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Schools Boss Tells Parents NYC Might Create a Remote Option This Year

The teachers’ union is on board with Chancellor David Banks’ proposal, but UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged parents to "use it judiciously."

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Albany Readies to Renew Remote Meeting Option for New York Government Bodies

With a law allowing Zoom sessions expiring even as omicron spreads, Gov. Kathy Hochul has a bill on her desk that would virtual sessions for as long as pandemic emergency lasts.

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Patience and Fortitude Needed as Dozens of Libraries Shut Over COVID Staffing Woes

Twenty-five libraries throughout the city were closed on Monday due to worker shortages, forcing some New Yorkers to stand outside in the cold for WiFi and to download tomes.

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Complaints Swipe at City’s $100 Vaccine Payment Card Tech Problems

Some 7,000 have complained they can’t access the money giveaway, provided to New Yorkers who rolled up their sleeves at certain vaccination sites. The provider got the job without competitive bidding.

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COVID ‘Crisis Moment’ for Families With Children in NYC Pre-K and 3K Programs

Ten-day quarantines are forcing families to keep young kids home, causing chaos for those in need of child care — regardless of negative COVID test results.

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AG Probing CareCube, COVID Test Company Accused of Excess Billing

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Omicron Afflicts Already Ailing NYC Economy, Pushing Projected Jobs Recovery Back to 2025

From Wall Street to Brownstone Brooklyn, business establishments have again grown quiet in response to the pandemic. The Independent Budget Office has added a year to the expected timeline for a full city jobs recovery.

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COVID Schools Crisis Tests Eric Adams in First Days as Mayor

School attendance plunged to 67% on the first day back to classes, as unvaccinated children fill hospital intensive care units.

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COVID Cases Fill More City Hospital Beds, Threatening Halt on Elective Surgeries

Public hospital system has increasingly little room for new patients, state stats show. New York City is now above the threshold of 4 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents that can trigger a state shutdown of non-essential surgery to free up space.

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PHOTOS: Surviving COVID’s Second Year in NYC

For many, 2021 began with renewed hope as the vaccination campaign ramped up and the city slowly reopened. The surging Delta variant, and later, Omicron, complicated the effort.

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Subway Service Delays Feared as Omicron Hits the Express Track

The number of subway workers testing positive for COVID-19 has spiked, according to internal MTA data obtained by THE CITY. "It’s putting a tremendous strain on service, because you have so many absences," said one union official.

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More COVID Testing Needed for New York’s Youngest Kids, Parents Plead

Elected officials slammed Mayor de Blasio Tuesday for closing 20 city-run sites before the Omicron surge and called on him to quickly increase testing capacity — especially for youngsters under 4. Meanwhile, the mayoral inauguration ceremony was postponed.

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Some NYC Schools Shift to Remote Learning Option as COVID Surges Again

School leaders are taking matters into their own hands to respond to positive cases and staffing shortages. Meanwhile, calls are rising to increase COVID testing within schools as absence rates grow.

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Long COVID Test Lines and Result Delays Frustrate New Yorkers as Mayor Eyes More Centers

De Blasio pledged on Monday to open 20 new fixed-location testing sites — as many as he shuttered in recent weeks. Meanwhile, throngs endured chilly slogs for tests and grappled with delayed or lost results as Omicron fueled record positive-case rates.

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De Blasio Promises ‘More and More’ COVID Testing Centers After Closing 20

With Omicron propelling record infections and long pre-holiday lines outside testing facilities, the mayor and Mayor-elect Eric Adams scrambled to assure New Yorkers that we’ll get through the "fast and temporary phenomenon" of the variant.

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De Blasio Shut Down 20 City-Run COVID Testing Facilities Ahead of Omicron Surge

Test & Trace’s shift to privately run mobile testing tents hasn’t stopped long lines from forming at urgent care centers, forcing everyone from teachers to baristas to miss work. The mayor on Thursday announced plans to expand NYC testing site hours and locations.

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The Child Tax Credit, Budgeting for Your Family in 2022 and More: Join Our Open Newsroom Dec. 20! 

The new year brings new financial challenges for many New Yorkers amid pandemic uncertainty. Join our next online Open Newsroom session on Monday, Dec. 20, for a discussion of the Child Tax Credit, how to get it — and how key government spending decisions affect people’s lives.

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‘Vax Daddy’ Gives Politics a Shot: Pandemic Hero Runs for Queens State Assembly Seat

Huge Ma, the coder behind COVID vaccine appointment-finding website TurboVax, is taking his brand of civic tech activism to the campaign trail. But will his virtual folk hero status help the political novice oust a longtime incumbent?

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Borough Presidents Demand Probe Into City Hall’s Shielding of Neighborhood COVID Death Data

Manhattan’s Gale Brewer and Queens’ Donovan Richards issue call for transparency after THE CITY revealed the de Blasio administration withheld a map tracking fatalities at the pandemic’s 2020 peak: "This information could have saved lives."

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City Hall Withheld COVID Neighborhood Death Data During NYC’s 2020 Pandemic Peak, Emails Show

The city Department of Health prepared a map breaking down COVID fatalities by ZIP code in early April 2020, just as New York was about to hit the height of deaths, THE CITY has learned. But the de Blasio administration delayed the information’s release for weeks.