Saturday, January 1, 2022

Cleveland Postal Service Manager Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Packages Containing Drugs


 U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Anthony Sharp, 31, of Euclid, Ohio, was sentenced on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, by Judge Donald C. Nugent to 10 years in prison after Sharp admitted to stealing packages from the U.S. Mail that he suspected contained drugs.

Sharp pleaded guilty in August of 2021 to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, money laundering and theft of mail.

According to court documents, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) began an investigation into Sharp, a Cleveland Postal Service Manager, based on suspicion that Sharp was profiling U.S. Mail suspected to contain cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine and stealing the packages.

In July of 2021, USPS OIG special agents and postal inspectors observed Sharp arrive at a Cleveland Postal Service processing facility to help sort Express Mail.  Sharp was then observed removing three packages from the mail stream and placing them in a hamper to be transported to his facility.  Once the Express Mail was sorted, Sharp was observed loading all the Express Mail for his facility, including the three packages suspected of containing drugs, into his vehicle.

Sharp was then observed leaving the facility, opening several parcels and arriving at the postal facility that he managed.  Later, Sharp left the facility and was detained during a traffic stop.  A search of his vehicle produced the three packages which were opened and contained methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl.  Law enforcement officers also observed additional Express and Priority Mail parcels opened in the trunk of the vehicle. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  

A Letter to New Yorkers from New York City Comptroller Brad Lander - January 1, 2022

At this moment of transition for New York City, our communities are facing both anxious uncertainty and expansive opportunity.

We are emerging from a historic pandemic that brought our city to a standstill and took the lives of too many of our neighbors – disproportionately in communities of color. As we start the new year with a new administration, we are still facing down a public health crisis, and we must learn the lessons of this one to ensure we are better prepared for the next ones.

The NYC Comptroller is the city’s budget watchdog, pension fiduciary, and chief accountability officer. The mission is to secure a thriving future for all New Yorkers. The office has the tools and the responsibility to ensure we are budgeting wisely, investing strategically, holding city agencies to their promises, and keeping a sharp eye on the challenges to come.

And there are a lot of challenges.

The city’s glaring gender and racial inequities, highlighted and exacerbated by the pandemic, threaten the long-term prosperity of New York City’s families, neighborhoods, and economy. The climate crisis looms as the biggest long-term risk, not just to NYC’s infrastructure, but also to our investment portfolios and to the very lives of our people.

Some believe there is a conflict between effective government and progressive government. I believe they are mutually essential.

We need big, bold government that can care for people when they need it, educate our children to be leaders in diverse communities, and maintain the infrastructure that holds our lives in common together. But for that to be possible, we must build confidence – confidence which has been badly eroded – in our government’s ability to tell the truth, to plan ahead for emergencies, to deliver services effectively, to spend our public funds wisely, and account for where they’ve gone. To bring us together to solve shared problems and build a common future.

The Comptroller is NYC’s accountant. We often think about accounting as values-free – do the numbers add up, do credits and debits balance?

But the truth is: it’s all about what we value.

If we value our neighborhoods, then we must invest in good transit, truly affordable housing, and resilient infrastructure so that they can remain places where people can afford to live.

If we value a fair economy, then we must ensure that people whose work keeps our city and our economy going get the stability, pay, and dignity they need to care for themselves and their families.

If we value a sustainable future, then we must take action now – through our investments, our infrastructure, our buildings, our transportation – to transition to a green economy.

Our task together over the next four years is to ensure that we are accounting for our shared values. That we are delivering on the promises that NYC government has made to its people for a more just and equitable city.

The numbers must add up to a city where everyone has a chance to thrive.

That is the work ahead of us: to secure a fairer and more sustainable future for all our neighborhoods.

A future where every child can learn and succeed, regardless of their race or class. Where workers are treated with respect, earn fair pay, and can retire with dignity. Where economic opportunity and prosperity is accessible and shared, no matter what neighborhood you live in. Where our sewers, transit, and utilities are ready to withstand the storms to come. Where everyone who calls this city home has a home to live in.

Where our city’s government is our common vehicle for that shared thriving.

I look forward to working hard, every day, side-by-side with you, to deliver on those promises.

Brad Lander Signature
Brad Lander

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - JANUARY 1, 2022

Clinical specimen testing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Wadsworth Laboratory

89,675 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours     

88 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday   

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.

“As we fight the winter surge, we need to keep the most vulnerable among us in mind – do what you can to keep others in your community safe from COVID-19,” Governor Hochul said. “Wear a mask, wash your hands, and take advantage of the best tool we have at our disposal – the vaccine. If you haven’t gotten your second dose, do so as soon as possible and get your booster if you’re eligible. We will continue to make vaccines, boosters and testing more widely available as part of our Winter Surge Plan so we can continue to keep each other safe.” 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:   

  • Test Results Reported – 384,365 
  • Total Positive – 85,476
  • Percent Positive – 22.24%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 19.79% 
  • Patient Hospitalization – 8,451 (+532)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 1,808
  • Patients in ICU – 1,112 (+40)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 554 (+29)
  • Total Discharges – 232,184 (1,334)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 88
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 48,496

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.   

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 61,242

This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings.   

  • Total vaccine doses administered – 33,741,158
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 89,675
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 664,655
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 89.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 80.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 95.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 82.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 78.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 69.8% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 84.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 71.8%

That's It, I'm No Longer Your Mayor


As of 12:30 AM I was no longer your mayor. Hey Ruben you were out of a job at 12:01 AM. Let's smile for this photo by my favorite Bronx Reporter who would not stop giving me such hard questions, I told my moderator not to call on him. Are you really going to work for a developer like he said, but I liked that photo of you picking up trash in the park.

At least he can't pick on me anymore now that I am no longer mayor, and he is going to have to do it now to the new Mayor Eric Adams. At least the Bronx will have a better borough president in Vanessa Gibson, and she can't do any worse than you, because you set the bar so low, but then again you took over for someone who wound up working for a developer. They could have waited in announcing that 17 story building in Pelham Bay until you were out of office. Good luck Amigo.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Ice Skating in the Square at Owen Dolan Park


Thursday December 30th from 3 - 6 PM Owen Dolan Park in Westchester Square was transformed into an Ice Skating area provided by Magical Entertainment. Fitted hard plastic squares were set up in a rectangular rink, and ice skates were provided free to those who wanted to skate. There were also training aids for the very young children who did not know how to ice skate.

Experienced skaters did have some problems on this hard plastic surface, and they explained that real ice gives a little when an experienced skater tries to push off, whereas the hard plastic did not give at all. In fact many of the skates had to be ground down after being used, because the hard plastic took away the shark edge used on real ice to skate. Those who had the best time seemed to be the young people who knew how to skate, but only did it once in a while. Some said that since they did not skate often it was easy to get use to the hard plastic surface. 

Precast hard plastic squares were set up as in a rectangle shape, with skates that were given to use for free on the wall, and seats to change into the skates before entering the rink. 

Training skating aids were available to those who did not know how to skate. 

Older children such as these boys who knew how to skate, were able to skate on the hard plastic squares set up as a rink.

At times people would fall down, and in order to go skating waivers had to be signed by the person or the parent of a child. 

Because it was a hard plastic surface not real ice, some of the blades of the skates had to be ground down after being used.

Lights were used to allow for skating after the sun went down until 6 PM.

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - DECEMBER 31, 2021

 Clinical research for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Wadsworth Laboratory

137,298 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours      

80 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19. 

“On this New Years Eve I wish everyone a safe and healthy celebration," Governor Hochul said. “It was a difficult year for so many New Yorkers, lets do the right thing and get vaccinated, and let's welcome the new year with lots of good health and happiness. If we work together and get vaccinated, we can make 2022 the year we beat the pandemic.”

Today's data is summarized briefly below:  

  • Test Results Reported - 339,853
  • Total Positive - 76,555
  • Percent Positive - 22.53%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 17.91%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 7,919 (+546) 
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 1,718 
  • Patients in ICU - 1,072 (+52) 
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 525 (+7) 
  • Total Discharges - 230,850 (+1,194) 
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 80 
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 48,405

    The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.  
  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 61,242

    This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings.  
  • Total vaccine doses administered - 33,651,483
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours -137,298
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days -671,674 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 89.2%   
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 80.6%  
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 95.0% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 82.8% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 78.0% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 69.7%  
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 84.0%  
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.8% 



As the city moves to close jails on Rikers Island, the agency is planning to relocate the Faith Ringgold painting “For the Women’s House” to a permanent home


 First Lady Chirlane McCray and the Department of Correction (DOC) today announced that For the Women’s House, an iconic painting by celebrated artist Faith Ringgold is expected to be moved out of the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC) on Rikers Island to the Brooklyn Museum, subject to review by the NYC Public Design Commission.


“The history of New York City's success is very much about how women contributed in every aspect of the city’s development. But too many of those stories remain untold, particularly for women of color whose achievements were literally erased from history books,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “This Administration has made it a priority to showcase unseen and unheralded artworks that give us another perspective on the important issues of our time. I’m proud that this historic painting will be preserved at the Brooklyn Museum where children can see it and know that they too can create works of art that ignite change, expand awareness and fire the imagination.”


The mural was dedicated to the women at the Correctional Institution for Women on Rikers Island in January 1972. When men began to be housed at the facility in 1988, the painting was whitewashed before it was saved by an officer. The piece was then restored and relocated to the new women’s facility, the RMSC or “Rosie’s,” where it remains on display.


“While we rightly move off Rikers, there is much history to remember and reflect upon,” said DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi. “Bringing this piece into public view is an important part of learning and growing from this history. We thank Faith Ringgold who dedicated her talents to offer a bit of beauty in an otherwise difficult place.”


The Administration has advanced several progressive initiatives including: Catalyst Art and Social Justice, the largest ever art exhibition at Gracie Mansion to examine art and social justice through over 75 works by more than 50 artists and activists since the 1960s, and SheBuilt NYC, an effort to create monuments and other public art honoring women. CreateNYC, the City’s first-ever roadmap for cultural investment and equality, has increased equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved neighborhoods, and provided high-quality arts education for all NYC public school students.


Incorporating suggestions given to Ringgold by incarcerated women, For the Women’s House depicts the first female president, professional women basketball players and other positive female role models.  The piece is expected to be added to the Ringgold collection at the Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum to ensure it is accessible to the public.


In order to replace the artwork, and to promote beauty and healing within the jails, the Art for Justice Fund has kindly offered to fund the creation of a new community mural in RMSC in the space vacated by Ms. Ringgold’s work.


Attorney General James Secures $50,000 for RV Owners Who Could Not Obtain Timely Repairs


Agreements Require Both Current and Former Owners of RV Dealerships to Make Significant Changes to Business Practices

 New York Attorney General Letitia James announced agreements with the former and current owners of two recreational vehicle (RV) dealerships in upstate New York, Albany RV and Buffalo RV, for failing to provide consumers with timely repairs. The agreements with RV One Superstores, Inc. and RV Retailer East, LLC — the former and current owners, respectively, of Albany RV and Buffalo RV — resolve an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) that found both companies engaged in deceptive practices and failed to make timely repairs to consumers’ vehicles. The two dealerships have already repaired consumers’ RVs, and RV One Superstores will pay $50,000 to compensate consumers who were harmed by the dealerships’ dishonest business practices. 

“RVs are costly investments, which is why it’s so important that consumers get accurate information and timely repairs when they make these purchases,” said Attorney General James. “Because of our action, repairs have already been completed and consumers will be compensated for delays. New Yorkers can trust that my office will always fight to protect their wallets and help them get what they have paid for.”

Since 2015, the OAG has received approximately 70 complaints against Albany RV and 16 against Buffalo RV. The OAG’s subsequent investigation revealed that many consumers faced lengthy delays when they sought to obtain repairs from the dealerships — waiting weeks or months to schedule or obtain a repair. Many consumers also complained that the dealerships were not responsive to their phone calls and inquiries concerning the status of their repairs. Additionally, some consumers complained that sales representatives misled them during the sales process about the scope of warranty coverage or the condition of the used vehicles they agreed to purchase, or made false promises concerning repairs or cleaning services that would be provided before consumers would take possession of their RVs.

In December 2018, RV One Superstores sold the two dealerships’ assets to RV Retailer East, which has owned and operated the dealerships since that time.

During the course of the investigation and, at the OAG’s request, both the former and current owners made many of the overdue repairs that were the subject of consumer complaints. Additionally, today’s agreements require both the current and former owners to make significant changes to their business practices, including:

  • Prohibiting the businesses from misrepresenting any material fact about the condition of an RV or the terms of any warranty or service contract,
  • Responding to phone calls and inquiries from consumers who purchased RVs within three business days,
  • Providing timely service appointments to consumers,
  • Keeping consumers apprised of the status of their RV repairs, and
  • Providing consumers with a copy of the warranty, or a written document describing its terms before contracting with them for it.

Consumers who believe they paid for repairs that should have been made without charge from either Albany RV or Buffalo RV are encouraged to file a consumer complaint online on the OAG’s website or contact the OAG’s Consumer Hotline by phone at (800) 771-7755.

Team AOC - 2021 in photos


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress

A look back at 2021 in photos...

January 2021

Alexandria joined a picket line with Teamsters Local 202 in The Bronx to support food and manufacturing workers on strike - they ultimately won their largest pay raise in 30 years.

Alexandria on the picket line with Teamsters Local 202 in The Bronx

February 2021

Alexandria visited with families impacted by the winter storm in Texas and worked with volunteers to provide food and water to those who were without power for days. Together, we raised over $5 million toward relief for families across the state.

Alexandria filling bags with food and water in Texas

April 2021

Alexandria and Senator Markey reintroduced the Green New Deal in Congress with 13 new cosponsors.

Alexandria and Senator Markey at a podium

Alexandria hosted an Earth Day celebration at Astoria Park to discuss the Green New Deal and the campaign’s work to stop the NRG power plant proposed for Astoria. (Which we later defeated!)

Alexandria at the Earth Day celebration at Astoria Park

June 2021

In our local City Council elections, we organized our first slate of Courage to Change Candidates, all of whom committed to a series of policy pledges aimed at achieving social, racial and economic justice — and 16 of them won!

Alexandria with Courage to Change candidate Marjorie Velazquez for City Council

September 2021

After Hurricane Ida brought catastrophic, deadly flooding to New York City, AOC visited with families.

Alexandria talking to an impacted neighbor after Hurricane Ida

Our team of volunteers went door to door to get resources and information out to affected neighborhoods for six straight weeks.

Volunteer talking to a neighbor

October 2021

Annual Halloween fair hosted by Team AOC at Pelham Bay Park. We know trick or treating can be tough in the City, so each year we bring the celebration to our families!

Alexandra handing out candy

November 2021

At Thanksgiving, we distributed over 170 turkeys to families in our district. And during the start of the school year, we provided 800 backpacks to students in need. We also raised $34K for local organizations doing food relief work this fall.

Thank you for making this year so special, None of this would be possible without your support.

We’re excited to continue growing and building with you in the year to come.

With thanks,

Team AOC

Eric Adams, A Farewell for Now, Brooklyn.


As we get ready to welcome 2022, we reflect on the past year, which has not been easy by any metric. However, as Anne Frank once wrote: “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”

Despite the ongoing surge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and the devastation Hurricane Ida wrought upon our communities in September, as well as the pervasive economic, racial, and social inequities that plague our communities, it’s easy to feel down, but Brooklynites are stronger when they stand together, and are never down for the count. I am filled with renewed hope that the coming year will bring us to places of greater equality, health, justice, and safety for all Brooklynites and New Yorkers. Yes, there is a lot of work that must be done, and no, it is not going to be easy, but in the words of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who we lost earlier this week, “To choose hope is to step firmly forward into the howling wind, baring one’s chest to the elements, knowing that, in time, the storm will pass.”

If these past eight years have taught me anything about Brooklynites, it’s that when our communities face difficult times, I always see neighbors rise to lend a hand, whether bringing home-cooked meals to those who are homeless or homebound, or collecting clothing and toiletries for families whose home was tragically gutted by fire. Brooklynites always find a way to come together to help other Brooklynites. That is spreading love, the Brooklyn way!

And so, on this final New Year’s Eve of my borough presidency, and in the enduring spirit of One Brooklyn, I hope all of you reading will continue to do all you can to elevate and empower others in Brooklyn and beyond who may be less fortunate. When we welcome 2022, let’s resolve to do what we can to make this borough, this city, and this world a better place.

Wishing all of you a very happy, joyful, peaceful New Year!


2 Days and Counting


Today is my last official day as your mayor, however I will still be your mayor on January 1, 2022 until Eric Adams is sworn in as your new mayor. Be it one minute or hours, I will still be your mayor. I will make my decision on entering the governor's race or not after I am out of office so it does not interfere with my job as your mayor.

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, hope that everyone is vaccinated, but as we see Governor David Patterson, I mean Kathy Hochul has said in her Executive Order 11.1 that the current vaccines we have do not stop the Omicron variant while still telling people to get vaccinated. So Kathy, what is it are the vaccine working, or is it just Kool Aid?

2021 AccessibleNYC - Report to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities


AccessibleNYC provides a comprehensive report on current and planned initiatives by the City to improve quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities in transportation, employment and financial empowerment, housing, health, access to City services and more. 

 The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) has released the 2021 edition of the AccessibleNYC report. The report highlights the work of City agencies and its partners to continue to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. 

“Being the fairest big city in America means ensuring every constituent has their needs met,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m proud of the work Commissioner Calise, his team, and my administration have done to make our city a welcoming place for the nearly 1 million New Yorkers with disabilities who call New York City home, as well as those who visit every year. All are welcome here and all have access to the services and support they deserve.” 

"The 2021 AccessibleNYC underscores the de Blasio Administration's pledge to equity and transparency as we serve all New Yorkers, including individuals with disabilities, said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives J. Phillip Thompson. "The report shows the progress the City has made that we are confident our successors will continue to build on.” 

"We are proud to release the 2021 edition of AccessibleNYC," said Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. "Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic continued to bring, we continued moving forward with our initiatives to provide access and inclusion in all aspects of life in our City.” 

Highlights from the 2021 edition of AccessibleNYC include: 


Zoning for Accessibility, which was passed by the City Council earlier this year, will help ensure that developers work with the City and MTA to set aside space where needed for station elevators, which will accelerate accessibility. 


MOPD’s person-centered employment program, NYC: ATWORK, launched in 2017, placed its 500th person with a disability in a real job with real pay. 


We have delivered more than 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to people in their homes. 

Digital Accessibility: 

The City adopted WCAG 2.1 as its web accessibility standard and, to increase transparency, committed to publishing audits of website accessibility on a rolling basis, not just as part of its biennial reports. 


The NYC Building Code was updated to include new requirements that will increase accessibility including a new requirement for accessible seating space at dining and drinking counters. 

For more information on these highlights and other work the City is doing to improve accessibility, the 2021 Edition of AccessibleNYC is available now at 

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - DECEMBER 30, 2021

 medical professionals preparing vaccine shots

145,481 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours    

76 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.

“As the New Year approaches, it's more important than ever that we take the necessary precautions to keep each other safe in the face of the COVID winter surge," Governor Hochul said. “It’s up to all of us to make 2022 a safer, healthier year than 2021 was – get vaccinated, get boosted, mask up, and avoid large indoor public gatherings when possible.” 

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 336,469
  • Total Positive - 74,207
  • Percent Positive - 22.05%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 16.21%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 7,373 (+606)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 1,635
  • Patients in ICU - 1,020 (+58)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 518 (+19)
  • Total Discharges - 229,656 (+1,047)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 76
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 48,325

    The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only. 
  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 61,242

    This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings. 
  • Total vaccine doses administered - 33,514,185
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 145,481
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 671,800
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 89.0% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 80.5% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 95.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 82.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 77.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 69.7% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 83.8% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.7%


Supports Implementation of State’s Ambitious Climate Law 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner and Climate Action Council Co-Chair Basil Seggos today announced the release of the State’s first-ever statewide greenhouse gas emissions report compliant with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The report describes statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 1990 through 2019, and will be produced annually as required by New York’s nation-leading climate law. The release of the report is a milestone in the State’s efforts to meet the requirements of the CLCPA.  

“The release of the first CLCPA-compliant, statewide report on greenhouse gas emissions advances New York’s efforts to implement our nation-leading Climate Law by providing a snapshot of greenhouse gas emissions, which will help ensure we achieve our aggressive target of net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Commissioner Seggos. “This annual report shows that while New York State has reduced emissions from several sectors over the last three decades, emissions from some sectors, including transportation, have increased, revealing that enormous challenges remain in our ongoing work to meet our emission-reduction targets. The report is a critical resource as we continue to act on climate and advance a just transition to clean energy that creates good jobs and supports a green economy for the future.”

“This report is critical to the ongoing work of the Climate Action Council and will certainly help inform strategic decisions on how New York State moves forward to transition to a green future,” said Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Co-Chair of the Climate Action Council. “More importantly, it gives New Yorkers reliable data at their fingertips so that they can also use this information to drive action and awareness on climate change and advocate for the progress we still need to make to ensure the health and safety of all who live and work in this great state.”

Under the CLCPA accounting, statewide greenhouse gas emissions have fallen six percent from 1990, and 17 percent from 2005. The report shows significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the last 30 years in some economic sectors, notably a 46-percent reduction in emissions from electricity generation since 1990, and a 34-percent reduction from the industrial sector. However, emissions from the transportation and buildings sectors have both increased by 16 percent since 1990?, although emissions from both sectors have declined since 2005. The report’s findings will be used to help guide efforts to implement the CLCPA and reduce emissions. In addition, the report found that while carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced over the last three decades, hydrofluorocarbons and methane emissions have increased during the same time period. 

The report is expressed in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents from all greenhouse gas emissions and leverages the best available science and data to describe emissions statewide from all economic sectors. This report is the first in New York State and marks the first in the U.S. to account for greenhouse gas emissions associated with the generation of imported electricity and the extraction and transmission of imported fossil fuels using a 20-year Global Warming Potential for GHGs. In addition, the report describes the emissions reduced by the state’s lands and forests that will help New York reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The annual report will aid in tracking the state’s progress toward its 2030 and 2050 emissions limits as codified in the New State Register in 2020.  

The report is posted to the DEC website at

New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the CLCPA, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.