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Here's the latest:
- Cuomo Warns Property Taxes, Subway Fares Could Go Up Without Federal Aid To States
- Yankees Game On Hold As Players Await Test Results, Fauci Warns Of Midwest Surge
- As COVID-19 Drives NYers To Drink Outside, The NYPD Is Still Overwhelmingly Ticketing People Of Color
- [Update] Videos Show Social Distancing Scofflaws Partying At Chainsmokers' "Drive-In" Concert In The Hamptons
- Janette Sadik-Khan: Why The Pandemic Represents A Historic Opportunity For NYC Streets
4:15 p.m. As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the country, New York has added five more states or territories—Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C—to the list of places from which travelers entering New York must quarantine for 14 days.
A total of 36 states or U.S. territories now meet the criteria for New York's quarantine, which is a seven day rolling average of positive tests over 10 percent, or positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.
"Our job is to make sure we're doing everything we can to control COVID, which we are doing, anticipate possible future issues that might come along, and in that regard the future issues that we watch are the infection rate across the country spreading," Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a news briefing Tuesday morning.
The state has not yet issued any data on how many fines have been issued since New York instituted the quarantine rule.
But since July 14th, state authorities, including Port Authority police, have been at airports checking on incoming passengers who are being instructed to fill out a form asking for their itinerary and personal information.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said that some people who refuse to fill out the form have complied after being threatened with a summons.
Travelers who leave an airport without filling out a form could face a $2,000 fine and be required to appear in court, where they would be ordered to complete a mandatory quarantine.
Cuomo said state health officials have been following up on travelers by randomly contacting travelers by phone or an in-person visit.
Cuomo Warns Property Taxes, Subway Fares Could Go Up Without Federal Aid To States
2:55 p.m. New Yorkers could see a hike in property taxes, along with higher subway and rail fares should federal lawmakers fail to give state and local governments funding under the next stimulus bill, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned.
During a telephone press conference on Tuesday, Cuomo rattled off a list of cost-cutting measures that the state and local governments would be forced to make under a proposed $1 trillion Republican stimulus package.
"They will raise your property taxes," he said. "Your school aid will be roughly 20 percent less of what it was."
The governor said that New York City residents could expect to see subway fares go up while those in Long Island would also pay more to ride the Long Island Railroad. Large-scale infrastructure projects like the renovation of John F. Kennedy and La Guardia airports could also come to a halt, he said.
"There is nothing conceptual or abstract to this exercise," he said. "It is going to have a dramatic and practical effect on New Yorkers."
New York is currently facing a $13 billion shortfall in the state budget. Cuomo, a tax-cutting Democrat who has been criticized by progressives for resisting a tax on billionaires in the state, will face difficult decisions should the next round of federal aid prove to be inadequate.
For over a month Cuomo has railed against the refusal by Senate Republicans to fund state and local governments. But his latest remarks were the starkest language he has used yet on the impact the pending stimulus will have on New York.
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi and New York Senator Chuck Schumer are expected to hold talks with the White House this week to reach a deal on the stimulus. Cuomo on Tuesday applied pressure on New York's delegation, including its Republican members, saying that they must deliver for the state.
"The funding has to come from somewhere. If Washington plays politics, if the House members don't stand firm, if our two senators, Schumer and Gillibrand, don't stand firm, you're going to see New Yorkers paying a higher subway and LIRR fare," he said.
Afterwards, Cuomo punctuated his comments in a tweet. "Without state and local aid in the stimulus package, there will be painful cuts. New Yorkers are watching and waiting," he said.
Yankees Game On Hold As Players Await Test Results, Fauci Warns Of Midwest Surge
In a sign that yet another summer tradition may be upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the Yankees are awaiting confirmation on whether they can play a scheduled game in Philadelphia Tuesday night after a virus outbreak in the league.
Monday's night game between the Yankees and the Phillies was postponed as both teams spent the day getting tested.
The delay reflects the challenges ahead for Major League Baseball as the league experiments with a shortened 60-game season in 30 stadiums across the country. Over the weekend, eight players and two coaches with the Marlins, which just played a three-game series in Philadelphia, tested positive for coronavirus. Three games have already been postponed.
In an attempt to minimize contact, the MLB is holding games without fans. It has also prohibited high-fives, fist bumps and spitting.
The Yankees had been scheduled to play two games with the Phillies before returning to Yankee Stadium for a five-game homestand, beginning with Philadelphia. To the ire of some, President Donald Trump had said he would throw the first pitch at one of the games, but later canceled, saying in a tweet that he had to focus on issues including the "China Virus," a racist term he has used to describe the coronavirus.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that Trump had in fact never been invited to throw the first pitch by the Yankees and that his announcement surprised both the team and White House staff.
The Times said that Trump "had been so annoyed by Dr. Fauci’s turn in the limelight, an official familiar with his reaction said, that he had directed his aides to call Yankees officials."
However, no date was ever finalized.
Late Monday night, Trump's handling of the pandemic was once again thrown into question after he retweeted tweets that promoted the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure, including one that accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, of misleading the public on the drug's potential.
Twitter later removed the tweets, citing a violation of its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Asked about Trump's tweet on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday, Fauci said, “'I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”
He added that he does not read Trump's tweets. "I don't even read them so I don't really want to go there," he said. “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it's very important.”
During the interview, Fauci expressed concern about a possible surge in Midwest states, including Ohio, Indiana. He also cited two southern states, Tennessee and Kentucky. He said the indicators have shown an increasing percent of cases.
"That’s a surefire sign that you got to really be careful," he said.
Fauci's remarks echo those of Dr. Deborah Birx, another White House coronavirus task force member, who traveled to Nashville on Monday.
Birx has singled out Tennessee as an state that is at an "inflection point," one requiring an aggressive response. She urged Tennesseans to wear masks and close bars.
"We've done a lot of modeling and we have found that if you all wear a mask — all Tennesseans — in every public area and you stop going to bars, and in fact close the bars, and limit your indoor dining, that we can have as big of an impact on decreasing new cases as we had with sheltering in place," Birx told reporters.
But after meeting with Birx, Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, said he had no plans to close bars or restrict indoor dining.
“I’ve said from the very beginning of this pandemic that there’s nothing off the table,” Lee said. “I’ve also said that we are not going to close the economy back down, and we are not going to.”