Cuomo signs first executive order of administration to make Capitol accessible


ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday, the first of his administration, removing physical barriers erected in and around the New York State Capitol. The removal of barriers will give the public greater access to their government.

As a result of the executive order, a series of concrete barriers stretching the length of the Capitol along State Street will be immediately removed

The order also reopens the Hall of Governors on the second floor of the Capitol to the public. The Hall, where many of the executive chamber offices are located, has been closed to the public since 1995.

"This is more than just a symbolic gesture, this literally reopens areas of the Capitol building that have been closed to the public for years," Governor Cuomo said. "In order to restore faith and trust in government, we have to tear down barriers that have excluded people from the governing process. Today we take the first step in that effort."

Cuomo was sworn in around 10:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and became governor effective at midnight. He started his first day as New York's 56th governor early Saturday with an executive staff meeting, inaugural ceremony and public swearing-in.

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