New York Capital Brief:

End of Session Update

With just four scheduled days left in the 2021 legislative session, the legislature is still focused on advancing several pieces of significant legislation.  With such limited time remaining, it is common for priority bills to be swiftly amended and for agreements to be reached between both Houses and the Governor.

The following issues remain open and under consideration:

  • Codifying certain COVID protocols, including take-out alcoholic beverages
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Labor Rights for gig workers
  • New York Health Act
  • NY Privacy Act


New Record-Low 7-Day Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate

Governor Cuomo announced on Thursday that the seven day average dropped to 0.60%, a record low. The single-day COVID-19 average dropped to 0.44% percent Wednesday, a daily average record low. Hospitalizations have fallen below 1,000 for the first time since last October of 2021.


Pharmacist’s Look to Expand Scope

A bill that expands the list of vaccines that can be administered by a pharmacist overwhelmingly passed by Houses this week and will be delivered to Governor Cuomo’s desk for his consideration.

If signed, pharmacists would be allowed to administer vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, as well as all other vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.


NYC’s 2nd Mayoral Debate

The second New York City mayoral debate shifted from Zoom to a traditional debate stage, resulting in more energy and intense disputes. While the issues still primarily focused on police and public safety, the candidates continued to push their individual agendas.

To read the New York Times highlights and analysis, click here.