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SKEWED FOR SOME REASON, BUT THAT'S BEEN GOING ON SINCE WE STARTED YOU LOOK WITHIN NEW YORK CITY, AGAIN, YOU SEE THE VARIANCE AMONG DIFFERENT BOROUGHS, BUT THE NUMBERS ARE ALL GOOD

SO THAT'S GOOD BEST NEWS, A NUMBER OF LIVES LOST, AND WE ARE DOWN TO NINE IT'S UNIMAGINABLE AT ONE TIME THAT WE WOULD BE THIS LOW OBVIOUSLY YOU DON'T WANT TO EVEN SEE NINE YOU DON'T WANT EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, BUT THIS IS GREAT, GREAT NEWS

THE ROLLING AVERAGE FOR NUMBER OF LIVES LOST IS NINE YESTERDAY WE DID 54,000 TESTS YESTERDAY, ON AVERAGE WE DO ABOUT 60,000 TESTS PER DAY, IT'S THE HIGHEST TESTING RATE IN THE NATION95 POSITIVE WE NORMALLY RUN ABOUT 1, 1

1, 12, SOMEWHERE IN THAT RANGE, SO THAT'S ALL GOOD SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? WHAT IT MEANS SINCE WE STARTED REOPENING, WHICH WAS MAY 15th, WE STARTED OUR PHASED REOPENINGS, THE NUMBERS HAVE ACTUALLY DECLINED SINCE WE STARTED REOPENING OKAY? YOU SEE THAT GOLD LINE UNDER MAY 15th THAT'S WHERE WE WERE WHEN WE STARTED REOPENING

EVERY EXPERT WARNED US ON THE REOPENING THAT YOU COULD SEE THE NUMBERS STARTING TO UP, RIGHT, BECAUSE YOU WERE INCREASING ACTIVITY OUR PREMISE WAS YOU COULD MODERATE THE ACTIVITY SO YOU COULD START THE REOPENING, BUT MONITOR THE NUMBER OF CASES AND CONTROL THE PHASED REOPENING TO KEEP THE NUMBER OF CASES DOWN AND THAT'S JUST WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR THE PAST SEVEN WEEKS SO WE ARE ACTUALLY DOWN FROM WHERE WE WERE WHEN WE STARTED REOPENING, WHICH, AS YOU REMEMBER, NO ONE PREDICTED THE QUESTION WAS WHEN YOU START REOPENING, ACTIVITY WILL GO UP, NUMBER OF CASES WILL GO UP, CAN YOU CONTROL THE INCREASE? THAT WAS THE QUESTION

WE HAVEN'T NEEDED TO CONTROL THE INCREASE, WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD A SLIGHT DECLINE AND NOW WE'RE BASICALLY RUNNING FLAT AND THAT IS GREAT NEWS THAT IS REALLY GREAT NEWS AND IT'S WHAT WE SAID FROM DAY ONE WITH MY GREAT GRAPHIC THAT I DID AT THE TIME, NOBODY LIKED, BUT I LIKE T SOMETIMES IT'S NICE TO BE GOVERNOR YOU HAVE A VALVE

CONTROL THE ACTIVITY AND WATCH, MONITOR THE VALVES TO SEE IF THE INFECTION RATE IS GOING UP, THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE IS GOING UP AND KEEP YOUR HAND ON THE VALVE AND YOU SEE IT STARTING TO UP, SLOW DOWN THE VALVE, IF YOU DON'T SEE THE NUMBERS GOING UP THEN YOU CAN OPEN UP THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY VALVE AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING AND THAT'S WHAT YOU SEE WITH THESE LITTLE CORRECTIONS SO NEW YORK CITY GOES INTO PHASE THREE, BUT NO INDOOR DINING RIGHT? SO WE HAVE THE PHASES AND THEN WE HAVE CERTAIN ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE MAKE TO THE PHASES

BUT THE NUMBERS SHOW YOU THAT WE ARE RIGHT WHERE WE WANT TO BE NEW YORK CITY GOES INTO PHASE THREE TODAY, NO INDOOR DINING, BUT THERE ARE RULES ON PHASE THREE RIGHT? IT DOESN'T MEAN GO OUT AND HAVE A PARTY WE HAVE 50% OCCUPANCY FOR PERSONAL CARE SERVICES, YOU HAVE TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS, SIX-FOOT DISTANCE, PROHIBITED SERVICES THAT REQUIRE REMOVAL OF FACE COVERINGS SUCH AS FACIALS, YOU CAN'T GET A FACIAL I DID THAT AGAINST MY OWN SELF-INTEREST

I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET A FACIAL TODAY CLOSE THE WAITING ROOMS, EMPLOYEES PROVIDING SERVICES MUST BE TESTED EVERY 90 DAYS TOMORROW IS PHASE FOUR FOR ROCHESTER, ROCKLAND, HUDSON VALLEY, LONG ISLAND IS ON TRACK FOR PHASE FOUR ON WEDNESDAY, THEIR NUMBERS ARE ALL GOOD COOL REOPENINGS, JUST MAKE SURE THERE IS NO CONFUSION THERE'S 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE, THE STATE HAS DIRECTED ALL 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN ON HOW THEY WOULD REOPEN

THERE'S TWO LEVELS OF DISCUSSION, SHOULD THEY REOPEN AND IF THEY REOPEN WHAT DOES THE SCHOOL LOOK LIKE IN THE, QUOTE/UNQUOTE, NEW NORMAL SO WE'VE ASKED EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO COME UP WITH A PLAN ON WHAT REOPENING WOULD LOOK LIKE IN YOUR DISTRICT NEW YORK CITY IS COMING UP WITH A PLAN PURSUANT TO THAT REQUEST ON WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE TO(FX MAKE A DECISION, IN THE MEANTIME I'M TELLING ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO COME UP WITH A REOPENING PLAN, BUT WE DON'T YET KNOW IF WE ARE GOING TO REOPEN AND WE WILL FOLLOW THE DATA AND MAKE A DECISION ON THE DATA THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS ALSO WORKING ON THIS SO EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS COMING UP WITH A PLAN TO REOPEN

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE REOPENING OKAY? NUANCE SOMETIMES IS IMPORTANT NOT OFTEN, BUT SOMETIMES IT IS ON CASINOS, MOVIE THEATERS, WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT THE DATA, BUT FOR NOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE CLOSED WE ARE NOT GOING TO OPEN THE STATE FAIR IN SYRACUSE

THIS IS REALLY A TOUGH ONE FAIRS ALL ACROSS THE NATION ARE NOT REOPENING WE HAVE A FANTASTIC STATE FAIR IN SYRACUSE, WE HAVE INVESTED A LOT OF MONEY,mJSyh3cd WE HAVE HD ATTENDANCE, çn 60)■13 MILLION LAST YEAR, WE BROKE THE ATTENDANCE RECORD WE INVESTED MONEY, WE REDID THE WHOLE STATE FAIR, BUILT A NEW EXPO CENTER, 110,000 FEET, IT'S REALLY AMAZING AND IT'S BEEN AN ECONOMIC BOONE FOR THE WHOLE REGION, BUT THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CANCEL IT

AND THAT MAKES ME PERSONALLY VERY UNHAPPY, BUT THAT IS WHERE WE ARE ON THE COVID TRANSMISSION FOLLOWING THE FACTS, THE FACTS ARE CHANGING AS THEY LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS VIRUS, THERE'S LESS CONCERN ABOUT SURFACE AREA TRANSMISSION, MORE DATA THAT IT IS PRIMARILY AN AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION THAT THEN RAISES THE QUESTION OF WHAT CAN WE DO WITH AIR FILTRATION TECHNOLOGY YOU HEAR THIS IS AN AIR CONDITIONED BUILDING, IT'S BRINGING AIR UP INTO THE HVAC SYSTEM, THEN RUNS THROUGH THE HVAC SYSTEM AND GETS RECIRCULATED WHAT KIND OF FILTRATION CUFF ON THE HVAC SYSTEM THAT MAY BE CAPABLE OF CATCHING THE VIRUS AS IT'S ATTACHED TO THE DROPLETS? THERE ARE FILTERS THAT SYSTEMS INSTALL, HEPA FILTERS ARE ONE OF THEM, AND THEN A SERIES OF FILTERS THAT ARE RATED BY THE MINIMUM EFFICIENCY REPORTING VALUE, AND THE MOST DENSE FILTERS CAN ACTUALLY FILTER OUT THE VIRUS, WHICH IS REMARKABLE AND INTERESTING

NOTHING IS SIMPLE WITH THIS VIRUS IT DEPENDS ON THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM YOU HAVE WHETHER OR NOT IT CAN TAKE ONE OF THESE HIGHER FILTERS AND STILL OPERATE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS TAKE DIFFERENT FILTERS AND WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THAT NOW WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON IT BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S A REAL POSSIBILITY THAT WE COULD ACTUALLY HAVE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION HERE AND DIFFERENT HVAC SYSTEMS HAVE DIFFERENT CAPACITIES, BUT WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THIS NOW BECAUSE IF THERE IS A WAY TO FILTER THE AIR AND THERE IS A WAY TO GET COVID OUT OF THE AIR, THEN WE WANT TO DO THAT IF WE CAN DO THAT WITHOUT AN EXORBITANT EXPENSE FOR EXISTING HVAC SYSTEMS IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO LOOK AT

SO WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF THAT NOW AND AS SOON AS WE KNOW SOMETHING WE WILL MAKE IT PUBLIC NEW YORKERS DID THE IMPOSSIBLE, WE WENT FROM THE WORST INFECTION RATE IN THE UNITED STATES TO THE BEST INFECTION RATE IN THE UNITED STATES I LIKE TO SAY THAT WE CROSSED THE MOUNTAIN THERE IS THE MOUNTAIN WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE THE CHALLENGE OF CROSSING A MOUNTAIN RANGE, RIGHT? ONE MOUNTAIN WAS ENOUGH

THE LAST THING WE NEED IS TO SEE THIS VIRUS SPIKE AGAIN AND THERE ARE TWO THREATS IN THAT AREA, ONE, NEW YORKERS GETTING COMPLACENT THIS IS GREAT, NEW YORK IS DOING GREAT, THE NUMBERS ARE DOWN, I HEARD THE GOVERNOR, HE SAID EVERYTHING IS GREAT WE GET COMPLACENT WE GET COCKY, WE GET A LITTLE ARROGANT

THAT IS A REAL THREAT AND IT'S A THREAT THAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT YOU LOOK AT THE FESTIVITIES OVER JULY 4th, YOU SEE GATHERINGS THAT ARE NOT SOCIALLY DISTANT, THEY ARE NOT WEARING MASKS, YOU SEE IT IN MANHATTAN, YOU SEE IT ON FIRE ISLAND THERE ARE REPORTS UPSTATE OF GATHERINGS WHERE PEOPLE AREN'T SOCIALLY DISTANCED AND PEOPLE WEREN'T WEARING MASKS I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO SAY IT ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

OUR SUCCESS WAS A FUNCTION OF OUR ACTION YOU CHANGE YOUR ACTION YOU CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR YOU'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE OUTCOME IT IS THAT SIMPLE THAT CURVE WAS PURELY A FUNCTION OF WHAT WE DID IF WE CHANGE WHAT WE'RE DOING YOU'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF THE VIRUS

I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE ARE FATIGUED, WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 128 DAYS I GET IT BUT IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE FACTS AND WE HAVE TO STAY SMART I NEED — WE NEED EVERY PERSON IN THIS STATE NEEDS THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND I TALK TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME, MAYORS, COUNTY EXECUTIVES, ET CETERA, AND I'M GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER ROUND OF CONVERSATIONS TODAY

I UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NOT POLITICALLY PLEASANT TO ENFORCE THE MASK LAW OR THE GATHERING LAW OR THE SOCIALLY DISTANCED LAW I GET IT I GET THAT POLITICALLY IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DO IT BUT IT IS THE LAW AND IF WE DON'T DO IT THERE'S GOING TO BE A SERIOUS PROBLEM IT'S NOT A LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW, IT'S A STATE LAW

SO I GET THE POLITICS AND I'VE SAID TO THEM I HAVE NO PROBLEM TAKING RESPONSIBILITY MR MAYOR, TELL YOUR POLICE WHEN THEY GO OUT TO ENFORCE THE LAW THEY CAN SAY DON'T BLAME THE MAYOR, IT'S THE GOVERNOR BLAME GOVERNOR CUOMO COUNTY EXECUTIVE, TELL YOUR POLICE DON'T — WE BE THEY HAND OUT A SUMMONS, SAY THIS IS NOT A COUNTY LAW, IT'S A STATE LAW

BLAME THE GOVERNOR I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT BUT THEY HAVE TO ENFORCE THE LAW WE DO NOT HAVE A STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT IS LARGE ENOUGH TO ENFORCE THE LAW IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW YORK THAT'S WHY WE HAVE LOCAL POLICE AGENCIES

BUT THEY HAVE TO DO THEIR JOB AND THEY HAVE TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND THE LAW IS CLEAR I DON'T WANT TO BE DIFFICULT OR UNNECESSARILY DIFFICULT, BUT I'M TELLING YOU IF WE DON'T FOLLOW THESE BEHAVIORS, THE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO GO UP IT'S THAT SIMPLE THE SECOND THREAT IS YOU NOW HAVE 38 STATES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH AN INCREASING VIRUS RATE OF INFECTION IT'S ONLY GETTING WORSE

IT'S NOT GETTING BETTER YOU LOOK AT STATES LIKE TEXAS, YOU LOOK AT ARIZONA, YOU LOOK AT THOSE CURVES I MEAN, WE KNOW THOSE CURVES WE'VE SEEN THEM WE'VE BEEN THERE

DONE THAT THIS IS A FRIGHTENING SITUATION ACROSS THIS COUNTRY LOOK AT CALIFORNIA LOOK AT THE CURVE ON CALIFORNIA WE'VE BEEN HERE, WE'VE SEEN THIS

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN AJ PARKINSON SAID THAT NO? WILL ROGERS SAID THAT

JUST SEEING IF YOU'RE PAYING ATTENTION I KNOW IT'S A MONDAY MORNING, YOU ARE A LITTLE SLEEPY WILL ROGERS DID NOT SAY IT, YOGI BARRA SAID IT TWO POINTS BUT IT'S DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

THIS IS HOW THE VIRUS CAME TO NEW YORK IN THE FIRST PLACE IT GOT ON A PLANE IN EUROPE AND IT LANDED AT JFK AND NEWARK AND THAT'S WHY WE HAD THE SPIKE NOBODY KNEW IT AT THE TIME EVERYBODY WAS SAYING CHINA VIRUS THE CHINA VIRUS HAD GOTTEN ON A PLANE, WENT TO EUROPE AND THEN IT CAME HERE FROM EUROPE

3 MILLION PEOPLE GOT ON PLANES, LANDED IN NEW YORK, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH THAT'S HOW WE HAD THE PROBLEM WE HAD NOW YOU'RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE GETTING ON PLANES FROM THE 38 STATES IN THIS NATION WHERE THE VIRUS IS GOING UP, THEY ARE NOW GOING TO LAND AT JFK, NEWARK, ET CETERA YOU KNOW, AN OUTBREAK ANYWHERE IS AN OUTBREAK EVERYWHERE THAT'S THE NEW MENTALITY WE HAVE TO HAVE

WE CAN'T PROTECT OURSELVES AS AN ISLAND BECAUSE WE'RE NOT WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING IN AND OUT ALL DAY LONG AND WHEN YOU HAVE THESE SPIKES IN CHINA, IN EUROPE, THAT'S HOW IT HAPPENED THE FIRST TIME, NOW PEOPLE CAN COME FROM FLORIDA ANYWHERE ELSE WE ARE ALREADY SEEING IT WE HAVE HAD SIGNIFICANT CLUSTERS WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM OUT OF STATE, THEY CAME IN, THEY ATTENDED A FUNCTION, BANG, THE NEXT DAY WE HAVE AN INCREASE IN THE INFECTIONS WE'RE DOING SO MANY TESTS AND SO MANY TRACINGS THAT WE CAN TRACE IT BACK TO PATIENT ZERO AND THEY'RE VERY OFTEN FROM OUT OF STATE

WE HAVE IT DOWN STATE, WE HAVE IT UPSTATE IT IS INEVITABLE SO, YES, NEW YORKERS HAVE TO BEç SMART,,&QZv PROBLEM THAT IF THE VIRUS IS INCREASING ANYWHERE IT'S GOING TO TRAVEL HERE AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM DENYING COVID IS REALLY ADVANCING THE COVID AND I KNOW THIS IS A POLITICALLY CHARGED ENVIRONMENT RIGHT NOW AND SOMEHOW COVID HAS BECOME A POLITICAL ISSUE, WHICH I'VE NEVER HEARD OF A VIRUS BECOMING POLITICAL, BUT IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IT HAS BUT IF YOU DENY THE PROBLEM THEN YOU WILL NEVER SOLVE IT

WE ARE NOT THE UNITED STATES OF DENIAL, WE HAVE NEVER BEEN A NATION THAT HAS EXCELLED BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO ADMIT THE PROBLEM WE ADMIT THE PROBLEM AND THEN WE OVERCOME THE PROBLEM IF WE DO NOT AS A NATION ACKNOWLEDGE THE COVID VIRAL INCREASE, IT IS GOING TO CONTINUE THOSE UPWARD NUMBERS DON'T CHANGE ON THEIR OWN THEY ONLY CHANGE WHEN YOU CHANGE THEM

THAT NUMBER KEEPS GOING UP UNLESS YOU BEND THE CURVE THE BEND DOESN'T HAPPEN NATURALLY THE BEND HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIORAL AND ACTUALLY REDUCE THE TRANSMISSION RATE SO YOU LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS IN THOSE STATES, THOSE UPTICKS ARE JUST GOING TO CONTINUE THAT MOUNTAIN, THAT DIDN'T JUST PLATEAU BECAUSE GOD SAID PLATEAU, IT PLATEAUED BECAUSE WE DID MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CLOSED DOWN AND ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES AND TESTING AND TRACING

THAT'S HOW WE BENT THE CURVE IF WE ARE IN THE STATE OF DENIAL, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT CURVE CONTINUE TO GO UP NOW, HOW DO YOU BEND THE CURVE? WE KNOW HOW TO BEND THE CURVE BECAUSE WE DID IT YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE OF IT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT IT, YOU THEN HAVE TO TAKE ACTION AND YOU HAVE TO BE COMMITTED TO IT AND IT STARTS AT THE TOP WITH LEADERSHIP THE PRESIDENT SAID OVER THIS WEEKEND IF WE DIDN'T TEST SO MUCH AND SO SUCCESSFULLY, WE WOULD HAVE VERY FEW CASES

OKAY? THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND WHAT HE'S REALLY SAYING IS IF WE DIDN'T TEST, WE WOULDN'T FIND THE CASES AND IF WE DIDN'T FIND THE CASES WE WOULDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM THAT'S INCREDIBLE, BUT THAT'S WHAT HE IS SAYING OKAY? SO LET'S JUST EXTEND THAT LOGIC IF WE DON'T TEST, THEN WE WON'T KNOW AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEN YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM

IT'S A GREAT WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE, ISN'T IT? SO ON THAT THEORY, NO MORE CANCER TESTS AND THAT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH CANCER NO MORE MAMMOGRAMS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO KNOW AND THAT WILL SOLVE BREAST CANCER NO MORE PROSTATE CHECKS, THAT WILL SOLVE PROSTATE CANCER NO MORE TB CHECKS, THAT WILL END TB NO MORE HIV TESTS AND THAT WILL SOLVE THE AIDS ISSUE

NO NOT KNOWING DOESN'T MEAN YOU DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM AND IN THIS CASE IF YOU DO NOT ADMIT IT AND IF YOU DON'T CONFRONT IT IS ONLY GOING TO INCREASE WE KNOW WHAT HAS TO BE DONE BECAUSE WE LIVED IT HERE AND WE DID IT HERE TO BEND THE CURVE, YES, YOU HAVE TO TEST, YES, YOU HAVE TO TRACE, YES, YOU HAVE TO ISOLATE, YES, YOU HAVE TO PHASE THE REOPENING AND YOU HAVE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, BUT, BY THE WAY, PHASING THE REOPENING IS BETTER THAN REOPENING RECKLESSLY WHERE YOU HAVE THE STATES, OKAY, WE'RE REOPENED, EVERYBODY COMES OUT, THE VIRUS GOES UP, STOCK MARKET GOES DOWN AND NOW THE STATES ARE SAYING WE HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN

A PHASED REOPENING IS BETTER THAN REOPENING AND CLOSING THAT IS NOT JUST A PREMISE, IT'S BEEN PROVEN BY THE PAST EXPERIENCE LOOK AT THE STATES THAT REOPENED RECKLESSLY AND ARE NOW CLOSING AGAIN WHO DID THAT HELP? IT ACTUALLY SET US BACK SO, MR

PRESIDENT, DON'T BE A CO-CONSPIRATOR OF COVID DO ONE SIMPLE THING, ACKNOWLEDGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT COVID EXISTS, IT IS A MAJOR PROBLEM, IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE UNTIL WE ADMIT IT AND EACH OF US STANDS UP TO DO OUR PART IF HE DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEN HE IS FACILITATING THE VIRUS HE IS ENABLING THE VIRUS HOW DID THIS BECOME A POLITICAL STATEMENT? THIS IS COMMON SENSE

AND LET THE PRESIDENT START BY SENDING THAT SIGNAL VERY SIMPLY, JUST WEAR THE MASK I'VE BEEN ASKING HIM TO DO IT FOR WEEKS JUST WEAR THE MASK AND SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THIS IS REAL AND IT'S A PROBLEM AND WE HAVE TO DO OUR PART WE STARTED MASKS APRIL 15th

FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO START MASKS THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE JULY 4th TRUE PATRIOTS WEAR MASKS TRUE PATRIOTS ARE NEW YORK TOUGH AND SMART AND UNITED AND DISCIPLINED AND LOVING >> GOVERNOR, WHAT ARE THE THINGS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID IN RECENT DAYS IS THAT THE VIRUS IS NO LONGER AS LETHAL AS IT WAS WHEN IT TARGETED NEW YORK

HE INDICATES THAT 999% OF THE PEOPLE WHO GET IT ARE FINE AND YOU BASICALLY JUST NEED TO LIVE WITH IT I WONDER WHAT YOUR RESPONSE IS >> YEAH, I KNOW THIS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE PRESIDENT SAYS A LOT OF THINGS, RIGHT? THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY FACTS, THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY TRUE

999% –eZ@ñzzE HAD HIS FDA COMMISSIONER ON THE6xnS SAID IS THE PRESIDENT RIGHT AND HE WOULDN'T SAY THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT HE MAKES UP FACTS HE MAKES UP SCIENCE HE WANTS TO DENY THE COVID VIRUS

HE HAS FROM DAY ONE WELL, IT'S JUST LIKE THE FLU WELL, IT'S GOING TO BE GONE BY EASTER IT'S GOING TO GET WARM AND THEN IT'S GOING TO MIRACLE HE SAID ALL OF THOSE THINGS

NONE OF THEM WERE TRUE AND NOW WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN 38 STATES BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE BELIEVED HIM HE WON'T WEAR A MASK VICE PRESIDENT PENCE SAYS WEAR A MASK ALL THE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY WEAR THE MASK HE WON'T WEAR A MASK BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO ADMIT THAT THERE IS A COVID VIRUS

WHY, I HAVE NO IDEA BUT HIS DENIAL OF THE PROBLEM AND HIS MAKING STATEMENTS LIKE THAT, 999% DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT OKAY THEN THERE'S NO ISSUE

BUT HE SAYS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THERE IS NO PROBLEM AND THEN THEY DON'T WEAR A MASK AND DON'T SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND DON'T TAKE ANY PRECAUTIONARY BEHAVIOR AND THEN THE VIRUS GOES LIKE THIS HE IS FACILITAING THE VIRUS, HE IS ENABLING THE VIRUS BY STATEMENTS LIKE THAT AND YOU'RE SEEING THE INFECTION RATE GO UP AND YOU'RE SEEING THE ECONOMY SUFFER AND HE IS PART OF THAT CURRENT DEBACLE THAT WE ARE IN LOOK AT NEW YORK WE KNOW WHAT TO DO BECAUSE WE DID IT

WE DID IT WE KNOW THERE'S A MODEL THAT SAYS YOU CAN CONTAIN THE VIRUS WE DID IT AND, BY THE WAY, WE DID IT IN THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO THAT'S WHAT'S REALLY BREATHTAKING HERE

WE DIDN'T HAVE SEVEN CASES WE HAD THE HIGHEST INFECTION RATE IN THE COUNTRY WE HAD THE HIGHEST INFECTION RATE PER CAC11d(■ ON THE GLOBE THROUGH NO PART OF OUR OWN FRANKLY BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN IT SAID THE VIRUS WAS IN CHINA, THEY NEEDED A MAP BECAUSE THE VIRUS WAS IN EUROPE AND IT CAME HERE FROM EUROPE BUT WE KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT THE FIRST STEP IS YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THE PROBLEM

YOU WILL NEVER SOLVE A PROBLEM IN LIFE THAT YOU REFUSE TO ADMIT WHY HE REFUSES TO ADMIT IS I HAVE NO IDEA YOU HAVE A WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE WHY DO YOU HAVE A TASK FORCE IF THERE IS NO PROBLEM, RIGHT? 999%

IT'S JUST MADE UP >> GOVERNOR, IF I COULD ASK YOU ABOUT THIS DOH REPORT REGARDING SPECIFICALLY NURSING HOMES, IT CONCLUDES THAT THE DATA SHOWS THAT STAFFING AND VISITORS INADVERTENTLY BROUGHT THE VIRUS INTO THESE HOMES, BUT VISITORS WERE BARRED FROM GOING INTO THEM SO DOES THAT MEAN PRIMARILY IT WAS THE STAFF WHO SPREAD IT? >> VISITORS WERE NOT INITIALLY BARRED VISITORS WERE BARRED ABOUT MIDDLE OF MARCH AND BY THAT TIME THE VIRUS WAS IN THE NURSING HOMES WE NEVER TESTED VISITORS AT THAT TIME WE WEREN'T TESTING ANYBODY

TESTING WAS JUST STARTING BUT WE DIDN'T TEST VISITORS AND IF YOU LOOK AT WHEN THE VISITORS WERE ALLOWED IN, THEY WERE ALLOWED IN UP UNTIL ABOUT MID MARCH THE SPIKE IN THE NURSING HOMES WAS LIKE SEVEN DAYS, 14 DAYS AFTER THAT SO WHAT THE REPORT WAS SAYING BETWEEN THE FAMILY COMING IN AND THE STAFF, THEY WERE THE TRANSPORTERS OF THE VIRUS WHICH WE ALL KNEW FROM DAY ONE, WE KNEW THAT NURSING HOMES WERE THE MOST VULNERABLE PLACE

I MADE THE DECISION TO BAN THE VISITORS IN MID MARCH WHICH I TELL YOU WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DECISION AND A LOT OF PEOPLE OPPOSED IT AND I UNDERSTAND WHY, BUT THAT'S WHY WE PUT IN THE BAN, BECAUSE IF IT IS IN THE POPULATION AND VISITORS AND RELATIVES ARE GOING INTO THE NURSING HOME THEY WERE GOING TO BRING IT IN WITH THEM AND I WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE HAVING PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES WHO COULDN'T EVEN SEE THEIR LOVED ONES YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAVE A GRANDMOTHER IN A NURSING HOME, A MOTHER IN A NURSING HOME, YOU HAVE TO FACETIME YOUR MOTHER BUT, YEAH, THAT'S WHAT IT'S SAYING BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THIS IS PRE-BAN, STAFF OBVIOUSLY WE NEVER BANNED, BUT IT'S PRE-BAN OF FAMILY AND VISITORS DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A POINT? >> DOH CONSULTED WITH A NUMBER OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHILE THEY WERE DOING THE LOOK-BACK REPORT PRIMARILY WITH MOUNT SINAI WHO WAS PARTICIPATING TODAY AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND MOUNT SINAI PUT OUT A STUDY THAT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" ACTUALLY COVERED LAST WEEK THAT THEY NOW HAVE EVIDENCE OF ANTIBODIES GOING BACK TO THE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY

SO FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WHILE WE WERE RELYING ON THE CDC BECAUSE CDC WAS THEN DOING ALL OF THE TESTING AND CDC WAS DOING THE TESTING AND REPORTING TO US AND SAYING WE'VE TESTED PEOPLE, NEW YORK HAS NO COVID POSITIVE CASES AND IN TURN DHS WAS TELLING NEW YORK WE HAVE NO POSITIVE CASES FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WE NOW KNOW THAT COVID WAS EXISTENT IN NEW YORK CITY SO DOH REPORT SAYS THEY DIDN'T CONCLUSIVELY SAY ON VISITORS BUT HAVE TO ASSUME BECAUSE IT WAS WITHIN THE GENERAL POPULATION THAT IT WAS WALKING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR INTO THE NURSING HOMES, AGAIN, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND STAFF AS WELL, IT WAS MEMBER AND MARCH AND WE NOW KNOW ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE CAN GIVE THE VIRUS TO OTHER PEOPLE THEY WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO INTENTIONALLY HURT ANYBODY ELSE BUT THAT'S THE CONCLUSION

MOST IMPORTANTLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TIMELINE WE NOW KNOW THAT FROM DATE OF INFECTION TO DEATH IT'S APPROXIMATELY 18 TO 25 DAYS SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHEN THE MORTALITY TOOK PLACE, WHEN PEOPLE WERE DYING IN NURSING HOMES, IT BEGAN THE MIDDLE, END OF MARCH AND CONTINUED THROUGH AND ITS SPIKE WAS THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL WHEN YOU BACK OUT THE DATES ON THAT PEOPLE WERE OBVIOUSLY GIVING IT TO PEOPLE BEGINNING AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, BEGINNING — END OF FEBRUARY, BEGINNING OF MARCH >> YEAH, LET ME JUST — JUST TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE — NOBODY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE HERE

AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS JUST PLAIN WRONG WE HAD OUR FIRST CASE MARCH 1 THEY NOW SAY THE VIRUS WAS COMING HERE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AND IT CAME FROM EUROPE AND WE HAD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CASES BECAUSE THE ANTIBODY TESTS NOW SHOWS YOU HAD PEOPLE BACK IN FEBRUARY SO BY THE TIME WE HAD OUR FIRST CASE MARCH 1, IT WAS ALREADY HERE IT HAD BEEN HERE FOR WEEKS IF NOT MONTHS AND IT WAS TOTALLY UNDETECTED

I MEAN, NOBODY HAD AN IDEA SECOND, THEY SAID ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE COULD NOT SPREAD IT DO YOU REMEMBER THAT? WE LIVED WITH THAT TRUTH FOR A LONG TIME NOW THEY SAY, OOPS, THAT WAS WRONG ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE CAN SPREAD IT

SO YOU DIDN'T EVEN HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS, YOU DIDN'T EVEN THINK YOU HAD A BUG OR A VIRUS OR ANYTHING, YOU DIDN'T EVEN THINK YOU HAD A COLD YOU HAD NO SYMPTOMS AND YOU WENT AND VISITED YOUR RELATIVE IN A NURSING HOME JANUARY, FEBRUARY, UP TO MID MARCH WE DID THE FAMILY BAN MARCH 15th, LET'S SAY WE HAD OUR FIRST CASE MARCH 1 WE DID THE FAMILY BAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST CASE AND PEOPLE WERE SAYING TO ME, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS SO ABRUPTLY, SO QUICKLY? WE DID THE BAN WITHIN TWO WEEKS

SOUNDED FAST, RIGHT, FROM FIRST CASE TO BAN TWO WEEKS NO THE VIRUS WAS HERE FEBRUARY, THE VIRUS WAS HERE JANUARY AND IT WAS ASYMPTOMATIC SPREAD WHICH MEANS YOU COULD HAVE WALKED INTO A NURSING HOME, BEEN TOTALLY CONSCIENTIOUS, HAD NO SIGNS OF ANYTHING AND WALKED IT INTO A NURSING HOME >> PATIENTS WERE COMING BACK FROM HOSPITALS AND THEY WERE NOT THE MAIN DRIVER HERE OF THE ACTUAL SPREAD, THEN I'M JUST CURIOUS WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE POLICY? >> WHICH POLICY? >> WHICH IS THAT PATIENTS WHO WENT TO HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT WERE INITIALLY PUT BACK INTO HOMES

AT SOME POINT THAT POLICY CHANGED >> I DON'T KNOW WHEN IT CHANGED >> NO, WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, ZACH, ON MAY 10th WE DID A COUPLE OF THINGS WE THEN HAD INCREASED TESTING CAPACITY SO WE MANDATED THAT NURSING HOMES DO TESTING TWICE WEEKLY OF STAFF WHICH WE HAD IN PLACE FOK NO LONGER SHEDDING THE VIRUS YOU ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO GIVE THE VIRUS TO SOMEBODY ELSE BUT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE OUT OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION

>> WHAT IT WAS WAS THEY WERE PLAYING — LOOK, I GET POLITICS, RIGHT, AND I GET THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT AND I GET THE UGLINESS OF POLITICS BETTER THAN MOST AND YOU HAD THIS POLITICAL CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT THE DEATHS IN NURSING HOMES WERE PREVENTABLE AND, BY THE WAY, MOST OF THE DEATHS WERE IN DEMOCRATIC STATES, WHICH WAS RIGHT BECAUSE THAT'S THE STATES THAT HAD THE MOST COVID CASES AND IT WAS THIS POLICY THAT SAYS COVID POSITIVE PEOPLE COULDN'T BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY A NURSING HOME THAT HAS NO BASIS IN FACT IT WAS PURE POLITICS AND IT WAS UGLY POLITICS AND NOW THE REPORT HAS THE FACTS AND THE FACTS TELL THE EXACT SOME SIT STORY >> SO GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT'S IN YOUR REPORT WHAT IN YOUR OPINION WENT WRONG AND WHAT COULD HAVE — LOOKING BACK, RIGHT N HINDSIGHT, WHAT COULD HAVE — >> HINDSIGHT? CDC — CDC WHEN THEY SAW THE VIRUS, LUIS, IN CHINA LAST DECEMBER SHOULD HAVE TAKEN OUT THE BIG CDC WHISTLE AND GONE — AS LOUD AS THEY COULD

LAST DECEMBER WHEN THEY STARTED THIS PAST JANUARY THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT BLOWING THE WHISTLE THE CDC, ALL OF THEM, WHEN THE PETER NAVARRO SENT THE MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT IN JANUARY ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS, HE SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE DID THE MEMO ON POSSIBLY 2 MILLION AMERICANS INFECTED, THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING THEY SHOULD HAVE SAID THE VIRUS WAS HERE WHEN IT WAS HERE

THEY SHOULD HAVE SAID THE VIRUS WAS IN EUROPE WHEN IT WAS IN EUROPE AND THEY SHOULD HAVE SAID IT WAS HERE WHEN IT WAS HERE AND THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN JANUARY MARCH 1 IT WAS OVER IN MARCH 1 IT WAS OVER WE HAD OUR FIRST CASE MARCH 1 IT WAS OVER

THERE WERE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN NEW YORK, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INFECTIONS JUST WAITING TO MANIFEST THEMSELVES >> DO YOU THINK THE STATE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY? NURSING HOMES COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY? >> I DON'T DO PANDEMICS, I DON'T HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT I DON'T TRACE CHINA IT'S NOT WHAT I DO I DON'T TRACE EUROPE INFECTIONS

IT'S NOT WHAT I DO IT'S WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES YOU KNOW, FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY, STATE RESPONSIBILITIES I DON'T DO INTERNATIONAL HEALTH MONITORING THAT WAS THEIR JOB

WHAT ELSE COULD THE NURSING HOMES HAVE DONE? IF THIS NATION HAD TESTING CAPACITY, WHICH WE DID NOT EXIST AND IF WE KNEW THE VIRUS WAS HERE AS EARLY AS WE KNEW, START TESTING LAST JANUARY EVERY NURSING HOME EMPLOYEE AND, BY THE WAY, START TESTING EVERY HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEE NOW, THAT IS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS AND YOU HAD NO TESTING CAPACITY SO YOU WOULD HAVE NEEDED TO KNOW THE VIRUS WAS HERE AND YOU WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY HAD TO HAVE A TESTING CAPACITY, NEITHER OF WHICH HAPPENED, RIGHT? >> GOVERNOR, ARE YOU CONCERNED WITH THE RISING NUMBER OF SHOOTINGS IN THE CITY GIVEN WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT? >> YES, VERY CONCERNED >> HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO THE MAYOR AT ALL? >> WE'VE BEEN — THE STATE POLICE ARE WORKING ON IT, THEY'RE SPEAKING TO THE NYPD POLICE

MY CRIMINAL JUSTICE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING WITH THE MAYOR'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE PEOPLE I'M GOING TO BE SPEAKING WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, I'M GOING TO BE SPEAKING WITH THE CHIEF JUDGE TODAY I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT IT NOT JUST FOR THE IMMEDIATE LOSS OF LIFE, WHICH IS HORRIFIC, AND, AGAIN, IT'S THE COMMUNITIES THAT IN MANY WAYS NEED THE MOST PAY THE HIGHEST PRICE MANY OF THESE SHOOTINGS, BROOKLYN, BRONX, COMMUNITIES THAT ARE SUFFERING, SUFFERING THROUGH COVID, SUFFERING INEQUALITY ALL ACROSS THE BOARD

SO IT IS A — IN AND OF ITSELF IT'S FRIGHTENING AND IT'S TRAGIC AND IT'S UNNECESSARY YOU KNOW, COVID TAKES LIVES YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO SAVE A LIFE WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS WE MUST DO BETTER THAN THIS

I'M ALSO CONCERNED FOR THE CITY WE HAVE COVID THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH, A LOT OF PEOPLE MOVED OUT OF THE CITY DURING COVID YOU HAVE BUSINESSES THAT CAN'T FULLY REOPEN THAT HAS AN ECONOMIC — THERE IS AN ECONOMIC PROBLEM FOR THE CITY YOU THEN HAVE TO GET RESTAURANTS UP AND RUNNING, YOU HAVE TO GET CONCERT HALLS UP AND RUNNING

WHAT MAKES NEW YORK CITY NEW YORK CITY THE ARTS, THE CULTURE WHEN CAN YOU DO THAT? WE DON'T KNOW THEN YOU ADD ON TOP OF THAT A PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN, THAT IS A BAD COMBINATION OF EVENTS AND A BAD COMBINATION OF FACTS SO, YES, I'M VERY CONCERNED

>> GOVERNOR, TWO GOVERNMENT GROUPS AND SOME STATE LAWMAKERS HAVE SAID GIVEN THE STATE'S PROGRESS IN BATTLING THE PANDEMIC THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO UNDO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND YOUR EMERGENCY POWERS TO WHICH SOME OF YOUR STAFF MEMBERS, YOUR TOP STAFFERS, HAVE SAID GIVEN THE DANGER AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL — WHAT ARE THE BENCHMARKS CHAUNG ARE APPROPRIATE FOR EVENTUALLY ENDING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND YOUR OWN EMERGENCY POWERS BEFORE APRIL 2021? >> THE STATE OF EMERGENCY FIRST EXISTS FEDERALLY, RIGHT? FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHICH IS GOVERNMENT IN DENIAL THEY'VE DECLARED A FEDERAL EMERGENCY THERE IS NO THINKING AMERICAN WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE THIS IS A STATE OF EMERGENCY I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S ANY GOVERNOR WHO HAS HAD THEIR EMERGENCY POWERS REVOKED IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EMERGENCY

TO TELL YOU HOW STUPID AN IDEA THAT IS FRANKLY, IF THE EMERGENCY POWERS — AND STUPID IS A STRONG WORD, BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST STUPID — IF THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS GO AWAY DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, ALL BUSINESSES AUTOMATICALLY REOPEN, EVERY BUSINESS, MOVIE THEATERS, BROADWAY, EVERYTHING AUTOMATICALLY REOPENS HOSPITALS DON'T HAVE TO TAKE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVID UNLESS THEY CAN PAY EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE THAT HAS WORKED GOES AWAY IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL DONE BY EXECUTIVE ORDER SO IT'S A STUPID IDEA PLUS IT'S AN UNNECESSARILY STUPID IDEA BECAUSE THE WAY THE LAW WORKS, THE LEGISLATURE ALREADY HAS THE POWER TO UNILATERALLY END ANY SPECIFIC EXECUTIVE ORDER

SO LET'S SAY THE LEGISLATURE DOESN'T LIKE THE MASK LAW FINE THEN YOU PASS A BILL THAT SAYS WE'RE DENYING THE MASK LAW THEY JUST DO IT AS A LEGISLATURE, I DON'T HAVE TO SIGN IT, AND THE MASK LAW IS GONE SO THEY ALWAYS HAVE THAT POWER

THEY HAVEN'T DONE IT BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL, I TALKED TO THE LEADERS ABOUT THE LAWS THAT WE'RE DOING AND THE MEASURES HAVE ALL WORKED VERY WELL NEW YORK IS A NATIONAL — NEW YORK IS A NATIONAL MODEL FOR HOW WE HANDLED THIS PANDEMIC AS A SOCIETY SO, YEAH >> GOVERNOR, ARE YOU ASSUMING THAT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY WOULD LAST THROUGH APRIL 2021? >> NO WHEN DOES THE FEDERAL — I HOPE IT'S OFF TOMORROW

TELL ME WHEN THE EMERGENCY ENDS WHEN DOES COVID END?já#W■17& >> [ INAUDIBLE ] >> WHEN COVID ENDS THE EMERGENCY ENDS, RIGHT? OR WHEN WE GET CONTROL OF COVID IT ENDS DO YOU THINK IT ENDS TODAY WHEN YOU HAVE 38 STATES WITH THE VIRAL SPIKE INCREASING? DO YOU THINK NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NO MORE MASKS? NO

YOU HAD A POINT? >> I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY GRATUITOUSLY I THINK IT'S SO IGNORANT AND THE IDEA THAT THESE GOVERNMENT GROUPS WHO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR AREA OF EXPERTISE IS BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT'S NOT GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND SOME OF THESE LAWMAKERS WHO I THINK ARE BEING COMPLETELY POLITICAL, THE LAST 128 DAYS COULD NOT HAVE GONE THE WAY THAT THEY DID HAD THE GOVERNMENT NOT HAD THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETE AND TOTAL ANARCHY THERE WERE LARGE PERIODS OF TIMES DURING THE CRISIS WHEN THE THOUGHT OF GETTING THE LEGISLATURE BACK TO ALBANY TO PASS SOME OF THESE LAWS AND ALSO YOU GUYS WATCH EVERY SINGLE DAY, YOU COVER US, SOMETIMES THESE THINGS GET CAUGHT UP AND IT'S SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT AND TIME CONSUMING IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE EXPEDIENCY TO BE ABLE TO CLOSE DOWN THE BUSINESSES AND MANDATE THE MASKS WHEN WE DID, FOR THE GOVERNOR TO BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS HE NEEDED TO DO SO MANY MORE LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST AND THIS IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF PLACE POLITICS IF THEY CAN'T SEE THAT THEY ARE NOT LOOKING AT THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER OR TURNING ON THE NEWS WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE COUNTRY COULD VERY EASILY END UP RIGHT BACK IN OUR OWN BACKYARD AND THEN WHAT? I URGE THEM TO STICK TO THEIR DAY JOBS

>> THE REASON WHY IT'S STUPID IS THE LEGISLATURE HAS CONVENED AND WE HAVE PASSED A LOT OF BILLS AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO ROLL BACK ANY EXECUTIVE ORDER IF THEY DID THEY WOULD HAVE RIGHT? AND I LOVE THAT GOOD GOVERNMENT DO YOU KNOW WHO DOESN'T LIKE THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS? THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DON'T LIKE THAT THEY HAVE TO PAY AND WE'VE MANDATED THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR TESTS, ET CETERA THERE ARE SOMEAWS THAT LIMIT LIABILITY WHICH TORT LAWYERS DON'T LIKE BECAUSE IT COULD THEORETICALLY LIMIT OF NUMBER OF LAWSUITS

SOME MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL COMMUNITY DON'T LIKE IT BECAUSE WE HAVE MANDATED THAT WE SHARE BEDS SO EVERYBODY COULD HAVE A BED SO I GET IT I'VE TAKEN THE POLITICAL HEAT THAT'S WHY I GET PAID THE BIG BUCKS I GET IT

BUT, YOU KNOW, THE GROUPS — YOU DON'T JUST GET TO CALL — YOU DON'T GET TO PROCLAIM YOURSELF A GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUP, YOU KNOW? NOT BY JUST A PROCLAMATION I DECLARE MYSELF A GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUP I'VE BEEN ASKING THEM FOR YEARS WHO PAYS YOU? WHO PAYS YOU? WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MONEY FROM? WHO PAYS YOUR SALARY? THEY WON'T SAY ISN'T THE HE IS EN OF GOOD GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY, DISCLOSURE ARE YOU GETTING PAID BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES? WHO DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR THE COVID TESTING? DO YOU TAKE MONEY FROM THE TRIAL LAWYERS WHO WANT TO BE ABLE TO SUE PEOPLE? WHO PAYS YOUR SALARY? RIGHT? THEY WON'T REVEAL THEIR DONORS

WHY NOT? OH, IT WOULD BE A BREACH OF SECURITY WE MAY BE TARGETED FOR DEATHS COME ON WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT'S NORMALLY YOUR REASON >> ON THE TOPIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THE CITY, COMMISSIONER SAID BECAUSE TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE BEING RELEASED FROM JAIL AND BACK ON THE STREETS TOO SOON AND THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE

DO YOU AGREE? >> NOPE NOPE WE CHANGED — WE CHANGED BAIL WE REFORMED BAIL REFORM, RIGHT? WE DID THAT THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID MONTHS AGO WHEN THERE WAS A SPIKE IN CRIME, WELL, IT WAS THE BAIL REFORM LAW

RIGHT? THAT WAS THE FIRST SPIKE THEY BLAMED IT ON BAIL REFORM AND SAID WE HAVE TO REFORM BAIL REFORM WE CAME BACK, WE REFORMED BAIL REFORM THE MAYOR PRAISED THE REFORM OF BAIL REFORM SO WE DID THAT

THAT HAPPENED THOSE CONCERNS WERE ADDRESSED THE CHOKE HOLD LAW, WHICH WAS ALSO MENTIONED, THAT LAW EMBODIED EXISTING NYPD POLICY SO IT CAN'T BE A CHOKE HOLD LAW, EITHER WELL, THE COURTS AREN'T PROCESSING PEOPLE

THAT'S NOT TRUE, EITHER SO — >> THERE IS A MAJOR CRIMES UNIT, THOUGH, THAT DEFINITELY MADE A CHANGE THE DISBANDING OF THE MAJOR CRIMES UNIT >> BY WHO? >> BY THE NYPD, THEY DISBANDED — WELL, THE MAYOR MAYOR de BLASIO DIS PLANNED BANDED — >> WHAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING — >> AND ALSO I THINK SHE WAS REFERRING TO THE 2,500 INMATES FROM RIKERS THAT WERE RELEASED DUE TO COVID CONCERNS

THAT'S ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPIKE IN THE SHOOTINGS >> WELL, THAT'S — THE QUESTION IS — AND EVERYBODY GETS DEFENSIVE NYPD BLAMES THIS ONE, BLAMES THE DA, DAs BLAME NYPD YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE TO SORT OUT WHAT IT IS BUT I KNOW IT'S NOT BAIL REFORM BECAUSE WE WENT THROUGH THAT

BAIL REFORM, OKAY, WE CAME BACK, WE REFORMED THE BAIL REFORM, SO IT'S NOT THAT NYPD ALSO SUGGESTED IT WAS THE CHOKE HOLD LAW THAT WE JUST SIGNED HOW COULD IT BE THE CHOKE HOLD LAW? IT EMBODIED THE POLICY THAT WAS ALREADY IN THE NYPD POLICY, IT JUST SAID IT'S A CRIME IF YOU VIOLATE THAT POLICY COVID RELEASE FROM RIKERS, THAT'S PRIMARILY DONE BY NEW YORK CITY, SO THAT WOULD BE THE MAYOR WE MAY HAVE RELEASED SOME FROM RIKERS, BUT PREDOMINANTLY THAT'S NEW YORK CITY

THERE WAS ALSO A SUGGESTION THAT THE COURTS WEREN'T PROCESSING PEOPLE I DON'T THINK THAT'S CORRECT, EITHER SO I DON'T BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE REASONS FOR THE SHOOTINGS AND IF IT WAS THE RELEASE OF RIKERS, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TRYING TO SEPARATE CITY POLICY FROM COURT POLICY FROM DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, RIGHT? AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT

YOU HAVE THE NYPD, YOU HAVE THE CITY GOVERNMENT, YOU HAVE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS AND YOU HAVE THE COURTS AND THERE ARE A RANGE OF BLAME GAME GOING ON, POINTING FINGERS THE SPECIFICS I HEARD ARE THE ONES THAT I MENTIONED AND I DON'T THINK THOSE SPECIFICS ARE ACCURATE >> WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE [ INAUDIBLE ]? >> IT'S — BEFORE I GIVE YOU MY OPINION, I WANT TO MAKE SURE I HAVE MY FACTS AND THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH TODAY >> THE ENVIRONMENT OF ANTI-POLICE RHETORIC, DO YOU THINK THAT'S A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR AT ALL? >> BUT HOW WOULD IT CONTRIBUTE IS THE REQUEST HE? YES, THERE HAS BEEN ANTI-POLICE RHETORIC YES

FACT THERE HAS BEEN ANTI-POLICE RHETORIC LEADING TO WHAT IS THE QUESTION? LEADING TO POLICE BEING LESS AGGRESSIVE, YOU KNOW, LEADING TO WHAT? THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO FIND OUT OKAY GUYS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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