New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are still not agreeing or getting along. Cuomo, today was ridiculing de Blasio for shutting down the nation’s largest public school system because of spiking coronavirus infections.
In fact, Cuomo on Friday joined Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and some of the region’s Democratic governors in a joint tweet, declaring that “in-person learning is safe when appropriate protections are in place, even in places with high transmission rates.”
A joint message from myself, @NYGovCuomo, @GovernorTomWolf, @JohnCarneyDE, @GovNedLamont, @GovRaimondo, and @MassGovernor on the importance of in-person education: pic.twitter.com/urtNq7YRO9
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) November 19, 2020
The tweet came two days after de Blasio shut down in-person instruction for New York City public schools immediately after Cuomo told reporters during a press conference that schools in the city would not be shut down.
Cuomo learned of the school closures from a reporter at the press conference after excoriating the press corps for asking whether schools in the city of New York would be open on Thursday and saying that the information Cuomo and de Blasio were providing local parents was “confusing.”
Though public schools in the city are shuttered, Catholic and other private schools in the city are allowed to stay open for in-person instruction.
New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of the Upper East Side of the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, told the Washington Examiner Friday, “I think you have to listen to the medical professionals if they say it is dangerous, that’s their job to do. I would follow the medical professionals until we can get it worked out.”
Maloney argued that not all New Yorkers want the public schools opened, saying, “Well, it depends. Some people want them open. Some people want them closed.”
Known for their long-standing feuds on numerous issues from city transportation to law enforcement, Cuomo and de Blasio believe they each have science on their side. President Trump urged schools to reopen back in late July, and Cuomo blasted the idea, saying it was a “state decision. Period.”
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