A winter COVID surge is a real concern

As new COVID cases seem to be leveling off in the area, Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to make sure we don’t see a winter surge like we did last year.

Another inmate dies at Rikers Island jail

Another Rikers Island inmate has died. That brings the number of dead for this year to 11 at the troubled jail complex. The city filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing the Correction Officers Benevolent Association and its leadership of condoning a campaign of absenteeism among correction officers.

NY delays state worker office return and vaccine mandate

New York has delayed its requirement that state employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly tests by more than a month to Oct. 12, the same day telecommuting workers are now scheduled to return to their offices.