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Congressman Tom Suozzi, Democratic Candidate for Governor, Statement Regarding Kathy Hochul’s COVID Briefing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Interim Governor Kathy Hochul’s Supposed Winter 2.0 Plan Falls Short of Combating Omicron.

While counties continue to do the heavy lifting, the State needs to follow their lead and open drive-though testing sites to meet skyrocketing demand.

The interim Governor’s supposed Winter 2.0 plan falls far short of what New Yorkers expected to hear from their state’s chief executive to contend with the current testing crisis and lack of coordination. With New Yorkers in Albany waiting in the freezing cold up to four hours to get their tests, it’s clear the State didn’t act on my suggestion to develop a comprehensive plan. Instead of the interim Governor demonstrating sound leadership, we’re left with more of the same.

My plan is simple and straightforward; which is what New Yorkers deserve from their leaders in a time of crisis. We need to be marketing boosters every day through TV commercials across the state from hospitals and doctors — not politicians. An occasional press conference with a pronouncement is not a plan.

We need to significantly ramp up our testing capabilities with more NYS-run test sites, especially drive-throughs. While counties need to do the heavy lifting, the State needs to follow their lead and open drive-though testing sites to meet skyrocketing demand. The school test

kits are arriving too late even as school opens Monday, and our educators, administrators and parents don’t have them yet. We waited too long.

We should also monitor and disclose hot spots and direct resources to those hot spots.This lack of planning has made the whole state a hot spot, and the interim Governor needs to go back to the drawing board.”

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