Supervisors blast Cuomo for 11th-hour delay

6/3/2020

Andrew Cuomo must have heard supervisors lining up to skewer him Friday.
Two hours after Schoharie County took him to task for what seemed to be an 11th-hour decision not to move to the next phase of COVID-reopening, Governor Cuomo said it would, in fact, be going ahead as hoped.
“They wanted it this morning instead of one o’clock?” Governor Cuomo asked in response to a reporter’s question at his 1pm press conference.
“I never talked to anyone about timing…morning or one o’clock.”
That will likely do little to calm supervisors, who expressed their outrage after a tele-meeting with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli that focused on COVID’s economic impacts. (See re ...

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Census efforts get creative

6/3/2020

Concerns over COVID-19 have pushed the 2020 Census onto the back burner, but that doesn’t make filling out the form any less critical.
Census numbers are used for everything from determining where $675 billion in federal funds goes to helping communities plan for emergency preparedness to calculating their representation in Congress.
Most households received invitations to respond to the Census—either by mail or online in March.
But for those who haven’t done it yet, on-the-ground door-to-door visits delayed by COVID are now underway.
In Schoharie County, as of mid-May, 42 percent of residents had filled out their Census; that compares to 59 percent nationwide ...

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Marthathon for Better Life goes virtual

6/3/2020

The cause is the same even if the process isn’t this year for the Marathon for a Better Life.
The 24th annual walk to aid Schoharie County cancer patients will be a virtual walk, not a physical one, because of the pandemic.
“We’re off and running in uncharted territory,” Marathon President Kathy Diamond said of this Saturday’s event.
“We’re not promoting social gathering.”
A major fundraiser, the annual Marathon provides money for Schoharie County cancer patients, who can get the financial help.
Patients can use the money for any purpose: medicine, groceries, fuel, travel, whatever. No questions are asked.
This year’s virtual Marathon remains ...

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T-J offers COVID recovery ad deal; boosts Grad Section for Class of 2020

6/3/2020

The Times-Journal is offering a new advertising deal to help businesses recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.
Customers can buy one ad at the usual rate they pay and publish the ad again the next week at half price.
And they can keep taking advantage of the offer at least through June, according to Publisher Jim Poole.
“We haven’t seen times like these. . .ever,” he said. “Many businesses closed more than two months ago, and others are short-staffed with limited hours.”
Now, however, the region is in Phase 2 of recovery and more businesses can open. With slashed advertising rates, stores can tout their goods, publicize new hours and offer mo ...

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Delay after delay frustrates McMichal's COVID cure

6/3/2020

John McMichael is still waiting for the go-ahead to have his COVID cure tested in hopes that it can be released to the public.
“This is the worst week ever,” the Wright scientist said Friday. “There’s been one delay after another.”
Although doctors in Mr. McMichael’s nationwide Beech Tree Labs have found the product, TML, is successful with COVID patients, TML needs Food and Drug Administration approval to be available to the public.
For two months, Mr. McMichael has been processing FDA paperwork and setting up the first trial test, based in Salt Lake City.
He sent all the paperwork to the FDA, and “now we find out things we should have been told about before ...

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