New York State Legislature

The New York State legislature on Wednesday took one of its first official actions since passing a state budget over a month ago. They held a public hearing – remotely – on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses, and how the federal government has responded.

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Tax revenue for states and local governments plummeted after lockdown orders went into effect to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Elected officials in the region are looking for a lifeline – in the form of another rescue package from Congress.

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Some businesses in Connecticut will reopen on May 20. WSHU’s Davis Dunavin spoke to an economics professor who says the doors may be open, but customers might not be ready to walk through them.

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Business owners on Long Island say they want to reopen, but not without liability protections from lawsuits related to COVID-19.

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Some businesses in New York State may reopen as early as mid- to late May. Business leaders are putting together plans to try to operate safely, and prevent spread of the coronavirus.