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The U.S. census, that constitutionally mandated once-a-decade count of every resident, is still being conducted this year -- though it’s not going according to plan.

Jim Malatras with the New York State Complete Count Commission said the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected what was already a difficult year for the 2020 census. 

He said he doesn’t believe that the federal government had done enough before the pandemic to ensure an accurate count, particularly in states with large immigrant populations and communities of color, like New York. 

ALBANY (AP) The Republican lawmakers who control the New York state Senate are returning to Albany to discuss their priorities for the upcoming year.

The chamber's GOP members plan to gather on Tuesday to discuss the challenges and priorities for the legislative session, which gets underway in January.

Sen. John Flanagan of Long Island leads the Senate Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the chamber.

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New York State Police say they plan increased road patrols for the week starting Monday and enforcing both speed and so-called "move over'' laws.  

Troopers say speed remains a leading cause of fatalities and poses a threat to police and emergency workers.  

The "Move Over Law,'' passed after two officers were killed, requires drivers slow when approaching stopped emergency or police vehicles on the shoulder or roadway with emergency lights activated.