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    NEW YORK METS COLORS IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

    STANLEY KING, DIRECTOR OF THE MADISON SQUARE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB MELISSA DEROSA TO MY RIGHT AND GARETH RHODES TO MY LEFT BACK IN BROOKLYN MY GRANDPARENTS ARE FROM HERE I'M FROM A MIXED MARRIAGE IN NEW YORK CITY

    MY MOTHER FROM BROOKLYN, MY FATHER FROM QUEENS SO I SPENT A LOT OF TIME HERE AND IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE BACK AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE IN BROOKLYN IN A MOMENT WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FIND OUR WAY THROUGH THIS AND FOLLOWING THE FACTS OR THE WAY WE'VE CHOSEN TO DO IT IN THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK

    FACTS TODAY ARE GOOD THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE DOWN THE ROLLING TOTAL IS DOWN THE CHANGE IN INTUBATIONS PEOPLE WHO ARE PUT ON VENTILATORS IS DOWN

    SO THAT IS VERY GOOD NEWS AND THE NUMBER OF NEW COVID CASES PER DAY IS ALSO DOWN 163 WHICH IS THE LOWEST IT HAS BEEN SO THAT IS ALL VERY, VERY GOOD NEWS FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW

    THE RELATIVELY POSITIVE NEWS IS THE NUMBER OF DEATHS CONTINUES TO DECLINE 74 THIS IS ALWAYS PAINFUL AND WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING THIS NUMBER TO SEE HOW FAR DOWN IT ACTUALLY GOES WE HAVE A LARGE STATE

    AND THE COVID VIRUS TENDS OR THE ATTACK THOSE WHO ARE SENIORS AND THOSE WHO HAVE UNDERLYING ILLNESSES AND WILL REMAIN A CAUSE OF DEATH FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE I'M AFRAID TO SAY BUT WE WANT TO GET THIS NUMBER DOWN AS LOW AS POSSIBLE AND WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN CAN TO DO THAT WE HAVE THE BEST HOSPITALS

    THE BEST DOCTORS, THE BEST NURSES THEY ARE ALL WORKING DAY AND NIGHT SO WE CAN TAKE A LITTLE SOLACE IN THE FACT THAT WE KNOW WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP SAVE THOSE 74 LIVES YOU CAN'T ALWAYS BE SUCCESSFUL BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS DO THE MOST THAT YOU CAN DO

    AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING AND YOU SEE AGAIN THE NUMBER OF LIVES LOST AND HOW THAT NUMBER IS COMING DOWN SO THAT IS ALL GOOD NEWS YESTERDAY I WAS IN WASHINGTON DC

    , SPOKE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE I MET WITH THE PRESIDENT I SPOKE TO CONGRESSIONAL MEMBER SPOKE TO SENATE MEMBERS TO TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON THIS IS MY OPINION

    SO IT IS WORTH WHAT YOU PAY FOR IT SINCE YOU ARE NOT PAYING ANYTHING I UNDERSTAND WHAT STATES MUST DO TO WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC THE STATES ARE TAKING THE LEAD IN THE RESPONSIBILITY I UNDERSTAND THAT

    I UNDERSTAND WHAT GOVERNORS MUST DO I AM VICE CHAIRMAN OF WHAT'S CALLED THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, SO I WORK WITH GOVERNORS ALL ACROSS THE NATION AND WE TALK ABOUT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND I FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT THE STATES AND WHAT THE GOVERNORS ARE DOING MY QUESTION IS, "WHAT IS WASHINGTON GOING TO DO?" THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A ROLE ALSO IN THIS YES, THE STATES ARE IN CHARGE, AND YES, THE STATES ARE IMPLEMENTING THEIR PLANS

    BUT WE NEED SUPPORT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THAT IS THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT L WASHINGTON HAS PASSED NUMEROUS PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND SUCCESSLY BAILED OUT LOTS OF ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL THE QUESTION IS WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO THAT HELPS WORKING AMERICANS? RIGHT? POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, SCHOOL TEACHERS, HOSPITAL, UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE BUSINESSES THAT ARE STRUGGLING HOW DO WE HELP THEM? HOW DO WE BRING THEM UP? AND THAT'S WHAT STATES DO AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DO

    AND THAT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE THAT ALSO MY OPINION IS WASHINGTON SHOULD JUST THROUGH THIS ONCE END THEIR PROCLIVITY TO MAKE EVERY PIECE OF LEGISLATION PORK BARREL LEGISLATION I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO GET SENATORS TO VOTE FOR IT AND THEY HAVE TO GET HOUSE MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT A GRAVE TRAIN OF PORK JUST TO PASS IT MAYBE YOU CAN JUST PASS A BILL ON THE MERITS OF A BILL

    HOW ABOUT THAT? NOVEL, BUT POSSIBLE THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP RESTORE THE ECONOMY AND REPAIR THE DAMAGE OF THE COVID VIRUS WELL THEN MAKE THE LEGISLATION ABOUT FUNDING TO REPAIR THE COVID VIRUS AND YOU KNOW WHERE THE COVID VIRUS HAS BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS WREAKING HAVOC

    YOU CAN COUNT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS AND WHERE THEY ARE YOU CAN COUNT THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES AND WHERE THEY ARE YOU LOOK AT THE PAST LEGISLATION THAT CAME OUT OF WASHINGTON AND HOW THEY DISPERSED MONEY AND YOU LOOK AT HOW THEY WOUND UP MAKING IT A GRAVY TRAIN AND EVERY STATE GOT LOT OF MONEY

    LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GOT A LOT OF MONEY AND MANY CASES DISCONNECTED FROM THE COVID VIRUS AND THE COVID SITUATION IF YOU TAKE THE TOTAL FUNDING, AND YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT HOW MUCH STATES GOT PER POSITIVE COVID CASE IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE SOME STATES GOT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PER COVID CASE

    NEW YORK STATE WE GOT ABOUT $23,000 PER CASE NEW JERSEY ABOUT $27,000 PER CASE I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO QUOTE/UNQUOTE BUY VOTES ON A PIECE OF LEGISLATION I ALSO UNDERSTAND IT'S TAXPAYERS MONEY AND THEORETICALLY A LEGISLATOR IS THERE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT

    AND NOT BECAUSE THAT LEGISLATOR WAS SEDUCED WITH LARGE AMOUNTS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS EVEN THOUGH THAT STATE WASN'T AFFECTED I ALSO THINK WASHINGTON HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY STEP UP AND TO BE SMART FOR A CHANGE THEY SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT REVITALIZING THE ECONOMY NOT JUST REOPENING THE ECONOMY I DON'T BELIEVE YOU JUST REOPEN THE ECONOMY AND IT POUNCES BACK

    FOR EVERYONE I THINK IT BOUNCES BACK FOR THE BIG CORPORATIONS I THINK IT BOUNCES BACK FOR THE RICH I THINK IT BOUNCES BACK FOR THE POWERFUL THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, THE MORTGAGE FRAUD CRISIS

    THE BIG BANKS THAT CAUSED THE CRISIS, THEY WERE FINE JUST MONTHS AFTER THEY TOOK ALL THE FEDERAL BAIL OUT MONEY THEY GAVE THEMSELVES BONUSES I REMEMBER I CHASED THOSE CORPORATIONS TO PUT THE BONUSES BACK BUT HOW ABOUT THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CLOSED? HOW ABOUT THE CORPORATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO LAY OFF WORKERS NOW? WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN TO THEM? HOW ABOUT ALL THOSE BLUE COLLAR JOBS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO COME BACK RIGHT AWAY? ALL THOSE LITTLE RETAIL STORES THAT ARE NOT GOING TO COME BACK RIGHT AWAY

    SO IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT REVITALIZING NOT JUST ABOUT REOPENING IT IS ABOUT REVITALIZING AND IT IS ABOUT HAVING A PLAN AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE OKAY, WE WENT THROUGH THIS

    WHAT'S THE PLAN GOING FORWARD? WE WENT THROUGH THE DEPRESSION BUT THERE WAS A PLAN AFTERWARDS WE WENT THROUGH WORLD WAR II BUT THERE WAS A PLAN TO RESTORE THE ECONOMY WHERE'S THE PLAN? WHERE'S THE VISION? WHERE'S THE PLAN TO SAY YES WE WENT THROUGH HELL, BUT HEAVEN IS ON THE OTHER SIDE? AND WE'RE GOING TO RALLY AND WE'RE GOING TO BE BETTER FOR THIS

    BBB, BUILD BACK BETTER WE'RE NOT JUST GOING TO RETURN TO WHERE WE WERE WE'RE GOING TO BE BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE AND TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY OF THOSE CORPORATIONS THAT TOOK TAXPAYER MONEY REHIRE THE SAME NUMBER OF WORKERS YOU HEAR CORPORATIONS NOW TALK ABOUT WELL WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESTRUCTURE

    WE'RE GOING TO GET — THAT MEANS THEY ARE GOING TO LAYOFF WORKERS THAT MEANS THEY ARE GOING TO BOOST PROFITS AND STOCK PRICE BY LAYING OFF WORKERS AND NOT RE-HIRING PEOPLE AFTER THE PANDEMIC NOW, THAT IS A CORPORATION'S RIGHT BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO SUBSIDIZE THAT WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY RIGHT? YOU SHOULDN'T BE GIVING THEM GOVERNMENT CASH AND THEN THEY LAYOFF WORKERS AND THEN THE TAXPAYER HAS TO PLAY UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE WORKERS THEY LAID OFF

    THAT WOULD BE A SCANDAL, RIGHT? WELL IF THEY DON'T STOP IT IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE AND IF THEY WERE SMART, THEY WOULD FINALLY REBUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS NATION WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN TALK ABOUT 30 OR 40 YEARS AND NEVER DONE YOU WANT TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK? BUILD AIRPORT, BUILD BRIDGES, PUT TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION, PUT TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE DO THE THINGS YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT FOR 40 YEARS BUT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NEVER COMPETENT ENOUGH TO DO

    AND ALSO, TO WASHINGTON, AFTER MY CONVERSATIONS SO MUCH OF IT IS, WELL, HERE IS OUR POLITICS HERE IS OUR POLITICS FORGET YOUR POLITICS JUST PUT IT ALL ASIDE

    THERE IS A GREATER INTEREST THAN YOUR POLITICS AND THAT'S DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR THIS COUNTRY AND FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND STOP THE HYPER PARTISAN ATTITUDE AND THE GRIDLOCK FORGET THE RED AND THE BLUE WE ARE RED, WHITE AND BLUE WE'RE ALL AMERICANS

    THAT'S MY OPINION BACK TO THE FACTS WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE OPENING OF NEW YORK CITY WE HAVE REOPENED THE OTHER REGION OF THE STATE WE DIVIDED THE STATE INTO DIFFERENT REGIONS

    BECAUSE THE STATE HAS DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT FACTS ACROSS THE STATE WE'RE IN NEW YORK CITY, ONE OF THE DENSEST URBAN AREAS ON THE GLOBE WE HAVE PARTS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK WHICH ARE RURAL AREAS, WHICH LOOK MORE LIKE THE MIDWEST AND THEY HAD FACTS, MORE LIKE THE MIDWEST SO WE DIVIDED THE STATE INTO REGIONS AND ADDRESSING THE FACTS IN EACH REGION

    THE OTHER REGIONS HAVE ALL STARTED REOPENING NEW YORK CITY WHERE WE HAD A MUCH HIGHER NUMBER OF CASES, THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE, ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY, THAN MANY COUNTRY ON THE GLOBE NEW YORK CITY IS A MORE DIFFICULT SITUATION WE WERE ATTACKED IN NEW YORK CITY BY THE CORONAVIRUS FROM EUROPE I LIKE TO SAY THAT, BECAUSE PEOPLE SAY "WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE CORONAVIRUS FROM EUROPE?" I THOUGHT THE CORONAVIRUS WAS FROM CHINA

    YEAH SO DID I SO DID EVERYONE THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TOLD THE CORONAVIRUS WAS COMING FROM CHINA

    WHAT WE WEREN'T TOLD WAS THE CORONAVIRUS LEFT CHINA, WENT TO EUROPE JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND THEN CAME HERE FROM EUROPE OH, NOBODY TOLD US I KNOW NOBODY TOLD US

    THEY SAY NOBODY KNEW I DON'T KNOW HOW NOBODY KNEW BUT THE CASES CAME FROM EUROPE JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH THREE MILLION PEOPLE TRAVELED FROM EUROPE TO JFK AND NEWARK AIRPORT THE WHY DID NEW YORK CITY HAVE SO MANY CASES? BECAUSE THREE MILLION EUROPEANS CAME JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH AND BROUGHT THE VIRUS AND NOBODY KNEW

    AND NOBODY TOLD US NO FAULT OF OUR OWN THERE IS NOTHING ENDEMIC TO NEW YORK CITY YEAH WE HAVE DENSITY BUT WE'RE ALL WATCHING CHINA

    WE'RE LOOKING TO THE WEST AND THE VIRUS CAME FROM THE EAST IT CAME FROM EUROPE AND THAT'S BEEN DOCUMENTED NOW SO WE WERE THE HARDEST HIT

    BUT WE'RE GOING TO REOPEN AS THE SMARTEST AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE CURVE IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW, YOU SEE OUR NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN YOU SEE THE CURVE IN MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY STILL HAVE THE CURVE GOING UP SO WE DID GET HIT THE HARDEST BUT WE LEARNED

    THE STATE HAS A SET OF RULES AND METRICS TO REOPEN THAT APPLY TO NEW YORK CITY JUST LIKE THEY APPLY TO EVERY OTHER REGION WHY? BECAUSE WHAT IS SAFE TO REOPEN IN BUFFALO IS THE SAME STANDARD THAT IS SAFE TO REOPEN IN ALBANY OR LONG ISLAND OR NEW YORK CITY NOT GOING OPEN ANY REGION THAT I DON'T BELIEVE AND SAFE AND WE HAVE DIFFERENT STANDARDS ACROSS THE NATION

    DIFFERENT STATES HAVE TAKEN DIFFERENT STANDARDS YOU CAN ARGUE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD HAVE DIFFERENT STANDARDS OF SAFETY IN THIS NATION BUT THAT IS ABOVE MY PAY GRADE I CAN TELL YOU IN THIS STATE THERE ARE NO DIFFERENT STANDARDS OF SAFETY WHAT IS SAFE TO REOPEN, IS SAFE

    AND IF IT IS SAFE FOR YOUR FAMILY, IT'S SAFE FOR MY FAMILY AND I WOULDN'T REOPEN AN AREA THAT I DIDN'T CONSIDER WAS SAFE FOR MY FAMILY THAT'S MY PERSONAL GAUGE SO IT IS THE SAME ALL ACROSS THE BOARD WITH THE SAME RULES PHASE ONE REOPENING IS CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING, CURB SIDE RETAIL BY SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

    THE OTHER REGIONS HAVE ALL HIT PHASE ONE NEW YORK CITY HAS YET TO HIT PHASE ONE BUT THAT IS WHAT WE ARE POINTING TOWARDS AND THEN ONCE YOU HIT PHASE ONE YOU CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE METRICS, IF ALL IS GOOD

    YOU MOVE TO PHASE TWO ACCORDINGLY BUT IT IS ABOUT THE METRICS IT IS ABOUT RATE OF HOSPITALIZATION NUMBER OF HOSPITAL BEDS NUMBER OF ICU BEDS

    WHAT'S HAPPENING HAPPENING ON THE TESTING WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE SYMPTOMS THAT PEOPLE ARE REPORTING AND YOU MONITOR THOSE METRICS, THOSE FACTS, AND YOU PROCEED ACCORDINGLY NEW YORK CITY WE HAVE TO MAKE MORE PROGRESS ON SOME OF THE METRICS

    WE HAVE TO MAKE MORE PROGRESS ON WHAT'S CALLED CONTACT TRACING, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT AFTER YOU TEST, WHOEVER WINDS UP POSITIVE, YOU TRACE BACK THOSE CONTACTS AND YOU ISOLATE NEW YORK CITY, YOU ALSO HAVE THE ADDED A SITUATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR NEW YORK CITY TO REOPEN YOU HAVE WORKING NEW YORKERS WHO COMMUTE ON MASS TRANSIT

    AND WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT IS SAFE, THAT IS CLEAN AND IS NOT OVERCROWDED AND THE MTA HAS REALLY TAKEN THE BULL BY THE HORNS ON THIS ONE WE NEVER HEARD OF DISINFECTING A TRAIN WE'VE HEARD OF CLEANING TRAINS BUT TO GET THEM TO A POINT WHERE THEY ARE DISINFECTED IS A HIGHER LEVEL, STANDARD THAN ANYONE EVER DREAMED OF

    AND THEY ARE NOW DISINFECTING EVERY TRAIN AND EVERY BUS ON A DAILY BASIS PILOTING THE USE OF UV LIGHT TECHNOLOGY TO KILL VIRUSS IN SUBWAY CARS SO THEY ARE USING THE BEST SCIENCE TO GET READY THIS FOR IN THE MEANTIME WE WANT TO FOCUS ON NEW YORK CITY HOT SPOTS BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT NEW YORK CITY, THERE ARE VERY DIFFERENT STORIES WITHIN THE CITY

    AND WE NOW DO ENOUGH TESTING WE DO 10s OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS PER DAY WE ARE DOING MORE TESTING IN NEW YORK STATE THAN ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY WE'RE DOING MORE TESTING IN NEW YORK STATE PER CAPITA THAN ANY COUNTRY ON THE GLOBE SO WE'RE THE TESTING CAPITAL

    WHEN YOU DO THAT MANY TESTS YOU CAN TARGET EXACTLY WHERE PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK AND WHERE THOSE NEW CASES ARE COMING FROM AND YOU CAN LOOK AT THAT BY NEIGHBORHOOD, BY ZIP CODE AND WHAT YOU SEE IS MORE OF THE CASES ARE COMING FROM — BOROUGH COMMUNITIES MORE MINORITY COMMUNITIES, LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES

    NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS COMING FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY WORKING THEY ARE NOT ESSENTIAL WORKERS THEY ARE COMMUNITIES WHERE ESSENTIAL WORKERS LIVE BUT THEY ARE NOT THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS IT IS MORE FROM WHAT WE CALL COMMUNITY SPREAD

    IT IS IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE AN UNDERLYING HEALTHCARE DISPARITY, WHICH IS A PROBLEM ACROSS THIS COUNTRY POPULATIONS THAT HAVE HIGHER INCIDENTS OF UNDERLYING ILLNESSES, AND LACK OF MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, PARTICULARLY WITH YOUNGER PEOPLE IF YOU LOOK AT THE TESTING RESULTS, FOR EXAMPLE YOU HAVE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DOUBLE THE INFECTION RATE OF THE CITY IN GENERAL THE CITY IN GENERAL IS ABOUT 20%

    YOU HAVE COMMUNITIES FOR THAT LITERALLY MORE THAN DOUBLE, 43% INFECTION RATE BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN, 41% INFECTION RATE EAST BRONX 38% INFECTION RATE SOUND VIEW, BRUCK NER SECTION OF THE BRONX, 38% INFECTION RATE QUEENS, MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, 35% INFECTION RATE

    FLAT BUSH, BROOKLYN 45% INFECTION RATE AND THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY YOU KNOW THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE A HIGHER INFECTION RATE YOU KNOW THE NEW CASES THAT ARE BEING GENERATED TEND TO COME FROM THESE COMMUNITIES

    WELL THEN TARGET THOSE COMMUNITIES RIGHT? THAT'S PART OF BEING SMART GET THEM HELP AND GET THEM HELP FASTER AND ADDRESS THE HEALTHCARE INEQUALITY THAT IS UNDERLYING ALL OF THIS SO BRINGING MORE DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

    MORE ANTIBODY TESTING MORE PPE MORE HEALTHCARE SERVICES FOR THE UNDERLYING ILLNESSES THAT IS WHERE THE CO-MORBIDITIES COME FROM BRING IN MORE SUPPLIES AND BRING IN MORE COMMUNICATION

    WE'RE DOING ALL OF THE ABOVE WE'RE TAKING ON THE ISSUE OF INEQUALITY WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE AND WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE OF THE MOST IMPACTED COMMUNITIES IN TERMS OF COVID WE'RE WORKING WITH NORTHWELL HEALTH SYSTEMS NORTH WELL IS THE LARGEST HEALTH SYSTEM IN THE STATE IT IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION

    AND THEY ARE GOING TO BRING MORE HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO IMPACTED COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK CITY THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WE'RE UP TO NOW 225 TESTING SITES I JUST PASSED ONE ON THE WAY HERE TODAY MANY OF THESE TESTING SITES ARE UNDERUSED WE HAVE TESTING SITES

    DRIVE THROUGH SITES THAT COULD DO 15,000 TESTS A DAY THEY ARE ONLY DOING 5,000 TESTS A DAY THERE IS NO COST TO THE TEST IT DOES NOT HURT IT IS PAIN-FREE

    I DID THE TEST ON LIVE TV DIDN'T FLINCH IT IS JUST A NASAL SWAB THERE IS NO NEEDLE YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE CORONAVIRUS

    HEALTHNYGOV AND FIND A SITE NEAR YOU GET TESTED IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO A PERSON WHO'S POSITIVE, GET TESTED

    IT IS NO COST IT DOESN'T HURT AND THERE ARE SITES, LITERALLY EVERYWHERE THROUGHOUT THE CITY WE'VE DELIVERED MORE THAN 8 MILLION MASKS ACROSS NEW YORK CITY TO PUBLIC HOUSING, FOOD BANKS, AND HOMELESS SHELTERS

    THE MASKS WORK THEY WORK AND WE HAVE TO CULTURALIZE THE MASKS, CUSTOMIZE THE MASKS FOR NEW YORK TO GET NEW YORKERS TO WEAR THEM WE'RE BRINGING ONE MILLION ADDITIONAL MASKS TODAY AND TODAY I'M SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT AUTHORIZES PRIVATE BUSINESSES TO DENY ENTRANCE TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WEAR A MASK OR A FACE COVERING

    ED I HAVE BEEN WORKING TO COMMUNICATE THIS MESSAGE ABOUT MASKS AND HOW EFFECTIVE THEY ARE THEY ARE DECEPTIVELY EFFECTIVE THEY ARE AMAZINGLY EFFECTIVE AND WE'VE MADE THEM MANDATORY IN PUBLIC SETTINGS

    PUBLIC TRANSPLANTATION ETC BUT WHEN WE'RE TALK ABOUT REOPENING STORES AND PLACES OF BUSINESS, WE'RE GIVING THE STORE OWNERS THE RIGHT TO SAY IF YOU ARE NOT WEARING A MASK YOU CAN'T COME IN THAT STORE OWNER HAS A RIGHT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES THAT STORE OWNER HAS A RIGHT TO PROTECT THE OTHER PATRONS IN THE STORE YOU DON'T WANT TO WEAR A MASK? FINE

    BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO THEN GO INTO THAT STORE IF THAT STORE OWNER DOESN'T WANT YOU TO I WILL SIGN THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER AND IN GENERAL, MORE COMMUNICATION MORE EDUCATION ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY AND IMPORTANCE OF TESTING, DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, ANTIBODY TESTING WEARING THE PPE

    WHY SOCIAL DISTANCING MAKES SENSE AND COMMUNICATING THIS TO PEOPLE AND MY MAIN JOB ALL THROUGH THIS HAS BEEN COMMUNICATIONS THIS WAS NOT A TASK GOVERNMENT COULD EVER ACCOMPLISH? I KNEW THAT FROM DAY ONE I KNOW WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO I KNOW WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN'T DO

    TELL 19 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK THAT THEY HAVE TO STAY HOME? GOVERNMENT CAN'T DO THAT I CAN SAY IT BUT WE'D HAVE NO WAY TO ENFORCE IT IT IS UP TO WHAT PEOPLE DO AND PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY NEW YORKERS

    THEY ARE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO THEY ARE GONNA DO WHAT'S SMART IF YOU GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION, IF THEY BELIEVE YOU IF THE INFORMATION CONVINCES THEM BUT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO

    SO MY JOB FROM DAY ONE HAS BEEN COMMUNICATING THE FACTS TO PEOPLE, SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE A SMART JUDGMENT FOR THEMSELVES SO PEOPLE HAVE IF INFORMATION TO PROTECT THEMSELVES TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILY, TO DECIDE WHAT WAS SMART THAT'S MY JOB AS GOVERNOR

    THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING THAT IS WHAT I CONTINUE TO DO I'M STILL TRYING TO COMMUNICATE TO PEOPLE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TAKE TESTS AND WEAR MASK, ETC I HAVE AT TIMES BEEN FRUSTRATED THAT NOT EVERYBODY SEEMS TO GET IT I HAVE MY THREE GIRLS AT HOME, AS YOU KNOW

    FAMILY KEEPS US GROUNDED YOU KNOW, FAMILY, ALWAYS HAS A WAY OF BRINGING YOU BACK TO REALITY MY GIRLS HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD AT TELLING ME THAT WHEN I RAISE THE FRUSTRATION OF COMMUNICATION, THEY SAID WELL IT'S — IT'S YOU, DAD YOU'RE THE ONE WHOSE NOT COMMUNICATING THEY HAVE HAD MANY HELPFUL HINTS AS TO WHY I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY OR TO THE LEVEL I WOULD LIKE TO

    THAT I'M NOT COOL ENOUGH I THINK I'M COOL I'M WEARING A COOL MASK I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH EDGE ONE OF'EM SAID I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH EDGE TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY

    SO I'M TRYING TO DIFFERENT WAYS WE'RE DOING DIFFERENT STATE ADVERTISING BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT I NEED REINFORCEMENTS AND I NEED HELP IN COMMUNICATION ESPECIALLY WHEN I'M IN BROOKLYN EVEN THOUGH I'M HALF FROM BROOKLYN, THAT DOESN'T MATTER WHEN YOU ARE FROM BROOKLYN

    THEY WANT A FULL FLEDGED BROOKLYN VOICE IF THEY ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO A BROOKLYN VOICE OF AUTHORITY SO I'M GOING BRING YOU REINFORCEMENTS TO HELP US COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE AND I'M PLEASED TO HAVE THEM WITH US TODAY AND I WANT TO THANK VERY MUCH TWO GREAT NEW YORKERS, TWO GREAT PERFORMERS CHRIS ROCK AND ROSY PEREZ WHO ARE GOING TO JOIN US

    AND THEY ARE GOING HELP COMMUNICATE THIS MESSAGE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR AN INDIVIDUAL'S HEALTH, FOR A FAMILY'S HEALTH, AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF OUR HEALTH WE'RE ONE FAMILY IN NEW YORK ONE FAMILY IN BROOKLYN ONE FAMILY IN QUEENS, ONE FAMILY IN NEW YORK CITY AND DO IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE FAMILY

    ROSIE, GREAT TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN CHRIS, I'M SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE >> THANK YOU SUCH A GENTLEMEN IT IS AN HONOR AND IT IS REALLY GOOD TO BE HERE

    WITH MY FRIEND, MY FELLOW BROOKLYNITE CHRIS ROCK AND GOVERNOR CUOMO WHO HAS BEEN SUCH AN AMAZING LEADER DURING THIS CRISIS AND YOU KNOW I'M PROUD TO BE PARTNERING WITH THE GOVERNOR TO MAKE SURE MY HOMETOWN, MY BOROUGH, MY BELOVED BOROUGH BROOKLYN AND ALL OF NEW YORK NEED TO HAVE RESOURCES AND HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS AND HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WHAT WE ALL HAVE TO DO TO BEAT THIS VIERZ THERE IS A SAYING IN BROOKLYN "SPREAD LOVE THE BROOKLYN WAY" AND I WANT TO SPREAD THAT TO NOT JUST THE OUTER BOROUGH, TRY STATE AREA BUT ALL OF AMERICA GETTING TESTED

    WEARING A MASK THAT SAYS I LOVE YOU, AND YOU LOVE ME, I RESPECT YOU, AND YOU RESPECT ME BACK I DON'T CARE WHO YOU VOTED FOR I DON'T CARE WHO YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR ALL I CARE IS THAT WE GET OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE

    OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND DEATHS IS JUST INCREDIBLY HEARTBREAKING AND WE CAN LOWER THESE NUMBERS WE'RE ALREADY DOING IT AND I WISH THE MEDIA WOULD SHOW HOW EFFECTIVE THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN IN SPREADING THIS MESSAGE OF WEARING A MASK AND KEEPING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT ADHERING TO THE GUIDELINES JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST DISRESPECTING YOURSELF

    YOU ARE DISRESPECTING YOUR LOVED ONES, YOUR COMMUNITIES, YOUR NEIGHBORS, EVERYONE SO PLEASE SPREAD LOVE THE BROOKLYN WAY GET TESTED WEAR A MASK AND LET'S HELP FIGHT THIS VIRUS

    WE COULD DO IT WE COULD DO IT WE WILL RISE UP WE WILL STAND UP BROOKLYN STANDS UP

    NEW YORK STAND UP AMERICA, PLEASE STAND UP AND BE SAFE THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT OUR GOVERNOR IS A ROCK STAR AND HE MAKES ME PROUD TO BE FROM NEW YORK

    >> AWE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOU GUYS ARE THE ROCK STARS I'M JUST A FAN THANK YOU SO MUCH ROSIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH

    CHRIS >> YES THANK YOU YOU — I WATCH YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY AND YOU BRING ME CALM

    YOU KNOW, YOU BRING ME JOY AND ANITA BAKER SAYING THAT "YOU BRING ME JOY EVERY SINGLE DAY" BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON I THOUGHT I LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES I THOUGHT I LIVED IN A COUNTRY

    AND NOW I REALIZE WE HAVE FIFTY COUNTRY ESSENTIALLY RIGHT NOW IN THE COUNTRY OF NEW YORK I WILL — I'LL SAY I GOT THE TEST TODAY I JUST GOT TESTED TO COME OUT HERE I GOT A 65

    SO, >> JUST PASSED >> JUST, JUST PASSED I'M ACTUALLY — YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PERFORM OR DO ANY SHOWS OR ANYTHING I'M LOOKING AT THIS MICROPHONE LIKE, WOW

    >> — >> JUST SAY HI MICROPHONE I REALLY MISSED YOU I KNOW ITS BEEN HARD BUT WE'RE GONNA GET BACK TOGETHER AT SOME POINT IT IS GOING TO BE EVEN BETTER THAN THE LAST TIME, MICROPHONE

    I WILL NEVER TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED WE NEED — PEOPLE NEED TO GET TESTED AND PEOPLE NEED TO MAKE IT A FESTIVE OCCASION THEY NEED TO POSSE UP AND GET TESTED LIKE ALL THE CREW IS GETTING TESTED

    AND THE FAMILY SHOULD GET TESTED AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU LOVE YOUR GRANDMOTHER IF YOU LOVE YOUR ELDERLY MOTHER, YOUR ELDERLY ANYBODY, YOU SHOULD GET TESTED AND IT IS NOT JUST — YOU KNOW, IT IS WHEREVER THERE ARE POOR PEOPLE REALLY, WHEREVER PEOPLE ARE CONGESTED SO YES IT IS IN EAST NEW YORK YES IT IS IN BROWNSVILLE

    BUT IT IS ALSO IN GARRISON BEACH, MARINE PARK IT IS ALSO — YOU KNOW, SO EVERYBODY THAT CAN GET TESTED SHOULD GET TESTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND I'M JUST SO, YOU KNOW, GOVERNOR CALLED ME UP AND I'M HERE TO DO WHATEVER IS REQUIRED AND, YOU KNOW, I HOPE TO GOD THAT WHEN THIS IS OVER YOU ARE STILL A PART OF THE GOVERNMENT I DON'T — I HOPE THIS ISN'T THE LAST LIKE, OH IT'S OVER

    NO, I HOPE THIS KEEPS GOING ON >> I HOPE SO TOO >> YEAH >> EXCUSE ME, GOVERNOR I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] PLEASE, WEAR A MASK

    THE NUMBERS IN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE STAGGERING IN NOT A JOKE THIS IS REAL THIS IS REAL DEAL HOLYFIELD SO PLEASE

    LOVE YOURS, GET TESTS, WEAR A MASK >> LIKE WHEN THE DOCTOR PRESCRIBES ANTIBIOTICS, HE SAYS TAKE THE WHOLE PRECIPITATION AND IF YOU STOP, WHATEVER YOU CAME IN THERE FOR IS GOING TO COME BACK WORSE SO SOCIAL DISTANCING IS WHAT WAS THE PRESCRIPTION AND WE NEED TO TAKE THE WHOLE DOSE OR ELSE IS GOING TO GET WORSE

    >> SO TRUE SO WELL SAID AND LOOK, IT IS A NEW THING RIGHT? THIS "WEAR A MASK" THING IT IS JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT

    NOBODY HEARD ABOUT IT BEFORE THAT YOU WOULD WATCH TV ONCE IN A WHILE YOU WOULD SEE PEOPLE IN CHINA WEARING MASKS BUT NOBODY DID IT HERE RIGHT? SO IT IS INTRODUCING A WHOLE NEW CONCEPT TO PEOPLE AND IT IS NOT ONLY MAKING IT OKAY

    IT IS MAKING IT NOT OKAY TO NOT WEAR A MASK NOT WEARING A MASK IS NOT OKAY AND THAT HAS TO BE THE CULTURE AND THAT HAS TO BE THE ATTITUDE IT IS NOT OKAY IF YOU DON'T WEAR A MASK

    IT IS NOT OKAY FOR TO YOU JEOPARDIZE MY HEALTH I DON'T THINK IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU TO JEOPARDIZE YOUR HEALTH BUT THAT'S YOUR HEALTH AND BY THE WAY JEOPARDIZE YOUR HEALTH YOU ALSO JEPZ THE HEALTH OF YOUR FAMILY WHEN YOU GO HOME AND WHOEVER ELSE YOU ARE INTERACTING WITH BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO JEOPARDIZE MY HEALTH

    INTERACTIN BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO JEOPARDIZE MY HEALTH AS ROSIE SAID IT IS RESPECT, IT IS CIVIC DUTY IT IS HUMANITY IT IS NEW YORK

    YOU KNOW NEW YORK IS 19 MILLION PEOPLE, WHO START WITH THE PREMISE "WE CAN ALL LIVE TOGETHER IN A VERY CLOSE AREA" RIGHT? PART OF THAT ACKNOWLEDGMENT IS WE'RE GOING TO RESPECT ONE ANOTHER AND WE'RE GOING TO RESPECT EACH OTHER'S SPACE AND ADD WE'RE GOING TO RESPECT EACH OTHER'S AIR, TO RESPECT EACH OTHER'S SPACE WE'RE GOING TO RESPECT EACH OTHER'S AIR

    WEAR A MASK THANK YOU ROSIE, THANK YOU CHRIS QUESTIONS? >> I WANT TO GET THE STATUS ON THIS BILL THE MAYOR IS SEEKING REGARDING SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS WE WANTS IN BORROWING YOU PROBABLY KNOW THE BILL WAS LAID ASIDE BY ASSEMBLY WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE CITY COME UP WITH A ASTAIRETY PLAN OR CONTROLS OR WOULD YOU RATHER JUST NOT SEE THIS BILL PASSED NOW

    USTERITY PLAN OR CONTROLS OR WOULD YOU RATHER JUST NOT SEE THIS BILL PASSED NOW >> I HAVEN'T HAD ANY SERIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LEGISLATURE ON IT BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE SERIOUS CONVERSATIONS FIRST QUESTION IS, HOW MUCH AID DO WE GET FROM WASHINGTON? WE'RE WORKING ON THAT I WAS THERE YESTERDAY

    THAT'S WHAT I WAS MAKING THE POINT TO GET STATE AND LOCAL AID, WHAT DOES THE STATE GET, WHAT DO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET, A WHAT DOES THE CITY GET? AFTER YOU FIND OUT WHAT THAT FACT IS, WHAT'S THE SHORT FALL? AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? BORROWING FOR OPERATING EXPENSES IS A RISKY PROPOSITION AND IT HAS TO BE DONE WITH CAUTION IF AT ALL BECAUSE NOW YOU ARE REALLY ROLLING THE DICE ON FUTURE REVENUES AND THIS — THE REASON THE STATE HAS TO BE CONCERNED AND I THINK THE SENATE — I SPOKE TO SOME SENATORS, STATE SENATORS WHO FRANKLY WERE VERY SMART ABOUT THIS

    AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE HISTORY LOOK, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS WHEN YOU HAVE A LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT BASICALLY GOES BANKRUPT, THE STATE HAS TO STEP IN AND THEN PUTS IN A FINANCIAL CONTROL BOARD WE WENT THROUGH THE THIS WITH EERIE COUNTRY, YONKERS THERE IS A CONTROL BOARD NEW YORK CITY WE WENT THROUGH THE SITUATION SEVENTIES

    WHERE NEW YORK CITY WAS BASICALLY BANKRUPT THE STATE HAD TO STEP IN FIRST QUESTION HOW MUCH DO WE GET FROM WASHINGTON? HOPEFULLY THEY DO THE SEMI RESPONSIBLE THING BUT THE SECOND QUESTION IS GOING TO BE, ONCE YOU KNOW WHAT WASHINGTON FUNDING IS GOING TO BE, HOW DO YOU MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL? AND THERE WILL BE A SHORTFALL BUT THAT IS A VERY SERIOUS CONVERSATION

    BECAUSE MAKING UP THE SHORTFALL IS CAUSING YOU, FORCING YOU TO ESTIMATE FUTURE REVENUES WHEN DOES THE ECONOMY COME BACK FOR NEW YORK CITY? SIX MONTHS? NINE MONTHS? A YEAR, 18 MONTHS? TWO YEARS? AND THAT'S A CHALLENGING CONVERSATION AT BEST SO I DON'T KNOW I DO THE LEGISLATURE AND I THINK THE SENATE DID THE RESPONSIBLE THING >> THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO IT NOW

    IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE SCHEDULED TO GO OUT OF SESSION AS WE KNOW PRESUMABLY COULD COME BACK IN SEPTEMBER OR EARLIER WOULD YOU RATHER SEE IT TAKEN UP THEN WHEN WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS >> WELL THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH WASHINGTON BECAUSE THEY ARE IN THE SAME POSITION WITH THE STATE BUDGET RIGHT? I HAVEN'T MADE ANY STATE BUDGET DECISION BECAUSE I WANT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE WASHINGTON FUNDING

    BEFORE YOU GET TO STEP TWO, FINISH STEP ONE AND THEN GO TO STEP TWO WHAT IS MY STATE BUDGET GOING TO LOOK LIKE? I CAN TELL YOU IF I DON'T GET FUNDING FROM WASHINGTONS 20% CUT ON SCHOOLS, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH WASHINGTON >> CLARIFY EXACTLY WHAT IS THE GUIDANCE NOW TO GET TESTED? IS IT SYMPTOMATIC AND ASYMPTOMATIC? OR ARE YOU ALSO TALKING ABOUT ANTIBODY TESTING? AND SECOND FOLLOW-UP WHY WASN'T THE MAYOR HERE TODAY

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TALKED TO HIM DIRECTLY? DON'T YOU THINK GETTING ON SAME PAGE WITH HIM WOULD HELP CLARIFY WITH NEW YORKERS WHAT THE GUIDANCE IS FOR REOPENING >> YES, WE'RE ON TO THE SAME PAGE THERE IS ONLY ONE PAGE I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU SEE DIFFERENT PAGES RIGHT? THERE IS STATE GUIDELINES, PERIOD

    AND THAT'S IT SO THERE IS ONLY ONE PAGE SO YOU CAN'T BE ON A DIFFERENT PAGE WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE ONE PAGE THE MAYOR HAS HIS SCHEDULE I HAVE MY SCHEDULE

    I TALK TO HIM ALL THE TIME SO — BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE PAGE >> AND THE — >> THE GUIDANCE ON TESTING IS ON THE WEBSITE BUT IT IS NOW SO BROAD IT IS, IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS WHICH ARE BASICALLY FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS

    IF YOU COUGH, SNEEZE, YOU HAVE A FEVER, ANY SYMPTOMS YOU WERE EXPOSED TO A PERSON WHO WAS COVID YOU ARE AN ESSENTIAL WORKER FRONT LINE WORKER HEALTHCARE WORKER

    YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN A RETAIL STORE WHERE YOU MAY BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IT IS VIRTUALLY OPEN >> — ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE ARE STILL NOT BEING RECOMMENDED >> WELL ASYMPTOMATIC, WHO IF YOU ARE AN ESSENTIAL WORKER OR AT A RETAIL STORE THEN YES

    >> — PRESIDENT YESTERDAY TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> WE TALKED ABOUT THAT ISSUE I WAS TALKING ABOUT PRIMARILY JOB-CREATING ACTIVITIES YESTERDAY SO LaGUARDIA AIR TRAIN WOULD CREATE JOBS ALSO CREATE AN AIR TRAIN WHICH WE NEED

    HARBOR TUNNEL CREATES JOBS, ETC WE WERE FOCUSING ON JOB CREATIONS SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY CONGESTION — WE'VE SPOKEN ABOUT A NUMBER OF TIMES THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY A JOB CREATOR BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY AND THE STATE AND AND RIERTS A FEDERAL SIGNOFF THAT WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR

    >> [INAUDIBLE QUESTION] >> — ON PREVIOUS OCCASION BUS YESTERDAY THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ON DIFFERENT TOPICS WHICH IS JOB GENERATION >> — PROTECTIVE ORDER — CONCERN ABOUT CONFLICTS — >> YEAH YEAH, YOU COULD HAVE — IT'S NEW YORK YOU COULD HAVE A CONFLICT IF YOU SAY GOOD MORNING

    RIGHT? BUT YOU HAVE A PRIVATE STORE OWNER THE AS PRIVATE STORE HE'S THE STORE OWNER HE, BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY IF YOU ARE NOT WEARING A MASK YOU CAN'T COME IN YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPOSE THE STORE OWNER TO A VIRUS YOU DON'T HAVE THAT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPOSE THE OTHER PATRONS IN THE STORE TO THE VIRUS YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO WALK INTO A STORE AND CAUSE ALL THE OTHER PATRONS TO RUN OUT BECAUSE YOU ARE WEARING A MASK, NOT WEARING A MASK YOU DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT

    SO, YEAH COULD YOU — SOMEBODY COMPLAIN TO THE STORE OWNER I THINK I SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO COME IN EVEN THOUGH I DON'T HAVE A MASK? SOMEBODY CAN SAY THAT THAT PERSON WOULD BE WRONG BUT THEY COULD SAY IT [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> WE TALKED TO THE CITY MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY

    AND WE HAVE ONE SET OF STATE NUMBERS AND GUIDELINES AND METRICS, ETC SO WE'RE ALL WATCHING THE SAME NUMBERS, ETC SO THERE IS NO SURPRISE BECAUSE IT IS — WE'RE LITERALLY IN CONSTANT CONTACT I THINK THE SITUATION WAS SO DISTURBING AND UGLY AND FRIGHTENING

    IT WAS JUST FRIGHTENING THAT A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY COULD ACT THAT WAY ESPECIALLY AFTER EVERYTHING WE'VE LEARNED YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU SAY, YOU RATIONALIZE IN YOUR OWN MIND "WELL THIS IS TERRIBLE BUT WE'LL LEARN FROM IT" HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO LEARN THE SAME LESSON? WE WENT THROUGH IT IN NEW YORK

    IT'S HAPPENED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HAVE TO LEARN THE SAME LESSON? AND LOOK, A PROSECUTOR WILL DO THE CASE I WAS A PROSECUTOR, I WAS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL I DON'T PRE JUDGE A CASE MAYBE THERE ARE FACTS THAT I DON'T KNOW

    BUT I TELL YOU IF I WAS A PROSECUTOR I WOULD BE LOOKING AT THAT CASE FROM THE FIRST MOMENT BECAUSE I THINK THERE IS A CRIMINAL CASE THERE >> YOU SAID THAT YOU WERE WAITING ON CLARITY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR FEDERAL FUNDING BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS ON STATE BUDGET CUTS BUT AS YOU WAIT, WHICH COULD BE A WHILE, HOW DOES STATE TAKE ANY MEASURES — >> YES ALL OF THE ABOVE

    ALL OF THE ABOVE LOOK, WHATEVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES THERE IS STILL GOING TO BE A SHORT FALL RIGHT? LET ME TAKE THAT BACK MAYBE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECOMES ENLIGHTENED AND RESPONSIBLE AND ACTUALLY FUNDS THE AMOUNT NECESSARY TO CLOSE THE GAP, WHICH WILL BE SMART AND RIGHT BUT IF THEY DON'T DO THAT, THERE WILL BE A SHORT FALL

    WE'RE PREPARING FOR A SHORT FALL AND REDUCING EXPENSES ALL ACROSS THE BOARD >> AND JUST TO ADD TO THAT, THE GOVERNOR DID DO AN ORDER AND I BELIEVE IT WAS AT THE END OF MARCH WHEN EVERYTHING FIRST STARTED HAPPEN, WE DID AN ACROSS THE BOARD HIRING FREEZE WE ASKED OUR LABOR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO FOREGO THE INCREASES IN THEIR SALARY THAT WERE GUARANTEED BY THE CONTRACTS WHICH THEY ALL AGREED >> DOES THAT INCLUDE LAYOFF AND THE SECOND QUESTION BECAUSE THAT IS — A FOLLOW UP TO — HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING THE CITY PLANS TO REOPEN LIKE RESTAURANTS PUTTING TABLES OUTSIDE, THE STOCK EXCHANGE TELLING EMPLOYEES NOT TO TAKE MASS TRANSIT, SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THOSE PLANS AND DO YOU THINK THAT THESE ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? >> A FOLLOW UP QUESTION IS STILL A QUESTION

    SO IT WAS STILL TWO QUESTIONS BUT THAT'S OKAY I JUST — >> THANKS >> I LIKE — FOLLOW UP DOESN'T COUNT AS A QUESTION WE HAVEN'T DONE ANY LAYOFFS

    WE HOPE NOT TO ANY LAYOFFS AND AGAIN WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT WASHINGTON DOES BECAUSE EVERYTHING WILL BE A FACTOR OF THAT IN TERMS OF OPENING GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES, THEY ARE SET YOU CAN FIND THEM ON THE WEBSITE THEY APPLY TO EVERY BUSINESS ACROSS THE STATE

    IT IS ONE SET OF RULES THERE ARE NO DIFFERENT RULES FOR NEW YORK CITY THAN THERE ARE FOR BUFFALO THAN THERE ARE FORRAL BAYNE I WANT TO BE ABLE TO >> THERE ARE NO DIFFERENT RULES NOR NEW YORK CITY >> WHAT IS THE PLAN TO REOPEN PUBLIC TRANSIT, TEMPERATURE CHECK — >> THE BUDGET IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM

    BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PART OF THE FUNDING FROM WASHINGTON IS FOR THE MTA RIGHT IF THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CONGESTION PRICING AND THE MTA IS GOING TO HAVE A FULL REOPENING PLAN SOCIAL DISTANCING ON SUBWAYS, BUSES IS NOT REALLY THAT POSSIBLE THAT IS WHY THE REOPENING IS GAUGED TO METRICS ON THE DROP IN THE VIRUS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T REALLY SAY TO PEOPLE THE VIRUS IS STILL RAGING

    GET BACK ON THE SUBWAY, GET BACK ON THE BUS BUT FROM THE CLEANING, TO THE DISINFECTING, TO STOPPING THE HOURS DURING THE NIGHT WHICH FOR A FEW HOURS THE DISINFECTED TRAINS, WHICH I KNOW WAS CONTROVERSIAL BUT I THINK IT WAS RIGHT THOSE TRAINS HAVE NEVER BEEN CLEANER I THINK WE FINALLY HAVE HOMELESS PEOPLE GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED RATHER THAN SLEEPING IN SUBWAY CARS, WHICH IS LONG, LONG OVERDUE FOR EVERY NEW YORKER INCLUDING FOR THE HOMELESS

    SO I THINK THAT WAS ALL VERY SMART AND THEY WILL HAVE A FULL REOPENING PLAN READY TO COINCIDE WITH THE ECONOMIC REOPENING THAT WE ANNOUNCE [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> THEY ARE GOING USE THEIR VOICE, THEIR SKILL, THEIR TALENT TO COMMUNICATE BETTER THAN I HAVE AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING AN AD THAT WE'RE GOING TO RUN FROM NEW YORK STATE TO COMMUNICATE TO NEW YORKERS JUST WHAT THEY SAID TO YOU TODAY, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO DO THE TESTING AND WEAR THE PPE AND HOW AS PART OF OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND IT IS ALSO SMART FOR INDIVIDUALS WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT CHRIS? ROSIE? >> I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT IN REGARDS TO JUST EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT I'M SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT, ABOUT AUTHORIZING PRIVATE SMALL BUSINESSES TO HAVE SOMEONE LEAVE IF THEY ARE NOT WEARING A MASK IF WE CAN HAVE THAT PRECEDENT MADE, IT IS GOING TO LESSEN ALSO THE ANXIETY OF GOING INTO A STORE

    IT IS GOING TO LESSEN HOPEFULLY THE FIGHTS THAT ARE BREAKING OUT IN STORES WHEN SOMEONE SEES SOMEONE WITHOUT A MASK IT'S JUST — THERE IS ENOUGH FEAR THAT IS GOING ORDINARY AROUND AND WEARING A MASK IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY AND FELLOW NEIGHBORS BUT IT IS ALSO RESPECTING THE STORE OWNERS AND IT IS ALSO DECREASING THE ANXIETY BECAUSE WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T TALK ABOUT, WHAT THE GOVERNOR DOES TALK ABOUT IS ALSO THE MENTAL ILLNESS RAMIFICATIONS OF ALL OF THIS

    WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR TEMPER INSIDE THE STORES, IT IS JUST BECAUSE EVERYONE IS ON THEIR LAST NERVES GETTING TESTED, WEARING A MASK, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASHING YOUR HANDS WILL DECREASE ALL OF THOSE ANXIETIES AND GIVING THE STORES THAT AUTHORIZATION I THINK IS — I HOPE I HOPE AND PRAY THAT IT IS A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO SEE THESE CRAZY YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM VIDEOS OF PEOPLE JUST LOSING THEIR MINDS >> ROSIE IS EXACTLY RIGHT

    I THINK WILL THIS WILL REDUCE CONFLICTS ONE THING YOU DON'T WEAR A MASK AND WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK THAT IS ONE SITUATION YOU DON'T WEAR A MASK AND YOU WALK INTO A SMALL RETAIL STORE AND NOW YOU ARE EXPOSING PEOPLE TO YOU WITHOUT A MASK AND THEY ARE SURPRISED BY THIS

    AND THEY ARE IN A SMALLER, CONFINED SPACE THAT IS A CONFLICT WAITING TO ERUPT, RIGHT? SO YOU DON'T WANT TO WEAR A MASK? STAY ON THE SIDEWALK DON'T SOCIALLY STAY WITHIN — TRY TO STAY WITHIN THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES BUT IF YOU GO INTO A STORE AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO EXPOSE OTHER PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AND YOU ARE RIGHT

    THAT'S WHERE YOU WILL SEE REAL CONFLICTS >> FOR ROSIE AND CHRIS, WHAT DO YOU SEE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IN TERMS OF MASK WEARING? >> WELL IN BROOKLYN I'M SEEING PROBABLY 40% PEOPLE WEARING MASKS YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST — THE KIDS REALLY AREN'T WEARING A MASK AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S SAD IT'S SAD THAT ITS BECOME THAT OUR HEALTH HAS BECOME, YOU KNOW, SORT OF POLITICAL ISSUE

    YOU KNOW IT IS ALMOST — YOU KNOW IT IS A STATS SYMBOL ALMOST TO NOT WEAR A MASK >> I'M JUST HOPING TO HELP YOU KNOW, I HAVE COMPLETE TRUST IN THE GOVERNOR AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE SOLDIERS FOR NEW YORK

    THIS IS, YOU KNOW, IT'S A HUNDRED THOUSAND DEAD AMERICANS AND I WILL GO WHEREVER, YOU KNOW, I'M CALLED >> — >> — BUT MOST PEOPLE NEW YORK, YOU KNOW, TRY TO MIND THEIR BUSINESS [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> NO I HAVEN'T I GIVE A NICE SIDE EYE

    >> I TRY TO BRING SOME LEVITY INTO THE EQUATION AND I SAY HEY, DO THE RIGHT THING PUT YOUR MASK ON COME ON PEOPLE BUT, YOU KNOW, I ALSO SEE WHAT REALLY BOGGLES HIGH MIND YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT HOW COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, COMMUNITIES OF LOW INCOME AND POOR

    WHEN YOU STEP INTO THE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE AFFLUENT, WHEN YOU SEE HIPSTERS AND YUPPIES WALKING AROUND WITHOUT A MASK I GO WHAT IS IT? IS IT ARROGANCE? IS IT A ARROGANT DEFIANT ACT THAT YOU ARE DOING? DO YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE AFFECTED? OKAY FINE THAT'S YOUR THING BUT YOU ARE AFFECTING ME TOO AND THAT I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND

    AND PEOPLE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT YOU KNOW, WE'RE ENCOURAGING LATINOS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS TO WEAR A MASK, YOU KNOW, THAT ARE COME FROM, YOU KNOW, LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES WELL YOU KNOW WHAT, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET ON BOARD EVERYONE, PUT YOUR ARROGANCE ASIDE PUT YOUR EGO ASIDE AND COME TOGETHER

    THE GOVERNOR SAID IT IS ABOUT HUMANITY YOU KNOW? SO IF ANYTHING THAT I COULD DO, BE A CHEERLEADER, LET CHRIS TELL A FEW JOKES TO GET PEOPLE PUT A MASK ON, WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO BE PART OF THIS CAMPAIGN >> THIS IS — THIS IS PREDOMINANTLY AN ISSUE WITH YOUNGER PEOPLE I THINK PART OF IT IS THE WAY THIS WAS COMMUNICATED INITIALLY IT WAS INITIALLY COMMUNICATED DON'T WORRY IF YOU ARE A YOUNG PERSON

    THIS IS ONLY ABOUT OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE WON'T GET IT THAT TURNED OUT NOT TO BE 100% TRUE BUT I THINK THAT WAS THE FIRST MESSAGE THAT WENT OUT THERE I REMEMBER THERE WAS A VIDEO THAT WENT ALL OVER THE PLACE ABOUT A YOUNG GUY WHO WAS IN FLORIDA PARTYING AND HE'S ON THE VIDEO AND HE SAY, YEAH CORONAVIRUS, YOUNG GUYS DON'T GET IT, ONLY OLD PEOPLE GET IT, I'M NOT GOING LET IT STOP ME FROM PARTYING, WHEN THEY WERE DOWN ON THE FLORIDA BEACH >> AND NOW HE'S DEAD >> YOU CAN'T FIND THAT VIDEO ANYMORE

    BUT I THINK THAT'S THE WAY IT CAME OUT AND SO PART OF THIS IS CORRECTING THAT AND IT IS — IT IS NOT JUST ONE COMMUNITY OR ANOTHER I THINK IT IS YOUNG PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE BOARD AND PLUS THEY ARE YOUNG

    YOU KNOW, THEY ARE SUPER HEROS SUPERMAN, SUPER WOMAN NOTHING CAN AFFECT THEM WHICH IS NOT TRUE BUT EVEN IF IT WERE TRUE, YOU CAN KILL YOUR MOTHER, YOUR FATHER OR YOUR GRANDPARENTS WHO ARE WHOEVER YOU HAPPEN TO COME ACROSS

    ONE MORE THEY HAVE TO GET TO WORK >> — >> NEW YORK CITY HAS A MIX OF CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE DEATHS WHICH IS NOW ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNTS THAT NEW YORK STATE IS RECORDING IN TOTAL THE CITY MANAGED TO COME UP WITH A TALLY OF CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE DEATHS, DOES NEW YORK STATE HAVE ANY PLANS TO DO THE SAME SO THAT NEW YORKERS CAN UNDERSTAND REALLY OVERALL WHAT APP IMPACT HA THIS IS HAD ON OUR STATE >> YEAH JUST TO BE CLEAR

    SOME STATES DIFFERENT PLACES DO IT DIFFERENTLY ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY BUT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT NUMBERS RIGHT? CONFIRMED DEATH IS CONFIRMED DEATH AND THEN THERE IS ANOTHER CALCULUS WHICH IS PROBABLE

    BUT WE'RE NOT SURE AND WE'LL TELL YOU WHEN WE FIND OUT THAT'S PROBABLE SO THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT NUMBERS DO YOU KNOW MELISSA, ON OUR COUNT WHICH ONE DO WE PROVIDE? >> THE CITY PROVIDES THE PROBABLE AND THE CONFIRMED

    AND THE NURSING HOMES ARE REPORTED THE PROBABLE AND THE CONFIRMED [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> — AND I THINK IT'S ONLY TEN STATES IN THE COUNTRY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING PROBABLE AND CONFIRMED AS THE GOVERNOR SAID THIS IS AN UNEVEN ACCOUNTING EVEN WHEN YOU LOOK STATE TO STATE, I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO CONSIDER THAT WHEN DOING STATE TO STATE COMPARISON BUT I'LL CHECK AND GET BACK TO YOU >> YEAH, YOU KNOW, COULD THE PROBABLE — YOU KNOW, CONFIRMED DEATH MEANS CONFIRMED

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT REALLY PROBABLE MEANS OKAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH EVERYBODY THANK YOU CHRIS, THANK YOU ROSIE

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