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    NUMBER OF TESTS LESS THAN 1,000 PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE

    THAT IS THE LOWEST NUMBER WE HAVE HAD SINCE THIS BEGAN AND WHEN IT BEGAN, WE WERE ONLY DOING 3,000 OR 4,000 TESTS WE NOW DID 50,000 TESTS SO THE PROGRESS IS JUST PHENOMENAL THAT'S THE RATE OF POSITIVES FROM OUR TESTING, REMEMBERING THAT THE TESTING HAS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY WE HAD THE LOWEST NUMBER OF DEATHS AT 54

    THERE WILL BE A LEVEL AT WHICH THAT NUMBER CAN'T DROP ANY LOWER, RIGHT, BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO ARE GRAVELY ILL AND CONTRACT THE COVID VIRUS, IT'S GOING TO BE A BAD OUTCOME BUT THAT NUMBER IS DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT FOR MANY, MANY WEEKS THE QUESTION IS WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? NO DOUBT THE INITIAL OBJECTIVE WAS GETTING CONTROL OF THIS COVID VIRUS SITUATION HAS GOTTEN MORE COMPLEX SINCE THEN BUT ON THE REOPENING, FIVE REGIONS UPSTATE HAVE ENTERED PHASE 2

    THAT'S GOOD NEWS WESTERN NEW YORK IS EXPECTED TO MOVE TO PHASE 2 TOMORROW AND WE EXPECT THAT TO HAPPEN WE HAVE THE DATA THAT WE'VE BEEN TABULATING DURING PHASE 1 IN WESTERN NEW YORK, ALL THE DATA LOOKS VERY GOOD WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE GLOBAL EXPERTS GO THROUGH IT TODAY

    I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT MISSING ANYTHING THIS IS NEW FOR ALL OF US IT'S NOT WHAT COUNTY EXECUTIVES DO ITS NOT WHAT GOVERNORS DO THIS IS VERY DETAILED RESEARCH OF STATISTICS, WHAT CLUSTERS MIGHT POP UP, ET CETERA

    WE ALSO HAVE GLOBAL EXPERTS REVIEW ALL THE DATA FOR US BECAUSE THIS QUESTION OF CLOSING, OPENING, COUNTRIES HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS BEFORE THERE IS A BODY OF KNOWLEDGE TO KNOW WE ALSO GO TO GLOBAL EXPERTS WHO WE'VE ENLISTED WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE THEY CLOSE, THEY OPENED, THEY GOT INTO TROUBLE, THEY HAD TO CLOSE AGAIN BUT THEY'RE LOOKING AT IT NOW

    WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE LATEST DATA WE'LL HAVE A FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT LATER THIS AFTERNOON FOR WESTERN NEW YORK BUT THE CONVERSATIONS I'VE HAD WITH THEM ARE ALL GOOD AND WE EXPECT WESTERN NEW YORK TO GO TO PHASE 2 TOMORROW THE CAPITAL DISTRICT REGION IS MOVING TO GO TO PHASE 2 ON WEDNESDAY AGAIN, ALL THE NUMBERS LOOK GOOD THERE

    WE'RE GOING TO RUN THEM BY OUR GLOBAL TEAM TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE AS GOOD AS WE THINK THEY ARE AT THIS POINT, THE CAPITAL REGION IS ALSO ON TRACK TO GO INTO PHASE 2 ON WEDNESDAY WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH THIS COVID VIRUS IS A REALLY AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT IF YOU TAKE A STEP BACK IT WAS ALL DONE BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE THEY DID IT

    19 MILLION PEOPLE DID WHAT THEY NEVER DID BEFORE THEY RESPONDED WITH A LEVEL OF DETERMINATION AND DISCIPLINE THAT I WAS AMAZED WITH, FRANKLY AND I AM A LIFELONG NEW YORKER BUT WHAT THEY DID WAS UNLIKE ANYTHING I'VE SEEN REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE

    WE HAD 800 PEOPLE DIE IN ONE DAY WE HAD THE WORST SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT ONE POINT WE HAD THE WORST SITUATION ON THE GLOBE AND WE'RE NOW REOPENING IN LESS THAN 50 DAYS NOW, IT WAS A LONG 50 DAYS

    I CAN RECOUNT EVERY ONE OF THEM BUT WE WENT FROM A REALLY INTERNATIONALLY TERRIBLE SITUATION TO WHERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REOPENING TODAY EVEN NEW YORK CITY WHERE WE'RE PLANNING TO REOPEN JUNE 8th IT WAS JUST 50 DAYS THE WHOLE CLOSURE PERIOD IS 93 DAYS YES

    IT WAS A DISRUPTIVE AMOUNT OF DAYS LOOK AT WHAT WE DID IN 93 DAYS WE WENT FROM THE WORST SITUATION ON THE GLOBE TO ACTUALLY REOPENING THAT'S WHERE WE ARE WE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE'VE DONE

    JUST DON'T SNATCH DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REOPENING IN ONE WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOW WE'RE SEEING THESE MASS GATHERINGS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL NIGHTS THAT COULD, IN FACT, EXACERBATE THE COVID-19 SPREAD WE SPENT ALL THIS TIME CLOSED DOWN, LOCKED DOWN, MASKED, SOCIALLY DISTANCED AND YOU TURN ON THE TV AND SEE THESE MASS GATHERINGS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE AFFECTING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AFTER EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE WE HAVE TO TAKE A MINUTE AND ASK OURSELVES, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH? WE HAVE PROTESTS ACROSS THE STATE THAT CONTINUED LAST NIGHT, CONTINUED ACROSS THE NATION

    UPSTATE, WE WORKED WITH THE CITIES VERY CLOSELY, THE STATE POLICE DID A GREAT JOB WE HAD BASICALLY A FEW SCATTERED ARRESTS UPSTATE NEW YORK BUT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DID A GREAT JOB, THE PEOPLE DID A GREAT JOB LAW ENFORCEMENT DID A GREAT JOB THE PROTESTERS WERE RESPONSIBLE

    AND IT WASN'T GREAT BUT IT WASN'T BAD EITHER UPSTATE AND I SAID FROM DAY ONE, I SHARE THE OUTRAGE AND I STAND WITH THE PROTESTERS YOU HOOK AT THAT VIDEO OF THE — LOOK AT THAT VIDEO OF THE KILLING OF AN UNARMED MAN, MR FLOYD

    IT IS HORRENDOUS HORRENDOUS IT'S FRIGHTENING IT PERVERTS EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY IT DOES

    THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR IT AND NO RIGHT-MINDED AMERICAN WOULD MAKE AN EXCUSE FOR IT SO PROTEST, YES BE FRUSTRATED, YES OUTRAGED, YES

    OF COURSE AND IS THERE A LARGER PROBLEM? OF COURSE IT'S NOT JUST MR FLOYD IT GOES BACK 50 CASES THAT ARE JUST LIKE MR

    FLOYD WE'VE HAD THEM HERE IN NEW YORK CITY WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MR FLOYD AND OTHERS OR ERIC GARNER? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? NOTHING? SO YES, WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED AND YES, THERE'S A BIGGER POINT TO MAKE

    IT IS ABUSE BY POLICE BUT IT'S SOMETHING WORSE IT IS RACISM IT IS DISCRIMINATION IT IS FUNDAMENTAL INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICE

    MY FATHER SPOKE ABOUT IT IN 1984 THE SPEECH CALLED THE TALE OF TWO CITIES PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT IT THE POINT OF THE TALE OF TWO CITIES IS THERE'S TWO AMERICAS, TWO SETS OF RULES TWO SETS OF OUTCOMES

    TWO SETS OF EXPECTATIONS AND IT'S TRUE IT WAS TRUE THEN, IT'S TRUE NOW LOOK AT OUR PRESENCE AND TELL US THERE'S NOT INHERENT INJUSTICE LOOK AT PUBLIC HOUSING AND TELL ME THERE'S NOT INHERENT INJUSTICE

    LOOK AT THIS COVID INFECTION RATE NATIONWIDE, MORE AFRICAN AMERICANS INFECTED MORE AFRICAN AMERICANS DEAD PROPORTIONATELY THAN WHITE AMERICANS OF COURSE THERE'S CHRONIC INSTITUTIONALIZATION — INSTITUTIONALIZED DISCRIMINATION THERE IS NO DOUBT THERE'S NO DOUBT IT'S GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME AND PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED AND IT HAS TO BE CORRECTED AND IT HAS TO BE CORRECTED NOW

    THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THIS NATION AS GREAT AS IT IS HAS HAD THE CONTINUING SIN OF DISCRIMINATION FROM BEFORE THE NATION WAS FORMED AND IT STARTED WITH SLAVERY AND IT HAS HAD DIFFERENT FACES OVER THE DECADES BUT IT IS STILL THE SAME SIN THAT IS TRUE THAT IS TRUE

    SO LET'S USE THIS MOMENT AS A MOMENT OF CHANGE, YES WHEN DOES CHANGE COME? WHEN THE STARS ALIGN AND SOCIETY FOCUSES AND THE PEOPLE FOCUS AND THEY FOCUS TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THE POLITICIANS FOLLOW THE PEOPLE THAT'S WHEN CHANGE COMES WELL, THE LEADERS LEAD

    BALONEY THE PEOPLE LEAD AND THEN THE POLITICIANS SEE THE PEOPLE MOVING AND THEN THE POLITICIANS RUN TO CATCH UP WITH THE PEOPLE HOW DID WE PASS MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THIS STATE GIVING A NEW CIVIL RIGHT TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY? BECAUSE THE PEOPLE SAID, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH HOW CAN YOU SAY ONLY HETEROSEXUAL PEOPLE CAN MARRY BUT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CAN'T MARRY? HOW IS THAT CONSTITUTIONAL? HOW IS THAT LEGAL? YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PREFERENCE? GOD BLESS YOU

    BUT HOW IN THE LAW DO YOU DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN TWO CLASSES OF PEOPLE? WE PASSED MARRIAGE EQUALITY AFTER THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE, ALL THOSE YEARS WE TRIED TO PASS COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY DO YOU REALLY NEED AN ASSAULT WEAPON TO KILL A DEER? BUT IN THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE HAPPENED AND THE PEOPLE SAID, ENOUGH YOU'RE KILLING CHILDREN, YOUNG CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS WITH AN ASSAULT WEAPON IN THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE? ENOUGH AND IN THAT MOMENT WE PASSED COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

    RECORD INCOME INEQUALITY PEOPLE SAID ENOUGH AND PASSED A REAL MINIMUM WAGE IN THIS STATE THAT WENT ALL ACROSS THE NATION THERE'S A MOMENT FOR CHANGE AND IS THERE A MOMENT HERE? YES IF WE'RE CONSTRUCTIVE AND IF WE'RE SMART

    AND IF WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO COME OUT AND SAY, I'M ANGRY, I'M FRUSTRATED OKAY AND WHAT? WELL, I DON'T KNOW BUT I'M ANGRY AND I'M FRUSTRATED

    AND YOU WANT WHAT DONE? YOU NEED THE ANSWER WELL, I WANT COMMON SENSE GUN REFORM WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? THREE POINTS WELL I WANT TO ADDRESS INCOME INEQUALITY I WANT MINIMUM WAGE AT $15

    FREE COLLEGE TUITION WHAT DO YOU WANT? YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT MOMENT WORK YES YOU EXPRESS THE OUTRAGE, THEN YOU SAY, AND HERE'S MY AGENDA HERE'S WHAT I WANT THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO BE DOING IN THIS MOMENT

    AND THE PROTESTERS ARE MAKING A POINT AND MOST OF THEM ARE MAKING A SMART SENSIBLE POINT BUT YOU HAVE TO ADD THE POSITIVE REFORM AGENDA THAT EVERY VOICE CALLS FOR SO THE GOVERNMENT, THE POLITICIANS KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THERE IS A POSITIVE REFORM AGENDA HERE THIS SHOULD BE A NATIONAL BAN ON EXCESSIVE FORCE BY POLICE OFFICERS THERE SHOULD BE A NATIONAL BAN ON CHOKE HOLDS, PERIOD

    THERE SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS OF POLICE ABUSE WHEN YOU HAVE THE LOCAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY DOING THE INVESTIGATION, I DON'T CARE HOW GOOD THEY ARE THERE IS THE SUGGESTION A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHY? BECAUSE THAT DA

    WORKS WITH THAT POLICE DEPARTMENT EVERY DAY NOW THAT PROSECUTOR IS GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT THEY WORK WITH EVERY DAY? CONFLICT OF INTEREST CAN BE REAL OR PERCEIVED HOW CAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE LOCAL PROSECUTOR WHO WORKS WITH THAT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO BE FAIR IN THE INVESTIGATION? AND IT SHOULDN'T BE STATE BY STATE MINNESOTA GOVERNOR WALZ PUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CHARGE GOOD

    IN THIS STATE, I PUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CHARGE OF INVESTIGATIONS WHERE POLICE KILL AN UNARMED PERSON GOOD BUT IT SHOULDN'T BE THE EXCEPTION IT SHOULD BE THE RULE THERE IS NO SELF-POLICING

    THERE'S AN ALLEGATION INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION GIVE PEOPLE COMFORT THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS REAL IF A POLICE OFFICER IS BEING INVESTIGATED, HOW IS THEIR DISCIPLINARY RECORDS NOT RELEVANT? ONCE A POLICE OFFICER IS BEING INVESTIGATED, IF THEY HAVE DISCIPLINARY RECORDS THAT SHOW THIS WAS A REPEAT PATTERN, HOW IS THAT NOT RELEVANT? BY THE WAY, THE DISCIPLINARY RECORDS CAN ALSO BE USED TO EXONERATE EXONERATE IF THEY HAVE RECORDS THAT SAY HE NEVER, SHE NEVER DID ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE, FINE THAT'S RELEVANT, TOO

    WE STILL HAVE TWO EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN THIS COUNTRY EVERYBODY KNOWS IT YOUR EDUCATION IS DECIDED BY YOUR ZIP CODE POORER SCHOOLS IN POORER COMMUNITIES HAVE A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF FUNDING THAN RICHER SCHOOLS IN THIS STATE

    $36,000 PER YEAR WE SPEND IN A RICH DISTRICT $13,000 IN A POOR DISTRICT HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT? IF ANYTHING, THE CHILDREN IN A POORER COMMUNITY NEED MORE SERVICES IN THE SCHOOL, NOT LESS HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT? YOU CAN'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

    YOU STILL HAVE CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IN THIS NATION WHERE WHEN WE HAD TO, WE FOUND A TRILLION DOLLAR TO HANDLE TO THE COVID VIRUS BUT YOU CAN'T FIND FUNDING TO HELP CHILDREN WHO LIVE IN POVERTY? NO YOU CAN FIND IT, UNITED STATES YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO IT'S POLITICAL WILL

    WHEN YOU NEED TO FIND THE MONEY, YOU CAN FIND IT LET'S BE HONEST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A PRINTING PRESS IN THEIR BASEMENT WHEN THEY HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL, THEY FIND THE MONEY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WENT OUT OF THE HOUSING BUSINESS AND NEVER RE-ENTERED IT

    WE HAVE A NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS OF COURSE, YOU DO YOU DON'T FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING I'M THE FORMER HU

    D SECRETARY I KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT USED TO DPO WITH SECTION 8 AND BUILDING NEW PUBLIC HOUSING AND WE JUST STOPPED AND LEFT IT TO THE MARKET AND NOW YOU HAVE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING IN THIS MOMENT WE SHOULD BE SAYING TO OUR FEDERAL OFFICIALS, THERE'S AN ELECTION THIS YEAR

    A FEW MONTHS AWAY HERE'S MY AGENDA WHERE DO YOU STAND? SAY TO THE CONGRESS, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, WHERE'S YOUR BILL ON THIS? I HEARD SOME CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE TALKING, SAYING — RESOLUTIONS ARE NICE RESOLUTIONS SAY IN THEORY I SUPPORT THIS PASS A LAW

    THAT'S WHAT WE WANT A LAW THAT ACTUALLY CHANGES THE REALITY WHERE SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS GOVERNMENT JOB TO ACTUALLY MAKE CHANGE YOU'RE IN A POSITION TO MAKE CHANGE

    MAKE CHANGE USE THIS MOMENT TO GALVANIZE PUBLIC SUPPORT USE THAT OUTRAGE TO ACTUALLY MAKE A CHANGE AND HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE TO SAY WHAT CHANGES YOU ACTUALLY WANT OTHERWISE, IT'S JUST SCREAMING INTO THE WIND

    IF YOU DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CHANGES WE NEED TO MAKE WE HAVE TO BE SMART IN THIS MOMENT THE VIOLENCE IN THESE PROTESTS OBSCURES THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE MESSAGE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPLOITING THE SITUATION, THE LOOTING, THAT'S NOT PROTESTING THAT'S NOT RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION

    THAT'S CRIMINALITY IT PLAYS INTO THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE FORCES THAT DON'T WANT TO MAKE THE CHANGES IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THEY GET TO DISMISS THE ENTIRE EFFORT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY THEY'RE GOING TO SAY, THE FIRST THING THE PRESIDENT SAID WHEN THIS HAPPENED

    THEY'RE GOING TO SAY, THESE ARE LOOTERS REMEMBER WHEN THE PRESIDENT PUT OUT THAT INCENDIARY TWEET WE START SHOOTING WHEN THEY START LOOTING THAT'S AN OLDs '60s CALL THE VIOLENCE, THE LOOTING, THE CRIMINALITY PLAYS RIGHT INTO THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT PROGRESSIVE CHANGE

    THEY'RE GOING TO SAY SEE, THEY'RE CRIMINALS, THEY'RE LOOTERS DID YOU SEE WHAT THEY DID BREAKING THE STORE WINDOWS AND GOING IN AND STEALING THEY'RE GOING TO TRY TO PAINT THIS WHOLE PROTEST MOVEMENT THAT ALL CRIMINALS ARE ALL LOOTERS THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO

    WHY? BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT MR FLOYD'S DEATH THEY WANT PEOPLE SEEING THE VIDEO OF THE LOOTING WHEN PEOPLE SEE THE VIDEO OF THE LOOTING, THEY SAY OH, YES, THAT'S SCARY THEY'RE CRIMINALS

    LOOK AT THE VIDEO OF THE POLICE OFFICER KILLING MR FLOYD THAT'S THE VIDEO WE WANT PEOPLE WATCHING I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S THE PROTESTERS I BELIEVE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE USING THIS MOMENT AND USING THE PROTESTS FOR THEIR OWN PURN

    THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEW THE SEEDS OF ANARCHY AND DISRUPT BY THE WAY, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO STEAL HERE'S A MOMENT THAT YOU CAN USE THIS MOMENT TO STEAL YOU CAN USE THIS MOMENT TO SPREAD CHAOS I HEAR THE SAME THING FROM ALL THE LOCAL OFFICIALS

    THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WHO ARE THERE TO QUOTE-UNQUOTE PROTEST THEY'RE NOT FROM THEIR COMMUNITY THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY'RE FROM EXTREMIST GROUPS, SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BLAME THE LEFT SOME PEOPLE WILL BLAME THE RIGHT

    IT WILL BECOME POLITICIZED THERE'S NO DOUBT, THERE ARE OUTSIDE GROUPS THAT COME IN TO DISRUPT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO JUST USE THIS MOMENT TO STEAL COINCIDENCE THAT THEY BROKE INTO A ROLEX WATCH COMPANY? THAT WAS A COINCIDENCE? HIGH-END STORES, CHANEL, THAT WAS A COINCIDENCE? THAT WAS RANDOM? THAT WAS NOT RANDOM SO, CAN YOU HAVE A LEGITIMATE PROTEST MOVEMENT HIJACKED? YES, YOU CAN

    YES, YOU CAN AND THERE ARE PEOPLE AND FORCES WHO WILL EXPLOIT THAT MOMENT AND I BELIEVE THAT'S HAPPENING BUT WE STILL HAVE TO BE SMART AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE, WHICH IS WE JUST SPENT 93 DAYS LIMITING BEHAVIOR, CLOSING DOWN, NO SCHOOL, NO BUSINESS, THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES DESTROYED

    PEOPLE WILL HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, PEOPLE WIPED OUT THEIR SAVINGS AND NOW MASS GATHERINGS WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, ONE WEEK BEFORE WE'RE GOING TO REOPEN NEW YORK CITY? WHAT SENSE DOES THIS MAKE? CONTROL THE SPREAD, CONTROL THE SPREAD, CONTROL THE SPREAD WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE COVID VIRUS OF THOSE MASS GATHERINGS WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WE WON'T KNOW POSSIBLY FOR WEEKS THE NATURE OF THE VIRUS HOW MANY SUPER SPREADERS WERE IN THAT CROWD? THEY WERE MOSTLY YOUNG PEOPLE

    HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WENT HOME AND KISSED THEIR MOTHER HELLO OR SHOOK HANDS WITH THEIR FATHER OR HUGGED THEIR FATHER OR THEIR GRANDFATHER OR THEIR GRANDMOTHER OR THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER AND SPREAD THE VIRUS? NEW YORK CITY OPENS NEXT WEEK TOOK US 93 DAYS TO GET HERE IS THIS SMART? NEW YORK TOUGH WE WENT FROM THE WORST SITUATION TO REOPENING, FROM THE WORST SITUATION TO 54 DEATHS IN 50 DAYS WE WENT FROM THE WORST SITUATION TO REOPENING IN 93 DAYS

    WE DID THAT BECAUSE WE WERE NEW YORK TOUGH NEW YORK TOUGH WAS SMART WE WERE SMART WE WERE SMART FOR 93 DAYS WE WERE UNITED

    WE WERE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER WE WERE DISCIPLINED WEARING THE MASK WE WERE DISCIPLINED

    REMEMBERING TO PUTTING ON THE MASK REMEMBERING TO PICK IT UP REMEMBERING TO PUT IT ON WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE IT'S DISCIPLINE BUT IT WAS ALSO ABOUT LOVE

    WE DID IT BAUGS WE LOVE ONE MOTHER IT'S WHAT A COMMUNITY IS WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER YES, YOU CAN BE LOVING EVEN IN NEW YORK EVEN WITH A NEW YORK TOUGHNESS AND EVEN WITH A NEW YORK ACCENT AND A NEW YORK SWAGGER

    WE'RE LOVING THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR 93 DAYS IN A WAY WE'VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE NEVER IN MY LIFETIME NEVER IN MY LIFETIME HAS THIS CITY AND THIS STATE COME TOGETHER IN THE WAY WE HAVE

    I DON'T THINK IT EVER WILL AGAIN IN MY LIFETIME YOU CAN SAY MAYBE IT TAKES A GLOBAL PANDEMIC FOR IT TO HAPPEN I DON'T KNOW I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S TRUE AND I DON'T KNOW THAT THE POWER OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN IT CAME TOGETHER MIGHT NOT BE SO BEAUTIFUL THAT PEOPLE WANT TO DO IT AGAIN

    REMEMBER WHEN WE ALL ACTED TOGETHER DURING CORONAVIRUS AND WE RALLIED AND WE KNOCKED CORONAVIRUS ON ITS REAR END? REMEMBER WHEN WE ALL WORE MASKS AND WE ALL HAD THAT HAND SANITIZER? REMEMBER WHAT WE DID? WOW WHEN WE COME TOGETHER, WE CAN DO ANYTHING AND IT'S TRUE IT'S TRUE FOR OUR STATE AND TRUE FOR OUR NATION WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER AND YOU HAVE ONE AGENDA, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

    YOU WANT TO CHANGE SOCIETY? YOU WANT TO END A TALE OF TWO CITIES? YOU WANT TO MAKE IT ONE AMERICA? YOU CAN DO THAT JUST THE WAY YOU KNOCKED CORONAVIRUS ON ITS REAR END PEOPLE UNITED CAN DO ANYTHING WE SHOWED THAT WE JUST SHOWED THAT THE PAST 93 DAYS

    WE CAN END THE INJUSTICE AND THE DISCRIMINATION AND THE INTOLERANCE AND THE POLICE ABUSE WE HAVE TO BE SMART WE HAVE TO BE SMART RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW IN THIS STATE AND WE HAVE TO BE SMART TONIGHT IN THIS CITY

    BECAUSE THIS IS NOT ADVANCING A REFORM AGENDA THIS IS NOT PERSUADING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO CHANGE THIS IS NOT HELPING END CORONAVIRUS WE HAVE TO BE SMART QUESTIONS? >> GOVERNOR, DO YOU THINK THIS IS THE NYPD TACTICS HAVE EXACERBATED TENSIONS HERE? I THINK YOU AGREE THINGS HIT A NEW LEVEL WITH THE LOOTING LAST NIGHT

    HAVE YOU LOST CAN HAVE KENS IN THE CITY TO HANDLE THIS CRISIS? IT'S NOT A COMMUNICATION EFFECTIVE BETWEEN THE PROTESTERS AND THE NYPD DO YOU NEED TO CALL IN THE NATIONAL GUARD SECONDLY, DO YOU THINK THE REPEALS OF 50A WILL GO TOWARDS — >> A FEW THINGS, ZACK FIRST, I THINK THIS HAS BEEN COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR NEW YORK CITY IN MANY WAYS WE'RE BATTLING THE CORONAVIRUS

    WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW YORK CITY PEOPLE MOVE OUT DURING THIS WE'RE ONE WEEK AWAY FROM REOPENING WE'RE LOOKING TO REVITALIZE NEW YORK CITY GET PEOPLE BACK, GET BUSINESSES BACK, WE'RE GOING FORWARD WHAT THEY SAW ON TV THE PAST COUPLE OF NIGHTS IS NOT HELPFUL TO THAT, NUMBER ONE

    NUMBER TWO, IN TERMS OF HOW NEW YORK CITY IS HANDLING IT, YOU'RE RIGHT THERE WAS LOOTING, THERE WAS CRIMINALITY PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THAT THAT'S VERY DESTRUCTIVE ON A NUMBER OF LEVELS AS I SAID, IT REDUCES THE CREDIBILITY OF THE PROTESTS IN THE FIRST PLACE

    IT WILL ALLOW THE CRITICS TO NOW SAY THE CRIMINALS WILL COLOR THE PROTEST WITH THE LOOTING TO CHANGE THE IMAGE FROM THE REAL ISSUE, WHICH WAS MR FLOYD'S DEATH TO NOW THE LOOTING THE CRITICS WILL DO THAT THEY'LL START TODAY FULL THROATED

    WE VBT ARTICULATED WHAT THE PROTESTS ARE ABOUT BESIDES JUST UNHAPPINESS, OUTRAGE WE HAVEN'T SAID THIS IS WHAT WE WANT DONE GOVERNMENT, THIS IS WHAT WE WANT HERE IS THE AGENDA THAT'S ALL TRUE

    I'M GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO THE MAYOR TODAY ABOUT A CURFEW WE'VE DONE IT IN OTHER CITIES IN NEW YORK IT'S WORKED BETTER CURFEW IS NOT A SILVER BULLET, BY THE WAY BUT OBVIOUSLY, LAST NIGHT WAS NOT GOOD

    WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENTLY? WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER? I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT A CURFEW WE HAVE THE NATIONAL GUARD ON STAND BY I'VE TOLD MAYORS ALL ACROSS THE STATE, I CAN CALL OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD NEW YORK CITY SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH PERSONNEL WITH THE NYPD IT'S ONE OF THE LARGE HE'S POLICE FORCES IN THE COUNTRY

    TAXPAYERS MAY A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE NYPD I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S A MANPOWER, PERSON POWER ISSUE BUT IF IT IS, WE HAVE THE NATIONAL GUARD WHO ARE ALSO TRAINED TO DO THIS I THINK SOME OF THE ACTIONS OF THE NYPD HAVE EXACERBATED THE ANGER THERE ARE VIDEOS OF SOME NYPD ACTIONS THAT ARE VERY DISTURBING

    THERE ARE VIDEOS OF NYPD CARS DRIVING INTO A CROWD THAT ARE VERY DISTURBING PULLING A MASK DOWN OFF A PERSON TO PEPPER SPRAY THEM THROWING A WOMAN TO THE GROUND IT'S ON VIDEO IT'S ON VIDEO

    THE LOOTING IS ON VIDEO, YEAH SO IS NYPD ACTIVITY ON VIDEO I ASKED THE ATTORNEY GENERALS FOR A REPORT I WANT THAT REPORT DONE 30 DAYS FROM WHEN I ASKED HER JUST TWO DAYS AGO BUT I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO THOSE POLICE ACTIONS ON VIDEO

    RIGHT? DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO SEND THE POLICE OFFICER OUT THERE TOMORROW AFTER THESE ACTIONS I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO REVIEW THEM I UNDERSTAND THE LAW YOU KNOW, IF I WAS ANDREW CUOMO FROM QUEENS, IT WOULD BE SIMPLE I WOULD SAY THAT GUY SHOULD BE FIRED

    HE DRIVES THE CAR INTO A CROWD, HE SHOULD BE FIRED THAT'S WHAT ANDREW CUOMO IN QUEENS SAYS AS GOVERNOR, THERE'S LAW, THERE'S PROCESSES, THERE'S GOING TO BE LAWSUITS, I GET IT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL REVIEW, YES DOESN'T MEAN YOU DO NOTHING IN THE INTERIM

    SO I'M GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO THE MAYOR ABOUT THAT BUT THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THIS SITUATION HAS DONE A LOT OF DAMAGE ON A LOT OF LEVELS HAS NOT ADVANCED THE CAUSE OF THE PROTESTERS WHICH I AGREE WITH I BELIEVE — LOOK, YOU'VE WATCHED MY ADMINISTRATION I AM FRUSTRATED

    PERPETUALLY BY HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO MAKE CHANGES IMPERFECT PET ULLY FRUSTRATED ABOUT HOW HARD IT IS TO GET THAT POLITICAL MACHINE, THAT GOVERNMENTAL MACHINE TO TURN IT'S LIKE A BIG FREIGHTER COMING DOWN THE RIVER AND TURN THE RUTTER TO ONE SIDE BUT THE FREIGHTER HAS A BIG MASS IN AND OF ITSELF, THAT IT CONTINUES ON ITS COURSE AND SLOWLY START TO TURN I BATTLE THAT EVERY DAY SO I LOOK FOR MOMENTS WHERE THE PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY RISE UP TO MAKE CHANGES SO THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY WHOOPS, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING

    OOPS BECAUSE THE EASIEST THING TO DO IS ALWAYS NOTHING IT'S THE EASIEST THING TO DO THE OLD EXPRESSION, THE LEGISLATOR WHO DOES NOTHING DOES NOTHING WRONG, RIGHT? EVERY ACTION ON A BIG PROBLEM IS CONTROVERSIAL IT'S EASIER TO DO NOTHING

    THEN YOU DON'T GET CRITICIZED THEY SAY WHY DID YOU DO THIS? WELL I WANTED TO DO BUT — SO I LOOK FOR MOMENTS TO OVERCOME THE INERTIA, TO OVERCOME THE STATUS QUO MARRIAGE EQUALITY GUNS MINIMUM WAGE

    EVERY ONE OF THOSE THINGS THEY TALKED ABOUT FOR DECADES BUT WHEN THE PEOPLE ROSE UP, I WAS THERE TO USE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE I BELIEVE THERE'S A MOMENT HERE TO USE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE TO GET THINGS DONE SO I SAID FROM DAY ONE, I'M WITH THEM I AM WITH THEM

    EVEN THAT HAS TO BE MART, RIGHT? YOU REMEMBER HOW WE FOCUSED PEOPLE ON PASSING GUN REFORM AND WHAT THE BILL ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS YOU HAVE TO WRITE A BILL WHAT DO YOU MEAN, GOVERNOR? WHAT IS GUN REFORM TO YOU? OKAY

    WE'RE MAD HERE'S WHAT WE WANT, X, Y, Z WE'VE NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE TARGETING THE POPULAR ENERGY WE SHOULD BE SO I'M FRUSTRATED AT THAT

    AND THEN I BELIEVE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT CHANGE SO THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK TO DISTRACT AND DISCREDIT THIS MOMENT AND THE LOOTING AND THOSE THINGS WILL PLAY RIGHT INTO THEIR HANDS BECAUSE THIS WILL ALL BECOME ABOUT LOOTERS NOW THIS WILL BECOME — THEY'LL TRY TO MAKE IT ALL ABOUT CRIMINALITY, WHICH I DON'T — WHICH I BELIEVE WAS A PERVERSION OF THE PROTEST

    I BELIEVE THERE WERE OUTSIDE PEOPLE WHO EXPLOITED THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE PROTEST WE HAD A POLICE OFFICER — POLICE OFFICERS TAKING A KNEE IN UNITY WITH THE PROTESTERS THERE ARE NO POLICE OFFICERS WHO ARE GOING TO DEFEND WHAT HAPPENED TO MR FLOYD THEY'RE NOT

    THERE'S NO POLICE OFFICER WHO DOESN'T WANT TO HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY IF THERE IS, THEY SHOULDN'T BE A POLICE OFFICER IT'S THAT SIMPLE BUT THIS WAS JUST NEGATIVE IT WAS NOT ADVANCING THE POSITIVE REFORM AGENDA

    IT WAS BAD FOR THE CITY IT WAS BAD IN THE EFFORTS TO BATTLE COVID IT WAS BAD FOR OUR EFFORTS TO BE RAMPING UP TOWARDS THE REOPENING, RIGHT? I SAID LAST WEEK, THIS WEEK WAS ABOUT FOCUSING ON THE HOSPITALS AND THE HOTSPOT AREAS IN THE OUTER BOROUGH AND START RAMPING UP THE MTA FOR THE REOPENING HERE WE ARE WE'RE COMING BACK

    CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT WE DON'T EVEN APPRECIATE HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS BECAUSE WE'RE NOT REALLY THERE YET BUT WHEN YOU GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS, WE CAN START TO REOPEN NEXT WEEK AND YOU LOOK BACK, WE — THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC IN ONE OF THE MOST DENSE CITIES THAT HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF INFECTIONS, 100 DAYS AND YOU KNOW, IN RETROSPECT, THE 100 DAYS DOESN'T EVEN LOOK THAT LONG, RIGHT? THREE MONTHS

    GOING THROUGH IT, IT WAS HELL I GET IT I'VE BEEN IN HELL WE'VE ALL BEEN IN HELL BUT IN RETROSPECT, GLOBAL PANDEMIC, 100 DAYS IN THIS CITY, WITH THIS DIVERSITY, BEAUTIFUL

    >> TALKING ABOUT THE RISK OF NEW COVID CASES AS A RESULT OF THESE — MAYBE DR ZUCKER TO WEIGH IN AS WELL, MITIGATED AT ALL BY THE FACT THAT THESE FOEX FOLKS ARE OUTDOORS IF YOU DON'T SEE A SPIKE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER ALL THESE PEOPLE OUT THERE, DOES THAT PERHAPS TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT YOU DOCTORS H SPECULATED ON, IN SOME SMALL WAY COVID HAS BECOME A TINY BIT LESS — >> LET ME JUST — THE OUTSIDE IS A GOOD FACT THE YOUNGER PEOPLE IS A GOOD FACT THE BEST FACT IS WE HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE INFECTION RATE DOWN

    THAT'S THE BEST FACT THE BEST FACT IS WE DID 50,000 TESTS YESTERDAY WITH ONLY 1,000 POSITIVES SO A FEW — A LOWER PERCENTAGE OF THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE WERE INFECTED IF THAT HAPPENED 60 DAYS AGO, ANDREW, FORGET IT BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN INFECTED

    WE WERE GOING THROUGH IT THIS MORNING THE ONLY GOOD NEWS, WITH THAT LOW INFECTION RATE, THERE WERE NOT THAT MANY PEOPLE INFECTED AND IN A CRUEL IRONY, MANY WERE ACTUALLY WEARING MASKS DOCTOR? >> I WOULD ECHO THE GOVERNOR'S WORDS WITH THE INFECTION RATE BEING DOWN AS MUCH AS WE — WHEN YOU SAY THAT SUPPORT PEACEFUL PROTESTS, BOTTOM LINE IS WE WANT TO PUSH THE PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD WEAR MASKS

    THEY SHOULD TRY SOCIAL DISTANCING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND AS MUCH AS EMOTIONS ARE HIGH, AS THE GOVERNOR SAID, WE NEED TO BE SMART BEING SMART IS HAND SANITIZER AND SOCIAL DISTANCING >> DO YOU EXPECT A SPIKE BASED ON THE IMAGES YOU'VE SEEN? >> I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT I'M GOING TO TRACK THOSE NUMBERS WHEN YOU GATHER A LOT OF PEOPLE TOGETHER, AS WE'VE ALWAYS SAID, THAT'S A CONCERN

    WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS AND WE'RE GOING TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON IT EVERY DAY >> GOVERNOR, WE'VE SEEN SECTIONS GO UP IT SEEMS LIKE — [ INAUDIBLE ] CAN YOU GO BACK? WHAT CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT THAT? >> CAN YOU GO BACK? YES MANY PLACES HAVE GONE BACK THAT'S WHY WE USE THE GLOBAL EXPERTS

    THEY KEEP SAYING TO ME, THERE ARE MANY, MANY, MANY EXAMPLES OF OPENING TOO FAST AND NOT JUST OPENING TOO FAST BUT THE — >> I SEE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF THAT IF YOU START TO OPEN ONE OF THE HOSPITALS AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN YOU CAN'T ALLOW — WHERE WERE WE THAT WAS THE REAL DANGER POINT? PEOPLE DYING BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET MEDICAL ATTENTION THAT WAS THE ITALY SITUATION

    YOU DIE ON A GURNEY IN A HALLWAY BECAUSE THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES ARE TOO BUSY IT OVERWHELMED THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM THAT'S WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT WE WERE IN DANGER OF OVERWHELMING THE HEALTH SYSTEM IF THAT HAPPENS, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN

    YOU'D HAVE TO PEOPLE WON'T LISTEN YOU KNOW, THEN YOU'D HAVE A PHENOMENAL DEATH RATE AND AN INTERNATIONAL CRISIS NOW, AGAIN, THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS, THE INFECTION RATE WAS ALREADY SO LOW, WE WOULDN'T BE REOPENING NEXT MONDAY, WE WOULDN'T KEEP — IF THIS — THIS WAS THE BEST TIME FOR IT TO HAPPEN SINCE THIS WHOLE THING STARTED BECAUSE THE INFECTION RATE IS DOWN SECOND POSITIVE FACTOR IS THEY WERE YOUNGER PEOPLE

    THERE WERE NOT A LOT OF 65-YEAR-OLDS IN THE CROWD, THE BEST I COULD TELL BUT THOSE ARE TWO POSITIVE FACTORS MANY PEOPLE WERE WEARING MASKS, WHICH WAS ALSO A POSITIVE FACTOR THOSE ARE THE POSITIVES >> TELL PEOPLE NOT TO PROTEST

    >> I THINK YOU CAN PROTEST BUT DO IT SMARTLY AND INTELLIGENTLY AND MANY PLACES HAVE YOU KNOW YOU LOOK AT PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY THERE WERE PROTESTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    BE SMART ABOUT IT WITH THIS VIRUS, YOU CAN DO MANY THINGS NOW AS LONG AS YOU'RE SMART ABOUT IT RIGHT? YOU CAN REOPEN, YOU CAN GO INTO A STORE YOU CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS JUST BE SMART

    >> WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROTESTING AND A BUSINESS WHO WANTS TO REOPEN SMARTLY IF THEY'RE NOT TECHNICALLY ALLOWED TO? >> THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT IT HAS TO BE A BUSINESS WHERE YOU CAN BE SMART BE SMART, MEANING SOCIALLY DISTANT YOU DON'T HAVE PEOPLE WITHIN SIX FEET YOU HAVE TO WEAR THE MASK AND YOU HAVE TO DO THE HAND SANITIZER

    >> IS THAT OKAY THEN FOR BUSINESSES IN THE CITY TO — >> STARTING IN PHASE I BECAUSE REMEMBER, YOU HAVE CONGREGATE SITUATIONS YOU HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR IT'S NOT THAT PEOPLE COME FROM A HELICOPTER GOING INTO A BUSINESS PEOPLE GET ON A BUS, PEOPLE GET ON A SUBWAY PEOPLE ON A SIDEWALK THAT'S WHERE ALL THESE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT

    IF YOU PARACHUTE INTO A BUSINESS ON FIFTH AVENUE, IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY >> FOLLOWING UP ON FRIDAY'S BRIEFING, YOU SAID WE DON'T HAVE A PUBLIC — SYSTEM THEN YOU ANNOUNCED THE SURGEON — APPROACH ELABORATE THAT SINCE WE HAVE THE COMMISSIONER HERE ALSO A FOLLOW-UP ON THE COMMUNITY ALBANIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY INTERESTED IN THE DATA

    THE NUMBER OF ALBANIANS IN THE STATE >> YOU DID SAY THAT FRIDAY DID WE GET THAT NUMBER YET? >> IT'S NOT BROKEN OUT THAT WAY THE WAY THE HOSPITALS REPORT, CAUCASIAN, AFRICAN AMERICAN, HISPANIC, ASIAN AND OTHER WHAT WE'VE ASKED THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO DO FOLLOWING YOUR QUESTION ON FRIDAY IS THERE'S A WAY TO GO BACK AND DISCUSS WITH THE SPECIFIC HOSPITALS AND SEE IF THERE'S A WAY TO BREAK DOWN THE NUMBER FURTHER AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT RIGHT NOW

    >> IN TERMS OF THE HOSPITALS, PEOPLE DIDN'T — THIS IS ONE THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION OUR PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM, WE ALL TALK ABOUT A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM YEAH, EXCEPT THERE IS NO PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM WHERE IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM THE HOSPITALS

    THE HOSPITALS ARE NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM THE MAYOR TALKS ABOUT A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM BECAUSE THERE IS A SYSTEM CALLED H AND H HEALTH AND HOSPITALS WHICH ARE 11 HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK CITY THOSE ARE 11 PUBLIC HOSPITALS THAT THE CITY RUNS THE 11 HOSPITALS THAT THE MAYOR CONTROLS ARE NOWHERE NEAR THE ABILITY TO MANAGE A HEALTH PROBLEM IN THE CITY

    THERE ARE 100 HOSPITALS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA BUT THEY'RE PRIVATE THEY'VE NEVER REALLY WORKED TOGETHER YOU KNOW, NYU LANGONE IS ONE THEY'RE SEPARATE HOSPITALS

    THEY DON'T SHARE PATIENTS THEY DON'T SHARE MATERIAL THEY DON'T SHARE RESOURCES THEY'RE SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS WHAT WE WERE FORCED TO DO BECAUSE WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, THE SAME IN NEW YORK CITY

    YOU CAN'T SAY TO THOSE 11 HOSPITALS, YOU HANDLE IT THOSE 11 HOSPITALS ARE BATTLING EVERY DAY JUST TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY DEAL WITH THE FIRST CRISIS WE HAD WAS AT ELMHURST WHICH WAS ONE OF THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS WE NEED THOSE 100 PRIVATE HOSPITALS NOW, THEY'RE TECHNICALLY REGULATED BY THE STATE

    BUT THE STATE HAS NEVER SAID TO THOSE PRIVATE HOSPITALS, I NEED YOU TO RESPOND TO A PUBLIC CRISIS AND I NEED YOU TO ALLOW US TO COORDINATE OPERATION OF YOUR HOSPITAL THAT NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE WE INSTITUTED THAT IMMEDIATELY IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS SITUATION AFTER WE SAW SOME HOSPITALS GETTING OVERWHELMED, RIGHT? ELMHURST GETS OVERWHELMED AS A HOSPITAL FIRST, THERE ARE TEN OTHER PUBLIC HOSPITALS

    HOW DO WE DISTRIBUTE PATIENTS AMONG THOSE TEN PUBLICS AND IF THE PUBLICS CAN'T HANDLE IT, THIS IS ONLY 11, THEN WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE 100 PRIVATES TO ACTUALLY OPERATE AS A SYSTEM THAT'S WHAT WE CALL SURGEON FLEX FIRST I SAID TO ALL OF THEM, YOU ALL HAVE TO INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY 50% THEY SAID WHAT? I SAID YES YOU HAVE TO INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY 50%

    YOU HAVE 100 HOSPITAL BEDS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE 150 THAT WAS THE SURGE AND THEN WE INCREASED THE CAPACITY THEN WE SAID TO THEM, BY THE WAY, WHEN ONE OF YOU GETS OVERWHELMED, OR ONE OF YOU DOESN'T HAVE THE STAFF OR ONE OF YOU DOESN'T HAVE THE PPE OR ONE OF YOU DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH REAGENTS, WE'RE GOING TO SHARE AMONG AND COORDINATE AMONG ALL 100 PRIVATE HOSPITALS BY THE WAY, THOSE 11 PUBLICS ALSO

    THAT HAD NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE AND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A WORST CASE SNARE JOE, WORST CASE SCENARIO IS YOU EXCEED YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY WHAT IS YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY IS THEORETICALLY, IF YOU MAXIMIZE ALL 100 HOSPITALS AND SHIFTED THE PATIENT BURDEN SO THEY WERE ALL AT 100% AND EVERY HOSPITAL WAS AT 100% CAPACITY, THAT'S YOUR MAXIMUM CAPACITY

    THAT HAD NEVER BEEN THOUGHT OF THAT'S WHEN WE DEVELOPED DURING THE■ç CORONAVIRUS BUT WE DID IT VERY QUICKLY AND WE'RE NOW CODIFYING THAT AND REFINING THAT BECAUSE IT'S ALSO VERY DISRUPTIVE TO THE PRIVATE HOSPITALS >> GOVERNOR, YOU SAID YOU'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING WITH THE MAYOR THE POSSIBILITY OF CURFEW

    CAN YOU CLARIFY WHETHER THAT'S SOMETHING YOU ACTUALLY ARE INCLINED TO SUPPORT AND ENFORCE AND LIKEWISE, YOU SAID THE NATIONAL GUARD IS SOMEWHAT ON STAND BY AS YOU ASSESS THE SITUATION HERE THE PAST FEW NIGHTS THE WAY THOSE TACTICS HAVE WORKED OR NOT WORKED IN MINNEAPOLIS AND ELSEWHERE, CAN YOU GIVE US MORE OF A SENSE OF WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE AND WHAT YOU PLAN TO ACTIVATE WHEN? >> I THINK GOVERNOR WALZ IN MINNEAPOLIS DID A GOOD JOB LAST NIGHT I THINK THEY GOT CAUGHT INITIALLY, WHICH WAS UNDERSTANDABLE BUT I THINK HE DID A GOOD JOB THE MANY CITIES USE A CURFEW

    AGAIN, PEOPLE WILL ARGUE BOTH WAYS BUT MY BASIC POINT IS, LAST NIGHT WAS BAD, RIGHT? THE CRIMINALITY, THE LOOTING WAS THE MOST EGREGIOUS THE PEOPLE EXPLOITING THE CIRCUMSTANCE THERE IS AN ANGER BECAUSE I HEAR ABOUT IT FROM PEOPLE WHO SAY WE SAW THE POLICE OFFICER ON TAPE IN MINNEAPOLIS, WE HAVE POLICE OFFICERS IN NEW YORK CITY WHO DIDN'T DO ANYTHING LIKE WHAT WE'VE SEEN OTHER POLICE OFFICERS DO BUT IT'S SERIOUSLY QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIOR

    THE VIDEO OF THE CAR DRIVING INTO THE RECORD, THE VIDEO OF THE PEPPER SPRAY AFTER REMOVING THE MASK, THE WOMAN GETTING THROWN THAT IS APPARENTLY EGREGIOUS CONDUCT AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE NOW, I FEEL COMFORTABLE SAYING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS LOOKING AT IT AND WE'LL GET A REPORT AND IF — IT'S ONLY 30 DAYS THIS IS NOT KICK THE CAN

    IF THAT REPORT SAYS, WHATEVER THAT REPORT SAYS, I WILL DO RIGHT? BUT IN THE INTERIM, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE I GET THAT, TOO I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT THAT THE NATIONAL GUARD WE HAVE ON STAND BY

    THEY ARE TRAINED TO DO THIS BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S A PERSON POWER ISSUE IN NEW YORK CITY IN MINNEAPOLIS, IT WAS A PERSON POWER THEY DON'T HAVE A POLICE FORCE LARGE ENOUGH TO HANDLE IT I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT IS THE SITUATION

    I DON'T KNOW THAT THE NYPD ISN'T BIG ENOUGH I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE PROBLEM >> ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO ASK FOR IT OR STRONGLY SUGGEST A CURFEW? >> I COULD IMPOSE A CURFEW YEAH LEGALLY, I CAN IMPOSE A CURFEW SO I'M NOT AT THAT POINT

    BUT I KNOW SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE BECAUSE LAST NIGHT WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE THE NIGHT BEFORE WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE ON ANY LEVEL >> FOLLOW-UP ON THE — TO CLARIFY YOUR POSITION WHETHER YOU SUPPORT AMENDING IT, REPEALING IT ALTOGETHER THE MAYOR SAID THEY WANT TO — THE MAYOR AND NYPD SAID THEY WANT TO AMEND IT BUT MAINTAIN RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS TO DISCIPLINARY RECORDS, REFORM OUR STATE — ESSENTIALLY, OFFICIALLY SHIELD OFFICERS' PERSONAL INFORMATION WHAT'S YOUR POSITION? AMENDMENT, REPEAL, LEAVE ALONE? >> MY POSITION IS WHAT I SAID IN A LETTER TO NEW YORK CITY AND OTHER — I DON'T BELIEVE TODAY 50A STOPS THEM FROM RELEASING THE DISCIPLINARY RECORDS

    TODAY I DON'T BELIEVE THE LAW DOES IT I SAID TO THE MAYORS ACROSS THE CITY, 50A DOES NOT STOP YOU FROM RELEASING DISCIPLINARY RECORDS I SAID THAT TO EVERY MAYOR I GIVE THEM A LEGAL OPINION THAT SAID THE LAW DOESN'T APPLY

    NOW, IF A MAYOR WANTED TO RELEASE THE RECORDS, YOU KNOW WHAT THEY WOULD DO? RELEASE THE RECORDS AND SAY I HAVE A GOVERNOR'S COUNSEL OPINION THAT SAYS THE LAW DOESN'T SAY USE I CAN'T RELEASE THEM THAT'S WHAT ANY MAYOR WOULD DO MAYORS ALL DAY LONG TAKE POSITIONS AGAINST MY INTERPRETATION OF THE LAW HERE I SAID THE LAW DOESN'T SAY THAT

    RELEASE THE RECORDS THEY HAVEN'T RELEASED THE RECORDS POLITICALLY, THEY DON'T WANT TO BECAUSE THE POLICE DON'T WANT THE RECORDS RELEASED I UNDERSTAND THEIR POSITION

    BUT IF A PERSON IS BEING INVESTIGATED, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO TELL ME WHAT THEIR PAST DISCIPLINARY RESULTS WERE? BY THE WAY, IF THEY'RE NOT BAD, THEN RELEASE THEM TO HELP THE PERSON EXONERATE THE PERSON BUT I DON'T BELIEVE THE LAW EVER STOPPED THE MAYOR FROM RELEASING IT I BELIEVE POLITICALLY THEY DIDN'T WANT TO SO NOW USE THE MOMENT

    EITHER RELEASE THE RECORDS BECAUSE THE LAW DOESN'T STOP YOU OR IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, THEN THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD REPEAL THE LAW >> EXCUSE ME ONE SECOND NEW YORK CITY USED TO RELEASE THE RECORDS WE'RE THE SAME LAW THE LAW DIDN'T CHANGE

    USED TO BE ABLE TO DO IT WITH 50A AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU CAN'T DO IT BECAUSE OF 50A HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE? I DID IT FOR MANY YEARS 50A WAS IN EXISTENCE ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY DECIDED THEY CAN'T DO IT BECAUSE OF 50A I GIVE THEM A LEGAL OPINION THAT SAYS YOU CAN DO IT

    JUST LIKE YOU USED TO DO IT THE LAW DOESN'T STOP IT >> YOUR QUESTION POLICE TACTICS — [ INAUDIBLE ] >> THAT'S WHAT I WANT IT TALK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT >> DO YOU THINK THEY'VE — [ INAUDIBLE ] >> I THINK WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT WAS NOT GOOD I THINK SOME OF THE POLICE ACTIVITY ON VIDEOS HAVE INFLAMED THE COMMUNITY

    I BELIEVE THE PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED BY PEOPLE WITH THEIR OWN MOTIVES AND THE PROTESTS EXPLOITED THERE'S CRIMINALITY THAT PEOPLE HAVE USED THIS MOMENT TO PURSUE SO THERE'S A LOT GOING ON I UNDERSTAND THAT BUT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT BECAUSE THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

    >> IF YOU IMPOSE A CURFEW, HOW DID THAT ENFORCED AND WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THESE BUSINESSES WHO THEY'VE BEEN DESTROYED THE LAST FEW NIGHTS, TO THEM AND TO NEW YORKERS WHO DON'T FEEL SAFE? EVEN TO POLICE OFFICERS WHO SAY IT'S LIKE A WAR ZONE? >> THAT'S WHY IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR ANYONE THERE ARE NO SIDES HERE LAST NIGHT WAS BAD FOR EVERYONE IT WAS BAD FOR BUSINESSES, IT WAS BAD FOR THE POLICE

    IT'S BAD FOR THE COMMUNITY IT'S BAD FOR EVERYONE IT ACCOMPLISHES NOTHING BECAUSE WE'RE LOSING THE MOMENT WE'RE NOT EVEN MAKING THE POLITICAL POINT THAT THE PROTESTERS WANT TO MAKE, WHICH IS A GOOD POINT

    TALE OF TWO CITIES MY FATHER SAID IT IN 1984 THIS IS 2020 THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GUYS >> DO YOU HAVE A REACTION TO THAT? >> I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE SAID

    LET ME FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID I'VE MADE IT CLEAR IN THIS STATE, ANY RESOURCES THAT ANY CITY NEEDS WE WILL PROVIDE WE HAVE BEEN STATE POLICE HAVE DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB WORKING WITH THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS WE HAVE 13,000 NATIONAL GUARD WHO WE CAN USE AT ANY MOMENT

    THANK YOU GUYS

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