Covid-19 Delta Variant Driving Infection, Hospitalization Increase

The delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is driving a rise in infections in New York, especially among the unvaccinated, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday. The number of hospitalized, moved into intensive care and intubated has increased in recent days, according to state data. Read More …

Hotspots Drive Slight State Rise in Covid-19 Cases

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday that 11 million COVID-19 diagnostic tests have now been conducted in the state. In the top 20 ZIP codes in areas that have seen recent outbreaks – Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland and Orange Counties – 8,676 tests were conducted, Read More …

State Plans Webinar on Inflammatory Syndrome

The  State Department of Health will host a statewide webinar Thursday for healthcare providers to discuss the symptoms, testing and care of reported inflammatory disease in children related to COVID-19. About 102 reported cases  are under investigation in New York where children are experiencing these Read More …

Shutdown Extended to April 29

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Monday extended the shutdown of schools and nonessential businesses until April 29. Citing a possible flattening in the number of people infected by the coronavirus, he nonetheless warned people to follow social distancing rules to help keep the disease at bay. Read More …

Cuomo Says State Cases Climbing, Cites Impact on Budget

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned Thursday that  New York faces a “double whammy” because of increased costs related to fighting the Covid-19 epidemic and the significant loss of revenue coming into government coffers. He also said his administration plans to take an unusual approach to Read More …

Update: Cuomo Picks 4 Sites, Including 2 on Long Island, as Temporary Hospitals

Update 3:53 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday chose four sites, including SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Old Westbury, as temporary hospitals to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. The two Long Island sites, plus the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and the Read More …

SHUTDOWN: Cuomo Orders All Non-Essential Businesses to Close, Effective Sunday

3rd UPDATE 4:55 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday morning ordered all non-essential businesses to close to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order takes effect Sunday at 8 p.m. Businesses that don’t comply could face civil penalties, Cuomo said, noting that Read More …

Testing Appointments Available; State Looks to Add Medical Professionals for Surge

Updated: New York State’s Department of Health is seeking to expand the number of medical professionals available to respond to the growing number of coronavirus patients. It is asking qualified retired and other professionals who are interested in responding to the epidemic to complete this Read More …

Coronavirus Update: Cuomo Says Deal Reached on Sick Pay; 24 Cases in Huntington

 Update Huntington cases: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he and the state legislature have reached an agreement on a bill that would guarantee job protection and pay for people who are quarantined because of the coronavirus. His office also said the bill  includes a Read More …

Coronavirus Update: States of Emergency; After-School Events Canceled

Update 6:30 p.m. Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, allowing for the closing of certain town facilities.  That declaration followed similar moves by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. As of 6:30 p.m., Suffolk County reported two Read More …

Ethics Office Lacks Some LIPA Lobbying Records

Huntington taxpayers could save a bundle under a State Senate bill that prevents LIPA from collecting back taxes should the utility win its challenge to the Northport power plant’s tax assessment. The State Senate easily passed the bill, S5122, during each of the last two Read More …

Gaughran Sworn in as State Senator

State Sen, Jim Gaughran was sworn into office  Sunday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Engeman Theater in Northport. “I am humbled and honored to represent our district in the State Senate,” Gaughran said. “I am excited for the opportunity to help end the Read More …

Part of Jericho Turnpike Co-Named for Commack Airman

A stretch of Jericho Turnpike will be co-named Lt. Christopher J. Raguso FDNY-CFD Memorial Highway in honor of a local airman who was killed in Iraq earlier this year. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Friday signed legislation designating the length piece of Jericho Turnpike between East Read More …