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Could NYC reopen this week? That's anyone's guess

Where does New York City's power to govern itself end, and New York state's authority to tell the city what to do begin? That's a question that has come up more than once since the start of the coronavirus pandemic — and at times has put both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo at odds.

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Health department gives Hebrew Home clean bill of health

Seven surveyors from the state's health department spent three days reviewing every floor, every department and every policy and procedure. And now that it's over, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale says those surveyors have moved on to the next nursing home after giving the Palisade Avenue facility a thumbs up on its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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New COVID-related syndrome keeps schools closed over summer

Just a few weeks ago, few if anyone even knew this was something doctors — and parents — should be looking out for. But a new syndrome among children, called MIS-C, is starting to be identified in a number of states and countries. And because of it, schools will remain closed through the summer.

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COVID-19 testing now open to anyone with symptoms

New York has ramped up coronavirus diagnostic testing so much that testing sites, including drive-thru ones like the site at Lehman College, now have more tests available than people seeking …

City steps carefully as Bronx fights to catch up

Upstate New York is enjoying what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the first phase of an extended statewide stay-at-home order — one that continues full force downstate until at least June 13. But New York City — and the Bronx, in particular — might not have to wait that long if it can meet the criteria of seven different metrics established by the state health department.

CB8 very close to crowning Laura Spalter its chair

Laura Spalter has been waiting — and working — a long time for this moment. And she was ready for the five members of Community Board 8’s nominating committee, keeping her hefty resume near her computer as she tried to connect with the people she hopes will help elevate her to CB8’s top spot: chair.

In face of growing COVID troubles, Dems seek answers

The nationwide struggle to find out exactly how to survive the coronavirus pandemic is now approaching its third month. In the foreseeable future of the crisis, one question has dominated the minds of many: Exactly how did it get this bad?

City bus improvement plan halted by pandemic, cuts

It was a project intended to boost average bus speeds by as much as 25 percent through improvements and new construction of bus-only lanes, including a planned lane on Broadway through Marble Hill. But it seems the coronavirus has claimed yet another victim as Mayor Bill de Blasio has put the brakes on his Better Buses Action Plan as the city scrambles to make up for budget shortfalls caused by the current economic turmoil.

Bill de Blasio’s plan to beat heat: free A/C

Landlords are required to pump heat into apartments during the winter. But when it comes to summertime, tenants are generally on their own. As temperatures rise outside, window and ceiling fans inside can’t keep up, literally turning some units into ovens that could put their occupants in the hospital — or worse. 

No stage, yet soprano finds hope in a shrunken world

Her signature soprano carried through the great spaces of Carnegie Hall, the Miami Music Festival, and the Manhattan Opera Studio over the past decade with classic pieces like Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” and “Pamina” — pieces we know better as “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute.”

After further review, Hebrew Home leads Bronx COVID deaths

As critics, government officials and the public as a whole keep a close watch on coronavirus data coming out of facilities like the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, a so-called “reclassification” of more than two dozen deaths in the past 90 days has now put the Hebrew Home a hair above all other facilities in the Bronx when it comes to coronavirus deaths.

Nursing homes: Numbers don’t tell whole story

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to play out, the nation has heard horror stories from doctors and nurses in hospitals struggling with high numbers of patients, sick staff members, and an inadequate supply of gowns and masks to keep everyone on the front lines safe.

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