NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's unique press conferences

"I live alone, I'm even getting annoyed with the dog." New York governor Andrew Cuomo's pressers on the coronavirus crisis have taken an interesting turn...

Governor Cuomo of New York waxes political and philosophical on his state in crisis

A time for action

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York stressed the need to circumvent the normal red tape of bureaucracy in intrastate politics in order to move on what the state, and most importantly, New York City needs to slow infections and care for the infected. Having a bit of fun with some mixed metaphors, Cuomo reassured viewers and his electorate that common political business of garnering support through locally funded projects will not at all be a focus: “This should not be the usual ‘sausage making of pork barrel’, right?” Furthermore, he continued that nobody in his circle would shy away from putting pressure on officials of his own democractic party, of whom there are many in NY state. Fatality rates among specific subsets of a population are very real and saving lives is of utmost importance

NYC residents should understand the severity of the situation

Cuomo went on to emphatically criticize the response to the pandemic that he observed in New York City over the weekend, with people outside enjoying the weather in fairly large, often clustered groups. “This is just a mistake! It’s a mistake!” NYC natives and stranded tourists across the board need to recognize this as a new normal that won't be easily resolved in a matter of weeks. Lifestyles need to be shifted in order to prevent highly preventable deaths. He stressed that people should not feel like prisoners in their homes and can get exercise, but must do so while maintaining a state of physical isolation rather than playing basketball, for example.

We’re in this together

The governor concluded with thoughts on the emotional toll that extreme containment measures can have on all of us. Whether practicing quarantine measures alone or in a space with others, the important thing to remember is that a community is about interdependence and shared support by definition. Finding it in yourself and in others to live with more patience and understanding than many New Yorkers might be used to will be key to coming out on the other side of this crisis with hope and strength to rebuild. While he could really even hint at a timeline or any sort of countdown to normalcy, he ended the conference on the brightest note he could reasonably find: “It is going to be OK, life is going to go on”