(WIVB) – New York State’s State of Emergency expires on Thursday – and Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it will not be renewed.
The State of Emergency was set into place on March 7, 2020.
Gov. Cuomo made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference. He reiterated that getting New Yorkers vaccinated is still a top priority – but the emergency is over.
He called for New York to “reconstruct better than ever”.
“We were surviving the past year – life is about thriving,” Cuomo said.
He also announced that New York’s essential workers will be honored with a “Circle of Heroes” monument in NYC’s Battery Park. The monument will feature 19 maple trees representing 19 groups of essential workers and an eternal flame honoring those lost to COVID-19.
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