New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo snapped at a reporter on Wednesday who asked him about whether schools were going to be shut down as the coronavirus pandemic once again worsens in the state.
“I’m a little unclear about New York City schools,” the reporter said. “The other day you said this is the city’s decision, they have an agreement at 3%, today you said, well I might have to impose an orange zone and I might have to close the schools, which an orange zone does. So what’s going on?”
“Does the city still have the ability to close its schools? Are you now taking control in saying that you have the power to make this decision?” the reporter asked. “And for the millions of parents who want to know, are the schools going to open tomorrow in New York City?
“Alright, first of all, let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone,” Cuomo responded. “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 picks the percent within those parameters. New York City picked 3%. We announced the orange zone law over a month ago. I don’t know if you were here or if you were paying attention but that has been in effect for over a month. It always said, if by the state’s numbers, you hit 3%, the schools close.”