New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that while local officials may “feel political pressure” to lift shelter-in-place restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, he refuses to open up his virus-stricken state until steps are in place to avoid a second wave of the disease.
“I get the pressure but we can’t make a bad decision. Frankly, this is no time to act stupidly. Period. I don’t know how else to say it,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany, adding that the decision to reopen New York’s economy should be based on “facts” and not “political pressure.” “I’m not going to have the political obituary of this era be, well, they acted imprudently.”
Cuomo’s warning came as protesters gathered at New York’s state Capitol