New York Extends Workforce Policy Regulations Through Mid-April

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY – New York State has extended its nonessential workforce policy regulations through mid-April.Governor Andrew Cuomo says the “New York On Pause” policy will now run through April 15. This is the policy keeping 100% of the nonessential workforce home.The governor made the announcement during Sunday’s COVID-19 update.He says the trajectory of cases continues to climb with 7,195 new positive cases. New York state continues to be the most impacted state in the United States with a total of 59,513 cases.Looking at trend lines, the hospitalization rate was doubling every 2 days but that rate has slowed to every 6 days even though positive case numbers continue to go up.New York State’s plan to combat COVID-19 is one of unity. Governor Cuomo is urging hospitals, both public and private, to work together with a coordination system.With a “rolling apex” and current projections, New York City will reach its apex first, then either Westchester or Long Island, followed by Upstate New York.With the coordination system between healthcare systems, Upstate New York hospitals would be able to lend help when New York City hospitals need it, and vice versa. “This is going to be all hands on deck,” said Governor Cuomo.The New York State Health Department is working to create a faster, easier way to test. The Wadsworth Center has developed a less-intrusive saliva and short nasal swab test that can be administered by healthcare workers that will be available as soon as next week.The USNC Comfort, a military hospital ship, will be arriving in New York City on Monday. The ship offers a 1,000 hospital beds that will be used for a backlog of patients who are not being treated for COVID-19.Governor Cuomo said the state is still working to stockpile personal protection equipment. An overwhelming 76,000 healthcare workers have volunteered their help to hospitals during their time of need.President Trump and the CDC issued a travel advisory on Saturday, March 28 for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Governor Cuomo clarified that this is not a lockdown. This is exactly what the state has been telling everyone: stay at home.Rhode Island repealed an executive order to stop people with New York license plates at the border to put them in mandatory quarantine.While these are trying times, Governor Cuomo took the time to remind people to find the joy in this situation. “We are strong, we have endurance and we have stability,” said Governor Cuomo. “Any obstacle that we come across we will manage that obstacle.” He cited two New York expressions: Excelsior and E Pluribus Unum, meaning always improving together.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parent Calls For Online Learning Option

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),less than 1 in 10 kids have the home support and atmosphere for online learning, on-line learning requires tremendous amounts of self discipline, from both the student and those around the….most people can not make on-line learning successful…. Piqsels / CC0 1.0 App users, tap here to watch video report.JAMESTOWN – A parent with students at Jamestown Public Schools is calling on the district to allow parents to choose whether or not their children attend school in person this fall.Lindsay Fain, the mother of three students in Jamestown’s elementary, middle and high schools, says she has read the school’s reopening plan and has concerns about kids keeping their masks on.Fain says she is specifically worried about her son who has a pre-existing medical condition catching COVID-19 while at school. “For me and my peace of mind, it just makes me feel better having my son at home, for those reasons, for the fact that it’s hard for him to wear masks all day because he has asthmatic conditions,” said Fain.She is calling on school officials to offer two options to parents, one where they send children back for face-to-face instruction, and the other where parents can choose to have their children attend 100 percent virtually.“Can we at least examine that option for parents and maybe revamp the reopening plan to add an option in for those parents who want to opt out, but still keep their kids involved in the school district, and just do a complete virtual learning,” furthered Fain.Since releasing the district’s reopening plan, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker says most parent feedback favors face-to-face instruction.In a statement to WNY News Now Thursday morning, Whitaker said the school would “of course allow for modifications based on a child with a serious medical condition.”By August 15 the district is expected to formally announce specific reopening plans for each specific school.last_img read more

Jamestown Man Sentenced To Decade In Prison For Drug Trafficking

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A 19-year-old Jamestown man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of possession of methamphetamine and having a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking.U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. said Jacob Graham, 19, of Jamestown, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of actual methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, disclosed that on May 7, 2019, Jamestown Police officers observed two males fighting with another male in the area of Crescent and Cheney Streets. The suspects quickly got into a silver vehicle and sped away from the scene. Detectives followed the suspect vehicle in an unmarked police car, but also requested the assistance of a marked patrol unit. The marked patrol unit initiated a traffic stop at the driveway of a residence on Lincoln Street in Jamestown.A detective approached the passenger side of the vehicle and opened the front passenger door. Inside, the detective observed two baggies of what appeared to be methamphetamine. The front seat passenger, identified as defendant Graham, exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest. Another officer approached the driver’s side door of the vehicle and had the driver exit the vehicle. The driver was also placed under arrest. A back seat passenger was detained but later released. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, investigators recovered a book bag which contained a loaded 12 gauge shotgun. The book bag also contained a digital scale with white powder residue on it and 16 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition. A records check determined that the firearm was stolen from a Federal Firearms Licensee in Hamilton, Ohio in March 2017.The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

As Virus Surges, Northeast Governors To Mull Next Steps

first_imgNew York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.ALBANY (AP) — Six northeast U.S. governors are having an “emergency summit” on COVID-19 this weekend as the virus continues to spread throughout the region, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Cuomo said the group will discuss potential coordination of restrictions on restaurants and bars, as well as interstate travel and quarantine rules. Several states have passed new restrictions this week, including New York’s 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants and a ban on gatherings over 10 people in private residences.“We believe we’re going to have to be taking additional steps,” Cuomo said, though he said he doesn’t expect any major changes to existing rules over the weekend.Cuomo said he expects infection rates will keep increasing in New York and nationwide as the holiday season begins. New York has reported more than 45,700 new coronavirus cases in the past 14 days. The state is reporting an average of 4,163 new cases per day over the past seven days. That’s nearly double the rate 11 days ago and quadruple where things stood at the end of September.“You cannot take this rate of increase and survive pending the arrival of a vaccine,” Cuomo said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Obviously the masks, social distancing, & plexiglass are working….But this virus is SO smart.. It knows not to come out before 10 pm, it mainly affects small businesses, and family gatherings.It DOESN’T affect corporations … like Wegmans, Walmart, Home Depot, McDonald’s…..(even tho their parking lots are packed)We must do as we’re told and live in our bubbles inside our homes…FOREVERMaybe when Cuomo meets with the 5 governors again (as he did in the beginning of January, don’t forget) they will come up with a NEW Nursing Home plan to save us all. Hail King Cuomo….last_img read more

Gas Prices Decrease Both In New York State, And Nationwide

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – The price of gas has gone down since last week, both in New York and across the nation.The national average of $2.11 is down two cents, while New York’s price of $2.22 is down one cent. One year ago, those prices were $2.59 and $2.69, respectively.According to, the price at the pump in Jamestown is $2.35. In more rural areas like Clymer we are already seeing a price decrease, with pumps selling petrol for $2.32.Dunkirk matches Jamestown at $2.35 a gallon while nearby Warren, Pennsylvania is selling gas for $2.59. The Energy Information Administration says total domestic stocks of gasoline increased, while the demand for it dropped, leading to lower prices.last_img read more

Congressman Reed: I’m Confident People Will Receive Checks Efficiently

first_imgU.S. Secret Service Image.WASHINGTON – Several Americans throughout the country reported that they did not receive a $1,200 stimulus check earlier this year despite the fact they appeared to be eligible.Congressman Tom Reed said during his weekly teleconference Thursday morning that Congress is inching closer to an agreement on a $600 direct payment to Americans as part of another stimulus package.With all of that in mind, WNYNewsNow asked Reed how Congress can assure those who didn’t receive a check could receive one this time. He says that the first round of checks were delivered during what he says was a “learning curve” for the U.S. Government.“I think this stimulus check round will have the benefit of all of that learning knowledge that the administration learned in executing on the delivery of these checks,” Reed said. “I’m confident that at the end of the day, these checks will get to the people who will ultimately be eligible to receive them and we will get through it in a very effective and a very efficient fashion.” The Congressman says he acknowledges that the government “can have it’s moments of frustration,” but he believes that the delivery system will be much improved this time around.“We want to get checks out to these people ASAP,” Reed said. “They’re relying on this relief. They need this money today and not be delayed with red tape.”Reed says that Congress would determine who’d qualify for the checks during final discussions of the package.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pageant: The Musical Now in Previews Off-Broadway

first_imgWhich queen will come out on top? That’s up to you! Pageant: The Musical begins performances off-Broadway on June 29 at the Davenport Theatre, where it runs concurrently with Forbidden Broadway on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14. Pageant: The Musical The gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls consists of Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory. Emmy winner Kevin Meaney will serve as the pageant host. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans. View Commentslast_img read more

Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Related Shows Livin’ La Vida Imelda explores cultural sensation that has surrounded the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Celdran has performed the solo show at site-specific locations across the Philippines over the years. Livin’ La Vida Imelda, which is written and performed by Carlos Celdran, will begin performances on October 31 off-Broadway. Presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company, the production will play in repertory with Chairs and a Long Table at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. The production is directed by Ralph B. Peña and will officially open on November 5. Livin’ La Vida Imeldalast_img read more

Country Singer Kathy Mattea Visits Side Show Duo Erin Davie & Emily Padgett

first_imgCountry singer Kathy Mattea is used to being center stage, but on November 4 she enjoyed her view from the audience! The Grammy winner caught a performance of the new revamped revival of Side Show, starring Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. After the show, Mattea stopped backstage to hang out with Davie, an old friend, and meet her new co-star. Check out this Hot Shot of the country star’s visit to Broadway, then see Side Show at the St. James Theatre! View Comments Side Show Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

Check Out The Today Show’s Musical Extravaganza

first_img View Comments One-time Broadway lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford is at again! TODAY! The Musical, the 18-minute musical spectacular, premiered on The Today Show on December 29. The Fourth Hour co-host penned the lyrics, collaborating once again with Scandalous composer David Friedman. The TV tuner was packed with the Today cast and crew, as well as the man of the hour Regis Philbin and breakout star Sal Cacciato. Grab a glass of wine and check it out below. Congrats, all! Now, any chance this can be worked into a full two and a half hour production? Preferably starring Carolee Carmello?last_img read more