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YORKERS WHO WERE STEPPING UP, WHO WERE DOING SOMETHING AMAZING TO CREATE THE PRODUCTS THAT WILL PROTECT OUR FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS SO WHAT WE SAW A FEW DAYS AGO WITH THE FACE SHIELDS WAS MOVING

I WAS TOTALLY, TOTALLY MOVED TO SEE THESE EVERYDAY PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, ALTOGETHER, CREATING SOMETHING FROM SCRATCH, COMPANIES WORKING TOGETHER THAT NEVER HAD PREVIOUSLY BUILT ANYTHING LIKE A FACE SHIELD, AND THEY CREATED BY HAND, AND THAT WAS PART OF THE POWER OF WHAT WE SAW, WAS EVERYDAY PEOPLE PIECING TOGETHER THESE PPEs BY HAND TO PROTECT OUR FELLOW NEW YORKERS WHO ARE SERVING ALL OF US WELL, WE'RE BACK, 11 DAYS LATER AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY IS EQUALLY INSPIRING TWO COMPANIES THAT GOT TOGETHER HERE IN THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TO CREATE, AGAIN, A PRODUCT THEY NEVER CREATED BECAUSE OUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS NEEDED IT AND IT IS INSPIRING TO SEE HOW QUICKLY PEOPLE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO DO SOMETHING THAT WAS NEEDED, AND NOT JUST DO IT IN A SMALL WAY, BUT DO IT IN A VERY BIG WAY AND TO PULL TOGETHER THE TALENTS, THE DESIGNS, TO PULL TOGETHER ALL THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEEDED, ALL THE FABRIC

I WAS JUST HEARING HOW MUCH IT TOOK TO IMPROVISE THIS AND CREATE THIS IT'S VERY, VERY MOVING AND IT SHOWS HOW MUCH HEART, HOW MUCH SOUL PEOPLE ARE PUTTING INTO PROTECTING OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS SO AS I WAS TOURING AND SEEING WHAT WAS HAPPENING, I FELT THIS REAL SURGE OF EMOTION THAT IT WAS CLEARER THAN EVER THAT NEW YORK CITY IS FIGHTING BACK NEW YORK CITY IS FIGHTING BACK WE HAVE AN INVISIBLE ENEMY, A FEROCIOUS ENEMY, BUT THIS CITY IS FIGHTING BACK WITH EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT

THIS IS A STRONG CITY AND RESILIENT CITY AND PEOPLE ARE SHOWING IT IN SO MANY WAYS AND WE'RE SEEING IT TODAY AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD IT MAKES ME VERY, VERY CONVINCED THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS WHEN I SEE THESE KINDS OF AMAZING EFFORTS NOW, IN THE MIDST OF A MOMENT WHERE WE HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE CONSTANTLY, IT'S A STRANGE THING TO TELL NEW YORKERS, WE ARE A WARM AND EMOTIONAL PEOPLE IT'S STRANGE TO HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME STAY APART AND BREAK WITH ALL THE TRADITIONS THAT WE HAVE HAD FOR OUR WHOLE LIVES BUT WE KEEP TELLING PEOPLE STAY APART FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION, FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE PROTECTION OF THOSE YOU LOVE

BUT TODAY WE HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER, COMING TOGETHER IN COMMON CAUSE DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY, THE SMART WAY, THE HEALTHY WAY, BUT COMING TOGETHER IN COMMON CAUSE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK THESE TWO AMAZING COMPANIES AND THEY'RE VERY DIFFEREN LAFYETTEE IS A FASHION BRAND AND PRECISION IS A COMPANY THAT PARTICULARLY FOCUSES ON MAKING GEAR FOR THE US

MILITARY TWO COMPANIES THAT STARTED OUT WITH VERY DIFFERENT APPROACHES, VERY DIFFERENT MISSION STATEMENTS, THAT MAY NOT HAVE SEEMED TO HAVE A LOT IN COMMON, BUT THEY IMMEDIATELY FOUND COMMON GROUND AND DECIDED THAT, TOGETHER, THEY COULD CREATE SOMETHING THAT WOULD REALLY HELP EVERYONE ELSE THIS CREATIVITY AND THIS INGENUITY ARE NEW YORK TRAITS IT'S NOT SURPRISING TO US AS NEW YORKERS TO SEE THIS KIND OF THING HAPPEN BUT IT'S VERY MOVING

IT'S VERY BEAUTIFUL TO SEE IT GO THROUGH ALL THOSE ROWS UPON ROWS OF SEWING MACHINES AND SEEING THE SURGICAL GOWNS BEING SEWN THAT VERY SOON WILL BE PROTECTING OUR FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS I WANT TO THANK, OF COURSE, ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE, ALL THOSE ON THOSE SEWING MACHINES AND ASSEMBLY LINES, ALL THE WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING THIS POSSIBLE AND EXTRAORDINARY THANKS TO THE LEADERS WHO HAD THIS VISION AND PULLED IT TOGETHER IN RECORD TIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND DEBORAH QUINN, THE CEO AT LAFYETTE 148 I WANT TO THANK DAVID AARONBERG, THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF BROOKLYN NAVY YARD, WHO KEEPS GETTING PEOPLE TOGETHER FOR THIS CAUSE

I WANT TO THANK YOU, DAVID EXCELLENT JOB I WANT TO THANK A NUMBER OF COMPANIES HERE IN THE NAVY YARD ARE WORKING TO HELP THEM DO THEIR WORK THEY'RE ALL JOINING IN ANYONE WHO CAN PITCH IN IS PITCHING IN

THERE'S A REAL COMMUNITY HERE THAT'S WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THIS DONE I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES AT EDC, WHICH PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN ALL OF THESE EFFORTS TO PRODUCE OUR OWN HOME-GROWN SUPPLIES TO FIGHT THIS WAR THANK YOU TO THE EXECUTIVE CHIEF OF STAFF AT EDC, AND OF COURSE WE HAVE WITH US TWO OF THE LEADERS IN THE FIGHT FROM THE HEALTH CARE SIDE, OUR HEALTH COMMISSIONER AND THE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF QUALITY OFFICER AT HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, DR ERIC WAIT THANK YOU TO YOU AND YOUR TEAMS ALWAYS

I MENTIONED THE FOLKS WHO ARE DOING THE WORK AND I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO TB SAID IN THIS MOMENT THERE'S BEEN IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS ANOTHER CRISIS THAT WE'VE ALL SEEN AND WE'VE ALL BEEN DISGUSTED BY IT, WHICH IS DISCRIMINATION AND HATRED DIRECTED AT OUR ASIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, PARTICULARLY OUR CHINESE-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE AND I KNOW LEGALLY IT IS UNACCEPTABLE BY THE LAWS IN NEW YORK CITY I KEEP SAYING TO EVERYONE, IF YOU SEE AN ACT OF DISCRIMINATION, IF YOU SEE A HATE CRIME OR YOU SEE ANYTHING THAT IS ABOUT BIAS, CALL 311 IMMEDIATELY IF IT'S AN URGENT SITUATION, CALL 911

WE WANT TO FIND THE PERPETRATORS OF THESE CRIMES, WE WANT TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS DISCRIMINATED AND THROW THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE LAW AT THEM BUT TODAY WAS A POIGNANT MESSAGE IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS AND DISCRIMINATION TO SEE SO MANY OF THESE WORKERS WHO HAPPEN TO BE CHINESE-AMERICANS , WHO ARE DOING SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, WHO, DESPITE THE DISCRIMINATION THEY HAVE FACED, THEY'RE STANDING UP AND THEY'RE JOINING THIS EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE PROTECTING US AND I WANT TO THANK ALL THESE GOOD WORKING PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING SO LIKE I SAID WHEN I WAS HERE LAST, THIS IS A WAR TIME FACTORY IF YOU LOOK AT IT, IT IMMEDIATELY IS CLEAR

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER FROM SCRATCH WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY, CREATED FOR A COMMON CAUSE, NOT FOR A PROFIT, BUT FOR SOMETHING HIGHER NINE DAYS AGO, IT WAS JUST NINE DAYS AGO THAT THIS STARTED TO COME TOGETHER BY THE END OF TODAY, 9,200 SURGICAL GOWNS WILL HAVE BEEN CREATED, BY THE END OF THE WEEK, ALMOST 19,000 BY THE END OF THE MONTH, 320,000 AMAZING CONTRIBUTION TO THIS EFFORT

AND IT PROTECTS OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS THESE GOWNS, AND THE DOCTOR CAN EXPLAIN TO YOU IN DETAIL, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO THE PROTECTION OF OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND THESE ARE REUSABLE, WHICH IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT AT A POINT WHERE WE'RE ON A CRISIS FOOTING AND WE HAVE TO CONSERVE EVERY ITEM WE HAVE NOW, IT COMES AT A CRITICAL TIME, THIS NEW SUPPLY, BECAUSE AS I SAID TO YOU YESTERDAY, THIS IS ONE OF THE AREAS WHERE WE'RE SEEING A REAL PROBLEM, SURGICAL GOWNS OUR PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM HAS ENOUGH FOR THIS WEEK, BUT SOME OF THE PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES ARE RUNNING LOW, AND THIS IS AN AREA WE'RE VERY, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT LAST WEEK ALL HOSPITALS COMBINED USED APPROXIMATELY 1

8 MILLION SURGICAL GOWNS IN NEW YORK CITY THIS WEEK THEY ARE PROJECTED TO USE 25 MILLION AS THE CRISIS GROWS SO WE HAVE TO FIND MORE SURGICAL GOWNS URGENTLY THERE ARE ORDERS OUT

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THESE ORDERS WILL COME IN TIME, BUT WE'RE ALSO WORKING INTENSELY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SEE IF WE CAN GET ADDITIONAL SUPPLY IN TIME SO THIS IS AN AREA OF REAL CONCERN AS WE START THIS WEEK AND AGAIN, WE WILL LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WE'LL BE AS CREATIVE AS WE NEED TO BE TO CREATE NEW SURGICAL GOWNS OR USE ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY BE APPROPRIATE AS A SURGICAL GOWN TO GET US THROUGH THIS CRISIS NOW, THE OTHER THING I TALKED ABOUT YESTERDAY, THE N-95 MASKS, THIS IS THE OTHER AREA OF REAL CONCERN FOR THIS WEEK

WE'VE GOT — AT THE TIME I SPOKE TO YOU ALL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THERE WAS STILL AN OUTSTANDING NEED FOR N-95s TO GET US THROUGH THE WEEK VERY APPRECIATIVE THAT WE GOT A MAJOR SUPPLY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MY THANKS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND JARED KUSHNER FOR THE ROLE HE PLAYED AS WELL 600,000 MASKS COMING TO OUR HOSPITALS THAT HAVE THE GREATEST NEED AND SERVE THE COMMUNITIES FOR THE GREATEST NEED THAT'S ON TOP OF 200,000 COMING FOR OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS ON FRIDAY

SO NOW WE CAN SAY OUR SUPPLY OF N-95s IS SUFFICIENTLY SECURE FOR THE WEEK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CONSERVE FOR THE CRISIS WE'RE WORKING ON, BUT THIS HAS DEFINITELY CHANGED THE DYNAMIC FOR US FOR THIS WEEK AND THAT'S A VERY GOOD THING SO WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS THIS WEEK ON FINDING MORE SURGICAL GOWNS AND OF COURSE ON VENTILATORS TO GET US THROUGH NOW, MORE AND MORE, THE CHALLENGE IS GOING TO BE PERSONNEL AND WE NEED THESE SUPPLIES, BUT WE ALSO NEED HEROS TO WEAR THEM AND MORE AND MORE PERSONNEL ARE GOING TO BE NEEDED FROM EVERY SOURCE

REMEMBER, OUR OVERALL NEED IS 45,000, FROM WHERE WE STARTED, THE ADDITIONAL NEED IS 45,000 CLINICAL PERSONNEL OVER THIS MONTH, AN EVER-INCREASING NUMBER TO GET US THROUGH THIS CRISIS I'VE BEEN PUSHING PARTICULARLY FOR MORE AND MORE MILITARY MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO COME IN MY REQUEST FOR OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS, AGAIN, IS 1,450 CLINICAL STAFF THAT'S WHAT I'VE REQUESTED FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 291 ARRIVED YESTERDAY

THAT'S A GOOD START, BUT WE NEED MORE I SPOKE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF YESTERDAY I WILL BE SPEAKING TO MORE FEDERAL OFFICIALS AND THE PRESIDENT TODAY TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS HAVE REALLY BORN THE FRONT OF THIS CRISIS WE'LL NEED MORE OF THOSE MEDICAL PERSONAL FROM THE MILITARY THOSE I GREETED YESTERDAY UPON ARRIVAL

IT WAS VERY INSPIRING THEY CAME FROM STATES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY THEY WERE READY TO IMMEDIATELY GO TO WHERE THE NEED WAS GREATEST IN OUR ICUs AND EMERGENCY ROOMS IN OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS I'M SO GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THEM IT WAS VERY MOVING TO GREET THEM AS THEY ARRIVED IN NEW YORK CITY

AGAIN, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR THIS CITY AND FOR MANY CITIES AND STATES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY I'LL CONTINUE TO SAY WE NEED TO HAVE AN ENLISTMENT STRUCTURE TO FIND MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, CIVILIANS WHO WOULD COME FORWARD AS VOLUNTEERS, BE COMPENSATED FOR SURE, AND THEN BE MOBILIZED BY OUR MILITARY AND SENT WHERE THEY'RE NEEDED MOST I REMIND YOU AGAIN, OVER A MILLION DOCTORS IN AMERICA, ALMOST 4 MILLION NURSES IN AMERICA THANK GOD WE HAVE MANY READY TO SERVE WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST BUT NO MECHANISM TO GET THEM WHERE THEY NEED TO BE I WILL KEEP PUSHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACHIEVE THAT

SO I WANT TO FINISH WITH A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH AND THEN WE'LL HEAR FROM OUR COLLEAGUES HERE AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD WHO HAVE DONE THIS AMAZING WORK BUT I WANT TO FINISH WITH A POINT ABOUT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD THIS PLACE IS HEROIC BY ITS NATURE IN WORLD WAR II IT WAS ONE OF THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FIGHTING THE WAR EFFORTS

THIS WAS A PLACE THAT SO MANY OF OUR TROOPS LEFT ON THEIR WAY TO BATTLE THIS IS A PLACE WHERE SO MANY OF THE SHIPS WERE BUILT AND REPAIRED THIS WAS A CRUCIAL, CRUCIAL PLACE IN THE WAR EFFORT AND IT COMES WITH AN INCREDIBLE TRADITION OF SERVICE IN A TIME OF CRISIS AND YOU KNOW, WHEN THE NAVY YARD BECAME A CIVILIAN FACILITY AND BECAME A PLACE SYNONYMOUS WITH JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT WELL, IT'S YEARS OF SERVICE ARE OVER BUT NOW WE'RE SEEING ONCE AGAIN THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD AS A SYMBOL TO THIS CITY AND THIS WHOLE NATION OF EXTRAORDINARY AND SELFLESS SERVICE LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS

SO HISTORY HAS COME AROUND IN A VERY, VERY POWERFUL WAY AND I'LL REMIND EVERYONE, A LOT OF US HEARD STORIES, MAYBE FROM PARENTS, MAYBE FROM GRANDPARENTS, OF THE EPIC TIMES OF THE PAST, WORLD WAR II, THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO FIGHT THROUGH AS A COMMUNITY NOW IT IS OUR TIME WE ARE LIVING THAT REALITY NOW IT'S OUR GENERATION THAT HAS TO MAKE THAT IMPRINT ON HISTORY AND FIGHT THAT FIGHT NOW

AND WE HEARD A LOT OF THOSE STORIES WE NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE US ONE DAY, BUT NOW IT IS US AND IT'S TIME FOR ALL OF US TO SHOW WHAT WE CAN DO IN THIS MOMENT OF CRISIS AND THAT'S WHAT FOLKS ARE DOING HERE AT THE NAVY YARD EVERYBODY OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP, TRY TO EMULATE THE AMAZING WORK OF THE FOLKS HERE AT THE NAVY YARD NOT EVERYONE HAPPENS TO HAVE A CLOTHING LINE OF THEIR OWN OR A COMPANY THAT MAKES MILITARY GEAR BUT IF YOU HAVE A COMPANY THAT CAN HELP US, WE NEED YOU

IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO SURGICAL SUPPLIES, WE NEED YOU IF YOU'RE A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL WHO CAN VOLUNTEER, WE NEED YOU ANYTHING YOU CAN DONATE THAT WILL HELP US TO CONTINUE THIS FIGHT, WE NEED YOU IF YOU WANT TO DONATE FOOD TO OUR FRONT-LINE HOSPITAL WORKERS, IF YOU WANT TO DONATE MONEY TO PAY FOR THE KIND OF SUPPORT THEY NEED, WHATEVER IT IS, WE NEED YOU AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP CAN GO TO NYC

GOV/HELPNOW OR CALL 833-NYC-0400 A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] NOW I WANT TO BRING UP GREG THOMPSON AND HIS COMPANY HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR OUR HEROS IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, PROTECTING THEM NOW TAKING THAT SAME EXPERTISE TO PROTECT OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES AND FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS

GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CRY PRECISION, GREG THOMPSON >> FRESH AIR FEELS GOOD >> THAT'S WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE >> I'M STARTING TO RECOGNIZE PEOPLE BY THEIR EYES ALONE AND LOOKING AROUND

SORRY, I HAVE TO READ OFF A PAPER HERE THANK YOU, MAYOR de BLASIO AND AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND EDC AND OF COURSE THANK YOU TO THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, WHO HAS PROVIDED US WITH A FANTASTIC HOME FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS THEY ARE A TOP-NOTCH TEAM, BOTH IN DIFFICULT TIMES LIKE THESE AND WHAT WE REMEMBER AS OUR NORMAL LIVES AS WELL IT'S BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS HERE IN THE NAVY YARD, INCLUDE LAFAYETTE 148 AND OTHERS

THIS EFFORT STARTED ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO, BUT IN THAT TIME WE'VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO WITNESS SUCH TREMENDOUS SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY, NOT ONLY FROM THE DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAIN SUCH AS MMI TEXTILES, BUT FROM WITHIN HERE IN THE CITY ITSELF IT'S REALLY SIMPLE, WE ARE INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE EVERY DAY WE GET TO CREATE AND MANUFACTURE PRODUCTS FOR OUR HEROS IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MILITARY COMMUNITIES PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE A FAR BIGGER SACRIFICE THAN WE COULD EVER IMAGINE THIS IS NO DIFFERENT

SO WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE WINNING THE FIGHT IN OUR HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL FACILITIES IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR FOR ALL OF US TO WORK FOR YOU IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO CONTINUE TO GET TO WORK WITH MY AMAZING TEAM HERE AND IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO WORK WITH EVERYBODY HERE IN THE NAVY YARD THANK YOU >> THANK YOU

YOU GO THAT WAY, I'LL GO THIS WAY OKAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH, GREG AND NOW I WANT YOU TO HEAR FROM DEIRDRE QUINN, A LEADER IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY SHE WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD A FEW YEARS AGO AND SHE BRINGS VISION TO WHAT SHE DOES AND WHEN WE NEEDED HELP, OUR HEALTH WORKERS NEEDED HELP, SHE WAS QUICK TO ACT

SO GREAT PLEASURE TO PRODUCE THE CEO AND OWNER, DEIRDRE QUINN I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE EXTRA HEIGHT >> GOOD MORNING, AND THANK YOU IT'S AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO BE HERE AND IT'S AN HONOR TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY OUR COMPANY MOVED TO THE NAVY YARD TWO YEARS AGO AND I WOULD SAY, BY FAR THE BEST MOVE WE EVER MADE

NOT ALONE IS IT GREAT TO BE IN BROOKLYN, BUT GREAT TO BE PART OF THIS INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY SO WHEN DAVID CALLED ME AND ASKED ME WHAT WE COULD DO TO GET PATTERNS QUICKLY, WE MADE THEM OVER THE WEEKEND, DIGITIZED THEM AND GOT THEM TO GREG, WHO TOOK THE BALL AND RAN WITH IT I AM ON THE BOARD OF THE BROOKLYN HOSPITAL CENTER AND SO I'VE GOT TO SEE FIRST HAND THE TRAGEDY THAT'S GOING ON OVER THERE AND WE WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR NEW YORKERS, FOR THIS CITY, AND FOR THE GOOD OF WHAT THE GOWNS CAN DO FOR PEOPLE SO IT'S NOT EXACTLY FASHION, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY NEEDED AND IT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO THANK YOU

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH OKAY, WITH THAT, WE WILL NOW TURN TO QUESTIONS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA YES THERE YOUO >> SOCIAL DISTANCING, I'M SURE YOU SAW THE STORY YESTERDAY ABOUT

[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> IS THERE ANY PLAN TO CHANGE ANYTHING OF HOW THEY RESPOND? >> WE'RE GOING TO BE — I'VE SPOKEN TO LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITY PREVIOUSLY AND I'M GOING TO DO THAT AGAIN WE'RE GOING TO BE VERY CLEAR WITH PEOPLE, WE JUST CANNOT TOLERATE AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY ANY GATHERINGS, AND UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE NO CHOICE AND THE NYPD HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO IMMEDIATELY BREAK THEM UP THEY'RE DANGEROUS, EVEN THOUGH I KNOW PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, DEAL WITH A VERY PAINFUL MOMENT I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NOT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO GIVE UP TRADITIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE IN MOURNING

BUT IT'S JUST TOO DANGEROUS SO WE'LL GO BACK, TELL COMMUNITY LEADERS WE NEED THEM TO STEP UP AS THEY HAVE SO FAR, AND NYPD WILL BE VERY AGGRESSIVE AND I NEED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THIS, YOU'RE DOING A SERVICE TO OTHEEE IF U SGK TH GG PE CA1 RRT C P F HPE M T ATT CME LL THW THSO OOF IVALWH LNG U NETK ANA ND ALL IRE YES >>

[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> LET ME GET THE DOCTOR TO COME OVER AND ADDRESS THOSE >> THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION SO OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE STILL WITH OTHER PATIENTS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES IN ICUs THAT'S WHY WE SHOW UP EVERY DAY, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF LIVES LOST AND MORE GOOD NEWS OF PEOPLE GETTING EXTUBATED AND GOING HOME, KIND OF LIKE THE GOOD NEWS AND WHAT GIVES US HOPE FROM TOURING THIS FACTORY TODAY AND SEEING WHAT NEW YORKERS AND AMERICANS CAN DO TO HELP OUR FRONT-LINE HEROS

IN TERMS OF TREATMENT, WE ARE STILL LEARNING EVERY DAY ABOUT THIS VIRUS, THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE WE HAVE MULTIPLE TYPES OF TREATMENTS, STUDIES UNDERWAY TO SEE WHAT'S WORKING BEST MANY OF OUR PATIENTS ARE RECEIVING HYDROXYCHLOROQUIN AS PART OF THOSE TREATMENT REGIMENS, BUT THESE ARE ALL DONE WITH APPROPRIATE KIND OF HIERARCHY APPROVAL AND A REVIEW BOARD, SO WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE FOLLOWING SCIENCE I THINK IT'S STILL TOO EARLY TO TELL I THINK WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT THE DATA, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE WILLING TO TRY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO SAVE PATIENTS

[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> TESTING CENTERS ON WEEKENDS, I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE HOURS ON THE WEEKENDS, BUT I CAN GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT WE ARE SHIFTING FROM BROAD TESTING IN NEW YORK CITY TO MAKING MORE TESTING AVAILABLE TO OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR HEROS WHO ARE IN THE HOSPITALS FIGHTING COVID-19, TESTING IS ONGOING 24/7 IN OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WE ARE FOLLOWING DR BARBAU AND THE ADVICE OF THOSE BEING ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL AND THAT GOES 24/7 >> WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY

[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND AGAIN, I WAS A PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT FOR THE WHOLE TIME MY KIDS WENT TO SCHOOL AND I WANT TO AMPLIFY THAT THERE'S BEEN AN EFFORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO WORK WITH THAT COMPANY, TO ENSURE THE PRIVACY OF OUR STUDENTS TO MAKE SURE THEIR INFORMATION COULD NOT BE ACCESSED WRONGLY AND THE CHANCELLOR AND THE TEAM OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DID NOT BELIEVE THE COMPANY WAS COOPERATED AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT THE PRIVACY OF OUR STUDENTS' DATA AT RISK IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT SO WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO USE THAT CAPACITY, BUT ONLY IF WE CAN DO IT IN A SECURE WAY

I THINK, DOCTOR, CAN SHE TAKE IT OFF FOR THE QUESTION? THE DOCTOR HAS ALLOWED IT THE TRUCK CAME AT JUST THE WRONG TIME MAYBE WE CAN MOVE THE TRUCK JUST A LITTLE AND GIVE YOU A BETTER ABILITY TO BE HEARD GO AHEAD >> ARE YOU GOING TO BE ENDING THE — CAN YOU SPEAK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE RATIONALE AND IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'RE CONSIDERING FOR PEOPLE WHO ON THE SIDEWALKS AND PARKS WHO ARE TRYING AND IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO STAY FAR ENOUGH AWAY? >> AGAIN, I CONSISTENTLY TALK WITH COMMISSIONER SHEA AND OTHER COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE LOOKING AT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND COMPLIANCE, CONSISTENTLY REPORTS WE'RE GETTING IS THAT WE SEE A VERY GOOD CONSISTENT EFFORT FROM NEW YORKERS

THERE'S OBVIOUSLY SOME AREAS WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT, BUT THE OVERALL REALITY IS THAT PEOPLE ARE OBSERVING THIS, BUT WE DO NEED TO KEEP THE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT STRONG THE PROBLEM IS THE ADDITIONAL STREET CLOSURES IS YOU HAVE TO ATTACH ENFORCEMENT TO THEM IF YOU DON'T ATTACH ENFORCEMENT TO THEM, THEY'RE VERY CONCERNED THEY BECOME NEW GATHERING POINTS AND WE DO NOT WANT TO SEEM TO BE SOLVING ONE PROBLEM BY CREATING A NEW ONE SO RIGHT NOW KEEPING THE NYPD AND OTHER ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES FOCUSED WHERE THEY ARE IS WHAT WE BELIEVE IS THE RIGHT STRATEGY REMEMBER, THEY DO HAVE FEWER PERSONNEL THEMSELVES THAN USUAL

THAT'S WHY WE'RE STICKING WITH WHAT WE'VE GOT WE'LL CERTAINLY ASSESS AS WE GO ALONG >> IS THERE A PROTOCOL IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THE OFFICERS ARE ABLE TO BE AT A DISTANCE [ INAUDIBLE ] >> RIGHT FIRST OF ALL, WE'VE MADE SURE THAT WHENEVER — AND I'VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH COMMISSIONER SHEA MULTIPLE TIMES AND WE'VE ALL BEEN UNITED, OUR HEALTH COMMISSIONER, WE'VE ALL BEEN UNITED THAT WHEN THE NYPD NEEDS PPEs, THEY GET THEM

IT'S A PRIORITY SECOND, EVERYONE IS LEARNING A NEW WAY OF BEING THERE'S BEEN MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF TRAINING OFFICERS, HOW TO APPROACH EACH SITUATION, WHAT PROTECTION THEY NEED IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT PEOPLE ARE STILL GETTING USED TO IT IT'S A BIG CHANGE

BUT THAT TRAINING CONTINUES AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR OFFICERS ARE SAFE AND CERTAINLY THE STANDARD FOR GOING AND TELLING PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE NOT IN COMPLIANCE, WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO GIVE A FINE WE'VE BEEN VERY CLEAR, THE COMMISSIONER HAS BEEN CLEAR, WE WANT TO TELL PEOPLE THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING OUT OF COMPLIANCE TO STOP IT WE WANT TO WARN THEM THEY'RE ABOUT TO GET A FINE THERE'S BEEN VERY FEW SITUATIONS WHERE OFFICERS HAVE HAD TO INTERVENE MORE THAN A WARNING

THERE'S BEEN A FEW SITUATIONS OF A FINE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES HAVE COME UP WHERE THERE WAS A MORE AGGRESSIVE INTERVENTION NEEDED, BUT IT'S BEEN VERY RARE >> THE COST OF PROVIDERS, FOSTER CARE AND FRONT-LINE WORKERS, HOW DOES THAT EXACTLY WORK? >> I DON'T KNOW WHEN YOU SAY THAT PHRASE, AND I KNOW SHE'S NOT HERE, SO I'M HAVING TROUBLE INTERRUPTING THE ENHANCED PAY POINT LET US GET YOU AN ANSWER

WHATEVER COMMITMENTS WE'VE MADE, WE'LL KEEP BUT I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE PHRASE AT THIS POINT GO AHEAD [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I SPOKE WITH COMMISSIONER SHEA THIS MORNING WE WENT OVER THE SITUATION WITH ABSENTEES, BUT WE ALSO WENT OVER THE RETURN RATE, WHICH HAS GOTTEN VERY STRONG

I'M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN REMEMBER, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PATROL OFFICERS IN THE NYPD ARE YOUNGER AND VERY HEALTHY PEOPLE SO TO THE EXTENT THEY'VE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS, THEY'RE COMING BACK RAPIDLY THEY'RE COMING BACK AFTER SOMEWHERE BETWEEN A WEEK AND TWO WEEKS HE'S SEEING A STEADY FLOW OF OFFICERS RETURNING AND WHAT WE HOPE AND PRAY IS THAT ONCE YOU GET THIS — WE DON'T WANT ANYONE TO HAVE IT, BUT ONCE YOU GET IT, YOU'RE DONE AND YOU CAN CONTINUE YOUR LIFE AND BE IMMUNE

SO WE CAN HANDLE THE SITUATION WITH THE VERY DEEP BENCH THAT THE NYPD HAS NOW THERE'S NO CONSIDERATION OF BRINGING IN OUTSIDE FORCES [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY TOUGH SITUATION WE ARE GOING TO ON APRIL 23rd, I BELIEVE IT IS, UNVEIL THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY SOBER DAY

BUT I'M NOT GOING TO FORESHADOW >> SOME SUGGESTION ABOUT [ INAUDIBLE ] >> RIGHT NOW, AGAIN, THE ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE WORKING AS YOU KNOW, AS COMMISSIONER SHEA HAS REPORTED, WE'VE SEEN A DECREASE IN CRIME, THANK GOD AND WE'VE SEEN A HIGH LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE WITH SHELTER-IN-PLACE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

THERE'S LITERALLY NO BETTER EXPERT AT DATA THAT I'VE MET IN MY ENTIRE LIFE THAN DERMOTT SHEA AND I'VE ASKED HIM EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING ON COMPLIANCE, AND WITH LAYERED OVER WITH WHAT WE'RE SEEING FROM 311, PARKS DEPARTMENT, EVERYBODY, WE DO NOT SEE A MAJOR COMPLIANCE PROBLEM WE SEE A FEW HOT SPOTS AND PLACES WHERE WE NEED TO DO EXTRA WARNINGS AND ENFORCEMENT, BUT OVERALL, I THINK RIGHT NOW WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DOING A GREAT JOB WITH OUR CURRENT STRUCTURE, WITH THE CURRENT PERSONNEL WE'RE GETTING THE RESULTS WE NEED WE HAVE MORE WORK TO DO, BUT WE'RE GETTING THE RESULTS WE NEED YES

>> CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT OTHER LOCATIONS ARE BEING — [ INAUDIBLE ] >> IT'S GOING TO BE A LARGE NUMBER OF HOTELS, FIRST OF ALL, COURTLAND PARK, THERE'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A FIELD HOSPITAL BEING SET UP BY FEMA YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A CONSTANT GROWTH SO IT WILL BE, AGAIN, HOTELS ON THE ONE HAND, WHAT I WOULD CALL BIG PUBLIC SPACES ON THE OTHER HAND SOMETIMES IT WILL BE A SEALED TENT KIND OF THING IN A PARK MORE TYPICALLY IT WILL BE A BIG PUBLIC BUILDING, THE BILLIE JEAN KING CENTER, WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LOT OF LARGE SPACES WE CAN PUT BEDS IN SIMULTANEOUS

SO THE CITY HAS ONE HOTEL UP AND RUNNING FOR MEDICAL USE WE HAVE A NUMBER OF HOTELS UP AND RUNNING FOR DORMITORY USE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO GO HOME FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THEY WANT TO BE CAREFUL FOR THEIR FAMILIES WE'VE GOT A LOT OF HOTELS UP AND RUNNING FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED ISOLATION IT'S GOING TO BE — WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE IN 100 PLUS HOTELS, IN THOSE CASES TAKING THE WHOLE HOTEL ON A LEASE BUT AS THEY START TO BECOME MEDICAL FACILITIES, WE'LL GIVE YOU UPDATES

IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU SEE IT IN A LARGE SCALE IN THE HOTELS, THE MEDICAL USE, BUT IT'S COMING VERY SOON >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I'M NEVER GOING TO GO A LOT OF DETAIL WE HAVE THE CAPACITY IT'S GOING TO BE VERY TOUGH, BUT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY

THE MILITARY, THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HAVE SENT US A LOT OF PERSONNEL, A LOT OF EQUIPMENT, AND WE WILL KEEP DEALING WITH THIS VERY TOUGH SITUATION I DON'T WANT TO GO INTO DETAILS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT'S A GREAT THING TO BE TALKING ABOUT PUBLICLY, BUT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY WE NEED >> THERE'S GOING TO BE A BACKLOG OF BODIES WAITING FOR CREMATION IN NEW YORK CITY, SO THERE'S GOING TO BE A WAITING LIST, A LONG DELAY DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA, DO YOU HAVE ANY PROJECTION HOW LONG THOSE VICTIMS OF CORONAVIRUS — [ INAUDIBLE ] >> AGAIN, I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO THOSE KIND OF DETAILS AGAIN, I WILL SAY WE HAVE THE CAPACITY

AS I SAID OVER THE WEEKEND, WE MAY WELL BE DEALING WITH TEMPORARY BURIALS, SO WE CAN THEN DEAL WITH EACH FAMILY LATER BUT AGAIN, I'M JUST NOT GOING TO GO INTO DETAIL WHEN WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ON IT, WE WILL HERE WE GO >>

[ INAUDIBLE ] WHAT ARE YOU DO EL T NONPROFITS? >> ILL YOU A MORE SPECIFIC ANSWER FR TEAM WE NEED TO GET THE SUPPORT THERE OBVIOUSLY AND WE ALSO HAVE A NUMBER OF CITY EMPLOYEES, NONPROFIT EMPLOYEES WHO WE'VE KEPT PAYING EXPLICITLY TO BE ABLE TO MOVE THEM TO WHEREVER THE NEED IS GREATEST SO WE'RE FINDING A SHORTAGE THERE AND WE HAVE PEOPLE QUALIFIED, WE CAN SURGE IN SOME ADDITIONAL PEOPLE BUT LET MY TEAM LOOK INTO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO AND WE'LL GET YOU AN ANSWER TODAY

YES >> YOU MENTIONED TEMPORARY BURIALS WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY? ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC CEMETERIES? >> AGAIN, IT IS WHAT IT SAYS IF WE NEED TO DO TEMPORARY BURIALS TO BE ABLE TO TIE THIS OVER AND PASS THE CRISIS AND THEN WORK WITH EACH FAMILY ON THEIR APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT THAT'S ALL IT MEANS

AGAIN, I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO DETAIL AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE'RE NOT TO THE POINT WHERE WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO THAT ANYTHING ELSE? YES [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> THE NATURE OF WHAT HAPPENS WITH BODIES — >> SO LET ME START BY SAYING THAT ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO DATE FROM SOCIAL DISTANCING, TO ALL OF THE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS WE'VE BEEN PROVIDING NEW YORKERS, IT HAS REALLY SLOWED THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE SO THAT THEY CAN ABSORB THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO REQUIRE HOSPITAL SERVICES BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AND IT IS A SAD REALITY THAT WE HAVE MANY NEW YORKERS THAT HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AND TO SAY THAT OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THOSE FAMILIES REALLY DOESN'T GIVE IT THE JUSTICE THAT IT DESERVES, BECAUSE IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME THAT WE'RE ALL IN AND IT'S A REMINDER OF OUR COLLECTIVE HUMANITY, AND THE NEED THAT WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER AND TO BE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE PHYSICALLY DISTANCED TO BE SPIRITUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED

WITH THAT BEING SAID, AND I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE, THERE ARE NO SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AND SO WE AND THE HOSPITALS AND THE FUNERAL HOMES ARE ALL WORKING WITH THE DIGNITY AND THE RESPECT THAT THESE FAMILIES DESERVE DURING THIS VERY HARD TIME [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> YEAH, THERE ARE NO SPECIAL ES ANEO T W PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 YOU KNOW, WE'VE MADE THE COMPARISON TO OTHER INFECTIOUS ILLNESSES IN THE PAST, YOU ALL MAY RECALL THAT WITH EEBOLI THERE WERE SPECIFIC PRECAUTIONS THAT NEEDED TO BE TAKEN THIS IS IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM LIKE THAT, SO THERE ARE NO PRECAUTIONS

PEOPLE WHO DIE FROM COVID-19 ARE TREATED THE SAME AS SOMEONE WHO DIES FROM A HEART ATTACK OR ANY OTHER REASON >> LAST CALL YES [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> AGAIN, LET ME JUST — OBVIOUSLY THE PLACE WE HAVE USED HISTORICALLY IS HEART ISLAND, BUT I AM SORRY AND I SAY THIS RESPECTFULLY THIS TOPIC IS SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE MEDIA WANT TO ASK ME ABOUT AND I'M JUST GOING TO DRAW A LINE ON THIS ONE

WE'LL PUT OUT UPDATES WHEN IT IS THE TIME I AM TELLING YOU THE THING I BELIEVE IS WHAT NEW YORKERS NEED TO HEAR DO WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HANDLE IT? YES, WE'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE CAPACITY YES, THERE WILL BE DELAYS BECAUSE OF THE INTENSITY OF THIS CRISIS WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND TREAT EVERY FAMILY WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT, RELIGIOUS NEEDS OF THOSE WHO ARE DEVOUT AND THE FOCUS RIGHT NOW IS TO TRY AND GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS, AND OBVIOUSLY ALSO PUT ALL OF OUR ENERGY AND RESOURCES INTO SAVING THOSE WE CAN SAVE

SO THAT'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO GO ABOUT IT WE WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR TEMPORARY BURIALS THAT'S ALL I'M GOING TO SAY ALL RIGHT, THANKS, EVERYBODY

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