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Cuomo appears to deflect scandals, gives away state park passes to vaccinated families

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference Monday on Jones Beach not to address his many scandals, but to announce the state will be giving vaccinated families free two-day passes to state parks. This comes after 14 people in the state passed away of COVID-19 complications Sunday.

Cuomo made no mention of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Instead, he talked about New York’s positivity rate, which recently dropped to 1.09%. Previously, the state had the highest infection rate globally. Now, it’s at a 10-month low. The national average positivity rate is currently 2.6%. Infection rates were particularly high across nursing homes, another controversy that has plagued Cuomo’s term. Cuomo’s previous order forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients is allegedly responsible for over 1,000 elderly deaths in the state.

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Already, there have been 10 million vaccinations statewide, 8 million of those from New York City alone.

“Its not over,” Cuomo said. “It’s managed but it’s not over.”

Instead of showing concern for the ongoing investigation into his failure to protect the elderly or his sexual harassment, he expressed concern for the decreasing rate of vaccinations. “The number of vaccination is dropping off dramatically,” he said, “less than 100,000 per day.” Compared to previous vaccination rates, that’s a 55% decline.

The New York Governor’s avoidance of the topic of his allegations could be construed as confidence. He has said in the past that he welcomes an investigation. However, Cuomo’s office stands accused of interfering with the investigation.

This latest incentive is one of many, including lottery tickets, free metro passes and extra seating at baseball games. Now, families that get vaccinated this week can visit any one of New York’s 16 parks for free. Not only can they receive a two-day pass, but some of these parks will also become vaccination sites themselves.

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Cuomo did not take any questions following the event. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are posturing to impeach him over his scandals.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

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