Governor Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss ways of jump starting the New York economy through major infrastructure projects.
Cuomo on Tuesday sought to highlight efforts of reviving the flagging economy in New York, which has been brutally damaged by the coronavirus pandemic over the last two months.
There are signs of progress, however, as parts of the state have reopened in the first phase or are in the initial planning stages of doing so.
New coronavirus hospitalizations are down to just over 200 cases in the last day, while 73 people have died of the virus in the last 24 hours, the smallest number since March when the crisis began to take hold.
Ringing the opening bell of the newly reopened New York Stock Exchange, Cuomo on Tuesday announced the Mid-Hudson region north of New York City would begin the first phase of opening today, while Long Island will begin Wednesday.
Cuomo plans to meet with Trump and pitch him on several infrastructure projects, including energy transmission for New York City from upstate New York and an air train project at LaGuardia Airport.
"You want to restart the economy, you want to reopen the economy ... Let's do something creative," Cuomo said. "Let's do it fast. Let's put Americans back to work and let's make America better. It is common sense. So many of the things that we need to do, you don't need to be a government expert or an engineer to figure out. It is common sense."
New York's unemployment rate is now at 14.5 percent after two months of non-essential businesses being shuttered and people largely following social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
Cuomo also continued to push for more federal aid in a fourth coronavirus stimulus bill from Congress, and did not specify where cuts would be made if the money is not approved.