UTICA- Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul came to Utica on Friday to talk about how the state budget will impact the Mohawk Valley.
During her speech she brought up ways the $168 billion budget would help with the opioid epidemic, victims of sexual harassment, the Downtown Hospital, protecting women, along with several other topics.
She said the budget allows for the state to continue to run their free tuition program. 6,100 students in the Mohawk Valley Utilize the program, so she said she hopes it'll grow.
She also talked about how the state has allotted money to help put an end to harassment in the work place. She also brought up helping victims of domestic violence, saying the state is making efforts to remove guns from people who have had a history of domestic violence.
She confirmed $6 million will go to the Mohawk Valley for a number of programs to help fight the opioid epidemic. "Support programs, peer navigators, a 24/7 outreach center as well as making sure people have access to treatment," said Hochul. "This is a crisis that knows no geographic bounds, knows no socioeconomic bounds, knows no racial bounds. It is something that is crushing families throughout our state," she added.
The Downtown Hospital will get $300 million, which she said would help bring more jobs to the area and help with downtown revitalization.