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Sen. Tedisco asks why politicians get free COVID tests delivered to them, as New Yorkers struggle to find them anywhere

Lawmakers are being criticized as they get access to COVID-19 tests that average residents are waiting hours for, or cannot get at all.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) tweeted a photo of two rapid at-home tests. Senate leadership sent those tests out by mail.

“I’m told this is a weekly allowance. Meanwhile, scores of my constituents can’t find the tests,” he wrote. “I’m calling on Gov. Hochul and the Majority to create the same program for all New Yorkers ASAP!”


The tweet received significant response.

“Why aren’t teachers and school staff getting them too?” one user asked. Why not make them available on equal basis to all state employees, or better yet, all New York State residents?”

The state is in the process of distributing 3 million at-home kits to New Yorkers, but there are no plans currently to distribute the nearly 20 million that would be needed to cover every resident.




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