SCHENECTADY — Mayor Gary McCarthy on Friday will give his annual State of the City address.
During the address, which will be held virtually, McCarthy will lay out the city’s accomplishments over the past year as well as his vision for the city moving forward.
The address comes at a unique time for the city, which is flush with millions of dollars in coronavirus relief funding a newly seated City Council must determine how to spend.
More than 70 organizations have already applied for $80 million in combined funding, far more than the $53 million the city received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. After recouping lost funds and allocating more than $4 million to backfill positions, the city has around $38 million in funding left to spend.
Meanwhile, the impacts of the pandemic continue to be felt across the city, including local businesses struggling to fill positions and an untold number of people facing hardships that could be displaced as a result of the state’s recently expired eviction moratorium.
In the coming year, City Council members most also work on implementing police reform plans adopted last year and forming regulations on marijuana dispensaries and on-site consumption facilities.
The address, which will be livestreamed via WebEx, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
To watch, visit https://bit.ly/3KM70My and enter the following information:
Event number: 2435 031 5843
Event password: Schenectady
The address will also be live-streamed via YouTube at: youtube.com/openstagemedia.
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