Tag: Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo’s Update on Coronavirus

An email update from the Governor:
I write to update you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is gripping our state and our nation.
As you may know, in order to slow this pandemic, I put New York on PAUSE. That means non-essential businesses are closed and gatherings of any size for any reason are canceled. All New Yorkers are directed to practice social distancing — by staying home and keeping six feet of space from others when in public.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores and other essential businesses will remain open. For a full list of essential businesses that will remain open, click here. For more information on New York’s COVID-19 protocols, visit the Department of Health’s Coronavirus website.
I did not make these decisions lightly. They are necessary to reduce the spread of this virus and save lives.
We know that many New Yorkers are suffering financially as a result of this pandemic — which is why I issued a 90-day moratorium on evictions and on mortgage payments. The deadline to file taxes has been postponed. We will continue to take action to help New Yorkers who are facing economic hardship.
Today I went to the Javits Center in New York — where we are gathering medical supplies and beginning construction with FEMA on a 1,000-bed temporary hospital. We are working closely with the federal government to expand hospital capacity by thousands of beds.
Right now we are facing a generation-defining challenge. But America is America because of our ability to overcome adversity and challenges. I believe that to the bottom of my soul. We will overcome this and we will get through this and we will come out even stronger.
Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Gov. Cuomo Says ‘100% Of Workforce Must Stay Home’ Due To Coronavirus

Governor Cuomo is signing an executive order “mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.”

The order, which Cuomo announced on Friday, March 20, excludes businesses such as pharmacies and grocery stores, along with essential services such as utilities and Internet providers.

In addition to the workforce order, all non-essential gatherings of individuals in New York state are now canceled — “of ANY size for ANY reason,” Cuomo said via Twitter. The ban applies to any party, celebration or social event.

If you are looking for the latest updates from the Governor, check out his twitter page at twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

For COVID-19 updates, visit www.columbiacountynyhealth.com

 

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NY’s Plan to Control Tick Population

New York state has a plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Governor Cuomo announced that the state will apply “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the Hudson Valley.

The state will also expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat. The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas.

A new public awareness campaign aimed at hunters, fishermen and hikers will provide tips on how to avoid ticks. Additionally, the state’s Department of Health will seek out private researchers to collaborate on new medical tests to detect Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

 

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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

Columbia County Awarded Big in 3rd Round of Broadband Expansion Initiative

Columbia County, and our neighbors across the river in Greene County were both big winners in the third and final round of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to secure high-speed internet for underserved areas across the state.

The New NY Broadband Program announced Phase 3 awards, which will drive more than $341.8 million of public/private broadband investment across the state. Nearly $211.3 million was awarded to broadband companies in our region under this third and final phase of the program. The program’s goal is to make high-speed internet available to every state resident by the end of 2018.

Columbia County is one of the lowest-served counties when it comes to broadband. An article in HudsonValley360.com quoted F. Michael Tucker, president and CEO of Columbia County Economic Development, as saying,

“We’re very excited by the governor’s announcement for the Round III broadband award,” said Tucker. “While we are still assessing the details, the fact that G-Tel, FairPoint and Mid-Hudson Cable and other Columbia County providers received significant awards is terrific news in connection with the governor’s efforts to provide broadband for all.”

To see the full list of Phase 3 Awarded companies, visit the official NY Broadband Program site by clicking here.

The next step for the broadband program is for officials and winning broadband providers to discuss where the broadband service will be extended.

 

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Columbia County Residential Broadband Survey Available

Connect Columbia wants to hear from county residents (and businesses) about our current internet connectivity experiences. The information that they gather will be used to help identify areas of the county that need better and faster access to the internet.

Connect Columbia, a Community Action Citizens Group, has created a short and simple online survey that all residents can take. The data collected from the survey will help the group and the county’s broadband subcommittee to learn more about area internet service providers and their actual coverage areas. The ultimate goal of the group and subcommittee is to improve internet service across Columbia County.

The residential survey gives respondents the option of entering their street address. While your address is not required to fill out the survey, entering a street address will help the group’s overall mapping results. I filled out the survey, and it took about 2 minutes to complete.

SURVEY LINKS
Residential Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ColumbiaCountyResidentialBroadbandSurvey

Business Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ConnectColumbiaBusinessBroadbandSurvey

Connect Columbia is a Community Action Network committed to bringing affordable broadband to all residents and corners of Columbia County.

 

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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.