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Lt. Gov. Hochul named re-opening coordinator for western region

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke with several media outlets Wednesday to answer questions about the state’s response to coronavirus, and the new re-opening plan she is working to develop.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 6:02 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 6:40 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke with several media outlets Wednesday to answer questions about the state’s response to coronavirus, and the new re-opening plan she is working to develop.

Hochul is the re-opening coordinator for the western New York Region, and will work with several local leaders to organize the best strategy to open parts of the state without risking a surge in coronavirus spread.

While the state is working toward re-opening, there are still people waiting on unemployment insurance. Hochul says much of the delay had to do with processing applications that were previously ineligible.

“What we have now is a different class of individuals. Imagine the sole proprietors, the Uber drivers or the gig economy or the part-timers none of them were ever eligible for New York State unemployment insurance; so because that money is coming from the federal government it's more complicated.

“Now that's not an excuse that's just saying the reality of why there's a different time frame in terms of the whole class of people but thank God they're eligible, but they're gonna have money to go back to the date on the first lost her job, not when they first filed," she said.

Hochul says the state has already paid out $3 billion in unemployment benefits to more than 1 million New Yorkers.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 416843

Reported Deaths: 32719
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Herkimer2464
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