Coronavirus

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is in New York State. The spread of the virus has been predominantly through travel to high-risk areas. However, the State has moved to combat the ongoing person-to-person, or community spread, of COVID-19. There are 7 human coronaviruses. Some cause the common cold. Others, mild to moderate respiratory illnesses. They spread through respiratory droplets. The severity of infection affects people differently. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is closely related to those that have caused past outbreaks.

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NYSDOH: Novel Coronavirus

CDC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC: What To Do if You Are Sick

CDC: What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

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March 19, 2020

Who to call when you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Relates to paratransit services within the state and city of New York during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

June 17, 2020

Vetoed by Governor

Sponsor: Leroy Comrie

Relates to decreasing the number of signatures needed for designating petitions and independent nominations in counties with coronavirus 2019


  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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March 23, 2020

In Senate Committee Elections Committee

Sponsor: Kevin S. Parker

Relates to suspending rent payments for certain residential tenants and small business commercial tenants and certain mortgage payments for ninety days in response to the outbreak of covid-19


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

March 26, 2020

In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee

Sponsor: Michael Gianaris

Requires SUNY and CUNY schools to refund students for housing credits and boarding charges used or charged for the period of time when such schools are closed or shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

March 23, 2020

In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee

Sponsor: Leroy Comrie

Requires travel insurance companies to provide refunds for travel cancelled due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

May 21, 2020

In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee

Sponsor: James Sanders Jr.

Relates to issuing by the governor of any directive necessary to respond to a state disaster emergency; appropriation


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

March 03, 2020

Signed by Governor

Sponsor: Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Extends the deadline for the filing of applications and renewal applications for real property tax abatement programs


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

June 08, 2020

Signed by Governor

Sponsor: Leroy Comrie

Relates to prohibiting negative credit reporting on persons affected by the coronavirus


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

May 18, 2020

In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee

Sponsor: Kevin Thomas

Provides for special temporary procedures during a declared state of national state of emergency

Sponsor: Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Relates to suspending mortgages and loans from state-chartered banks and credit unions for small businesses and restaurants that have closed or reduced services due to the coronavirus


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

March 23, 2020

In Senate Committee Banks Committee

Sponsor: James Sanders Jr.

Relates to suspending rent payments for certain residential tenants and small business commercial tenants and certain mortgage payments for ninety days in response to the outbreak of covid-19


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

March 26, 2020

In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee

Sponsor: Michael Gianaris

Relates to issuing by the governor of any directive necessary to respond to a state disaster emergency; appropriation


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

March 02, 2020

Signed by Governor

Permits any uninsured individual to receive free coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

July 17, 2020

In Senate Committee Health Committee

Sponsor: James Sanders Jr.