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ROCHESTER — State officials are focused on developing a winter plan to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus to prevent overwhelming statewide hospital systems and the death of thousands of Americans as virus hospitalizations have nearly tripled in parts of the Finger Lakes Region over th…

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns New Yorkers of surging coronavirus infections and hospitalizations statewide during a COVID-19 briefing in Manhattan on Monday, pleading with the public to not gather with family and friends over this week’s Thanksgiving holiday.

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Officials in New York’s Coronavirus Task Force are preparing for at least a 20% increase in COVID-19 infections, daily hospitalizations and deaths by New Year’s, depending on how diligently New Yorkers comply with state virus restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus hospitalizations in New York have more than doubled in the last three weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, before he pleaded with New Yorkers to not celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family members or friends outside their home to prevent further spread of the disease.

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ATHENS — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., advocated in Greene County on Monday for an extension of federal aid to small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, completing his annual 62-county state tour.

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ALBANY — Members of the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission reconvened for a conversation smattered with logistical disagreements Thursday to appoint a commission leader before the group begins work to redraw state legislative district lines.

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Thousands of State University of New York students received their last SUNY-mandated coronavirus test as they prepare to return home until the spring semester, which is set to begin in February as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to surge through the winter.

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Democrat Michelle Hinchey declared victory Friday afternoon in the 46th Senate District race more than two weeks after Election Day while absentee ballots continue to be finalized for retiring state Sen. George Amedore’s position.

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Additional coronavirus microcluster zones expanded downstate Thursday, joining a growing list of areas across the state with stricter COVID-19 regulations to prevent significant community spread of the disease.

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Increased coronavirus restrictions imposed in Western New York on Wednesday will aim to combat the region’s growing COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while controversial raises for state elected officials will be temporarily deferred as the pandemic continues.

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Leading health experts and scientists at SUNY Upstate Medical University continue to study transmission of the novel coronavirus in households and develop antibody, convalescent plasma and various testing and treatment initiatives.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised the possibility Saturday of implementing additional heightened COVID-19 restrictions in New York as new cases, hospitalizations and deaths steadily increase as the pandemic rages with double-digit infection rates in more than 25 U.S. states and territories.

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Local officials cast doubt Friday they will enforce the state’s new COVID-19 regulation limiting gatherings in private residences to 10 people — one of several new virus rules that went into effect Friday night, beginning a nighttime curfew for bars, gyms and restaurants to curb the spread o…

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Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that New York would not be receiving a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent criticism of the Trump administration’s virus handling.

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ALBANY — Members of the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission put procedural plans in motion Thursday to redraw district lines for elected state and congressional legislative offices.

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A leading state Democrat proposed legislation to accelerate the counting of absentee ballots in the state as several of New York’s 62 counties begin to canvass mail-in ballots more than a week after Election Day.

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ALBANY — Officials on the state’s Coronavirus Task Force on Monday outlined new microcluster target zones in Western New York to prevent a widespread COVID-19 outbreak as new virus infections increase and global health experts edge closer to developing a successful vaccine.

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ALBANY — The presidential election was a “blow-out” in support of Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, encouraging unity among Americans as mail-in ballots start to be counted across New York.

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ALBANY — Officials updated state microclusters Friday and National Guard patrols will increase in New York airports to reduce community spread of the novel coronavirus as COVID-19 cases surge across the nation, also driving new upstate infections higher than the downstate metropolitan area.

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Republican candidates hold strong leads in both Twin-County Senate races, but challengers refused to concede either contest Wednesday before state absentee ballots are tallied into next week.

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Incumbents are expected to win three Twin County races in the state Assembly as election officials prepare to count thousands of outstanding mail-in ballots statewide into next week.

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U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado and Republican challenger Kyle Van De Water remain at odds after the Democratic incumbent claimed victory for re-election Wednesday with tens of thousands of outstanding, uncounted mail-in ballots in the state’s 19th Congressional District race.

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*The following local election results will be updated as they come in.

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Statewide local sales-tax revenues declined by 11.8% or $225 million in September compared to this time last year, largely because of a deep reduction in New York City collections and over-distributions, according to a report released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to comply with the White House’s request for states to release a patient identification number for every person who receives a coronavirus vaccine, pending the approval of a safe immunization, he said, as the federal government’s appeal for personal data co…

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ALBANY — School districts previously forced to close within state microclusters may continue in-person learning for students while COVID-19 spikes within a community by meeting specific state testing criteria, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

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Four candidates will face off at the polls Tuesday to represent the state’s 19th Congressional District, which flipped from Republican to Democrat in 2016.

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ALBANY — Capital Region physicians and immunologists are preparing for concurrent COVID-19 and influenza outbreaks as misinformation about the novel coronavirus continues to spread, health officials said Wednesday.

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Advocates and lawmakers rallied around the state Tuesday, slamming Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers for failing to act as COVID-19 infections spike at state prisons and correctional facilities, including Elmira and Greene County.

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ALBANY — The federal government is wrong to believe state governments and officials cannot control the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, citing New York’s detailed scientific data and the need to expand testing and contact tracing nationwide.

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ALBANY — COVID-19 infections can be controlled and mitigated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday in a dissenting retort to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’s claim earlier that morning that the nation is not going to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted federal officials Thursday after reports the nation’s Health and Human Services secretary plans to fire the U.S. Food & Drug Administration chief as President Donald Trump’s administration clashes over the nation’s approval standards to promptly authori…

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WASHINGTON — Two state restaurateurs joined U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday afternoon to advocate for the passage of a bipartisan congressional bill to help independent restaurant owners keep their businesses alive amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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ALBANY — Officials on the state’s Coronavirus Task Force are investigating the cause of spiking COVID-19 infections in New York counties bordering Pennsylvania, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, as health experts weigh alternatives to blanket two-week isolation mandates for out-of-state travelers.

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ALBANY — New Yorkers should avoid travel to neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, as visitors from all but six states must isolate for two weeks when arriving in New York to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.

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NEW YORK — New York’s coronavirus task force will use a strategy to focus on microclusters pinpointed to municipal blocks or streets as COVID-19 infections surge through the fall and winter.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo renewed his call for President Donald Trump to issue guidelines for the distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

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HUDSON — Officials from all levels of government advocated support Monday for a proposed bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate to give small businesses an economic boost after industries took a substantial revenue hit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TROY — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, and 19th congressional candidate Republican Kyle Van De Water squared off in a live debate Thursday to discuss vote-swaying issues ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

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ALBANY — Dozens of advocates and loved ones cried “Let us in” on the steps of the state Capitol for three hours Wednesday afternoon, demanding state officials permit essential caregivers into New York nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and to release updated virus death counts in adu…