In addition to this, the following statement by State Senator Fred Akshar was sent to 12 News: The Southern Tier is expected to move onto the fourth phase on Friday. In a statement sent to 12 News, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said the following: I can see why businesses, and some non-profits like the YMCA, are frustrated by this unexpected news. They had reworked their operations in order to comply with new health and safety guidance. New Yorkers have successfully reduced spread of COVID by respecting the health of our fellow community members. I think we are ready to responsibly take on this next set of openings, knowing that if our COVID numbers begin it rise, actions can be taken. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the state must allow all businesses to reopen in the final phase for the economy to fully return. (WBNG) — Local officials are reacting to the news that malls, gyms and theaters will not be opening as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan. In the dark of the night, the state cancelled these plans, and instead declared that motion picture, TV and streaming service production, as well as ‘low-risk’ indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment could resume operations. No date or plan has been given for movie theaters or gyms, only the pithy promise of “soon.” It’s just another example of arbitrary, confusing and contradictory messages coming from Albany bureaucrats.