Two NYS Assembly Members Test Positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK -
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo with Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. (via flckr/file)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Saturday that two members of the NY State Assembly — Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron — have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons. Speaker Heastie has been in contact with both members and the Assembly is working with the governor to take swift action to address this situation.

“We have spoken with the Senate and are undertaking an intensive cleaning of the Capital and the Legislative Office Building,” the governor said in a press release. “All legislators and staff that have come in contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of everyone.

“Additionally, out of an abundance of caution we are closing the Capitol to visitors effective tomorrow.

The statement said that the state government is “working hand in glove to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in New York”, and will continue to act aggressively in their work to protect the public health.