Cuomo snaps with reporters while denying that NYC schools would be shut down – only for De Blasio to announce the closures minutes later.
[crosstalk 00:18:25] New York City schools. The other day, you said, this is the city’s decision. They have an agreement at 3%. Today, you said, “Well, I might have to impose an orange zone and I might have to close the schools.” Which orange zone does. So what’s going on? Does the city still had the ability to close its schools? Are you now taking control and saying that you have the power to make this decision? And for the millions of parents want to know, are the schools going to open tomorrow in New York City?
Governor Cuomo: (18:49) cuomo snaps
All right, first of all, let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone. Because you’re 100% wrong, these laws have all been in effect for months. I’ve always said we set initial parameters, and then the school district picked a percent within those parameters. New York City picked 3%. We announced the orange zone law over a month ago.
Governor Cuomo: (19:23)
I don’t know if you were here or if you were paying attention, but that has been in effect for over a month. It always said, if by the state’s numbers, you hit 3%, the schools close. What’s going on here, is nothing that the law hasn’t said for over a month. We then had to test out procedures. If you were paying attention, you would have known we closed the schools in New York City two weeks ago. Remember when we did an orange zone and a red zone in Brooklyn and Queens and we close the schools? Don’t you remember that?
It was three weeks ago.
Governor Cuomo: (20:12)
Okay. So what are you talking about? What are you talking about? “You’re now going to override?” We did it already. That’s the law. An orange zone and a red zone. Follow the facts.
I’m just still confused.
Governor Cuomo: (20:29)
Well then you’re confused.
I’m confused, tenants are still confused as well. The schools [crosstalk 00:20:34]-
Governor Cuomo: (20:36)
They’re not confused, you’re confused.
No, I think parents are confused as well.
Governor Cuomo: (20:39)
Read the law and you won’t be confused.
Speaker 2: (20:44)
So governor, to follow Jim’s question, are the schools going to be open tomorrow?
Governor Cuomo: (20:46)
The schools are open by state law.
Speaker 2: (20:51)
That’s the question. I think he’s correct in asking that question. I don’t think it’s obnoxious at all.
Governor Cuomo: (20:56)
Well, I don’t really care what you think. Of course, you agree with him because you’re in the same business with him. The schools by state law. Well, what is the answer to your question? What is the answer to your question?
Speaker 2: (21:15)
I don’t know what the answer is.