‘The cost is too high’: Cuomo amends COVID-19 strategy, endorses ‘safely’ reopening NY economy

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been a strong proponent of strict lockdown measures meant to reduce transmission of the virus.

According to recent reports, however, he has apparently changed his tune this week, prompting critics on both sides of the aisle to cry foul.

“So let me get this straight”

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” Cuomo revealed in a tweet on Monday.

He went on to declare that the “cost is too high,” stressing that state leaders “must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”

In response, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted: “So let me get this straight..when Republicans have been saying this that means they are science deniers trying to kill people, but when [Cuomo] finally says this today then he is a genius who should write another book about his incredible leadership? Did I get that right?”

Another critic of Cuomo’s shifting opinion was conservative author A.G. Hamilton, who drew a contrast between the media’s embrace of the New York governor and its disdain toward GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“DeSantis was absolutely excoriated for saying almost exactly this months ago (putting politics over lives!) while Cuomo was shutting down restaurants and letting schools inexplicably close,” he tweeted.

“Many of them elderly”

Donald Trump Jr. also got in on the action, sarcastically referring to Cuomo as a “brilliant strategist” and adding that it is “incredible that no one thought of this months ago!”

Many in his own party have hailed Cuomo for his handling of the pandemic, though countless others argue that his policies actually served to multiply the state’s death toll.

In August, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would seek data from New York and other Democratic-led states regarding their practice of sending infected patients back to nursing homes.

A DOJ statement at the time asserted: “According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with 32,592 victims, many of them elderly.”

The agency went on to add that, as of that report, the New York death rate as a percentage of the population was the nation’s second-highest, just behind New Jersey.

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  1. ‘The cost is too high’: Cuomo amends COVID-19 strategy, endorses ‘safely’ reopening NY economy. Cuomo’s shifting of opinion … the “Oh Shee-it” we’ve run out of tax $$$money moment!

  2. Why is this MORON still in control of anything? He has proven time and time again he is a TOTAL IDIOT! Send this POS to jail immediately before he kills more people.

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    1. Not the ones who moved to another state, ie Florida, albeit taking the viris with them in many cases. Cuomo changed his tune since another idiot is primed to take the White House which was illegally won.

      1. Anybody who listens to cuomo and believes he’s good at anything is probably too far gone to be helped. He has caused many deaths.

  4. Anybody with an ounce of sense has seen this big mouth Cuomo saying
    and doing ANYTHING in order to sell his book and maintain his iron
    fisted control in New York state. He acts identically to boss pelosi, both
    supreme losers. How they continue to be elected is a total mystery to me.

    1. Why is there a surprise that all Democratss R the enemy of the American people; and no regard for true Americans and the proud and great tradition of the USA.

  5. Andrew Cuomo must be the” in charge man.” In his eye his opinions are the only ones that are valuable. We have suffered at his hand since Covid 19 began. He was awarded an honor for his daily briefings. He crushed our Cities and cost jobs all in the name of “safety.” We are still not safe. In my neighborhood over 30 business have closed permanently. Now he is concerned? WOW? I wonder why. Is it because he his losing millions in revenue or worried that the rich of our state have already left NY? Or is it because he finally realizes he may have made many mistakes. I vote for the first answer. Pres. Trump provided for our state. Gov. Cuomo was not only ungrateful but blamed Trump on the thousands he killed in returning seniors to nursing homes. That can never be undone. Now he and NYC’s mayor are fighting on who should get the vaccine first. Ask citizens! They will tell you rescue workers, seniors in nursing homes and those with medical conditions and anyone over 75 should get the first doses. That is not happening. Shame on him. Shame on our politicians for not fighting for us. They should all be impeached for violating their oath to protect the citizens they represent.

  6. Agree with all above posts! Cuomo is an absolute fool! He should be sued for wrongful deaths of all the elderly who died in nursing home due to his forcing the to admit covid positive patients! That is tantamount to murder by willful neglect! Now he wants to open everything up because the wealthiest are leaving the city in droves, and he won’t have that tax revenue he has enjoyed! What a total looser, include his arrogant fool brother Chris who “ thinks” he is a tv star! The goofus brothers, sad for New York City to have to contend with them. Cuomo should be recalled, along with Di blasio, another looser wanna be politician who couldn’t govern a chicken coop!

  7. I’m sorry to say I don’t believe opening the schools is wise as there is too much COVID around, BUT I certainly believe the Governor has kept NY a lot safer than it might have been and a good share of the citizens followed his advice. This 2nd wave is not good, but IF Gov. Cuomo follows his own plan as he did before, he will successfully tackle it as well as possible. I wish him and all NY citizens well. This is nasty stuff and we all should show it the respect it deserves.

  8. We keep voting these fools into office and follow them like sheep. People need to educate themselves and learn the person they are voting for, not just because of the party to been connected to.

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