Hochul’s Winter Surge Plan Avoids Lockdowns. She announced her program for combatting the covid surge just before New Years. The Governor proposes to distribute more test kits, increase hospital capacity and boost vaccination efforts. Most tellingly, she steers clear of business and school shutdowns. This is in stark contrast to her predecessor’s program. Cuomo devastated the state economy by locking down New York. His actions crippled small businesses. Students suffered through inadequate remote instruction. He made a bad situation incalculably worse. Hochul’s Winter Surge Plan Avoids Lockdowns. That is welcome news amid the winter gloom !!