2nd day of State of the State turns attention to reopening, COVID-19

Updated: January 12, 2021 05:19 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 09:10 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his State of the State address Tuesday, laying out his goals for the year ahead.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a major factor in his agenda.

Tuesday he detailed plans for safely bringing back the arts with pop-up performances and events and supporting New York artists through the Creatives Rebuild Initiative

He said he also wants to create a first-in-the-nation affordable internet for all low-income families, provide scholarships to low-income workers for workforce training and expand SUNY's online training center to close skills gaps and fill high-demand jobs.

He also detailed plans to convene a commission on the future of New York's economy, and much like we saw last week for the Buffalo Bills game, create a rapid testing network as a tool to help businesses reopen.

"We will work with the local real estate community to open additional rapid testing sites where people can receive a rapid test hours prior to patronizing a business or engaging in a social activity," Cuomo said. "We will open hundreds of these new pop up rapid testing sites statewide to bring this effort to scale."

This was the second of four planned State of the State addresses.

He kicked off the first part virtually on Monday, announcing a 7-point plan. The first four points focus on defeating the virus and rebuilding the economy.

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