Gov. Hochul allows COVID-19 emergency powers to expire

Gov.  Hochul allows COVID-19 emergency powers to expire

FILE - In this Wednesday Aug. 11, 2021, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Hochul, New York's next governor, is set to take office on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the stroke of midnight after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's term end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Gov. Kathy Hochul has allow her COVID-19 emergency powers to expire.

Then Gov. Andrew Cuomo first declared a COVID-19 emergency in March 2020. Governors Hochul and Cuomo renewed the emergency powers several times since the pandemic began.

Hochul said she was waiting until school started to see if there was a spike in case numbers but that she thinks it’s safe to end the state of emergency.

The governor said she can always reinstate the emergency order if need be and urged New Yorkers to get the new booster shot.

(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)