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Cuomo Adds 4 More States To Quarantine Order

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in front of stacks of medical protective supplies during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday ordered those arriving in New York from an additional four states to quarantine for 14 days to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The newly added states – Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin – were all seeing ‘significant’ community spread of the virus, Cuomo said in a statement.

Delaware, previously on the list, has now been removed.

Travelers arriving in New York from a total of 22 U.S. states are now required to quarantine for 14 days, according to Cuomo’s order which was first issued in June.

On Monday, the governor announced a travel enforcement operation at airports across the state to ensure travelers are abiding by the quarantine restrictions. Travelers who leave the airport without completing a contact tracing form face a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine, the governor said.

New York reported five COVID-19 fatalities on Monday, and 820 hospitalizations. There were 912 positive test results, or 1.5 percent of the total, as Cuomo warned in a tweet that “infection rates are alarmingly rising among 20-somethings in NY.”

The full list of states is now Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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Rising Star Named New Top Federal Prosecutor For Long Island

Seth D. DuCharme sworn in as the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York this afternoon at Brooklyn Federal Courthouse by United States Chief District Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf. Photo Credit: United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York

By Sarah N. Lynch

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday named Seth DuCharme, a prosecutor who has risen rapidly in the Justice Department under the Trump administration, as acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

DuCharme, who for the last six months has been principal associate deputy attorney general in Washington, is swapping roles with Richard Donoghue, the current U.S. Attorney for the Brooklyn-based Eastern District.

The Justice Department earlier this month announced Donoghue’s move to Washington. The Eastern District includes the counties of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk.

The moves follow controversial staff changes in the ranks of federal prosecutors. U.S. Attorney for the Manhattan-based Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman was ousted in June. Berman initially refused to step down, forcing President Donald Trump to fire him the next day.

He ultimately agreed to leave, after Barr backed off his earlier plan to install New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, Craig Carpenito, in his place as acting U.S. Attorney.

DuCharme previously worked in the Eastern District starting in 2008 and held roles in the general crimes, violent crimes, national security and cybercrime sections.

Before his current position, he served as counsel to Barr from March to December 2019.

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Fay Weakens To Tropical Depression Over Southeastern NY

A lifeguard walks on a boardwalk, as Tropical Storm Fay was expected to sweep across the heavily populated northeastern United States, in the Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York, U.S., July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Fay weakened to a tropical depression over southeastern New York state early on Saturday and was expected to become a post-tropical low pressure system later in the morning before dissipating on Sunday, the U.S National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The storm prompted the White House to postpone a campaign rally that President Donald Trump had planned to hold in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Saturday night. The event will take place in “a week or two,” the White House said on Friday.

It made landfall on Friday near Atlantic City, New Jersey, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, according to an earlier bulletin issued by the NHC.

Fay was located about 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (56 kph), the forecaster said in its 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) advisory.

The center of the storm would move across portions of eastern New York on Saturday morning and then across western New England into southeastern Canada later in the day and night, the NHC said.

“Fay is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches (2.5 – 7.6 cm) of rain with isolated maxima of 4 inches (10 cm) along and near its track from eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey across southeast New York, and portions of New England,” the forecaster said.

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Cuomo Says Decision On Schools Coming In August

FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media while visiting the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a hospital for patients affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that a final decision on when and how to reopen schools in the state will be made in the first week of August and consultations were still going on.

“On July 31, local school districts will submit their plans on how they would reopen,” Cuomo told a news briefing. “August 1-7, the state will announce the decision on whether or not those schools reopen.”

Cuomo, a Democrat who has frequently sparred with President Donald Trump on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, stressed that any decision regarding schools was up to the states, after Trump threatened to cut off funding to schools that do not open in the fall.

“We will open the schools if it is safe to open the school,” Cuomo said. “Just to be clear, the federal government has no legal authority when it comes to schooling.”

Cuomo also took a swipe at Trump for criticizing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s health protection agency, for what Trump called a “very tough & expensive” plan to reopen schools.

“…Oh really, did you know Mr. President better than your health experts how to protect the health of students? Do you really want to disregard children’s safety?”

Earlier on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan for reopening the country’s largest school system in September which the state would have to review and approve.

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Cuomo Adds 3 More States To Quarantine Order

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in front of stacks of medical protective supplies during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday ordered people arriving from an additional three states to quarantine for 14 days amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The three additional states are Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma, all of which are seeing ‘significant’ community spread of the virus, Cuomo said in a statement.

Travelers arriving to New York from a total of 19 U.S. states are now required to quarantine for 14 days.

The full list of states is Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi , North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

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Top Federal Prosecutor For Long Island Promoted To DOJ’s DC Office

Richard Donoghue (DOJ photo)

The U.S. attorney for Long Island is moving to high-ranking post at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, giving Attorney General William Barr a chance to put a fresh stamp on another of the nation’s top prosecutors’ offices.

Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York since January 2018, will become principal associate deputy attorney general, reporting to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, a spokesman said.

Donoghue will work closely with the more than 90 U.S. attorneys around the country. He announced his departure to staff earlier Thursday. No successor was named.

The Eastern District includes the counties of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk.

Donoghue’s move follows the June 20 ouster of Geoffrey Berman as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, covering Manhattan and several other counties.

Barr tapped Jay Clayton, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, to replace Berman. Audrey Strauss is serving as acting U.S. attorney while Clayton awaits possible confirmation.

Donoghue’s stature appeared to rise in January when Rosen tapped him to oversee and vet tips related to Ukraine in the wake of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, according to a memo released to Congress. Trump was acquitted.

Barr has said the vetting process was a means to scrutinize tips by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are handling the campaign finance cases against two associates of Giuliani, the former New York City mayor.

The Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment. Donoghue was unavailable to comment.

Since taking office, Donoghue has overseen several high-profile prosecutions.

These have included a bank fraud and trade secret theft case against China’s Huawei Technologies Co and the convictions of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and accused Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere.

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8 States Added to Cuomo’s Quarantine Order

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in front of stacks of medical protective supplies during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

People arriving in New York from an additional eight states must quarantine themselves for 14 days amid the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered on Tuesday.

The eight additional states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee, all of which are contending with growing caseloads, Cuomo said in a statement.

The order, first issued last week, was already in place for Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas.

All the affected states have “growing community spread,” Cuomo said in a statement, which the state’s Health Department has defined as 10 or more people testing positive per 100,000 residents.

The order applies both to visitors and New Yorkers returning home from one of the listed states. Those found breaching the quarantine order could face fines, Cuomo has said.

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Tri-State Governors Order Quarantine of Visitors From Coronavirus Hot Spot States

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in front of stacks of medical protective supplies during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

By Jonathan Allen and Peter Szekely

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday ordered travelers from eight other U.S. states to be quarantined for two weeks on arrival, as COVID-19 infections surged in regions spared the brunt of the initial outbreak.

The unprecedented travel restrictions came as Disney announced it would delay the reopening of its theme parks, and Nevada’s governor signed a directive requiring face coverings in casinos and all other public places from Friday.

“We must make face coverings a routine part of our daily lives,” Governor Steve Sisolak said in announcing the order, citing a four-week upward trend in new Nevada cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

“It’s a medical necessity, a human obligation and it’s good business,” Sisolak, a Democrat, added. The directive expands a requirement already in place for business owners and their employees to members of the public at large.

Earlier in the day, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the tough new tri-state quarantine mandate was “the smart thing to do” after the United States as a whole recorded its second-greatest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since early March.

“We have taken our people, the three of us from these three states, through hell and back, and the last thing we need to do right now is subject our folks to another round,” Murphy said of the three Northeastern governors, all Democrats.

A White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said that he did not believe the quarantine applied to President Donald Trump, who just returned from a visit to Arizona and was scheduled to be in New Jersey this weekend.

“The president of the United States is not a civilian. Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press, are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative,” Deere said.

Concern over rising case numbers in several states was reflected in some of America’s biggest entertainment and leisure companies as well.

The Walt Disney Co. said in a statement that it would delay a planned July 17 reopening of its theme parks and resort hotels as it waits for guidelines from the state of California.

MGM Resorts International announced that all guests to its properties throughout the United States would be required to wear masks, as was already the case for employees.

Nevada was the latest of about a dozen states, including California and Washington state, to adopt face-covering rules.

New York City was the early epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic. More than 31,000 people have died of COVID-19 in New York state alone, roughly one-quarter of the U.S. total, according to a Reuters tally. New Jersey and Connecticut were also especially hard hit at the outset of the health crisis.

The 14-day quarantine applies to visitors from mostly Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, as well as tri-state residents returning from those areas. The quarantine states are determined by a formula based on the number of new cases.

Those caught defying the quarantine rule face $1,000 fines for a first offense and $5,000 for repeat offenses, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

STATES SET NEW ALL-TIME HIGHS

While the United States appeared to have tamped down the outbreak in May, prompting many states to lift sweeping stay-at-home orders and business closures, testing suggests the virus has moved into rural areas and other places where it was initially less prevalent.

The pandemic may also be resurgent in U.S. states that opened earlier than others in an effort to blunt the devastating economic impact of coronavirus restrictions as unemployment rates shot up.

On Wednesday, three states reported record increases in new cases – Florida, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Earlier in the week, seven states had record highs – Arizona, California, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming.

The nationwide surge of nearly 36,000 new cases on Tuesday marked the highest since a record 36,426 new U.S. infections recorded on April 24.

At least four states are averaging double-digit rates of positive tests for the virus. By contrast, New York has been reporting positive test rates of around 1%.

While some of the increased numbers of cases can be attributed to more testing, the percentage of positive results is also climbing.

The average number of tests has risen 7.6% over the last seven days, according to The COVID Tracking Project, while the average number of new cases rose 30%.

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Trump Administration Aims To End Dreamers Immigration Program In Six Months

FILE PHOTO: Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their 'Walk to Stay Home,' a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington D.C., to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Trump administration is determined to end the Dreamers program that protects immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children within the next six months, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security said on Sunday.

The Trump administration views the programs as unlawful and the U.S. Supreme Court – which last week ruled against the Trump administration’s plan to end it – did not disagree, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

“At no point in that decision did they say that the program was lawful. They simply didn’t like the rationale and the procedures that we used,” Wolf said.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Trump’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy put in place by former President Barack Obama, which protects roughly 649,000 immigrants from deportation.

The decision upheld lower court decisions that found that Trump’s 2017 move to rescind the program was unlawful but does not prevent Trump from trying again to end the program.

Trump on Saturday said his administration would resubmit plans to end the policy but gave no details.

Wolf told CBS’s “Face the Nation” the administration would keep renewing visas for the people covered by the popular program while seeking a way to permanently end it.

Asked if Trump had ruled out ending the program through an executive order, Wolf said the administration would continue to press Congress to find a solution.

But he said the president had also directed DHS to look at carefully at the Supreme Court ruling and the possibility of refiling its proposal with a different rationale.

“I’m not going to get ahead in front of the president. He’s going to make that decision at the right time, but the department will be ready to make that call,” he said.

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Favourite Tiz the Law Draws Eighth Post for Belmont Stakes

Jun 17, 2020; Elmont, New York, USA; Belmont Stakes favorite Tiz the Law runs on the main track during a morning workout at Belmont Park. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

By Amy Tennery

The Belmont Stakes’s 6-5 favourite Tiz the Law will break from the eighth post on Saturday, at the start of American horse racing’s prized Triple Crown.

Traditionally the third leg of the thoroughbred racing series, the Belmont will be the first Triple Crown race after the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, respectively.

The race will be held without fans, in accordance with health and safety regulations, and with the distance shortened from 1-1/2 miles to 1-1/8.

Tiz the Law, a New York-bred colt, won his debut race by more than four lengths at Saratoga in August and won the Curlin Florida Derby in March.

“It could have been worse. I was hoping to get five to seven, something like that, we’ll take eight,” trainer Barclay Tagg told reporters.

Tagg previously trained Funny Cide, who won the Derby and Preakness but was denied the Triple Crown at Belmont in 2003.

“He does everything the way we ask him too, he seems to be very happy and content,” said Tagg.

Dr Post, a Todd Pletcher-trained horse widely considered the biggest challenge to Tiz the Law, will be in the ninth post position, while Tap It To Win is also expected to contend at 6-1 and will take first post position.

Max Player, one of the less experienced colts at 15-1 with just three career starts, won the Withers Stakes in February, and will break from the third position.

“I think Barclay and I were going to fight over number 5, 6 and 7,” said trainer Linda Rice. “He got the outside, I got the inside, but my horse is a closer, so I think that will work.”

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