Fireworks across NY to mark end to COVID restrictions, honor essential workers
ALBANY – New York will mark the end of most COVID-19 restrictions and honor first responders with fireworks displays across the state tonight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
At 9:15 p.m., the state will launch fireworks at 10 sites statewide, including the New York Harbor in Manhattan, Niagara Falls State Park, Binghamton University, downtown Utica and the Dome Arena in suburban Rochester.
Cuomo unveiled the state's plan for the simultaneous fireworks during a speech earlier in the day at the World Trade Center, where he rescinded most of New York's coronavirus restrictions as the state hit 70% of adults who have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
In addition, many iconic New York buildings and structures — including the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls — will be lit blue and gold, Cuomo said.
"We're going to have fireworks all across the state of New York tonight to celebrate and honor the essential workers. It's our way of saying thank you all across the state to the essential workers, to celebrate our reopening, our reimagining."
Republicans, meanwhile, were quick to criticize Cuomo's fireworks displays. They've been calling on the Democratic governor to end the COVID-19 state of emergency, which would most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions the governor has unilaterally put in place for schools and more.
"Instead of taxpayer-funded firework shows celebrating his own lack of leadership, the governor should mark this occasion by ending the state of emergency and reinstating the Legislature as a co-equal branch of government," state Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said in a statement.
Here's where there will be fireworks at 9:15 p.m., according to Cuomo's office:
- New York Harbor, New York City
- Empire State Plaza, Albany
- M Lot, Binghamton University
- Jones Beach, Long Island
- Lake Placid Club, Lake Placid
- Nyack Memorial Park, Nyack
- Dome Arena, Henrietta
- NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse
- Downtown Utica
Jon Campbell is the New York State Team editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.
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