ALBANY, NY (WENY) — Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul presided over the assembly chamber and delivered her second state of the state address where she pledged to tackle a range of issues including housing, economic development, public safety, and mental health.
“We will do the hard things, the necessary things, to lift up and support New Yorkers and clear a path for them to realize the New York Dream. That is my promise to the people of New York,” Hochul said.
Of the many issues Hochul promises to address in her four-year term, she highlighted a few she considered top priority including mental health and housing.
In her address, she announced a $1 billion investment toward policy change addressing mental health.
“I’m declaring the era of ignoring the needs of these individuals is over,” she said.
She also highlighted housing as a top priority issue. Hochul proposed the New York Housing Compact, a goal to create 800,000 homes over the next ten years. The New York Housing Compact intends to create new homes on a three-year cycle that will apply to all municipalities upstate and downstate.
“Too many people are struggling just to find a place to call home and they are looking to us for bold leadership,” Hochul said.
Hochul emphasized that she will work with lawmakers this year to implement the policy proposals she highlighted Tuesday.