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Cuomo calls Hamptons concert a ‘gross violation’ of public health, NY state launches probe – CNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called for an investigation into a charity concert that drew a packed crowd of partiers in the tony beach village of Southampton this past weekend.

“It wasn’t just a gross violation of public health rules. It was a gross violation of common sense,” Cuomo said during a press conference call. “We’re taking that very seriously.”

Cuomo said the town of Southampton could face penalties for violating public safety measures. He said the village leadership will be involved in the inquiry by the New York State Department of Health. 

“This is a law. There are civil penalties. There are criminal penalties,” he said. “The town of Southampton is going to have a problem. I don’t know how they approved that permit.”

Cuomo urged local governments to step up and “do their job.” Many bars and restaurants in New York City are continuing to receive citations for violating the state’s coronavirus measures, according to the governor. On Monday, 26 citations were issued in Manhattan and 16 in Queens, he said.

“I need the NYPD to do a better job in New York City,” he said.

The concert, called Safe & Sound, was a drive-in charity event that included performances from the Chainsmokers. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who moonlights as D.J. D-Sol, opened the concert. 

The event quickly came under fire after video footage on social media showed crowds of people not social distancing, wearing masks or following public health measures. 

According to the event description, the concert was “designed to maximize social distancing.” All venue staff were required to wear masks and attendees were encouraged to wear masks when going to restrooms.

The tailgate area allowed up to 600 vehicles, and guests weren’t allowed to leave their designated area unless using a restroom. The event also restricted each vehicle to hold a maximum of four guests in a sedan and six in a SUV.

The organizers said in a statement they adhered to all state and local health mandates, and the concert followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

Goldman Sachs released a statement Tuesday saying that Solomon “agreed to participate in an event for charity in which the organizers worked closely with the local government and put strict health protocols in place.” The company said Solomon performed early and left before the show ended.

“The vast majority of the audience appeared to follow the rules, but he’s troubled that some violated them and put themselves and others at risk,” the investment bank said in a statement.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged communities in the state on Saturday to reform their police forces over the next nine months, saying they would receive no funding from the state if they don’t.

“You tell us, county by county, city by city, what police force do you want,” Cuomo said, explaining that he wanted communities to make decisions within nine months in order to “birth a new vision for the police force.”

Cuomo said that if counties and communities don’t pass laws to reform their police forces, they will not receive state funding. He said April 1, 2021, will be the deadline for these changes.

“If you don’t want state funding, then you don’t have to do it,” Cuomo said. 

He said protesters don’t need to demonstrate anymore, arguing they “won” and localities now agreed police forces should be reformed.

“They reorganize, reform, redesign, however they see fit,” Cuomo said about communities. He said local governments need to convene stakeholders, including the police and community activists.

Cuomo signed police reform legislation into law on Friday, after the state legislature passed a bundle of bills this week. Among the bills are a repeal of law 50-A, a statewide ban on chokeholds, automatic appointment of a special prosecutor to cases of police killing unarmed civilians, and a law making fake race-based 911 calls a crime.

Cuomo on Saturday also gave an update on coronavirus in the state, as the infection rate across New York continues to go down. He said 50,000 coronavirus tests are done across the state every day, and added that data was guiding the way for reopening the state economy.

“We have tamed the beast,” Cuomo said, referring to the virus.

According to the governor, 32 people in New York died due to the coronavirus on Friday — the lowest number of deaths in the state since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. However, Cuomo noted that 22 other states in the country were seeing a rise in coronavirus cases.

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Cuomo applauds suspension of Buffalo cops who knocked down 75-year-old man – CNBC

Calling a video of western New York cops pushing a 75-year-old man to a sidewalk “fundamentally offensive and frightening,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo applauded the resulting suspension of two Buffalo police officers on Friday. 

Cuomo told reporters that he spoke on the phone with the man, who “is thankfully alive” after being knocked to the ground in Buffalo by two heavily armored officers.

The man, who has been identified by multiple news outlets as Martin Gugino, stood alone in front of an approaching line of police officers, video of the incident shows.

As he gestured to one of the cops, others yelled for him to move back, and two officers pushed him in the chest, knocking him over backward. The video showed blood coming from the man’s head as he lay motionless on the ground. Police did not immediately tend to him.

“You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity,” Cuomo said. “Why? Why? Why was that necessary?”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement Thursday night that the elderly man was in “serious but stable condition” at Erie County Medical Center. 

“I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood,” who has directed an investigation into the incident, Brown’s statement said.

Buffalo police at first said “one person was injured when he tripped and fell,” according to local outlet WIVB. Buffalo Police Department Captain Jeff Rinaldo could not be reached by phone for comment. 

The two officers have been suspended without pay, Brown said in the statement. The mayor noted that the incident happened after a “physical altercation between two separate groups of protesters in an illegal demonstration beyond the curfew.”

The altercation followed days of protests in Buffalo and across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Violence and looting have broken out of some of the protests, prompting city and state leaders to significantly ramp up their law enforcement efforts.

“How did we get to this place?” Cuomo said at his presser, citing instances of protesters and officers alike being attacked amid the protests. 

Cuomo applauded the Buffalo mayor, adding “I believe the district attorney is looking into it from a possible criminal liability point of view, and I applaud the district attorney for moving quickly.”

Officers in New York City, which saw widespread property destruction and hundreds of arrests on Monday night, have been criticized for their use of force against protesters. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have sparred over the law enforcement response to the protests, with the governor accusing the mayor of underestimating “the scope of the problem.”

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New York Gov. Cuomo weighs curfew for NYC, has National Guard on standby following George Floyd protests – CNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s imposing a curfew on New York City starting Monday night and has the state’s National Guard on standby after a weekend of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Cuomo said the curfew starts at 11 p.m. and will be lifted at 5 a.m. Tuesday, he said in an interview with WAMC public radio on Monday. The governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio will review whether to renew the curfew in the morning, he said.

The New York City Police Department will also double its presence to help prevent violence and property damage, Cuomo and de Blasio said. The additional officers will be deployed to areas where violence and property damage occurred during Sunday night’s protests — specifically in lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn.

“I’ve told mayors all across the state that I can call out the National Guard,” Cuomo said at a news conference earlier Monday. 

Cuomo said he believe the New York Police Department should have enough personnel, but he will call in the National Guard if they need more backup. Some of the violent actions taken by the NYPD have exacerbated the problem, he said. 

“There are videos of some NYPD actions that are very disturbing. There are videos of NYPD cars driving into a crowd that are very disturbing. Pulling a mask down off of a person to pepper spray them. Throwing a woman to the ground. It’s on video. It’s on video,” he said. 

Cuomo said he asked New York Attorney General Letitia James on Saturday to conduct a report on those officers acting aggressively toward the protesters. He said that no immediate actions have been taken until James submits the report.

“I asked the attorney general for a report. I want that report done 30 days from when I asked her just two days ago. But I’m going to speak to the mayor about, in the meantime, what is the response for those police actions on video.”

Cuomo said that he has the legal authority to impose a curfew, which a handful of cities across the country have implemented, but he’s not at that point. However, he said he knows “something has to be done because last night was not acceptable and the night before was not acceptable on any level.”

Some state governors, like those in Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Washington and Kentucky, have also mobilized their National Guard forces. 

Earlier Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the reports of police misconduct during the weekend’s violent protests, saying that they will be immediately investigated but defended a “vast majority” of NYPD officers. 

De Blasio was criticized for initially defending the officers who rammed their cars into a group of people, saying the incident was caused by the protesters surrounding the vehicles. 

Cuomo said he stands with the protesters over the killing of Floyd, adding “it perverts everything you believe about this country.” The mass gatherings, however, are “counterproductive” to the city’s goal of reopening the economy. 

“We just spent 93 days limiting behavior, closing down, no school, no business, thousands of small businesses destroyed,” he said. “People will have lost their jobs, people wiped out their savings, and now mass gatherings? With thousands of people in close proximity? One week before we’re going to reopen New York City?”

New York City is scheduled to begin its phase one reopening next week, although Cuomo warned that the mass gatherings over the weekend could threaten the city’s progress in controlling the coronavirus spread. 

“We spent all this time closed down, locked down, masked, socially distanced and then you turn on the TV and you see these mass gatherings that could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people after everything that we have done,” he said.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced two dozen new coronavirus testing centers in churches in predominately low-income and minority communities. New York’s largest health system, Northwell Health, will conduct the tests. “The churches will help us outreach to people in the community, and get people to come in and explain to people why it’s important to come in and get tested,” Cuomo said.

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Cuomo, Bloomberg detail plan to trace Covid-19 contacts – POLITICO

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ALBANY — New York is preparing to deploy thousands of state workers and others to trace the movements of those who have come into close contact with individuals with Covid-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the tracing effort, led by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, will require anywhere from 6,400 to 17,000 tracers depending on projected cases, a baseline of about 30 for every 100,000 people in infected areas. The tracing effort will be a key part of the state’s reopening strategy.

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Some public health experts have cautioned that focusing too much on large-scale contact tracing could divert needed resources and attention away from other important efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Cuomo told reporters that the “army” of tracers will be needed.

“Yesterday we tested 4,681 people who were positive. … How do you do now communicate with 4,681 people, trace back all the people they’ve been in close contact with in the last 14 days and contact those people?” he said at a morning news conference. “That is an overwhelming scale to an operation that has never existed before.”

The governor noted that even with thousands of tracers, it will remain challenging to trace, contact and isolate all individuals who may have been exposed to the virus over the two-week period, particularly those who were in public settings.

“My instinct is, if you were in Target and you don’t know any names of who you came into contact with, I don’t know what you would do with that,” he said.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will work with Johns Hopkins University and the state Department of Health to immediately begin recruiting, interviewing and training tracers, who will be sent out across the tri-state region. Cuomo said the state will tap DOH employees and other government workers for the effort, in addition to hiring new tracers.

Bloomberg, who joined Cuomo via video conference for the announcement, said he’s working with a staffing organization, as well as with SUNY and CUNY, to recruit and identify contact tracers. Once hired, those individuals must complete and pass a training class developed by Johns Hopkins, which can be done remotely.

Bloomberg said a “comprehensive playbook” for the tracing strategy — which utilizes new smartphone reporting and data collecting applications — will be made available to all local, state and international leaders looking to track the spread of Covid-19.

“That way the work we do here in New York really can help fight the virus globally,” he said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also spoke briefly at Cuomo’s news conference, noted that the city is hiring 1,000 contract tracers with health care backgrounds “to supercharge this effort.” De Blasio and Cuomo both announced plans to ramp up contact tracing for the coronavirus last week.

“The test and trace approach is going to change everything,” the mayor said via video conference.

But Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said he believes contact tracing “in this current setting, is going to be a fairly modest contributor [to reopenings] because it quickly can overwhelm.”

“It’s easy to overwhelm a relatively constrained group of people trying to do contract tracing,” he said in a call with reporters. “And because it’s so resource-intensive, it diverts public health efforts away from other activities.”

Anna Gronewold contributed to this report.

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New Yorkers trust Cuomo over Trump on coronavirus crisis: poll – Fox News

When it comes to making a call on when to loosen social distancing restrictions to reopen New York’s economy, a new poll finds that residents in the state hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic overwhelmingly trust Gov. Andrew Cuomo over President Trump.

Seventy-eight percent of New Yorkers questioned in a Siena College Poll released Monday say they trust Cuomo, their three-term Democratic governor, with just 16 percent saying they place more faith in having the president make a determination on when to reopen the state. While the federal government has issued guidelines on when states can loosen restrictions implemented to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Trump said he’s leaving it up to the governors to make the determination.

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New Yorkers are also giving Cuomo a big thumbs up, with 71 percent approving of the job he’s doing as governor. That’s up from 63 percent last month and is his best rating ever in Siena College polling.

“Mired in middling poll numbers for the last two years, Cuomo is feeling the love from New Yorkers of all stripes in year three of his third term, and his first global pandemic. He is viewed favorably by 90 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans, his first time favorable with Republicans in more than six years,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg noted.

“His 71-28 percent job performance rating this month bests last month’s all-time high, and is up strikingly from a negative 36-63 percent rating just two months ago,” the pollster added.

Cuomo’s national profile has soared during the coronavirus crisis, with the major national cable news networks carrying live his daily pandemic briefings.

The governor shot down talk of a movement to draft him as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, and made clear he had no interest in serving as the vice presidential nominee.

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The poll clearly illustrates that New Yorkers are on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus. Fifty-one percent of those questioned said they personally know someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and 32 percent — including nearly half of New York City voters — say they know someone who has died as a result of coronavirus.

Ninety-two percent said they support their governor’s order requiring face masks or coverings in public and by an 87-11 percent margin, they support his decision to extend social distancing and economic restrictions in the state until May 1.

According to the survey, a third of households have someone laid off due to the collapse of the economy, with nearly half having someone working from home.

The Siena College Poll was conducted April 19-23, with a majority of the 803 New York State registered voters questioned by live telephone operators. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe – POLITICO

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo embarked on a 20-minute stemwinder during his press briefing Friday, hitting back on a series of presidential tweets accusing him of overreacting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo, who has for weeks said he doesn’t want to fight President Donald Trump, couldn’t resist lobbing a few verbal grenades after Trump tweeted during Cuomo’s Friday appearance that the governor “should spend more time ‘doing’ and less time ‘complaining.’”

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Trump said that federal help to build hospital bed capacity and provide additional ventilators has proven unnecessary and that Cuomo has not been appreciative of his help.

Cuomo, who has styled himself as a governor of “action,” responded that if Trump is watching his televised press event “maybe he should get up and go to work, right?”

Cuomo said the federal help he requested has been based on White House projections for the state’s medical needs and suggested Trump hasn’t read any of the reports his administration has issued through the Centers for Disease Control and the White House coronavirus task force.

“If you want to point fingers — we built more beds than we needed — our only mistake was believing your numbers, believing your projections,” Cuomo said, suggesting Trump use his reality TV catchphrase “You’re fired” to can CDC and coronavirus task force officials for botching their own projections.

“Whose projections were wrong? Head of the CDC, Peter Navarro and head of the White House coronavirus task force. Fire them all. That’s what I say. Fire them,” Cuomo said. “You know that show the president did?”

Cuomo insisted he’s been complimentary of the president’s quick responses to outfit the Javits Center and USNS Comfort with medical capacity, even though the two facilities have taken in fewer than expected patients due to both logistical issues and fewer hospitalizations than predicted. In late March, Cuomo said the state might need more than 100,000 hospital beds during the peak number of infections. That surge never came, and on Monday, there were 17,316 New Yorkers currently hospitalized

“I don’t know, what am I supposed to send a bouquet of flowers?” Cuomo said.

Trump did a “very graceful 180” when he went from saying he had total authority to reopen the nation’s economy to instead saying states would form their own plans, Cuomo said mockingly.

“By the way, it was always up to the states, what are you going to grant me what the Constitution gave me before you were born?” he said. “I don’t need the president of the United States to tell me that I’m governor and I don’t need the president of the United States to tell me the powers of a state. “

Trump’s really “doing nothing” in his acknowledgment of states’ power, Cuomo continued.

“All he’s doing is walking in front of the parade, but he has nothing to do with the timing of the parade,” he said. “Governors are going to open when they need to open. “

Cuomo went on, and several times returned from questions on other topics, to criticize a lack of federal funding that he predicts will become more urgent as states will need to ramp up testing in their individual quests to decide how and when to open their economies.

Cuomo did not give a specific number for how much he’d like for New York, but pointed to a request last week to Congress from the National Governors Association, of which he is vice chair, for $500 billion to stabilize states’ economic losses that would be distributed by need.

New York has received millions of dollars from the federal stimulus packages, but Cuomo has complained those funds can only be used to fight the virus rather than plug deepening revenue holes. Cuomo’s administration has predicted as much as $15 billion in lost revenue for the state.

His remarks follow a report from the state’s comptroller Tom DiNapoli this week warning he doesn’t know how New York will scrape by without federal assistance. Budget director Robert Mujica confirmed during Friday’s briefing that “there will be reductions” in significant state spending areas without additional federal aid.

When asked about the notable tone shift after weeks of saying there’s no time to play politics, Cuomo said he’s trying to get a message to the president.

“This is an important moment. [Trump] doesn’t want to provide funding to the states and he doesn’t want to help with testing,” Cuomo said. “I don’t care about his politics, but if we don’t have federal help on testing, that’s a real problem.”

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