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Lake Placid hosts NY fireworks show to note milestone

Fireworks in Lake Placid Tuesay evening, June 15 (Provided photo — Christie Sausa)

LAKE PLACID — A fireworks show in Lake Placid Tuesday night, June 15, was one of 10 displays across New York to help celebrate the state hitting a new threshold for vaccinations against COVID-19.

The fireworks near Mirror Lake celebrated New York reaching 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. There were other fireworks displays at Albany, Binghamton, Jones Beach, New York City, Niagara Falls, Nyack, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica.

The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Tuesday to authorize the fireworks.

Cuomo said Monday that once the state hits that 70% threshold for vaccinations, “most remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted.” He pulled those restrictions Tuesday.

“472 days ago, it was impossible to fathom that 70 percent of New York’s adults would have received their first COVID vaccination by this point. What felt years away has been accomplished in less than one,” Cuomo said in a press release on Tuesday. “As we celebrate lifting restrictions and resuming our reimagined normal, we also reflect on the hard work of New York State’s essential workers and we remember those we lost. New Yorkers have always been tough, but this last year has proven just how tough they are. Congratulations, New Yorkers, on all that your hard work has accomplished.”

New York also lit 15 landmarks across the state Tuesday night with blue and gold lights in honor of reaching the COVID milestone. They were the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Kosciuszko Bridge, H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, State Education Building, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, State Fairgrounds (main gate and Expo Center), Niagara Falls, Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge, Grand Central Terminal (Pershing Square Viaduct), Albany International Airport Gateway and MTA LIRR (East End Gateway at Penn Station).

Altogether, more than 20 million vaccine doses have been administered across the state.

As of Monday, June 14, 61.3% of adult New Yorkers were completely vaccinated and 69.9% had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Including New Yorkers under 18 years old, 57.8% of the state’s population has been at least partially vaccinated, and 50% of the population has been completely vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state of Vermont became the first state in the country to hit 80% of residents at least partially vaccinated on Monday, according to Vermont’s Seven Days newspaper. In response, Gov. Phil Scott lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions there.

Residents of Essex and Franklin counties can call 1-833-697-4829, visit http://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or http://www.vaccines.gov/search to find out where to get vaccinated against COVID-19.