They say politics make strange bedfellows. And, as it turns out, so do pandemics.

After a meeting at the White House on Tuesday with President Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged to say that he and the commander-in-chief will work together on federal assistance for New York state to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

The unexpected announcement of the day was Cuomo’s pivot to a plan to restart the economy on a region-by-region basis, which seemingly contradicts the governor’s statements two weeks ago that such a strategy would encourage people in lockdown in other areas to travel to places where businesses are open.

Another hopeful sign is that good things will come from Cuomo and Trump’s tete-a-tete in Washington. At the very least, it will discourage the blame game the two leaders have been playing since the onset of the pandemic. At best, it could result in the doubling of the number of tests the state conducts — an increase the governor says has to happen before business returns to normal in New York.

Cuomo said Tuesday the state will increase the rate of testing to learn whether people are carrying COVID-19 antibodies, get an idea of the mortality of the virus, and the number of people who actually died of coronavirus and how many died of ancillary conditions.

Economically, the state is divided into 10 regions, each with its own special characteristics. In other words, Greene and Columbia counties are in a completely different situation than the New York metropolitan area. Variations will be analyzed and a phased-in plan to reopen businesses and schools will be formed.

Cuomo and Trump made good progress with their meeting. A phased-in schedule to restart the state’s economy, one region at a time, sounds workable, provided it is carried out safely and doesn’t lead to a new spike in the virus. This happened in Singapore, where a restart plan got a premature green light.

New York is different in many ways from Singapore, however, and if a gradual, regional approach is done correctly, it will be good for all.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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Hey Scotty Myers.... Maybe it's time that YOU wake up! NOBODY IS LISTENING OR CARES ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY. Again, it is deplorable and shameful to use this crisis and the deaths of our friends and families as your own political platform to spout off your senseless rhetoric.

It appears that this is the only way you can find any self worth but in reality it is in your mind only that you have any importance or relevance. A narcissist has such a powerful desire to be admired and relevant that they will use any measure to reach their ends. They have no empathy and do not care who they hurt in order to achieve adoration.

In your previous posts you have used the 9/11 tragedy to give yourself relevance and currently you are using the jail issue as a means to appear that you are important or enlightened. And now you have lowered the bar by using the Rip Van Winkle story tale to try and further your agenda. How silly is that?

So, in reality, all your pathetic attempts are senseless because the jail is going to be built and there is nothing you can do about it!

“Beam me up Scooter”

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