WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett batted away Democrats’ skeptical questions Tuesday on abortion, health care and a possible disputed-election fight over transferring presidential power, insisting in a long and lively confirmation hearing she would bring no personal agenda to the court but decide cases “as they come.”
The 48-year-old appellate court judge declared her conservative views with often colloquial language, but refused many specifics. She declined to say whether she would recuse herself from any election-related cases involving President Donald Trump, who nominated her to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and is pressing to have her confirmed before the the Nov. 3 election.
“Judges can’t just wake up one day and say I have an agenda — I like guns, I hate guns, I like abortion, I hate abortion — and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on
HUDSON VALLEY, NY — New York state health officials are investigating the recent rise in people testing positive for the coronavirus in Orange and Rockland counties, as well as in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Monday morning news conference.
On Thursday, the two Hudson Valley counties accounted for 12 percent of New York’s new positive test results. (SEE: Coronavirus Cases In Orange, Rockland Outpace Region)
In New York City, health officials also sounded an alarm on growing cases last week and warned that a new round of coronavirus lockdowns could be coming to neighborhoods should the upticks not improve. (SEE: ‘Alarming’ Coronavirus Growth Tracked In 8 NYC Neighborhoods)
State officials are beginning targeted probes into the spikes in Orange and Rockland counties. “Like this Brooklyn cluster — we have to get to the bottom of that,” Cuomo said.
For example, in Rockland County the positivity rate reached 6.7