Gov. Andrew Cuomo went down to Georgia Monday to advise native officers there on how to curb the coronavirus pandemic — however critics mentioned the journey was nothing greater than an ill-conceived public relations stunt given all of the deaths that New York suffered.
New York was the toughest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak within the early spring and greater than 25,000 residents have died from the killer bug — greater than another state. And Cuomo has come beneath heavy criticism for his early edict which will have led to greater than 6,000 nursing dwelling deaths.
Whereas the pandemic has eased within the Empire State following shutdown orders and social distancing measures, the pandemic is now raging within the Peach State and different elements of the nation and New York officers are already planning for a “Wave 2” to hit New York.
Upstate Rensselaer County Government Steve McLaughlin referred to as Cuomo’s journey “absurd and obscene.”
“Cuomo is performing like a conquering hero. New York leads the nation circumstances and deaths. He refused to act early and failed to include the coronavirus. His insurance policies contributed to extra deaths in nursing properties,” McLaughlin, a Republican, mentioned of the governor, a Democrat.
“This journey is unbelievable. He’s undoubtedly attempting to rehab his picture.”
The journey is also considered as a slap at Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has battled with Democratic mayors within the Peach State over how to deal with the outbreak. Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over the town’s mandate for residents to put on masks, which he opposed as onerous.
Cuomo has not often left the state in the course of the pandemic, save for journeys to Washington to focus on the general public well being disaster with President Trump.
The three-term Democratic governor insisted he wasn’t visiting Savannah as a public relations offensive to toot his personal horn.
“I really feel compelled to go as a result of I do know a bit of bit about this,” Cuomo mentioned.
“It’s not me who’s going: It’s the individuals of New York that’s serving to the individuals of Savannah and Houston … We’re ready to assist. We’ve data.”
He mentioned it was vital to present assist for officers in different states now grappling with the pandemic after 30,000 People from different elements of the nation got here to New York’s support in March and April — many first responders who toiled in hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 circumstances.
“We’re doing every thing now to pay it again,” Cuomo mentioned. “Folks did simply superb issues.”
The governor mentioned his crew, in the meantime, was delivering “hundreds” of items of private protecting gear.
Cuomo was scheduled to maintain a 2:15 p.m. public roundtable assembly with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, a Democrat and Brooklyn native, after holding non-public talks on greatest practices to struggle the pandemic.
Georgia is among the many 23 states on the state journey advisory record for rising circumstances of COVID-19, which means guests from there should quarantine for 14 days upon coming into New York.
Cuomo mentioned he was not quarantining upon return as a result of he considers himself an “important” worker — although he will probably be examined for COVID-19 when he comes dwelling later Monday.
Reached for remark, prime Cuomo aide Wealthy Azzopardi mentioned, “Give me a break, even the CDC mentioned New York was hit the toughest as a result of the Trump administration moved too sluggish to floor European air journey. What we did do is put into place a profitable fact- and number-based reopening that has been praised by Dr. Fauci and this anti-science Journey Sized Trump has been attempting to undermine each step of the best way.”
Azzopardi added, “Survey after survey present that greater than 75 % of New Yorkers approve of the governor’s response to this pandemic, there’s nothing to rehab — McLaughlin is filled with it.”