Kathy Hochul

August 3, 2022

3 Governors Declare States of Emergency

1914: Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I.

Three U.S. states have now declared states of emergency over monkeypox outbreaks.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency on Monday after more than 800 cases of monkeypox were reported in the Golden State, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing, and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment, and outreach,” Newsom said.

“We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community-fighting stigmatization,” he added.

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) declared a state of emergency after 500 cases were reported.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating, and preventing the spread of MPV,” Pritzker said.

New York was the first state to declare an emergency over monkeypox.

“More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said in a July 29 statement. “It’s especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups.”

According to the CDC, almost 6,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in the U.S.

Source: Business Insider

July 23, 2022

Congressman Attacked at Campaign Event [Video]

1829: William Austin Burt patents America’s first “typographer” (typewriter).

A man “attempted to stab” congressman and gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) at a rally in Perinton, New York.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Zeldin was onstage giving a campaign speech at a local VFW hall when a man “climbed up on the stage and approached Zeldin.”

“The male had a weapon in his hand, swung it towards Zeldin’s neck, and told him, ‘You’re done,'” the sheriff’s office said. “Members of the audience and Rep. Zeldin’s campaign restrained the male until deputies arrived and took him into custody.”

Authorities confirmed that there were no injuries as a result of the incident. The suspect, 43-year-old David Jakubonis, was charged with second-degree attempted assault.

“Jakubonis was arraigned in Perinton Town Court and released on his own recognizance,” the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Thank you to everyone who reached out following tonight’s attack in Fairport,” Zeldin tweeted late Thursday night. “Someone tried to stab me on stage during this evening’s rally, but fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him.”

Zeldin said he was grateful “for the attendees who stepped up quickly to assist and the law enforcement officers who quickly responded.”

Zeldin called for New York’s cashless bail law to be repealed after his attacker was released despite being charged with a felony.

“After being charged with a felony for last night’s attack, the man who tried to stab me was instantly released back onto the street due to New York’s insane cashless bail law,” Zeldin tweeted. “We MUST repeal cashless bail in New York!”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Zeldin’s Democratic rival in the state’s gubernatorial race, said she was relieved to hear the congressman was not injured in the attack.

“I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible — it has no place in New York,” Hochul said.

President Joe Biden also condemned the attack on Zeldin in a statement issued on Friday.

“I condemn the attack on Congressman Zeldin in the strongest terms,” Biden said. “As I’ve said before, violence has absolutely no place in our society or our politics. I am especially grateful for the courage of those who immediately intervened, and that he is unharmed and was able to continue his speech.”

“I also want to thank the law enforcement officers who quickly took action and are investigating this attack that defies our fundamental democratic values,” he added.

September 13, 2021

NYC subway broke down because someone hit a button

The New York City’s subway system recently experienced a power outage that left hundreds of passengers stranded. An outside investigation assigns blame to someone accidentally pressing an “Emergency Power Off” button.

Investigators found a “strong possibility” that someone pressed the button since they noticed the plastic guard was missing.

“New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in a fully functioning subway system, and it is our job to restore that confidence,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement.

The outage affected over 80 trains and lasted for several hours.


NYC subway breakdown blamed on ‘power off’ button being hit

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