Cuomo lays out his plan for New York in 2021
Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní are reporting for The New York Times Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo January 11, unveiled his vision for New York in 2021, focused on improving the state’s finances and its citizens’ health. Speaking from a nearly empty room in the State Capitol, Cuomo unveiled a seven-point plan for the state, with many of the points touching on the coronavirus and its impacts. “We are hurt, we are frustrated, and we are in mourning, we are anxious, we are shocked that an invisible enemy could wreak such death and destruction,” he said. Cuomo unveiled a series of proposals to address the health care vulnerabilities, vowing to provide incentives for the manufacturing of medical supplies in New York to diminish the reliance on China. The governor also announced the creation of a state public health corps of 1,000 fellows and a program to train 100,000 citizens as health care emergency volunteers. Plus, expanding access to telemedicine services in the state, extending a moratorium on commercial evictions for businesses, and creating a new office to combat domestic violence, which has increased during the crisis. This year, the projected revenue shortfall of $15 billion is the largest in state history, amid widespread economic carnage, Cuomo said. The governor, a Democrat serving his 11th year in office, previously presented a package of initiatives, including election reforms, plus measures to legalize recreational marijuana and mobile sports betting, could potentially inject new revenue into the state’s coffers. New York officials are hoping the state’s dismal economic forecast will be reversed by a federal bailout and other friendly policies. The governor’s State of the State address was the first of four policy speeches he plans to deliver this week, and he promised to announce more details about economic stimulus soon. He promised a New Deal-style program to invest in infrastructure, including air, rail, and road projects as well as housing. Read the full story in The New York Times.