Statement From Governor Kathy Hochul on Nassau County Supreme Court Mask Regulation Ruling
Jan 24, 2022, Albany, NY: "My responsibility as Governor is to protect New Yorkers throughout this public health crisis, and these measures help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately."
Statement from Governor Kathy Hochul on Shooting of NYPD Officers in Harlem
Jan 21, 2022, Albany, NY: "I am horrified by tonight’s tragedy in Harlem. My thoughts are with the family who answered the phone to receive the news they've always dreaded: that their loved one, who had sworn to protect and serve New Yorkers by joining the NYPD, will not be coming home. I am praying for the recovery of his partner, the officer who is fighting for his life, and for his family. I know that all of New York is standing with these officers and their families.
We must urgently confront the plague of gun violence in our state. Too many lives are being lost, and too many New Yorkers are living in fear. This is a crisis. That's why earlier today, I extended an Executive Order declaring a gun violence State of Emergency. In the Executive Budget I released earlier this week, I put forward a plan to triple resources for our gun interdiction efforts, so that we stop the flow of illegal guns into our state, and also triple resources for violence interrupter programs to address the root causes of violence.
I refuse to allow our cities to be gripped with fear. New Yorkers deserve action from their elected officials — and they will get it. I’ve pledged my full support to Mayor Eric Adams and look forward to working with him and other leaders to continue to take meaningful actions to make New Yorkers safer."
Statement From Governor Kathy Hochul on Hateful Social Media Behavior Involving SUNY ESF
Jan 20, 2022, Albany, NY: "I am disgusted by the racist behavior displayed on social media from a student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer the Syracuse University Campus Safety and Syracuse Police Department whatever assistance they need in response to the spreading of hateful messaging online."
"I want to make it clear that New York State has zero tolerance for these repugnant acts of hate and intolerance, any attempts at causing fear or threats of violence against any individual or community. Racism is not welcome here, and I will continue doing everything I can to make sure all New Yorkers are safe from acts of bigotry and hatred."
Statement From Governor Kathy Hochul on Favorable Project Rating for Gateway
Jan 20, 2022, Albany, NY: "The Gateway Hudson Tunnel project is one of the most critically important infrastructure investments of our generation, and the new favorable project rating is proof of President Biden's ongoing commitment to fighting for and investing in our nation's transit networks.
I thank the President, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, our New York Congressional Delegation, and the Federal Transit Administration for their continued commitment to the project.
I will continue to stand with our partners at the federal level and with Governor Murphy to keep Gateway's momentum going and ensure that we secure the necessary federal funding."
Statement from Governor Kathy Hochul on Justice Shirley Troutman's Confirmation to the New York State Court of Appeals
Jan 12, 2022, Albany, NY: "Justice Shirley Troutman will be an extraordinary addition to the New York State Court of Appeals. During her confirmation hearings, Justice Troutman showed New Yorkers why she is well-suited to join our state's highest court: her extraordinary qualifications, her superlative legal mind, her fair-minded judicial philosophy, and her commitment to equity and justice for all New Yorkers. I commend the New York State Senate for their thorough review of this nomination, and congratulate Justice Troutman on her confirmation."