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Senator Brad Hoylman has introduced legislation to establish a COVID-19 health registry for New York in order to monitor...
05/07/2021
Senate bill would create health registry to track “long-COVID” cases – The Legislative Gazette

Senator Brad Hoylman has introduced legislation to establish a COVID-19 health registry for New York in order to monitor the long-term effects of coronavirus.

Modeled after the World Trade Center Health Registry, which was used to monitor the long-term health of people directly exposed to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, this new COVID registry (S.5927) would track information about “long-haul” COVID symptoms.

These long-term symptoms are affecting about 1 out of 10 people who have contracted the virus and survived, and the phenomenon is still being studied by researchers.

“It’s estimated that more than 10 percent of COVID-19 infections will develop into ‘Long COVID,’ the symptoms of which can include lingering respiratory problems, difficulty concentrating and potentially long-term disabilities,” said Hoylman, D-Manhattan. “We owe it to New Yorkers afflicted to follow their long-term health outcomes to develop strategies to help them cope with this syndrome and understand the scope of this growing public health concern.”

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Policy Senate bill would create health registry to track “long-COVID” cases Written by ANYA WILCOX, Gazette staff writer on May 4, 2021 More in Policy: Comptroller’s report details the dramatic impact that COVID had on NYC tourism May 7, 2021 Legislation would prevent debt collectors from seiz...

NYS Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie 米维 and NYS Assemblyman Clyde Vanel have been working with the Innocence Project to draft a ...
05/07/2021
Bill aims to crack down on deceptive police interrogations, requires study by DCJS – The Legislative Gazette

NYS Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie 米维 and NYS Assemblyman Clyde Vanel have been working with the Innocence Project to draft a bill (S.324/A.6570) that addresses the issue of deceptive interrogations that lead to false confessions and convictions.

The bill proposed by the Innocence Project and sponsored by Sen. Myrie and Assemblyman Vanel seeks to provide increased protection against false confessions or false incrimination of those who are to be interrogated. The bill would also aim to provide the collection of recorded interrogations.

“As we’ve seen time and again, false criminal confessions can lead to wrongful convictions, with devastating consequences for innocent people and their families,” Sen. Myrie said. “Deceptive interrogations don’t just entrap innocent people; they are also shoddy police work. My legislation would ban these coercive practices by police, and ensure that confessions are independently assessed for reliability.”

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Policy Bill aims to crack down on deceptive police interrogations, requires study by DCJS Written by ARIANA JIMENEZ, Gazette staff writer on May 4, 2021 More in Policy: Senate bill would create health registry to track “long-COVID” cases May 4, 2021 Senate committee moves bill that gives relief ...

The Cities Committee in the state Senate passed legislation Apr. 27 that would halt collection of the Commercial Rent Ta...
05/07/2021
Senate committee moves bill that gives relief to Manhattan small businesses – The Legislative Gazette

The Cities Committee in the state Senate passed legislation Apr. 27 that would halt collection of the Commercial Rent Tax from small businesses that pay less than $1 million in rent per year during the pandemic while providing additional relief.

The CRT is only charged to commercial tenants in Manhattan south of 96th street and is 3.9 percent effective tax on rent paid.

The Manhattan Mom & Pop Tax Relief Act (S.1548/A.3070) is sponsored by State Sen. Brad Holyman and Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, both Manhattan Democrats. The bill serves as companion legislation to a bill introduced last year by New York City Council Member Keith Powers (D-Manhattan) that also looked to suspend the CRT during the pandemic.

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Policy Senate committee moves bill that gives relief to Manhattan small businesses Written by NICK CALIFRA, Gazette staff writer on May 4, 2021 More in Policy: Comptroller’s report details the dramatic impact that COVID had on NYC tourism May 7, 2021 Legislation would prevent debt collectors from ...

T or F: Governor Cuomo has announced that the statewide COVID positivity rate is now down to 1.79 percent, the lowest si...
04/30/2021
Publisher’s Corner: Take Dr. Chartock’s True or False Quiz – The Legislative Gazette

T or F: Governor Cuomo has announced that the statewide COVID positivity rate is now down to 1.79 percent, the lowest since November 3rd

Curious about the answer? Click the link below and find out.

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Publisher's Corner Publisher’s Corner: Take Dr. Chartock’s True or False Quiz Written by ALAN CHARTOCK, Gazette Publisher on April 30, 2021 More in Publisher's Corner: Publisher’s Corner: Speaker Heastie has been playing his Cuomo cards very deftly April 22, 2021 Publisher’s Corner: Now taki...

With the state Senate rescinding a number of executive orders put in place by Governor Andrew Cuomo during the pandemic,...
04/30/2021
Restaurant and bar owners celebrate end of “food rule” as Legislature overturns executive orders – The Legislative Gazette

With the state Senate rescinding a number of executive orders put in place by Governor Andrew Cuomo during the pandemic, restaurants are celebrating the suspension of a directive that required food to be sold in restaurants and bars to every customer purchasing alcohol.

“This will single-handedly boost the bottom line for restaurants and bars all over the state, and many have yet to reopen because of this specific requirement,” said Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association. “While this is a win for the industry, and one that the New York State Restaurant Association has been pushing for months, this is just one step. Let’s work together to create a plan that details full reopening.”

Cuomo has been gradually lifting restrictions for bars and restaurants, but maintained the “food-with-drinks” requirement.

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Policy Restaurant and bar owners celebrate end of “food rule” as Legislature overturns executive orders Written by LAUREN MULVEY, Gazette staff writer on April 30, 2021 More in Policy: Governor visits Western New York where positivity rates reached 3.5 percent this week April 30, 2021 New York r...

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration, announced that vac...
04/29/2021
New York resumes Johnson & Johnson vaccines – The Legislative Gazette

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration, announced that vaccine providers may once again distribute the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of blood clotting in a handful of recipients.

As a result, New York has resumed using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“The state of New York will resume administration of this vaccine at all of our state-run sites effective immediately. The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war against COVID and allow everyone to resume normalcy, and we have three proven vaccines at our disposal. I urge every New Yorker to take whichever one is available to them first. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can put the long COVID nightmare behind us once and for all.” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Policy New York resumes Johnson & Johnson vaccines Written by ARIANA JIMENEZ, Gazette staff writer on April 28, 2021 More in Policy: State Police task force investigating hate crimes against Asian man and Bronx synagogues April 27, 2021 Governor Cuomo: The Fair must go on April 26, 2021 New York ope...

Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Public Advocate Letitia James to review legal options to challenge the U.S. Census Burea...
04/29/2021
Gov. Cuomo asks Attorney General to explore legal challenges to Census Apportionment – The Legislative Gazette

Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Public Advocate Letitia James to review legal options to challenge the U.S. Census Bureau’s report after it was announced that New York will lose one congressional seat.

Cuomo said that Census takers faced unprecedented challenges last year due to the effect the pandemic has had on the postal service and then-president Donald Trump’s efforts to include a citizenship question that Cuomo called “xenophobic” and an effort to discourage non-citizens and people of color from participating in an attempt to hurt blue states.

New York fell 89 responses short from being able to hold on to the seat. If New York had counted 89 more people, the state would have maintained its 27 House seats. It is the narrowest margin a state has lost a seat in the modern era of the Census.

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Politics Gov. Cuomo asks Attorney General to explore legal challenges to Census Apportionment Written by NICK CALIFRA, Gazette staff writer on April 28, 2021 More in Politics: New York expected to lose one congressional seat April 27, 2021 Watchdog coalition wants hearings on JCOPE and Legislative E...

New York will lose one congressional seat before the midterm elections next year, and upstate districts are most in jeop...
04/27/2021
New York expected to lose one congressional seat – The Legislative Gazette

New York will lose one congressional seat before the midterm elections next year, and upstate districts are most in jeopardy, based on U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Monday.

Four regions of New York gained population — New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Capital region — while all other regions lost residents in the last decade.

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Politics New York expected to lose one congressional seat Written by JAMES GORMLEY, Gazette editor on April 27, 2021 More in Politics: Watchdog coalition wants hearings on JCOPE and Legislative Ethics Commission April 27, 2021 Zeldin is raising cash and racking up county endorsements April 21, 2021....

A coalition of watchdog groups is calling for Senate and Assembly hearings on the “failures of the state’s ethics laws” ...
04/27/2021
Watchdog coalition wants hearings on JCOPE and Legislative Ethics Commission – The Legislative Gazette

A coalition of watchdog groups is calling for Senate and Assembly hearings on the “failures of the state’s ethics laws” and to assess how New York can restore the confidence of the public in ethics enforcement, while reducing conflicts of interest.

In an April 21 letter to legislative leaders, the groups wrote “[We] have long been deeply concerned about the lack of neutrality built into the structures of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) and the Legislative Ethics Commission (LEC). We believe that JCOPE has consistently failed to act independently and is little more than an extension of the state’s elected leaders.”

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Politics Watchdog coalition wants hearings on JCOPE and Legislative Ethics Commission Written by NICK CALIFRA, Gazette staff writer on April 27, 2021 More in Politics: New York expected to lose one congressional seat April 27, 2021 Zeldin is raising cash and racking up county endorsements April 21,....

As a surge of hate crimes escalates across the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the New York State Police Hate Cr...
04/27/2021
State Police task force investigating hate crimes against Asian man and Bronx synagogues – The Legislative Gazette

As a surge of hate crimes escalates across the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the New York State Police Hate Crime Force to aid in the investigation of two separate incidents of violence toward an Asian American man as well as vandalism at two synagogues in the Bronx.

“We have no tolerance for discriminatory acts that seek to divide us rather than bring us together,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The racially motivated Anti-Asian hate crime occurred on Friday, April 23 when 61-year-old, Yao Pan Ma was attacked while collecting cans on the street in East Harlem. Ma was attacked from behind and repeatedly stomped on by the attacker. He lay unconscious until a bus driver noticed him on the ground and called police.

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Policy State Police task force investigating hate crimes against Asian man and Bronx synagogues Written by LAUREN MULVEY, Gazette staff writer on April 27, 2021 More in Policy: Governor Cuomo: The Fair must go on April 26, 2021 New York opens walk-in vaccination sites for those 60 and older April 26...

As of late last week, 16 COVID vaccination sites across New York are now accepting walk-in appointments for individuals ...
04/26/2021
New York opens walk-in vaccination sites for those 60 and older – The Legislative Gazette

As of late last week, 16 COVID vaccination sites across New York are now accepting walk-in appointments for individuals age 60 and older.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new walk-in vaccination sites last Wednesday during an event in Yonkers, joining Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

“Every day our state moves closer to a post-pandemic future by vaccinating more New Yorkers, and we’re building on that momentum by making it easier for our residents to get vaccinated, expanding eligibility and opening new vaccination sites across the state,” Cuomo said. “We’re taking that effort a step further and making the vaccine more accessible to older New Yorkers by allowing walk-ins to get vaccinated.

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Policy New York opens walk-in vaccination sites for those 60 and older Written by LIAM SULLIVAN, Gazette staff writer on April 26, 2021 More in Policy: Bill that restores voting rights to people on parole is now headed to the governor’s desk April 23, 2021 COVID positivity rates, hospitalizations ...

Publisher’s Corner: Speaker Heastie has been playing his Cuomo cards very deftly."If you heard his budget address, you c...
04/26/2021
Publisher’s Corner: Speaker Heastie has been playing his Cuomo cards very deftly – The Legislative Gazette

Publisher’s Corner: Speaker Heastie has been playing his Cuomo cards very deftly.

"If you heard his budget address, you could figure out what he was up to. He spoke well of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Heastie is the key. He’ll be calling the shots on a Cuomo impeachment. Speaker Heastie has been playing his Cuomo cards very deftly. Not so much Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who told him to get politically lost."

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Publisher's Corner Publisher’s Corner: Speaker Heastie has been playing his Cuomo cards very deftly Written by ALAN CHARTOCK, Gazette Publisher on April 22, 2021 More in Publisher's Corner: Publisher’s Corner: Now taking bets on today’s top headlines April 16, 2021 Publisher’s Corner: Biden ...

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Although I appreciate your reporting of Long Island Senator James Gaughran stating all Long Island Senators are against Cuomo-what has failed to be noted; is the Senator's unwillingness to introduced my Law; the Maryann Maltese Law-because like the women who have alleged they are victims of sexual harassment; I'm a victim of Sexual Assault be 2 Legislators -and I reentered service as a Professional with 19 years of experiences. I'm unpaid leave unrelated to these events; and I asked Senator James Gaughran as representative of the Legislature to introduce retroactive corrective earnings for me as NYS issued me discriminatory based employment contacts during my service 14 months ago-to no avail. It's unethical for Members of the NYS Legislature to stonewall required bill introductions for fellow Public Officers-such as myself when grave employment faults are the fault of the Employer-NYS Legislature. Yesterday's Budget passage further demonstrates NYS's disrespect and further demeaning mentality towards Female State Staff Sexual Assault Victims-as we are the victims not Andrew Cuomo and we have not received the required compensatory civil relief (IE outstanding earnings or tort form compensation) for previous offenses. That monetary reward should have been included in the 2020 or 2021 State Budgets and this year's class of NYS Legislature intentionally again avoided compensating Female State Legislative Victims-as a measure to enhance their own personal agendas. Bill introductions could have been introduced effective January 2021-and been ready for finalization be State Budget Adoption yesterday April 8, 2021. The intentional willingness to avoid protocol in bill introduction to award the victims-is JCOPE violation of each Legislator's silence. All employee claims that NYS is on notice for with respect to dire and grave employment infractions such as sexual assault or employment harassment required introduction of relief legislation within 30 days. My case is 8 years old-and for these elected to use the present victims as if they are their saviors demonstrates themselves and their own Egomanism. Introduction of legislation; the Maltese law is the solution and avoidance has left those of us with Prior matters without our rightful compensation. Shame on NYS Legislature.
Susan, I tried to send the US presidents ranking done last year you were looking for but it posted a bunch of articles and I don't even know if it includes the one you want. I'll try to do this another way...M
Thank you to The Legislative Gazette and reporter Ophelia Xie for including me in this article of the terrible food shortages in NYC due to the COVID-19 crisis. There is so much more help needed to end the hunger problem in NYC and in our country.
If America ended up like Paris, London, and Canada, with the UN, Elites taking over, God would end this earth for the New Earth. This Muslim take over is all about reducing the population for the New World Order. God is now going to allow the New World Order, the hell's chosen taking over and the Muslims is what Jesus calls Satan's power of delusion. And this is the real motive of the Democrats and the media for destroying Trump. They want the New World Order.
President Donald Trump's Tax Reform Bill strategically stabs New York, and other states he lost in the presidential election, in the back with a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. Trump's taxation without representation is solid proof that he is not mature enough, impartial enough, or secure enough, to serve all the American people. Regardless if they voted for him or not. Dump Trump, impeach Trump, and most of all stop the corrupt Trump agenda. Trump's Tax Reform Bill gives rich corporations a tax cut from 35% to 21%, and literally makes the rich richer, and poor and middle class people of every single race poorer!!! President Donald Trump is not a real New Yorker. Trump is a real traitor. Trumps treats Russia much better than he treats his native New York, and all the other American states that voted against him. Trump has r***d, robbed, and ruined Main Street by selling his political soul to Wall Street through his evil Tax Reform Bill. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679 ---------------------------------------------------- If President Donald Trump actually stated that Haitians "all have AIDS," that immigrants from Nigeria wouldn't "go back to their huts", and Afghanistan is a "terrorist haven." Then Trump must step down from the Presidency of the United States of American immediately. The evil trinity of racism, classism, and sexism, have totally compromised, corrupted, and controled the mindset, mission, and mouth of our President. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I call on poor, middle class, and compassionate wealthy people of every race, age, and stage of life, all across America to come together as a Christ centered coalition. A Christ centered coalition that cares, shares, and bears the burdens of the broken, battered, and the bruised members of all hurting humanity. Including our brothers and sisters in the struggle on welfare, as well as the concerned millionaire. A Christ centered coalition that will boldly stand against President Donald Trump's 2018 budget. A budget which would severely cut highly needed social security and social service programs. Programs such as Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), food stamps -Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF). President Trump is more concerned about Russia than he is about the actual needs of the poor and middle class American people. Yet, there is help for the people's pain. The despised, disinherited, and disenfranchised Asians, Blacks, Indians, Whites, Hispanics, and etc., must advocate together as a Christ centered coalition to stop President Trump's social-economic war on the poor. A war on America's poor which is also pushed through the Trump era White House, Congress, and Senate healthcare bill. Don't cut the people's healthcare!!! Don't cut the people's Medicaid!!! Don't cut the people's Medicare!!! The people who put you in office can also vote you out of office!!! We the people will catch the vision of victory and never give up!!! Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- President Donald Trump's Tax Reform bill approved by the United States Congress and Senate rapes, robs, and ruins broken, battered, and bruised poor and middle class American citizens. It steals Medicaid funding from the poor and puts it in rich corporations pockets. This tax reform bill adds 1 trillion to deficit. Makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. Vote out of office in the mid term elections any Congressmember or any Senator who voted yes! Catch the vision of victory and never give up!!! The struggle continues against Trump's war on the poor!!! Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STOP THE SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA!!!: The horrific practice of modern day slavery and human trafficking is an extremely wicked and evil example of man's inhumanity to man. That absolutely violates all human rights standards, laws and policies worldwide. Governmental leaders worldwide must have the rock solid backbone to stop modern day slavery and human trafficking anywhere it raises its demoralizing, demeaning, and destructive ugly head. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, spiritual abuse, and mental abuse must not be tolerated!!! Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I call on Congress to reinstate the DACA program along with a clear pathway to citizenship in less than the senseless six month March 2018 deadline established by President Donald Trump. America is multi-ethnic and multicultural, and we must strongly rebuke the actions of Trump, who sadly promotes the division, disruption and destruction of the American dream. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 241 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, N.Y., 11575 516 939 5679 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- I call on President Trump and Congress not to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS is a provision of federal immigration law that grants temporary clearance to work and shields from deportation thousands of immigrants from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Any talk of ending TPS is rooted in the evil trinity of racism, classism and sexism against people of color from foreign nations. Immigrants from Europe and Canada do not face this double standard of immigration discrimination being pushed by the Trump administration. We must defend TPS — and defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program simultaneously. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, N.Y., 11575 516 939 5679 CATCH THE VISION OF VICTORY & NEVER GIVE UP!!!