January 12, 2021
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State address Monday drew applause from the Real Estate Board of New York. REBNY President James Whelan said, “Gov. Cuomo laid out a clear path forward for defeating COVID-19, rebuilding New York’s economy and advancing an equitable recovery for all.
“The governor and his administration have already laid the right foundation for this effort by smartly expediting COVID-19 vaccinations and taking crucial new steps to implement rapid testing resources,” he continued.
In particular, REBNY applauded Cuomo’s focus on reinvigorating New York State’s economy. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, New York, like states across the world, must reimagine how central business districts will succeed and thrive in the 21st century,” said Whelan.
Instilling a 24/7 environment in the state’s CBDs will “simultaneously strengthen its retail and small business sectors, create ‘walk to work’ environments and provide much-needed housing and affordable housing,” Whelan said.
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