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NEW YORK — Coronavirus transmission may be primarily airborne, national health officials said, as two downstate regions prepare to reopen and leaders announced Friday both houses of the state Legislature will reconvene next week.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew CuomoThe coronavirus COVID-19 virus may be transmitted from primarily airborne sources, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a pandemic briefing in Manhattan on Friday.

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Overdoses in the Twin Counties have increased dramatically during the pandemic. In Columbia County there have been 20 overdoses since March 16 and one fatality. In Greene County there have been 25 overdoses and three fatalities.

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ALBANY — The state Department of Labor announced Wednesday that its unemployment application backlog has been reduced to 7,580 applications as some Republican lawmakers call for an investigation into the way the department handled claims during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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NEW YORK — In-classroom summer school will not take place statewide as cases of COVID-19 complications in children continue to rise, officials said Thursday after extending the state sales tax filing deadline another month.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Summer school will be held online, not in the classroom, statewide while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday during a COVID-19 briefing in Manhattan.

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CATSKILL — The Village Planning Board unanimously approved a site plan on Monday for a new Stewart’s Shop at the corner of West Main and West Bridge street.

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ROCKVILLE CENTRE — The Child Victims Act fended off a challenge claiming the law is unconstitutional.

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CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers approved a resolution Monday calling for more direct federal COVID-19 funding, in light of projections that regional governments face losing about $2 billion in sales tax revenue.

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ALBANY — A panel of Greene County lawmakers is calling for the state Legislature to reconvene and restore checks and balances to New York government and scale back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomes federal or state officials to investigate New York’s COVID-19 nursing home deaths, he said Wednesday, and religious services and ceremonies can resume statewide with 10 people or fewer.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office A graph showing the state’s preliminary results after taking a COVID-19 antibody survey of 8,000 people in low-income and minority communities in New York City over the past 10 days.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office A graph showing the top 10 communities most impacted by COVID-19 infections in the state. All are New York City neighborhoods.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office A graph showing the percent of essential workers who have continued to go to work through the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontline essential workers tested positive for the virus less often than New York City’s general population.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office The members of the Interfaith Advisory Council, who will meet with Cuomo and his aides to discuss protocols for religious services and ceremonies during COVID-19.

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File photoThe Finance Committee of the Greene County Legislature on Monday approved a resolution calling for direct aid to the county after the state Association of Counties estimated that sales tax revenue losses in Greene and Columbia counties may reach between 4% and 11% due to the COVID-…

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PLATTEKILL — Two men and a woman, all from Coxsackie, were charged with felony drug possession following a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in Ulster County, according to state police.

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Officials are identifying inmates at correctional facilities statewide who could be eligible for early release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After receiving about 1,000 test kits each last week from the state, Columbia and Greene counties are rolling out a series of COVID-19 clinics.

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MANHASSET — The Capital District on Wednesday was cleared to start reopening, a company said it is getting closer to a COVID-19 vaccine and New York localities can hold Memorial Day services with 10 people or fewer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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The state Department of Labor announced Wednesday that it has distributed $7.4 billion in unemployment benefits during the pandemic — more than three-and-a-half times the total benefits paid in 2019.

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GREENPORT — A 110-pound German shepherd is being called a hero Monday for saving his home from a fire over the weekend, but the mischievous canine is also the prime suspect in starting the fire, according to Greenport fire officials.

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Local camps are waiting for the state to give the final word on summer programs despite recommendations from Columbia County officials to keep them closed.

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HUDSON — A large police response was requested to the scene of a candlight vigil Sunday night in Hudson, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said.

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BUFFALO — Western New York will start reopening Tuesday after hiring several hundred coronavirus COVID-19 contact tracers overnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s officeDr. Elizabeth Dufort, director of the state Health Department’s epidemiology division, gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a COVID-19 diagnostic swab test during Sunday afternoon’s pandemic briefing in the state Capitol.

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Unemployment claims across the state increased by 1,489% for the week ending May 9 when compared to 2019. The Capital Region saw a 1,394% increase in filings for that week, with Columbia County’s filings up 1,643% and Greene County’s filings up 947%, according to the state Department of Labor.