Cuomo announces first round of vaccine scholarship raffle winners |

Cuomo announces first round of vaccine scholarship raffle winners

Cuomo announces first round of vaccine scholarship raffle winners Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office.

Updated: June 02, 2021 05:18 PM
Created: June 02, 2021 02:30 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the first round of the winners of the vaccination raffle for a full four-year scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school during a COVID-19 update.

The winners receive room and board as well.

"This is about a $100,000 value, this scholarship," Cuomo said. "So congratulations to them, and congratulations to their parents, as a parent, because funding college is a nightmare for families all across America."

Two of this week's winners were local, Jack Lucchesi, a freshman from Victor, and Chase French, a junior at Penfield High School.

News10NBC spoke with both of their families after the announcement. French's mom said that when she texted Chase to let him know that he had won, his response was that he was shocked, it was insane, and he is overwhelmed.

The rest of the winners were Charlotte D'Agostino of the Bronx, Ariana Nasr of Bayside, Adam Judsen of Albany, Jack McAuliffe of Chazy, Hannah Lee of Wesbury, Liam Burke of Westchester, Peter Smith of Syracuse and Bai Tang Jiang of Queens.

There will be 50 total winners, and at about $100,000 a piece, that's a $5 million initiative for the state.

The raffle runs through July 7. There are 40 more chances to win.

To register your child for the raffle, click here.

The press conference was held in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which was once converted into an emergency COVID-19 surge hospital.

Cuomo announced that the Finger Lakes region has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate of the state at 1.46%.

He said there have been 58 straight days of declining COVID-19 positivity rates.

Cuomo said the state's vaccination effort will now focus on 12 to 17-year-olds. The age group currently only has a vaccination rate of 9.5%. He said he is leaving it up to individual school districts to decide if they want to host vaccine clinics.

He also announced a new tourism campaign targeted at domestic, international and in-state tourists. The campaign will cost $5 million in its first phase.

The full press conference is available in the video player below:

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