Cuomo Adds Ten New States to Travel Advisory
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the addition of ten more states to the statewide travel advisory, which requires any visitors from those states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York.
The quarantine applies to any state with a positive test rate of at least 10 per 100,000 over a 7-day moving average. The newly added states are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington; as of now, 31 states are on the list.
“As infection rates increase in 41 other states, our numbers continue to steadily decline, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers and our incremental, data-driven opening,” said Cuomo. “Yesterday, we had our lowest death toll since the pandemic began – and with no fatalities in New York City. While today’s numbers are encouraging, we must remain vigilant.”
Hoylman Survey Shows Lack of Confidence in DOE Preparedness
Last Monday, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Chelsea, Midtown) the results of his recent COVID-19 Public Education Survey.
The survey polled 800 public school parents on their faith in the New York Department of Education’s (DOE) preparedness to keep their children safe during the upcoming school year. A majority of respondents – 52.3 percent – said they lacked confidence in the DOE, citing glaring issues they had with the DOE’s handling of remote learning. On a similar note, 51 percent of respondents rated their child’s experience with remote learning as “poor”, while only 19.6 percent rated it “good” or “excellent”.
“Every student in New York City deserves a top-notch education, no matter their zip code — especially during a pandemic,” said Hoylman. “Educating our kids while keeping them safe from COVID-19 is a complex and immensely difficult task—and our public school teachers and education administrators and staff deserve a great deal of credit adapting to these difficult times. Parents noted many individual teachers and administrators who went “above and beyond,” checking in one-on-one with students and parents, and creating individualized learning plans for struggling students. I’m grateful to the hundreds of fellow parents who took the time to fill out this survey, also. I hope to use these snapshot survey results as I work with my colleagues and school leaders on ways to improve learning for all students.”
Espaillat Reminds New Yorkers of the Importance of the Census
Last week, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan, Bronx) wrote an op-ed for the Manhattan Times on what the Census means for his district.
As of now, only 58.8 percent of the residents in his district have filled out the Census. As he explained, the Census determines how federal funding will be allocated over the next decade. If his district is undercounted, it may not receive the funding it needs to recover from the pandemic.
Espaillat stressed that there’s no reason not to fill out the Census; it’s quick, easy, and is vitally important to the health of one’s community.
“10 minutes is all it takes to positively impact our communities and families throughout the district, so they have the resources to live healthy and prosperous lives,” he wrote. “Please do your part by completing your Census at my2020Census.gov.”
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James to Speak at NOW Rally to Resist Trump Admin, Advance Justice
Today, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) will be speaking at the next installment of the Activist Power Hour, hosted by New York City’s National Organization for Women (NOW).
The Activist Power Hour is a weekly event that has members converse and exchange ideas with noteworthy advocates for women’s rights. This week, James will speak on her efforts to combat the Trump Administration and protect the rights of all New Yorkers.
The event will take place today from 12-1 p.m. over Zoom. To RSVP, click here.