ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her first State of the State address, outlining an agenda for an economic comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic and new government investments in health care, housing and renewable energy. Hochul spoke before a limited, socially distant audience in the Assembly chamber at the New York State Capitol in Albany. She became the state’s first female governor when Andrew Cuomo resigned in August. Among other initiatives, Hochul is proposing a $10 billion plan to grow the state’s health care workforce by 20% over the next five years, saying the pandemic worsened long-simmering staffing problems.
Photo: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers her first State of the State address in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)