Gov. Cuomo calls Mayor DeBlasio’s second lockdown “fear-driven” in newly released audio

Recently, audio clips of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were released in which he called New York City's recent lockdown measures "fear-driven".

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On Tuesday, October 6, Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo had a conference call with Jewish leaders regarding COVID-19. In that call, he told Jewish leaders that the October 5th school lockdowns in neighborhoods near New York City are “a fear-driven response”.  

Governor Cuomo said during the call that the government’s measures are not based on science or sophisticated policy, but rather out of fear and that it was Mayor DeBlasio that proposed another lockdown.

“I’m 100 percent frank and candid. This is not a highly nuanced, sophisticated response. This is a fear-driven response. You know, this is not a policy being written by a scalpel, this is a policy being cut by a hatchet.”

“I didn’t propose this. It was proposed by the mayor”.

“I’m trying to sharpen it to make it better but it’s out of fear. People see the numbers going up ‘Close everything! Close everything’. It’s not the best way to do it, but it is a fear-driven response. The virus scares people.”

“Hopefully, we get the numbers down in the zipcodes, the anxiety comes down, and then we can have a smarter, more tailored approach.”

“Your point is right. Why close every school? Why don’t you test the schools and close the ones that have a problem.”

“I can tell you honestly that the fear is too high to do anything other than close”. 

Listen to the full conference call here.

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