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(The Center Square) – The number of New Yorkers who filed initial claims for pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) declined by 7 percent last week, but more than 1 million residents who have relied on the COVID-19 relief benefit will see it end by the end of the year unless Congress can reach a last-minute agreement to extend it. Read more

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As COVID-19 surges nationwide, 78% of New York City residents believe it is likely or very likely the city will experience once again the high count of cases we saw last April. However, the presidential election appears to have triggered an optimism among New Yorkers: more than half (55%) feel "more hopeful" about the country's economic recovery (55%) and the government's ability to control the pandemic (58%). These are key findings from a survey of public perceptions and experiences in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic conducted by the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH). One thousand NYC residents were polled from November 20-22, 2020. The same panel of respondents were surveyed at the end of September and will be surveyed once more in January 2021. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Moving forward, as New York state officials declare COVID-19 cluster zones, they will be using additional metrics to aid in those determinations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday hospitalization data will play a key role in evaluating which communities will face additional restrictions. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — For 37 out of 50 states and D.C., the week ending Nov. 19 has seen the most reported COVID-19 cases of any week so far in the pandemic. Stacker analyzed data from the COVID Tracking Project to determine each state’s worst COVID-19 week since the pandemic began. Read more

Coronavirus

HOLBROOK, NY, AND ALBANY, NY — New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District), a Republican from Holbrook, released the following statement on Monday, Nov. 23, regarding COVID-19 lockdowns in New York State. The statement comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced two new "Yellow Precautionary Zones" in Suffolk County as the positive test rate for COVID-19 increases. Read more

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Portions of Suffolk County outside the Sachem area are now "Yellow Precautionary Zones" as the positive test rate for COVID-19 increases, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Meanwhile, New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith, a Republican from Holbrook, opposes the enforcement of potential lockdowns in his 5th Assembly District. Read more

Sachem Vote 2020

(The Center Square) – Republicans hold leads over Democratic incumbents in several of New York’s U.S. House races. However, just as the final results for the June primary election took weeks to determine, it appears several general election races await a similar fate — including the 2nd Congressional District between Republican Andrew Garbarino and Democrat Jackie Gordon. Read more

Coronavirus

(The Center Square) – Three Republican state lawmakers from New York announced on Wednesday the creation of a petition campaign that calls on their Democratic colleagues to push legislation that would create an independent investigation behind the COVID-19-related nursing home deaths across the state. Read more

(The Center Square) – Democrats in the New York state Senate want to update the state’s antitrust laws, in particular to address issues related to the tech economy. However, while some in the business community understand the need for changes, they fear the legislation could create some unintended consequences. Read more

(The Center Square) – Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo withholding 20 percent of state aid allocations to public schools, New York's education spending per pupil would still be “the highest per-pupil expenditure in the world” if the state were a country, the Empire Center says. Read more

Coronavirus and Sachem Schools

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Four more states have been added to New York's self-quarantine mandate for travelers, bringing the total to 33 states and territories. Meanwhile, Sachem students won't be allowed to enter a school building if they were recently in a quarantine area. Read more

Coronavirus

(The Center Square) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday once again fought against the notion of tax increases to make up for the $30 billion deficit the state’s budget faces over the next two years, but he offered a caveat to that if the federal government refuses to aid states and cities facing shortfalls in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — The COVID-19 infection rate has been below 1 percent across New York State for the past month, or 31 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. Meanwhile, local elected officials and business leaders are demanding control back from the governor to accelerate the economic reopening.  Read more

Coronavirus

(The Center Square) – New York’s congressional delegation this week received a letter from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and nine of the state’s top labor officials, who called on the elected leaders to bring nearly $60 billion in federal funding to cure the state’s budget woes caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

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LONG ISLAND, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday morning that New York State's COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. Plus, the statewide infection rate has been less than 1 percent for 22 straight days. Meanwhile, Sachem students traveling out of state should pay attention to NY's self-quarantine mandates with the first day of school in less than two weeks. Read more

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LONG ISLAND, NY — Five states have been removed from New York State’s quarantine list. However, any travelers to New York from far-away Guam must quarantine upon arrival to the Empire State because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Long Island’s infection rate is 1.1%, slightly above the statewide infection rate of 0.94%. Read more

Tropical Storm Isaias

(The Center Square) – Four electricity providers and a cable, internet and telephone carrier in New York received letters Wednesday from the state Department of Public Service notifying them they committed apparent violations in their response to Tropical Storm Isaias, which hit parts of the state earlier this month. Read more

Coronavirus

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Get ready to hit the gym again as soon as Monday, Aug. 24. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Tuesday the county will support the reopening of gyms and fitness centers over the next two weeks. Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced gyms and fitness centers can reopen starting Monday, Aug. 24—as long as the county executives approved so for their jurisdictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

Coronavirus

(The Center Square) – Following consumer complaints that some dentists charged extra fees related to COVID-19 prevention measures, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has told insurers not to cover the charges and to notify medical providers that the costs cannot be passed on to patients. Read more

(The Center Square) – An executive order President Donald Trump signed on Saturday to extend some unemployment benefits will face a court challenge, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, and the end result will likely be that no one will receive the supplemental payment. Read more

Coronavirus

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that every school district across New York State can reopen for the new academic year, thanks to the state’s current low infection rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before a school district reopens, it must have a plan approved by the state. Locally, Sachem Central School District's plan is with the state for review. Read more

Tropical Storm Isaias

ACROSS SACHEM, NY — Calling PSEG Long Island’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias a “failure,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today demanded an investigation into how the power utility prepared for and handled the storm. The governor was joined by local leaders calling for a probe into the response.  Read more

Tropical Storm Isaias

ACROSS SACHEM, NY — Calling PSEG Long Island’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias a “failure,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today demanded an investigation into how the power utility prepared for and handled the storm. The governor was joined by local leaders calling for a probe into the response.  Read more