NEW YORK — Newly minted state Health Department Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett committed to transparent collaboration with Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul and New Yorkers in her first state public address Thursday, hitting the ground running in fighting the newly identified omicron COVID-19 variant.

MALONE — Local lawmakers approved the renewal of the Franklin County Office for the Aging’s contracts between Franklin County Public Transportation and local adult centers ahead of their board meeting Thursday.

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul will not implement new statewide COVID-19 mandates after health officials Thursday confirmed five New Yorkers have contracted the omicron variant.