Monday, April 20, 2020

Highlights from the Governor's Briefing

In his briefing earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo again suggested that New York is past the apex and on the descent, but the question remains long and steep the descent will be. Despite the good news, there were still 478 deaths in New York from the coronavirus yesterday.

A major theme of Cuomo's briefing today was "Reimagine New York"--building the city back better. He announced the formation of a Reimagine Task Force, which would work primarily in the downstate area, to focus on improving public transportation, housing, public safety, the health system, social equity, and using technology.

Cuomo also called for federal hazard pay for federal hazard pay for front line workers. In his arguments in support of hazard pay, he pointed out that 41 percent of front line workers are people of color, two-thirds of them are women, and one-third are from low-income households. He noted that black and brown Americans are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 

He also announced a partnership with NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) to expand healthcare and testing in public housing and said that 500,000 cloth masks (at least one for every resident) and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer would be distributed in public housing communities in New York City.

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