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  • New York State Gave $2.6 Million to Build a Food Greenhouse that Pays One Dollar Above the Minimum Wage - In April of this year, Green Empire Farms in the central New York city of Oneida became notorious as the location of more than 170 Covid-19 cases.  The facility is a massive 2.8 million square foot greenhouse where vegetables and fruit, including strawberries and cucumbers, are produced.  County health officials…
  • Covid-19 Cases Increase Unevenly in New York - Through this Summer, Covid-19 case numbers remained low in New York State.  Though the numbers remain far below the levels of March and April, the rate of infection statewide is increasing.  In July and August, the state averaged between three and four cases per 100,000 residents per day.  By October…
  • President Trump’s Economic Renaissance – Fact or Fiction? - During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump claimed that his policies would "Make America Great Again," creating jobs by redressing trade imbalances.  He argued that “We will make America the best place in the world to start a business, hire workers, and open a factory,”   Trump claimed that he would change…
  • Don’t Make Poor Districts Shoulder the Burden - An opinion piece written for the Albany Times-Union:  https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Viewpoint-Don-t-make-poor-districts-shoulder-the-15573324.php
  • Covid-19: The Cost in Lost Jobs - With more than 190,000 lives lost and millions infected, Covid-19 has imposed a tragic toll on residents of the United States.  New York State was hit hard early on, and has lost 32,600 residents to the disease as of early September  But strong controls that shut down much of the…
  • New York’s School Aid Cuts Will Disproportionately Harm Poor Districts - A recent Albany Times-Union report "recently warned officials they should expect state aid payments to be reduced by 20 percent."  The source of the report was the Questar III Board of Cooperative Educational Services State Aid and Financial Planning.  The Times-Union article went on to report that "Freeman Klopott, a…
  • Covid-19 Cases Reach New Highs: What Have We Learned? - As I write in late July, Covid-19 cases continue to reach new highs at the national level.  The number of new cases reached more than 66,000 a day in the week ending July 18th, using a seven day rolling average.  That number is about two and one half times the…
  • Covid-19: Rapid Growth in Cases Exposes Vulnerabilities - Although the Northeast, particularly New York State, was the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in March and April,  states like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts imposed stringent measures that limited personal interactions, such as closing all non-essential worksites, limiting gatherings to groups of 10 or less, and requiring people…
  • Despite Agitation to Reopen Businesses, Upstate Covid-19 Cases Are Not Declining - Upstate areas are seeing increasing pressure to reopen currently closed businesses as the economic damage from Covid-19 restrictions increases.  With millions of New Yorkers unemployed and businesses facing the prospect of permanent closure, there is real need for relief.  But reopening should take place in a way that does not…
  • Reported Covid-19 Cases Increase in Upstate New York - Although New York State is seeing a decline in the number of new reported Coronavirus infections, the decrease is concentrated in downstate New York.  Reported new Covid-19 cases in upstate areas are increasing.  The increase is associated with an increase in the availability of tests for the virus. New Cases…
  • New Covid-19 Cases Decline Throughout New York - The number of new reported cases of Coronavirus in New York State has begun to decline.  The chart below, which shows the three-day moving average of new cases, indicates that after plateauing from April 3rd to April 10th, a decline began, with cases decreasing from a peak of more than…
  • Will New York Reopen for Business by May 1st? - Recent reports show that President Trump would like to reopen the national economy within a few weeks.  The Washington Post reported that "President Trump — concerned with the sagging economy — has sought a strategy for resuming business activity by May 1."   More recently, the President said that he expected…
  • Coronavirus’s Impact in New York State – The Curve Flattens - Although Coronavirus cases continue to increase in New York State, the rate at which they are increasing is slowing, most likely because the State and Federal actions requiring social isolation have slowed the transmission of the disease.  The decrease in the rate of increase is evident in both downstate and…
  • Coronavirus’s Upstate Impact - There is much that we do not know about the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Because testing has been severely limited, and available only to health care workers and hospital patients in most cases, we don't know the real extent of the virus in the community.   Because the virus is…
  • Local Leaders’ Role in Combating the Economic Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic -  The Covid-19 health response has shut down New York’s local economies.  With most business activities on pause, local government leaders should be addressing the economic impact now and preparing for the time when businesses are permitted to reopen. To date, the health impact of the virus in Upstate New York…