Andrew Cuomo has made a public pledge to keep his state’s schedule for issuing new licenses as the result of the lawsuit filed by the City of Albany and the state.
Cuomo, a Democrat, made the statement during a town hall with reporters Friday night.
The news comes after Cuomo issued a public apology for the delays, saying he was “deeply embarrassed” and vowed to correct the problem.
The New York Civil Liberties Union is leading the lawsuit, which the state’s Department of Civilian Conservation and Enforcement filed last month.
The city has said it has been waiting more than a year to issue licenses.
Cuoco’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new date, but the governor did say in his statement that “this is a critical issue for the State, and we are taking immediate steps to fix it.”
He also called for the legislature to “take the lead” on the issue.
Cuomo said he would make his decision on whether to issue new licenses “in the coming days.”
“I will take steps that ensure this issue does not become a barrier for more people to get licenses and that our licenses will be issued quickly and efficiently,” he said.