New York State Assembly members Weinstein, Barron diagnosed with COVID-19

David Caplan
March 14, 2020 - 9:23 pm
New York State Legislature Senate

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York State Assembly members Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron -- both with Brooklyn districts -- have been diagnosed with COVID-19, New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Saturday night.

"It has come to my attention that two of our Assembly colleagues – Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron - have been diagnosed with COVID-19," Heastie said in a statement. "It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons. I have been in contact with both members and we are taking swift action to address this situation."

He continued, "I have spoken with the Governor and the Senate and we are undertaking an intensive cleaning of the Capital and the Legislative Office Building. Additionally, all legislators and staff that have come in contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of everyone."