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How New York State Plans to Aid Citizens

How New York State Plans to Aid Citizens
Photographer: Luca Bravo

Uncertainty is the theme of today’s world with COVID-19, quarantine, work-from-home and no clear deadline to it all. The big, global leaders give press conferences to keep the nation up to date with the latest news. But do we even know what our state senators say? (Or do we know who our state senators are?) One of New York state’s senators is Kevin Parker from Brooklyn. Like many others, he’s working remotely, but he tuned in to Bold TV to chat about the pandemic. 

Responding to a Pandemic

New York is one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19. What was the state government’s process when the situation escalated? At the top of the list was giving Governor Andrew Cuomo some emergency power. He didn’t have time to go to the legislature every time he needed to make a decision. Then, they put in around $40 million to start addressing what the state needed. On a more personal level, they created a website for New York COVID-19 information and a hotline for FAQs and statistics. Leadership knew it was important to promote facts over fear. They want people to understand the official numbers, the protocol for staying healthy and the nature of the virus. 

Looking Toward the Future

New York state received money from the federal government, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. With increase in demand, severe decrease in travel and more unprecedented changes, Governor Cuomo has said that New York is “basically bankrupt.” The U.S. economy has suffered a large contraction. How does a state deal with such unprecedented financial pressure? State leaders are looking ahead. They need a plan to restart the economy in the near future. Check out the interview to hear how Parker and the other state leaders are figuring out solutions to a problem with no blueprint.

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