COVID Hits Key Lawmakers Ahead Of Impeachment Hearings, State Budget Deadline

Two state lawmakers—Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Ron Kim—tested positive for COVID-19 this week, according to public statements posted Tuesday on Twitter. Both are key figures in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment hearings, as legislators also rush to meet an April 1st deadline for the state budget.

Heastie launched an impeachment probe into the governor’s alleged misconduct in the workplace after multiple women have come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment. The judiciary committee met Tuesday to address impeachment proceedings in a virtual meeting.

Heastie had just received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

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While a full course of vaccines can drastically reduce your chances of infection and eliminate severe disease, these protective effects take a couple of weeks to kick in fully. For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, that full series is two doses spaced three or four weeks apart. While some recent research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggests a single-dose of mRNA vaccine might be enough for people with prior coronavirus infections, questions remain over whether one dose is suitable for other people or its effectiveness against the highly transmissible variants.

“I am currently experiencing only extremely mild symptoms,” Heastie wrote in a tweet. “I am in frequent contact with my physician and look forward to a full recovery.”

Kim, who accused the governor of threatening to “destroy” him when he spoke out about a state cover-up of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, also announced Tuesday that he had caught the germ. He has mild symptoms, he wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

“The virus is still spreading rapidly in New York, so I encourage everyone to be safe and get tested regularly,” Kim wrote. The Queens assemblymember had attended in-person events in recent days, including a pandemic memorial and a tax the rich rally.