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DiNapoli Calls for Federal Aid to State and Local Governments
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has joined the call for the federal government to include aid for states in the negotiations for the new stimulus package underway in Washington D.C. DiNapoli said federal help is necessary so states won’t have to pass their fiscal gaps onto local governments. When pressed if shutting down the economy was the right thing to do, DiNapoli said no one was prepared for the fallout and shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. DiNapoli also noted though last month’s sales tax revenue fell 27 percent from a year prior, collections for the month of June did improve in some counties.

Cuomo Urges State and Local Support in Federal GOP Stimulus Bill
Governor Cuomo has put pressure on lawmakers in Congress to come up with a plan covering the financial losses that New York and other states have seen during the pandemic. Cuomo urged Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to not give into the Republican stimulus plan that does not include aid for states. NYSAC president Marren said the need for federal aid to counties and municipalities is urgent. Cuomo said cuts to major programs and higher property taxes and tolls on the Thruway are likely to occur if federal funding does not support state and local governments. 

WGI Voted Best NASCAR Track by USA Today 
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano thanked voters for giving Watkins Glen International its fourth victory in the past five years for USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide America’s “Best NASCAR Track.” The online voting contest that lasts almost a month ended earlier this month. Watkins Glen Inernational  events annually generate over $200 million in economic activity across the region and contribute over 2,000 local jobs.

NYS to Give $30 Million for Pandemic
New York State will be release thirty-million dollars to counties according to Governor Cuomo. He said the $30 million support will fund counties to start up flu vaccine accommodations and increasing contact tracing for the upcoming school year. No details were released regarding how much money each county in the state will receive.

NYS Says Students Must Have Vaccines for School
New York State says that students must have all vaccines up-to-date so they can return to school. Even those who are distance-learning must keep up with their shots. Last year, Governor Cuomo signed controversial legislation eliminating the non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. Officials advise parents consult with their physicians before beginning the school year.

School Districts Expecting Substitute Teacher Shortage
As some school districts consider reopening school this fall, the roadblock of a substitute teacher shortage is also expected as an increased demand for substitute teachers means there will be fewer for small school districts to pull from. Some districts say if a shortage occurs, they will have other school staff members, like librarians, fill those open roles.

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