In a stark reversal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 11 called for the reopening of the economy.
Cuomo has repeatedly said the economy shouldn't be the focus, instead stressing the prevention of deaths through lockdowns.
“This is not a situation where you can go to the American people and say, ‘How many lives are you willing to lose to reopen the economy?’ We don’t want to lose any lives. You start to hear these, to me, what are absurd arguments,” he told reporters last year.
“What we did was we closed everything down. That was our public health strategy. Just close everything, all businesses, old workers, young people, old people, short people, tall people,” he said during a separate press conference.
During the speech on Jan. 11, the governor said the state "must energize our lagging private sector." One way is to "seize the opportunity to make New York the global leader in the long-overdue economic shift to green energy."
Cuomo also called for addressing "systemic injustices" related to racism.