Stating that “ever upward is more than just our state’s motto and it’s where we’re going,” Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday in a video address outlined her top priorities for the state moving forward. Primarily focusing on COVID-related initiatives and relief, Hochul also said she intends to overhaul the state’s policies on sexual harassment and ethics.
Addressing a variety of COVID-related matters, Hochul said her number-one priority is combating the virus and the Delta variant, saying she intends to implement a back-to-school COVID testing program and supports universal mask mandates for anyone entering schools. Hochul said she has plans to increase vaccination rates for all New Yorkers, in addition to preparing them for booster shots, saying she has spoken with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Hochul also said that relief for New Yorkers affected by the COVID pandemic, including eviction assistance relief, is long overdue, adding that she met with Andrea Stewart Cousins, Senate majority leader, on Tuesday, and “we are unified in our sense of urgency that this money get out to the people in need.”
Finally, Hochul stated that under her leadership, there will be a new era of transparency, which will become “the hallmark” of her governorship. She said she wants to get the state working again — focused and without distractions — including accountability and no tolerance for individuals who “cross the line.”
“I will do what is right for the people of New York state.”