Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I would be interested to know how many people in chautauqua county have been tested?,How many have this virus that doesn’t even know they have it? It’s so scary out there ALBANY – With the COVID-19 crisis spiking unemployment in the state, shuttering thousands of businesses and driving up government budget deficits, Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell advanced a plan for a phased-in reopening of New York’s economy.The strategy hinges on application of a regionally based assessment model that would determine risk level based on a variety of factors including population density, infection rate and health care capacity. The strategy would also incorporate risk analysis by industry.The geographical template for the plan would be the state’s existing ten Regional Economic Development Council zones (REDC).Each zone would be evaluated based on a multi-tiered risk assessment that could include factors such as infection level, hospitalization utilization, demographic and trend data, such as the increase or decrease in number of active cases. Risk analysis by business sector would also be conducted, based on the four-level model developed by OSHA, with corresponding guidelines for protecting workers safety.“Almost like a horror film, the COVID-19 pandemic invaded our world seemingly overnight, and in so doing, changed life as we know it. While our battle with this insidious virus isn’t over, the strength and unity of New Yorkers in meeting this challenge has been extraordinary, helping us ‘flatten the curve’ and ease infection rates in many of our hardest hit downstate areas,” said Senator George Borrello.“However, an economic crisis has been unfolding alongside our public health emergency. The shuttering of our businesses has resulted in staggering job losses – 1.2 million residents filed for unemployment over the past five weeks, four times the total number of jobs lost during the Great Recession of 2008.”“While New York is one state, we cannot ignore the reality that there is a huge gap between infection rates in New York City and its surrounding counties and rural areas of upstate. For example, in Chautauqua County we currently have four active cases and a substantial drop in the number of people in precautionary quarantine. That is just one example, but it is illustrative of the experience of many rural areas,” said Borrello. “Under the plan we are advancing, economies in regions like this could be safely restarted by following safety protocols, putting people back to work and saving many small businesses from having to close their doors forever.”“Each day that passes puts us in further economic jeopardy. While the governor’s statewide edicts have been done out of an abundance of caution, we cannot restart our economy with the same ‘one-size-fits-all’ process,” said Assemblyman Andy Goodell. “The impact of this pandemic on the various regions of our state has been vastly different and a common-sense plan needs to be tailored to fit the level of risk.”Senator Borrello and Assemblyman Goodell have submitted their plan to New York State Commissioner of Tax and Finance, Michael Schmidt, who will be part of the Cuomo administration’s team working on restarting the economy.
According to MLB.com, the Giants are not ruling out the possibility of making a deal with the Dodgers for Smith.#Dodgers, #SFGiants aren’t ruling out the prospect of making a Will Smith trade, source says. The rivals haven’t paired up on a deal since @Sweendog9 to L.A. for Travis Denker in 2007. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 25, 2019Deals between the Dodgers and Giants are exceedingly rare as the last time the teams hooked up on a trade was more than a decade ago when the Giants sent Mark Sweeney to the Dodgers for Travis Denker in 2007. Related News MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Brian Cashman would do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Max Scherzer The Dodgers may be looking to add bullpen help in contentious places.Los Angeles is interested in Giants closer Will Smith, according to MLB.com. And while it would be odd to see San Francisco deal a player to help out its rival in Southern California, it apparently isn’t out of the question. MLB trade rumors: Yankees targeting 4 big names on pitching market MLB trade rumors: Brewers ‘eyeballing’ Tigers’ Matt Boyd But considering the Giants are both out of the race for a playoff spot and may very well be out of the postseason conversation for at least a couple of years, there is little risk in trading a closer to an arch rival.Bear in mind, San Francisco’s president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was hired away from the Dodgers after he spent the previous five seasons as the general manager for Los Angeles.Whether or not that connection could make way for deals between the two teams remains to be seen, but it couldn’t hurt.The Dodgers are currently the best team in MLB record-wise at 54-26, but their bullpen has struggled at times. Joe Kelly, who the team signed this offseason to address issues from last season, has been especially bad, posting a 6.39 ERA and 4.45 FIP in 25 1/3 innings this season. Smith, though, has been fantastic for the Giants as he is a perfect 20-for-20 in save opportunities while posting a 2.01 ERA and 2.10 FIP. He would be a big help to the Dodgers, and considering the team’s need for relief help, he could fetch a solid price as well if Los Angeles is desperate enough.And don’t expect Zaidi to give the Dodgers a discount because they are his former team. He is apparently already driving a hard bargain on Madison Bumgarner, who would be just a rental for teams hoping to pick him up in a trade.But Los Angeles’ need for relievers and Zaidi’s insistence upon receiving back good value for his assets could very well lead to the first trade between the two teams since 2007.