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Lt. Gov. Hochul named re-opening coordinator for western region

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke with several media outlets Wednesday to answer questions about the state’s response to coronavirus, and the new re-opening plan she is working to develop.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 6:02 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 6:40 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke with several media outlets Wednesday to answer questions about the state’s response to coronavirus, and the new re-opening plan she is working to develop.

Hochul is the re-opening coordinator for the western New York Region, and will work with several local leaders to organize the best strategy to open parts of the state without risking a surge in coronavirus spread.

While the state is working toward re-opening, there are still people waiting on unemployment insurance. Hochul says much of the delay had to do with processing applications that were previously ineligible.

“What we have now is a different class of individuals. Imagine the sole proprietors, the Uber drivers or the gig economy or the part-timers none of them were ever eligible for New York State unemployment insurance; so because that money is coming from the federal government it's more complicated.

“Now that's not an excuse that's just saying the reality of why there's a different time frame in terms of the whole class of people but thank God they're eligible, but they're gonna have money to go back to the date on the first lost her job, not when they first filed," she said.

Hochul says the state has already paid out $3 billion in unemployment benefits to more than 1 million New Yorkers.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 655265

Reported Deaths: 34662
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens910567356
Kings897517509
Bronx644945024
Suffolk616812056
Nassau611622260
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New York458713229
Erie26042826
Richmond233761134
Rockland21845692
Orange17075517
Monroe16060313
Onondaga10995222
Dutchess7354191
Albany5968148
Broome5448149
Oneida5084154
Niagara4019111
Ulster343498
Chemung310949
Putnam288464
Schenectady255560
Saratoga237021
Sullivan221048
Steuben182487
Rensselaer179554
Oswego16849
Chautauqua160916
Ontario135437
Wayne117516
Cattaraugus116426
Tioga115351
Tompkins11393
Cortland10824
Genesee107610
Allegany105856
Columbia103558
Madison96318
Cayuga9178
St. Lawrence87416
Livingston73811
Herkimer73112
Greene71018
Chenango64910
Otsego6498
Orleans63457
Warren59535
Jefferson5864
Wyoming5648
Fulton51828
Montgomery51017
Clinton4805
Washington45714
Lewis3809
Delaware3759
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