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NYSNYS NEWS DAYBOOK for Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
NYSNYS NEWS DAYBOOK for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Today's events

CORONAVIRUS: The Centers for Disease Control reported the covid19 death count Tuesday for NYS was 53,225, an increase of 10. Total NYS cases: 2,107,997, an increase of 361. Total U.S. deaths: 597,594, an increase of 251.
[CLICK HERE] to see the CDC numbers.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center death count for NYS was 53,558, an increase of 9. The U.S. death total was 600,271.
[CLICK HERE] to see the Johns Hopkins numbers.


CUOMO SCHEDULE: Gov. Andrew Cuomo updated his Tuesday schedule with a speech to supporters at the WTC in NYC to announce a further loosening of covid19 orders on businesses and public gatherings. Look in the Mediacast folder for the audio. Today, he is in Albany.


HOCHUL SCHEDULE: Lt. Gov. Hochul's schedule follows.

12:30 PM Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Keynotes Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Conference 225 Water St. Binghamton, NY

5:00 PM Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Opens Public Hearing on Accountability for Those Who Harm Their Intimate Partners Hosted by NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)


NYRA SARATOGA RACING: The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will accept full and partial space group hospitality reservations for the 2021 season at Saratoga Race Course beginning Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m.
Reservations will be available in the following hospitality areas in the popular Saratoga backyard: the Festival Tent, accommodating up to 240 guests, and the Big Red Spring Tent, available for full space reservations and offering seating for up to 50 fans. Both areas include admission and Post Parade programs.
Group hospitality reservations will also be available in the second-floor Easy Goer, set inside the historic Grandstand where up to 300 fans can enjoy a seasonal-fare buffet. Tickets include admission, buffet and Post Parade programs. Open bar packages are also available.
Additionally, full-space reservations are currently being accepted for Legends Hall, the second-floor event space at the 1863 Club, accommodating up to 100 guests, as well as the third-floor luxury suites, with capacities ranging from 30 to 45 guests. The three-story, climate-controlled hospitality building, located on the Clubhouse turn, debuted during the 2019 season to widespread acclaim.
Group hospitality reservations are available via email at or by phone at (844) NYRA-TIX. Tables in the Festival Tent may be reserved via


SENATE ASSEMBLY HEARINGS: June 16 10 am Joint -- Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services, Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations, Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesThe Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program


NYSERDA WEBINARS: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will hold two public webinars to provide an overview and open a public comment period on the State’s draft Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap (Roadmap). The Roadmap provides a framework to decarbonize New York’s building stock in support of the State’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 as mandated by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Consistent with Executive Orders issued by Governor Cuomo and in keeping with measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, the draft Roadmap is being presented virtually. Members of the public are welcome to join via webcast.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Day 2: Draft Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap Presentation
Registration is required for each webinar.
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA (June 15)
John Williams, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs (June 16)


BUFFALO -- CUOMO IMPEACHMENT: New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy will condemn Western New York Assemblymembers Monica Wallace and Karen McMahon for their secret dinner with Governor Cuomo at the Governor’s mansion while they are charged with the role of investigating Cuomo’s crimes for impeachment at a press conference tomorrow, June 16th at 10:30 AM outside the State Office Building in Buffalo. 
Chairman Langworthy will call on them to relinquish their roles as members of the Judiciary Committee for their breach of ethical conduct. 
Wednesday, June 16th 10:30 AM Outside the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court Street, Buffalo, NY   


ENCON GYPSY MOTH EVENT: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forester Robert Cole will provide an informational update on the proliferation of leaf-eating gypsy moth caterpillars this year in New York State, resulting in widespread oak tree defoliation in areas across the state.   
The media availability session will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the press are welcome to join the meeting via Zoom. There will be an opportunity for a question and answer session following the status update.
When: Wednesday, June 16, 12 P.M. ET
Where: Join Zoom Meeting at:
Meeting ID: 936 3468 4575
Passcode: x0a39p


DE BLASIO SCHEDULE: Mayor de Blasio will appear live on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, then hold a media availability. This event is open press. There will be Q-and-A.
Approximately 9:20 AM – Appears Live on Hot 97
Approximately 10:00 AM—Hosts Media Availability
Join by clicking here: [CLICK HERE]
Event password: 3N2yQPanNM4



11:00 AM -- Speaks at Virtual Hearing of the City Council Committee on Land Use
The Public Advocate will discuss Intro 1572, which would mandate a racial impact study ahead of most re-zonings, before a committee vote on the bill.
The virtual hearing will air live here.

12:00 PM -- Holds Press Conference and Rally Urging Passage of Racial Impact Study Legislation
Public Advocate Williams will be joined by a coalition of advocates, elected officials and community members at a rally and press conference to call for the passage of Intro 1572-B, a bill which would require the city conduct a racial impact study ahead of most re-zonings.
City Hall Park, New York NY 10007


NYC PROPERTY TAX REFORM: The New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform today announced virtual hearings on its 10 preliminary recommendations, scheduled for Manhattan on June 16.  All hearings will begin at 6:00pm.  Initially delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearings resumed virtually in May with hearings in Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Commission is soliciting input from the public on the 10 initial recommendations in the Preliminary Report, specifically whether they would achieve the goals of a fairer system, would be improved by certain modifications, or should be enhanced with additional recommendations.  To testify, speakers may register at the Commission’s website.  Anyone wishing to testify must register no later than 24-hours in advance.  Following registration, speakers will receive further instructions.    
 Speakers may (but need not) submit their presentations ahead of time by emailing them to or uploading them through an online portal. 



Kathryn Garcia
9:30 AM – Picks up a couple of Kathryn Garcia Bagels from Absolute Bagels on the Upper West Side with Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell
Absolute Bagels at 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
10:15 AM – Greets UWS voters with Assembly Member O’Donnell 
Starting at 2872 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 
1:00 PM – Holds press conference with the Assembly Member to announce her commitment to creating an Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs as mayor
Outside of Julius’ at 159 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
7:00 PM – Participates in the third and final official Democratic primary debate for New York City mayor. NBC channel 4


NYC COMPTROLLER PRIMARY: Assemblymember David Weprin, a top-tier candidate for City Comptroller, and US Rep. Grace Meng will make a campaign announcement. 
Who:  Assemblymember David Weprin, Rep. Grace Meng
Where: Queens Public Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355
When:  Wednesday, June 16th 12 pm


ELECTRIC SCOOTER HIT AND RUN: At 2 pm, Sen. Brad Hoylman (D/WF - Manhattan) and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan) will host a press conference at the corner of W 64th and Amsterdam Avenue at 2PM ET to call for the passage of legislation (S.7212/A.8128) that would increase the penalties for conducting a hit-and-run with an electric scooter consistent with the law against leaving the scene of an automobile collision without reporting. Yesterday, actress Lisa Banes passed away after an electric scooter rider hit her and fled the scene two weeks ago on the Upper West Side. 


NY METRO CLEAN AIR ACT: The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) has prepared a draft Transportation Conformity Determination under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. A thirty-day public comment period for the draft Transportation Conformity Determination will begin on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and ends at 4 pm Thursday, July 15, 2021. This draft Transportation Conformity Determination will ensure that transportation projects and programs in the Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), as amended, and the FFYs 2022-2050 Regional Transportation Plan, titled Moving Forward, are consistent with the motor vehicle emissions budgets set by the New York State Implementation Plan for Air Quality in relation to relevant nonattainment and maintenance areas. The draft Transportation Conformity Determination has been developed in accordance with relevant federal regulations (40 CFR 93 Subpart A). The draft document will be available to view and download at at the start of the comment period.
Comment Submission:
Written comments can be submitted at any time during the comment period by e-mail to: 
NYMTC will hold two online public webinars on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 to present the draft Conformity Determination. 

Other events

D.C. -- HIGH SPEED RAIL Wednesday outside Union Station, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Seth Moulton, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will co-host an event in support of increasing federal funding for high-speed rail in the upcoming infrastructure package. Currently, our federal transportation funding is dramatically weighted in favor of cars over transit - leaving millions of working people behind. The American Jobs Plan includes $124 billion more for cars than rail and transit combined.
WHAT: Rep. Moulton, Sen. Gillibrand, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to host an event with Teamsters and climate justice groups, calling for more federal funding for high-speed rail in the upcoming infrastructure package
WHERE: Columbus Circle, outside Union Station 35 Columbus Monument Drive Northeast Washington, DC 20002
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16 9:30 AM

Wednesday events

HIGHLAND -- BRIDGE AUTHORITY MEETING: Members of the Audit Committee and the Board of Commissioners of the New York State Bridge Authority will hold meetings for the purpose of conducting business at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Meeting participants will be logging in remotely and/or present at the Authority Headquarters Building, Mid-Hudson Bridge Plaza, Highland, New York. Minutes and video of the meeting will be posted online at


PSC MEETING: Albany, 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 17, 2021. Look in the Documents folder for the agenda.


HEALTH DEPARTMENT MEETINGS: Thursday, June 17, 2021 The Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Review Panel (MMCARP) will meet via conference call originating from the offices of the NYS Department of Health in Albany. The call will take place from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
This advisory panel was created by Chapter 649 of the Laws of 1996 to monitor enrollment of Medicaid recipients in managed care plans and ensure access to care in these health care delivery systems.
Members of the public interested in participating will be able to do so by pre-arrangement. Please contact the Bureau of Program Implementation and Enrollment at (518) 473-1134 for more information.


DINAPOLI SCHEDULE: Thursday, June 17 State Comptroller DiNapoli is in NYC. 1:00 p.m. – Takes tour of Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean neighborhood and presents proclamation to Caribbean-American Heritage Month honorees.


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