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Gov. Cuomo announces $88.6 million in child care support as parents go back to work post-Labor Day

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NEW YORK CITY (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a briefing in New York City Wednesday to offer an update on the state’s coronavirus response.

Wednesday was day 193 of the coronavirus saga in New York, and it was also the 33rd straight day of an infection rate of less than 1% statewide. The governor also said there are 463 New Yorkers hospitalized with the virus, 121 in an ICU, 59 intubated, and three deaths reported Tuesday.

The governor announced $88.6 million in state funding to support child care initiatives as more people return to work post-Labor Day. The resources will be available to child care programs through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

The governor was critical of the relief package proposed by Senate Republicans Tuesday that didn’t include funding for state and local governments.

“It is malpractice for this senate to suggest a relief package that does have state and local aid,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Remember what state and local aid goes to — it goes to all the essential workers who  we’ve relied on and we continue to rely on. The deficit is so large that we would have to do everything. We’d have to cut the budget and cutting the budget hurts now, we’d have to raise taxes on the state and local level, which should be done on the federal level ,and we’d also have to borrow and you’d see continue urban decay.”

The governor said that compliance at bars has improved dramatically since the New York State Liquor Authority task force started cracking down on businesses.

“Compliance on bars is way up: 99.2% compliance on bars, it has increased dramatically from where we started,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The rule is only as good as the compliance and the compliance is only as good as the enforcement.”

The governor said with improved compliance, New York City would be allowed to resume indoor dining on September 30, with 25% capacity and other safety protocol in place, which is similar to the current rules and regulations laid out for Upstate New York regions. To help ensure compliance, the governor invited all New Yorkers to submit complaint to an anonymous tip line:

“I’m asking New Yorkers to be a part of the solution,” Gov. Cuomo. “I believe in New Yorkers, I believe in New Yorkers doing the right thing. That is not blind faith, that is based on experience we just went through with COVID.”

The governor said if the infection rate doesn’t go up, capacity can increase from 25% to 50% by November 1.

On Tuesday, in addition to adding four states to the coronavirus travel advisory, the governor also said that the state will maintain the daily report cards to ensure districts are implementing their submitted reopening proposals.

That report card launches Wednesday, and state officials say it will provide parents, teachers, students and all New Yorkers with comprehensive data updated on a daily basis, including:

  • Positive infections by date of students & staff by school & school district
  • Whether school/district (& student and staff) are remote, in-person, or hybrid
  • Number of students and staff on-site
  • Percentage of on-site students & staff who test positive
  • Number of tests administered by the school, test type, lab used and lag time
  • Date of last submission/update

Gov. Cuomo said the state is entering a new phase as the states infection rate has been less than 1% for over a month, while also preparing for increased post-Labor Day activity regarding businesses and schools.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we continue to update this developing story.

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