This may be Cuomo’s biggest slap to de Blasio in their often-strained relationship, a governor’s assessment that the mayor’s plans to deal with a rising infection rate fall short. So he’s taking control, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported on Monday.
“I wouldn’t send my child to a school in a hot spot cluster that hasn’t been tested. We will be closing these schools in these areas tomorrow, ”Cuomo said.
And with those words, the governor began the first steps to dismantle the mayor’s plans to deal with the city’s nine COVID-19 clusters.
Cuomo has increased the schedule for closing schools in hotspot zip codes. No less than 100 public schools and 200 private schools will close on Tuesday, not on Wednesday as the mayor proposed.
The governor said he would also meet with religious leaders to determine if, and under what circumstances, synagogues and churches can open. And while de Blasio has said he wants to shut down non-essential businesses, Cuomo has given them a reprieve.
“Companies are not mass distributors. You’re talking about small stores, ”Cuomo said.
The governor said they should draw new lines, not just based on zip codes, to determine what opens and what closes. And when it comes to restaurants, he said both indoor and outdoor dining could be affected, but it’s unclear when. He said, once again, that the boundaries would have to be redrawn before a decision was made.
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Cuomo hit out at de Blasio saying he was going to take control of law enforcement in New York City.
“The state will take over the monitoring of the app across all hot spot groups,” Cuomo said.
While he wants the NYPD to help with the workforce, he will lead the action. The reason? The mayor did not apply the law on masks. Cuomo said de Blasio issued just 26 summons, despite ample evidence.
“New York deployed a thousand people for days, for three days. A thousand people for three days, what is 24,000 hours of work? You only took 26 enforcement actions? It’s not law enforcement, ”Cuomo said.
De Blasio replied:
“I’m very, very clear that if I can get someone to wear a mask rather than just fine them, I want someone to wear the mask. If someone refuses to wear the mask, they are fined. This has always been our approach, ”said de Blasio.
The mayor and the NYPD haven’t hired additional cops for Cuomo. In fact, the agency issued a statement saying, “We will continue our education and awareness campaign and deploy our resources when conditions permit.”
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