After almost four years at Notre Dame, seniors tackle unique senior theses — exploring topics ranging from “Bitch Culture” to sheepherding. Senior Javi Zubizarreta traveled to his family’s homeland last year in Basque Country, an autonomous region in Spain, to film a documentary on sheepherding. After completing this project with another student, Zubizarreta, a Film, Television and Theatre [FTT] major, said he decided to revisit his personal history through his senior thesis. “I was in the Basque Country on a research grant through the Nanovic Research Center and the Undergraduate Research program. My family were all herders, so I wanted to document it,” he said. “I was really pleased with how the film turned out, so I decided to go back to the topic.” Zubizarreta’s work on his thesis, titled “What Aitxitxe Said” (What Grandfather Said), began during his junior year. “For FTT, I’m in the honors program. Junior year, based on GPA and teacher recommendation, you get in and decide what to do your thesis about,” he said. “Many FTT students might write a play, make a film, and I’ve known some who have done costume design.” Each department sets different requirements for the senior thesis, but Zubizaretta said the FTT thesis is very open to personal creativity. The department reviews thesis proposals junior year, and if approved, research begins senior year. The thesis is due in late spring. Like Zubizarreta, senior Robert Gallagher found his thesis inspiration abroad. Gallagher, an Arabic Studies and history major, is currently studying the relationship between the Egyptian military performance in the Arab-Israeli wars in 1967 and 1973. “Between the Arab-Israeli wars in 1967 and 1973, the Egyptian senior military leadership reevaluated their military based on their new more realistic understanding of its capabilities,” Gallagher said. “I’m trying to explain why the process took place when it did.” Gallagher said his thesis was sparked by questions he encountered while studying abroad in Cairo and Amman. The thesis also allows him to reach his academic goals. “I took a military history class last semester that got me thinking about the relationship between military and society in general in Arab countries,” he said. “From there I just kept narrowing down the topic until I got down to something manageable.” American Studies and Spanish double major Catherine Scallen focused her thesis on the United States. She currently is writing her thesis to analyze an American phenomena she dubbed “Bitch Culture.” “I spend a lot of time at the mall and noticed that there are a large amount of products marketed towards women that all revolve around the word or concept of being a ‘Bitch’” she said. “These products, however, are not touted as derogatory and offensive, but rather ironic and humorous.” Many Urban Outfitters products such as glasses, snow globes and birthday banners served as a starting point for her thesis project, Scallen said. “I first got the idea for my thesis from a glass at Urban that says ‘Bitch’ in swirly silver script on it,” Scallen said. “I’m wondering why these products exist, why women are buying them and what that says about contemporary women in America.” Scallen said she was curious as to how “Bitch Culture” reflects the way the way American women view themselves and are perceived by others. Her investigation included research on the relationship guide “Why Men Love Bitches,” the diet book “Skinny Bitch,” the calendar “Bitch a Day” and a brand of wine called Bitch Bubbly. “I’m especially interested in how feminists are apparently attempting to reclaim the word ‘bitch’ as a term of empowerment and strength,” she said. “It’s something being done by the feminist publication ‘Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture,’ whose offices I got to visit with a grant over Christmas break.” As Scallen and Gallagher develop their theses through broader societal lenses, Zubizarreta’s thesis balances domestic and ethnic influences while also depicting the more personal story of his grandfather. “I came up with the idea when I stayed in Lekeitio, which is where mom’s family comes from. We had hiked up this hill, with snakes and wild boars, in the middle of nowhere and amazingly, the hotel had Wi-Fi,” he said. “I checked my e-mail and found out I received the Princess Grace Award.” The Princess Grace Award is a grant aimed at sponsoring film, dance and theater. Zubizarreta said receiving the award caused him to rework his thesis. Through this revision, he said, he was able to express gratitude for his grandfather. “It was the first time Notre Dame nominated someone, and no way did I think it was possible to win,” he said. After discussing his new goal with his brother on a train, he realized the grant gave him more opportunity to expand the film. “My family left for better life and I was back with the opportunity for this film. With the funding, I realized that I didn’t have to just tell a story,” Zubizarreta said. “I had to tell the story.” Zubizarreta cast family members in lead roles and said he hopes to premiere the film in Basque Country. While his senior thesis gave Zubizarreta the chance to create a project with personal meaning, he and Scallen also said their work could contribute to their future careers as well. “My friends joke about how this ‘Bitch’ project will surely open oh-so-many doors for me in the corporate world of employment … something my dad doesn’t find quite as funny,” Scallen said. Zubizarreta said he will submit his film to festivals, including the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, where he hopes to further establish his place in the international film community. “I would love to work in Basque Country as a filmmaker. These trips have helped me make connections,” he said. “But ultimately, it’s very personal and has the goal of shedding light on my culture, background and people.”
After sparking protest from residents and alumni of St. Edward’s Hall, the Office of Housing decided last week to reverse its plan to gradually introduce modular furniture in the dorm, originally set to begin this fall. Jeff Shoup, director of the Office of Housing, said the original plan was to replace the existing furniture class by class. “Our plan had been that we would have put modular furniture in all of the rooms where there were going to be freshmen next year,” Shoup said. “The next year, all the rooms where there were going to be freshmen and sophomores would get modular furniture, and so on and so forth.” Sophomore Frank Soler, president of St. Edward’s Hall, said building lofts is a dorm tradition and residents were blindsided by the proposed change. “[The Office of Housing] never explained it to us, and they never asked our opinion on it,” Soler said. “They went about it completely disregarding the students’ perspective.” Soler said residents of the dorm began a petition as soon as they heard the news and obtained 90 signatures in one hour. The final petition, sent to administrators in the Office of Housing, the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Affairs, boasted more than 200 signatures, he said. In addition, student body president Brett Rocheleau spoke to the Office of Housing on behalf of the hall, Soler addressed the Hall Presidents’ Council and Student Senate discussed a resolution supporting a reversal of the mandatory move to modular furniture during last Wednesday’s meeting. Alumni of St. Edward’s Hall also flooded the Office of Housing with notes of disapproval regarding the change, Soler said. In a letter sent to leaders of St. Edward’s Hall, Shoup stated the Office of Housing is temporarily postponing the transition to modular furniture in the dorm. “After receiving several letters, calls, e-mails and visits, we have decided to delay the purchase of modular furniture for St. Ed’s,” Shoup stated in the letter. “The hall will eventually receive new furniture, likely in the next five years.” He said St. Edward’s residents would be involved in choosing appropriate modular furniture when the time comes. “We are hopeful that when we are planning for this change to occur, student representatives will have the opportunity to be a part of the selection process of the furniture,” he stated in the letter. “We do anticipate, however, that it is likely that all the old student room furniture will be removed at one time, rather than in stages.” Soler said residents of the hall are grateful the Office of Housing listened to their concerns. “Allowing us to continue to have lofts, or at least have a hand in the conversation, is a big deal for the students because to take away a big part of your culture and have it be forcibly taken away, you feel like you’re being robbed of something,” he said. “Whereas if we have to make the change eventually and we can at least be part of the discussion, then it’s a whole different attitude toward the change.” Shoup said only seven dorms on campus lack modular furniture, and all of these halls will eventually make the switch. “Furniture can only last so long, and … for example in [St. Edward’s Hall], I think that most of that furniture has been there since the  fire … in the 1970s,” he said. “You have to have a replacement plan.” The Office of Housing will first focus on dorms that have both old and new furniture before addressing halls without modular furniture, Shoup said. “We still have … two or three halls that still have a little bit of old furniture in them,” he said. “So we’re going to, for this summer, put on hold any one particular hall but try to catch up in the couple of halls that still need some new furniture, for example Dillon … and Farley.” In the remaining halls that still allow students to construct lofts, Shoup said the Office of Housing would more strictly enforce regulations on elevated beds for safety reasons. “We’re going to closely enforce the guidelines that have been there the whole time,” he said. “It’s all about safety.” Shoup said he has seen elevated beds that obstruct exit doors and sprinklers. Students whose lofts pose these types of safety issues will be asked to remove them, he said. Despite the crackdown on elevated bed regulations, Soler said residents are happy to retain their lofts, if only for a short time. “This is a great sign that there is a connection between the students and the administration,” he said. “We’re really thankful for them hearing us out.”
History and theology experts explored the conception of the Bible belonging to Stephen Badin, an early American priest who purchased the land upon which the University of Notre Dame currently resides, in the Hesburgh Libraries’ Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Friday.Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Kathleen Cummings introduced the four “Badin Bible Symposium” panelists. Cummings said an expatriate Irish Catholic by the name of Mathew Carey published the first Catholic version of the Bible in the United States in 1790. Cummings said John Carroll of Baltimore, the first bishop of the new American nation, bought one of Carey’s first editions and gave it to the first priest he ordained, Stephen Badin.Badin brought the Bible with him as he traveled through the Midwest and Upper South, Cummings said. Badin left the book with a religious order he helped found, the Sisters of Loretto, before traveling north to minister to the Potawatomi in the South Bend area and purchase the land that would become the University of Notre Dame.Two hundred years later, a volunteer archivist at the Sisters of Loretto found the Bible and the order contacted Notre Dame. The University purchased the Bible this summer with help from the Hesburgh Library, Cushwa Center and several faculty, Cummings said. The Bible is now on display in the Special Collections and Rare Book Room, a short distance from the Log Chapel, where Badin is laid to rest.Margaret Abruzzo, associate professor of history at the University of Alabama, said Carey published the Bible to promote a good image of Catholics as religious liberty and toleration reached a high point in the States.Abruzzo said Badin, who migrated to the United States to escape the religious persecutions of the French Revolution, speaks to the influence of French culture on American Catholicism. Abruzzo said Carroll’s inscription in the Bible was written in English, which illustrates the importance of being multilingual in early America. Carroll’s handwritten inscription also revealed the bishop’s and priest’s close relationship, as did the letters they exchanged later on, Cummings said.“The letters between [Carroll and Badin] illustrate the intimate scale of the diocese, despite the 865,000 square miles,” Abruzzo said. “It illuminates Carroll’s direct and personal involvement in the affairs of his priests. Badin would write Carroll to ask for pastoral advice, to sort out theological problems, to request dispensations. But he also confided his spiritual struggles, his loneliness and his sense of inadequacy in the face of his job.”Notre Dame Professor of Theology Gary Anderson said Carey used the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible, made by English exiles in France who translated directly from St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate in the 16th century. Anderson said Jerome translated from the original Greek and Hebrew books of the Bible working in the late fourth and early fifth centuries. Anderson said certain books Jerome included did not have an original version in Hebrew.Anderson said protestant reformers in the 16th century took Jerome’s insight to heart but downplayed or eliminated these books, while Catholics — specifically at the Council of Trent — wanted to keep them, leading to two distinct versions of the Bible.“Trent didn’t require the Vulgate as the necessary text for use in any kind of vernacular translation, but it did say that the Vulgate was free from area in matters of morals and faith and as a result of that, Catholics, when they translated the Bible into the vernacular, took the Vulgate as their norm,” Anderson said.Patrick Griffin, chair of Notre Dame’s history department, spoke on the lives of Carroll, Carey and Badin and their connections with the Age of Revolution.Badin hated the French Revolution because of the persecution of Catholics, Griffin said. Carey was close friends with Benjamin Franklin and sympathized with revolutionary ideas. Carroll experienced discrimination as a Catholic but was widely respected because he was wealthy and because he supported the Patriots during the American Revolution, Griffin said.“We see some of Badin’s story in [Carroll’s] story, but like Carey, he also saw the liberating possibilities of toleration in an American republic shaped by the forces of revolution,” Griffin said. “Tolerating Catholics, Carroll believed, would allow Americans to argue reasonably with one another about various truth claims, differences he hoped would fade through faith working hand in hand with reason … he argued that Catholics could become good citizens and good republicans.”Professor of History Mark Noll said the Carey Bible was unusual not only because it was a Catholic Bible, but because it was a revised Douay-Rheims translation that reflected the Protestant King James’ version — emblematic of a period of toleration and religious freedom in the United States and was particularly large and well-made for the time.“It’s a good-sized Bible, already by the mid-18th century, production of the King James Bible had become … a more compact, more portable version of the Scriptures,” Noll said. “This particular version is unusual not just for being the first Catholic Bible, but for the care, the size and the binding of this particular scripture.”Tags: Badin Bible Symposium, John Carroll, Mathew Carey, Stephen Badin
Saint Mary’s 168th commencement ceremony will take place on Le Mans Green in front of the iconic Le Mans Hall on Saturday, May 16, to celebrate the graduation of approximately 350 students who constitute the class of 2015. This year’s graduates herald from 30 states, one United States territory and five countries besides the United States — including Canada, China, Mexico, Rwanda and Singapore.At the ceremony, Sr. Rosemary Connelly, will deliver the commencement speech. Connelly and Terri Kosik will receive honorary degrees from the College. The 2015 valedictorian, music major Sarah Miller, will also address her graduating class.According to a College press release, president Carol Ann Mooney said both recipients of the honorary degrees are women who have devoted over 40 years of service to their respective ministries, offering education and support to children and adults.“At Saint Mary’s we challenge our students to promote human dignity throughout their lives,” Mooney said. “We are delighted to honor these exceptional women for dedicating their lives to some of our most vulnerable citizens.”Connelly, who is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, was named administrator of Misericordia Home in Chicago in 1969 and is now executive director, as stated in the press release. Misericordia Home provides programs, service and residential care to more than 600 children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.The organization’s mission is to ensure that each person is encouraged to achieve his or her greatest potential through educational, spiritual, vocational or recreational outlets. According to the press release, the College wishes to recognize Connelly for playing an integral role in Misericordia Home’s development into a loving, challenging and dignified environment to its residents.Connelly has received numerous awards and honors throughout the years, including seven honorary doctorate degrees from Notre Dame, Loyola University, DePaul University, Lewis University, Marquette University, Dominican University and Lewis University.Kosik also provides dedicated service to a ministry ensuring educational opportunities to children at both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s — the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).The ECDC program serves children ages two through kindergarten during the school year and children through age 10 in their summer day camp program, according to the press release.During her 41 years with the ECDC, Kosik dedicated herself to promoting quality programs for children, their parents and teachers throughout Indiana. Kosik said the ECDC fits perfectly within the Saint Mary’s mission, particularly in terms of religious sensibility and social responsibility.“[At the ECDC,] we provide unconditional love and acceptance. Our classrooms are positive and full of joyful interactions and support,” Kosik said. “Ages 0-5 are the formative years in brain development, social/emotional development and cognitive skills. So it is important for children of all races, ethnicities and faiths to to have high-quality experiences with dedicated and skilled professionals. And that’s what we deliver at the ECDC and have been doing for 40-plus years.”Kosik also teaches a course at Saint Mary’s each fall semester that pertains to the early childhood minor, as well as, graduate and undergraduate courses at other institutions.“What I love most about my job is supporting the development and learning of young children, but almost equally, I love supporting the learning and development of pre-service teachers as they cherish young children and learn the important non-cognitive skills in children’s lives — confidence, love of learning, enthusiasm, empathy,” she said.Kosik said she especially enjoys the opportunity to provide future educators with hands on experience.“We offer for all the Saint Mary’s students from various majors … the real-life experience that takes what they are reading and hearing from their faculty members in class,” Kosik said. “They have a chance to come into the environment and observe children learning and communicating.”Kosik said she was overjoyed upon learning she would receive an honorary degree from the College this May.“I must say that I was utterly surprised and speechless, and so honored that I would be considered yet alone selected for such a prestigious award from Saint Mary’s, where I’ve spent 41 years on the campus,” Kosik said. “I started at [age] 21 when the ECDC was tiny, and I had these wonderful people mentoring, coaching and supporting me. Carol Ann Mooney’s children came to ECDC and so did my children and then my granddaughter.Senior Audrey Kiefer said she is all the more excited for the commencement ceremony now that these two women will be honored.“As seniors, we’re all readying to go out and use all that Saint Mary’s had taught us in order to change the world,” Kiefer said. “Here are two prime examples of women who have dedicated their lives to servicing others and providing aid where its needed.“I couldn’t think of two better people to be honored at our commencement, and I’m really looking forward to it.”Tags: Saint Mary’s Commencement
The paths and entryways to the Grotto and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will undergo renovations this summer, the University announced in a press release Wednesday.The project, which will begin May 20 following Commencement, will render the courtyard in front of the Grotto as well as the Basilica’s main entrance inaccessible for a portion of the summer. The project is scheduled to be completed before the fall semester.Modifications include new stone and brick pavers to the areas in front of the Grotto and Basilica, respectively, as well as changes to existing staircases to make each site more handicap-accessible, the release said. The Grotto will also receive new memorial benches.According to the release, a small turnaround driveway will be added southwest of the Basilica’s main entrance, replacing a temporary turnaround currently in the area.Both the Grotto and Basilica will both be open throughout the summer. The Basilica’s entrance west of the main doors will be made wheelchair-accessible; however, the Grotto will not be wheelchair-accessible between June 24 and Aug. 2. The only entrance to the Grotto will be the staircase behind the sacristy.Individuals who have difficulty walking should be cautious when accessing the areas, the release said.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Campus beautification, Campus Construction, Grotto, The Grotto
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A child in Chautauqua County has tested positive for COVID-19, county health officials reported Tuesday.Health officials say this is the first confirmed pediatric case of the virus.“One of our roles, as your local health department, is to inform, educate, and empower you about health issues,” said officials in a statement. “With that role in mind, we want to make sure you are aware of recent displays of Coronavirus in children. We follow the lead of Governor Cuomo by fighting fear with facts.” “While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date,” officials furthered. “In the United Kingdom and Europe, a possible link has been reported between COVID-19 and a serious inflammatory disease. Per data reviewed from several dozen cases in Europe and the US, by pediatric experts in intensive care, cardiology, rheumatology, and infectious disease, two things are clear about this mysterious pattern of illness. Per information reported by Boston Children’s Hospital, thus far, it is rare.”There is now a total of 44 confirmed cases of the virus, with eight active, 32 recovered and fourth deaths reported.Governor Cuomo recently announced emerging cases of COVID-19 related illness in children. New York is currently investigating 85 reported cases where children – predominantly school-aged – are experiencing multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19.This is what we currently know about COVID-19 in children:Recently, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported as possibly linked with a pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome disease – “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.”As of May 10, 2020, 85 suspected pediatric cases compatible with multisystem inflammatory syndrome have been reported in children in New York State.The illness has taken the lives of three children in NYS and an additional two deaths are currently under investigation. These deaths are not in Chautauqua County.This syndrome has features, which overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. The child may have a persistent fever, abdominal symptoms, rash on the torso and groin, bright red swollen lips, swollen lymph nodes, and swollen hands and feet.This inflammatory syndrome may occur days to weeks after acute COVID-19 illness.If your child has had close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or has symptoms compatible with pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19, contact your pediatrician.On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo directed hospitals statewide to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome.As of 4 p.m. Cattaraugus County has not yet provided their daily COVID-19 update.
Photo: Edward N. Johnson / US Army / CC BY 2.0 / PixabayJAMESTOWN – Low-risk youth sports will soon be able to resume play in Western New York.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Sunday.He says regions in phase three of reopening can begin July 6 with up to two spectators allowed per child.However, other summertime youth activities like overnight children’s camps are still on hold. New York State’s Health Commissioner says that overnight camps are a difficult setting to manage social distancing, face covering and infection control practices.“Overnight camps have congregate settings and sleeping arrangements in close quarters that present too many risks,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “In such a setting, even a single positive case in a camper or staff member could create an untenable quarantine situation and overwhelm camp health personnel that may not be able to handle a serious infectious outbreak of this nature.”Zucker says day camps will be able to reopen on June 29 as long as they are following state guidelines. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image courtesy: The Chautauqua County Humane Society.DUNKIRK — The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) says a two-week operation led to the removal of more than 75 cats from a condemned Dunkirk apartment. Officials say, the morning of July 8, CCHS Veterinary Technician Molly Loomis and Executive Director Kellie Roberts went to the condemned apartment in the City of Dunkirk to retrieve cats who were left behind when their owner was hospitalized. A plea for help from City of Dunkirk Dog Control Officer, Denise Zentz, had reached CCHS the day before.Zentz had been trying to locate a humane organization that would step in and save 50 or more cats living in poor conditions inside an upstairs apartment, officials add.Image courtesy: The Chautauqua County Humane Society.Upon arrival, Roberts and Loomis found dozens of cats living in conditions that Roberts described as, “not the worst I’ve ever seen but definitely awful. The high temperatures compounded the situation. Thankfully there is a downstairs neighbor at the house who has willingly cared for the cats on-site from the beginning.” After two hours, and with a hand from DCO Zentz and her husband, Steve, 53 cats were captured that day and brought back to the CCHS Adoption Center for processing. Since that time, CCHS has received assistance retrieving cats at the location from Lakeshore Humane Society in Dunkirk and the SPCA Serving Erie County. “There is not much room to operate in the apartment and the cats have limitless places to hide, making it very difficult to get a hold on them,” Roberts said. All of the cats have been taken to CCHS for the care they need to ready them for adoption. Roberts says with this many cats, “the additional labor and medical costs add up in a hurry. Unfortunately, it takes almost two weeks of nursing and medical care to get many of these cats well on their way to becoming healthy. Some of the cats are now available for adoption but others need further time and care.In addition to the routine spay or neuter surgeries, several of these cats will require eye surgeries. One orange guy may be blind but we hope to be able to save at least partial sight for the others who are suffering with ulcerated corneas and the like. The cats range from litters of very young kitties to adults. We are not certain at this time exactly what further medical conditions we might be looking at since all of the cats have not been fully vetted yet. What we do know is that they are going to be wonderful companions in their new homes.”Taking on this many cats at once is a significant financial commitment. Roberts says this has an especially large impact as shelter income has been affected by the coronavirus shutdown. “Image courtesy: The Chautauqua County Humane Society.Officials say donors have been wonderful to the organization throughout the pandemic, and they’re thankful for that. To make a financial contribution, checks can be mailed to 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or a gift by phone can be made by credit card at 716-665-2209, extension 203. Online donations can be made at Chqhumane.org.
Stock Image.POMFRET – A 31-year-old man died following motorcycle crash over the weekend.New York State Police report Timothy Vogt was riding on Fredonia-Stockton Road following three friends on his 2007 Harley Davidson Saturday afternoon when he lost control crossing the center line, and struck a trailer being towed by a pickup truck.Troopers say Vogt was ejected from his motorcycle and suffered severe body trauma.Police say the Harley continued down the road and struck a second vehicle. At the time of the crash police say Vogt was driving the speed limit and was not impaired by drugs or alcohol.They believe his inexperience riding a motorcycle is to blame for the crash. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Could this have something to do with the upcoming Trump Rally in Erie? Image by Darren McGee / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — Despite meeting the metrics to be on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Travel Advisory, Pennsylvania was not added to the list Tuesday, although Cuomo did discourage travel between New York and the Commonwealth.Cuomo declined to add Pennsylvania to the list because he said it was “not practically viable.”“Neighboring states Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now meet the criteria for the travel advisory — however, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York State highly discourages, to the extent practical, non-essential travel to and from these states while they meet the travel advisory criteria,” he said.Cuomo said it would be unviable to enforce restrictions with Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey. “There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other. It would have a disastrous effect on the economy, and remember while we’re fighting this public health pandemic we’re also fighting to open up the economy. However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided,” Cuomo said.Cuomo has said the state’s numbers are improving and have been stable except in hot spot areas.