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State Fair interim director Hennesy has COVID-19, will miss remainder of events

The New York State Fair is in its final days, but for its interim leader, he will be on the sideline.

Interim Director Sean Hennessy has tested positive for COVID-19.

As result, he won’t be on-site through the end of the fair.

“Like so many thousands of other New Yorkers, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Because I am fully vaccinated and boosted, my symptoms are minor and I am resting at home. I took a test this morning when I started to feel congested, and am notifying those who had prolonged close contact with me over the last 48 hours as recommended by the CDC and NYSDOH,” he said in a statement. “I am sorry to have to miss the end of my first Fair, but the staff of the Fair and of Agriculture & Markets know how to bring this festival home. We’re in capable hands.”

First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture & Markets, Steve McGrattan, will assume Sean’s duties in his absence.