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Overtime Soared in NYS Government During Pandemic

The total cost of overtime in 2020 at NY state government agencies reached an all-time high at more than $850 million, continuing an upward trend over the last decade and spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Total overtime hours of 19 million increased 3.9 percent […]

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State to End Food Curfew, Allow Bar Seating in NYC

There’s good news for restaurants and bars. After a year of shutdowns due to coronavirus, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the midnight food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31. Governor Cuomo also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catered […]

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NY Offices Can Fill Up to 75%

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that spectator capacity at large-scale outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts and entertainment, will increase from 20 to 33 percent beginning May 19. This increase will coincide with the previously announced increase in large-scale indoor event venue capacity. Social distancing, masks, health screenings and […]

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NY Opens Up Vaccines to 30 and Over

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive […]

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NYC to Cancel Contracts With Trump Organization

NEW YORK — NY Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City of New York is taking steps to terminate three Trump Organization agreements with the City after last week’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The Administration will be notifying the Trump Organization that the City will begin the process to cancel its agreements […]

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Cuomo Orders Bars, Gyms to Close at 10 Nightly

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York State. Effective this Friday at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still […]

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Covid-19 Cases in NY Hit New Low

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients have dropped to new lows. Hospitalizations dropped to 418, a new low since March 16, and the number of patients in ICUs dropped to 109, a new low since March 15. Yesterday, one person was reported to have died from COVID-19 in New York […]

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US Postal Service Raising Prices on Packages During Holidays

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Friday of a temporary price change for commercial customers to take effect Oct. 18, 2020 and last through a couple days past Christmas. The change does not affect retail customers or the price of a first-class stamp. The planned temporary […]

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Governor Adds 3 States for Quarantine

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that three additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. The quarantine applies to any person arriving […]

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IRS Sends Out 159 Million Stimulus Payments

WASHINGTON — With 159 million Economic Impact Payments processed, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding many low-income Americans who don’t usually file tax returns to register for a payment by October 15. Millions of low-income people and others who aren’t required to file a tax return may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and can […]