Governor Kathy Hochul talked about her first 45 days in office. Her main priorities for these first 45 days were to combat COVID-19, getting aid to New Yorkers and changing the culture in Albany. In the fight to combat COVID-19 she released a nationwide health care vaccine mandate for workers in order to keep patients safe. In schools masks were also mandated in order to keep teachers, students and staff safe at all times. In addition to that $65 million was invested to ensure a wide availability of the COVID-19 booster shot for older and more vulnerable New Yorkers. As a result of all these measures taking place the percentage of New Yorkers 18 and older that are vaccinated has increased 84.9% since the day Governor Hochul swore in.
If you have been up to date with our posts you recall the ongoing fight to distribute the funds from ERAP to tenants. Well since August 24th $800 million has been distributed for rent relief. In addition to this the eviction moratorium was extended until January 15, 2022 and Hochul also made sure immigrants were not left behind, by distributing more than $1 billion through the Excluded Workers Fund.
Governor Hochul is also working towards the fight against climate change and creating new jobs. This includes the new nation air quality monitoring program and putting Hurricane Ida behind us. She also mentioned that she is working towards being more transparent and enforcing high ethical standards within the administration, in hopes of restoring trust in our government. Read more about her memo here: