Governor Cuomo Announces More Reopenings, NYC Council Passes and Introduces New Legislation, Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 Released, NYC 2021 Primary Election Debates
May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021
Last week, Governor Cuomo made several reopening announcements. The Governor announced that NYC indoor dining will expand to 75% capacity beginning May 7, bringing it in line with indoor dining throughout the state. This followed the announcement that the midnight food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31. In addition, Cuomo announced that hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will also expand to 75% capacity beginning May 7. Earlier in the week, the Governor announced that beginning May 15, gyms and fitness centers will expand to 50% capacity, casinos and gaming facilities can increase to 50%, and offices can increase capacity to 75%. Cuomo also announced that large-scale outdoor arenas and event venues will be allowed to increase to 33% capacity starting on May 19. These new reopening guidelines coincide with Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that he’s planning for NYC to reopen at “full strength” come July 1. However, Governor Cuomo stated that the Mayor doesn’t have the authority to lift restrictions, and although he’s hopeful that NY will be able to fully reopen before July 1, he doesn’t want to make projections.
Last Monday, Mayor de Blasio released the Executive Budget for NYC Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), which will begin on July 1, 2021. The FY22 Executive Budget totals $98.6 billion, approximately $10 billion more than was included in the Adopted Budget for the current Fiscal Year (FY21). This dramatic increase is possible due in large part to federal funding from the Biden administration, increased Stated support for education, and better than anticipate tax revenues. The Mayor announced a number of programs that will be expanded or created using this funding, including investments in students and schools, the City Cleanup Corps, and reimagined public space with Open Streets and Open Restaurants. In addition the Mayor announced that the City will be setting aside $1.8 billion for reserves.
The NYC 2021 primary election is less than 2 months away, and all of city government will be on the ballot. With most NYC elected officials term limited out – including the Mayor, Comptroller, 4 out of the 5 Borough Presidents, and most of the 51-seat City Council – this will be the biggest landscape shift in NYC electoral politics over the past several decades. Starting today, PoliticsNY will be hosting debates for each City Council race as well as those for Borough Presidents, Mayor, Comptroller and Manhattan District Attorney. Each debate will be hosted over zoom, and you can find the full schedule and register here.
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