2021 New York State of the State – 2nd Speech
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Governor Cuomo delivered the second of four speeches outlining his 2021 agenda (find a summary of his first speech here). Some of the items covered in today’s speech include:
- Control Spread of COVID-19 and Ramp Up Vaccination Efforts
- Stabilize the State’s Finances
- Invest in Infrastructure
- Create Jobs with “Largest Green Energy Plan in the Country”
- Re-Open Smartly and Safely initiative, Utilizing Increased Rapid Testing
- Launching New York Arts Revival to Bring Back the Arts after COVID-19
- Expand the Affordability of Broadband
- Utilize Underutilized Hotel and Office Space for Housing
As noted in our previous update, Governor Cuomo traditionally releases a briefing book containing a comprehensive outline of his agenda. Once that book is released, we will analyze it and communicate pertinent items to our clients.
Here are the newest proposals that Governor Cuomo issued today:
On Monday, January 11, Governor Cuomo issued his 11th State of the State address, commencing a series of four speeches outlining his 2021 agenda. The Governor’s speech detailed the difficult situation that New York is currently in, from the financial difficulties facing the State, to the public health crisis, to the economic crises facing New York’s economy.
The Governor delivered his second speech outlining his agenda on Tuesday, January 12, further focusing on the State’s COVID-19 re-opening and vaccination plans.
Additionally, Governor Cuomo released a policy proposal that would require all internet providers in New York to offer highspeed internet services to low-income families for $15 per month. The proposal would also require the PSC to create a “broadband disclosure” outlining all of the charges to consumers under their plans.
Affordable Internet for Low-Income Families
Governor Cuomo has announced a proposal to guarantee affordable internet coverage for lowincome New Yorkers. Under the proposal, all internet providers would be required to offer affordable service at $15 per month to low-income households. The proposal also includes a hardship fund to pay for internet subscriptions for students who cannot afford a $15 per month internet subscription during the COVID-19 crisis. Finally, the PSC would create and require adherence to a “broadband disclosure” that explains all charges, such as device, termination, activation, and equipment fees in plain and easy to understand language so consumers will no longer get hit with unexpected charges.
Pathways Pledge for New York State Employers
Governor Cuomo has announced a proposal to create a Pathways Pledge for New York State employers to create more inclusive workforces and provide more workforce development opportunities as part of the 2021 State of the State. The pledge commits both public and private-sector employers to reforming their talent recruitment, investment, and promotion policies to foster more equitable workforces after the COVID-19 pandemic.