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Governor Cuomo – non-essential State employees

As you may be aware, earlier today Governor Cuomo tweeted the following: “Starting tomorrow, all non-essential State employees in Rockland, Westchester, NYC & L.I. are asked to stay home. This represents about 50% of workforce in these counties. I ‘ve asked the Court System to postpone non-essential services.”

The Governor directed nonessential State employees in Rockland, Westchester, NYC, Suffolk, Nassau – current hotspot areas – to work from home for two weeks. The Governor also directed DMV to move to appointment only to limit person to person contact and revert to regular hours rather than the extended hours the state implemented in recent weeks to help reduce lines.

Since that tweet, PEF staff have been in ongoing discussion with the Governor’s staff and GOER to clarify the term the Governor used, “non-essential”.  We will send and post on the PEF website any memo we receive from the Governor’s office or Agency Commissioner (s), as soon as they become available.  Although many members already know if they are currently deemed essential, please check with your immediate supervisor and verify, if you can do so.

Based on our conversations and according to Governor’s staff, there will be memo going out today to Agency Commissioners directing them to notify their own staff in Rockland, Westchester, NYC & L.I.  on these very questions. Additionally, PEF has been  working on a temporary two-month emergency telecommuting agreement for our members, which we will make available as soon as it has been agreed to. Hopefully by the end of today.

I realize each tweet or press conference leads to additional questions, but during these unchartered times, we are trying to get accurate answers as quickly as possible for our membership and appreciate your patience.

In Unity,

Wayne Spence

President

PEF

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https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-calls-president-trump-take-comprehensive-federal-action-combat-novel-coronavirus

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on President Trump to take comprehensive federal action to combat the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, including developing an aggressive national strategy for testing, school closures and hospital surge capacity.

In an open letter to President Trump, the Governor urged Trump to deploy the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to leverage its expertise, equipment and people power to retrofit and equip existing facilities – such as military bases or college dormitories – to serve as temporary medical centers. The Governor called on the President, through the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to authorize states to certify a wider array of testing labs and methods in an effort to maximize testing capacity to identify and isolate positive cases faster. The Governor also called for a uniform federal standard for when cities and states should shut down commerce and schools, or cancel events.

The Governor directed nonessential State employees in Rockland, Westchester, NYC, Suffolk, Nassau – current hotspot areas – to work from home for two weeks. The Governor also directed DMV to move to appointment only to limit person to person contact and revert to regular hours rather than the extended hours the state implemented in recent weeks to help reduce lines.