Ashby Urging New York to Start Planning for the Future

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) and his Assembly Minority colleagues are urging the state to develop a careful regional approach that puts the safety of the public first while balancing the economic interests of New Yorkers. The legislators proposed the “New York State Regional Restart” initiative, a series of recommendations and the proposed creation of a panel of economic development and public-health experts to develop a plan by April 30.

“New Yorkers have been doing their part by social distancing to keep each other safe, but we must make sure we are ready with a plan when it is safe for our state to reopen. We need a strategy like the ‘New York State Regional Restart’ plan and a team working closely on our reopening and recovery,” said Ashby. “New Yorkers are eager to get back to work and small businesses want to open their doors as soon as it is safe – let’s make sure New York is ready to go.”

New York has faced one of the biggest impacts from the novel coronavirus, with more than 240,000 cases. The majority of cases, 92 percent, have occurred downstate – New York City, Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties. This is while some counties elsewhere in the state have seen fewer than 10 positive cases of COVID-19.

In just four weeks, New York has seen jobless claims climb to 1.2 million New Yorkers. It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause a $10 to $15 billion state budget deficit.

Details of the proposal can be found here.