July 24, 2020
Albany, NY

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

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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

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."

 

 

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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 ban on the Trusted Traveler Program hurt New Yorkers. It hurt our economy, and it was all politics, right from the beginning. 

Governor Cuomo

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

 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

 

       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

 

 

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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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