“They surrendered without firing a shot,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said of the Trump administration’s battle against the coronavirus. “It was the great American surrender. Americans don’t surrender. And they didn’t even put up a fight and what we learned in New York was, if you put up a fight, you would have won because New York won. Other states won also.”

Albany County continues to experience an uptick in COVID-19 cases with 32 new cases reported on Saturday morning.

Regal Cinema in Crossgates Mall

Two reports from the state comptroller’s office show that, while Wall Street is doing well in the midst of the pandemic — securities-industry profits grew by 82 percent in the first half of 2020 — Main Street is not.

Hundreds of citizen activists from the Capital Region and upstate New York wrote letters to potential voters throughout the United States, encouraging them to vote. They were delivered in the rain on Friday, Oct. 16.

Albany County had 34 new cases of COVID-19 overnight since Wednesday, one of the largest single-day upticks since early August.

Winter is going to be the season of the vaccine,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo at Wednesday’s press conference. “That may very well be the most challenging operation government has had to perform all through COVID.”

Three party candidates and one write-in challenger are all vying for the State Senate seat left open by incumbent Republican George Amedore, a developer who declined to seek a fourth term

Forty-three states are now on the travel advisory list. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut also meet the criteria but are not on the list — “It would have a disastrous effect on the economy,” says the governor. However, non-essential travel to those states is discouraged.

Two more Albany County residents have died of COVID-19, the county’s executive, Daniel McCoy, reported on Monday, bringing the death toll to 138. He also said that, since the start of the pandemic, suicides and deaths from drug overdoses in the county are “through the roof.”

Once there is a vaccine for COVID-19, the first New Yorkers to receive it will be health-care workers in patient-care settings, long-term-care facility workers, and the at-risk patients in those facilities, according to the state’s plan released on Sunday.