Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered his 2021 State of the State address on Monday. In response, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said, “Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State message outlined a strong agenda for New York as we navigate through unprecedented challenges. I commend the governor for his emphasis on beating the COVID-19 pandemic and on improving public health. The governor properly underscored the urgency of federal assistance to address the economic and revenue damage New York has suffered. In the coming days, I look forward to hearing his proposals on other key issues, including racial equality, criminal justice reform and improving the election process.”
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher said, “New York faces daunting health and economic challenges, many created by the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to impact our rural communities, farm families and employees. Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State overview address highlighted many needs, including vaccinating our population quickly and effectively while also being creative in boosting our economy. Investment in infrastructure and affordable rural broadband are important steps. We also look forward to hearing more from the governor in the coming days on his plans for green energy, economic development and support of our local food system that was affected greatly this past year. Our farm communities play a valuable role in strengthening this state, and New York Farm Bureau looks forward to working together with the governor to move New York forward.”
New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider said, “The governor’s delivery of a State of the State message is a welcome step toward normality as we begin a new year and a new legislative session that feels anything but normal.
“We look forward to hearing more about Gov. Cuomo’s proposals for public education in 2021, but we are heartened by his commitment to achieving educational equity in New York. The coronavirus pandemic has furthered the digital divide and exacerbated existing inequities. The governor’s proposed investment to make broadband more affordable is a critical step. With proper funding, schools may be able to provide laptops and tablets for students, but if students don’t have reliable access to the internet, these devices are of little value.
“It will be important, however, that any plan for bringing more support and opportunities to the state’s most vulnerable students does not drain resources from other students, who also need and deserve our support and encouragement to pursue bright futures.
“The governor is right to emphasize the federal role in helping New York students recover and thrive in the wake of this pandemic and the economic hardships it has provoked. NYSSBA stands ready to work with our state leaders to ensure that all of our schools receive adequate financial support for their recovery, for the sake of all of our students.”