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NEW YORK (AP and WXXI)  NY now has 22 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide – 11 new positive tests since Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cumo says that of the new case, 8 are in Westchester, all mild or no symptoms; 2 are in NYC, both individuals hospitalized  and one is in Nassau County, a 42 year old  man, also hospitalized.

The new positive test results for COVID-19 came a day after health officials in the state announced a cluster of cases connected with a lawyer hospitalized with the disease.  


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York senators moved to strengthen the state's seat belt laws Tuesday and approved a bill that requires backseat adult passengers to buckle up.

The legislation, passed by the state Senate and Assembly, now moves on to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Current law requires front seat adult passengers to be buckled, but the legislation would force adult backseat passengers to use a seat belt too — a move supporters say will save lives and cut down on the risk posed to buckled-in front seat riders.

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NEW YORK (AP) New York leaders sought to calm jittery nerves Monday after the city recorded its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus, saying the disease — while dangerous — is a manageable threat.

The state is increasing its testing capacity and telling people to expect the smell of bleach as it steps up cleaning in schools and public transit, all while underscoring that the diagnosed woman's symptoms are so mild that she can recover at home, not in a hospital.

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SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP)  People threw punches and were dragged to the ground Saturday as a long-simmering leadership dispute in the Cayuga Indian Nation flared up for a second time in a week.

The altercation followed a news conference by a group of chiefs who oppose the authority of Clint Halftown, the federally recognized leader of the roughly 500-member western New York tribe.

Halftown on Feb. 22 sent bulldozers to demolish a convenience store and other buildings controlled by tribe members who oppose him.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York has received approval to conduct its own tests for COVID-19, a move aimed at providing quicker turnarounds for results.

Cuomo said the state's test has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and that testing will begin immediately at Wadsworth Lab near the state Capitol in Albany.

"This approval will expedite wait time and improve New York's ability to more effectively manage the coronavirus situation as it unfolds," Cuomo said in a prepared release.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's governor said Friday he will not approve the state budget without changes to a law that overhauled the state's bail system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, third-term Democrat who often uses the state budget to push through his policy priorities, made the comments while speaking on public radio. His remarks could raise the stakes on budget negotiations in the upcoming weeks.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate a new ban on single-use plastic bags that is embroiled in litigation, the state's top environmental official said Friday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Federal and state officials have yet to find a compromise to allow New Yorkers back into federal trusted travelers programs even as a Department of Homeland Security official said that the governor's latest offer looks ``promising.''

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday his agency is in talks with the governor's office about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to allow federal immigration and border officials to access state Department of Motor Vehicles data without social security numbers.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State Police say they plan to go forward with a body camera pilot program for state troopers, a move that would change the agency's status as one of the few primary state law enforcement agencies in the nation without body or dashboard cameras.

Kevin Bruen, first deputy superintendent of the New York State Police, disclosed the plan for a pilot program Monday at the state Capitol. He did not provide details of the plan, such as how many troopers will receive the devices and how much money the pilot program might cost.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's governor is offering to allow federal officials access to the state's motor vehicle database but not to drivers' Social Security numbers in an effort to persuade the Trump administration to let state residents back into Global Entry and other frequent traveler programs.