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Governor Cuomo Calls on Department Of Justice, Congress to Investigate the Department of Homeland Security’s Handling of Trusted Traveler Program Ban

State To Pursue Civil Damages From Department of Homeland Security  

State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force Issued 37 Violations to Establishments Last Night

Announces Toronto Blue Jays Will Play Home Games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo This Season

Hospitalizations Down to 650 — New Low Since March 18

Total Number of Patients in ICU Down to 156 – Lowest Since March 16

Less than One Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

9 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Confirms 753 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 410,450; New Cases in 50 Counties 

July 24, 2020 – Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol in Albany. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and Congress to investigate the Department of Homeland Security’s handling of the Trusted Traveler Program, after new information revealed DHS officials admitted to making false statements to justify the Department’s banning of New Yorkers from the program earlier this year. Prior to this development, federal officials consistently and inaccurately insisted that New York’s limitations on access to the state Department of Motor Vehicles database were unlike any other state. The Governor also announced the State will pursue civil damages from the Department of Homeland Security.

“The ban on the Trusted Traveler Program hurt New Yorkers. It hurt our economy, and it was all politics, right from the beginning. You cannot use government for political exploitation,” Governor Cuomo said. “It’s only one in a barrage of political abuses that we’ve endured by this administration, and it has to stop. I believe there are civil damages that New York State is owed and we’ll be pursuing possible claims for that. I am also calling on Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Nadler and Congressman Bennie Thompson to do a Congressional investigation on this. Government is not a political tool.”

The Governor also provided an update on the recently formed multi-agency task force to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations at bars and restaurants. Over the course of several days this week, the State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force conducted nearly 1,100 compliance checks, documenting violations at 84 establishments and issuing 37 violations last night alone. Businesses found in violation of social distancing regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of their liquor license.

The Governor also announced the Toronto Blue Jays will play their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo this season.

 

Patient Hospitalization – 650 (-56)

Patients Newly Admitted – 57

Hospital Counties – 30

Number ICU – 156 (-4)

Number ICU with Intubation – 93 (+0)

Total Discharges – 72,552 (+86)

Deaths – 9

Total Deaths – 25,090

Of the 76,507 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 753, or 0.98 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

REGION TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
Capital Region 1.3% 1.6% 1.50%
Central New York 0.7% 0.8% 0.60%
Finger Lakes 1.2% 0.6% 0.70%
Long Island 1.0% 1.4% 0.90%
Mid-Hudson 0.9% 0.9% 0.70%
Mohawk Valley 0.9% 0.8% 1.10%
New York City 1.2% 1.3% 1.10%
North Country 0.5% 0.6% 0.70%
Southern Tier 0.6% 0.6% 1.20%
Western New York 0.9% 1.5% 1.10%

 

The Governor also confirmed 753 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 410,450 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 410,450 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 2,426 25
Allegany 74 2
Broome 954 20
Cattaraugus 150 2
Cayuga 137 2
Chautauqua 212 0
Chemung 158 1
Chenango 196 2
Clinton 117 3
Columbia 498 1
Cortland 82 2
Delaware 97 2
Dutchess 4,408 8
Erie 8,234 47
Essex 54 0
Franklin 42 0
Fulton 268 0
Genesee 261 1
Greene 278 5
Hamilton 7 1
Herkimer 223 10
Jefferson 123 3
Lewis 34 0
Livingston 161 0
Madison 390 2
Monroe 4,537 26
Montgomery 146 1
Nassau 42,860 44
Niagara 1,408 3
NYC 223,192 360
Oneida 1,990 10
Onondaga 3,360 16
Ontario 337 3
Orange 10,976 8
Orleans 289 1
Oswego 234 0
Otsego 102 0
Putnam 1,399 2
Rensselaer 676 7
Rockland 13,830 10
Saratoga 665 2
Schenectady 955 9
Schoharie 67 1
Schuyler 20 0
Seneca 83 3
St. Lawrence 254 1
Steuben 285 1
Suffolk 42,773 58
Sullivan 1,475 0
Tioga 176 1
Tompkins 221 8
Ulster 1,912 1
Warren 292 2
Washington 252 0
Wayne 239 1
Westchester 35,700 33
Wyoming 110 2
Yates 51 0

 

Yesterday, there were 9 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,090. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County New Deaths
Bronx 1
Broome 1
Erie 1
Niagara 1
Oneida 1
Queens 2
Schenectady 2

 

 

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