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AARP New York feels the so-called “safe staffing” bill for nursing homes just approved by state lawmakers doesn’t go far enough to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

“We believe that this bill is a beginning step, however, it is missing so many really crucial points that we’d like to see it improve by.”

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Central New Yorkers now know their options if they're looking to head to the Big Apple to catch a Broadway show or anywhere in the state for a baseball game.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Broadways shows will re open on September 14th, and that there will be new rules for attending baseball games, including incentives for the unvaccinated.

Cuomo says tickets go on sale May 6th  for Broadway shows, which will reopen at full capacity on September 14th.

SEIU 1199 United Health Care Workers East

The New York State legislature approved measures that will require that hospitals and nursing homes meet minimum staffing levels of nurses and other health care staff.

Measures mandating minimum staffing at health care facilities have been around for several years, but the spotlight on stressed and understaffed hospitals and nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic finally prompted the bill’s passage. 

Senate sponsor and Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera, spoke before the vote.

Gov. Cuomo Signs Eviction Moratorium Extension

May 4, 2021
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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a measure passed by the  New York State Legislature that extends a moratorium on evictions through Aug. 31, saying the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t over.

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Onondaga County lawmakers have approved an initial $600,000 investment in a body camera program for the sheriff’s department. The party line vote comes a little over a week after Sheriff Gene Conway and County Executive Ryan McMahon blamed each other for not making it a priority.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that some remaining COVID-19 restrictions in New York will end in a couple of weeks, including capacity limits on most events, and in some cases, the 6-foot social distancing rule.

He also announced that 24-hour subway service will return to New York City.

The easing of restrictions that have been in place for over a year paves the way for a fuller reopening of offices, restaurants and indoor gatherings, including Broadway theaters and other arts venues.

Syracuse Research Firm To Participate In Nationwide Alzheimer's Study

Apr 30, 2021
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A clinical research firm in Syracuse will be part of a nationwide study on Alzheimer’s. The research will be looking at two hallmarks for the disease sometimes seen 15 to 20 years before memory loss occurs: Amyloid Plaque and tau tangles. Director of Research at Clarity Clinical Research Lisa Sonneborn explains how their study is looking to pitch in.

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Onondaga County is taking steps to diagnose and address the digital divide in its rural areas. County Executive Ryan McMahon visited Fabius Friday, where he says the lack of high-speed internet access prevents people from starting businesses or buying houses there and in other areas.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing resistance to lingering COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, says the virus is not yet conquered, and is urging caution on reopening up society too quickly.

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A full service grocery store now joins the growing list of places to eat or buy food downtown. The Syracuse Cooperative Market cut the ribbon to mark its official opening in the Salt City Market building on the southern end of downtown.