ALBANY COUNTY — It’s the “short memories of American voters” that keep   “our politicians in office,” Will Rogers, the early 20th-Century entertainer and newspaper columnist, wrote in his April 1930 “Will Rogers Sa

The county, like the rest of the Capital Region, is in the second of four reopening phases. It is scheduled to enter Phase 3 on June 17. 

As the COVIID-19 numbers decline, Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen said, “It is not we-are-out-of-the-woods news.” Whalen noted that, as other countries have reopened, there is almost always a spike in COVID-19 cases. “There’s a difference in areas that are vigilant in their reopening and areas that are not,” she said. 

If low COVID-19 numbers continue, the Capital Region could start phases 3 and 4 ahead of schedule.

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would issue an executive order extending the deadline for school districts to receive school budget ballots. To be counted, school budget ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5 p.m. on June 9 and received by mail through June 16 by the school district. 

“If our numbers stay the way they are … we might get into Phase 3 earlier,” Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said on Friday.

Directives from the state’s Department of Health state that students and families without vehicles would need to be provided alternative accommodations and transportation that complies with social-distancing requirements.

While customers are excited, after months of isolation, just to be going out, “they need to be patient with the bar owners, the restaurants, and each other, and be kind to each other,” urged Tess Collins, owner of McGeary’s Irish Pub.

ALBANY COUNTY — In a cathedral-like setting, prayers were offered Thursday morning for love and healing, peace and understanding.

If businesses and customers follow protocols and the metrics set by the state hold, the Capital Region would begin Phase 3 on June 17.