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Democrat lawmakers are eager to put Covid-19 behind them and reopen schools and restaurants "as soon as possible."
After single-handily destroying New York City's economy by ordering restaurants and other businesses shut down for months, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo now wants to reopen his city.
"We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass," Cuomo tweeted Monday. "The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely."
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also called for reopening her city's small businesses and schools "as quickly as possible."
Lightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about rolling back Covid-19 virus restrictions quickly.
"I want to get our restaurants and bars reopened as quickly as possible," she said.
Sen. Ted Cruz's advisor Omri Ceren tweeted: "Scientists, journalists, and blue city mayors have all just discovered - more or less at once - that it's critical to get America open again. Lucky break for everyone, that convergence."
The liberal news media, who helped drive the fear-mongering in 2020, have already removed the constant Covid-19 death counters that dominated their news broadcasts 24/7 for a year.
No need for those pesky death count reminders anymore.
The next step is to report a "drop" in Covid-19 "cases" and decreased hospitalizations.
Some news outlets are already reporting a drop in new Covid-19 "cases" in Illinois in the past week. Right on schedule.
While reopening restaurants will be easy, Democrats will have a harder time convincing terrified parents to send their children back to school -- after scaring them to death for a year.
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Health officials are having trouble getting frontline healthcare workers and the Black community to voluntarily roll up their sleeves for experimental Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
After vaccinating the elderly in nursing homes in NY state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that residents in drug rehab facilities run by the state will be get the vaccines next.
Cuomo's announcement during a Monday press conference sparked speculation that drug addicts will be used as guinea pigs since they are easily accessible in one place.
Cuomo said as much when he noted the "dense living conditions" of the drug rehab facility.
He said drug addicts were being prioritized
over nurses and doctors because "That's where you have a lot of people living in concentration."
He also announced $1 million in fines and possible jail time in a crackdown on vaccines fraud.
New York health clinics and doctors who fraudulently obtain or distribute coronavirus vaccines will face fines of up to $1 million and revocation of their state licenses.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to stop the Covid-19 mRNA vaccination distribution while President Donald Trump is in office -- because the vaccine distribution won't be mandatory.
In a discussion with ABC's George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America on Monday, Cuomo said Pfizer's announcement that it's mRNA vaccine is 90% effective is "good news." But he will stop the distribution rather than allow Trump to get the credit.
Pfizer said it is prepared to roll out the vaccines under a plan already in place with the Trump administration.
But Cuomo said he fears Trump's plan to use private distribution to drug stores, clinics and hospitals will be "too slow".
"The vaccine plan is very important, and it's probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID began," he said. "Just to put it in focus, we did 120 million COVID tests in this nation over seven months, scrambling, doing everything we can. We now have to do 330 million vaccinations, maybe twice."
Cuomo said distributing the vaccines through the normal channels (drug stores and hospitals) will bypass the main target community (Black people).
"They're going to take this vaccine and go through the private mechanism, through hospitals, through drug [store] chains, etc., that's going to be slow, and that's going to bypass the communities that we call 'health care deserts.'"
Cuomo said communities that don't have drug stores will have trouble gaining access to the vaccine.
When asked what Joe Biden would do differently, Cuomo declined to go into specifics.
On his website, Biden specified a large task force of 100,000 people and an extensive "track and trace" system to ensure that every citizen in American takes the vaccine.
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Alcoholics with a sweet tooth can have the best of both worlds now that liquor-flavored ice cream is legal in New York state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation authorizing the manufacture and sale of liquor-flavored ice cream. Ice cream infused with vodka, bourbon or rum is now legal to meet "increasing consumer demand for alcoholic ice cream," according to KTLA5.
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Ice cream infused with wine, beer or cider was already legal in New York state. "This legislation will further grow a burgeoning industry and boost small businesses while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers," Cuomo said in a statement.
According to the new law, ice cream can contain a maximum of 5% of hard liquor by volume and will require the same labeling and warnings as ice cream with wine, beer and cider.
State Sen. Rachel May and Assembly Member Donna Lupardo say the new law will help businesses and boost tourism in the state.
"This legislation will help New York’s dairy industry and our liquor and craft beverage industries at the same time," May said in a statement. "I am very grateful to the Governor for signing this into law, and I look forward to sharing some maple bourbon ice cream with him at next year’s State Fair!"
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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the brother of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, says he tested positive for Covid-19 after suffering from flu-like symptoms for a week.
Cuomo, 49, tweeted he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. He says he is now quarantining himself away from his wife and children in the basement of his home and will continue to film his nightly CNN show from there.
Governor Cuomo mentioned his brother's diagnosis during his daily press briefing on Tuesday. Gov. Cuomo said the number of cases in his state had increased by 9,298 to 75,795. Roughly 1,550 New Yorkers have reportedly died from the virus.
Gov. Cuomo said he last saw his brother two weeks ago. He used his brother as an example to urge essential workers to exercise caution.
Covid-19 causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms in healthy adults under age 50.
The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:
1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional
New York has eliminated the religious exemption for vaccine requirements for children, sparking outcry among Orthodox Jews.
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New York is the latest state to offer free college tuition for its residents -- but there's a catch. Students must remain in the state after graduation or pay the tuition back as a loan.
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who announced the benefit on Monday, said the rule was necessary to prevent students from taking advantage of the freebie and leaving the state.
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New York Governor David Patterson, who is legally blind, proved to be the better man today when he greeted Barack Obama at Albany International Airport in Colonie, N.Y.
As you already know, Obama has launched a campaign against Gov. Paterson to force him from running for reelection in New York. This cowardly move comes after Gov. Paterson refused Obama's personal request to step aside. Obama's narcissism knows no boundaries.
According to HotAir.com, the White House intentionally leaked the message to the media as part of a press campaign to shame Gov. Paterson into quitting the race.
The White House idea of “confidential” must be “leaking to everyone who has a pen and a piece of paper,” because several of “knowledgeable Democrats” also ran to Jake Tapper at ABC News with the same story. By the time you read this, several “knowledgeable Democrats” will have contacted the Podunk News Recycler and the West Sticks Free Times to let them know about this “confidential” missive to Paterson, too. Read more...
Barack Hussein Obama just lost another one: his car czar has stepped down after less than five months on the job. Steven Rattner, an investment banker, is under investigation for state pension fund hanky panky involving millions in kickbacks.
In 2005, Rattner's investment firm, Quadrangle Group, won $150 million in pension business with the help of a shady top political consultant who is himself under indictment.
Once again, a clueless Obama continued to back Rattner even after the federal investigation into his firm's business dealings were made public.
Rattner is replaced on the Auto Task Force by Ron Bloom, another of Obama's pals who doesn't know a thing about the auto industry.