This story was reported by Alfonso A. Castillo, Matthew Chayes, Candice Ferrette, Bart Jones, David Reich-Hale and Yancey Roy. It was written by Jones.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touted the state’s leads to coping with the coronavirus pandemic for instance of how authorities can take care of a disaster such because the one triggered by the killing of a black man by police in Minneapolis.
His feedback got here as New York Metropolis ready to enter Part One in all reopening on Monday, and Lengthy Island was set to advance to Part Two on Wednesday. The Lengthy Island Rail Highway stated it’s resuming almost full service on Monday because the area gears again into motion. So are the town’s subways and buses, in addition to buses on Lengthy Island.
Cuomo additionally stated he’ll resolve this weekend whether or not mail-in voting on college district budgets and board seats scheduled for Tuesday might be delayed or amended.
He stated Friday the state had been capable of spur motion within the public by offering data on the character of the coronavirus’ menace and proposing actions that individuals might take to curtail the unfold.
Consequently, the demise toll has fallen from about 800 a day on the peak of the illness eight weeks in the past to 42 on Thursday.
“We had the bottom variety of deaths from coronavirus that now we have had for the reason that begin,” Cuomo stated. “I did nothing. The individuals of the state radically modified how they behaved” as a result of that they had the knowledge they wanted to take action.
He advised the state ought to pivot from there to deal with unrest over police therapy of black males in the identical method.
“That’s what we simply noticed in coronavirus, which can go down in historical past as one of many nice transformational moments of society,” he added, “…and that is the second to guide when it comes to social change.”
Cuomo spent most of his briefing centered on the massive street protests in New York and across the nation provoked by the demise of George Floyd in Minnesota.
He known as for the firing and potential felony prosecution of cops in Buffalo who pushed a 75-year-old man to the ground, forcing him to strike the again of his head on concrete, throughout protests on Thursday.
He stated: “It’s simply basically offensive and scary.”
He famous that police at different areas have been concerned in roughing up members of the press, whereas on the identical time some protesters and looters have subjected police to abuse resembling throwing bricks at their heads.
Following the lead of the State Legislature, the governor laid out what he known as “cornerstones” of a reform push in New York to deal with the considerations of protesters towards racial discrimination and police brutality, specifically rising transparency in issuing the information of cops concerned in these complaints; banning chokeholds as a type of acceptable drive; treating false emergency calls “based mostly on race” as hate crimes and designating the New York Lawyer Normal as impartial prosecutor in police-linked homicide instances.
Earlier this week, Senate and Meeting members stated they had been seeking to finalize payments on these points and vote on them as quickly as Monday. Cuomo on Friday successfully endorsed the identical agenda.
He stated these reforms would assist each communities and cops who can be vindicated in lots of cases. Each may very well be performed, as he stated was the case in balancing the coronavirus menace with the ensuing financial disaster.
It was a false option to ask, “Do you wish to save individuals’s lives or reopen the financial system?” — he stated. “It was by no means both, or … It was by no means one or the opposite. That was unintelligent. It was all the time each.”
Protesters ought to get examined
Individually, New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio on Friday “strongly” urged these protesting the demise of George Floyd, who died whereas in police custody in Minneapolis, to get examined for the coronavirus.
“It’s harmful to be shut collectively,” de Blasio stated. “In case you’ve been at one in every of these protests, I wish to strongly urge you to get examined.”
The top of his test-and-trace corps has stated the town is learning whether or not the protests might result in an increase in instances.
De Blasio additionally introduced that the town would begin free, cellular coronavirus testing subsequent week.
Vehicles might be within the Soundview part of the Bronx on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in Kew Gardens on Thursday, in line with a slide introduced through the briefing. The town will ramp as much as 10 vehicles by July.
De Blasio stated Friday the town was beneath the three thresholds — numbers of hospital admissions and significant care sufferers and % testing constructive for coronavirus — guiding whether or not and the way a lot to reopen the town.
As New York Metropolis enters Part One on Monday, building is among the many industries that might be allowed to restart, de Blasio stated. There are 32,000 such websites citywide able to reopen, he stated.
“It is a reminder, as not too long ago as February how vibrant the financial system of this metropolis was and the way vibrant will probably be once more,” de Blasio stated of the trade, which has been banned since late March.
Progress towards COVID-19
In one other signal of how a lot the area is progressing towards the coronavirus, Northwell stated Friday it’s all the way down to 465 COVID-19 sufferers on the 19 hospitals it owns and operates. That’s an 86% drop from its peak of round 3,400 in April.
New instances of coronavirus continued a usually downward pattern on Lengthy Island and all through the state.
Nassau reported 84 new instances, for a complete of 40,797 for the reason that pandemic hit. Suffolk registered 86 new instances, for a complete of 40,239, in line with state knowledge launched Friday.
New York Metropolis reported 534 new instances, for a complete of 205,940. New York State as an entire reported 1,075 new instances, for a complete of 376,208.
In Nassau on Friday, County Govt Laura Curran stated the proportion of individuals testing constructive for the coronavirus continues to say no as officers put together to handle gatherings of hundreds for what might be a sixth evening of protests within the county.
Curran stated two new deaths could be attributed to COVID-19 and 201 persons are nonetheless being handled for the illness within the county’s 11 hospitals. Of the 5,104 viral check outcomes returned, 69 had been constructive.
“The share of these testing constructive has been constantly below 2 % right here in Nassau County for greater than per week,” Curran stated. “An unimaginable distinction from only a month in the past after we noticed 300 to 400 new instances each day, or two months in the past after we had been seeing over a thousand new instances each day.”
Regardless of these bettering numbers, she stated she is frightened in regards to the influence of the shutdown on the native financial system.
“Lengthy Island continues to be struggling from the monetary influence of COVID-19. … Now we have to get our financial system going now,” Curran stated firmly. “As Lengthy Island demonstrates big progress, I imagine we will speed up reopening.”
She stated 350,000 Lengthy Islanders are on unemployment. “That’s one in three individuals within the workforce right here on Lengthy Island. Take into consideration that,”
She stated 70% of the companies in a county survey stated the influence of the coronavirus is worse than they anticipated.
Curran stated she can also be involved about packages for developmental disabled college students and is advocating for these packages and for folks to see their kids in group properties.
“We all know tips on how to come again and we all know tips on how to mitigate danger and we will do each on the identical time,” Curran stated. “We’d welcome an early Part Two.”
The county together with Suffolk is poised to enter Part Two on Wednesday.
Trains and buses again on schedule
The Lengthy Island Rail Highway plans to revive most of its service on Monday, as public transportation suppliers within the area gear up for New York Metropolis getting into the primary section of reopening.
LIRR President Phillip Eng introduced on Friday morning that the railroad will put again about 90% of its regular weekday schedule on Monday, talking at a digital assembly of Lengthy Island Metro Enterprise Motion, a enterprise group. The LIRR has been operating on an “Important Service Plan,” which lowered practice frequency by about 30%, since late March.
The elevated schedule will embody the return of some practice service to Hunterspoint Avenue in Queens. Regardless of the return to a principally regular schedule, Eng stated the railroad will proceed to cost off-peak fares in the meanwhile.
“We’re going to observe ridership, and we’ll see when we have to return to peak fares,” stated Eng, supplied returning riders assurance of the rail system’s security. “We wish them to know that, should you come on our trains, persons are sporting masks, that we’re disinfecting, and that we’re doing all the pieces we will to provide them a snug experience.”
New York Metropolis Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg stated metropolis buses and subways might be again at about 95% power on Monday, and even nearer to regular by Tuesday.
And whereas emphasizing that the company’s instant objective throughout Part One in all New York’s reopening is transporting important employees, she stated the transit system might be there for whoever wants it. To that finish, Feinberg rejected recommendations by Mayor Invoice de Blasio that the MTA ought to contemplate skipping some subway stops in an effort to reduce crowding.
“We do not choose and select and we do not say some individuals can use the system and others cannot. Our job is to choose you up and to get you the place you are going,” Feinberg advised 1010 WINS radio Friday morning. “And it is a problem for everybody at this second, after we need to have the ability to social distance and everyone must be protecting one another secure. And that is the precise factor to do. However we simply must run a transit system.”
The Nassau Inter-County Specific, or NICE Bus, additionally introduced plans to return to an everyday starting Sunday. NICE has been working on a weekend schedule on most routes since early April.
“The short-term schedule mirrored decreased ridership ranges whereas guaranteeing important transportation continued for important employees in well being care, retail and different providers,” NICE stated in an announcement. “As Lengthy Island begins to advance into extra reopening phases, NICE Bus will resume an everyday service schedule.”
College voting determination
On the difficulty of faculties, Cuomo stated he expects to decide by Sunday on whether or not college districts might be allowed to postpone public votes on budgets and college board seats at present scheduled for Tuesday.
He was responding to a reporter who stated some districts say they’re having a tough time getting ballots out to residents, and are asking for a delayed vote or permitting votes to be counted so long as they’re postmarked by Tuesday.
“We’re that,” Cuomo stated. “We don’t have a call but. We’ll over this weekend.
“I perceive the difficulty, and we’re it and we may have a call by Sunday.”
Districts aren’t holding in-person votes this 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and as an alternative are holding the voted by mail-in ballots they’re sending out to residents.
On Thursday, Cuomo announced that Medical schools in New York will be able to reopen June 22, however for now there might be no massive highschool or school commencement ceremonies. He additionally confirmed that Lengthy Island will take its step in returning to life after the shutdown on Wednesday, because it enters Part 2 of the state’s reopening plans, whereas New York Metropolis remained on track for its first phase of reopening on Monday.
Lengthy Island’s second section will bring back a wider range of industries from the coronavirus shutdown, together with in-store retail, administrative and office-type jobs, barbershops and hair salons, automobile gross sales, and actual property, together with leases and leases, industrial constructing administration, and out of doors eating, which Cuomo had decided to fast-track earlier this week.
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