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Daily Briefing – 125

President Trump Signs Executive Orders After Coronavirus Relief Talks Falter

Today, President Trump signed four executive orders aimed at extending COVID-19 relief provisions as lawmakers continue to be unable to reach an agreement. 

The executive orders:

  • Defer payroll tax on wages paid from September 1 through December 31, 2020.
  • Extend enhanced unemployment benefits, but at $400 a week instead of $600.
  • Extend student loan payment relief.
  • Seek to protect renters and homeowners from eviction. 

The payroll tax deferral would appear to apply to the employee portion of the taxes for employees making less than $4,000 per bi-weekly pay period before tax (approximately $100,000 per year). (Social Security tax paid  

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Daily Briefing – 124

Cuomo Receives Honorary Degree from Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine for Pandemic Leadership – Thanks Essential Workers

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered remarks at the 2020 Constellation Forum, which was held virtually this year by Northwell Health, where he was presented with an honorary degree from the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine in recognition of his leadership in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To date New York state has over 423,000 confirmed cases and 32,431 deaths from the coronavirus, according  

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Daily Briefing – 123

DiNapoli: Paycheck Protection Program Helps 72% of New York Small Businesses

Nearly three-quarters of New York State small businesses received assistance in recent months through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to Census Bureau survey data for the week ending June 27.

$38.2 billion in PPP loans were approved for New York applicants through July 24, 2020, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which implements  

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Meet Ken Breitman – A True HR Professional – Knows People are the Key to Strategic Success

In January 2015, Ken Breitman became Director of Human Resources at Zumtobel Lighting Incorporated located in Highland, New York. Zumtobel is a constituent of the Zumtobel Group, headquartered in Austria, and is the internationally leading provider of integral lighting solutions for professional interior lighting. With over 30 years’ experience, this corporate  

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Daily Briefing -122

Restricted States List: Rhode Island On, Delaware and DC Off

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that an additional state meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added state is Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test  

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Daily Briefing – 121

Cuomo: Two Scenarios Under which Schools Won’t Reopen

At his press conference in New York City yesterday the Governor urged school districts to consult with parents and teachers on reopening plans. Detailed information should be shared with parents and teachers in order for them to trust that reopening can occur safely. The Governor encouraged school districts to set up discussion rooms to answer questions from parents.  Most Hudson Valley Districts  

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Daily Briefing – 120

Cuomo: New York Casinos Are Nonessential, Will Remain Closed

For four New York commercial casinos in the midst of a 4½-month shutdown due to COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t deliver good news last week. 

During a call with reporters, Cuomo explained the state’s decision to keep the four facilities — del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, Resorts World Catskills, Rivers Casino in Schenectady and Tioga Downs Casino Resort — closed.  

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Daily Briefing – 119

$6.9 Million in Incentives Awarded to NYS Manufacturers to Produce to Produce Life-Saving Medical Products

Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that 12 New York companies have received support from the State to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  These grant funds will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues that could lead to unfair pricing practices. These companies will also increase the State’s manufacturing capacity while creating new jobs and  

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Hiring and onboarding in an online environment

When recruiting for talent in this new environment, hiring managers need to remember that communication is key. Although we can no longer shake hands or break bread during the interview process it is even more important than ever to help potential employees feel comfortable. On July 21st Rebecca Mazin, a lead instructor in our Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership program and the owner of Recruit  

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Daily Briefing -118

U.S. Open Golf Championship to Be Held September 14 to September 20 in Mamaroneck

Following the lead of the Council of Industry which will hold its outing August 31st in Newburgh, Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday that the U.S. Open Championship will be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck (Westchester County.) The event will be held from September 14th to September 20th without fans. The USGA will put protocols in place to protect players and staff, including rigorous  

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Daily Briefing – 117

Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota  – Plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Added to Travel Restricted List

Governor Cuomo today announced that three additional states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota. No states have been removed. The quarantine applies  

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Daily Briefing – 116


Yesterday’s Daily Briefing mistakenly sent readers to the Arlington Virginia School district’s reopening page, not the Arlington New York District in Dutchess County.  We apologize for this mistake and the confusion it likely caused. 

Upon more careful searching we see that the Arlington NY district has not yet released its reopening plan. 

Cuomo: State’s Multi-Agency Task Force Issues 27 Violations In NYC Yesterday – 20 Businesses Receive ESD Funds to Make PPE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced  

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Daily Briefing – 115

Mid-Hudson Region School Reopening Plans Beginning to Take Shape

Mid-Hudson Schools are beginning to submit their reopening plans for the Fall and they vary greatly from entirely remote, to delayed start dates, to hybrid in person, remote learning models.  

The State Education Department must approve all plans.  Plans must be submitted to by the end of this week – Friday, July 31, and the Governor will announce which regions will be eligible to reopen  

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Daily Briefing – 114

Cuomo: Infection Rate Increasing Among Young Adults

The COVID-19 infection rate is low among nearly all age groups, but is increasing in the 21 to 30-year-old demographic. The Governor said young people are risking their lives and the lives of the people around them if they do not adhere to social distancing and mask rules. New York is launching an advertising campaign to educate young people on the virus.

The Governor also announced creation of a  

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Daily Briefing – 113

Cuomo: Hospitalizations Continue to Decline, Rockland Testing Site Opens in Response to Cases

The Governor yesterday issued a press release detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from yesterday, July 21st. Hospitalizations are continuing to decline and of the 67,695 tests conducted yesterday, 1.04% (705) were positive.

The Governor also announced New York State has launched a new diagnostic testing site in Ramapo, Rockland County.  He said the testing site was needed because the Ramapo  

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Workforce Spotlight – Meet Dr. Jonah Schenker, Deputy Superintendent at Ulster BOCES

Dr. Jonah Schenker is the Deputy Superintendent of Ulster BOCES. His path to this position was as unique and customized as he hopes to make the learning experience for each student in the region.  Through his own educational and professional journey, Dr. Schenker has learned how people – young and old – learn and what some of the best practices are to instill in them a love of  

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Workforce Spotlight – Meet Laraine Kautz, Workforce Development Liaison at Dutchess Community College

For nearly 30 years The Council of Industry and Dutchess Community College have partnered to raise the skills of manufacturing workers in Dutchess County and throughout the Hudson Valley.  Today that collaboration includes supervisor and leadership training, lean six sigma training, and related instruction for MIAP apprentices.  Today the individual at DCC behind this collaboration is Laraine  

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Daily Briefing – 112

Ten More States Added to Travel Restricted List – One Removed

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that ten additional states have met the metrics to qualify for quarantine requirements for travelers entering New York. The newly-added states include Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington. Minnesota has been removed from the list. The list now totals 31 states.

Of the 66,169 tests conducted yesterday,  

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Daily Briefing – 111

New York City Phase Four Guidelines Plus A Warning From the Governor

New York City began phase four yesterday, July 20th. Phase four industries for New York City include Higher Education, Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, Media Production, and Professional Sports Competitions with No Fans. However, Malls and Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment are not allowed to reopen in New York City, as they have been in other regions of  

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Daily Briefing – 110

Hospitalizations In New York State Continue to Drop— 722 is the Lowest Since March 18

Governor Cuomo Sunday updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at

“We’re continuing to progress forward through the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of a continued explosion of cases throughout the United States,  

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Daily Briefing – 109

NY State Ed Department Releases Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools Reopening Guidance

The New York State Education Department (SED) has released the guidance for reopening Pre-K to Grade 12 schools. The guidelines are intended to provide guidance to local educational agencies (LEAs) as they plan to reopen their schools – whether instruction occurs in person, remotely, or in some combination of the two. Specifically, the document outlines the essential elements that must be included  

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Daily Briefing – 108

Cuomo Reports on Virus Progress 

Governor Cuomo today provided an update (via press release) on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at the Forward NY website  The dashboard remains a valuable resource for those tracking the spread of the virus in New York, and the metrics for the  

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Daily Briefing – 107

Four States Added to the Restricted List

In a press release Governor Cuomo announced that four additional states have met the metrics to qualify for quarantine requirements for travelers entering New York. The newly-added states are Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Yesterday a travel enforcement operation commenced at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions. As  

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Daily Briefing – 106

New York K-12 Schools Reopening Process and Some Guidelines 

Yesterday Governor Cuomo unveiled the Health Department guidelines for New York State School Districts to reopen in the Fall. If a district is in a phase four region and that region has an infection rate of less than 5% for 14 straight days, the district can reopen for in-person classes. With the 5% infection rate achieved then districts will reopen based on plans they will submit to the State  

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Daily Update – 105

NYS Department of Health Emergency Rule Addresses Social distancing Enforcement Measures.

The rule imposes strict requirements on businesses, employees, and customers regarding the wearing of face coverings:

  • Any person who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face-covering.
  • Any employee who is present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear a mask or face-covering when in direct contact with customers or members of the public, or when unable to maintain social distance. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.
  • Business operators and building owners, and those authorized on their behalf shall deny admittance to any person who fails to comply with this section and shall require or compel such persons’ removal. Provided, however, that this regulation shall be applied in a manner consistent with the federal American with Disabilities Act, New York State or New York City Human Rights Law, and any other applicable provision of law.
  • The emergency rule requires all businesses and not-for-profit entities to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize – except as may otherwise be permitted by any Executive Order.

A violation of any provision of this rule is subject to all civil and criminal penalties as provided for by law. Individuals who violate the rule are subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation. For purposes of civil penalties, each day that there is a non-essential gathering  

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