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New York Capital Brief:
June 17, 2021


NYS Capitol Building Reopens!

Governor Cuomo today announced that with 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older having received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series, the Empire State Plaza Complex, which includes the New York State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building, will reopen to the public ...

New York Capital Brief:
June 11, 2021


End of Session: What Passed, What Didn’t, and What’s Next

Early this morning (6/11), the New York State Legislature concluded the 2021 legislative session, after a busy 6 months of balancing COVID-19 efforts, policy pr...

New York Capital Brief:
June 06, 2021


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 ...

New York Capital Brief:
May 27, 2021


End of Session Update

With just seven 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 bills to be swiftly amended and for negotiations to be reached between both Houses and the...

New York Capital Brief:
May 20, 2021


NYS Adopts CDC’s Guidance for Those Fully Vaccinated

Beginning on May 19th, New York will adopt the CDC’s “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People” for most businesses and publ...

New York Capital Brief:
May 14, 2021


NYS “Reviewing” New CDC Mask Guidance

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance that says individuals who are fully vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business...

New York Capital Brief:
May 07, 2021


NY HERO Act Signed into Law

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act), first-in-the-nation legislation that mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections to safeguard against the spread of airborne infectious disease in wor...

New York Capital Brief:
April 29, 2021


NY Adopts CDC’s Eased Mask Mandate

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York is adopting the CDC’s new guidance for mask-wearing. The guidance states that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear a mask outdoors while walking, running, hiking or biking alone, or when in small gatherings, including with members of their own households. Masks are still necessary in crowded outdoor venues like sports stadiums.

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New York Capital Brief:
April 22, 2021


Upcoming Changes to Capacity Limits 

  • Effective April 26th, movie theatercapacity will increase to 33%.
  • Effective April 19th, NY’s low-risk, indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment, including museums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens, are permitted to increase to 50% capacity.
  • Effective May 19th, indoor sports arenas, including professional and collegiate sports, can increase to 25% capacity. Social distancing, masks, health screenings, and all other health and safety protocols remain in effect.
  • Expanding capacity for arts and entertainment venues comes after a steady statewide decrease in COVID positivity rates, the lowest since last November. 
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New York Capital Brief:
April 15, 2021


Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Pause

In accordance with the Federal call to suspend the use of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, NYS issued a pause this Wednesday. New York State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker issued the following statement on the m...