The legislation would raise the minimum wage for county employees to $15 an hour, though it wouldn’t override the union contracts that control the wages of certain employees. 

The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance encourages eligible taxpayers to register for a free virtual tax-filing assistance session.

Albany County officials call on residents Friday to "step up" for vaccines, and also called on the state to allow personal doctors to dispense vaccines.

The original curfew for restaurants and bars, adopted last year to stem the spread of the coronavirus, was 10 p.m.; that was pushed back to 11 p.m. in February.

The state launched a program to vaccinate college students, at both private and state schools, and also announced graduation ceremonies can be held in-person this year as long as regulations on capacity and admittance are followed.

“This new effort to bring the vaccine directly to farmers and food production workers at their places of employment is an important step forward to reaching a population that lives in more remote parts of the state,” said the governor.

So far, the UAlbany site has administered more than 150,000 shots since opening in January, with a capacity of approximately 2,000 shots per day. The new location at Crossgates has the ability to administer up to three times the number of doses since it is larger.

“For people who recently got the [Johnson & Johnson] vaccine within the last couple of weeks, they should be aware to look for any symptoms. If you’ve received the vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, you should contact your health-care provider and seek medical treatment,” said Ann Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, at a press briefing on Tuesday morning.

Graduation ceremonies for schools, colleges, and universities, effective May 1, will be allowed, both indoors and out, as long as restrictions on capacity and admittance are followed, the governor announced on Monday.

The hope is that, with three-foot distancing, school buildings can accommodate more students. The Biden administration has been pushing to open elementary and middle schools by the end of the month.

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