Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Cases Of Coronavirus Increase

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 ImageALBANY – During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus.The Governor also confirmed 32 additional cases, bringing the statewide total to 76.Additionally, the Governor directed the New York State Department of State’s Consumer Protection Division to launch an investigation into reports of unfair price increases of consumer products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, and launched a toll-free hotline – 1-800-697-1220 – for New Yorkers to report suspected price gouging.“As we continue to provide essential updates and encourage people to act upon the facts on coronavirus instead of the hype, I have officially done a declaration of emergency which gives us certain powers to help local health departments that are very stressed,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the local health departments continue to monitor and quarantine people, we have a more expedited purchasing protocol to get them all the tools they need to contain the virus spread. In the meantime we are cracking down on price gouging which continues to be a problem, and I want businesses to be aware that you could lose your license because we are very serious about this.” This state of emergency declaration allows, among other things:• Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources• Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing• Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment• Expedited personnel onboarding• Expedited leasing of lab space• Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals• Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigationThe 32 new cases identified today are located in New York City and Westchester and Saratoga counties. Of the 76 total individuals in New York State who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:Westchester: 57New York City: 11Nassau: 4Rockland: 2Saratoga: 2In addition, the Division of Consumer Protection has also created an online consumer complaint form, where New Yorkers can report suspected price gouging or concerns about improper delivery of quantity. Consumers who wish to file a complaint can visit credible complaints will be referred to the New York State Attorney General’s office.At a briefing yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced travel insurance companies and travel agents will offer New York residents and businesses the ability to purchase coverage when making travel plans that would allow them to cancel a trip for any reason, including for reasons related to COVID-19.The Department of Financial Services issued guidance allowing travel agents and travel insurers to offer this type of coverage after DFS received consumer complaints that such polices were not available in New York State. This new action is designed to provide reassurance to New York businesses and residents who are seeking to make plans that may involve travel to locations that are not currently under travel advisories due to COVID-19.Six global and national insurance companies have agreed to offer “cancel for any reason” coverage to travelers, including: Allianz, Nationwide, Starr Indemnity, Berkshire, Crum & Forster, and Zurich.DFS also directed New York State travel insurance issuers to proactively reach out to individuals and businesses who bought their policies to let them know what is covered.last_img read more

Governor Signs Police Bodycam Law, Creates Misconduct Office

first_imgWNY News Now Image.ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ratified legislation requiring New York State Police to wear body cameras on Tuesday.Cuomo also ratified a measure creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office. Supporters say these new laws promote accountability, transparency, and trust in law enforcement agencies.“New York is the progressive capital of the nation, and we are leading the way by enacting real reforms to increase transparency in policing, promote accountability among our law enforcement agencies and ultimately mend that frayed relationship between the police and the community,” said Cuomo.S.8493/A.8674 requires all state troopers to wear body cameras while on patrol, and to record: Immediately before exiting a patrol vehicle to interact with a person or situationUses of force, arrests, and summonsesInteractions with criminal suspectsSearches of people and propertyCalls to a crime in progressInteractions with members of the public during investigationsInteractions with emotionally disturbed peopleWhenever an officer feels imminent dangerWhenever an officer feels the need to record time on dutyThe law also requires law enforcement to maintain video databases of all recordings. It creates no requirements for local law enforcement agencies, police departments, or sheriff’s offices.In a statement New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas H. Mungeer says, “We have never been opposed to the use of body cameras and we believe they will be more important now during this time of increased scrutiny on the law enforcement community.” Mungeer says the union has been looking into body cameras for over a year, and hopes their funding will not be taken from the existing police budget.Also Tuesday, Cuomo signed S.3595-C/A.10002, which creates the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, an independent body within the Department of Law—which is headed by the Attorney General. The new Office must review, study, audit, and make recommendation to police while increasing or protecting:Effectiveness of law enforcementPublic safetyCivil liberties and civil rightsCompliance with constitutional protections, and local, state, and federal lawsPublic confidence in law enforcementThe Office also handles misconduct complaints about any local law enforcement agency statewide, allowing for an independent review of complaints of misconduct for any local law enforcement agency. 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

Three New COVID-19 Cases, One Hospitalization In Chautauqua County Wednesday

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have reported three new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon along with one new hospitalization.The three new cases consist of a man and woman in their 20’s and a man in his 50’s, bringing to total number of positive cases to 277. There are now 14 active COVID-19 cases with 110 cases under mandatory quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director.1,122 people remain under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory.To date, there have been 254 recoveries and nine fatalities. Health officials have also conducted 29,161 negative test results. 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

Mayor Sundquist Remains Cautious About COVID-19 Impacts

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 Online / WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — While Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says public safety is the top concern in dealing with the COVID-19 virus, the economic impacts are always a concern.“The economic reality of this is always a concern,” Sundquist told WNYNewsNow in a recent interview. “Whenever we have to close down a business or change someone’s livelihood it is a concern.”Nothing, the Mayor stressed, comes before protecting human life. Admitting there is a fine line, there don’t seem to be any right or wrong answers because this is new to this generation.“We haven’t seen something like this since 1918,” he said. A recent meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors Executive Committee has caused several mayors who attended to isolate after there were some positive COVID-19 test results. Sundquist, not being a member of the executive committee, but a member of NYSCOM, did not attend the recent meeting.Asked what he does to personally avoid possible viral infection, the Mayor said he always wears a mask in public, practices social distancing and avoids shaking hands.“It’s a hard habit to break but not shaking people’s hands, not out of disrespect to them,” but for safety, he said.“There are people in the city who have contract COVID-19, we’ve been very open about that,” he said. “We continue to do the things we need to do. The city itself has a city opening plan that we’ve been following since the beginning.”While many officials have called for a county-by-county plan instead of the regional approach, Sundquist supports being linked in the Western New York Zone.“The question has been asked many times. The reality is we’ve been put in with Western New York,” Sundquist said. “The numbers we’ve posted with COVID-19 have shown it makes a lot more sense to be in the Western New York region.”He said the grouping addresses hospital utilization and how many city residents travel to work out of the county.With Flu season approaching, Sundquist urged residents to get a flu vaccine.“We have a vaccine people should be getting, but don’t,’ he said. “Even right now, during COVID-19, the chances of the flu coming through actually heightens your chances of getting COVID.”last_img read more

Sex with Strangers, Starring Anna Gunn & Billy Magnussen, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Sex With Strangers is directed by David Schwimmer. In Sex With Strangers, sex blogger Ethan (Magnussen) tracks down his idol, a gifted but obscure novelist named Olivia (Gunn). Their attraction turns to sex as they inch closer to getting what they want. The drama challenges the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 31, 2014 Sex With Strangers Star Files View Comments Screw Broadway…can we be sex bloggers?! Sex with Strangers celebrates its opening night at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre on July 30. Laura Eason’s steamy drama stars Emmy winner Anna Gunn and Tony nominee Billy Magnussen. Billy Magnussenlast_img read more

Angela Lansbury & Stacy Keach Catch You Can’t Take It With You

first_img View Comments James Earl Jones Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 You Can’t Take It With You Related Showscenter_img Angela Lansbury Two surprise guests arrived for dinner on October 7! Before reprising her role in Blithe Spirit on tour, Angela Lansbury stopped by to see her pal and former The Best Man and Driving Miss Daisy co-star James Earl Jones in You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway. She brought along Stacy Keach, who is gearing up to star in Love Letters on Broadway beginning December 6. Keach and Jones also have a connection—they starred in the 1970 film End of the Road together. Lansbury also snapped a photo with You Can’t Take It With You’s Elizabeth Ashley (below), who, like Lansbury also played Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamage in The Best Man on Broadway. See Jones and Ashley in You Can’t Take It With You at the Longacre Theatre! Star Fileslast_img read more

Christopher Walken Thanks B’way Behanding for Captain Hook Prep

first_img View Comments When Christopher Walken takes on the iconic role of Captain Hook in NBC’s production of Peter Pan Live!, he can thank his most recent Broadway role as preparation for playing the one-handed menace. “I did a play where I was a guy with one hand—that’s one of the reasons why they thought of me for this,” Walken said about his performance in Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane in 2010. “You know [playing a one-handed character] took some getting used to because you have to hide your elbow; otherwise, it looks like you’ve got one arm way too long. Maybe I had a little training for [playing Hook].” As for Walken’s tendency to play villains, the Oscar winner said, “ I play bad guys because that’s the parts they offer me.” He called the character of Captain Hook “crazy,” but quickly added, “Jerry Lewis is crazy and so is Charles Manson, so it’s different. I think Hook is complicated. He’s troubled. He’s got a lot of issues. Hook’s a fascinating character.” Walken said it would be “great” to return to Broadway, but he has no immediate plans to do so. Right now, he’s concentrating on rehearsals for the NBC special, starring Allison Williams in the title role, which airs on December 4. last_img read more

Broadway’s Gonna Get Schooled! School of Rock Confirms B’way Dates and Theater

first_img The film was penned by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. “It’s a wonderful movie about what the power of music can be for kids,” Lloyd Webber told in an exclusive interview (see below) about why he was attracted to the story. The theater legend went on to emphasize “that it’s Jack Black’s movie and it’s Mike White’s movie and Mike’s a terrific writer and I do not want in any way to make it a kind of Andrew Lloyd Webber show—it has to be true to the original for it to work.” View Comments School of Rock – The Musical Three-time Grammy-winning record producer Rob Cavallo has also joined the creative team. The production will feature choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Mick Potter. Casting for the show will begin in January in cities across the U.S., including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. School of Rock—The Musical marks the first time Lloyd Webber has opened a show on Broadway before London since Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. Broadway’s gonna rock next fall! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest project, the stage adaptation of School of Rock will premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre. Based on the hit 2003 movie of the same name, School of Rock—The Musical will begin previews on November 2, 2015 and officially open on December 6. Directed by Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the tuner will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Showslast_img read more

Cobie Smulders & More Set for Present Laughter, Starring Kevin Kline

first_img Present Laughter Stage and screen stars Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton and Kristine Nielsen will join Oscar and Tony winner Kevin Kline in the upcoming revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter. Performances will begin on March 10, 2017 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre; opening night is scheduled for April 5. Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct.Smulders will take on the role of Joanna Lyppiatt. Best known for her work on screen in How I Met Your Mother and The Avengers, she appeared off-Broadway in Love, Loss and What I Wore. Burton will play Liz Essendine; she made her Broadway debut in a 1982 production of Present Laughter and picked up Tony nominations for The Constant Wife, Hedda Gabler and The Elephant Man. She received Emmy nods for Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Nielsen is set to appear as Monica Reed. Tony nominated for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, she last appeared on Broadway in You Can’t Take It With You.Coward’s comedy, which first premiered on Broadway in 1946, follows Garry Essendine, a self-indulgent actor who receives a visit from a young admirer, initiating a parade of intruders and interruptions, including his ex-wife, his manager and an aspiring playwright. The play was last revived on Broadway in 2010 with Victor Garber in the role of Essendine.The St. James is currently home to Something Rotten!, which will close on January 1, 2017. Disney Theatrical has confirmed that the musical adaptation of Frozen will play the same space in spring 2018. Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 2, 2017center_img Kristine Nielsen Cobie Smulders (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Rank Your Top 10 Fave Broadway Debuts of 2016!

first_img(Photo: Caitlin McNaney, Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Joan Marcus, James Minchin III & Chad Batka) View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.The end of 2016 is nearing, Broadway fans, and we’re recalling what an extraordinary year it has been on the Great White Way. New productions and innovative takes on classic favorites had audiences on their feet, and the fresh talent that has taken the stage this year contributed to that success. Seeing what Broadway newcomers can bring to the table is truly inspiring, so are asking fans which Great White Way debut-makers really turned heads in 2016. Site Producer Joanne Villani picked out her top 10 faves. Now it’s your turn to give yours a shoutout!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on!last_img read more