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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City missed the deadline for submitting its plan to reopen schools in the fall to the state despite Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiling the plan on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

Cuomo said the Department of Education submitted its plans for reopening the school district to the state late Friday afternoon, but received a two-week extension from the state for its plan for individual schools.

"I am disappointed that New York City didn't have their plan on time, because that's one of the main districts where there is a lot of discussion and dialogue and until there's a plan people are not going to feel there's an informed dialogue. And to have that whole process, have that discussion, get it done in two weeks, is going to be hard. And if parents are not comfortable and confident - I'm telling you, they're not going to send their child. so you'll open the schools, you'll have partial attendance, which will serve no one."

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At his daily briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be watching the positivity rate for COVID-19 in NYC to determine if schools can reopen and stay open for the 2020-2021 school year.

The reopening plan is just the start of the dialogue between parents and the school district, Cuomo said, not the end.

Cuomo said he is "getting deluged with calls from parents who are concerned."

He said any assumption that parents will send their children to reopened school districts "is not the case."

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About 650 of the 700 districts statewide filed their reopening plans by Friday.

Cuomo said the state will make the "initial decision" on whether to reopen schools across the state in the next week, but will closely watch the infection rate.

He said "schools should plan on reopening" at this point, but Cuomo cautioned "it's not flicking a switch."

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New York Governor Cuomo Backs Down on Plan to Pick Lawyer to Review His Alleged Sexual Misconduct

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office backed down on its plan to choose an investigator to review sexual harrassment allegations against him, saying on Sunday it had instead asked the state's attorney general and an appeals court judge to pick a lawyer to conduct an independent review.

Cuomo, one of the nation's most well-known Democratic politicians whose popularity soared during the early months of the pandemic, has faced a string of controversies in recent weeks including how his administration handled high numbers of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.

Cuomo's administration said it wanted the probe to be done "in a manner beyond reproach" after two former aides came forward in recent days to make accusations of sexual misconduct by the governor, which he has denied.

It said that on Saturday it had selected a former federal judge, Barbara Jones, to lead the investigation, but wanted now to avoid "even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics."

It said it had asked the Attorney General of New York State and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals to jointly select an independent lawyer without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review and issue a public report.

"All members of the Governor's office will cooperate fully. We will have no further comment until the report is issued," special counsel to Cuomo Beth Garvey said in a statement.

(Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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