Cuomo calls for NY to transition to a post-COVID economy
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo January 12, delivered the second part of his week-long presentation of the 2021 State of the State address, saying New York must transition its economy to a post-COVID pandemic world. To do so, New York will rely heavily on rapid testing sites statewide. "This will afford us the means and guidance to reopen more businesses safely," Cuomo said. Cuomo also called for revitalizing the performing arts in New York, a center for filmmaking and live performances nationwide. Broadway went dark at the start of the pandemic last March. "These artists are part of what makes New York, New York," Cuomo said. The governor launched an arts revival program with plans for pop-up events across the state beginning February 4, including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Wynton Marsalis, and Hugh Jackman, among others. Cuomo called for improved broadband internet access and greater affordability as more jobs and schools turn to remote work and learning. He wants a measure requiring $15 per month broadband service for low-income families. The governor also called for setting aside empty retail space be converted into affordable housing in New York. The state's economy has been badly battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and joblessness remains higher than it was at this same time last year at more than 7 percent. Cuomo's speech was the second of four State of the State addresses he is giving this week. He laid out plans for a transitional economy in the new year as testing has been easier to perform and vaccines are still being distributed. "The reality is not all businesses will reopen and not all jobs are coming back as they were," Cuomo said. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.