Cancellations, closures

The following is a list of area cancellations due to concern over the virus COVID-19. This is a work in progress and will be updated daily: Events ∫ The Montgomery County Public Health rabies vaccination clinic scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. ∫ The Gloversville Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. ∫ The Galway Preservation Society’s Monday meeting has been canceled. ∫ The Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at the Century Club in Amsterdam slated for April 11 has been canceled. ∫ The Amsterdam Easter-Eggstravaganza slated for April 11 has been postponed and combined with the…
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Spring break is to be used for learning

FULTON COUNTY — In the hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that schools across the state would remain closed until at least April 15 amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the governor’s office released the executive order with the directive containing language requiring school districts to use any remaining school vacation or snow days while continuing to provide remote instructions and meals to students. At local schools, this means canceling spring breaks that were scheduled for April 10 through 17. Gloversville Enlarged School District Superintendent David Halloran on Tuesday issued a letter to students and parents notifying families that…
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A record 6.6 million seek U.S. jobless aid as layoffs mount

WASHINGTON — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report today from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses close across the world. The figure for last week is much higher than the previous record of 3.3 million reported for the previous week. The surging layoffs have…
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Trump resists national shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own. Trump said Wednesday he wants to give governors’ “flexibility” on whether a stay-at-home policy is the best option for their constituents but acknowledged that he’s looking at limiting air and rail travel between hot spots within the United States. The Republican president remains hesitant to press…
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Village elections postponed, again

ALBANY — An executive order from the governor on Monday postponed all village elections in April and May. That includes Fultonville, St. Johnsville, Broadalbin, Dolgeville, Northville, Fonda and Fort Johnson, which had already been pushed back from March 18 to April 28. April 28 was also New York’s presidential primary, but late last week that was postponed until June 23, the date of the state primary. A letter from the New York Conference of Mayors’ Executive Director Peter Baynes says “no further information regarding the rescheduling of such elections is presently available. “The letter says NYCOM is awaiting guidance regarding…
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DeSantis: Gloversville following state, federal mandates

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Vincent DeSantis on Tuesday said the decision this week to extend a previously issued declaration of emergency for the city through April 30 follows protocols issued by the state and federal government to slow the spread of the coronavirus through continued social distancing. “It is logical for us here in Gloversville to take part in all of the measures that have been implemented statewide to try to slow the spread of the virus so that our healthcare systems can effectively treat the people who are infected,” said DeSantis. DeSantis signed a declaration of emergency for the city…
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