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New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a report Monday on the likely cause of deaths from COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes that he says shows the virus came in through infected staff, not through hospital readmissions. The study comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo cancelled the state fair and said he could not guarantee that schools will reopen in the fall.

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Senator Chuck Schumer has hit the road again, and Monday, made Syracuse his first stop since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

"Thank you everybody.  We're going to keep our social distancing and be quick because we're indoors," he said as he sanitized the podium with a wipe.

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For the first time since World War II, New York is cancelling its State Fair.  Governor Cuomo made the announcement Monday during his briefing, saying the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he is disappointed there won’t be a fair this year, but he understands the decision.

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COVID-19 didn’t so much create new issues for Central New Yorker experiencing poverty, but instead exacerbated existing inequalities. That’s according to a new Community Needs Assessment produced by the local nonprofit PEACE Inc.  The report listed six areas to focus on including nutrition, employment supports, and access.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is urging local residents to stay away from large gatherings ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Our numbers have gone in the right direction and the weather’s nice, that people are losing focus a little," said McMahon. "It just takes one mistake to really cause a cluster.”


Central New York teens have the chance this summer to participate in a STEAM summer day camp that results in helping someone in need.  It’s called “Hand in Hand”, where students entering 7th through 12th grades will work in teams to design and fabricate prosthetic hands for local youth and seniors using 3-D printers. 

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  The 2020 Primary in New York this year fell in the midst of a global pandemic and a reckoning on police brutality in America. Voting by mail occurred in record numbers due to the threat of COVID-19 and youth in Syracuse led rallies for the current racial justice movement.



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EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Clark is host and producer of New York Now at PBS station WMHT in Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed on President Donald Trump during a press conference in New York Monday, saying the president should “start telling the people of this country the truth” and sign an executive order requiring masks to be worn in public nationwide.

Republicans, meanwhile, called on Democrats in the state Legislature to strip Cuomo of emergency law-making powers, saying the time has come to limit that authority.

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With more sales tax payments arriving, Onondaga County officials are getting a fuller picture of economic struggles ahead. Sales tax is down about 7 %. If that trend persists, it would translate to a loss of around $28 million over the course of the year. On top of that, there are losses from room occupancy tax and gaming tax.

Phase 4 of New York’s reopening strategy started in Onondaga County Friday. Some of Central New York’s arts and recreation businesses will now be able to once again open their doors. However, gyms, movie theaters and malls were not a part of the phase.