JAMESTOWN – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Jamestown this morning for a tour to several businesses in the downtown area.
Hochul spoke with reporters following the event. She says she’s really proud of the way the community has responded to the COVID-19 crisis, along with the gradual reopening of businesses.
“I think there’s a sense of optimism (with business owners),” Hochul said. “They’re excited to open their doors, and welcome the public, welcome their customers in. And I would encourage the public to walk these streets, with their masks on and social distance, but open up their wallets and help these people out. They’ve been through a very tough time, and they define the character and charm of a downtown like this.”
“They are a part of our identity, and we have to support them now more than ever.”
The Lieutenant Governor also discussed funding for local governments. She says that, before the state can assist municipalities, the state needs money themselves. She says the state will continue to call on the federal government for aid.