Doling out the unemployment dollars in New York state

05.07.20 | Brandon Dickson

The Empire State's labor department has paid nearly $6 billion in unemployment benefits. That money has reached one-and-a-half million New Yorkers. However, some 470,000 are still waiting for benefits.   State Senator Tom O'Mara says...

Dr. Deborah Birx will give Houghton College commencement address

05.06.20 | Brandon Dickson

The chairwoman of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force will deliver the commencement address at Houghton College this weekend. Dr. Deborah Birx graduated from the Christian school in Allegany County, New York back in 1976. She was scheduled...

Daughter Mariah offers Gov. Cuomo advice on "wear-a-mask" campaign

05.06.20 | Brandon Dickson

The state will ask New Yorkers to come up with a 30-second video touting the benefits of mask use. The five best submissions will be posted for an online vote.  

A bipartisan effort is underway to open up PA"s real estate market

05.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

State Senator Bob Mensch hosted a hearing online Monday. He asked why Pennsylvania has still not opened real estate sales. Governor Wolf has banned real estate activity accept for transactions that started before the pandemic. Republicans...

Nearly one million voters have applied for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania

05.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

While polling places will still be open for next month's primary election, Governor Tom Wolf is urging residents, who have not already, to sign-up to "vote from home." He says this primary is the first chance for people to "easily cast a...

Four phases to opening New York state

05.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

Governor Cuomo says they're using federal health recommendations to determine which regions get to reopen. He says those include a regional 14-day "decline of hospitalizations and death on a three-day rolling average." The first phase involves...

Nursing homes fight back against a potential flood of lawsuits

05.04.20 | Brandon Dickson

Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the facilities are pushing to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care. In New York, which leads the nation in nursing home deaths, a lobbying group has...

Changes coming to coronavirus policy at NY state nursing homes

05.01.20 | Brandon Dickson

Staff who are asymptomatic but test positive for COVID-19 are no longer allowed to work. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler applauds the move, but says it comes only after media brought more attention to the issue. State Senator Tom O'Mara was...

Massive "Open up New York" protests are happening today

05.01.20 | Brandon Dickson

Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan has asked rallygoers to remain in their cars to protect local citizens Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who's been tapped to spearhead the economic reopening of western New York, says it's good to discuss the...

Prioritizing Pennsylvania's food supply

04.30.20 | Brandon Dickson

Governor Wolf says work is underway to keep people fed and farmers from wasting their crops. State Ag Secretary Russell Redding claims his team is working to make sure available food makes its way into the supply chain. He and Wolf are...

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