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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing on the coronavirus outbreak — 5/26/2020

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    >>> GOOD MORNING THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE

    I'LL INTRODUCE THE PEOPLE WITH PE TODAY TO ME LEFT, MARIAH KENNEDY CUOMO WHO I THANK VERY MUCH FOR RUNNING THE COMPETITION WE HAD ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK ON THE BEST WEAR-A-MASK VIDEO SHE'S GOING TO REPORT ON THAT TODAY TO MY RIGHT, MELISSA DeROSA, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR GARY RHODES

    IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE I HOPE EVERYBODY HAD A GOOD WEEKEND I HAD A GREAT WEEKEND, STAYED AT HOME SATURDAY, WENT TO THE BEACH SUNDAY, WENT TO THE "INTREPID" YESTERDAY PLUS I CHANGED THE OIL ON THE CAR SO I HAD A GOOD DAY, GOOD WEEKEND

    I WANT TO THANK THE STOCK EXCHANGE FOR HOSTING US TODAY THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL ROOM I WAS HERE THIS MORNING THE STOCK MARKET REOPENED TODAY SO IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE

    I WANT TO THANK STACEY CUNNINGHAM, WHO IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, FOR HER HOSPITALITY AND COURTESY LET'S START WITH THE FACTS THE FACTS FIRST THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, DOWN

    GREAT NEWS ROLLING AVERAGE DOWN NUMBER OF INTUBATIONS DOWN NUMBER OF NEW COVID CASES DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THIS EVER STARTED, JUST ABOUT 200 AMEN

    NUMBER OF LIVES LOST, 73 THAT'S THE LOWEST LEVEL THAT WE HAVE SEEN SINCE THIS STARTED SO AGAIN, IN THIS ABSURD NEW REALITY, THAT IS GOOD NEWS ANY OTHER TIME AND PLACE, WHEN WE LOSE 73 NEW YORKERS, IT'S TRAGIC IT'S TRAGIC NOW

    BUT RELATIVE TO WHERE WE'VE BEEN, WE'RE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CURVE AND THAT IS THE LOWEST NUMBER THAT WE'VE HAD SO WE THANK ALL THE HEALTH CARE STAFF, ONCE AGAIN DOCTORS, NURSES, WHO HAVE BEEN DOING A FANTASTIC JOB AND YOU SEE, WE WENT UP THE MOUNTAIN VERY QUICKLY THAT SPIKE TOOK US UP VERY QUICKLY

    AND IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO COME DOWN BUT WE'RE STILL COMING DOWN YESTERDAY WAS MEMORIAL DAY AND TRADITIONALLY, MEMORIAL DAY IS A PIVOT POINT IT'S A TRANSITION POINT

    SUMMER IS STARTING FASHION CHANGES MINDSETS CHANGE AND IT SHOULDN'T BE THAT MUCH DIFFERENT THIS YEAR MEMORIAL DAY IS GOING TO BE A POINT WHERE MAYBE WE DON'T ALL RUN BACK TO THE BEACH, BUT WE'RE GOING TO TURN THE PAGE ON COVID-19 AND WE'RE GOING TO START FOCUSING ON REOPENING AND HOW WE REOPEN AND HOW SMART WE ARE IN REOPENING, BECAUSE THAT'S THE WHOLE ISSUE

    YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT WAS NEVER A QUESTION OF REOPEN OR NOT REOPEN THE ANSWER WAS ALWAYS REOPEN THE QUESTION WAS ALWAYS, HOW SMART ARE YOU ON THE REOPENING, HOW INTELLIGENT ARE YOU ON THE REOPENING, HOW INFORMED YOU, HOW DISCIPLINED ARE YOU ON THE REOPENING, BECAUSE THAT DETERMINES HOW SUCCESSFUL THE REOPENING IS THE STOCK MARKET REOPENED TODAY

    I HAD THE HONOR OF RINGING THE BELL AND IT DIDN'T REOPEN THE WAY IT WAS IT REOPENED SMARTER THAN BEFORE FEWER PEOPLE, WEARING MASKS, NEW PRECAUTIONS THE STOCK EXCHANGE HAS INCORPORATED THEM NOT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT SAID THEY HAD TO BUT BECAUSE THE STOCK EXCHANGE IS SMART, AND THEY WANTED TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS BUT THEY WANTED TO BE SMART, AND THEY'RE DOING IT IN A WAY THAT KEEPS PEOPLE SAFE

    AND THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT SO TWO TRACKS, GOING FORWARD, FOR MEMORIAL DAY NUMBER ONE, MONITOR THE REOPENINGS WE'RE REOPENING IN REGIONS ALL ACROSS THE STATE, BECAUSE REGIONS ARE DIFFERENT ALL ACROSS THE STATE SO WE'RE REOPENING IN REGIONS

    MONITOR THE REGIONS WE HAVE A DASHBOARD THAT IS UP EVERY NEW YORKER CAN SEE THE NUMBERS AND WHAT WE'RE DOING IS GAUGED BY THE NUMBERS MID-HUDSON OPENS TODAY THEY MET ALL THE METRICS, ALL THE NUMERICAL CRITERIA

    SO THEY'RE OPENING TODAY LONG ISLAND WILL OPEN TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO BRING ON THE LAST OF WHAT'S CALLED THE TRACERS WHO DO THE CONTACT TRACING AFTER TESTING AND THEY'LL BE COMING ONLINE TODAY AND LONG ISLAND WILL OPEN TOMORROW

    EACH REGION HAS A REGIONAL CONTROL GROUP I'VE SPOKEN TO MANY OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVES ACROSS THE STATE WHO ARE KEY ON THESE REGIONAL CONTROL GROUPS AND I SAID TO THE COUNTY EXECUTIVES, WATCH THE NUMBERS WHEN YOU SEE A CLUSTER OF CASES, JUMP ON IT JUMP ON IT

    THAT'S WHAT THE CONTACT TRACING IS ALL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED, WHERE DID THEY COME FROM, IS THERE ANY COMMONALITY AMONG THE PEOPLE IN THE CLUSTER, IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC IDENTITY TO THAT CLUSTER BUT THAT HAS TO BE DONE REGION BY REGION YOU HAVE TO STAY DISCIPLINED AND FOCUSED THE NUMBERS INFORM YOU

    THE NUMBERS TELL YOU WHAT'S HAPPENING THAT DASHBOARD TELLS YOU WHAT'S HAPPENING AND THOSE REGIONAL CONTROL GROUPS HAVE TO BE DISCIPLINED IN NASSAU, IN BUFFALO, ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE FOCUS ON WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THOSE NUMBERS

    YOU SEE A LITTLE MOVEMENT, YOU POUNCE ON IT FIND OUT WHAT IT IS, EXPLORE IT AND RESOLVE IT NEW YORK CITY IS THE ONE REGION THAT IS NOT REOPENED YET IN NEW YORK AND THAT'S FOR OBVIOUS REASONS THE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN WORSE IN NEW YORK CITY, THE NUMBER OF CASES WERE WORSE IN NEW YORK CITY

    AGAIN, NOTHING ENDEMIC TO NEW YORK CITY WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK CITY WAS THE VIRUS WAS COMING FROM EUROPE WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW NOBODY TOLD US IT WAS — WE ALL WERE TOLD IT WAS COMING FROM CHINA, CHINA, CHINA

    LOOK TO THE WEST IT CAME FROM THE EAST WE'RE LOOKING WEST, IT CAME FROM THE EAST IT WAS COMING FROM EUROPE AND JANUARY, FEBRUARY, BEFORE WE DID A EUROPEAN TRAVEL BAN, 3 MILLION EUROPEANS LANDED AT OUR AIRPORTS AND THE VIRUS CAME THAT WAY

    SO ONCE THE VIRUS GOT HERE, IT SPREAD THIS IS A DENSE AREA, NEW YORK CITY, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SO IT HAD THE WORST PROBLEM IN THE NATION, ONE OF THE WORST PROBLEMS ON THE GLOBE SO IT'S THE ONE REGION THAT'S NOT REOPENED YET AND WE'RE NOW GOING TO FOCUS ON REOPENING NEW YORK CITY

    AND AGAIN, WE DO IT SMARTLY WE HAVE DATA WE HAVE TESTS WE CAN FOCUS ON THE NEW CASES IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE ARE THOSE INFECTIONS STILL COMING FROM? AND WE LITERALLY CAN NOW FOCUS ON THOSE AREAS BY ZIP CODE

    WE'VE DONE SO MUCH TESTING WE DO MORE TESTING IN NEW YORK THAN ANY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WE DO MORE TESTING PER CAPITA THAN MOST COUNTRIES ON THE GLOBAL WE DO SO MUCH TESTING THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY IDENTIFY ZIP CODES THAT ARE GENERATING THE NEW CASES IF YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF INTELLIGENCE, THAT KIND OF DATA, THEN YOU CAN TARGET YOUR RESOURCES RIGHT TO THOSE AREAS

    THOSE ZIP CODES TEND TO BE PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY COMMUNITIES THE INFECTION RATE IS NOT SPREADING AMONG THE CENTRAL WORKERS IT'S SPREADING AMONG WORKERS WHO HAVE STAYED HOME OR WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED SO IT'S SPREADING IN THE HOME IT'S SPREADING IN THE COMMUNITY

    WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THOSE ZIP CODES WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THOSE COMMUNITIES AND WE WANT TO SLOW THE INFECTION RATE EVEN IN THOSE COMMUNITIES AND THAT WILL REALLY BRING THE NUMBERS DOWN IN NEW YORK CITY WE'VE STARTED THAT LAST WEEK

    BUT WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT TO A NEW LEVEL STARTING THIS WEEK AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THE INFECTION RATE IN SOME OF THESE ZIP CODES IS DOUBLE THE INFECTION RATE IN THE CITY THE INFECTION RATE IN THE CITY, GENERAL POPULATION IS ABOUT 19%, ALMOST 20% IN SOME OF THESE COMMUNITIES, THE INFECTION RATE IS 40% LITERALLY DOUBLE THE CITYWIDE AVERAGE

    AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THOSE NEW COVID CASES COMING INTO THE HOSPITALS, WHERE ARE THEY COMING FROM? THEY'RE COMING FROM THESE ZIP CODES AND WE CAN LITERALLY IDENTIFY IT SO WE WANT TO ATTACK THE VIRUS AT THE SOURCE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING IN NEW YORK CITY IN NEW YORK CITY, WE ALSO HAVE TO GET THE NUMBER OF TRACERS UP AND TRAINED AND ONLINE

    AND WE'LL BE FOCUSING ON THAT STATEWIDE, WE ALL HAVE TO REMAIN SMART REGIONS THAT ARE OPENED, REGIONS THAT ARE REOPENING, NEW YORK CITY THAT HASN'T OPENED YET, WHERE WE HAVE TO GET THE NUMBERS DOWN IT'S ABOUT CITIZENS AND IT'S ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE DO

    THAT'S BEEN THE GREAT RIDDLE IN THIS WHOLE THING WE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, IT'S ABOUT GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT THIS, GOVERNMENT THAT FORGET GOVERNMENT THIS WHOLE TRAJECTORY IS DECIDED BY PEOPLE IT'S PERSONAL BEHAVIOR

    THAT'S ALL IT IS YOU TELL ME WHAT PEOPLE DO TODAY, I'LL TELL WHAT YOU THE INFECTION RATE IS TOMORROW AND IT'S SIMPLE IT'S WASH YOUR HANDS, IT'S SOCIALLY DISTANCE, IT'S USE THE HAND SANITIZER, AND IT IS WEAR THE MASK WEAR THE MASK

    AND THIS IS ALMOST A POINT OF CULTURAL COMMUNICATION WEARING A MASK IS NOW COOL I BELIEVE IT'S COOL IF I COULD SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT SAYS WEARING A MASK IS OFFICIALLY COOL THERE IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF INFORMING THE PUBLIC AND ACCEPTING A NEW TYPE OF STANDARD

    WEARING THE MASK HAS GOT TO BE SOMETHING YOU DO EVERY DAY WHEN YOU GET UP, WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF THE HOUSE, YOU PUT THE MASK ON AND I SAID THE OTHER DAY, YOU KNOW, NEW YORKERS WANT TO REINFORCE IT FOR OTHER NEW YORKERS THIS IS COOL YOU WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THIS BY THE WAY, YOU HAVE ALL SORTS OF COLOR MASKS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A BORING MASK LIKE MY MASK

    I'M A BORING GUY YOU HAVE COLORED MASKS, MASKS THAT SAY THINGS, SOME PEOPLE COORDINATE THEIR OUTFIT WITH THE COLOR OF THEIR MASKS AND THIS HAS TO BE PART OF LITERALLY WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY THAT DOES NOT MEAN WHEN SOMEONE DOESN'T WEAR A MASK, WE SHOULD BE RUDE TO THAT PERSON, ORXIOUS BUT THIS HAS GOT TO BE PART OF EVERY NEW YORKER'S FASHION AND DESIGN AND CLOTHING AND OUTFITTING, WEARING THE MASKS

    IT MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE IF YOU THINK THAT'S ALL TALK, ANSWER FOR ME WHY ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE A LOWER INFECTION RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS, THEY WORE A MASK AND THEY WORE THE PPE SO WEAR A MASK

    EVERYONE HAS TO DO THEIR PART SECOND TRACK IS, WHILE WE'RE REOPENING, SUPER CHARGE THE REOPENING, RIGHT? STOCK MARKET OPENED TODAY WE WANT THAT ECONOMY TO COME ROARING BACK WE WANT IT TO COME ROARING BACK AND THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN JUST BY WISHING IT TO BE SO

    WE HAVE TO TAKE AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, WE HAVE TO BE PART OF THAT AND TODAY IS PAGE ONE OF THAT CHAPTER I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE ECONOMY JUST BOUNCES BACK SOME ECONOMISTS SAY WE ARTIFICIALLY STOPPED THE ECONOMY, IT WENT DOWN, IT'S GOING TO COME RIGHT BACK, IN A STRAIGHT LINE I DON'T BELIEVE IT COMES STRAIGHT BACK

    I BELIEVE IT BOUNCES BACK BUT IT BOUNCES BACK DIFFERENTLY WE TALK ABOUT THE NORMAL AND THE NEW NORMAL I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE SAME THING WITH THE ECONOMY I DON'T THINK IT COMES RIGHT BACK TO WHERE IT WAS

    IT'S NOT LIKE BOUNCING A BASKETBALL YOU BOUNCE A BASKETBALL, IT GOES DOWN, IT COMES STRAIGHT BACK UP IT'S LIKE DROPPING A FOOTBALL YOU DROP A FOOTBALL, DEPENDING ON HOW IT HITS, IT GOES OFF ON DIFFERENT ANGLES THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME BACK UP

    I DON'T THINK IT COMES STRAIGHT BACK UP AND I THINK THERE WILL BE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THIS NEW ECONOMY I THINK THE TOP END OF THE ECONOMY WILL BE FINE THEY ALWAYS ARE IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT FOR THEM

    YOU LOOK AT THE 2008 RECESSION AFTER THE MORTGAGE FRAUD WE DID THE BAILOUTS THE BIG BANKS WERE THE FIRST ONE TO COME BACK FINE BUT I DON'T THINK THE ECONOMY COMES BACK FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, THE SAME WAY ANYTHING YOU'RE GOING TO SEE AMERICAN WORKERS WHO ARE LAID OFF

    THAT'S WHY I'M PUSHING THE AMERICANS FIRST LAW IN WASHINGTON I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE CORPORATIONS USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO, IN THEIR WORDS, RESTRUCTURE, TO GET LEAN, TO SHOW THE ANALYSTS WE CAN INCREASE THE PROFIT HOW DO YOU INCREASE THE PROFIT FAST IN A CORPORATION? YOU LAY OFF WORKERS THAT'S WHAT YOU DO AND I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE CORPORATIONS DO THAT

    WE'VE LOST THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT JUST ARE NOT GOING TO REOPEN THEIR DOORS SO YOU'RE GOING TO SEE PAIN IN THIS NEW ECONOMY AND LET'S START TO ANTICIPATE THAT AND LET'S START TO DEAL WITH THAT NOW WE KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT CAN STIMULATE THE ECONOMY THIS COUNTRY HAS DONE IT IN THE PAST, WHERE WE HAVE ENGAGED IN MAJOR PUBLIC WORKS THAT MADE THE NATION BETTER AND WHEN WE DID IT, WE STIMULATED THE ECONOMY

    YOU LOOK AT ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT THIS NATION DID, BUILDING THE HOOVER DAM, THE LINCOLN TUNNEL, ALL THESE MAGNIFICENT PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS THAT MADE THE NATION THE NATION, AND CREATED THOUSANDS OF JOBS AT THE SAME TIME NOW, EVERYONE HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE NEED TO DO MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS NATION EVERY PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT CLINTON TALKED ABOUT, PRESIDENT BUSH TALKED ABOUT, PRESIDENT OBAMA TALKED ABOUT, PRESIDENT TRUMP TALKED ABOUT, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TALKS ABOUT IT WE HAVE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS

    WE'RE NOT BUILDING THE REST OF THE WORLD IS PASSING US BY IT'S TRUE WELL, THEN, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT DON'T JUST TALKING ABOUT IT

    EVERYBODY'S IDENTIFIED THE SAME PROBLEM DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BUT NOBODY HAS DONE ANYTHING IF THERE'S EVER A TIME TO ACTUALLY TAKE ON THIS OVERDUE NEED OF MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION, NOW IS THE TIME THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO BUILD THAN RIGHT NOW

    YOU NEED TO RESTART THE ECONOMY YOU NEED TO CREATE JOBS AND YOU NEED TO RENEW AND REPAIR THIS COUNTRY'S ECONOMY AND ITS INFRASTRUCTURE NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT IT'S ESPECIALLY THE TIME TO DO IT WHEN SOME OF THE VOLUME IS LOWER, RIGHT? THE TIME TO FIX THE HOLE IN THE ROOF, WE WOULD SAY IN QUEENS, IS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING

    THAT'S WHEN — WHAT, YOU DON'T THINK THAT'S A QUEENS EXPRESSION? THAT'S A QUEENS EXPRESSION, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THAT'S WHEN YOU FIX THE HOLE IN THE ROOF, WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING THE TIME TO DO THIS IS NOW WHEN THE VOLUME OF JOBS IS SLOW AND NEW YORK WILL LEAD THE WAY WE WILL ACCELERATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS

    THE EMPIRE STATION PROJECT IS BUILDING A NEW PENN STATION THAT PENN STATION HAS BEEN TORTURING PEOPLE FOR TOO LONG LET'S NOW ACCELERATE THE EMPIRE PENN PROJECT WHILE THE RIDERSHIP IS LOW AND WHILE WE NEED THE JOBS THE LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, IT WILL BE THE FIRST NEW AIRPORT IN THIS NATION IN 25 YEARS TRAFFIC IS LOW

    PASSENGER VOLUME IS LOWER LET'S HAVE THAT CONSTRUCTION NOW WE KNOW WE NEED RENEWABLE POWER WE KNOW WE CAN GENERATE RENEWABLE POWER UPSTATE WE KNOW WE NEED IT DOWNSTATE

    LET'S BUILD CROSSSTATE TRANSMISSION LINES TO DEVELOP THAT RENEWABLE MARKET UPSTATE AND SATISFY THE NEED DOWNSTATE WE KNOW THEY HAVE LOW COST HYDROPOWER IN CANADA LET'S RUN THE CABLE, THE TRANSMISSION LINES FROM CANADA TO NEW YORK CITY TO GET THAT POWER DOWN HERE AND LET'S STOP TALKING AND LET'S START DNG LET'S INVIGORATE THIS WHOLE RENEWABLE MARKET AND THERE ARE OTHER BIG INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING, TALKING, TALKING ABOUT, WHICH WE HAVE TO DO, WHERE WE NEED FEDERAL HELP AND FEDERAL APPROVAL

    LET'S PUT THOSE ON THE TABLE THE AIR TRAIN TO LA GUARDIA NEW YORK CITY IS ONE OF THE ONLY MAJOR CITIES THAT HAS NO TRAIN FROM THE AIRPORT INTO THE CENTRAL CITY WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE CROSS HUDSON TUNNELS WHERE THE AMTRAK TRAINS COME THROUGH, THAT ARE OLD AND THAT ARE CRUMBLING AND THAT IF THEY BECOME A PROBLEM, YOU LITERALLY STOP AMTRAK TRAVEL TO THE ENTIRE NORTHEAST LET'S STOP THE POLITICS ON IT AND LET'S GET IT DONE AND LET'S BUILD THOSE NEW TUNNELS

    THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY THE NEXT EXTENSION FOR THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY GOES FROM 96th STREET TO 125th STREET IT WOULD OPEN UP THAT WHOLE 125th STREET AREA IT WOULD BRING A WHOLE NEW CHAPTER OF REVITALIZATION TO NEW YORK CITY LET'S DO THAT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    I'M GOING TO GO TO WASHINGTON TOMORROW, SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT TO TALK ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT YOU WANT TO RESTART THE ECONOMY, YOU WANT TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY, LET'S DO SOMETHING CREATIVE LET'S DO IT FAST LET'S PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK

    AND LET'S MAKE AMERICA BETTER IT IS COMMON SENSE IT IS COMMON SENSE SO MANY OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO, YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A GOVERNMENT EXPERT OR AN ENGINEER TO FIGURE OUT IT'S COMMON SENSE

    YOU HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT'S CRUMBLING YOU NEED TO JUMP-START THE ECONOMY YOU NEED TO CREATE JOBS DO IT NOW DO IT NOW

    AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I'M GOING TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT TOMORROW LAST POINT, WE DID THE WEAR-A-MASK NEW YORK PSA CONTEST I ASKED MY DAUGHTER MARIAH TO HELP OUT, VOLUNTEER, PRO BONO, NO MONEY SUPERVISED BY A VERY NICE, EASYGOING BOSS, MOI AND MARIAH AGREED AND SHE DID A FANTASTIC JOB

    AND FRANKLY THIS CONTEST HAS GOTTEN MUCH BIGGER AND GENERATED MUCH MORE ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT THAN I ANTICIPATED AND WITH THAT I'LL TURN IT OVER TO MARIAH >> THANK YOU WE LAUNCHED THE WEAR-A-MASK CONTEST IN MAY, ASKING NEW YORKERS TO CREATE ADS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING A MASK IN PUBLIC, AND WE RECEIVED OVER 600 VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FROM ACROSS THE STATE WE SELECTED FIVE FINALISTS AND PUT IT TO A VOTE

    PEOPLE CAST 186,117 VOTES AND TODAY WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNING AD, WHICH IS "WE HEART NEW YORK" >> I LOVE NEW YORK >> WE LOVE NEW YORK >> WHILE WE'RE STUCK INSIDE OUR HOMES

    >> WHILE OUR EVERYDAY HEROES HAVE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME >> FOR NEW YORK TO REOPEN >> AND STAY OPEN >> WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART >> I WEAR A MASK TO PROTECT YOU

    >> YOU WEAR A MASK TO PROTECT ME >> LET'S ALL WEAR MASKS >> TO STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS >> AND SAVE LIVES >> WHEN WE SHOW UP IN A MASK

    >> WE'RE SHOWING UP FOR EACH OTHER >> SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR NEW YORK >> BECAUSE NEW YORK LOVES YOU >> THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO BUNNY LAKE FILMS, A FEMALE FOUNDED BOUTIQUE PRODUCTION COMPANY BASED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK WHO CREATED THAT INCREDIBLE AD

    WE WOULD NOW LIKE TO SHOW THE SECOND PLACE AD WHICH IS, "YOU CAN STILL SMILE" >> I WEAR A MASK FOR MY FELLOW NEW YORKERS >> MY MOM IS A HEALTH CARE WORKER >> NURSES AND DOCTORS >> FOR MY FATHER

    >> FOR THE MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE >> ESSENTIAL WORKERS >> TRANSIT WORKERS >> THE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED >> I WEAR MASKS SO WE CAN GET BACK TO WORK

    >> GO TO SCHOOL >> SHARE A MEAL >> SEE A MOVIE >> HUG MY FRIENDS >> DANCE TOGETHER

    >> GO TO THE THEATER >> SEE MY FAMILY >> CONTINUE TO SHOW SUPPORT >> CARE FOR EACH OTHER >> SAVE LIVES

    >> STAY STRONG >> BEAUTIFUL >> THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED ADS, WHO VOTED, WHO SHARED ADS AND HELPED SPREAD THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT IT'S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC AND WE'LL BE CONTINUING TO REACH OUT TO NEW YORKERS FOR HELP IN SPREADING THE MESSAGE ABOUT HOW WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER, BECAUSE NEW YORKERS ARE CLEARLY READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO HELP >> BEAUTIFUL

    THAT IS A GREAT JOB NOW, I HAVE TO MAKE AN EXECUTIVE DECISION, NOT ORDER THERE IS NO ELECTION THAT WE HAVE NOWADAYS THAT DOESN'T RAISE ISSUES, IT SEEMS THIS WAS EXTRAORDINARY WE HAD — WE OPENED THIS UP TO COMPETITION

    THERE WERE 96,000 VOTES FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS 96,000 VOTES, ONLY A 500-VOTE DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO, OKAY? WHICH IF IT WAS A NORMAL ELECTION, WOULD NORMALLY TRIGGER AN ALL RECOUNT, IT'S THAT CLOSE THERE IS ALSO AN ISSUE WITH THIS ELECTION THAT WE NEVER REALLY DEFINED AN ELIGIBLE VOTER AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO VOTED IN THIS COMPETITION ALL ACROSS THE STATE, ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ALL ACROSS THE WORLD WE HAD INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE VOTING IN THIS COMPETITION, WHICH I DID NOT REALLY FULLY THINK THROUGH

    SO RATHER THAN HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ELIGIBLE VOTER, BECAUSE THE 500 VOTES BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND IS SO SMALL, IF YOU START TO HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT WHO IS AN ELIGIBLE VOTER, IT COULD GET DICEY SO I'M GOING TO MAKE AN EXECUTIVE DECISION THE STATE WILL RUN BOTH ADS, FIRST AND SECOND, BECAUSE THEY'RE BOTH GREAT, AND OBVIOUSLY, YES, ONE WON BY 500 VOTES, BUT IT WAS A TREMENDOUS TURNOUT PEOPLE LOVED BOTH, THAT'S CLEAR SO THE STATE WILL RUN BOTH

    AND WE DON'T HAVE TO GET INTO A DEBATE ABOUT WHO IS AN ELIGIBLE VOTER IN A VIDEO COMPETITION SO WE'LL RUN BOTH THOSE PSAs I WANT TO THANK THE VOTERS WHO PARTICIPATED THE TREMENDOUS NUMBER SHOWS HOW ENGAGED PEOPLE ARE, ALL THROUGH THIS THIS IS ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH

    THIS IS ABOUT THEIR LIVES THIS IS ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY'RE ENGAGED, AND THEY SHOULD BE BECAUSE THEY'RE NEW YORK TOUGH, UNITED, SMART, DISCIPLINED, AND LOVING QUESTIONS >> Reporter: GOVERNOR, THERE'S A BILL IN ALBANY THAT WOULD ALLOW THE CITY OF NEW YORK TO BORROW $7 BILLION ARE YOU OPEN TO SIGNING THAT BILL? MY UNDERSTANDING IS THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE MEETING BASIC OPERATING EXPENSES WITHOUT IT, ASSUMING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T COME THROUGH

    AND ASSUMING THE ECONOMY COMES BACK UNEVENLY AND THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP ARE OKAY, WOULD YOU EVER FAVOR RAISING TAXES ON THE WE'LL WEALTHY? >> LET'S FIGURE OUT THE HERE AND NOW IN THE HERE AND NOW AND WE'LL FIGURE OUT THE FUTURE IN THE FUTURE STATE GOVERNMENT IS HARD STRETCHED, CITY GOVERNMENT IS HARD STRETCHED, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STRETCHED ACROSS THE STATE, ACROSS THE NATION THAT'S WHY I THINK THE REAL ANSWER IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO STEP UP AND PROVIDE STATE AND LOCAL AID THERE WAS ALSO A PIECE IN "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" THAT SAID IN THOSE SITUATIONS WHEN THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STARVED, THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS SLOWER THAN WHEN YOU ACTUALLY FUND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, WHICH MAKES SENSE, BECAUSE IF YOU STARVE THE STATE GOVERNMENT, WHAT HAPPENS? I TURN AROUND, THERE'S LESS FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS, LESS FUNDING FOR HOSPITALS, LESS FUNDING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND POLICE AND FIRE SO WE NEED FUNDING FROM WASHINGTON

    IF WE DON'T GET FUNDING FROM WASHINGTON, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SERIOUS FINANCIAL ISSUE AND IT'S GOING TO COMPOUND OUR STATE PROBLEM OVERALL WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU DON'T GET FEDERAL FUNDING? WELL, THEN YOU HAVE TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND FOR NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK STATE, SUFFOLK, NASSAU, IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME QUESTION WE'LL BORROW A LOT OF MONEY

    WELL, IS IT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, WHAT YOU'RE BORROWING? DO YOU HAVE ANY CHANCE TO PAY IT BACK? WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT BORROWING TO PAY OPERATING EXPENSES, THIS IS A WHOLE NEW SITUATION NORMALLY YOU BORROW FOR CAPITAL EXPENSES YOU'RE MAKING AN INVESTMENT, IT'S GOING TO INCREASE FUTURE REVENUE BORROWING FOR OPERATING EXPENSES IS FISCALLY QUESTIONABLE SO IT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE'RE GOING TO FACE FOR THE STATE, AN ISSUE WE'LL FACE FOR THE CITY

    AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS VERY IMPORTANT HERE WE DON'T WANT TO CREATE MORE DEBT THAN THE STATE CAN PAY GOING FORWARD AND YOU DON'T WANT TO CREATE A SITUATION WHERE THE STATE OR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT BORROWS SO MUCH MONEY THAT THEY CAN'T REPAY IT, AND THEN YOU HAVE TO START TO CUT SERVICES, AND NOW YOU'RE IN THAT VICIOUS DOWNWARD SPIRAL, RIGHT? WE'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE NEW YORK CITY HAS BEEN THERE BEFORE SO I'M STILL BANKING ON WASHINGTON DOING THE INTELLIGENT THING

    IT'S PRUDENT FOR EVERYONE IF THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE HARD CHOICES BUT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND I HAVEN'T EVEN LOOKED AT THOSE ISSUES FOR THE CITY OR THE STATE, BECAUSE I STILL DON'T WANT TO CREATE THE POSSIBILITY OR THE EXCUSE FOR WASHINGTON TO SAY, WELL, WE DON'T HAVE TO ACT, YOU CAN JUST GO MORTGAGE YOUR FUTURE I'M NOT IN THE MORTGAGING FOR FUTURE OPTION SCENARIO

    >> Reporter: IN RECENT DAYS, THE CDC GUIDANCE CHANGED WITH REGARD TO TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS ON SURFACES IN LIGHT OF THAT, HAS THE MTA NIGHTLY DISINFECTING OF EVERY SURFACE ON EVERY CHANGE BEEN A MISALLOCATION OF RESOURCES? WOULD YOU INSTEAD INSTRUCT THEM TO GET READY FOR THE REOPENING BY HANDING OUT MASKS TO EVERY SINGLE RIDER OR TO INCREASE CAPACITY? >> ANDREW, ALL OF THE ABOVE THE CDC DID NOT SAY — FIRST OF ALL, THE CDC DID NOT SAY YOU CAN'T GET IT FROM SURFACES THEY SAID, YOU CAN GET IT FROM SURFACES, BUT IT'S NOT A MAJOR TRANSMISSION SOURCE WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? AND THEY PREVIOUSLY HAD SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS A MAJOR SOURCE

    BUT EVEN IF IT'S NOT A MAJOR SOURCE, THIS IS TRICKY IF I GET THE VIRUS, I DON'T CARE IF I GOT IT FROM A MINOR TRANSMISSION SOURCE I DON'T WANT TO GET THE VIRUS SO EVEN IF ONLY 20% OF THE PEOPLE GET INFECTED FROM SURFACES, I'M STILL WORRIED ABOUT THOSE 20% OF THE PEOPLE SO I THINK FOR THE MTA, FOR ANY ORGANIZATION, IT'S ALL OF THE ABOVE

    YES, MASKS YES, HAND SANITIZER YES, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND YES, CLEAN AND DISINFECT THE SURFACES, BECAUSE EVEN IF THEY'RE RIGHT, AND AGAIN, THAT ASSUMES THEY'RE RIGHT, AND LET'S BE HONEST, THE EXPERTS HAVE CHANGED THEIR OPINIONS AND THEIR NUMBERS AND THEIR PROJECTIONS THREE TIMES THROUGH THIS THING, SO EVEN IF THEY'RE RIGHT AND IT'S ONLY A MINOR SOURCE NOW, IT'S STILL A SOURCE, AND DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN

    DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING >> Reporter: IF SOMEONE IS GOING BACK TO WORK AND THERE'S SOMEONE ON THEIR TRAIN WHO IS NOT WEARING A MASK, WHAT SHOULD THEY DO? >> LOOK, NEW YORKERS HAVE TOUGH, AS WE'VE SAID THERE IS A SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, I BELIEVE, TO WEAR A MASK I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE PART OF OUR CULTURE

    I THINK WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND TO WEAR IT I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE, WHEN I SEE PEOPLE ON THE STREET AND THEY'RE NOT WEARING A MASK AND THEY WALK PAST ME, I ENCOURAGE THEM, NICELY, POLITELY, POINT OUT SOME FACTS BUT IT'S NEW YORK, WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT THE NICE AND POLITE STAYS NICE AND POLITE AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID NOW, AND YOU CAN SEE TEMPERS FLARE, YOU CAN SEE THE ENERGY GOES UP I THINK THAT'S NOT HELPFUL

    I THINK YOU CAN HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE AND POINT IT OUT, BUT KEEP IT — KEEP IT FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE >> Reporter: OVER THE WEEKEND, SOME ISSUES ON THE BOARDWALK IN LONG BEACH PEOPLE ARE ALREADY EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT A SECOND WAVE THEY WERE HAPPY ABOUT [ INAUDIBLE ] BUT THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT A SECOND WAVE HAVE YOU STARTED FORMING LIKE A NEW PLAN FOR A SECOND WAVE AND HOW WOULD IT BE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE'VE DONE? >> THE WAY WE ARE REOPENING, IN MANY WAYS IT ANTICIPATES THE POSSIBILITY OF A SECOND WAVE

    IT IS BUILT INTO OUR REOPENING PLAN WHEN WE SAY YOU MUST RESERVE 30% CAPACITY IN THE HOSPITALS, THAT'S ANTICIPATING EITHER GETTING THE TESTING CAPACITY UP WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU GET TO THE FALL, EVEN IF THERE'S NOT A SECOND WAVE? PEOPLE WILL NEED FLU TESTS FOR THE NORMAL FLU RIGHT NOW WE'RE USING BASICALLY ALL OUR TESTING CAPACITY TO DO THE COVID TESTS SO WE'RE PLANNING FOR TESTING IN THE FALL, SPLIT BETWEEN THE FLU TEST AND THE COVID TEST

    BUT WHAT WE ARE NOW DOING BUILDS IN THE ANTICIPATION OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A SECOND WAVE AND LOOK, I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT'S A SECOND WAVE ANYMORE THEY NOW TALKING ABOUT BASICALLY IT'S NOT GOING AWAY IT'S NOT THAT IT'S GOING TO GO AWAY AND COME BACK LIKE THEY FIRST TALKED ABOUT THE SECOND WAVE IT'S JUST, THERE MAY BE A LULL, A SEASONAL LULL BECAUSE OF THE SUMMER CLIMATE, BUT THEN IT COMES BACK

    IT INCREASES IN THE FALL BECAUSE IT NEVER REALLY WENT AWAY >> Reporter: THE STOCK EXCHANGE SUGGESTED AVOIDING TAKING PUBLIC TRANSIT TO WORK DO YOU THINK THAT'S A WISE POLICY? HAVE YOU IDENTIFIED WHICH PHASE OF THE REOPENING THE OVERNIGHT SUBWAY SERVICE WILL RESUME? >> I DON'T PICK DATES IN THE FUTURE WE HAVE HAD PROJECTION MODELS FROM DAY ONE ON THIS WE'VE FOLLOWED THE PROJECTION MODELS

    REMEMBER THE PROJECTION MODELS SAID WE COULD NEED 120,000 HOSPITAL BEDS WE ONLY HAVE 50,000 HOSPITAL BEDS I SPENT ONE MONTH DEVELOPING THOUSANDS OF HOSPITAL BEDS OFF THE PROJECTIONS AND WE DID IT IT WAS PROBABLY THE LARGEST SINGLE UNDERTAKING THAT I'VE UNDERTAKEN AS GOVERNOR, AND WE DID IT

    AND THEN THE PROJECTION MODEL DIDN'T COME TRUE NOW, IN DEFENSE OF THE PROJECTION MODELS, THEY'LL SAY, WELL, WE HAD A NUMBER OF VARIABLES THAT CHANGED, AND WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW EFFECTIVE SOCIAL DISTANCING WOULD BE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING TURNED OUT TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE MORE RESPONSIBLE SO THE NUMBERS CAME DOWN BUT I DON'T THINK YOU CAN PROJECT INTO THE FUTURE I DON'T THINK ANYBODY CAN SAY, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN FOUR WEEKS SO I KNOW THE NUMBERS TODAY

    WE'LL KNOW THE NUMBERS TOMORROW MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON THE FACTS YOU KNOW AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO SO I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE PROJECTION THE MTA, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, HAS TO BE READY WHEN YOU REOPEN

    EVERYTHING HAS TO BE STAGED AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HAS TO BE WORKING YOU CAN'T DO A FULL REOPENING WITHOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION YOU JUST CAN'T YOU DON'T HAVE AN OPTION OF EVERYBODY WALKS OR EVERYBODY DRIVES OR EVERYBODY BICYCLES YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN THIS METROPOLITAN AREA

    YOU HAVE PEOPLE COMING IN FROM NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, ET CETERA SO YOU NEED METRO NORTH, ET CETERA SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, HOW DO YOU REOPEN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND WE HAVE TRAINS, CLEANER THAN EVER BEFORE, REMARKABLY SO WE NEED SOCIAL DISTANCING PRECAUTIONS

    YOU NEED THE MASKS, YOU NEED THE SANITIZER, YOU NEED TO SCHEDULE IN A WAY SO YOU DON'T OVERLOAD A TRAIN BUT I'LL TELL YOU, ONE OF THE SILVER LININGS HERE THE SUBWAYS HAVE NEVER BEEN AS CLEAN AS THEY ARE NOW AND WE'RE HELPING MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE YOU KNOW, FOR ME, THIS HAS BEEN AN ISSUE THAT WE'VE WORKED ON FOR A LONG TIME AND THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISSENSION

    AND I SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE WORKING ON THE HOMELESS ISSUE AND FINALLY, FINALLY, WE'VE HAD THE WISDOM TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'RE NOT REALLY HELPING THE HOMELESS BY LETTING THEM SLEEP ON THE TRAIN YOU KNOW, THAT WAS A MISGUIDED THEORY WELL, WE RESPECT YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU SLEEP ON A SUBWAY CAR AND RISK GETTING MOLESTED OR HURT DURING THE NIGHT NO

    THEY DESERVED BETTER OFFER THEM SAFE SHELTER OFFER THEM SERVICES THAT WAS ALWAYS THE ANSWER AND NOW, BECAUSE WE CLOSED THE SUBWAY TO CLEAN THE CARS, THE HOMELESS HAVE TO BE OFF THE SUBWAY BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO CLEAN THE CAR, AND IT'S THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE ACTUALLY HAD A REAL OUTREACH PROGRAM

    SO OUT OF CRISIS COMES POSITIVE >> Reporter: THE STOCK EXCHANGE, DO YOU THINK THE SUBWAYS ARE SPREADING THE VIRUS RIGHT NOW? >> THE SUBWAYS HAVE NEVER BEEN CLEANER AND PEOPLE ARE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THEY'RE WEARING MASKS YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO CONFIGURATION ON A SUBWAY DONE RIGHT, THERE'S NOT A SIDEWALK DONE RIGHT, THERE'S NOT ANY PLACE DONE RIGHT IF YOU HAVE AN OVERCROWDED SUBWAY CAR, YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE WITH AN OVERCROWDED SIDEWALK OR AN OVERCROWDED LOBBY OR AN OVERCROWDED ELEVATOR THEM IT'S THE SAME THING

    >> Reporter: THIS MORNING, [ INAUDIBLE ], WOULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE REOPENING OF THE FLOOR, IF THEY DON'T AGREE WITH THE CRITERIA AND OTHER THINGS? WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A COMPANY WHO MAY NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE? >> I THINK YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS I THINK YOU'LL SEE COMPANIES MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS WE'VE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE THEY OPENED SOME PARTS OF CHINA JUST BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, OKAY, WE'RE BACK, SOME PEOPLE SAID, I'M NOT READY TO BE BACK, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT READY TO GET ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, I'M NOT READY TO WALK DOWN THE SIDEWALK, I'M GOING TO SIT HOME AND I'M GOING TO WATCH TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS

    PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH A TRAUMA PEOPLE ARE SCARED SO I THINK YOU'LL SEE ALL SORTS OF INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS BY COMPANIES, BY PEOPLE, AND SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HANG BACK AND SAY, I WANT TO SEE THE FACTS, I DON'T WANT TO BE THE FIRST ONE OUT I THINK THAT'S ALL FINE AND I THINK THAT'S TO BE EXPECTED

    I THINK THERE'S AN EMOTIONAL TRANSITION HERE AS MUCH AS THERE IS A PHYSICAL TRANSITION AND AGAIN, I DON'T THINK THIS IS ABOUT GOVERNMENT RULES I THINK IT'S ABOUT EVERYONE HAS INFORMED THEMSELVES — YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MY LIFE, NOW YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION

    YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MY KIDS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MY MOTHER I'M TAKING THIS VERY SERIOUSLY AND I'VE INFORMED MYSELF AND I'M GOING TO MAKE MY OWN JUDGMENT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    WELL, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, THE PRESIDENT SAYS, THE GOVERNOR SAYS I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY SAY I'M GOING TO MAKE MY OWN DECISION AND I THINK THAT'S FINE, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY ABOUT RESTORING CONFIDENCE AND COMFORT AND IT DOESN'T HAPPEN UNTIL YOU FEEL CONFIDENT AND COMFORTABLE

    ANYONE WANT TO MAKE A POINT, MELISSA? HOW COME YOU GOT MORE VOTES FOR THAT COMPETITION THAN FOR YOUR OWN DAD? LET'S TAKE ONE MORE >> Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ] DO YOU ANTICIPATE THAT THEY WILL UNVEIL STATE BUDGET CUTS BEFORE OR AFTER [ INAUDIBLE ]? >> YOU TELL ME WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THE STATE BUDGET LOOKS LIKE AND I WANT THEM TO HAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY RIGHT NOW, YOU HAVE A $13 BILLION DEFICIT

    WE WILL CUT SCHOOLS WITH NO MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SCHOOLS GET CUT 20% LOCAL GOVERNMENT GETS CUT 20% AND HOSPITALS GET 20% 20% CUT

    THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS TODAY THAT'S THE BUDGET IT'S DONE AND BY THE WAY, THE BUDGET IS DONE IT WAS PASSED IN APRIL

    THAT'S THE BUDGET HOW DO YOU AVOID THOSE CUTS? IT'S PURELY DEPENDENT ON WHAT THE FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES DO AND REMEMBER, THE HOUSE IS CONTROLLED BY CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS THE SENATE IS CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS BUT I'VE SAID TO THEM VERY CLEARLY, THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE ARE GOING TO KNOW WHAT YOU DID

    RIGHT NOW, IF YOU DO NOTHING, WE HAVE A 20% CUT TO SCHOOLS IF YOU WANT TO CUT SCHOOLS 20%, THEN DON'T FUND NEW YORK IF YOU WANT TO CUT POLICE AND FIRE 20%, THEN DON'T FUND NEW YORK IF YOU WANT TO CUT OUR HOSPITALS 20%, DON'T FUND NEW YORK AND THE WAY TO AVOID THOSE CUTS IS THE CONGRESS HAS TO DELIVER

    YOU KNOW, I BELIEVE THAT POLITICIANS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE WHEN I WOULD WATCH TV WITH MY GRANDFATHER, MY FATHER'S FATHER, ANDREA, THE ITALIAN NAME, ANDREW, AND A POLITICIAN WOULD START TO TALK ON THE TV, MY GRANDFATHER WOULD GO LIKE THIS AND, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF HIS MANNERISMS WERE ITALIAN AND I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THEM SO I WOULDN'T ASK ONE DAY I SAID, WHAT IS THAT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE? HE SAID, THAT'S ALL THEY DO, THESE POLITICIANS, IS TALK HE DIDN'T MEAN MY FATHER

    BUT THAT'S A DIFFERENT CONVERSATION THAT'S ALL THEY DO IS TALK YEAH, FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES, IT'S YOUR TURN TO DELIVER WE NEED HELP I DON'T CARE, FEDERAL POLITICS, WASHINGTON POLITICS

    WE NEED HELP AND WE NEED YOU TO DELIVER AND WE NEED YOU TO DELIVER THE SAL

    T REPEAL, WHICH IS ALSO IN THE HOUSE BILL AND I WANT TO KEEP THE FOCUS RIGHT THERE SO THEY ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE NOBODY REALLY KNOWS ANYMORE WHO DOES WHAT, WHAT DOES THE STATE DO, WHAT DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO

    AND IF THEY'RE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE THEN PEOPLE CAN BECOME TOO EASY THIS ONE CAN'T BE EASY WE NEED FEDERAL HELP IF WE DON'T GET IT, CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND I WANT TO KEEP THE FOCUS THERE

    >> Reporter: WHY NOT USE THE CRISIS TO PUSH FORWARD AN ACTUAL SUBWAY EXTENSION INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT PLAN WHICH IS PRETTY UNPOPULAR AMONG TRANSIT EXPERTS? >> FORGET YOUR TRANSIT EXPERTS YOU KNOW WHAT'S MORE UNPOPULAR THAN THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE AFFECTED? THE SUBWAY PLAN SO LOOK, THERE'S A — YOU HAVE TWO QUESTIONS YOU HAVE FUNDING, IS AN ISSUE AND THEN YOU HAVE FEASIBILITY OF THE PROJECT

    I DON'T WANT A PROJECT THAT'S GOING TO BE IN COURT FOR 150 YEARS AND THAT GETS KICKED DOWN THE CAN — THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENS WITH SO MANY PUBLIC WORKS WHEN I SAY I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING, I ACTUALLY DO IT I SAY I'M GOING TO BUILD A MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE, I DO IT I SAY I'M GOING TO BUILD A NEW AIRPORT, I DO IT AND I DO IT IN REAL TIME

    AND I WANT PROJECTS THAT ARE REAL AS OPPOSED TO, YOU KNOW, THEORETICAL "I HAVE A GREAT IDEA, IN A PERFECT WORLD WE COULD DO THIS" YEAH, WHEN THE WORLD IS PERFECT, THEN I'LL DO IT THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME >> Reporter: ARE YOU MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT TOMORROW, IS THIS PART 2, CONTINUING YOUR LAST DISCUSSION? >> WE'VE HAD MULTIPLE — IT'S NOT PART 2 IT'S PART 28

    >> Reporter: IS THERE A FISCAL PACKAGE YOU'RE TRYING TO GET OUT OF WASHINGTON, WOULD YOU SAY? >> MY THREE FAVORITE TOPICS AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK TALK TO YOU LATER THANK YOU THANK YOU, STOCK EXCHANGE, FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ROOM

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