ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says the state wants to improve its cybersecurity defenses.

She announced Tuesday that a new joint cybersecurity operations center will open in the coming months.

She said it will unify threat assessments and responses between government agencies, critical businesses and utilities.

The Brooklyn-based hub will eventually hire a staff of 70, both in-person and virtual.

The Democratic governor has proposed a budget with $62 million for cybersecurity improvements at the state level and a $30 million fund to help local governments afford upgrades.

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