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Access: Business Solutions–A Leader in Hearing Protection Products and Disability Employment

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Access: Business Solutions (A:BS) is a hearing protection product manufacturer and a Council of Industry member. It is a division of Access: Supports for Living, which provides social services, mental health care, drug counseling, and more, for people with various disabilities. For over 20 years, A:BS has offered product solutions–mostly for the Department of Defense–as well as small  

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Daily Briefing – 280

Final Thoughts on the $212 Billion New York State Spending Plan From MACNY and the Manufacturing Alliance 

Both Houses of the New York State Legislature have finalized and passed a 2021-22 State Budget. The budget agreement was reached between the Legislature and Governor Cuomo earlier this week. The $212 billion spending plan includes $5.5 billion in federal aid. 

We are very thankful that the State Senate restored funding of our apprenticeship program (MIAP) in its one-house budget resolution, and  

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Daily Briefing – 279

More on the $212 Billion New York State Spending Plan 

  • State Operating Funds spending is $111 billion
  • All Funds spending $212 billion for FY 2022
  • Applies $5.5 billion in federal aid
  • Provides $29.5 billion in School Aid, a $3 billion, 11% increase.
  • Provides $7.7 billion in State support for higher education in New York
  • $311 billion infrastructure plan
  • $29 Billion in Public and Private Green Economy Investments
  •  $800 million in grant funding for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A surcharge on corporate tax rate that increases the business income tax rate from 6.5% to 7.25% for three years for taxpayers with business income greater than $5 million. It also increases the capital base method of liability estimation to 0.1875% from the 0.025% rate in effect last year.   The capital base method increase continue to exempt qualified manufacturers.
  • $50 million for training in high-growth industries, employer-driven training for low-income workers.

NYS Vaccine Update – More Than 20% of New Yorkers Are Fully Vaccinated

All New Yorkers 16 years of age and older are now eligible in  New York. As of 11 am Wednesday 6,871,863 (plus 123,968 from a day earlier) New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and 4,339,413 are fully vaccinated (Plus 105,950).  In the Hudson Valley 708,746(plus 14,589) have at least one dose and 410,180 (plus 13,741) are fully vaccinated. 

COVID Update

Governor Cuomo issues a press release  

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Daily Briefing – 278

Budget Deal Reached: The $212 Billion Spending Plan is Nearly 10% More Than Last Year

New York State leaders announced they had reached an agreement on Tuesday on a $212 billion state budget that includes tax increases on the wealthy as well as substantial relief for renters, undocumented immigrants and business owners hit hardest by the coronavirus.

It includes $2.3 billion in federal funds to help tenants late on rent and a $2.1 billion fund to provide one-time payments for undocumented  

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Daily Briefing – 277

Budget Talks: Cuomo, Legislature Hash out Wealth Tax Hikes, Big Issues Still Remain

Legislators were briefed Saturday on the deal, which raises personal income taxes for those with more than a million dollars in annual income to 9.65 percent, a hike of 0.83 percentage points, the Journal reported and Buffalo News reported. The deal would also create two new tax brackets for those making more than $5 million and more than $25 million. Income from $5 million to $25 million would  

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Daily Breifing – 276

NYS Budget Talks Stall over “Excluded Workers Fund,” Revenue Raisers and Other Issues

Both houses of the Legislature prioritized a $2.1 billion dollar “Excluded Workers Fund” in their one house budget resolutions released several weeks ago aimed at providing checks to an estimated 300,000 New Yorkers impacted by the coronavirus who were ineligible to receive federal unemployment benefits and pandemic-related aid due to issues like immigration status. But internal budget talks  

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Daily Briefing – 275

Biden Proposes 2.3 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Biden unveiled a $2 trillion plan Wednesday to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure, support electric vehicles and clean energy and boost access to caregivers and their pay in a massive undertaking that would be the centerpiece of his economic agenda. Biden billed the sweeping jobs proposal, dubbed the American Jobs Plan. The plan  would pump billions into rebuilding roads,  

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Daily Briefing – 274

An On-Time State Budget – It’s a Long Shot 

 A new state budget is supposed to be approved so that the plan is in place for the start of the new fiscal year overnight Thursday. It almost certainly will not be done by then. This is not wholly a result of a distracted Gov. Cuomo, who is facing an onslaught of allegations from his sexual harassment accusers and investigations over Covid-19 deaths of nursing home residents. Another major factor  

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Dily Briefing – 273

New York Expands Covid Vaccine Eligibility – Aged 30 Plus Today, All Adults Starting April 6

New York is expanding its Covid vaccine eligibility to everyone 30 and older beginning Tuesday, followed by all residents 16 and older on April 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.

“Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community  

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Daily Briefing – 272

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday March 27th. ICU patients dropped to 877, a new low since December 6 and a 46 percent decline from the post-holiday peak. Intubations dropped to 530, a new low since December 8 and a 49 percent decline from the post-holiday peak. There were 64 COVID-19 deaths. 

Hospitalization  

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Dily Briefing – 271

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday March 23rd. 

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,600
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 549

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,218
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 408

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.37%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.74%

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State Lawmakers Reach Deal to Legalize Marijuana

After years of false starts, New York state lawmakers said Wednesday that they had reached  

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Daily Briefing – 270

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Monday March 22nd. 

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,641
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 551

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,242
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 415

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.34%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.76%

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Cuomo: Budget Might Be Late, “Significant” Tax Hikes Not Needed

Governor Cuomo’s administration on Monday signaled there isn’t a need for “significant”  

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Daily Briefing – 269

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Monday March 22nd. 

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,681
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 522

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,093
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 399

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.33%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.69%

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Cases Have Stopped Declining in New York City

Although cases are not as high as they were during the spring and winter surges, the city has  

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Daily Briefing – 268

COVID Update – 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday March 21st. 

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,370
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 499

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,085
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 396

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.29%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.62%

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NYS Vaccine Update – Vaccine Eligibility Expands to 50-Plus Age Group Today

The governor announced at a press event yesterday that the age requirement for COVID-19 vaccines  

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Daily Briefing – 267

COVID Update – NY Forward Safe Office Initiative 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday March 20th. Friday the Governor  announced  the New York Forward COVID-Safe Offices partnership with major commercial real estate partners to expand access to COVID-19 testing for employers. As part of the initiative, 21 participating landlords have committed to provide  

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Daily Briefing – 266

COVID Update – Travel for Sports and Fans In-Person for Baseball Season

Governor Cuomo held a press briefing yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday March 17th. The Governor also announced New York Yankees and New York Mets (Let’s Go Mets) to Start the Season with Fans in the Stands Beginning April 1 at 20% capacity. Also, beginning March 29, statewide travel for sports and recreational activities will be permitted.  

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Daily Briefing – 265

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday March 16th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,624
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 494

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,185
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 375

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.28%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.67%

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Budget Negotiations Start in Albany With Cuomo Under Scandal

Both the state Senate and Assembly have approved their own fiscal plans, each proposing  

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Daily Briefing – 264

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday March 16th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,657
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 487

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,064
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 373

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.24%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.65%

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Empire Center: Legislature Seeks Huge Tax and Spending Hikes in Next NY Budget

With two weeks to go before the start of New York State’s 2022 fiscal year, Democratic  

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Daily Briefing – 263

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo held a press briefing yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Monday March 15th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,517
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 463

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,086
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 376

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.22%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.62%

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Assembly, Senate Pass One House Budgets – Part of the Annual NYS Budget Process

The two legislative chambers posted their one-house budget bills online over the weekend, planning  

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Daily Briefing – 262

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday March 14th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,486
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 458

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,175
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 408

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.15%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.54%

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Through January, New York Was Still Down 1 Million Jobs

New York’s post-pandemic recovery continued to lag far behind the national average in January,  

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Daily Briefing – 261

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday March 10th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,735
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 451

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,168
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 405

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.11%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.34%

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Quarantine for Domestic Travel Will No Longer Be Required Starting April 1st

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that domestic travelers will no longer be required to  

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Daily Briefing – 260

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday March 9th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,798
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 470

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,166
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 403

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.11%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.32%

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Budget Season – State Lawmakers Are Poised To Take Power Amid Cuomo Scandals

With just four weeks until the state budget deadline, many Democratic lawmakers have been  

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Daily Briefing – 259

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Monday March 8th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,899
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 490

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,103
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 408

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.16%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.29%

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Tax Hikes “Still on the Table” Despite Federal Dollars Coming to New York

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by the US Senate wipes out New York State’s  

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Daily Briefing – 258

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday March 7th.  

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and the rest of the State are below.  

Hospitalizations

  • Patients Currently in Hospital statewide: 4,830
  • Hospitalizations Mid-Hudson Region: 490

ICU Beds In Use (All Uses)

  • Occupied ICU Beds Statewide: 4,070
  • Occupied ICU Beds Mid-Hudson Region: 396

Other Data

  • Statewide Positivity Rate: 3.19%
  • Mid-Hudson Positivity Rate: 4.27%

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Cuomo Signs Bill “Limiting” Emergency Powers

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a bill that limits his emergency pandemic powers Monday  

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Daily Briefing – 257

COVID Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday morning providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday March 6th.  The Governor also announced that indoor dining outside of New York city can move to 75% capacity from 50% beginning March 19th. New York City restaurant capacity will remain at 35 percent capacity.

Hospitalization tracking data for the Mid-Hudson region and  

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