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Happy Thanksgiving, New York

I write to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

The past year has been one of the most challenging in history. In March and April, New York became the global hotspot of the COVID pandemic. We suffered unimaginable losses with deep pain. But in the months that followed New Yorkers made sacrifices, big and small, to help stop the spread and save lives. Together we worked to protect one another and the public health. It was truly inspiring. As we respond to a new surge in COVID, that hard work is once again required.

Today is a day to reflect on our blessings and to share thanks. I am thankful for all our essential workers. For the doctors and nurses and medical staff who continue to put their health at risk to get us through this vicious pandemic. For the restaurant owners, business owners, bar owners who are hurting economically but still follow the rules to help keep patrons safe. For the bus drivers and train operators who show up every day so others can get to where they need to go. For every EMS worker, every first responder, every teacher. I am eternally thankful.

I am thankful for each and every New Yorker who stepped up as one community to meet this unprecedented crisis. It was never only about what government did — it was about what each of you did.

Today is not a normal Thanksgiving. It is hard that we cannot celebrate as we usually do with all the ones we love most.

But we know that Thanksgiving is not just about the trappings, or about how many chairs you can fit around the table. It's more profound, more meaningful, than that. This year we show our love to each other by continuing to look out for one another. And we know that if we continue to do so, we will have even more to be thankful for next year.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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