Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered the 2021 State of the State Address over the course of four days, January 11-14, which were also full of announcements on New York’s future. The state’s record $15 billion deficit will present challenges as we begin the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead, New York will launch the largest green-energy and infrastructure plans in the country.
In the short- and long-term, Gov. Cuomo listed the states’ seven priorities as follows:
- First, we must defeat COVID-19.
- Vaccinate New Yorkers and learn from the glaring effects of America’s broken public health system.
- Manage the short-term economic crisis, and the $15 billion state deficit must be addressed in the next several weeks.
- Reopen the economy smartly and safely. Re-energize the private sector. Rebuild our transportation and infrastructure systems for the next generation of growth.
- Seize the opportunity to make New York the global leader in the shift to a renewable energy economy, which will create thousands of good-paying, secure jobs.
- Understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and capitalize on those coming changes.
- Address systemic injustices and inequality.