As more Americans are vaccinated and COVID case numbers have declined and now kind of leveled off, I am getting the impression that many New Yorkers, including the mayor and governor, are ready to move on from the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Are we at that point yet?
Gothamist reports that there were 63 NYC deaths yesterday from COVID-19 and 95 in NYS. They also state that NYC had 3,514 new cases. That is still way too high.
As for the schools, I received an email from my daughter's school. Here is a part of it:
To all MS 172 Families:
The Department of Education has notified MS 172 that the school will be closed through March 19 due to multiple confirmed cases of COVID 19. All students will continue in remote learning. Please continue to check your phone messages and emails for school closure and re-opening updates.
I get these emails regularly from my childrens' schools. Are many of the students and teachers attending in-person really benefiting from this Bill de Blasio public relations stunt? Saying the high schools are opening on March 22 is the definition of a misleading statement as so few pupils will be served in school buildings.
But high school staff return next week. Dues well spent
With only 20 percent of kids enrolled for in person learning, what is the purpose of opening up? Kids need consistency. We're only going to disrupt kids again. I know many high schools where teachers will have their programs changed so they get either a fully remote or fully in school. Great idea to change kids teachers at the end of March. Again, it's never about the kids but to make the politicians look better.
NY democrats no longer have a foil in Trump. Everything is opening up here because dems are free to show their true colors and tell you to go fuck yourself. They know New York democrats will vote for them no matter how many times they spit in their face. It’s over. No more Trump, no more need for the democrats to pretend they agreed with you. This is Biden’s 52nd day in office. He wants schools open, looking for an open schools czar and is looking at a NYC DOE chief of staff to fill position. COVID infected illegal immigrants pouring into our cities, kids still in cages, killed the $15 minimum wage and reneged on the $2000. They don’t need dem voters anymore just like they don’t need Cuomo anymore. Take a break for now. Theyll be back. They’ll be pretending again during the upcoming mayoral, gubernatorial and mid term races.
I am NOT a Democrat by any way but you can't argue how nice it was to hear a normal speech. Whether you agree with it or not, is up to you. It was good to hear someone with a plan and someone who didn't think the virus will magically go away.
The problem is the virus showed America's true colors. Our "freedom" means "I can do what I want" and I don't care about the virus. The only saving grace is the vaccine because we handled this terribly as a people. Trump deserves all the credit for Operation Warp Speed. He was the only President to get a vaccine going this early. Biden will carry out a plan to get needles in arms.
I have faith. Any Republican but Trump in 2024.
Was great to find out trump took the vaccine in secret in January. Now i feel like i can get it since its ok for him. Wish he told us sooner.
9:05....do you realize how ridiculous you sound. You're a teacher, you should be more intelligent than Trump. Act on your own accord as opposed to following him blindly. Just for the record, I didn't vote for either of those to two dopes. This country is pathetic to consider itself a democracy with only 2 candidates on the ballot. What a joke, both the dems and repubs are pathetic that neither can select a viable candidate.
James, it saddens me that you aren't as outraged as I am at Randi and Mulgrew. What will it take? Are you that into the democrat propaganda that Randi tweets every night? Are you blinded? Do you see what is going on in this country?
How in the world was that a normal speech? It's as if Biden* is living in some dystopian alternate reality. Maybe you can gather in a small group by July 4? Maybe you can go to school? Sane people have been doing that since last summer, we don't need to wait for this one.
On topic: LA and NYC, draconian lockdown cities, high deaths, but Seattle and SF also draconian lockdown cities, low deaths. In regard to free cities (I can't even believe I have to write that in America) Miami has an elevated rate yet Tampa/St. Pete does well. The same can be said looking at semi-free (thanks to leftist R governor Abbott) Dallas and Houston with good rates and semi-draconian Philly (elevated rate). So what good is it doing to keep these totalitarian lockouts in place, and at what cost?
The mayor is failing, City offices need to be opened, he needs to be at a restaurant, museum and movie theater every day and publicizing it.
I don’t think 9:05 followed Trump blindly. If he had, he would have gotten the vaccine when Trump said to. Instead 9:05 didn’t quite trust Trump so 9:05 waited until Trump took vaccine. If I’m correct, I’ll bet 9:05 heard Harris and CNN etc mock Trump when he said we’d have an effective vaccine in a year. They sowed the vaccine mistrust all across America. Also, I’ve worked in 4 schools. In each school 1/3 of the staff were morons. It shouldn’t shock you to find dumb teachers.
So this one time payment, according to Randi, brings everyone out of poverty. Can someone explain that to me?
Joe Biden forgot to mention that his American Rescue Plan gives
$600M: San Francisco
$800M: foreign food aid
$470M: the arts
$100M: EPA to address “pollution”
$20M: “language preservation”
$86B: pension bailout that pre-dates COVID-19
11:20, James understands that mass layoffs are coming. That is why we are at the whim of what the city wants. They're going to KILL those that survive the layoffs and cut pay for those that stay. If pay remains frozen, that will be declared a victory. Online cohorts will be a thing moving forward. 50-60 kids in a class- maybe more. That's why the UFT is rolling over. That and the fake news media has been character assassinating us.
Mass layoffs are not coming. We have a no layoff agreement as long as there was a federal bailout of state and local governments. The $1.9 trillion federal rescue has plenty of local bailout money. No possible layoffs until July 2022 in NYC. That was agreed to for us deferring the retro one last time.
I have to laugh. No possible layoffs because we have a deal. We also had a deal to get our final retro payment Oct 2020. And we had a deal for spring break for eons. But this time will be different. It’s battered wife syndrome. He’ll change. He promised. Get out of the abusive relationship and save 1600 per year.
The city got their bailout money from DC. No way they back out of no layoffs.
Until July 2022. How reassuring! The inevitable is delayed by a year. Layoffs are indeed coming. Salary freezes will be hailed as a monumental victory for this union.
Cancelling this blog. Just been "moderated" one time too many.
If there are no mass layoffs —at least till July 1, 2022–then very unlikely that there will be any Early Retirement Incentive—come July 1, 2021.
TJL—have a couple of tickets for you to attend the Texas Rangers baseball opening day—in early April. They are permitting a sellout-45,000 for that game. But then, back to 25% seating from the next game on until further notice. Explain the logic behind their decision —and which science is the Texas Governor looking at?
James I hope you're right, maybe you can do a post on the particulars of the agreement. Like you say the devil is in the details. Does the City get to weasel out because it's not the identical "Heroes Act" or the price tag was "only" 1.9T instead of 3.2T?
1:12, bye bye. This is James blog. He does quite a good job moderating. Thanks James.
They wouldn't need to do layoffs if they quit wasting money. Get rid of the countless deputies and superintendents and having 4 principals in one school and the ATR pool and the countless useless programs that are never incorporated properly. Sue Edelman should do an article on all the massive nonsense spending.
Oh good. Can we get the spring break money from the 1.9T?
That data doubtless includes deaths from the 1st spike last March that we know was a total public health failure, since it got spiking before any policy was implemented at all, virus allowed to run rampant.
How is the comparison if we remove the first wave?
Henry Levine is on to something here. Anyone who is honest about it, or anyone who understands basic statistics, would look at the data and see that the spike keeps NYC, the NYC Metro area, NY State, and NJ at the top of the heap, an that that spike doesn't say much about what's going down now and nor what policy should be used to keep people safe and alive now.
Opening schools may save lives. Yes, that's right.
But can those who are so far on one side of this thing now even think that possible?
How about the fact that the state is still sending COVID patients to homes for the disabled? Cuomo behind bars or in one of those homes.
5:56am...there was never going to be $2000. This is always been the biggest misconception. When the second stimulus plan was being announced everyone settled on $600 per adult. President Trump said he wanted $2000. Some Dems and a few republicans agreed but it never passed and was left at $600. The 3rd stimulus package makes up for that shortage and gives the rest of the money to reach $2000...hence the $1400.
I was a Trump supporter but please stop saying Biden didn't deliver. this is exactly what he did regarding the $2000.
But Biden is failing everywhere else.
Sorry, you don't get to discount last March. Seattle shut down faster than NYC. It saved lives.
From Chalkbeat interview w/ Meisha:
Is summer school going to be part of the regular school year?
I know there’s been talk about extending the school year. We’re still figuring it out.
So they're going to take our summer away.
All you hear-‘ open this and open that’—.as people have more hope and less doom with the vaccines and people are tired of the Ground Hogs Day Syndrome.
However, the latest news I saw was that half of Italy will be back in lockdown due to ta new variant —starting Monday in addition to the UK and other European countries. Wasn’t it last February that the Italian medical community was over burdened with Covid and a similar scenario would play out in the USA—but of course Trump downplayed said ‘all will be well—by Easter’. How did his public health plan work out?
No one knows how the next few months are going to play out—but too many American people are spoiled and selfish. It’s great to see restrictions are being lifted little by little all over—but what will happen if this next European surge hits here.again. It will certainly not be good news for the New York region and Texas—look out.
They cant just make us work over the summer.
Don't worry, mulgrew has it under control.
Italy headed back to lockdown amid COVID spike
By Jesse O’NeillMarch 12, 2021 | 10:33pm | Updated
It’s enough already. I don’t want to wear a mask. I want to go to the gym, the opera and have Un-Anonymous sex, unlike the anonymous scum I’ve been forced to become. This virus was made in a lab as a social experiment and to fuck Trump. It has succeeded on all accounts. Take off you mask and dance in the street, (but don’t pull a Cuomo).
Speaking of covid.
COVID deaths / 100k:
1 NJ: 269
2 NY: 252
3 RI: 242
4 MA: 239
5 MS: 231
6 AZ: 227
7 CT: 218
8 SD: 216
9 LA: 212
10 AL: 210
11 PA: 193
13 IN: 191
15 IL: 183
19 GA: 171
21 MI: 168
22 KS: 167
23 NV: 166
24 TX: 160 <- #AbbottFailedTexas
26 OH: 153
27 FL: 150 <- #DeathSantis
Problem with having summer school mandatory is that the same kids are going to cut who cut school all year, so it would have little effect. What makes them think these kids are going to be more motivated in the summer. I've worked summer school in the past, and you can get some kids to pass as long as you don't give homework, do all the work with them in class and don't count attendance.
So it will be per session money. Stop the fear mongering. It’s in the contract that we don’t work past a certain day in June. Plus,Labor Day is Kate this year, with one of the Jewish holidays right after.
Florida has been playing with COVID numbers so there will be investigations on Deathsantis sooner or later.
You are bragging about 150 deaths per 100,000 people? Are you mad? Better than NY is nothing to boast about DeathSantis. NY is one of the worst COVID places on earth. Florida is just bad.
Well, FL didn't have lockdowns, so, yeah, pretty amazing numbers vs the other states. If 150 is bad, what are the 20+ states that had more WITH lockdowns.
Florida opened up too soon or they might be at the bottom of the list, not the middle of the pack.
Biden is the tyrant they pretended Trump was.
As far as summer school, do what happens all year, get paid, students will not attend and/or do no work, you continue to get paid, and then you put in fraud grades so Meisha and de blasio can say we succeeded and the students worked really hard.
You ignored Pritzker, Cuomo, Murphy, Newsom and Lamont who faired far worse than FL while having strict restrictions, I wonder why. 1 of those governors is being recalled, another may be impeached or arrested.
Deathsantis is a proven liar when it comes to COVID-19 statistics.
When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida ranked 34th among states in per capita pediatric COVID-19 cases, he was making an invalid comparison between states, the NBC 6 Investigators found and an epidemiologist Thursday confirmed..
That's because rate for Florida in the American Academy of Pediatrics report excluded all children over 14 -- something the report noted in four places. All the other states, except Utah, had older children counted in their totals.
TAMPA (WFLA) – There are new concerns that more people in Florida may be dying from the pandemic than we thought.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our state’s official death toll could be off by thousands.
Researchers are not saying that Florida is being deceptive, but what does constitute a coronavirus death?
The only person in the country who had covid and didn't count as a covid death was george floyd.
"The truth is... He’s the weakest, he’s the dumbest, & he’s the most shallow of them all. He is genuinely a very small man who pretends to be big.” - Cuomo aide
“He is guilty of everything.”
Deathsantis and Cuomo should get along well. The Orlando Sentinel newspaper had to sue to get COVID-19 information.
Some legal cases are complex. This one was not. It was a slam dunk; the legal equivalent of Shaquille O’Neal trying to score on a 4-foot Nerf goal.
At first, the state tried to claim it wasn’t intentionally hiding the reports, but that it was just so darn busy with things — like other lawsuits — that it couldn’t get around to providing the reports in a timely manner.
But, as Miller reported earlier: “When the judge pressed them for a list of other litigation, the state attorneys backtracked their statement and said they were busy monitoring the election.”
I believe the Latin legal term for the state’s excuse was Bullimus Crapimus.
After their flimsy excuses crumbled, the state’s lawyers quickly caved, handing over the reports, agreeing to promptly share future weekly dispatches and coughing up $7,500 to cover our newspaper’s legal fees.
On the topic of the ERI ...
Does anyone have any news? The Gounardes bill is in the Rules committee.
Mulgrew said we may know by April 1 [yes, I see the irony there].
My instinct tells me getting so much Fed $ probably makes the ERI less likely, but supposedly NYS has a deficit even with the Fed stimulus support.
Also it just seems like, in NYC, they would support replacing top $ veteran teachers with cheaper new teachers. It fits the current narrative.
Bullimus Crapimus for sure.
Except 612, Biden Harris stumped for GA senate race swearing 2000 checks would be sent out immediately. They didn’t say 2000 minus what you already got and we’re going to lower the income threshold so less people get it. I guess that’s not as convincing as vote democrat and you immediately get 2k. So Beijing Biden once again lied to Americans.
@ 1:45:00 PM, with cluster@&*" that Cuomo is currently in, to Deblasio's glee, maybe, just maybe he pushes and signs the ERI bill as he last swan song?
The new Chancellor has a plan to reopen all NYC schools in September —but with some changes—wonder what that will look like. The NYC Marathon is on for November 7–with some changes—wonder what that will look like.
You might want to hedge your bets and start talking to the probable future Governor Hochul.
I’m done wearing a mask. Live your life in fear or live. Those who love their life, above all else, will lose it. Living like this is a slow death. The choice is your’s. Biden or Trump, are not saviors, and Cuomo has already been taken off the list. Think for yourself. Turn off the TV. Read. Break your addiction to your cell phone. Ask questions and research. Our entire populace is being manipulated. We are being tracked, listened to and algorithms are being developed based on the information. Facial recognition is now being allowed and becoming commonplace because of the need to identify those wearing masks. Combine that with your DNA, and your entire linage and their choices will soon be predicted especially with the advent of quantum computing. Much of it is for marketing (Pharmaceuticals, healthcare, entertainment) and some of it is just diabolical populace control. Be aware.
Thank GOD mulgrew got us the gold standard in testing. I feel so safe.
Here’s a look at Today’s #COVID19 indicators:
• 225 new hospitalizations
• 2,812 new cases
• 6.70% positivity rate (7-day avg.)
These numbers are heading in the right direction — keep up the fight. Practice social distancing
On the topic of vaccines —just remember the name—Novavax (nothing to do with injecting lox, Donald). Trials have been very promising with success against variants in the UK and South Africa, Novavax could be available in the United States as early as May.
In addition, both Pfizer and Moderna are developing booster shots—while Johnson & Johnson is working on their own booster shot to be known as —
the Johnson & Johnson & Johnson.
Yes, I can see it now, Carlson and Hannity start picking on the possible new Governor of NY by referring to her as :
Governor Hochulberry Hound
Last time I checked, people have been doing as they pleased in regards to mask wearing since the start of the pandemic. Many people have not worn masks this entire time, have been having large gatherings, have been traveling.
I would say that the US has been pretty lax about the whole thing and very inconsistent. Even the lockdowns aren't really lockdowns since people were still out and about and doing underground rule breaking.
Teachers are some of the biggest conspiracy theorists I have ever seen. NY's brightest folks.
NY State Covid death count (not including deliberate undercounting of nursing homes)—along with other largely populated sates like California, Florida, Texas—-probably has been undercounted—or simply misleading. Who knows — deliberately for political purposes.
Fauci has always said he wouldn’t be surprised if the total nation wide number of both deaths and infections—we’re actually anywhere from 10% to 25% higher than what has been reported.
Oh, great. When am I getting the booster? I thought high schools return this week and other schools have been open. So happy we have the gold standard. Dues well spent. We need a union, right james.
Remember social distancing for covid? Biden doesn't.
JUST IN: A south Texas migrant facility is now at 729% of its legal capacity, children are going hungry and are only able to shower once every seven days -Daily Mail
Forget the news of Covid vaccines and variants , reopenings too quickly, and Cuomo allegations—Here’s the most important news of today—
JLo and ARod are not breaking up—So you see—there is hope.
Genocide in China. https://vox.com/future-perfect/22311356/china-uyghur-birthrate-sterilization-genocide
But the Pentagon is more angry at Fox News.
12:56 Saying something is a conspiracy theory is just a way of negating unpleasant truths. Then throwing in a sarcastic insult says a lot about you. Sarcasm is the last resort of cowardice. I have two degrees in marketing and worked in advertising for years - do some research on your own and educate yourself. https://youtu.be/hIXhnWUmMvw
Career criminal fentanyl and meth addicts are worth $27 million but teachers who were forced to work while on vacation cant get compensated.
Under Biden’s leadership, the military publicly shames and mocks civilians who disagree with government policy.
If that doesn’t concern you, you’re brain dead.
I've seen people in my life die from COVID. I have seen how careless people are when it comes to protocols. Not surprisingly, more rule breakers in Long Island than the five boroughs.
So, COVID is happening. 1918 Spanish Flu was quite similar in the way the events are occurring now. We wore masks then, we tried to mitigate virus spread by moving activities outside, and yep - conspiracy theorists existed then as well thinking the whole thing was fake. But, two years out at the start of a new decade, it was an event of the past.
People want to believe COVID is fake because they can't handle or adapt to the changes that have occurred in their lives as a result. Which shows a lot of immaturity because a key skill of being an adult is being able to adapt to changes.
COVID will go away. It has been a year since it was first recognized. We'll get through this just like how we got through the 1918 Spanish flu, just like how we got past the 1957-1958 pandemic, 1968 pandemic, and so on.
Were all those pandemics of the past fake too?
I educate myself on things that will make me a better person and have more appreciation for my life (you know since I also had COVID and struggled to survive that as well).
I could sit and search and search and search for things to be upset about or things that will upset me. Or, I could just enjoy the time I have on this earth because you never know when it will be your last. I have had to unfortunately learn this lesson twice over the span of my life.
This will go away but who you are will stay. Would you want to stay the same?
Cuomo is toxic and deadly.
Randi says it is perfectly fine now that Biden is in charge. I suggest you think very carefully. What a left wing hack she is.
"Our union has been trying to figure out how to reopen schools since last April. Give it to President Biden. He has given us the guidance we can rely on, shots in the arms." @rweingarten
People are terrible at change... It's really mind blowing... They just can't handle it.. If they only heard of a word called evolution.. Maybe that would help.
New NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter barely taught before 'quick ascension' https://trib.al/S60YcXv
Lol. Ny post is racist because porter led an F school and taught 1 year.
The only people left in this country crying for lockdowns are teachers. It’s over. Trump lost. Democrats don’t need you anymore. Go back to the classroom.
Well then the dem voters, pretty much the whole uft, were made fools of. You were all suckered.
We got the huge state and local bailout money from DC.Democrats. No way we get a bailout from Trump and McConnell. We voted in our interest mostly.
Bailed out so we can die. Good deal. The variant B1526 is rising in NYC. It now represents about 40% of all sequenced cases with S-gene dropout. The B1526 with E484K mutation is about half of these cases, at about 20%. NYC trends in cases, hospitalizations look concerning. A key question: how much is B1526 a factor?
How did the bailout help us? It is a welfare bailout. They won't even pay us for spring break. How about moving the retro up with all the money?
There is no genocide in China. All the reports are based on a debunked accusation from one person, right wing evangelical Adrian Zenz. Trash reporting from Western media, designed to promote war, as usual.
Oh good a bailout. Now we’ll get raises that keep up with inflation, right? Come on man. I too voted in my best interest. I voted for the guy who wouldn’t let COVID infected illegals roam free across our border. Hint.... it wasn’t Open Border Beijing Biden.
For a clearer understanding of Cuomo's venal toxicity and bad management read this:
Flip flopper keebler Elf Fauci who has been wrong the whole time addddds to his list of mess-ups, new york did it correctly and is a model lol 😂 ! Moron!
Biden is a joke!! MIgrant crisis shhhhhhhhhh, 60 exectuive orders (not a dicttor), womens sports in. peril, pipeline gone, gas prices close to 3. gallon be 4 dollars by summer. cannot answer 3 questions from press, has not done anything to unite, Insulin prices up, only been a month, where is any outrage 😡😡😡😡😡.
Cuomo finally going to be gone, Mario must be sooo proud of him!
1.9 trillion Pelosi back deal is a joke, 90% is not covid relief. Didn't her bitch face say 1,000 crumbs? is 1,400 a nibble?
James loves bailing out dems who ruin states, no accountability, just send over billions to start the process again.
The 90%is not COVID relief does not hold up to scrutiny.
About 22% of the total bill comes from the $422 billion set aside for $1,400-per-person stimulus checks. Another 13% ($246 billion) is for extending additional unemployment funding of $400 a week.
A combined 12% is going to:
Subsidized COBRA for laid-off workers.
Affordable Care Act subsidies for the next two years.
Expanded nutrition assistance to replace school lunch programs during the pandemic.
Funding for testing and contact tracing.
Disaster Relief Fund increases and covering COVID-19-related funeral expenses.
Grants to airlines and contractors to freeze layoffs through September.
Defense Production Act funding for medical supplies.
Grants for restaurants and bars that have lost revenue in the pandemic.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grants of up to $10,000 per business.
Another $519 billion – 27% of the total – is going to state and local governments and schools, much of which will make up losses related to the pandemic and help schools reopen. Republicans note much of the school funding, however, won’t be spent immediately.
This genocide claim is the eptiome of fake news.
James, that is welfare. That isnt for food and shelter, it is for sneakers.
It is to get the economy that was purposely shut down up and running at full speed.
But I didn't get a check. I thought it lifts children out if poverty.
People don't do well with facts. They like headlines instead.
Fell safe dues payers?
“I got vaccinated and I felt protected for a while, until we realized there was so much of the homegrown variant in New York,” says Dr. David Ho, who is working to identify which emerging variants are in NYC. “But that doesn't say the vaccines don't work.” https://cbsn.ws/3qJAgZ3
Unity thrives on Idiocracy.
Cuomo has got something stuck up his ass.
He is a jibone, and he needs to be pried loose by the NY state legislature.
Fauci now says 3 feet ok. Time to open schools. 3 ft more manageable than 6 ft. Yup teachers Fauci doesn't need your approval anymore since his man Beijing Biden is in charge.
NY State just gave the okay for weddings having a maximum of 150 guests with strict safety protocols for admittance —
and only allowing dancing with family members—What the hell does that mean—-and how will it be enforced?
940. It won’t be enforced. Another nanny-state regulation invented by democrats that will be mocked and ignored by attendees.
James said that all this stimulus is needed to get the economy where it was. Ok. So neverending welfare with no work requirement? More money to not work vs to work? People saying the are making so much money not working they can't afford to go back to work? Plus the checks? A single mother that has 5 kids from 5 different guys getting $10k plus?
I want schools open and everything else. I’m sick of you cowards that want to destroy children’s lives. Go on unpaid leave. Step aside. I’m not like most of you that live in freaking suburbia and bitch 24/7. I ride the MTA. It’s going full tilt. Mask up and open up. That’s it. Trump was a disaster and we are moving on
I read somewhere that people either used the stimulus checks in the past to either pay off debts or they saved it. Most people didn't spend it, so it didn't go back into the economy.
They used it on sneakers, as I predicted. So much for those desperate people who couldn't eat.
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