Governor Cuomo, the New York State Senate and Assembly just announced a deal on paid sick leave legislation. It is anticipated that the Senate and Assembly will meet tomorrow (March 18, 2020) to pass this legislation with a message of necessity from the Governor.
The Governor, Senate and Assembly are also still negotiating the State budget. The goal is to have a deal in place by Saturday though the budget is not due until April 1, and the sense is we may not make the weekend deadline.
Governor Cuomo announced that State government would have non-essential state workers work from home. This represents about 50% of the state workforce. Essential government workers will continue to come to work, but they will practice social distancing. In addition, he also asked local governments to work at 50% capacity to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Finally, it was announced that starting tomorrow, all schools in New York State will be closed until at least April 1.
Tomorrow was election day for many villages throughout the State. The Governor announced that these elections will be postponed to coincide with the Presidential Primary date, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. As we have previously mentioned, there is talk of moving the Presidential Primary date to June 23, which is the date of the state and federal primary elections. If this happens, it is likely that the village elections would also be moved to June 23.
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