State Declares New Business Mandates, Other Measures Amid Virus Fight

first_imgImage by the New York State Governor’s Office / Flicker.com.ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent.This follows the Governor’s directive yesterday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies.Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.The Governor also announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. The directive includes: Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship;No negative reporting to credit bureaus;Grace period for loan modification;No late payment fees or online payment fees; andPostponing or suspending foreclosures.Additionally, the Governor has asked DFS to instruct state chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and fees for credits cards to help lessen the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers.“We know what we have to do to contain the spread of this virus – reduce density and person to person contact – and based on new facts we are getting every day, we’re taking further steps to keep more New Yorkers at home while keeping essential services running,” Governor Cuomo said. “At the same time, we know there is going to be an economic impact across the state and we are taking new actions to support the thousands of New Yorkers and small businesses who are suffering. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together.”The Governor also announced an executive order allowing the State Department of Health to identify space within existing hospitals to increase bed capacity. This builds on the Governor’s efforts to increase the state’s hospital surge capacity and help ensure our healthcare system can handle an influx of patients due to COVID-19.Furthermore, Governor announced new measures to free up staff and speed up the admission and discharge process at hospitals for 90 days. The Department of Financial Services will issue a directive to health insurers allowing scheduled surgeries and admissions without insurer preapproval and allowing inpatient hospital services without insurer approval.Image by the New York State Governor’s Office / Flicker.com.Under the measure, insurers will pay inpatient hospital services and emergency services without waiting to review for medical necessity. It will also allow the discharge of patients to a rehabilitation center or nursing after an inpatient hospital stay without insurer preapproval, and encourage self-funded plans to adopt these same provisions. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Danish pension funds ready for infra investments to back new goal

first_imgDanish pensions lobby group Insurance and Pensions Denmark (IPD) has responded to a new proposal by the government on road traffic emissions reductions by saying the pension industry is ready to invest in the energy infrastructure needed to make it happen.Yesterday, the Ministry of Taxation published a proposal to cut CO2 emissions by one million tonnes in the road transport sector by 2030, employing measures such as changing the way cars are taxed, greener fuel and tolls for lorries.The ministry said the initiative, which it said would mean having 500,000 green cars on Danish roads in 2030 rising to more than a million in 2035, was a step on the way to realising Denmark’s 70% target.At the end of last year, Denmark’s parliament passed a new climate law committing to cut emissions by 70% from 1990 levels by 2030. Kent Damsgaard, IPD chief executive officer, said: “We need to promote far more environmentally-friendly cars, and this requires massive investments in energy infrastructure. The Danish pension industry is ready to look at these investments.”But he said large-scale investments required the establishment of a stable framework.He said his group saw public-private partnership (PPP) investment models as “the way forward,” with private investors contributing capital and execution, and the ownership of the critical infrastructure remaining public.Regardless of the specific goal, IPD said there would be a need for huge investments in the Danish electricity grid to support so many more electric cars.The association also said that better regulation of the electricity grid was one of the recommendations made in the report from the financial sector’s climate partnership.IPD said the government proposal would now go through an intensive round of negotiations with the parliamentary parties.“Whether the goal of the government agreement will be 500,000, 750,000 or even more electric cars is difficult to predict,” Damsgaard said.“One thing is for sure, the energy infrastructure will need massive investments to be able to support the increase, and those investments are interesting for the Danish pension industry,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Study ranks the ‘best’ and worst’ state capitals to live in

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new report done by WalletHub says Columbus, Ohio is the 12th best state capital to live in. Frankfort, Kentucky was 37th and Indianapolis was ranked 38th in the study.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Eric Dungey doubtful for Syracuse-Florida State game

first_img Published on November 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has been listed as doubtful for Syracuse’s game against Florida State on Saturday. The Orange released its weekly injury report Thursday night.Dungey sat out the Orange’s 35-20 loss to North Carolina State after he was hit high and knocked out of the game earlier against Clemson. Babers said Wednesday that Dungey was at practice last week, but he has not yet been cleared to practice by doctors. The SU head coach said Dungey is also getting a second opinion from doctors and that they do not yet know what injury he has. When asked whether Dungey’s injury might be career-ending, Babers said he’d rather not speculate on the quarterback’s injury.Second-string center turned starter Colin Byrne was listed as out. He left the N.C. State game after taking a hit to the head and being sprawled out face down on the ground.“I saw the tape, you saw the game, I’m going to leave it there,” Babers said of Byrne on Wednesday.Defensive end Jake Pickard was ruled out for the game as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReceiver Steve Ishmael was notably absent from the report. He missed the N.C. State game after not being listed on the injury report the Thursday prior. Babers said Ishmael has been dealing with a nagging injury and did not finish practice on Tuesday.Also not on the report was offensive lineman Omari Palmer. He hasn’t played since Week 3.Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more

Officials: Motel Murder Suspect “Armed and Dangerous,” Reward Offered

first_imgPolice have identified a suspect in the murder of a woman last weekend at a motel in Lantana.Lantana Police say 28-year-old Andre Ramirez should be considered armed and dangerous.He is the subject of an arrest warrant for the murder of 29-year-old Denecia Seward. Authorities found her shot to death at the Super 8 motel on Hypoluxo Road on Sunday morning.According to police, Ramirez was last seen driving a 2005 dark blue Ford Crown Victoria.The Florida license plate is NTQI88.Ramirez is wanted for second-degree murder.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.last_img