In an effort to keep New Yorkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued an executive order delaying village elections statewide until the April 28 primary election.
“Our top priority has been keeping New Yorkers safe and stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Governor Cuomo said. “Public health officials have been clear that reducing density is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread, and delaying village elections will help ensure poll workers and voters are not potentially exposed to the virus and at the same time maintain integrity in our election system.”
The Governor’s Office also stated the following: No gatherings of 50 people or more in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey; Casinos, gyms, theaters will be closed as of 8 pm on Mon., Mar. 16 until further notice; and Bars and restaurants will be closed as of 8 p.m. on Mon., Mar. 16, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure. The Governor strongly advises that only services and businesses that are essential stay open after 8 p.m. such as grocery stores; gas stations; pharmacies; and medical facilities. Cuomo states that non essential state workers work from home; all local governments must reduce their workforce by at least 50%; and that New York State will waive all park fees in state, local and county parks.