Empire State Weekly Most Restrictions Rolled Back & Primaries Preview

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York has reached a historic milestone: 70% of adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The milestone means most remaining milestones have been lifted, with exceptions for schools, large indoor venues, public transportation, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and nursing homes and health care facilities. The … Read more

Empire State Weekly Upcoming Restrictions Loosened, Mask Mandate Confusion, and Legislative Session Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York is on the verge of reaching a major milestone in the battle against COVID-19: 70% vaccination. Governor Cuomo says the state will be rolling back “virtually all” pandemic restrictions, once enough adults get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which could happen any day now. One of … Read more

Empire State Weekly: End of Legislative Session and increasing vaccine confidence

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The end of the legislative session is approaching, with the final day expected to be June 10. Some significant pieces of reform passed this year include legalizing recreational marijuana for adults and repealing legal immunity for nursing homes. The legislature also passing a bill that boosts staffing levels in nursing homes. … Read more

Empire State Weekly Response to Fall in Person Learning & Restaurant To-Go Alcohol

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Cuomo is giving parents, students, and teachers some reason for optimism, saying he believes there’s no reason schools can’t reopen this fall. The governor made the announcement this week, but didn’t provide any specifics when it comes to how. And some statewide education groups say they’re waiting on guidance from … Read more

Empire State Weekly Mask & Social Distancing Requirements Loosened and School Budget Votes Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) —New York has taken two major steps in moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic – adopting the CDC’s guidance on masks, and loosening many restrictions. The moves both came on the same day Wednesday, a welcome sight for people across the state who’ve been hoping for some good news, as we move … Read more

Empire State Weekly SUNY & CUNY Vaccine Rules and Republican Field for Governor Taking Shape

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Children in New York between 12 and 15 are now eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, following federal approval. But the state is also upping the ante on college students getting the vaccine, by requiring all on-campus students at SUNY and CUNY schools to get vaccinated before they return in the … Read more

Empire State Weekly Scaled Back Business Restrictions, Eviction Moratorium Extended, and Voting Rights for Parolees

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The state is greatly expanding – and even outright removing – capacity restrictions on many industries across New York, as COVID-19 cases and vaccinations are both heading in the right direction. But one restriction that is staying in place is the CDC’s guidance on maintaining six feet of social distancing wherever … Read more