Governor Kathy Hochul told hundreds of business leaders in Woodbury on Friday that she would support pandemic recovery with infrastructure funding and tax incentives that would show “Long Island is back.”
Hochul touted elements of his proposed $216.3 billion budget that would provide funding for roads, affordable housing, the Long Island Rail Road and water quality improvements.
About 300 people attended in person and another 400 listened virtually to Hochul’s remarks during the Long Island Association’s State of the Region breakfast at Crest Hollow Country Club.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, and Nassau County Republican Executive Bruce Blakeman were in attendance, along with members of the Long Island State Senate delegation and various city leaders .
Hochul, a Democrat who is seeking her first full term this year, spoke of increasing aid to small businesses and local school districts, as well as institutions such as Stony Brook University, “to make it a flagship organization that will attract people from around the world who say, this is where the smartest people go.”
She continued, “And what we do here on Long Island, with business leaders like all of you, we will send a message — that yes, not only is Long Island back, but showing the nation that the state New York is back. You may have beaten us down hard during this pandemic, but we’re coming back stronger than ever.”
In their remarks, Bellone and Blakeman called for a compromise on partisanship.
“Compromise can’t be a dirty word,” Bellone said. “In fact, it is the essential ingredient of progress in a democracy.”
Blakeman, who has opposed Hochul’s mandate that masks be worn indoors in schools amid the pandemic, joked about Hochul’s breakfast remark that she would give him whatever he wanted. he wants if he wears a mask.
“You heard her: She said if I wore a mask, I could have anything I wanted,” Blakeman said.
“Governor, if you give Nassau County $5 billion, I’ll wear a straitjacket and muzzle if that’s okay with you,” Blakeman said.