The welcome team was in place. At 1:45 a.m., four transit workers scrubbed benches, disinfected stair rails with bleach and washed the grime away from a subway station in Brooklyn. Four uniformed police officers kept watch. Nadav Shahaf, 18, a high school student wearing all red except for a black mask, came bounding down the stairs and plopped onto a newly cleaned bench. He had it all to himself. He was heading home after a late-night stroll with his girlfriend. “I’m happy we got to this point,” he said. “It’s been a tough journey, but we’ve done a good job as a city, as a community.” The 24-hour New York City subway was back. The nation’s busiest transit system returned to full screeching service early Monday after more than a year of overnight closings during the coronavirus pandemic to provide more time to clean and disinfect trains, stations and equipment. It was the longest planned shutdown since the subway opened in 1904. The resumption of … [Read more...] about New York City Subway Returns to 24-Hour Service
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Hospitalizations for the coronavirus are rising steeply in New York State, approaching the peak of last winter’s surge and driving the number of deaths reported in a single day above 100 for the first time since last March, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday. Hospitalizations have now surpassed last winter’s peak in New York City, the governor said. She added that there were some signs that this wave of hospitalizations may not be as severe as past surges, but she said the rapid rise was still “a trend that is troubling.” “We’re not in a good place, I’m going to be really honest with you,” Ms. Hochul said at a news briefing in Rochester, as she announced additional testing sites and the arrival of millions of rapid tests to help schools stay open through the virus spike. Hospitalizations are being closely watched in New York City, one of the first places to be hit hard by the Omicron variant, as a bellwether for the nation as a whole. Omicron was first reported in New York City a … [Read more...] about Hospitalizations for Covid rise sharply in New York State, nearing last winter’s peak.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York will propose a limit of two four-year terms on governors in her first State of the State address on Wednesday, a move that could allow Ms. Hochul to distance herself from her scandal-marred predecessor, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who held outsize power for over a decade. The proposal, a milestone change that would require a constitutional amendment, would apply only to statewide elected officials — including the lieutenant governor, the attorney general and the comptroller, according to state officials. Ms. Hochul’s proposal would need approval from the State Legislature as well as from voters and could significantly curb the power of the highest office in New York, one of about a dozen states without term limits, and where recent governors have served for as long as 14 years. Her proposal would also bar statewide elected officials from receiving outside income, except if the income comes from teaching purposes. Mr. Cuomo received a $5.1 million … [Read more...] about Kathy Hochul Will Propose Term Limits for New York Governors
At a subway station deep under Manhattan, a dingy room is filled with rows of antique equipment built before World War II. The weathered glass boxes and cloth-covered cables are not part of a museum exhibit, however — they are crucial pieces of the signal system that directs traffic in one of the busiest subways in the world. Much of the signal equipment at that station, at West Fourth Street, is decades beyond its life span, and it is one of the main culprits plaguing the overburdened subway. As New York City’s sprawling subway faces a deepening crisis over delays , the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that modernizing the signals is a top priority. But the rollout of a new signal network is unfolding at a glacial pace even as the subway system is straining under the demands of a booming ridership. Two decades after the agency began its push to upgrade signals, work has been completed on just one line. At the current pace, transforming every subway line could take … [Read more...] about Key to Improving Subway Service in New York? Modern Signals
At Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, the intensive care unit is full, mainly with Covid patients. In a scene reminiscent of spring 2020, patient beds have been set up in the hallway. But on Wednesday, when Interfaith asked city officials to divert ambulances to other hospitals, the request was granted for only two hours, the hospital’s top executive said. Emergency rooms at neighboring hospitals were also overflowing, or precariously understaffed. “All hospitals, not just safety net hospitals, in Brooklyn and in other boroughs are stressed,” the executive, LaRay Brown, said. Ms. Brown is the chief executive at One Brooklyn Health, which runs Interfaith and nearby Brookdale Hospital. As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeps through New York, many hospitals are being pushed to their limits by twin challenges: spiking numbers of virus cases and growing shortages of nurses, doctors and technicians. Many workers are sick with Covid-19; others who quit amid the pandemic … [Read more...] about More Patients, Fewer Workers: Omicron Pushes New York Hospitals to Brink
A month into the Omicron surge, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York said on Tuesday that there was a sign of hope on the horizon as the rate of new coronavirus cases in New York City had begun to plateau. Still, she said, with case counts continuing to increase elsewhere in the state and a growing number of hospitals forced to limit elective procedures as a result, it would be premature to declare victory over the current virus wave. “Looks like we may be cresting over that peak,” Ms. Hochul said at her daily news briefing, before clarifying: “Cases are slowing down, the rate of increase is slowing down, but they are still high.” According to data compiled by The New York Times , the seven-day average of new cases in New York City dipped to 40,150 on Monday from 40,526 on Sunday; statewide, the average fell to 73,815 from 74,182 a day earlier. “We’re not at the end,” Ms. Hochul said, while calling the latest figures “a glimmer of hope in a time when we desperately need that.” … [Read more...] about New York City sees ‘a glimmer of hope’ as virus cases level off, but they are still rising upstate.