ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Kathy Hochul gave a speech outlining her priorities for New York State Thursday afternoon. It followed her ceremonial swearing in and meeting with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. 

The big focus was on fighting COVID-19 and getting kids back into the classroom safely

“We need to require vaccinations for all school personnel with an option to test out weekly, at least for now,” Hochul said.

She also wants the Department of Health to issue a directive on universal masking at schools. Other priorities are increasing vaccination rates and preparing for booster shots. 

She’s also working to get rent relief out to people quicker. She says the state will launch a targeted campaign and will hire more staff to process applications. 

“I am not at all satisfied with the pace that this COVID relief is getting out the door. I want the money out now. I want it out with no more excuses and delays,” Hochul said.

NEWS10 is still waiting for the Governor to make her choice for Lieutenant Governor. She’s said that will be a person from New York City.