BRONX, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured the new Settlement Community Center in the Bronx Friday. According to the governor’s office, this event was closed to the press due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The governor expressed optimism about the improving COVID-19 situation in New York.
“It was a winter of darkness and pain, but the seasons change,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The sun is out, it’s a different season, it’s a season of renewal, it’s a season of rebirth, it’s a season of possibility, it’s a season where we see opportunity again and we’re reenergized in the spring, and we needed that.”
The governor announces a new vaccine partnership in New York.
“Today we’re announcing that SOMOS — which has a fantastic networks of community clinics, 2,500 pharmacies in many of the communities across the state that need health care the most,” Gov. Cuomo said. “You have SOMOS doctors and you have the SOMOS organization. The goal is 1 million vaccines by SOMOS alone. The state is going to be providing vaccine directly to SOMOS so they can get those needles in those arms in those hard to reach communities.”
The governor again reiterated the emphasis of equity n the vaccination process.
“We need to do vaccine equity,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We have to get the Black number up, we have to get the Hispanic number up, and that’s what we have been focusing on and we are going to continue to focus on. 7 million New Yorkers have taken the vaccine, 7 million! My mother took the vaccine, I took the vaccine, 7 million people. It is safe and if you want to talk about risk. The risk is not in taking the vaccine, the risk is in not taking the vaccine, that’s where the risk is.”
The governor said after New York is vaccinated, the focus will shift to rebuilding and repairing the damage left in the pandemic’s wake.
“The second thing we have to do after the vaccine is we have to rebuild,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Spring says resurrection, spring says life comes back, but it does not come back automatically. God helps those who help themselves. God doesn’t say you sit there and I will pick you up and raise you. God says ‘I will be with you, but you need to do what you need to do.’ You have to show the resiliency and take the effort to start up and that’s what we need to do, we have to show the resiliency of who we are and we have to rebuild.
“I am confident in New Yorkers, and confident in our ability to do that because that’s who we are,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This is one of those life moments that tests and shows character. You know when you know who a person is? Not in the good days. You know who a person is when they get knocked to the ground. When life hits them and sets them back. When they have a health emergency, when they have a problem in their family, when they lose their job, when they have a setback. Life will knock you on your rear end for one reason, but in that moment now we’re going to see who you are, now we’re going to see what you’re made of.”
The governor also announced the opening of the Hurricane Maria Memorial
Earlier Friday, the governor announced the launch of the new Excelsior Pass. Officials from the governor’s office say this new tech will help New Yorkers share vaccination status or negative COVID test results for admission to weddings, stadiums, theaters, and more.
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