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On Giving Tuesday, On Point for College is Asking for Your Help


Dear friends and supporters, We don’t need to tell you that the COVID-19 has made 2020 a difficult year in many ways. Despite the many challenges our students, graduates, and team have faced this year, we wanted to use this opportunity to share a few of the good things that have also happened in 2020.

On Point for College has worked with a record 4,681 students so far this year. Many of whom we’ve connected with in new and innovative ways such as via Zoom calls or on virtual college tours.

Cazenovia College graduate and artist Jaleel Campbell poses with one of his gender-inclusive “Jalethal” dolls.

Although many colleges have switched to remote learning and many commencement ceremonies have moved online, we are delighted to report that nearly 400 students will graduate from college this year.

It’s been nearly nine months since On Point advisors have been able to host or attend an in-person new student recruitment event. Undeterred, our all star team has still managed to sign 583 new students up for our college program, proving that the need for On Point is as great as ever!

As 2020 comes to a close, our team is working harder than ever to meet our students wherever they are along their post-secondary and post-graduation journeys. And yet, the challenges we face today are perhaps greater than those we’ve faced at any other time in On Point’s 20+ year history.

If you are able, we ask that you please consider joining us in our quest to make college dreams realities. On this #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, please choose On Point for College.

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100 Black Men: 100 Reasons for Giving


Today’s the day! Today, thousands of people are celebrating Giving Tuesday by supporting their favorite nonprofit missions. Will you be one of them? Please join the Giving Tuesday movement by giving to 100 Black Men of Syracuse! Your gift will help us to improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse community through education, mentorship and service.

We hope to work with you and our community to raise $100,000 during our “100 Reasons for Change” fund-raising campaign, which will go toward expanding our program reach and speed up the change that’s coming, a change that inspires, lifts and includes those on the lowest rung of our community’s social-economic ladder. Your gift of just $10 will go such a long way toward fulfilling our mission.

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Founder of Good Life Youth Foundation Named Keenan Center’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence

The Keenan Center is building an entrepreneurial pipeline from Le Moyne College directly into the Central New York business community.

Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director of the Good Life Youth Foundation and a professor of Africana Studies and hip-hop at SUNY Cortland, has been named Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne. His appointment is for the 2021 calendar year.

“Entrepreneurship is an important lens through which Le Moyne’s students should have an opportunity to view the world. I have witnessed how critical life skills such as innovative thinking combined with innate talents creates tomorrow’s desperately needed agents of change. I am looking forward to achieving this with the Keenan Center of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity’s amazing team.”

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence, he will become involved with various aspects of the Keenan Center’s entrepreneurial talent development activities. Among these will be mentoring and coaching student entrepreneurs, connecting with alumni entrepreneurs to assist with their work and engaging with community members who are involved with Keenan Center initiatives.

“We are so excited and honored to welcome Hasan to serve as entrepreneur-in-residence,” said Madden Dean Jim Joseph ’83. ““Hasan’s passion for his transformational work is surpassed only by his compassion for the community he serves. He is the epitome of Greatness Meets Goodness.”

The Good Life Youth Foundation model was designed based on Stephens’ own life experiences as an impoverished youth growing up in inner-city Bronx. Stephens started the Good Life Foundation to serve as a culture change agent to help prevent youth recidivism, violence, poverty and incarceration. Earlier this year, the Foundation received an Alliance for Economic Inclusion Award, in partnership with Le Moyne College and Key Bank.

Throughout his career as a youth advocate, mentor, entrepreneur and educator, Stephens has used his talents in the hip-hop culture to help shift youth culture and its perspectives. He is an active member of the Onondaga County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Steering Committee and the Central New York State Regional Youth Justice Team. In addition, Stephens is a leadership consultant for the Central New York Community Foundation’s Leadership Classroom. He currently serves on the boards of The Redlich Horwitz Foundation, a foundation focused on foster care reform, and the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance, a minority chamber of commerce for upstate New York. Stephens also serves as a member of the Madden School of Business Advisory Board.

Before establishing the Good Life Youth Foundation, Stephens began engaging youth in New York state through his career as “DJ Maestro,” a radio personality with Clear Channel Communications and an Emmy Award-nominated TV commentator with News Channel 9’s “Coming Together for a Safer Syracuse.” Stephens also has worked on MTV and has made national appearances as a guest host on Black Entertainment Television’s “Rap City.”

About the Keenan Center-Thanks to the continuous generosity of Tim and Kathleen Keenan, ‘81 and additional gifts by alumni and corporations of $2 million, the Keenan Center is building an entrepreneurial pipeline from Le Moyne College directly into the Central New York business community. The Center has already helped to support a number of students, alumni and community entrepreneurs, has participated in events like Upstate Unleashed, and hosts Le Moyne’s annual Dolphin Tank this spring, a showcase competition where student teams compete for over $30,000 in pre-seed dollars from regional business leaders.


Governor Cuomo’s November 30th Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 6.22 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 4.02 Percent  

    Statewide Positivity Rate is 4.57 Percent

    54 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    “All the experts spoke about what was going to happen when we reach the fall—there’s colder weather, more people are indoors and more people are now traveling. While there has been a change in behavior amongst the majority of people who understand and follow protocols, it’s as critical as ever we continue our work and focus on preparing this state, and its residents, for winter,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are already in the holiday season, and that is going to have a profound effect. It already has. It had an effect when people started to travel for the holiday season, when they started to travel for Thanksgiving, when students to go home, when people started to shop, and when they started to move around. Increased mobility and social activity equals increased viral infection rate. It is directly proportionate. And we talked about this before Thanksgiving, you are not just going into the Thanksgiving weekend, you’re starting a 37-day holiday period. It’s not a one- or two-day affair—it’s going to be the entire holiday season. New Yorkers need to stay vigilant, wash their hands, wear masks, socially distance and follow the rules as we move through the next 37 days and beyond.”

    The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 6.22 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 4.02 percent. Within the focus areas, 37,632 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 2,341 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 111,342 test results were reported, yielding 4,478 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

    Statewide
    11/8- 11/14 % Positive
    11/15- 11/21 % Positive
    Current 7-day rolling average
    Day Prior (11/28) % Positive
    Yesterday (11/29) % Positive
    All focus area statewide % positive
    4.81%
    4.51%
    5.38%
    5.83%
    6.22%
    Statewide % positive with all focus areas included
    2.86%
    2.89%
    3.71%
    4.27%
    4.57%
    Statewide % positive without all focus areas included
    2.47%
    2.44%
    3.19%
    3.75%
    4.02%

    Micro-cluster zone 7-day average positivity rates for today, yesterday, the day before, last week, and the week prior is below:

    Focus Zone
    11/8- 11/14 % Positive
    11/15- 11/21 % Positive
    Day Prior 7-day Rolling Average
    Yesterday 7-day Rolling Average
    Current 7-day Rolling average
    Erie orange-zone focus area % positive
    7.22%
    7.30%
    7.14%
    7.20%
    7.43%
    Erie Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    5.34%
    7.36%
    6.81%
    6.83%
    6.61%
    Niagara Yellow -zone focus area % positive
    5.10%
    4.44%
    7.16%
    7.35%
    7.89%
    Monroe Orange-zone focus area % positive
    4.41%
    4.17%
    5.79%
    6.59%
    7.04%
    Monroe Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    5.95%
    3.58%
    4.90%
    5.62%
    6.44%
    Onondaga Orange-zone focus area % positive
    6.26%
    5.34%
    5.10%
    6.13%
    5.98%
    Onondaga Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    6.03%
    4.50%
    4.60%
    5.09%
    5.13%
    Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills/Astoria yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.40%
    3.40%
    3.52%
    3.61%
    3.78%
    Bronx East Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.81%
    3.52%
    4.51%
    4.47%
    4.74%
    Bronx West Yellow -zone focus area % positive
    3.80%
    4.70%
    4.30%
    4.64%
    4.81%
    Brooklyn Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.92%
    3.70%
    5.32%
    5.64%
    5.73%
    Rockland Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.55%
    3.39%
    3.90%
    3.94%
    4.23%
    Chemung Orange-zone focus area % positive
    4.59%
    4.71%
    6.86%
    6.46%
    7.03%
    Staten Island Orange-zone focus area % positive
    5.24%
    4.96%
    4.73%
    4.75%
    5.09%
    Staten Island Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.75%
    3.61%
    3.94%
    4.08%
    4.18%
    Tioga Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    10.81%
    5.60%
    2.38%
    3.10%
    3.74%
    Orange Middletown – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.81%
    5.41%
    3.56%
    3.81%
    4.78%
    Orange Newburgh – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    8.07%
    7.89%
    8.85%
    8.57%
    7.76%
    Manhattan-Washington Heights-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.23%
    3.39%
    3.12%
    3.40%
    3.73%
    Nassau-Great Neck-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.69%
    3.69%
    3.01%
    3.93%
    4.34%
    Nassau Massapequa Park -Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    4.64%
    4.15%
    4.76%
    5.12%
    5.54%
    Suffolk-Hampton Bays-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    9.26%
    5.69%
    6.28%
    7.00%
    6.68%
    Suffolk-Riverhead-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    4.80%
    4.85%
    3.37%
    3.49%
    2.87%
    Westchester Peekskill – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    10.36%
    7.15%
    6.14%
    7.23%
    8.43%
    Westchester Ossining – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    9.88%
    10.22%
    9.97%
    9.96%
    10.65%
    Westchester Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    8.47%
    8.27%
    7.37%
    7.05%
    6.38%
    Westchester Yonkers – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    4.48%
    4.11%
    4.95%
    4.84%
    5.03%
    Westchester New Rochelle – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    6.46%
    5.68%
    5.04%
    5.44%
    6.19%
    Westchester Port Chester Orange-zone focus area % positive
    9.34%
    7.59%
    7.34%
    7.21%
    7.91%

    Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

    • Patient Hospitalization – 3,532 (+160)
    • Patients Newly Admitted – 457
    • Hospital Counties – 54
    • Number ICU – 681 (+14)
    • Number ICU with Intubation – 325 (-1)
    • Total Discharges – 85,556 (+269)
    • Deaths – 54
    • Total Deaths – 26,747

    Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

    Region
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Current 7-Day Average
    Capital Region
    3.4%
    3.4%
    3.7%
    3.24%
    Central New York
    8.4%
    6.9%
    4.2%
    4.79%
    Finger Lakes
    6.6%
    6.6%
    6.6%
    5.76%
    Long Island
    3.4%
    4.1%
    4.5%
    3.76%
    Mid-Hudson
    4.8%
    4.9%
    5.1%
    4.55%
    Mohawk Valley
    4.7%
    5.1%
    4.6%
    4.42%
    New York City
    2.9%
    3.4%
    3.9%
    2.92%
    North Country
    3.1%
    2.4%
    3.0%
    2.80%
    Southern Tier
    4.4%
    4.1%
    3.8%
    2.11%
    Western New York
    7.4%
    7.2%
    7.4%
    6.94%

    Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

    Borough
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Current 7-Day Average
    Bronx
    4.1%
    4.1%
    4.7%
    3.97%
    Brooklyn
    2.9%
    2.9%
    3.5%
    2.72%
    Manhattan
    2.2%
    2.7%
    3.1%
    1.94%
    Queens
    3.1%
    3.5%
    4.2%
    3.24%
    Staten Island
    3.8%
    5.1%
    5.8%
    4.39%

    Of the 647,980 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

    County
    Total Positive
    New Positive
    Albany
    5,816
    104
    Allegany
    1,042
    23
    Broome
    5,367
    59
    Cattaraugus
    1,135
    21
    Cayuga
    890
    21
    Chautauqua
    1,580
    18
    Chemung
    3,087
    39
    Chenango
    643
    4
    Clinton
    461
    2
    Columbia
    1,027
    7
    Cortland
    1,061
    17
    Delaware
    363
    4
    Dutchess
    7,284
    87
    Erie
    25,427
    485
    Essex
    286
    1
    Franklin
    266
    0
    Fulton
    508
    13
    Genesee
    1,028
    31
    Greene
    695
    7
    Hamilton
    46
    1
    Herkimer
    709
    18
    Jefferson
    566
    15
    Lewis
    368
    8
    Livingston
    714
    14
    Madison
    951
    7
    Monroe
    15,660
    522
    Montgomery
    494
    10
    Nassau
    60,701
    520
    Niagara
    3,874
    106
    NYC
    311,979
    2,504
    Oneida
    4,970
    109
    Onondaga
    10,804
    103
    Ontario
    1,326
    22
    Orange
    16,891
    90
    Orleans
    630
    7
    Oswego
    1,625
    54
    Otsego
    632
    14
    Putnam
    2,844
    55
    Rensselaer
    1,746
    26
    Rockland
    21,632
    130
    Saratoga
    2,293
    48
    Schenectady
    2,481
    38
    Schoharie
    197
    1
    Schuyler
    316
    2
    Seneca
    309
    14
    St. Lawrence
    850
    28
    Steuben
    1,797
    26
    Suffolk
    61,072
    658
    Sullivan
    2,202
    11
    Tioga
    1,149
    17
    Tompkins
    1,118
    13
    Ulster
    3,381
    56
    Warren
    583
    6
    Washington
    452
    3
    Wayne
    1,148
    21
    Westchester
    50,693
    583
    Wyoming
    546
    13
    Yates
    265
    3

    Yesterday, 54 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,747. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

    Deaths by County of Residence
    County
    New Deaths
    Albany
    1
    Bronx
    6
    Broome
    2
    Chemung
    7
    Columbia
    1
    Dutchess
    1
    Erie
    10
    Kings
    4
    Manhattan
    2
    Monroe
    1
    Nassau
    1
    Oneida
    1
    Onondaga
    1
    Orange
    1
    Rockland
    1
    Saratoga
    1
    St. Lawrence
    1
    Suffolk
    4
    Tioga
    2
    Ulster
    1
    Wayne
    1
    Westchester
    1
    Wyoming
    2
    Yates
    1

     

     


    Mayor Walsh Announces Audriana Ortega as New Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center Counselor

    Funded by special grant from Cities for Financial Empowerment, Ortega will serve residents through Department of Social Services headquarters office at Civic Center

    Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh today announced Audriana Ortega has joined the Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) team as a new full-time counselor. Ortega will provide free, professional, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching to resident receiving assistance through the Onondaga County’s Department of Social Services – Economic Security (DSS-ES).

    “The Syracuse FEC counselors have served hundreds of clients over the last year, helping to eliminate more than half a million dollars in debt, so I have no doubt this addition will help to increase those numbers,” said Mayor Walsh. “With the support of Cities for Financial Empowerment, this is exactly the kind of collaboration that will help transform Syracuse by reducing poverty and creating sustainable financial futures for our residents.”

    The new position was made possible by grant funding from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and will be administered by Home HeadQuarters, the non-profit partner of the Syracuse FEC. The direct access to expert, financial counseling for DSS-ES clients will offer cutting-edge support for families to achieve the goals of decreasing debt, increasing savings, improving credit scores and obtaining safe banking.

    Ortega holds a B.S. from Syracuse University with a major in Business Management and a minor in Child & Family Policy Studies. As a bi-lingual financial educator, Ortega most recently worked as a Financial Relationship Specialist at ACMG Federal Credit Union, analyzing account lending prospects. In her previous role as District Leader at National Benefit Life Insurance Company, she managed insurance products while informing low income families about policy protection options.

    In her new role as a dedicated Syracuse FEC Counselor working with DSS-ES clients, Ortega will:

    • conduct counseling sessions;
    • create individualized financial action plans;
    • track and report client outcomes; and,
    • determine appropriate referrals to integrate wrap-around support services.

    Kerry Quaglia

    “This direct access to free financial counseling is an amazing opportunity for those individuals and families working with County DSS-ES staff,” said Kerry Quaglia, Home HeadQuarters CEO. “The value of this partnership between the County and City will be seen in countless positive outcomes for participating families who live in our community.

    While all Syracuse FEC counseling staff are typically located at various non-profit organizations and businesses throughout the city, including the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, NEHDA and Home HeadQuarters, counselors are currently providing financial counseling virtually using on-line and telephone platforms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ortega will be located on site at the Civic Center within DSS-ES’s office space once access the public is restored.

    As a passionate advocate for equitable opportunities, Ortega has experience working to determine the monetary needs for underprivileged families. Her financial knowledge will help equip clients with the resources needed to combat poverty and grow towards becoming economically secure.

    The completion of a 45-hour training course, in addition to passing the exam to officially become a FEC Counselor, is required for each hire prior to working with clients. Ortega is scheduled to begin working directly with clients remotely in December 2020. Onondaga County residents receiving DSS-ES services can make an appointment with the Syracuse FEC by calling (315) 474-1939 ext. 5, emailing fec@homehq.org or by visiting www.syracusefec.org.


    New York State Office for the Aging Reminds Older New Yorkers that Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends December 7

    Older Adults with Medicare Encouraged to Review Current Health Plan and Prescription Drug Coverage Options before Open Enrollment Period Ends

    Albany, NY—The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds older New Yorkers that this year’s Medicare open enrollment period ends December 7, 2020. Medicare health and prescription drug plans can make changes each year to costs, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. During the open enrollment period, people with Medicare can change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. Plan changes take effect January 1, 2021.

    “People’s health and financial status can change over the course of a year—particularly this year, due to COVID-19. Plans also can change what they will cover as well as adjust the cost to the beneficiary,” said NYSOFA Acting Director Greg Olsen. “It’s important for older adults to review their current plans before the end of the open enrollment period to ensure they are getting a plan that is a good value and meets their health care and prescription drug coverage needs. Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) counselors at each local office for the aging can provide older New Yorkers with the information needed to make an informed choice about a plan that is best for them.”

    Staying healthy is more critical than ever, particularly for older adults, who remain at greater risk for COVID-19 and other illnesses, such as the flu. Older individuals who have had Medicare Part B (medical insurance) for longer than 12 months are eligible for a yearly wellness visit at low or no cost to develop or update a personalized plan based on their current health and risk factors.

    With the holiday season underway, understanding the risks and impact of the COVID-19 virus is critical for all New Yorkers to protect themselves and their loved ones.

    New Yorkers can take the CV19 CheckUp, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and behaviors and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks. Developed by BellAge, Inc., the CV19CheckUp tool helps people be safer, healthier, and ensure their individual needs are met during the pandemic.

    Several resources are available to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families review and compare their current health and prescription plan coverage with new plan offerings:

    • Medicare.gov has comprehensive information for people interested in signing up or changing their plans. The Medicare Plan Finder tool provides a personalized comparison of plan choices.
    • Medicare recipients who have limited incomes and resources may qualify for extra help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. Older adults may apply online or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778 to find out more.)
    • 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) offers around-the-clock assistance for those who want to find out more about coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Multilingual counseling is available.
    • The Medicare & You handbook includes a summary of Medicare benefits, rights, and protections; lists of available health and drug plans; and answers to frequently asked questions about Medicare.
    • One-on-one counseling assistance is available from HIICAP counselors at each local office for the aging or through the HIICAP toll free line: 1-800-701-0501.

    NYSOFA and Medicare also remind older adults to treat their Medicare number as they do their social security number and credit card information. People with Medicare should never give their personal information to anyone arriving at their home uninvited or making unsolicited phone calls selling Medicare-related products or services. If someone calls and asks for a recipient’s Medicare number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

    Beneficiaries who believe they are a victim of fraud or identity theft should contact Medicare. More information is available at Help Fight Medicare Fraud.

    About the New York State Office for the Aging and Health Across All Policies/Age-Friendly New York

    The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) continuously works to help the state’s 4.6 million older adults be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services that support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.

    New York is nationally recognized for being the first age-friendly state in the nation. Using the state’s Prevention Agenda as the overarching framework, in 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a Health Across All Policies approach, where public and private partners work together to positively impact population health by marrying health care, preventive health, and community design, in concert with addressing social determinants of health, to improve the lives of all New Yorkers, young and old.

    Stay connected—download the NYSOFA mobile app for iOS or Android; visit the NYSOFA Facebook page; follow @NYSAGING on Twitter and NYSAging on Instagram; or visit aging.ny.gov


    Attorney General James Defends Census Against Trump Administration’s Latest Attack at Supreme Court

    AG James Leads Coalition of States, Cities, and Counties in Opposing Xenophobic Policy
    That Would Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Congressional Apportionment

    AG James Previously Won Supreme Court Case
    That Prevented Addition of Citizenship Question on Census

    New York and Other Immigrant-Rich States Stand to Lose Representation in
    Congress and in Electoral College if Trump Administration Policy is Implemented

    New York – Before the United States Supreme Court, New York Attorney General Letitia James will today lead a large coalition of states, cities, and counties in arguing against President Donald Trump’s attempts, once again, to illegally leave millions of undocumented immigrants out of the apportionment base that establishes the number of members in the House of Representatives that each state receives. Despite numerous losses in its efforts to politicize the 2020 Decennial Census, the Trump Administration is seeking to again violate basic constitutional and statutory commands. Attorney General James will lead the coalition to argue that the administration must count the “whole number of persons” residing in the country for apportionment, as the U.S. Constitution and the Census Act unambiguously require.

    “President Trump’s illegal proclamation is the latest in a long list of anti-immigrant actions and statements he has made since the beginning of his first campaign,” said Attorney General James. “The U.S. Constitution and the Census Act are crystal clear — every person residing in the U.S. during the census, regardless of legal status, must be counted. And despite this lame-duck president’s repeated attempts to politicize the census and strip immigrant-rich states, like New York, of representation, the simple truth is that no one ceases to be a person because they lack documentation or ceases to live here because the president would prefer them to leave; that’s why we filed this lawsuit and numerous others like it before. We will continue to do whatever is necessary to stop the president from putting politics above the law.”

    In July, Attorney General James led a coalition of states, cities, and counties in filing a lawsuit against President Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and others after they announced that they would leave millions of undocumented immigrants out of the apportionment base that follows the decennial census count. The lawsuit sought to stop the Trump Administration from violating the longstanding constitutional and statutory requirements to count the “whole number of persons” residing in each state for apportionment, without regard to immigration status. In August, Attorney General James filed a motion for summary judgment in the case, which was granted in September by a three-judge court that stated that the president’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base was unlawful.

    In today’s argument, Attorney General James will argue that excluding undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base will lead to the loss of congressional seats and presidential electors in the electoral college, especially for immigrant-rich states, like New York, as well as degrade the quality of census data that states and local jurisdictions rely on to perform critical governmental functions. Additionally, excluding immigrants can reduce resources to state and local jurisdictions.

    The U.S. Constitution and Census Act clearly state that, for purposes of apportioning members of the House of Representatives among the states, every person residing in the U.S. on Census Day — April 1 this past year — must be counted. But, in July, President Trump declared, in a presidential memorandum, his intent to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base — the first time such action has been taken in the nation’s history.

    Specifically, Article I Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution says representatives shall be apportioned among states according to their respective numbers. The major exception to this rule was the Three-Fifths Compromise, which was instituted to resolve disputes over how and whether slaves would be included in a state’s total count. The compromise counted each slave as only three-fifths of any other person, specifically limiting the number of representatives and electoral-college votes — and essentially the power — of states with large slave populations.

    In 1868, after the Civil War ended and when slaves were finally free, the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted to provide equal protection under the law to all persons, including former slaves, stating that “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State…” The framers deliberately chose the phrase “whole number of persons” to refer to all persons living in each state — including the entire immigrant population.

    When the framers made this change, they could have chosen to add language that would allow undocumented immigrants to be left out of the apportionment base, but they didn’t. Since that time, more than 150 years of history, practice, and judicial and administrative precedents have since established that the apportionment of representatives must be based on all persons living in each state, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status. Additionally, Congress has reinforced that requirement by providing that the census must tabulate the “total population” by states, and the apportionment should be based on the “whole number of persons” in each state as determined by the census.

    Notably, until the president’s announcement in July, even other members of his administration acknowledged that apportionment must be based on all persons. The person tasked with overseeing the census — Secretary Ross — testified under oath during a congressional committee hearing last year that “The constitutional mandate, sir, for the census is to try to count every person residing in the U.S. at their place of residence on the dates when the census is conducted” — making no mention of an individual’s legal status.

    Attorney General James and the coalition will specifically argue that the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base violates Article I Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Census Act. Additionally, this exclusion conflicts with long-recognized Supreme Court precedent. Attorney General James and the coalition will ask the Supreme Court to require the president and his administration to adhere to their obligation to base congressional apportionment on “the whole number of persons in each state” and to forbid them from excluding undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base, just as the lower court did.

    Today’s court fight is just the latest in a long list of actions Attorney General James has taken to protect the integrity of the 2020 Decennial Census. In 2018, the Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, challenging its efforts to add a citizenship question to the census. Last June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of New York by rejecting the effort to add the question. In August of last year, Attorney General James moved to intervene in a separate census case in Alabama where the federal government were defendants, in an effort to ensure the case is properly presented and that every resident in America — irrespective of citizenship status — is counted in the census. That case is still pending. Additionally, in August, Attorney General James led a large coalition in supporting legal action against the Trump Administration’s efforts to impair the 2020 Decennial Census by reducing — by an entire month, from October 31 to September 30 — the time in which self-response questionnaires would be accepted and door-to-door follow-ups by census enumerators would take place. After multiple court battles, the coalition was able to help extend the time to respond to the census by more than two weeks.

    Members of New York’s congressional delegation today also offered their support of Attorney General James’ fight to protect the integrity of the census against the Trump Administration’s latest attack. “Once again, President Trump is trying to silence diverse voices from being counted in the census by excluding millions of immigrants from the apportionment base, which determines the number of U.S. Representatives for each state,” said U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY-10). “This is a clear violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of equal representation. The Supreme Court must reject yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to manipulate election outcomes and reduce the voting power of diverse, immigrant-rich communities, including those within New York.”

    “Donald Trump has made clear, through his anti-immigrant agenda, of his administration’s desire to diminish the role of immigrants in our communities,” said U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez (NY-07). “This latest attempt is blatantly unconstitutional as our Constitution demands that the census count every person. Immigrants are our family members, neighbors, co-workers, and friends, and the census must reflect their contributions to our communities by ensuring every person, regardless of legal status, is counted.”

    “The Trump Administration is once again attempting to arbitrarily omit immigrants from the census count, which is unconstitutional and nakedly political,” said U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (NY-05). “I thank Attorney General James for once again being vigilant in challenging the administration’s unlawful attempts to subvert the census.”

    “The census is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined by the founders to ensure that everyone in America, regardless of immigration status, is counted and represented in Congress,” said U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08). “From the start of the 2020 Decennial Census, the Trump Administration has deliberately tried to undermine the process required for a fair and complete count. The attempted exclusion of undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment only further proves that the Trump Administration has tried everything to politicize the census to carry out their cruel and xenophobic policies. I am proud that Brooklyn’s own Attorney General Letitia James will bring the fight to the lame-duck Trump Administration and advocate on behalf of New Yorkers and everyone who makes this nation a gorgeous mosaic.”

    Joining Attorney General James in today’s case are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The attorneys general are joined by the cities of Central Falls, RI; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; Seattle, WA; the city and county of San Francisco, CA; Monterey County in California; Howard County in Maryland; Cameron, El Paso, and Hidalgo Counties in Texas and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    Today’s argument was presented by Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood, who was assisted by Deputy Solicitor General Steven C. Wu, Senior Assistant Solicitor General Judith N. Vale, and Special Counsel Eric Haren — all of the Division for Appeals and Opinions. This case was handled by the individuals named above, as well as Chief Counsel for Federal Initiatives Matthew Colangelo, Special Counsel Morenike Fajana, and Assistant Attorney General Fiona Kaye — all of the Executive Division; as well as Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief Elena Goldstein, of the Division for Social Justice. The Executive Division and the Division for Social Justice are overseen by First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy.


    All SCSD Schools to be Remote for the Week of November 30th- December 4th

    After further communication with staff from New York State, Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, all schools in the Syracuse City School District including Corcoran and Roberts will be remote for the week of November 30th-December 4th.

    All students and staff scheduled for in person learning, must still be tested in order to return to school.  The schools previously scheduled for testing tomorrow, Monday, November 30th will not test tomorrow but will be scheduled for testing later in the week.

    Everyone must pre-register for testing through the link provided by your principal.  If you have already registered, you do not need to register again.

    Students can be tested at any SCSD school throughout the week. If you have tested positive in the last 90 days, you do not need to be re-tested this week.


    City of Syracuse “Home for the Holidays” Clinton Square Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting


    Watch the virtual Christmas tree lighting program produced by Cumulus Media, “Next best thing to being there” According to Mayor Walsh

    Syracuse, N.Y. – The first City of Syracuse “Home for the Holidays” virtual Christmas tree lighting program premiered Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The program is now available for viewing.

    This is an adapted version of the long-standing, in-person holiday tree lighting event, changed to a virtual event due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. However, that didn’t dampen the holiday spirit as Syracuse continued the traditional  “Home for the Holidays” produced by Cumulus Media. The hour long show includes performances by national and local acts, along with clips showcasing Syracuse’s true diversity, tree lighting history and special messages.

    Viewers can tune in online to see the full hour-long special at SyracuseTreeLighting.com and on the City of Syracuse YouTube channel. The full show is also available through 93Q, 95X, TheScore 1260 and TheRebelRocks.com websites from Nov. 27 to Dec. 25, and on Ted & Amy’s 2020 Virtual Christmas Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 19.

    “Syracuse will be proud of this show. It features first rate production value and includes nationally known musical acts, along with local talent,” said Mayor Walsh. “It also highlights our community’s rich diversity including holiday greetings delivered by local residents in more than 15 languages. This program really is the next best thing to being there.”

    The special included Cumulus Media on-air personalities with city co-host Maria Maldonado-Lewis. Appearances by Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, along with guests Ted and Amy in the Morning from WNTQ; Rick Roberts, Afternoon Drive on 93Q; Marty and Shannon from the Morning Mess; Dixon in the afternoon drive on WAQX; and Dave Frisina, TheRebelRocks.com.

    Featured acts:

    • AJR;
    • Shaed;
    • TrumpTight 315;
    • Victory Temple Youth Choir;
    • Latin/Soul Trombone Player Melissa Gardiner;
    • Syracuse City Ballet;
    • Symphoria Youth Orchestra and more.

    At the end of the program, Mayor Walsh flipped the switch, lighting up the Christmas tree once more kicking off another holiday season in Clinton Square.


    Governor Cuomo Announces Record-High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported to New York State for Second Straight Day

    219,442 Test Results Reported to New York State Thursday 

    Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 5.69 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 3.13 Percent   

    Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.72 Percent

    39 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Thursday

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday, announced that 219,442 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high for the second straight day.

    “All the global experts say the same thing: This virus has phases, and as the phase changes your plan should change. We’re seeing an increase with the numbers across the country and within our own state. It started with the fall, and it’s going to continue and probably worsen in the winter,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we go through the holidays and winter months, it’s going to be more imperative than ever for New Yorkers to wear their masks, wash their hands, avoid gatherings large and small, and stay New York Tough.”

    The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 5.69 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 3.13 percent. Within the focus areas, 50,972 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 2,901 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 168,470 test results were reported, yielding 5,275 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

    Statewide
    11/8- 11/14 % Positive
    11/15- 11/21 % Positive
    Current 7-day rolling average
    Day Prior (11/25) % Positive
    Yesterday (11/26) % Positive
    All focus area statewide % positive
    4.81%
    4.51%
    4.74%
    4.90%
    5.69%
    Statewide % positive with all focus areas included
    2.86%
    2.89%
    3.17%
    3.18%
    3.72%
    Statewide % positive without all focus areas included
    2.47%
    2.44%
    2.70%
    2.68%
    3.13%

    Micro-cluster zone 7-day average positivity rates for today, yesterday, the day before, last week, and the week prior is below:

    Focus Zone
    11/8- 11/14 % Positive
    11/15- 11/21 % Positive
    Day Prior 7-day Rolling Average
    Yesterday 7-day Rolling Average
    Current 7-day Rolling average
    Erie orange-zone focus area % positive
    7.22%
    7.30%
    6.94%
    6.81%
    7.07%
    Erie Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    5.34%
    7.36%
    6.69%
    6.92%
    6.93%
    Niagara Yellow -zone focus area % positive
    5.10%
    4.44%
    5.56%
    6.14%
    6.90%
    Monroe Orange-zone focus area % positive
    4.41%
    4.17%
    4.72%
    4.99%
    5.46%
    Monroe Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    5.95%
    3.58%
    3.72%
    4.06%
    4.39%
    Onondaga Orange-zone focus area % positive
    6.26%
    5.34%
    4.91%
    4.95%
    4.62%
    Onondaga Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    6.03%
    4.50%
    4.23%
    4.23%
    4.01%
    Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills/Astoria yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.40%
    3.40%
    3.15%
    3.25%
    3.39%
    Bronx East Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.81%
    3.52%
    3.84%
    4.27%
    4.48%
    Bronx West Yellow -zone focus area % positive
    3.80%
    4.70%
    4.55%
    4.55%
    4.43%
    Brooklyn Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.92%
    3.70%
    4.44%
    4.51%
    4.94%
    Rockland Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.55%
    3.39%
    3.03%
    3.25%
    3.53%
    Chemung Orange-zone focus area % positive
    4.59%
    4.71%
    5.19%
    5.68%
    5.92%
    Staten Island Orange-zone focus area % positive
    5.24%
    4.96%
    4.99%
    4.83%
    4.86%
    Staten Island Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.75%
    3.61%
    3.65%
    3.71%
    3.90%
    Tioga Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    10.81%
    5.60%
    2.95%
    2.52%
    2.67%
    Orange Middletown – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.81%
    5.41%
    3.52%
    3.01%
    3.35%
    Orange Newburgh – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    8.07%
    7.89%
    8.78%
    8.48%
    8.98%
    Manhattan-Washington Heights-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.23%
    3.39%
    2.98%
    3.10%
    3.23%
    Nassau-Great Neck-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    3.69%
    3.69%
    3.45%
    3.09%
    3.35%
    Nassau Massapequa Park -Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    4.64%
    4.15%
    3.78%
    3.97%
    4.88%
    Suffolk-Hampton Bays-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    9.26%
    5.69%
    5.24%
    6.17%
    6.49%
    Suffolk-Riverhead-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    4.80%
    4.85%
    4.34%
    3.90%
    3.84%
    Westchester Peekskill – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    10.36%
    7.15%
    6.73%
    5.64%
    5.69%
    Westchester Ossining – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    9.88%
    10.22%
    9.86%
    9.93%
    9.84%
    Westchester Tarrytown – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    8.47%
    8.27%
    7.40%
    7.78%
    7.89%
    Westchester Yonkers – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    4.48%
    4.11%
    4.32%
    4.35%
    4.85%
    Westchester New Rochelle – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
    6.46%
    5.68%
    4.99%
    5.75%
    5.80%
    Westchester Port Chester Orange-zone focus area % positive
    9.34%
    7.59%
    7.81%
    8.15%
    7.87%

    Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

    • Patient Hospitalization– 3,103 (+47)
    • Patients Newly Admitted– 471
    • Hospital Counties– 54
    • Number ICU– 636 (+8)
    • Number ICU with Intubation– 294 (+8)
    • Total Discharges– 84,723 (+384)
    • Deaths– 39
    • Total Deaths– 26,588

    Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

    Region
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Current 7-Day Average
    Capital Region
    2.4%
    3.1%
    3.7%
    2.64%
    Central New York
    4.6%
    3.8%
    4.0%
    3.66%
    Finger Lakes
    5.8%
    6.1%
    5.7%
    4.19%
    Long Island
    4.0%
    3.3%
    3.8%
    3.47%
    Mid-Hudson
    4.2%
    4.1%
    4.7%
    4.06%
    Mohawk Valley
    5.0%
    3.3%
    3.6%
    3.42%
    New York City
    2.7%
    2.4%
    2.8%
    2.56%
    North Country
    3.3%
    2.1%
    2.9%
    2.35%
    Southern Tier
    2.0%
    2.1%
    1.8%
    1.52%
    Western New York
    6.6%
    5.6%
    8.1%
    6.28%

    Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

    Borough
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Current 7-Day Average
    Bronx
    3.9%
    3.5%
    3.9%
    3.64%
    Brooklyn
    2.5%
    2.2%
    2.8%
    2.42%
    Manhattan
    1.5%
    1.5%
    1.7%
    1.60%
    Queens
    3.0%
    3.1%
    3.3%
    2.89%
    Staten Island
    4.6%
    3.6%
    4.4%
    4.07%

    Of the 628,375 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

    County
    Total Positive
    New Positive
    Albany
    5,555
    129
    Allegany
    983
    53
    Broome
    5,201
    58
    Cattaraugus
    1,058
    61
    Cayuga
    822
    28
    Chautauqua
    1,516
    36
    Chemung
    2,955
    83
    Chenango
    623
    18
    Clinton
    448
    5
    Columbia
    1,005
    17
    Cortland
    979
    22
    Delaware
    342
    6
    Dutchess
    7,021
    91
    Erie
    23,933
    862
    Essex
    278
    3
    Franklin
    259
    4
    Fulton
    484
    6
    Genesee
    932
    42
    Greene
    675
    14
    Hamilton
    42
    0
    Herkimer
    645
    14
    Jefferson
    500
    13
    Lewis
    345
    8
    Livingston
    671
    16
    Madison
    898
    20
    Monroe
    14,338
    521
    Montgomery
    466
    6
    Nassau
    59,238
    671
    Niagara
    3,599
    154
    NYC
    305,080
    2,558
    Oneida
    4,655
    140
    Onondaga
    10,248
    224
    Ontario
    1,250
    48
    Orange
    16,555
    150
    Orleans
    604
    6
    Oswego
    1,436
    31
    Otsego
    596
    9
    Putnam
    2,682
    67
    Rensselaer
    1,666
    41
    Rockland
    21,258
    147
    Saratoga
    2,151
    62
    Schenectady
    2,353
    70
    Schoharie
    190
    7
    Schuyler
    296
    7
    Seneca
    276
    7
    St. Lawrence
    784
    41
    Steuben
    1,714
    36
    Suffolk
    59,273
    711
    Sullivan
    2,156
    19
    Tioga
    1,095
    15
    Tompkins
    1,043
    43
    Ulster
    3,238
    58
    Warren
    571
    2
    Washington
    440
    1
    Wayne
    1,083
    31
    Westchester
    49,102
    661
    Wyoming
    517
    18
    Yates
    252
    5

    Yesterday, 39 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,588. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

    Deaths by County of Residence
    County
    New Deaths
    Albany
    4
    Bronx
    1
    Broome
    2
    Chemung
    1
    Erie
    6
    Kings
    3
    Manhattan
    1
    Monroe
    3
    Niagara
    2
    Oneida
    3
    Onondaga
    1
    Orange
    2
    Orleans
    1
    Queens
    1
    Richmond
    2
    Rockland
    1
    Saratoga
    1
    Schenectady
    1
    Tioga
    1
    Westchester
    2