously voted to serve as the chair of the association representing the leaders of all 55 states and territories. He is the first New York governor to […]

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New York Capital Brief: July 30, 2020

New York Budget Cuts on the Horizon For several months, Governor Cuomo has been vigorously urging Congress to pass a federal stimulus package that includes aid to states hit hard by COVID-19. Just this week, the Governor penned a letter to New York’s congressional delegation, saying the HEALS Act, which […]

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