New York State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt formed a reopening and long-term task force that will look at ways the state Legislature can spur the reopening process.
Schmitt's district, which sits in the Mid-Hudson region, has only met five out of the seven metrics needed to reopen on May 15.
This seven-metric system Governor Andrew Cuomo created is to ensure that a region is seeing a decline in numbers, prepared for a potential second wave, and has high testing and tracing capabilities.
According to a chart released by the governor on Monday, the two requirements still need to be met for this region is a 14-day decline in the number of hospitals deaths and a three day rolling average in the number of new hospitalizations being below two for every 100,000 residents.
The 99th Assembly District Reopening and Long Term Recovery Task Force will work to take input from the community on ways the legislature can help businesses reopen faster and ensure long-term economic recovery in the region. The task force is comprised of first responders, medical professionals, businesses owners, education professionals, union members, and religious leaders.
"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our region we must remain focused on the medical response and containment measures but also look ahead to reopening and long term economic recovery," Schmitt said. "I look forward to working with local partners from a diverse set of backgrounds to ensure we can get back on track and come back stronger than ever before."