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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Responds to Independent Reviewer Report
ALBANY, New York, Aug. 4 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following transcript:

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued the following response to the independent reviewer report.

The position statement from Attorney Rita Glavin can be viewed here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/8.3.21_Position_Statement_of_Governor_Cuomo.pdf

Over the past several months, you have heard a number of complaints brought against me. I called for an independent review, and I said at the beginning, I would let the process unfold. I didn't want anyone to say that I interfered. ... Show Full Article

N.Y. A.G. James: Independent Investigators Find Governor Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women, Violated State and Federal Laws
ALBANY, New York, Aug. 4 -- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following news release:

The independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James -- led by Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark -- today released their report into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. After nearly five months, the investigators concluded that Governor Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women -- including former and current state employees -- by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging, and making inappropriate comments. Further, ... Show Full Article

N.J. Gov. Murphy: SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of New Jersey Affected by Flash Flooding
TRENTON, New Jersey, Aug. 4 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release:

New Jersey businesses and residents affected by flash flooding on July 12, 2021 may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Affected residents and businesses in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer and Warren counties are eligible for assistance.

"I urge all residents and businesses affected by last month's flash flooding to apply for available assistance from the SBA," said Governor Murphy. "This assistance from our partners in the Biden Administration ... Show Full Article

Md. Gov. Hogan Touts Offshore Wind Expansion, Partnership Between U.S. Wind and Tradepoint Atlantic
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Aug. 4 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release on Aug. 3, 2021:

Governor Larry Hogan today touted a transformative partnership between US Wind and Tradepoint Atlantic to expand the development of offshore wind energy in Maryland--including the state's most ambitious clean energy project to date, helping to put the state well on track to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

"Offshore wind presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the state of Maryland to expand and diversify our economy and our energy portfolio," said ... Show Full Article

Maine A.G. Frey Lauds Court Decision Upholding Maine Law to Protect Community-Run Television Stations
AUGUSTA, Maine, Aug. 4 -- Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey issued the following statement:

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The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a Maine law protecting community-run television stations today. The law was defended in court by the Office of the Attorney General, and the order is attached. In response to the ruling Attorney General Aaron M. Frey released the following statement:

"Community-run television stations provide vital public, educational and governmental programming. They allow Mainers to observe local government proceedings, view school sports and community ... Show Full Article

Ky. Gov. Beshear Issues State of Emergency Due to Severe Storm Damage in Nicholas County
FRANKFORT, Kentucky, Aug. 4 -- Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, issued the following news:

Gov. Andy Beshear issued a state of emergency following a severe storm July 30 in Nicholas County that resulted in historic flooding, with severe impacts to infrastructure, government properties and private properties. The Governor also sent a letter today to President Joe Biden requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in Nicholas County.

Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jaqueline Coleman visited Nicholas County this afternoon to tour the damage ... Show Full Article

Ill. Public Health Dept.: First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Ill. for 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Aug. 4 -- The Illinois Department of Public Health issued the following news:

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today that a Cook County resident in his 80s who became ill in mid-June tested positive for West Nile virus.

"While we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also remember to take steps to protect our health from other illnesses," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "West Nile virus is something ... Show Full Article