Gov. Cuomo Has a MELTDOWN – Screams at Reporter for Asking If Schools Will Open
In an effort to combat the resurgence of the coronavirus in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month introduced “color zones” to identify the severity of COVID-19 in any given part of the state. An area’s coronavirus positivity rate would determine if it fell into a yellow, orange or red zone. Yellow represented a precautionary zone; orange, a warning zone; and red, the (coronavirus) cluster itself. Each zone corresponded to a set of required measures.
For example, according to Cuomo’s website, if a city or county reached the orange zone, the following actions would become mandatory:
Houses of Worship: 33 percent capacity, 25 people maximum
Mass Gatherings: 10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
Businesses: Closing high-risk non-essential businesses, such as gyms and personal care
Dining: Outdoor dining only, 4 person maximum per table
Schools: Closed, remote only
On Wednesday, “conflicting messages and numbers” were coming “from the city and state.” For example, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had already “surpassed a 3 percent average coronavirus threshold” and that schools would close on Thursday.
At Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, he told reporters that the seven-day rolling average of New York City’s positivity rate was 2.54 percent.. Wednesday’s daily rate was 2.88 percent, a level not seen in the city since May. If the rate were to hit 3 percent, schools would close, he said.
According to The New York Times, the NYC school system is the largest in the U.S., “with 1.1 million students and 1,800 schools.”
Needless to say, the decision to close schools affects a huge number of students, parents and teachers.
So, understandably, reporters were looking for some clarity in the situation.
In the video below, The Wall Street Journal’s Jimmy Vielkind asks Cuomo about the school closings. The governor responds in an angry, sarcastic and condescending tone. He tells Vielkind:
Let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone. Because you’re 100% wrong, these laws have all been in effect for months. I’ve always said we set initial parameters, and then the school district picked a percent within those parameters. New York City picked 3%. We announced the orange zone law over a month ago.
Upon hearing Cuomo’s scornful comments, a second reporter said: “I think he’s correct in asking that question. I don’t think it’s obnoxious at all.”
Forgetting he was an elected official rather than a king, Cuomo said:
Well, I don’t really care what you think. Of course, you agree with him because you’re in the same business with him. The schools by state law. Well, what is the answer to your question? What is the answer to your question?
New York City announced the closure of their public schools not long after the exchange.
Watch the video.