TUNNELS AT THE END OF THE LIGHT? TRUMP TO CUOMO: WILL TALK TO MY PEOPLE ABOUT HUDSON TUNNELS REPLACEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL OF 2ND AVENUE SUBWAY EXTENSION. “HE GETS IT. HE’S A BUILDER…WHAT BETTER MOMENT TO DO IT. AT LEAST BUILD THINGS WE CAN LEAVE OUR CHILDREN.” COVID NUMBERS DECLINING ALL CATEGORIES. GOVERNOR RESTATES AGGRESSIVE CASE FOR CONGRESS MAKING STATES WHOLE.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ON THE TRUMP MEETING
The Last Word

WPCNR WEDNESDAY GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. By John F. Bailey. May 27, 2020:

President Donald Trump, meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning in Washington, listened to the Governor’s case for starting major infrastructure projects to bring jobs back to New York sooner rather than later.

Governor Cuomo said he and the President “had a good discussion” about building new railroad tunnels across the Hudson River that link AMTRAK to the Northeast, to replace tunnels now in dilapidated condition. He said the President was aggressive about getting these projects done on time.

The two also discussed expediting Washington environmental approval of the Second Avenue Subway extension to 125th Street, Manhattan, that has already been approved by New York State awaits Washington Department of Transportation approval. Governor Cuomo said President Trump listened to the proposals and said he would discuss the two projects with “his people,” and he and governor would “talk next week.”

The Governor said the other projects the Governor had mentioned yesterday, an Airtran to Laguardia Airport; speeding construction of LaGuardia Airport and building a new Penn Station (“Empire Station”) were not discussed. T

The governor focused on the positive, saying he thought the President wanted to see the economy recover and believed in the projects: “He’s a builder, he’s a developer. He gets it. It’s been his career. ”

Mr. Cuomo ended the “Question & Answer” part of the briefing, saying “ It was about what we could do to supercharge the opening and getting up and running and we need jobs now more than ever. When is there a better moment to do it (infrastructure), at least building these we have something we can leave our children.”

The governor strongly pleaded with the U.S. Senate to give the states that have suffered the most in the coronavirus pandemic, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Delaware the funds needed to get them back contributing to the U.S. economy.

He predicted that there will be no recovery if the U.S. Senate does not want to send aid to relieve the deficits the states face:

“There cannot be any national recovery if states and local governments are not funded, because those states contribute 1/3 of the nation’s Gross National Product. State and local spending is essential to the health of the economy. Act accordingly. This partisanship is toxic for the country. You represent the United States. Can’t there be one moment of good government? Over partisan politics? Politics 365 days a year is poison. It is not red and blue, it is red, white and blue.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,129 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 364,965 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 364,965 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows (MIDHUDSON COUNTIES IN BOLD FACE. THE GOVERNOR ALSO CONFIRMED YESTERDAY THERE ARE 170 CASES OF PEDIATRIC MULTISYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME (AFFECTED CHILDREN 1 TO 25, WHO HAVE HAD CORONAVIRUS AND ANTIBODIES IN THE STATE, CONTINUING TO RISE BY 10 CASES A DAY.:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany1,7963
Allegany451
Broome5286
Cattaraugus821
Cayuga802
Chautauqua781
Chemung1360
Chenango1252
Clinton950
Columbia3807
Cortland390
Delaware781
Dutchess3,84713
Erie5,81057
Essex360
Franklin200
Fulton1982
Genesee1952
Greene2316
Hamilton50
Herkimer1052
Jefferson720
Lewis200
Livingston1180
Madison3107
Monroe2,79129
Montgomery822
Nassau40,03460
Niagara9727
NYC199,968667
Oneida92912
Onondaga2,03321
Ontario1983
Orange10,29215
Orleans2102
Oswego1051
Otsego690
Putnam1,2275
Rensselaer4660
Rockland13,04728
Saratoga4652
Schenectady6735
Schoharie490
Schuyler110
Seneca550
St. Lawrence2003
Steuben2411
Suffolk39,25859
Sullivan1,3402
Tioga1242
Tompkins1551
Ulster1,6457
Warren2521
Washington2280
Wayne1100
Westchester33,18679
Wyoming820
Yates392

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OPENING DAY! GOVERNOR CUOMO: LOWEST SINCE COVID-19 START. REOPENS PHASE 1 WESTCHESTER. NYC FOCUS: INFECTION ZIPS CUOMO PLANS ADVANCING PENN STATION, LAGUARDIA AIRTRAIN 2ND AVE SUBW TO 125TH St, AMTRAK TUBES. NO BORROWING FOR DEFICITS. “FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IT’S YOUR TURN TO DELIVER.” 20% CUTS–IF THEY DON’T

BIG PLANS AHEAD: GOVERNOR CUOMO OFF TO SEE THE PRESIDENT TOMORROW TO DISCUSS BRINGING NEW YORK BACK WITH ACCELERATED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

WPCNR TUESDAY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. By John F. Bailey. May 26, 2020:

Today was Opening Day.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Westchester County and the rest of the Midhudson region is starting Phase 1 of Reopening. (Details on the reopening are provided in the story below from County Legislator Benjamin Boykin.)

He said New York City  still has too many infections in poor neighborhoods rising and not enough tracers signed on yet to open.

He said New York City would be concentrating on getting the high rate of infections in the poor minority districts of New York in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx by zip code, and meeting the number of tracers needed for New York City to follow and get  the new infections (occurring at rates up to double the infection rates in the rest of the city). There was no target date of when NYC could expect to do that. Long Island is expected to open tomorrow.

The Governor said he has been in touch with County Executives across the state allowed to reopen,  to watch their infection rates and when they see numbers of corona virus infections rise steadily to “jump on it.”

Moving ahead the Governor said he wanted to accelerate major projects now under way that by acceleration would create 8,000 jobs. The projects are the Empire Station complex at old Penn Station, speed completion of LaGuardia Airport, build an Airtrain to LaGuardia; construct an extension of the new 2nd Avenue Subway to 125th Street; refurbish the AMTRAK TUNNELS under Manhattan.

The Governor’s Daughter, Michaelia Kennedy Cuomo introduced the winning Public Service Commericals for the state “Wear a Mask Campaign.” Ms. Kennedy Cuomo said 186, 117 people voted in the contest among 5 productions. Governor Cuomo said the top two spots split 96,000 votes between them and were separated by only 500 votes, so he made an “Executive Order” to run both “Wear the Mask” spots alternately in the upcoming public service campaign

In the Question and Answer session, the Governor was asked if he would consider borrowing to finance the state budget deficit. The Governor said the state had to be “fiscally responsible…we don’t want to create more debt  than the state can repay it—now we’re in a downward spiral. Decisions call for hard choices

He said the subways would continue to cleaned every night because the Center for Disease Control did say the coronavirus could not be caught from hard surfaces, only that hard surfaces were not the primary source of infection. (Air droplets are.)

Asked about enforcement of wearing a mask on public transportation, the governor appeared to indicate there were no   penalties or enforcement measures at this time planned. He recommended “polite, curious” reminders to persons not wearing a mask, to wear one.

On the  matter of the budget deficit the state faces, the Governor said he wanted the federal government to own this issue. “Tell me what the Federal Government does, and I will tell you what the New York State budget is.  Congress has to deliver. Federal government it’s your turn to deliver.”

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY REOPENS: GUIDELINES FROM BENJAMIN BOYKIN, CHAIR OF THE COUNTY LEGISLATORS

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From Chairman of the County Board of Legislators, Benjamin Boykin. May 26, 2020:

New York’s Mid-Hudson Region — which includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties — has met Governor Andrew Cuomo’s criteria to begin Phase 1 re-opening.Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities.

Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.Businesses that are seeking to re-open must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 

Detailed industry-by-industry specifics, summary guidelines for how to reopen and business safety plan templates are available online from New York State at https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase.Here is a breakdown of industries that are eligible to re-open in Phase 1:Construction

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction

Non-Food Related Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

  • Animal Production
  • Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Manufacturing

  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
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Missing the Parade of Memory

The White Plains Rural Cemetery on a Memorial Day of the Past.

WPCNR NEWS & COMMENT. By John F. Bailey. May 26, 2020:

It was not really Memorial Day in White Plains without the Memorial Day Parade.

In years past, I recall Jewish Veterans of Foreign Wars marching stalwartly. Korean War Veterans with measured purpose and quiet honor. The White Plains High School Band playing. The Thomas Slater Center Drum and Bugle Corps rumbling down Mamaroneck Avenue, somber cadences, rolling thunder, chilling thrilling celebrating the resolute courage of young men and women with everything to live for offered their lives to preserve the ideal of America, 244 years ago.

 Then the Vietnam War veterans would parade past greeted with respect and applause.  Younger faces from the newer wars, the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts would march. The Common Council  and Mayor would proceed from the White Plains Library to Mamaroneck Avenue then down Mamaroneck Avenue swinging right onto Main Street and past the reviewing stand in front of city hall. Then up North Broadway to the White Plains Rural Cemetery

Older veterans would receive rides up to the Rural Cemetery, children would march alongside the bands and contingents of veterans as they marched.

At the Cemetery, the National Anthem would be played.  They would read the poem, Flanders Fields. Remarks would be made by an honored veteran, and reminisces of what the young patriots  who died who might have been if they had not lost their lives fighting for truth, justice and the American Way for freedom for this country. 

Mayors, veterans themselves, of the past would speak whether it was Joe Delfino, Alfred Del Vecchio,  Dick Hendy they would place  wreaths before the old faded stones of  American Revolutionary patriots.

The tombstones of the first Americans who gave their lives are virtually unreadable today, but the stones speak their eloquence of excellence, not to be forgotten. 

Coronavirus caused many ceremonies to be cancelled out of fear of spreading the virus.

It is poignant that when you needed the veterans to march on Memorial Day, this year they could not. Previously they often did even when it rained.

I remember along the sidewalks of Mamaroneck Avenue, citizens  holding hands of children and grandchildren came out. Not huge crowds but spectators to give tribute, thanks, and credit to everyday persons who stepped out up out of the crowd to another level and made a difference for millions, with their lives.

 The parade goers applauded politely with dignity as the fighters for freedom, the keepers of the American Dream marched quietly, somberly acknowledging the applause, somewhat humble as the veterans marched to remember and the citizens remembered too.

This year the parade was cancelled on the one day we all needed to remember what it takes to be free and the dear cost our freedom was purchased with—lives, hopes, dreams.  

In the distant past of memory at the Rural Cematery  in white plains there would be a  21 gun salute with muskets. Taps would be played, mellow, drifting with melancholy on the fresh spring air, remembrance and respect  soothing over the graves with the little American Flags by the stones, whisking back and forth.

I hope the parade  will be back next year. We like it.  We need it. The country needs it.

Thank you, veterans. Thank you to the departed.

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NY TALENT SAYS: “WEAR A MASK!”

WEAR A MASK–An entry in the New York State Wear A Mask Public Service Spot Contest. 92,000 votes have been cast as of Friday, This Spot was telecast on the Governor’s Daily Coronavirus Briefing Friday. THE WINNER IN THE COMPETITION IS SCHEDULED TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY.
“Wear a Mask. Do your part. Save a Life. It May be your own.”
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GOVERNOR HONORS WAR DEAD AT USS INTREPID ON MEMORIAL DAY

GOVERNOR CUOMO’S REMARKS ON MEMORIAL DAY THIS MORNING AT THE USS INTREPID IN NEW YORK CITY

WPCNR MEMORIAL DAY GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. By John F. Bailey. May 25, 2020:

Governor Andrew M. Coumo  observed remembrance of America’s War Dead today in a ceremony held on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York this morning.

As remembrance wreaths for cast into the waters off the deck of the Intrepid, the governor began his briefing coronavirus by quoting John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, saying America honors its war dead:  “We honor them by growing stronger.”

He announced he would provide death beneifts for public workers: police, fire, transit workers, EMS workers, doctors, nurses, hospital workers who died of Covid-19 during this emergency.  He repeated his call for the federal government to provide hazard pay to those public workers who survived and continue to deal with the emergency.

The governor said he admired those workers “who were scared to death but went to work anyway.”

He said the decision  to ask them to work in the face of death “weighs heavy on me…I have such respect and esteem for what they did.” He said we should not just show what he called “pretty commercials,” but show your gratitude.’

In a short Question and answer period, the Governor said state  health personnel were aiding nursing homes across the state to test their workers twice a week to relieve the burden placed on the nursing home staff. The Governor also said all patients in the nursing homes were now being tested to isolate any that may test positive for corona virus going forward.

Queried on weather different numbers were determining what regions could open, Governor Cuomo said “This is not pick your numbers (to reopen). We know what we are doing (leading covid-spread indicator counts) on each day.”

Asked about congestion pricing coming about in New York City with traffic expected to increase with NY reopening when it happens, Governor Cuomo said “after multiple negotiations between the MTA and the federal government which owns roads leading into Manattan,” there has been no approval yet from the federal government to allow congestion pricing.

Asked about the state legislature deciding to return to Albany (after six weeks absence due to the Covid virus), the governor said that he has kept the Assembly and Senate informed on all he has done in managing the Covid crisis. He said he did know at this time, what they had in mind (spending to help New Yorkers suffering as a result of the Covid dictated shutdown has been announced by Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart Cousins and Assembly Leader Hastie who are convening a hearing Tuesday to discuss such issues).

The governor said any spending would result in higher cuts to Schools, Hospitals, and Cities and Counties, which now would mean 20% cuts across those three areas. The governor said he would like to spend more aid on food supply to citizens and relief for the Covid essential workers.

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MIDHUDSON ON TRACK TO OPEN TUES FOR PH. 1 REOPENING. LONG ISLAND, WEDNESDAY. LONGER, CLEANER TRAINS FOR LIRR. CAMPGROUNDS OPENING. PRO LEAGUES INVITED TO OPEN TRAINING. FACEMASK MANDATORY ON ALL PUBLIC TRANSIT.

WPCNR SUNDAY GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. From the Governor’s Press Office. May 24, 2020:

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in state while following appropriate health protocols.

Governor Cuomo also announced the members of the state’s Blue-Ribbon Commission focused on improving telehealth and broadband access using new, innovative technologies. The Blue-Ribbon Commission is being chaired by former CEO and Executive Chairman of Google and founder of Schmidt Futures, Eric Schmidt. Members of the Commission include:

·         Richard Parsons – Chair, Rockefeller Foundation

·         Darren Walker – President, Ford Foundation

·         Dennis Rivera – Former Chair, SEIU healthcare

·         Plinio Ayala – President/CEO, Per Scholas

·         Charles Phillips – Chair/Former CEO, Infor

·         Sid Mukherjee – Physician/Author, Assistant Professor at Columbia

·         Jane Rosenthal – Co-founder/CEO/Executive Chair, Tribeca Film Festival 

·         Dr. Toyin Ajayi – Chief Health Officer & Co-founder, Cityblock Health

·         Elizabeth Alexander – President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

·         Martha Pollack – President, Cornell University

·         Steven Koonin – Director, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

·         Satish K. Tripathi – President, SUNY Buffalo

·         Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder/Chairman/CEO, Chobani

·         Maurie McInnis – Incoming President, SUNY Stony Brook

·         Ginny Rommety – Chair, IBM

The Governor also announced the Mid-Hudson Region is still on track to enter phase one of reopening on Tuesday, May 26th, and Long Island is still on track to reopen on Wednesday May 27th if deaths continue to decline. Both regions’ contact tracing operations are expected to be online by those dates.

The Governor also announced the MTA will be taking steps to protect Long Island Rail Road customers as Long Island moves towards phase one of reopening. The MTA is cleaning and disinfecting trains and buses daily, and the LIRR is ready to add more cars to trains to help with social distancing.

The Governor also reminded New Yorkers that wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory when riding on public transportation systems.

The Governor also announced that more than 10,000 households on Long Island have received Nourish New York products. Additionally, six new Nourish New York distributions are scheduled for Long Island this week. First announced by the Governor on April 27th, the Nourish New York Initiative provides relief by purchasing food and products from Upstate farms and directs them to the populations who need them most through New York’s network of food banks. The state is also asking any philanthropies or foundations that would like to help the state’s food banks to contact COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

The Governor also announced that campgrounds and RV Parks will be allowed to open statewide tomorrow, May 25th. Veterinarian practices will also be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.  

VIDEO of the Governor’s remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.  

AUDIO of today’s remarks is available here.

PHOTOS will be available on the Governor’s Flickr page.

A rush transcript of the Governor’s remarks is available below:

Good morning. Pleasure to see all of you here today. Let’s talk about where we are today. First, on the facts first. Total number of hospitalizations is down, that’s good news. The rolling average of hospitalizations is down, that’s good news. The intubations is down and the new cases are up a little bit on the rolling average, but all part of the decline. That’s all good news. Number of deaths ticked up, which is terrible news, but the overall line is still good. The 109 families that lost a loved one, they are in our thoughts and prayers. 

We’re at the beach. Beaches in New York State, State beaches are open. Jones Beach, the Sunken Meadow Beach, Hither Hills, Robert Moses Beach. Camp grounds, RV parks open tomorrow and we’re excited about that. We remind all New Yorkers to be smart in what they’re doing.

We’re now decidedly in the reopening phase and we’ve been following the numbers from day one. No emotions. Following the science, not the politics. This is not a political ideology question. This is a public health question. It’s about a disease, stopping the disease, stopping the spread of the disease and that’s science, it’s not politics. 

We have all the numbers posted for all regions in the state. We want people to understand the numbers, we want people to understand what’s going on because it’s their actions that determine our future. Informing the people of the State, that’s what I’ve done from day one every day and that’s what we’ll continue to do. Also, we feel that this is a case of first impression. We’ve never been here before. We’ve never been here before in our lifetimes. That’s true, but the country has been through this before and you learn from the past so you don’t make the same mistakes. 

When we went through this in the 1918 pandemic, you go back and you look at the places that opened in an uncontrolled way and you see that the virus came back and came back with a fury. Again, it’s not about what you think, ideology, this is what we know. These are facts. You go back and look at what happened in the 1918 pandemic in St. Louis. Go look at Denver where they loosened up too quickly and the virus came back. 

Article in the paper today, the Washington Post. 24 states may have an uncontrolled growth of the virus. They’re talking about California and Florida may still see a spike in the number of deaths, okay. Those are all facts, and they reinforce the point that we’ve been making. Follow the numbers, follow the science. And we have done just that. That’s why you see our curve is coming down where many places in the country the curve is going up.

Remember what happened to us was no fault of our own. Actually, it makes the point, because what happened to us was we did not have the facts when this started. everybody said the facts were the virus was coming from China. Those were not the facts. The virus had left China. The virus went to Europe and nobody told us. And people came from Europe to New York and to New Jersey and to Connecticut. And 3 million European travelers came, January, February, march, before we did the European travel ban. And they brought the virus to New York and that’s why the New York number was so high. We didn’t have the facts. We were not informed. But, once we got past that, and we were in control, we have been smart. And smart has worked. We just have to stay smart. Even though it’s been a long time, and people are anxious, we have to stay smart. You keep watching those numbers.

The Mid-Hudson is still on track on the numbers to open Tuesday. Long Island is on track to meet the numbers on Wednesday. We have to get the number of deaths down on Long Island and we have to get the number of tracers up, but we’re doing that. We’re preparing for long island to open. We’re getting the transportation system ready. The Long Island Rail Road is run by the MTA. They’re going to be cleaning and disinfecting all trains and buses every day, first time ever. We never disinfected buses and trains before, we never thought we had to. But we get it now, and they’re doing it every day. They’re going to add more cars to the trains so people can space out and socially distance when Long Island opens. I want people to remember that the mask is mandatory on public transportation. I think you’re making a mistake, a grave mistake, if you don’t use a mask in your own personal life. We know that it works. We know that the first responders have a lower infection rate than the general population because they wore the masks, so I think if you don’t wear the mask in your personal comings and goings you’re making a mistake. But I do know, as governor, you’re going to subject other people in the public to your behavior then you have to wear a mask when you can’t socially distance, and that’s true on public transportation.

Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps. I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it. Do it. Work out the economics if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy so we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible and we will work with them to make sure that can happen.

All veterinarian practices will begin on Tuesday. That is a service that is necessary and has been necessary for a period of time. That’ll start on Tuesday and I want people to remember that there are people who have paid a very high price, everybody has paid a high price for what we have gone through.

Some people have paid an extraordinarily high price. You have people who literally do not have enough to eat. The demand on food banks has skyrocketed. That’s true all across the state. It’s true here on Long Island and we encourage people who want to make donations, philanthropies who want to make donations, to make them for the purpose of food banks. You know this is a period where it gets very basic. Do you have housing and do you have food? Let’s make sure no New Yorker goes hungry.

Also, as we go forward, we have been talking about the light at the end of the tunnel and we are dealing with it today in the here and now but we also have one eye on the future and when we finish getting through this, which we are, we have to start talking about building back better – not just building back – building back better. Same attitude we had here on Long Island after Superstorm Sandy, devastated Long Island, I said I don’t want to just replace what was. We went through too much pain and we learned too much just to replace what was. Let’s build back better, a new power grid, new more resilient homes, new more resilient roads so when Mother Nature comes back, and she will come back with a furry, we are in a better position because we learned from Superstorm Sandy. Let’s do the same thing here.

What, do we really think this is the last time we are going to have a public health emergency? Does anyone really believe this is the last time like Superstorm Sandy? “Well, it’s a once-in-500-year-flood.” Yeah, sure once in 500 years. It happens three times a year now. This can’t be once in 500 years. There are new rules. I believe there is going to be another public health emergency, different virus, this virus, some other public health emergency. Learn from this and build back better. We asked Eric Schmidt, who is a former CEO, executive chair of Google, who is very good at seeing issues and seeing possibilities to chair a commission for us to look at the situation and say how do we learn from this and how do we prepare going forward and we put together a Commission that is going to work with him that represents all aspects of the state, all aspects of the economy but I want them to get to work and I want them to come up with ideas. Let’s make sure we are better for what we have gone through and start preparing for a new chapter in this saga.

We are writing history in New York. We are writing history in America. That’s what we are doing. We are writing history for a whole modern day governmental and societal response. Chapter one was dealing with the emergency – stabilizing the health crisis. That was chapter one. We have just about completed chapter one. We have started chapter two which is reopening after you have stabilized health crisis. And we are starting to write chapter two. Chapter three, which we are going to begin preparing for soon is rebuilding and recreating the economy. I don’t believe this economy just bounces back. I don’t believe it is going to be enough just to go back to where the economy was. Too many small businesses have closed. You will see many of these corporations are going to use this as an opportunity to lay off workers. I believe that. Many businesses who have gone through this period where workers were at home. They had fewer workers. They used more technology and they are going to decide that “Well, we don’t need as many workers.” That is going to happen. You will have people who decide I don’t want to go back to work. I would rather stay home and do it from home.

So, we are going to need to stimulate that economy and government has a role to play in that, it always has. How does government stimulate and lead the way to these new economic opportunities? How does that Eric Schmidt commission come up with new ideas that we can jump start to grow the economy? That is what the next chapter is going to be about. It is going to be about government working with the private sector, working with businesses to jumpstart the economy, to stimulate it, to get some big projects going that get the business sector engaged and confident and believing once again. Gets people into a position where they will invest once again because they believe in the economy. Build new airports, which makes this nation more competitive. That is what we are doing at LaGuardia. That is what we are doing at JFK. This nation hasn’t built a new airport in 25 years. When are you going to start? Now is the time to start. How do you improve the mass transit system? How do you rebuild all these roads and bridges that have been failing for so long? Everybody talks about it. Nobody has done a darn thing. How about new technology for education? How about new telemedicine? We learned not ever but he has to show up at the doctor’s office. Let’s invest and build that new health care system. We talk about a new health care system that can do testing and tracing and has surge capacity and hospital beds. Let’s build that new public health system and let government get ahead of it and let government lead the way.

New York State has led the way in so many difficult times in history. New York was the first. I am not just saying that as a New Yorker, “There they are, those arrogant New Yorkers.” Read the history books. Read where FDR came up with his great ideas. He used New York as a laboratory when he was a governor and then he brought them nationwide. But we were the first. We started it first and people looked to New York for guidance and for example. And New York was bold and was creative. They talk about the New York energy, the New York mojo. Yes, that is New York. We did things that other people didn’t think could be done, and we did it over and over and over again.

We are at Jones Beach today. Jones Beach is indescribably beautiful. Yes. It is also something else. It was a tremendous feat of ambition and vision meeting competence. Jones Beach, built by Robert Moses, you know what is funny about Jones Beach when he started to build Jones Beach? There was no beach. There was no beach. People assume you have a beach because Mother Nature of each there. There was no beach. This was all built. This was all marsh. This is seven miles of fill. They filled a seven-mile-stretch, 14 feet high. It took so much fill that they dug the channel, a canal, and used that fill to build a beach. How ambitious. “You want to build a beach seven miles long, 14 feet of fill, well that’s impossible.” No, they did it in three years. And it was a marvel, because they believed in themselves. Because you had smart government. You had competent government. People believed in government and they do again, because government did work for people here. It saved lives. So, let’s get that kind of ambition back. Let’s get that kind of optimism back. We built New York. Mother Nature didn’t build this. She gave us a beautiful harbor, but everything else was built and we did it and we can do it again. That is what it means to be New York tough and smart and united and disciplined and loving.

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NEW YORK TALENT SAYS: “WEAR A MASK”

WEAR A MASK–An entry in the New York State Wear A Mask Public Service Spot Contest. 92,000 votes have been cast as of Friday, This Spot was telecast on the Governor’s Daily Coronavirus Briefing Friday.
“Wear a Mask. Do your part. Save a Life. It May be your own.”
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Social Distancing Disregarded in Greenburgh Parks: Supervisor Mulls Special Hours for Fragile Population

WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT. . By Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. May 24, 2020:

I have received e mails and calls from residents in recent weeks advising that many people are not social distancing or wearing masks on bike paths, parks, trails. This is happening all over Westchester, NYS, the nation and world!  Most people do comply. But those who don’t risk infecting others or getting sick with COVID-19 themselves.  For those with medical issues — it could be extemely dangerous.

I spoke with the Parks Commissioner and Police Chief and suggested that we set up a time (probably early in the AM) at one park with extra police, park personnel present so that people who have compromised immune systems can enjoy the trail -knowing that we will be making a greater effort to enforce the social distancing/health and safety COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS 

My question: If we would set this up – would you be interested in participating?  There are many miles of bike paths, trails, parks around town. It’s impossible to have a police officer at every spot on a trail all day and many people are refusing to comply with the social distancing directives.

If you would be interested = would an 8 AM to 10 AM time period be helpful? Any thoughts or suggestions you have would be appreciated. Please e mail to pfeiner@greenburghny.com.  When I brought this up at the Greenburgh Town Board work session last week the suggestion was to try it once a week.  However, if there is greater interest and need the program could be expanded.

If this works it’s my hope that other governments will do the same – providing more options for those with compromised immune systems to enjoy nature

AN EXCERPT FROM A WOMAN WHO IS SEVERELY IMMUNE

COMPROMISED

As a very concerned citizen, I wanted to let you know that community members are not looking out for one another at all, and it is really upsetting. So many people including runners and bikers are not wearing masks or social distancing, especially on the weekends.

There are so many people on weekends that it is nearly impossible to social distance on some parts of the path, and so many people out there just don’t seem to care about others at all. Tons of adults and kids biking without masks–so many that I had to wait about 5 minutes standing off the path while one biker after another passed by.

People running without masks and not social distancing at all while they breathe heavily and run right by. I happen to be severely immune compromised. 

I just think it’s such a shame that this is the way people are treating one another. As the weather gets warmer, it’s only going to get worse, and action needs to be taken. I literally feel like I can’t go outside without feeling in harm’s way, and it’s a great health risk


ANOTHER EXCERPT FROM AN  E MAIL RECEIVED FROM A WOMAN WITH CANCER  ABOUT ANOTHER TRAIL IN TOWN–

Thank you for soliciting feedback on Greenburgh trail use. I I run into few people there at that time (more people on weekends) and many weekday users seem to be regulars. I often see two women walking closely together sans masks. The most unnerving is an unmasked woman seen several times over these months including yesterday morning with an unleashed dog. On the weekends there are frequently parents with young children walking the trails sans masks. 


I am recovering from a year of cancer treatment which just ended two weeks ago. I walk/jog with a bandana every day mostly to protect others since quarantine began. It seems there are still many in our community who don’t realize how our behavior correlates with the quarantine timeline. 
WESTCHESTER RE-OPENING  –LINK TO WHAT IS ALLOWED ON TUESDAY AND DURING OTHER PHASES

On Tuesday our area will start re-opening. This is a link to what is allowed and not allowed.Phase 1 allows in curbside, in store pickup and drop off, construction, wholesale and manufacturing.https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

PAUL FEINER Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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NEW YORK BY THE NUMBERS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed 1,772 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 359,926 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 359,926 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows (MIDHUDSON REGION COUNTIES HIGHLIGHTED BOLDFACE:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany1,77014
Allegany440
Broome48517
Cattaraugus784
Cayuga763
Chautauqua729
Chemung1361
Chenango1180
Clinton951
Columbia3593
Cortland381
Delaware742
Dutchess3,79326
Erie5,552155
Essex360
Franklin201
Fulton1934
Genesee1912
Greene2172
Hamilton50
Herkimer1005
Jefferson720
Lewis190
Livingston1140
Madison3014
Monroe2,66160
Montgomery770
Nassau39,726118
Niagara92730
NYC197,266782
Oneida86436
Onondaga1,90476
Ontario1822
Orange10,19755
Orleans19621
Oswego993
Otsego681
Putnam1,20013
Rensselaer4633
Rockland12,93429
Saratoga4524
Schenectady6483
Schoharie490
Schuyler110
Seneca540
St. Lawrence1961
Steuben2400
Suffolk38,802130
Sullivan1,29710
Tioga1213
Tompkins1492
Ulster1,60611
Warren2493
Washington2251
Wayne1073
Westchester32,881114
Wyoming801
Yates373
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