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Reports from Terry Sheridan, J.D. AllenDesiree D'Iorio and the Long Island News Bureau staff, in collaboration with Stony Brook University's School of Communication and Journalism; WSHU's Charles Lane; and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio Exchange.

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New York State will have to temporarily continue to allow religious exemptions for health care workers who say their faith prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. A federal court ruling extends the moratorium on that portion of Governor Kathy Hochul’s vaccine mandate for hospital workers until a full court proceeding can be held.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wears a necklace with the word "vaxed" during an event in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.
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A new Marist College poll finds that New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who’s been in office for less than two months after former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace, is the front-runner for election next year.

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The first American to get the COVID-19 vaccine got a booster shot last week. A new study in New York suggests more people will get booster shots this fall.

Indigenous People’s Day celebrations at Randall's Island in New York City.
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President Joe Biden is the first U.S. president to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. But the celebration is bittersweet for Indigenous communities that are impacted by centuries of American policy and broken promises, according to members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

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New York regulators certified the state’s first agricultural labor union at a winery in eastern Long Island.