A.M. Roundup: Peak of coronavirus outbreak in NY could arrive sooner than projected – Albany Times Union

Good morning. Rep. Paul Tonko appeared on the Capitol Confidential podcast to discuss the $2.2 trillion stimulus package aimed to mitigate some of the finance consequences of the coronavirus. (TU)

Heres your roundup:

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the peak of the outbreak could arrive sooner than the 21-day projection. As of Thursday, the total number of cases in New York crossed 92,000. (TU)

Cuomo warned that the state only has six days worth of ventilators left as hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with patients. (AP)

New York state is set to miss a payment deadline and forfeit the right to buy 1.5 million highly-sought, specialized medical masks. (TU)

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says he is considering imposing a curfew and fines for those violating orders to social distance. The Capital Region saw deaths linked to the coronavirus rise to 11 on Thursday. (TU)

Initial claims for unemployment in the Capital Region surged by 2,678 percent last week compared to a year earlier. (TU)

State lawmakers failed to pass the budget on time, largely due to the pandemic, but they did come to an agreement on some items like school aid, which would be kept flat, and possibly legalizing paid gestational surrogacy. (TU)

The state comptrollers office was able to release state employee paychecks as lawmakers reached a conceptual agreement on the budget. (TU)

Reform-ception: Lawmakers are expected to make changes to the states controversial criminal justice reform laws in the state budget. (TU)

Lawyers in New York are asking courts to release their clients as the virus spreads in correctional facilities. (TU)

Members of the states environmental lobby are pleased with the outcome of the budget, as the $3 billion bond act proposal remains intact. (TU)

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins acknowledged that the state budget is not the budget any of us hoped to pass at the beginning of session. Stewart-Cousins took part in a Q&A about the budget. (Buffalo News/C&S)

Social Security beneficiaries will now automatically receive their coronavirus stimulus checks after a change made by the Trump administration. (TU)

And finally, some lighthearted news: The governors brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He made an appearance at Cuomos briefing via video and described his experience which included a fever dream of the governor dancing in a ballet outfit. (Syracuse)

CapCons A.M. Roundup is compiled by Ben Mehic, Ben.Mehic@timesunion.com

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