Category: New York State

Thruway Authority approves 30% toll hike effective January 1st

Thruway Authority approves 30% toll hike effective January 1st

During a meeting of the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday the Board unanimously approved a toll adjustments “that support the statewide conversion to cashless tolling, which occurred on November 14th,” according to a press release. The adjustment ... MORE
New York State, News, Traffic
Cuomo says NYS could go back on PAUSE if hospitals become overwhelmed

Cuomo says NYS could go back on PAUSE if hospitals become overwhelmed

While Governor Andrew Cuomo covered a lot of ground in his updates to the state on Monday and Tuesday, one of the most-significant was renewed concern over widespread shutdowns. Among the biggest changes announced on Monday was new hospitalization procedures, as well ... MORE
Bill introduced to waive sales tax for a week for bars, restaurants as pandemic crunches business

Bill introduced to waive sales tax for a week for bars, restaurants as pandemic crunches business

Lawmakers are introducing a bill to help bar and restaurant owners in New York State. Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Republican State Senator Daphne Jordan introduced a bill on Monday called the Save Our New York State Restaurants Act. It would create ... MORE
Green Light Law gets victory in court as

Green Light Law gets victory in court as appeals court dismisses challenge

On Monday a federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a previous lawsuit challenging New York’s Green Light law. That allows undocumented immigrants to apply for and receive state issued documents like licenses. “The Green Light law is legal and enforceable, and ... MORE
Cuomo outlines major concerns with federal plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

Cuomo says New York will need federal money to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his top concerns for federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the entire U.S. experiences another wave of cases. At this point, he says the federal government has not done enough. There were three concerns in ... MORE
Cayuga Correctional Facility sees second COVID outbreak of the fall

Cayuga Correctional Facility sees second COVID outbreak of the fall

There is a second COVID-19 outbreak at the Cayuga Correctional Facility. The medium security prison, which is located in Moravia, Cayuga County was first identified as an outbreak location in the DOCCS system in the early-fall. Now there are a total of ... MORE
Hospital data, capacity will play major role in 'Winter Plan' for COVID-19 in NY: Here's what else will happen

Hospital data, capacity will play major role in ‘Winter Plan’ for COVID-19 in NY: Here’s what else will happen

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the components and metrics that will be used to determine the state’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic during its ‘Winter Phase’. Cases have been surging in recent days, and with the holiday season here — state ... MORE
Unemployment aid will expire soon, so will federal support for hospitals: Congress called to act on new package

Unemployment aid will expire soon, so will federal support for hospitals: Congress called to act on new package

Congress only has a few weeks left to act, as federal aid for the unemployed expires at the close of 2020. New York’s unemployment rate has stayed above 9%, even as businesses reopened in the summer and fall. Now, as a second ... MORE
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon in quarantine after potential COVID-19

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon in quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is in quarantine at his home after being exposed to the coronavirus, his office announced on Monday. He spoke to the situation during a press conference on Monday afternoon. The quarantine will end on Saturday, and the ... MORE
LIVE BRIEFING: Governor Cuomo gives update, talks ‘Winter Plan’ for COVID-19 response (video)

WATCH: Governor Cuomo gives update, talks ‘Winter Plan’ for COVID-19 response (video)

Governor Andrew Cuomo is giving his live press briefing. He’s expected to announce his ‘Winter Plan’ for management of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The state reported the most cases of COVID-19 it had in months since the first wave in the spring. Editor’s ... MORE
No jury duty for volunteer firefighters? Assemblyman says that could help short-staffed departments Upstate

Pass on jury duty for volunteer firefighters? Assemblyman says that could help short-staffed departments Upstate

Legislation proposed by Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara would make volunteer firefighters exempt from jury duty. There is a shortage of volunteer firefighters in New York, and the Coronavirus Pandemic has made that shortage worse. “Unfortunately, many of the volunteer fire departments here ... MORE
Fire, New York State, News
Cuomo hints at Monday announcement for plans, criteria as NY deals with surging COVID-19 cases

Cuomo hints at Monday announcement for plans, criteria as NY deals with surging COVID-19 cases

Editor’s Note: Gov. Cuomo held a press conference on Monday outlining the state’s new plan. Click here to read about it or watch the press conference. Governor Andrew Cuomo wasn’t bashful about his expectations for COVID-19 spread over the next two weeks ... MORE
COVID-19 hot spot zones map makes finding local restrictions easy

COVID-19 hot spot zones map makes finding local restrictions easy

Over the weekend the holiday shopping season kicked off. While pandemic rules were clear — as shoppers wore masks in still-busy stores — some things remained the same. Long lines, inside-and-outside stores, as well as a number of sales. However, different communities ... MORE
Senator pushes back against Thruway Authority plan to increase tolls by 30%

Senator pushes back against Thruway Authority plan to increase tolls by 30% for non-E-ZPass users

A New York State Senator is fighting the Thruway Authority’s plan to add 30% to select toll bills. At this point, rates will increase by 30% for drivers who don’t use the E-ZPass system. The state spent a lot of marketing energy ... MORE
Gov. Cuomo vetoes stream protection bill, siding with Sen. O’Mara and GOP legislators over 41 environmental groups

Gov. Cuomo vetoes stream protection bill, siding with Republican legislators over 41 environmental groups

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed Friday a bill to protect 41,000 miles of New York State streams regularly used for fishing and boating — legislation that major environmental groups consider an essential response to the Trump Administration’s rollback of federal stream and wetland ... MORE