Governor Cuomo and State Legislature Agree on New York State Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, COVID-19 Announcements, Deputy Mayor Vicki Been Appointed Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust
April 12, 2021
April 12, 2021
Last week, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature came to an agreement on the New York State Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Budget. The Enacted Budget totals $212 billion, roughly 10 percent higher than the FY21 Budget. The final agreement includes a number of major policy items, and avoids budget cuts due to higher than expected state revenues and the application of the first $5.5 billion of the $12.6 billion provided by the federal American Rescue Plan. The Budget includes $29.5 billion in aid to schools, $29 billion in public and private “green economy” investments, $2.4 billion for rent and homeowner relief, $2.4 billion for child care, $2.1 billion for excluded workers, $1 billion for a small business, arts, entertainment and restaurant relief, and $40 million for an arts and cultural organization recovery grant program. On the revenue side, the Budget includes a personal income tax rate increase on individuals making over $1 million, an increase in corporate taxes, and the legalization of mobile sports betting which the Governor forecasts will raise $500 million. In addition, the Budget includes provisions to require internet service providers to offer and advertise low cost broadband, new programs to address systemic injustice, authorization to place a $3 billion environmental bond act on the 2022 ballot, and comprehensive nursing home reform.
Last week, Mayor de Blasio made several COVID-19 related announcements. The Mayor announced the launch of new mobile vaccination efforts and expanded walk-in vaccine sites for New Yorkers 75 and older. The mobile vaccination effort will include a fleet of mobile vaccine vans and busses that will deliver and administer the vaccine directly to communities most in need. The Mayor also announced the AfterCare program, which will support New Yorkers living with the long-term effects of the virus. In terms of reopening news, de Blasio announced that the City’s public beaches and outdoor pools will open on time for the season, which is in contrast to last summer. The City’s beaches will open on Memorial Day Weekend, and outdoor pools will open the day after the last day of school. He was also present at the reopening of the Coney Island Amusement Park on Friday. Finally, the Mayor announced the launch of the City Cleanup Corps, an economic recovery program designed to clean up NYC and directly create 10,000 jobs.
Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced the appointment of Deputy Mayor Vicki Been as the new Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust. Been has been Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development since 2019, where she oversees 20 agencies, including the Department of Parks and Recreation. She also served in the de Blasio Administration as the Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2014 to 2017. The Hudson River Park Trust is responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining Hudson River Park, which stretches for several miles along the western Manhattan shoreline. Been will take over for Basil Seggos, who replaced longtime Chair Diana Taylor in September 2020.
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