New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent popularity is raising big concerns among his critics, with many pointing out his extensive history of taxpayer waste and bloated government bureaucracy.
“Although the public is only now becoming aware of the problem, emergency room shortages have long plagued the state’s healthcare system. In addition, New York bypassed an opportunity five years ago to purchase 16,000 ventilators at a total cost of under $600 million,” Joel Griffith, a research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told Fox News.
“This sum represented just 0.4 percent of the 2015-2016 enacted budget— a year in which more than $2.3 billion was set aside for ‘economic development,’ an amorphous category riddled with cronyism. This potential shortage was both avoidable and warned about,” he said.
This day will be remembered.
The hospital capacity we add now will save lives.
God bless New York. pic.twitter.com/6oniwJbYSx
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 30, 2020
“The governor, who has held the top job since 2011, has said that the state needs at least 30,000 ventilators – and an extra 50,000 hospital beds – to brace for the pinnacle of the storm in the coming weeks. As it stands, New York is currently the global epicenter of coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. The state has had more than 84,000 confirmed cases, some 2,000 deaths, and over 12,000 hospitalizations – more than a quarter in the intensive care unit – and the ominous numbers are rising by the minute,” reports Fox News.
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AOC: New York Gov Cuomo’s Response ‘Creating a Class and Race Issue’ During Coronavirus Crisis
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez singled-out New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday; accusing the top Democrat of “creating a class and race issue” during the Coronavirus crisis.
“If you called for a suspension or moratorium on mortgage payments, then we should also call for that same treatment on rent payments,” said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.
“We’re kind of creating a class and race issue. We’re essentially rewarding and offering preferential treatment to landowners and folks who are more wealthy, and we’re not offering that same kind of relief to renters,” she added.
“I think our policy answers it,” Cuomo said Monday. “You cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent. It’s not that you won’t owe rent at one time, right, because you signed a contract. Even the people to whom you pay the rent have to pay the rent, right, and they have expenses. So, no evictions for nonpayment of rent and then we’ll see where we are and we’ll see how long this goes on.”
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BERNIE: Trump’s Coronavirus Response ‘Working Overtime’ to Protect… ‘Fossil Fuel Executives'
Bernie Sanders weighed-in on the White House’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States Tuesday; accusing his administration of “working overtime” to protect fossil fuel executives.
“As millions of workers struggle without sick pay and as seniors deal with unaffordable medical bills, President Trump is working overtime to protect the real victims of the coronavirus: fossil fuel executives,” posted Sanders on social media.
As millions of workers struggle without sick pay and as seniors deal with unaffordable medical bills, President Trump is working overtime to protect the real victims of the coronavirus: fossil fuel executives. https://t.co/XEyBlw4IuE
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 10, 2020
Vice President Pence confirmed Tuesday that America’s insurance companies have agreed to waive all co-pays related to Coronavirus testing and extensive treatment.
“I’m pleased to report, as you requested, Mr. President, that all the insurance companies here either today or before today have agreed to waive all co-pays on coronavirus testing and extend coronavirus treatment in their benefit plans,” said Vice President Pence.
“I’m pleased to report, as you requested, Mr. President, that all the insurance companies here either today or before today have agreed to waive all co-pays on coronavirus testing and extend coronavirus treatment in their benefit plans.” –@Mike_Pence pic.twitter.com/66kaNiM6t6
— GOP (@GOP) March 10, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the deployment of the National Guard to New Rochelle, NY to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in that city, which he described as the “most significant cluster in the country.”
“Those measures include deploying National Guard troops to a Health Department command post and setting up a satellite testing facility and one-mile containment area in the city. To date, Westchester County has seen 108 confirmed COVID-19 cases; that’s 58 percent of all tri-state cases,” reports NBC New York.
New York will establish a “containment area” in New Rochelle and call out the National Guard to help with cleaning and assist officials, @NYGovCuomo
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) March 10, 2020
BREAKING: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces containment zone around New Rochelle, lasting until 3/25; National Guard to be deployed to assist in food delivery, cleaning.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 10, 2020
— Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) March 10, 2020
“New Rochelle is home to the midtown Manhattan lawyer who has been linked to dozens of cases across multiple states. He was the second confirmed case in the state and its first instance of community spread,” adds NBC.
“You calibrate your response to the time and the facts and the circumstances in that place at that time,” Cuomo said on CNN. “So parades, etc. we look at that on a daily basis.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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