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State budget vote and social distancing

Under the shadow of a global panemic that threatens the very lives of its citizens, New York State lawmakers this week have been voting, in the solitude of their offices, on the state budget.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 6:21 PM

Under the shadow of a global panemic that threatens the very lives of its citizens, New York State lawmakers this week have been voting, in the solitude of their offices, on the state budget.

"This is unimaginable. It's a surreal experience that I hope we'll never have to experience again," said Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Joseph Griffo, talking not only about the general tone of voting, but what's at stake. "In context of losing over 2300 people and 92,000 + people infected in the state of NY, there has to be a great sensitivity..." said Griffo, from Albany, Thursday.

While laboring beneath the constant threat of the pandemic, lawmakers have been taking up controversial issues, like bail reform. They say some crimes have been made 'bailable' again.

"They've added crimes alleged to have caused the death of another," said Assemblywoman, Marianne Buttenschon. "Sex trafficking the B felony and sex trafficking of a child. Money laundering."

Buttenschon says it's a good start, but not not enough, and she will vote 'no'.

"At this point I am because it doesn't include burglary, it doesn't include robbery," said the Assemblywoman.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Senate had passed the budget and the Assembly was still voting.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 376208

Reported Deaths: 30236
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Oneida107758
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Broome60552
Rensselaer49728
Saratoga49614
Columbia41134
Madison32315
Warren25628
Orleans24741
Steuben24641
Greene24218
Washington24013
Fulton21924
Ontario2199
St. Lawrence2072
Genesee2055
Tompkins1670
Chemung1372
Tioga13422
Chenango1335
Wayne1223
Livingston1217
Herkimer1153
Oswego1123
Cayuga982
Clinton974
Chautauqua974
Montgomery964
Cattaraugus925
Wyoming885
Delaware844
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Otsego735
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