ALBANY COUNTY — For the second time in as many weeks, another Albany County resident has died of COVID-19.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy made the announcement in a Saturday morning press release. This brings the county’s death toll from the virus to 390.

Governor Kathy Hochul

ALBANY COUNTY — Long-held anticipation was answered this week as on Monday, the Food and and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech, and on Tuesday New York’s new governor, Kathy Hochul, said fighting

“There are billions in federal aid to help renters who fell behind on payments in the pandemic, but this money isn’t getting to them,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a statement releasing a report, “New York State Rent Relief Funding.” The state’s moratorium on evictions ends on Aug. 31.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s initiatives were embraced immediately by Albany County’s executive, by the state’s largest teachers’ union, and by the state’s health commissioner.

Albany County saw a 23.7 percent increase in local sales-tax collections, going from $19,954,544 in July 2020 to $24,680,378 in July this year.

“While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, in a release announcing the approval.

ALBANY COUNTY — At 10 a.m. Sunday, as Tropical Storm Henri was an hour from its predicted time to hit Long Island, Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press briefing in New York City.

Stephen Acquario

On the same day that Menands was awarded federal funds to prevent overdose deaths, the executives for Rensselaer and Albany counties announced measures to help prevent prescription pills from being misused.

For the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area, the over-the-year change for nonfarm jobs was 18,600, an increase of 4.4 percent. In July 2020, pandemic restrictions were just beginning to be lifted.

Jessica Bogert readies a Pfizer vaccine

“Even though our vaccines are currently working well to prevent hospitalizations, we are seeing concerning evidence of waning vaccine effectiveness over time and against the Delta variant,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky of the need for booster shots.