New York State suspends pandemic hiring freeze

The hiring freeze for state workers in New York has been suspended. Gov. Hochul made the announcement Thursday.

This news comes after the governor released an updated State Financial Plan projecting $2.1 billion in revenue above projections.

"As we continue to combat the pandemic, we must keep New York moving forward, and that includes building our workforce to ensure we can support New Yorkers at the highest level," Hochul said. "However, we must continue to act responsibly and prudently with the state’s finances as we work to slow the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and help to ensure all businesses and New Yorkers remain safe."

The hiring freeze was put in place at the start of the pandemic. The suspension will remain in place for the rest of the fiscal year.