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The New York State Legislature for the first time rescinded some of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including an unpopular  rule that prohibited  bars and restaurants from serving alcohol unless the customer also ordered food. Lawmakers say with the infection rate going down and vaccinations increasing, they are no longer needed. Cuomo said he was planning ending the orders anyway. screenshot

President Joe Biden's first joint-session address to Congress was received with skepticism and criticism by Republican Represenatives John Katko and Claudia Tenney.

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Central New York officials are reflecting on the struggles facing Syracuse children at home and in their neighborhoods as they mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month.   McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center Director Colleen Merced says that without in-person learning, child abuse has gone unnoticed in the virtual setting.

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The first set of results from the 2020 Census revealed New York will lose a congressional seat, but more detailed, local data is still to come. The Central New York Community Foundation helped to fund many efforts in the region to get as many people counted as possible.

Upstate Medical University Adds Center For Children With Special Needs

Apr 27, 2021
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Upstate Medical University is expanding its offerings for children with autism that combines medical and behavioral care in an effort to streamline the process of diagnosis and treatment. The Golisano Center for Special Needs opened recently after a $3 million gift from Paychex Founder Tom Golisano.

CNY Arts Impact Fund Reaches Milestone, Helps Keep Artists, Orgs Afloat

Apr 27, 2021

A fund set up by CNY Arts to help arts agencies and individual artists stay afloat during the pandemic closures has reached a milestone.  The COVID-19 Impact Fund recently received a $100,000 grant from the Trust for Cultural Resources to bring the total to nearly $883,000. 

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It’s official…the New York State Fair will return this year, though it won’t be quite the same as it was before the pandemic.  Governor Cuomo made the announcement at the fairgrounds Monday.  He’s calling it a “Reimagined” fair that will operate as four concurrent festivals:  Food and Beverage, concerts, amusements, and agriculture. 

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By the slimmest of margins, New York will slip from 27 to 26 congressional districts after next year’s elections, now that the 2020 census figures show the state’s population is not growing as fast as most other states.

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Onondaga County vaccine clinics will start using the Johnson & Johnson shot again, starting with a Friday clinic at Fabius Community Center. The county had suspended use of the single-dose vaccine as the FDA and CDC investigated the few cases of rare blood clots following vaccination. Health Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta said the federal warning and pause should instill confidence, not raise concern.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday denied all allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women, and predicted that a probe of his actions by the state’s attorney general will find that he did nothing wrong.