NY>FORWARD: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better
Report excerpt: This report charts a course for New York to follow, setting a regional approach – one we can adjust, based on data we’ll continually monitor – designed to open as many parts of the state as possible, for as many people as possible, as soon as it is demonstrably safe to do so.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented us with an unprecedented challenge. And yet, like all challenges, from the Great Depression to 9/11 to hurricanes like Sandy and Irene, it’s also an unprecedented opportunity, if we choose to seize it.
It’s a moment to rethink our most basic assumptions about the role of government and the security it provides its constituents – all of them. It’s a chance to address both surface and systemic problems with resources equal to the task. It’s an opportunity to not just build back, but build back better – smarter, tougher, more resilient, and more equal.
The road ahead of us might seem daunting, but so was the scale of what we needed to build from the ground up at the dawn of this crisis. The totality of our initial response to the outbreak – the things we did by working together – were unimaginable just two months ago.
New Yorkers have proven what they are capable of. They have proven themselves to be New York Tough – and tough enough to be smart, united, disciplined, and loving. By harnessing that same effort and courage, our state can emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.