Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday moved to expand access to the state's COVID-19 data with the unveiling of an expanding tracking website to give New Yorkers a better understanding of pandemic-related deaths and cases across the state.
At the same time, Hochul also signed two bills meant to expand access to public records at the local government level as well as at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
And Hochul announced she is working with pediatricians as well as school officials to ensure under the age of 12 are vaccinated once they are eligible to receive the shots. Hochul in a news conference in New York City said she would later meet with a pediatricians group about the issue.
"I want the schools to know we are here to help. We're in conversation with superintendents, we want this offered in schools and we can come up with the forms, the approval slips," Hochul said. "We will make this as easy as we can for the schools."
Hochul has said she wants to make her administration among the most transparent in the state's history.