De Blasio asks Trump if he’s telling New York City to ‘drop dead.’
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday continued to call on President Trump to direct desperately needed federal funding to American cities, and to criticize the president’s silence on the matter.
“President Trump, what’s going on? Cat got your tongue?” Mr. de Blasio said during his daily press briefing. “You’re usually really talkative. You usually have an opinion on everything. How on earth do you not have an opinion on aid to American cities and states?”
He compared President Trump’s lack of response to the financial shortfall facing New York City in particular to President Gerald Ford’s dismissal of the city during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.
The mayor announced earlier in the week that New York City would have to slash more than $2 billion in municipal services over the next year.
“There was that famous Daily News cover that said ‘Ford to City: Drop Dread,’” Mr. de Blasio said. “So my question is, Mr. Trump, Mr. President, are you going to save New York City or are you telling New York City to drop dead? Which one is it?”
“You are failing to protect the very people you grew up around,” Mr. de Blasio added.
The Daily News cover that Mr. de Blasio referenced was printed in response to a speech given by President Ford in October 1975, in which he said he would veto any federal bill that would prevent New York City from bankruptcy.
Mr. de Blasio’s statements on Sunday represented a significant heightening of his rhetoric even as he continued to call on the president to personally intercede in making sure that all American cities received the federal funding they so badly needed.
Mr. de Blasio said on Saturday during an interview on MSNBC that he had talked to the Republican mayor of Miami, Francis X. Suarez, and the Democratic mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, and that both leaders said that the outbreak had been devastating for their budgets.
“If cities can’t function, how on earth do you have a national recovery?” Mr. de Blasio said.
Cuomo says data indicates that New York has passed the high point of coronavirus infection.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said Sunday that data indicated that New York had passed the plateau of coronavirus infection and that it was “past the high point.”
“If the data holds and if this trend holds, we are past the high point, and all indications at this point are that we are on a descent,” he said.
“We are on the other side of the plateau and the numbers are coming down,” he added.
Mr. Cuomo said that 507 more people had died in the state, bringing the total killed by the virus to 13,869. On Saturday, 540 deaths were reported, the state’s lowest daily death toll in more than two weeks.
Mr. Cuomo noted Saturday that 36 of those deaths had been at nursing homes, which he described as “the single biggest fear in all of this.”
On Sunday, he said that the vulnerability of those in nursing homes remained a key concern.
“The nursing home is the optimum feeding ground for this virus,” he said.
Mr. Cuomo said he wanted to guide the reopening of New York, in part, based on knowing how many people had been infected with the virus, but were now healthy to return to work.
To find out, Mr. Cuomo said New York would need widespread testing of people for the presence of antibodies, which would indicate past exposure to the virus.
“We’re going to do that in the most aggressive way in the nation,” he said.
Mr. Cuomo said that testing would start this week: “We’ll have the first real statistical number on exactly where we are as a population,” he said.
Michael Dowling, the chief executive of the health care network Northwell Health, said that the network had already started antibody testing and that it hoped to build to 10,000 tests by the end of the week.
The governor asked that New Yorkers remain vigilant, stressing that 1,300 people had been hospitalized for the virus the previous day.
“Don’t get cocky,” he said. “Don’t get arrogant. This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way. This is only halftime in this entire situation.”
On Saturday, the number of total coronavirus cases in New Jersey rose to over 81,420, with 3,026 new cases reported. But Gov. Philip D. Murphy said a three-week review of the statistics showed there has been a plateau in some metrics.
The numbers of new cases and hospitalizations were leveling off, and the number of people in intensive care or critical condition had remained stable, he said.
More than 1,400 health care volunteers have been deployed at city hospitals and nursing homes.
More than 1,400 volunteer medical staff have been dispatched to the city’s hospitals and nursing homes to give front line health care workers some relief, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
Mr. de Blasio said during his daily press briefing that the volunteers, who came from New York and around the country, would be paid, but that they had volunteered to step in at some of the city’s hardest hit locations.
“They’re volunteering to go where the situation is toughest. They’re volunteering to go into those emergency rooms and I.C.Us,” he said. “They’re choosing to do it because they want to save lives and protect people.”
Mr. de Blasio said that the city has added additional staff to 311 after reports that individuals who called the public assistance line to receive food had not been helped.
The mayor also said that the New York police would step up enforcement of social distancing orders, pledging that violators would receive $1,000 fines.
The mayor has been using three indicators to track the city’s progress against the virus: hospital admissions of suspected coronavirus patients, I.C.U. admissions of suspected coronavirus patients and percentage of people testing positive.
On Sunday, he reported that he number of people hospitalized for the virus in the city had increased, but that admissions to the I.C.U. decreased and the percentage of people who tested positive had decreased.
Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the commissioner of the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said that daily fluctuations in those measures was to be expected but that, broadly, they were moving in the right direction.
But Dr. Barbot added that it was “too early to declare whether it’s a plateau or whether we’re seeing sustained reduction.”
New York joins New Jersey and Connecticut in loosening restrictions on marinas and boatyards.
Marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the states’ governors announced on Saturday.
Governor Cuomo said in a statement that the decision was an example of the partnership between the states and that it would “help ensure there is no confusion or ‘state shopping’ when it comes to marinas and boatyards.”
The order said that patrons would still need to follow social distancing restrictions on the premises of those sites, that charters and rentals would not be allowed and that restaurants on the properties would still be limited to takeout and delivery service.
It was one of the first notable loosenings of restrictions on businesses in New York since the governor mandated that nonessential businesses close on March 22.
In New York, the order was implemented by Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency. The agency has made other adjustments to the state’s “On Pause” regulations, including rules around construction and real estate.
On Friday, the agency updated guidance for private golf courses in the state, allowing them to open to individuals, so long as social distancing restrictions were observed and no gatherings were held.
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