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New rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday.

The new law rolls back some bail reform measures passed in 2019, and criminal justice advocates say it’s the wrong time to do it, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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This is a summer travel season like no other. The coronavirus has changed the way people are traveling this year, but people are still taking trips.

There’s a kind of Jekyll and Hyde aspect when it comes to planning a trip this summer, according to AAA of Western and Central New York. There is pent up demand for travel, but people are worried according to Dan Fisher of Triple-A.

St. Joseph's Hospital

Administrators at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse are closing its two urgent care facilities and laying off employees. CFO Meredith Price said in the last few months, revenues from elective surgeries -which were put on hold for two months- have dipped at a time when the costs related to preparing staff to handle coronavirus cases continue to increase.

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After recent years of consistent and even record growth, New York's tourism business -which is the state's third-largest industry- suffered a blow this year due to changes related to COVID-19. Bob Provost, president of the New York State Tourism Industry Association, said travel spending in the state dropped $18.7 billion between March 1 and June 6. That's an 80 percent drop from 2019.

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Onondaga County officials are urging people to buy local this summer, saying local farmers need help more now than ever, as businesses start to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic.

Christina Hudson Kohler is a fourth generation egg farmer in Onondaga County. The farm lost half of its business when food service shut down. And while they are moving into recovery mode, more issues keep popping up. Right now, the problem is a shortage of egg cartons.

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The state’s ongoing fiscal crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to temporary funding reductions for some cities and postponed planned pay raises for state workers. It’s also led to reductions to some smaller programs, including a key organization that has helped New Yorkers with intellectual disabilities navigate the pandemic. The program is slated for significant cuts this month.   

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the rate of the COVID-19 virus continues to be low in New York, with 11 deaths on June 30, but he said he worries that compliance with safety rules is slipping. Because of that, the governor said he’s postponing permission to allow indoor dining in New York City.

The Digital Hyve

Although many office employees have returned to work or soon will, tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and others have announced that some of their employees may work remotely on a permanent basis. Some tech companies in Syracuse are also planning to implement changes that could permanently change how and where their employees work.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is adding eight more states to a travel advisory list for states with high levels of the coronavirus. Visitors from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee will now be required to self-quarantine for two weeks after entering the state.

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Onondaga County reported an increase Monday in sales tax received over last year. But county officials say while it's welcome news, it won't solve the county's budget problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The county received a $17.2 million sales tax payment that County Executive Ryan McMahon called "curious, but encouraging." It was up nearly $7 million from the same time last year. 

Destiny USA

Concerned about what role malls may be playing in the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in other states, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that in order for large malls to reopen safely in New York, the owners must upgrade their facility's air filtration system.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself.

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There will be swimming at some municipal pools in the city of Syracuse this summer, but it won’t however look like summers' past.

The city of Syracuse generally opens up eight pools every summer.  But the city can’t afford to do that this year because of a multi-million dollar budget gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Ben Walsh said he had to take that into account as he made a decision to open two pools.

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The discussion over whether to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Syracuse reached a fever pitch Saturday, as protesters gathered in Columbus Circle calling for the statue to come down. But Mayor Ben Walsh wouldn't commit to removing the statue right away.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50%.

Judge Gary Sharpe enjoined Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Letitia James from enforcing some of the capacity restrictions put in place by executive order to contain the spread of the virus.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New York is offering help to states like Texas and Arizona that are struggling with spiking COVID-19 infections.

At the same time, the governor said he’s talking with airport officials and federal border control officers on how best to enforce a travel advisory that requires travelers from states with high rates of the virus to quarantine for 14 days.  

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget office is temporarily withholding 20% of a state aid payment owed to several cities in New York, citing the COVID-19 pandemic-related revenue shortfall and budget deficit plaguing state government.

Cuomo and his budget director have been saying for months that if Congress does not provide another relief package for state and local governments hit hard by the effects of the pandemic, then the state will have to cut funding to schools, hospitals and cities by one-fifth.

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Protesters are continuing their demand for the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Syracuse. More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition to remove it.

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Onondaga Community College is ready for a fall semester that starts August 31 and combines the world of virtual education with in-person classes. OCC submitted a plan to SUNY that makes several changes to ensure the safety of everyone on campus this fall. It includes some classes that are a combination of in-person and remote learning.

Balter/Conole campaigns

Francis Conole conceded to Dana Balter Thursday in the Democratic primary for the 24th Congressional District. Balter will now face Rep. John Katko in November, a rematch from 2018.

Conole trailed Balter 62-34% after all ballots from in-person and early voting were counted Tuesday. Conole didn't concede, because there are more than 30,000 absentee ballots to count. But Conole said Thursday he called Balter to concede. He also threw his support behind Balter.

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New York has hit another milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic: hospitalizations from the disease have now dipped below 1,000 for the first time in about three months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

And to keep that number low, Cuomo said New York state will be conducting random inspections of people who arrive from states with high infection rates of the disease.

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Upstate Medical University in Syracuse is launching a study to figure out how COVID-19 is transmitted within families.

There are a lot of questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19 that haven’t been answered that revolve around how the virus is transmitted and what kind of immunity a positive test provides. 

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Central and northern New York, the Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions are set to enter Phase 4 of reopening on Friday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. That includes guidance on reopening higher education, arts and entertainment, professional sports and movie productions. 

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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are imposing mandatory quarantines for travelers from several states with high rates of the coronavirus, including Florida and Texas, effective midnight Wednesday.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined Wednesday via remote feeds by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. 

Balter/Conole campaigns

Updated at 10 a.m. Wednesday In the Democratic primary race for the 24th Congressional District, Dana Balter leads Francis Conole by more than 4,700 votes with early and primary day ballots counted. But there are still more than 28,000 absentee ballots for the race throughout the district that need to be counted, and a winner might not be declared until after the July 4 holiday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is contemplating a quarantine order on travelers to New York from other states with high rates of the coronavirus, including Florida.

The governor, in several cable news interviews over the past couple of days, has talked about the possibility of imposing a 14-day quarantine for those who travel from the 20-plus states where the rate of the virus is on the rise. He spoke about it Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

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State officials told members of the state's regional control rooms Tuesday that gyms, shopping malls, and movie theaters will not be included in Phase 4 of reopening, which several regions of the state will be eligible to begin Friday.

NY offers $65 million to child care providers as state reopens

Jun 23, 2020
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New York will spend $65 million in federal aid to help child care providers modify and expand their facilities to accommodate a more socially distant model of learning, and reopen classrooms, as more individuals head back to work in the coming months.

The funding was announced as both Long Island and the Mid-Hudson region were given the green light to enter Phase Three of reopening their economies this week.

June 2020 New York primary results

Jun 23, 2020

New York's presidential primary was supposed to be held April 28, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed it back to June 23, coinciding with the state's federal, state and local primaries. There are a number of races on the ballot, including the Democratic nomination for president. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A primary election season like no other will reach its conclusion Tuesday, as New Yorkers pick their candidates for congress, president and other offices following campaigns in which candidates largely had to connect with voters online amid a pandemic.

With the state allowing anyone to vote by absentee ballot rather than risk getting exposed to the coronavirus at a polling location, the process of collecting and counting votes will be different this year.

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