“New Yorkers are facing many intersecting crises that impact their health and safety, and it’s critical that city and state leaders confront these challenges with holistic, long-term solutions. Governor Hochul’s State of the State address presents important proposals that can expand support for maternal health, swimming and water safety, and mental health, which are shared priorities that the Council has advanced. It is critical that the State delivers solutions that can help us solve our housing crisis, and I’m encouraged Governor Hochul has put forward several important proposals. It will require a comprehensive approach to tackle the lack of affordability and housing instability that is hurting New Yorkers, including investments in affordable housing production. As we face economic headwinds that contribute to significant budget gaps, and as we continue supporting new residents seeking asylum in our country, it will be imperative that New York City is provided with critical support. The City will require additional state aid and authorization to explore new revenues that would allow us the flexibility to fund our schools, early childhood education, and other essential services. I look forward to continued partnership with Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Heastie, and all of our state partners to ensure our City has the tools and support to succeed.”