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Cuomo Says Wrecked Economy Would Send Trump Packing

A recession would spell the end of President Donald Trump’s administration, Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicted in a radio interview on Monday.

“If the economy tanks and this recession comes true, he may as well as start packing his bags now, because I think if there’s only one redeeming rationale is it’s, well, Trump is a businessman and the economy is doing well,” Cuomo said on WAMC. “​He flags on the economy — especially if he flags on the economy out of his petulance and arrogance and trade relations — just start packing, Donald.”

New York, of course, would not be immune to the effect of a recession, either. The state relies heavily on the personal income tax for nearly half of its overall revenue. The PIT can be volatile even in relatively smooth economic times.

But Democrats running for president, Cuomo added, said the party needs to take a broader focus on the direction the country is taking under Trump.

“I think the Democrats have to draw a sharper distinction,” he said. “The Democrats have to step up and understand what it is. The issue is, what do you think America is? Who are we? What is the soul of America?”

Cuomo, who has said former Vice President Joe Biden is best positioned to defeat President Trump, dismissed the possibility that he would serve in a Biden administration as chief of staff.

“I have no plans to leave as governor of New York,” he said. “I think I’m doing a good job. I hope the people of the state believe that.”

DOH Moves To Require More Documentation In Vaccine Exemptions

From the Morning Memo:

Emergency regulations issued late last week by the state Department of Health will require doctors to provide more documentation, including specific justifications, for when children are given exemptions for vaccinations.

The move comes as children next month are returning to school and amid a measles outbreak this year, with more than 1,000 cases — mostly in Rockland County and Brooklyn.

State lawmakers in June approved a measure ending the religious exemption for vaccinations, a law that’s being challenged in state court.

The regulation announced Friday by the Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services will require the justification for the exemption of each require vaccination in order for it to be granted.

Physicians were previously only required to submit a statement to schools without specific documentation with stating specifically why immunization would be detrimental to a child’s health.

The new regulation will apply to children statewide. Medical exemptions from vaccinations would still have to be re-issued annually.

“These regulations will ensure that those who have legitimate medical reasons for not getting vaccinated are still able to obtain medical exemptions, while also preventing abuse of this option by those without such medical conditions,” said Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

“Immunizations are safe and effective and give children the best protection from serious childhood diseases. We will continue to do everything possible to promote public health for all New Yorkers, especially our children.”

The regulation is the latest sign state officials are taking an increasingly active approach in counteracting an anti-vaccination movement amid the measles outbreak this year.

The Department of Health previously launched two public service ads, one featuring Zucker, reassuring parents that vaccines are safe and necessary for children.

Public health officials broadly agree that healthy people should receive vaccinations in order to create herd immunity.

State Lawmaker Takes Border Trip

From the Morning Memo:

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt will be the latest elected official to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border this week in order to review the national security and economic development issues there.

Schmitt’s office said the tour this week will be led by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and local law enforcement.

The trip will also include the security conditions at the detention facilities which are housing migrants and their families.

Schmitt, a Republican, previously conducted a tour of the ICE detention facilities at the Orange County jail in his Hudson Valley district.

“Our nation is facing a humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border,” he said in a statement.

“This legislative session the NY legislature waded into that debate with very few members actually having first hand knowledge of the situation. My district is also home to an ICE detention facility housing individuals detained at the border. I look forward to seeing the situation first hand and taking the experience back to my colleagues for next session.”

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Monday! It’s gonna be hot and muggy today.

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City and has nothing public planned.

At 9:45 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will join local officials for a tour of the development projects of downtown Riverhead. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead.

At 1 p.m., Hochul will announce energy efficiency improvements at SUNY Stony Brook University, Centers for Molecular Medicine, 100 Nicolis Road, Stony Brook.

At 3 p.m., at kick off event will be held for the Aurora Games, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 7 p.m., Hochul will participate in discussions of the future of women in leadership at the Hamptons Institute, 158 Main St., East Hampton.

At 7:30 p.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be live on NY1’s Inside City Hall.

Headlines:

The NYPD judge who recommended Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired for putting Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold says that the officer’s recount of the incident was “untruthful,” according to an opinion from the judge obtained by the New York Times.

The judge, the Times reported, called Pantaleo’s claim “implausible and self-serving” in a 46-page opinion.

Activists rallied in Manhattan Sunday, calling on the Senate to act on passing gun safety legislation.

Records show the worst New York City Housing Authority is in West Harlem, which is in need of $286 million of repairs.

Verizon is ending its contract with local news channel RNN, a move that will end Fios1 News in November.

Republican state lawmakers had their day in court, arguing on Friday against a cap on outside income backed by a compensation commission that also raised their salaries.

Jimmy Vielkind: The outcome of the outside income limits could ultimately affect who comes back to Albany.

Medical marijuana patients are crossing the border to Massachusetts for what are considered to be better, cheaper products.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized an agreement that would return oversight of procurement and contracting to the comptroller’s office, powers that had come under scrutiny following the corruption arrests of a close former aide to the governor, upstate developers and the president of SUNY Polytechnic.

Back in April, Cuomo’s budget director, Robert Mujica, said that pre-audit authority had already been restored, but it turns out that statement was false.

When lawmakers passed the Child Victims Act in January the financial impact of the bill was left to be determined. Even as hundreds of plaintiffs filed lawsuits this week under the new law, that impact still isn’t totally clear.

The political wrangling over the law also allowed alleged abusers and institutions to shield their assets from the coming civil suits.

As the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo faces more than 100 lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act, a former seminarian is now accusing the diocese of blackmail.

Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt made it official on Saturday morning — he’s throwing his hat into the 2020 race for the 27th Congressional District.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate a fatal plane crash in Dutchess County.

Salaries for officials at the New York City Department of Education have received raises as high as 35 percent.

Police have charged the man they took into custody Saturday in connection with Friday’s rice cooker scare in Manhattan.

A picnic and a meet-and-greet are on the schedule for Mayor Bill de Blasio Sunday, Day 2 of his weekend trip to New Hampshire.

Nearly 3,000 New York City workers have donated to the Democratic candidates for president, and not just Mayor de Blasio.

The head of the New York City police union is slamming de Blasio over a violent melee cops found themselves in in Brooklyn over the weekend.

Jails in New York City are being reimagined with solitary confinement as a component to their design.

Organizations are increasing efforts to prevent suicides nationwide, including the FCC and the NYPD.

The organizers of Operation Adopt-a-Soldier planning their recovery after fire ripped through the non-profit’s building in Wilton.

Three candidates for the State Supreme Court in the Sixth District are running more than their campaign together. Christopher Baker, Oliver Blaise, and Mark Masler are running together for the three open seats in the district, but Sunday, they also ran a triathlon together.

Algae bloom has been reported in More Lake State Park, which officials say they are closely tracking.

For the last year, residents along East 10th Street say Department of Sanitation trucks have been stinking up their block.

Republican challengers are rushing to run against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In national news:

President Trump dismissed concerns a recession is possible and cautioned China over its reaction to protests in Hong Kong.

Gun control experts say the focus should be on high-capacity magazines as the number of mass shootings rise.

The women who say they were sexually assaulted and harassed by journalist Mark Halperin are blasting his new book deal.

In South Carolina, Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke at a church as she sought to boost her standing with black voters.

Online fundraising by former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has struggled to continue momentum, suggesting trouble with generating grassroots enthusiasm.

Foreign diplomats are bracing themselves for the president to be re-elected next year and what that will mean for negotiating with the United States.

People who live in Greenland are baffled — and opposed — to the idea of President Trump making a move to purchase it.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union knocked the Troy Police Department’s efforts to paper over the death of a civilian during an interaction with a police officer last year.

The New York Post blasted the mismanagement and skyrocketing overtime costs at the MTA.

The Daily News touted two bills in the state Legislature that are meant to make adoptions fairer.

From the sports pages:

Congrats to Pete Alonso of The New York Mets for achieving a rookie milestone.

Just what, exactly, is Brett Gardner’s weird bat thing in the dugout all about?

Extras

Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said Friday.

A new report on Metropolitan Transportation Authority overtime shows large work load and out of date rules have contributed to a surge in employee pay.

Police are looking for the person or persons responsible for spreading anti-semitic flyers around Queens this week.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said a grand jury found the two men who fired weapons in the Memorial Day weekend shooting death of a former Albany High School basketball star in Niskayuna were “legally justified” in defending themselves.

The state plans to file a motion asking for Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola’s federal suit to be transferred to the Western District court or be put on hold until a judge makes a decision on a similar action in Erie County.

New York State Sen. Jen Metzger is announcing funding to prevent lyme disease in the Hudson Valley on Thursday.

Two of the men involved with an attempted bomb threat against a Muslim community will spend up to a dozen years in prison.

Syracuse and Utica will be getting more money to remove lead from homes.

A New York State trooper is laid to rest, after dying of a 9/11-related illness. Family and friends said their final goodbyes to trooper Jeffrey Cicora this morning.

A source says Republican state Senator Rob Ortt will announce his candidacy Saturday for New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Cuomo, DiNapoli Fulfill Deal On Procurement Oversight Power

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized an agreement that would return oversight of procurement and contracting to the comptroller’s office, powers that had come under scrutiny following the corruption arrests of a close former aide to the governor, upstate developers and the president of SUNY Polytechnic.

The agreement was laid out in a memorandum of understanding obtained Friday by State of Politics.

The memo will set in motion the restoration of the authority for DiNapoli’s office to review state university system contracts of $250,000 and greater. Review of contracts at the Office of General Services will be set at $85,000 and higher.

The memo also stipulates SUNY officials will work with officials at the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, which includes the economic development entities Fort Schuyler Management Corp. and Fuller Road Management Corp. to approve pre-audit authority for construction-related contracts of $1 million or more.

If SUNY officials fail to act on the agreement, Cuomo will introduce legislation restoring the oversight powers as a codification in law.

Another provision in the agreement provides oversight of DiNApoli’s office as well. The comptroller’s office will deliver contracts of $250,000 or more to the inspector general’s office for review.

The stipulation comes after the 2016 arrest of Navnoor Kang, the director of the common retirement fund, who was accused of receiving $1 million in bribes.

The agreement takes effect in 30 days.

Cuomo had at the beginning of the year announced a handshake agreement with DiNapoli to restore the oversight powers, which lawmakers in 2011 moved to rollback the pre-audit authority of the comptroller in order to streamline the bidding process for contracts.

Pre-audit review of contracts must be completed within 30 days, as stipulated in the memorandum.

But calls for restoring the oversight power was raised after the 2016 arrest of Joe Percoco, a prominent former aide and confidant to the governor, as well as Alain Kaloyeros, the ex-president of SUNY Polytechnic and upstate developers who had participated in the “Buffalo Billion” economic development program, part of a sweeping bribery and fraud case.

Percoco and Kaloyeros were both convicted in separate trials.

Months after the announcement by the governor, the two-way agreement between Cuomo and DiNapoli had yet to be formally acted on, raising concerns with some state lawmakers.

Cuomo last week on NY1 said the deal would be finalized shortly.

“The comptroller is a person of his word. The lawyers haven’t worked out the language yet. They will shortly,” Cuomo said. “But I have no doubt that the comptroller is going to do what he said he was going to do, and I know I am going to do what I said I was going to do.”

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Here And Now

Good morning and TGIF!

Happening today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned.

At 10 a.m., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

Also at 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will attend the funeral of New York State Police Commander Jeffrey Cicora. Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs Road, Fayetteville.

At 6:45 p.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak at the New York City Center for Black Pride Heritage Awards Ceremony. 515 Lenox Ave., New York City.

Headlines:

Nine police officers have taken their lives this year, prompting the NYPD’s top brass to declare a mental health emergency and issue urgent directives encouraging officers to seek help.

Patrolman’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch in a video also had a blunt message for suicidal cops.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office told the NYPD his administration can offer mental health support to cops, pointing to the ThriveNYC program.

An audit by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found duplicative payments under the Medicaid program cost the state $102 million over four years.

New York City is streamlining the process for applying to public middle and high schools, ending a two-round gauntlet that had parents wrestling with in paperwork.

Gregory Russ, the brand new chairman of the New York City Housing Authority stopped at a call center Thursday as part of his two-week tour of the agency he now runs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a new law Thursday which would define “hate-fueled murder with the intent to cause mass casualties” as an act of domestic terrorism.

The proposal comes after mass shootings that were likely inspired by white supremacy.

At a trial for members of the “Proud Boys” who are alleged to have participated in a brawl last year, prosecutors called the group’s founder a “hate monger.”

Financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. published a study this week about the top 30 worst congressional districts in the country for black Americans to live.

The state’s commercial casinos are struggling to generate revenue amid an oversaturated market in the northeast.

New York investigators have subpoenaed for the bank records of the Sackler family, amid claims the family that controls Purdue Pharma may have sought to transfer money offshore.

State lawmakers earlier this year approved a bill that would allow early retirees to return to work and earn up to $35,000 a year — an increase of $5,000 from the cap set in 2007 without any hit being taken to their pensions.

Republican Bob Antonacci’s victory in a central New York state Senate district was a rare positive note for the GOP last year. But now he’s running for a judicial post and could leave the seat vacant.

New lawsuits are being filed under the new Child Victims Act, including those against the Catholic Church.

Buffalo Public Schools is now added to the growing list of organizations being sued under the one year look-back window of the Child Victims Act.

The global clergy sexual abuse crisis has forced 19 U.S. Catholic Diocese to file for bankruptcy protection since 2004. Elected leaders and attorneys representing hundreds of survivors in Western New York weighed in, should the Diocese of Buffalo decide to follow suit.

The Department of Transportation is fixing road signs for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge so they include the late former governor’s middle initial.

The labor union that represents Metro-North conductors and engineers is balking at a proposed fingerprint system meant to cut down on overtime cheating.

A judge’s ruling on Thursday should end the saga surrounding who should be the mayor of Mount Vernon.

The lead crisis in Newark is growing more dire as a bottled water distribution effort was bungled.

Renaming the stretch of Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower after former President Barack Obama is unlikely to happen, despite a popular online petition to do so.

Fifty people in six states are reporting an illness believed to be linked to vaping, which is baffling doctors.

The artist who painted that bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton in a blue dress had no idea it was hanging in Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion.

The owner of Poughkeepsie’s Chance Theater, Frank Pallette, said on Thursday that community members upset about his decision to book the band, Confederate Railroad, should take a breath.

In national news:

President Trump had urged the Israeli government to block two members of Congress who are critics of him from visiting the country.

Democrats lashed out at the decision.

More gyrations in the markets as U.S. and global stocks climbed higher.

With the economy on something of a wobble, the president sought to turn that into an electoral strength.

And yet, the president is reportedly worried about the potential of a downturn and its impact on the 2020 election, while his aides say they are not preparing for one.

President Trump believes Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, would be a “fantastic” senator for New Hampshire.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke flatly ruled out running for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas as his presidential campaign is yet to gain steam.

Ever the real estate developer, President Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of the United States buying Greenland.

From the editorial pages:

The Times Union writes that the opening of the one-year look back period in the Child Victims Act is a chance for justice to be served for survivors and victims.

The Daily News writes that New York City must do more to help suicidal police officers suffering from mental health problems.

Newsday called Gov. Cuomo’s proposed anti-domestic terrorism bill a “good step” but said more needs to be done to address gun violence.

From the sports pages:

A couple of football scores from Thursday. The Jets won a pre-season game, 22-5, over the Falcons. The Yankees lost 19-5 against the Indians.

Here And Now

Good morning and happy Thursday!

Happening today:

At 10:45 a.m., New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will join elected officials for a back-to-school backpack giveaway, 5100 Kings Plaza, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., The Riders Alliance will poll riders to create a “Riders Capital Plan.” Bowling Green, opposite MTA headquarters, 2 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will join students to discuss diversifying tech jobs. Hand in Hand program, WNY STEM Hub. 1140 Ellicott St., Buffalo.

At 12:15 p.m., Hochul will deliver remarks at Sen. Tim Kennedy’s senior grill and child wellness cookout. William-Emslie Family YMCA. 585 William St., Buffalo.

At 12:30 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will hold a media availability, M.S. 890, 21 Hinckley Place, Brooklyn.

At 1 p.m., Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement, New York City Bar Association, 42 W 44th St., New York City.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Julia Salazar, and Senator Brian Kavanagh will host a town hall to recap the 2019 New York State Legislative Session. Bushwick Inlet Park Community Room, 86 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Sens. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Shelley Mayer will hold a townhall meeting. Yonkers Riverfront Library, Second Floor, One Larkin Center, Yonkers.

Headlines:

An NYPD officer died Wednesday evening in Queens after shooting himself, the ninth officer to take their own life in New York City this year, the police department confirmed.

ThriveNYC pulled out of a mental health event after the pro-cop group Blue Lives Matter sponsored it.

The NYPD is getting closer to determining whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired.

With the one-year look back window now open under the Child Victims Act, 20 lawsuits alone were filed against the Diocese of Albany.

A lawsuit has been filed against Boy Scouts of America in the Capital Region. Filed under the lookback window within the Child Victims Act, three plaintiffs say they were abused by scoutmasters or leaders who were approved by Twin Rivers Council.

An autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein found he had several broken neck bones.

A bizarre painting of Bill Clinton in a blue dress was discovered in Epstein’s townhouse.

Guards at the federal jail facility where Epstein was housed let a serial bank robber go free by mistake.

A New York City Housing Authority complex in the Bronx has been running on generators for a month.

Since unveiling his NYC Care plan, Mayor Bill de Blasio has framed the program as a groundbreaking success, including out on the presidential campaign trail.

Wearing white clothes and with their children in tow, more than a thousand people lined the block around the Albany County Courthouse Wednesday to hear the opening arguments in a case challenging New York’s end to the religious exemption for vaccinations. Jackie Herig traveled from Long Island to attend.

Chris Cuomo’s “Fredo rant” in context: The Cuomo family has spent decades pushing back on anti-Italian stereotypes in the media and elsewhere.

Contractors who helped restore homes after Hurricane Sandy allege the Build It Back program owes them nearly $2 million.

Activists clashed Wednesday after disability advocates announced a lawsuit against the MTA, calling for the transit agency to bring back bus stops along 14th Street it removed for Select Bus Service.

In Albany, the Center for Law and Justice is taking a closer look at the relationship between residents and police in a report released Wednesday.

As the discussion around Interstate 81 and the viaduct in downtown Syracuse continues, there’s another part of the project making a little noise. Changes could raise the volume in some neighborhoods near the highway.

Law enforcement agencies have started to utilize drones more frequently as the technology continues evolving, but constant training is required.

Across the Rochester City School District, graduation rates are at a 10-year high. But Board of Education President Van White says this is not a time to celebrate, because while these numbers represent hope for families in Rochester, this is not “mission accomplished.”

A petition that would name the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower after former President Barack Obama has gained 140,000 signatures.

Levon Helm played at Woodstock 50 years ago. He passed away in 2012, but his legacy lives on in upstate New York.

After years of planning, the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival’s 50th anniversary is almost here. But, there remins some information to know before heading up to Bethel for the festivities.

A giant praying mantis was spotted on the 6 train, which understandably freaked straphangers out a bit.

In national news:

Alarm bells are ringing over a potential recession and global slowdown amid concerns about the effect of the U.S.-China trade war.

And the shocks surrounding the trade dispute are worldwide, as Germany appears to be close to officially dipping into a recession.

What’s the yield curve? Basically, it’s a sign that investors aren’t making long-term bets. Here’s an explainer.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will end his presidential campaign and run for U.S. Senate.

A suspect in a Philadelphia standoff that left six police officers wounded has surrendered.

President Trump is resisting efforts to have the U.S. support protesters in Hong Kong.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in an interview that he hopes former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned amid multiple allegations of forcible touching, would run again.

Gun control groups are rallying in all 50 states to pressure Republican officials on the issue.

From the editorial pages:

The Daily News blames President Trump for a sputtering stock market that is stoking recession fears.

The Times Union writes the state should once again fund education programs for inmates, calling it both morally right and prudent, since it’s been shown to reduce recidivism.

The New York Post criticized MTA workers for taking an average of 54 days off last year, which led to increased overtime costs.

Newsday knocks the Trump administration’s move to limit social services for immigrants, saying it plays on stereotypes.

From the sports pages:

The Yankees have utterly crushed the lowly Baltimore Orioles this season.

Bad news for the Mets: Jeff McNeil is headed to the IL.

Here is the latest on the equal pay fight for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

Extras

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s estate is being sued under the Child Victims Act.

The Child Victims Act went into effect Wednesday, opening the gates to a flood of child sexual abuse lawsuits, something survivors were previously blocked from filing. Coming to light today in one of those lawsuits: allegations against former Bishop Howard Hubbard.

Within the first 12 hours of the lookback window opening, there were 103 cases filed in Erie County alone, in addition to three cases in Niagara County and one in Cattaraugus County.

But while some have been busy meeting with attorneys and getting lawsuits ready, others can’t find lawyers to take their cases.

Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter had to take steps recently to correct a campaign finance violation.

Activists clashed Wednesday after disability advocates announced a lawsuit against the MTA, calling for the transit agency to bring back bus stops along 14th Street it removed for Select Bus Service.

For the first time in over a decade, there will be a challenger in the race for Onondaga County District Attorney. And now, that challenger is getting an endorsement that’s raising some eyebrows.

Niagara Falls is the latest municipality in Western New York to receive a downtown revitalization grant from the state.

DOH Seeks Medicaid Coverage Approval For People Being Released By Jails, Prisons

State officials are beginning the process to apply for a Medicaid waiver in order to provide health care services to inmates about to be released from county jails and state prisons.

If approved, the services would begin a month before an inmate is released and would cover health conditions, including serious mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, or opioid use disorder or multiple chronic physical or behavioral health conditions.

“For incarcerated individuals leaving prisons and jails, it is critical that they receive the healthcare services they need for a seamless transition to life outside the correctional facility,” said Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. “Ensuring continuous healthcare coverage for criminal justice involved populations with serious health conditions will make our communities both healthier and safer.”

The public comment period of the waiver application to the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services began on Wednesday. The proposal was initially contained in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 State of the State announcement.

Services provided if the waiver is approved would include Medicaid-covered benefits like care management, referals and appointments with health providers and linkages to social services and peer supports. In addition, a medication management plan and higher priority medications for chronic conditions.

For criminal justice reform supporters, providing health care services while an inmate is in the process of transitioning to leaving a jail or prison facility and provide them with “bridging care.”

“Approval of this Medicaid waiver would provide incarcerated individuals returning home from prison with a continuity of health care, breaking down a significant barrier to a successful reentry and helping to keep our communities healthy and safe.,” said Acting Corrections and Community Supervision Commissioner Anthony Annucci.

The DOH pointed to people who have been in prison and jail populations having higher rates of visits to emergency rooms and hospitals, saying it would offset any increase in Medicaid spending by reductions in the use of those services.

One in 70 people are hospitalized a week after they are released from a prison or jail, according to the National Institute of Health, while one in 12 people are hospitalized within three months — far higher rates than the average population.