You absolutely hate to see it.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is begging New York City businesses to bring "everyone back in the office," or else, he warns, there will be a "devastating impact on the commercial market."
"Remember, we have to get people back and we have to get people back in volume. If you were to see a 15% decline of people coming back to New York City, that would have a devastating impact on the commercial market," Cuomo said.
The reality is that NYC has suffered immensely from the strict lockdown measures ordered by Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Ironically, he said these comments of returning to in-person life over a VIRTUAL meeting with the Association for a Better New York.
That pretty sums up New York's plans to return to normalcy: a lot of talk and not much action.
Does he not recognize how his policies contributed to this problem? Does he plan to rescind all those policies?
Self-Awareness Level: 0
"We need people coming back. Say to your workforce, ‘By Labor Day, everyone is back in the office.'"
"We need that volume to support the restaurants and the shops, the services."
"It's not just about your business. It's about all the spinoff effect economic activity that your workers bring to the surrounding community."
What year is it?
He wants to talk about "spinoff effect economic activity" NOW?!
Eight months ago, when indoor dining was shut down by Cuomo, the NYC Hospitality Alliance said it would "severely jeopardize the survival of countless small businesses and jobs."
"We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass," Cuomo said on Jan. 11. "We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.
That was in January!
Cuomo's response in January is the same thing he's doing now.
He's stating the obvious about the economic impact this will have on NYC's economy. However, he is unwilling to pull back the very policies that threw NYC into this mess in the first place!
Unfortunately, Cuomo's desperate plea for people to return to NYC is long overdue.
And, judging from the number of people that have left New York City recently, it might actually be too late.