Things could get moving again after the coronavirus pandemic shutdown in some parts of New York sooner than others.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says reopening decisions in the state will be made on a regional basis.

Speaking Tuesday during a briefing in Buffalo, Cuomo said future moves will be based on a "region's facts and circumstances" related to the COVID-19 virus.

The governor said while he wants to get the state's economy open as soon as possible, regional differences will be taken into account.

Cuomo said he plans to approach reopening in a manner similar to the regional economic development efforts that have been used in recent years.

The governor said former lieutenant governor Robert Duffy would oversee reopening efforts for the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. He said current Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would be in charge of developing plans for western New York.

Cuomo did not designate a person to oversee planning for the Southern Tier or other regions.

The governor also said elective surgeries soon will be permitted in parts of the state without major coronavirus outbreaks. He did not specify exactly when and where such procedures would be allowed.

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