The Verge: New York breaks the right to repair bill as it’s signed into law

The Verge: New York breaks the right to repair bill as it’s signed into law. “The bill establishes that consumers and independent repair providers have a right to obtain manuals, diagrams, diagnostics and parts from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in order to repair their own devices. However, the bill was meaningfully compromised at the last minute by amendments that give OEMs some convenient exceptions and loopholes to get out of obligations that many right to repair advocates had been hoping for.”

THE CITY: Hochul Signals Aim to Let Eviction Moratorium Expire, Albany Sources Say

THE CITY: Hochul Signals Aim to Let Eviction Moratorium Expire, Albany Sources Say. “Gov. Kathy Hochul is considering letting a pandemic-spurred hold on evictions lapse after it expires on Jan. 15, sources in the state legislature told THE CITY. A pause on evictions has been in place by executive order since the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, then becoming law in June 2020. Hochul extended the stay on evictions during her first days as governor in early September.”

NBC News: Hochul Extends Mask Mandate, Debuts New Surge Plan as NY Smashes All-Time Case Record Again

NBC New York: Hochul Extends Mask Mandate, Debuts New Surge Plan as NY Smashes All-Time Case Record Again. “On the final day of 2021, the country’s first calendar year completely engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York delivered one last record-smashing COVID case high for a third straight day. The governor’s final update for the year included a record 76,555 new positives as the omicron surge stretches the state’s hospitals further. In her final address of 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul detailed a revamped winter surge plan with five keys targets to aid overwhelmed hospitals and protect the most vulnerable.”

New York Daily News: COVID hospitalizations in NY up 70% since Thanksgiving, Hochul says

New York Daily News: COVID hospitalizations in NY up 70% since Thanksgiving, Hochul says. “The count of COVID hospitalizations in New York has climbed by 70% since Thanksgiving, Gov. Hochul said Tuesday, as a cold-weather virus wave crushes the western and northern reaches of the state.”

Associated Press: New York’s COVID surge is back — and so is its mask mandate

Associated Press: New York’s COVID surge is back — and so is its mask mandate. “Facing a winter surge in COVID-19 infections, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday that masks will be required in all indoor public places unless the businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. Hochul said the decision to impose a mask mandate was based on state’s weekly seven-day case rate, as well as increasing hospitalizations.”

WINS: Hochul apologizes to families of nursing home COVID-19 victims

WINS: Hochul apologizes to families of nursing home COVID-19 victims. “Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday met with family members of those who died in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic to apologize for the Andrew Cuomo administration’s handling of their care, Hochul’s office confirmed.”

State of New York: Governor Hochul Announces Series of Universal Mask Requirements to Protect New Yorkers amid Rise of Delta Variant

State of New York: Governor Hochul Announces Series of Universal Mask Requirements to Protect New Yorkers amid Rise of Delta Variant. “Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of universal mask requirements designed to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious Delta variant and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.”

State of New York: Governor Kathy Hochul Announces #VaxtoSchool Campaign to Drive COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among School-Aged New Yorkers Statewide

State of New York: Governor Kathy Hochul Announces #VaxtoSchool Campaign to Drive COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among School-Aged New Yorkers Statewide. “Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of the multi-faceted statewide #VaxtoSchool campaign to support increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers, furthering the administration’s commitment to making the health and well-being of students, teachers and families a top priority.”

Coronavirus NY: Vaccine or weekly testing for school staff, Hochul says (WABC)

WABC: Coronavirus NY: Vaccine or weekly testing for school staff, Hochul says. “Mandatory vaccinations in all state-run congregate facilities are being explored, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced during her first COVID briefing on Tuesday. But New York will not implement a vaccination mandate for school employees, and will instead opt to require weekly testing for the unvaccinated.”