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Billy Joel, Robert De Niro and Whoopi Goldberg narrate NY ads

Billy Joel is the voice behind the video

Billy Joel is the voice behind the video in a new TV ad. Above, he plays Nassau Coliseum in 2017.  Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York State is spending $4 million to air television commercials touting plans to fully reopen the economy and support building projects.

The "Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew" ads will be broadcast across the state for one month, according to Empire State Development, the state's primary business-aid agency, which paid for them.

The commercials are narrated by musician Billy Joel and actors Robert De Niro and Whoopi Goldberg.

The campaign is being paid for with state funds, not federal funds, according to ESD spokeswoman Kristin Devoe.

The ad narrated by Joel may be found at

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