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Matt Ryan New York Now

New York state legislative leaders have announced agreement on a bill to curb Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measure comes as Cuomo is embroiled in two scandals:  One over his nursing home policies during the health crisis, and another over accusations that he sexually harassed former staffers.

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A mass vaccination site sponsored by the state and federal governments for COVID-19 opens Wednesday on St. Paul Street in the parking lot of the former Kodak Hawkeye location (1345 St. Paul St.)

The hope is that many people who have not yet been able to get a vaccine appointment, and who are in the most impacted communities, can get their inoculation.


Monroe County reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

According to Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza, the last time the county was below 100 for daily new cases was November 3. 

Mendoza tweeted that, “Let’s continue the progress – wear your masks, maintain physical distancing as much as possible, and get your vaccine as soon as it is available.”

In the data released on Tuesday there were no new deaths.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 139 new cases per day.

Governor Cuomo's office

State Attorney General Letitia James said Monday that she’s received from Gov. Andrew Cuomo the referral required to investigate him and his office on two former aides’ allegations of sexual harassment. The accusations include inappropriate touching, an unsolicited kiss, and invitations for sex.

One day after Cuomo offered his response to the charges, many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, said they don’t buy it.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus case in New York. Since then, over 38,000 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19 and more than 1.5 million who were sickened.

At this point last year, though, nobody imagined what was in store.

On the evening of March 1, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release, announcing that a case of COVID-19 had been found in New York. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gov. Andrew  Cuomo says New York will partner with local health departments to include vaccination sites for the 65+ population across New York state.

These sites will be in partnership with local health departments and, where needed, will provide assistance to New Yorkers with transportation to and from the vaccination facilities and special support for paperwork regarding their vaccination.

New York State Senate

Republicans in the New York State Senate claimed Friday that policies enacted by the state during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic may have put residents at group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at risk of contracting the coronavirus. 

The group of Republicans likened the policy, which is still in effect, to one that was briefly enacted at nursing homes, where some believe the change may have led to more deaths.

Max Schulte / WXXI News

You could hear the bells, bouncing off the brick buildings and the frozen Genesee River. Students from the University of Rochester Carillon Society rang them from high atop the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library. Twelve rings a minute, 500 in total, to honor the half-million Americans who died of COVID-19 so far.

Sophomores Valerie Battista and Kayla Gunderson and senior Claire Janezic played them. 

Democrats in the State Legislature support new, higher taxes on New York’s richest residents as part of the new state budget, saying that a newly released study that shows the state’s 120 billionaires increased their wealth by $88 billion during the pandemic bolsters that claim. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to resist raising their taxes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals: the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the months-long suppression of the true number of residents’ deaths, and allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed a former staffer. 

Cuomo’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, testified at a long-awaited legislative budget hearing. Zucker -- who had postponed his testimony, originally scheduled for three weeks ago -- appeared 2½ hours late. He immediately addressed the nursing home controversy.