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All right, chatter. People. Ask me is often. What. Do you think about our, situation. And. I say I think. About what I know. What. Does that mean good question it. Means in. New, York, what. We've been doing is we, follow the facts with, all the data we follow the science, we, focus. On what we know, and. The facts that we know when we make our decisions, based on the facts so. Every. Morning we look at the facts facts, today or. That the hospitalization, rate, dropped. Once. Again. Which. Is very good news the, total hospitals, hospitals. Issue rate has dropped the intubation, rate. Has dropped the, number. Of new cases per, day has, dropped, doctor. 572. And those are new cases people, who walk in the door of, a hospital, or people, who are in hospital and test, positive but, that sound -, 500, - 72. You. See it hasn't been that, level, since we, started, back. Most, when he was 21, so that, is, that. Is welcome, news. This. Is not, welcome, news and. This. Has. Been heartbreaking. Every, day. 226. Deaths. 226. Families, and you. See how that number has been. Infuriatingly. Johnston. 226. And where we were five days ago, so. We, would like to see that number, dropping. At. A far faster rate than it has been dropping and these, are 226. People who lost their lives despite. Everything. Our, health care system, could do right, let's despite, the best Hospital. Care the best nursing, the best doctors, the best equipment. So. It's there. Are people who we, know we made every, effort possible to, save and, to. The extent there's some, peace. In that. Then. We're. Looking for peace wherever we can. A priority. For us today. Is. Dealing. With a new issue that. Has come up which. Is truly. Disturbing, and. That. Is the issue on, how. The coded virus, may affect. Young. People very young, people. Infants. Children. In elementary, school. We. Had thought, initially. And again totally of what the, initial, information we had turned out not. To be correct, or turned out to, be modified. But, we were, laboring, under the impression that young people, were not affected, by coded 90 and that. Was actually good, news right, the vulnerable, populations. Were older, people people with comorbidities. But. The. One, of the few, rays of, good news was, young, people weren't affected we're not so sure that, that is the fact anymore. Toddler. Elementary. School children are. Presenting. Symptoms. Similar. To. Kawasaki. Disease or. Toxic. Shock like syndrome. Now. These are. Children. Who come in don't. Present, the. Symptoms. That we normally, are. Familiar, with with poke it's not a respiratory. Illness. They're not in respiratory, distress. And. I think that's one of the reasons why, this. May be getting. Discovered, this. Far into the process, it's. More, an inflammation inflammation. Of. The blood, vessels which, can. Then cause problems. With their heart. And there, are 73, cases, that the, Department, of Health dr.. Zucker is now studying. But. The illness has taken, the, lives of three young, New Yorkers. So. This is new and it's, developing. The. Department, of Health has. Communicated. With the federal, officials, the CDC. And the. CDC, has asked, New York to, develop, a national criteria, for. This so. That other states, other hospital. Systems, can also be checking into this and looking into this, again. As. It. Turns out these, children. Happen. To have the köppen antibodies, or. Be positive, for COBIT, but. Those were not the symptoms, they show when, they came in to the hospital system. So. It's still very much a situation. That is developing, but it, is a serious, situation the Department, of Health is also going to be working with the New York genome Center and, Rockefeller, University. To. Conduct a genome, and RNA. Sequencing. Study to, see if there is something about this program, that may present a. Definable. Situation. But. Rest. Assured the Department of Health is on top of it this. Is the last thing that we. Need at this time with, all that's going on with all the. Anxiety. We have. Now. For, parents that have to worry about whether, or not their. Youngster, was infected. And. Again, symptoms. That don't even seem, like. The symptoms, we associate, with cope, with 19 so, we. Still have a lot to learn, about this virus and everyday. Is, another, Idol in the situation. But. Rest. Assured the Department, of Health is doing, everything that they can do I think. It's fair to say that the, New York State Department of Health is. The first. Room that has been on, this, situation and.

Again. Working, with the CDC and, whatever we find out will not only share with the public but will also share with other states and other hospital, systems. Because. It is very possible but, this. Is been. Going on for, several weeks and. It. Hasn't been diagnosed, as related, to cope it so. Again we'll keep you updated I know many, people are concerned. About that as, they should be a. Priority. That we've been. Working on, throughout. Has been protecting, frontline workers, we're, very aware of the, sacrifices that, our frontline workers are making so. So. Many of us can stay home and stay. Safe and we. Want to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect our. Frontline. Workers, we've working with the health care workers, police officers, firefighters EMT. And our, transit workers, in. New York we have to keep the public transit system, operating, that's, how many essential, workers frontline workers get, to work if. We. Got to a situation where, we have to close down public, transit, our hospital, system would, have suffered, that's. How nurses, get, there that's how the hospital staff, gets, there, but. Our. Transit workers had to operate, that transit, system, right. In the midst of this, potent virus and it, never stopped. Bus. Operators, train operators, and station cleaners, so. While everyone. Was. Trying, to get home trying, to stay safe they, were showing up for work every day, to make sure that the people who didn't need to go to work could get to work, we've, already conducted. The, largest antibody. Test in the country. 15,000. People in that sample, but the antibody, test tells you is who has been infected by the virus and, then has the antibodies as, they recover, and. That gives us a baseline, that 15,000. Serve a statewide, to. Compare, other groups. Against. So we know what the average. Infection. Rate is in different parts of the state we can then compare groups through, that, baseline. Recently. Tested the transit, workers. Writ. Large who've. Been, doing the, operations, of the transit, system contested. 1,300. So that's a large. Sized sample. 14, percent was. The infection, rate among. Transit, workers and that's. Actually. Good news, we'd. Like to see zero got, 20 percent is below the average infection, rate for New Yorkers, so. It means that the transit workers infection, rate is below. The, norm for, New York City, within. The transit workers it's, a little higher with, station, workers, than, with bus operators. Or train. Conductors, assistant, conductors. But. All. Categories. Are below the New York City norm, and. Then New York City no one was 19 point nine so that is that, is good news and, that also of. Hers the. News we've heard on the other essential, workers, frontline workers, our. Health care workers nurses, doctors, we were afraid that, because. They were literally, in the emergency, rooms that have a higher infection, rate but. Turns. Out that's not true, twelve, percent was the infection rate among those workers shows. That the PPE works, when we talk about masks. And envelopes etc, it's. Not that.

Nurses. And doctors in, those emergency rooms have. Fancier. Equipment. And more sophisticated equipment this, is the same type. Of mask, that they wear so it, works, New. York Police Department had an infection rate of 10%. Fire. Department, and EMT. And an infection, rate of seventeen percent which, is the highest of all those groups we. Think it's higher because of the EMT, workers. But. Again all below. The New York City rate. Of nineteen point nine, another. Issue that we've been, aware of and we're working on is the, fact that poor, and minority, communities are, suffering. Most. The. Numbers, in this state are not nearly. As bad as the disparity. And any, others and many other states but. Any disparity, is, bad. And. That's what we have been focusing, on here we. Did. Surveys. And data that show if, you look at the 21 zip codes. With. The, highest number, of hospitalizations. For, Kovac. 20. Of those 21. Have, greater. Than average. African-american. Or Latino populations. 20, of 21, of those zip codes, so. There's, no doubt that, it. Is a problem and you can we've. Mapped this and we see exactly where. People. Are coming from as they were walking into hospitals. Part. Of the, new system, that we've implemented, through this as hospitals, report, nightly. How. Many cases they have where they come from and we, can now literally, map the number of people and where they're coming from throughout. The state, and. Then when you look into. That. Information. Especially. In Brooklyn and the Bronx is, clear. That. The. Communities, are, heavier. Minority. Population. And heavier. Low-income, population. And, when you compare that with the overall City rate it. Makes the same point. That. Hospitalization, rate, infection, rate among, the minority community, among, lower-income, communities, is. Higher. Than, the average. Unfortunately. In, a, cruel, irony, this. Is often the case, when. You look, at disasters. Emergencies. I don't care if the hurricanes, floods whatever. They are, cruel. Irony, is the, poorest. People, pay the highest price, I've. Seen this of course the country when I was at HUD. You're. There to take care of a flood or, storm. It's, the. Poorer communities that. Get wiped out first, right it's, the. Low land it's the land that tends to flood that, it has the lower value. And that's, where the, lower community. Lower-income, community. Tends to locate. So. We. Understand, why we understand. The health disparities we. Understand, comorbidities. But. We also understand, it's just not right it, is just not right and. We. Have to address it we, saw the same thing in Hurricane, Katrina those. People who were on rooftops, were. Not. The wealthy, white, part, of the community, they. Were a predominantly, minority they, were predominantly, low-income, those, rooftops very, often, were public, housing, so. This, has been the pattern Flint, Michigan, the people who were. Drinking water that was poisoned. They were low-income, minority. Populations. If you even go back to. 1927. The Great Mississippi Flood where, there's a Mississippi, Mississippi, flood it floods the lowlands, it floods. Lower-income, communities. We. Get it but, we have to break the cycle New. York were going right at. Finding. The reasons, for the disparity, and resolving. Them we. Are doing more testing, and low-income communities. And communities of, color we're, doing testing, in public, housing. Aggressively. Excuse. Me partnering. With ready, responders. Which. Is a group which is doing great work we've.

Delivered PPE. Equipment. Masks. Over one-million, hand sanitizer. Etc, to public housing and today. We're, launching a new initiative, again. To address, exactly this, which. Is to expand. Access to, testing, and low-income communities. And communities. Of color. We're. Partnering, with northwell. Health, which. Is the largest health system, in New York, and. They're going to set up 22. Additional. Testing, sites at. Churches. In, predominantly. Minority communities. This. Is a. Different, kind of partnership, it's. A creative. But, it's it's, necessary. We're. Working, with both churches. Individually. And. Association. Of churches and. Northwell, northwell. Will provide, the testing, in, churches. In. Lower-income. Communities and. Communities, of color the, churches, will help us outreach, to. The community, to. Get people to come in and explain why it's important, that people come in and get tested and, northwell. Do the testing, we, have 24 sites in. The New, York City area, some. Will be opening the week of May 12th. Some, will be opening, the second, week of May 19th. But. You, see the coverage, when, we, add the, network. Of churches is very. Broad, again. Focused. On these, communities that we want to reach out to. These. 24. New sites will be working, with the. Current, network of sites and we've already located. Many, testing, sites in. Minority. Communities and low-income communities. But. When you put the church. Based sites, together, with a drive through sites together with the walking testing, sites and our. Sites at public housing the. Coverage. Will be extensive. So. The sites will be there, we. Now need New Yorkers, to, go get, the tests, and, I. Know you. Know I do this with people all day long. I feel. Fine I feel fine you can feel fine and, test. Positive for kovat you. Can you can be asymptomatic, and, still, have the kovat virus. Well. If I feel fine what's the difference because you can give it to someone else who, will not feel fine and, you. Can give it to a person who's more in a vulnerable community. A group. Older person, person, with an underlying illness, and they, could be in serious trouble so, you want to know if you have it not just for yourself, but so. You don't, communicate. It to anyone else I. Want. To thank our, partners. Who are been. Working, on this it's. Exactly, what, we want to do all through this situation, we said we don't want to just deal. With this, virus, and, we don't want to just replace what, was there we actually want to make sure that we build back better than before I understand. That, this inequity this, disparity, exists. I understand. It's existed, for decades I, understand, it exists, all across the country. But not New York not. New York it, shouldn't be here I. Want. To thank our congressional, leaders, who, are partners, in, this effort. Who. Have been very instrumental in, organizing the, churches, and putting. It together with northwell, health especially. Congresswoman. Nydia Velazquez, and congresswoman. Evette, Clark from. Brooklyn and. Congressman. Hakeem Jeffries who, were going to hear from in a moment I also. Want to thank the. Church groups this, is not in the normal line of business for, churches. To be setting up testing sites for, a kovat, virus. But. I think, it is the mission of the churches, they're there to serve the community, they're there to work with the community, and meet. The needs at that time and, this is the need at that time, so. They've been extraordinarily helpful, in cooperative, I also especially want to thank Reverend, Rivera. And Reverend, David broadly for. Coming up with the idea and then working, with the other groups to get them to all participate. So. We've. Never done anything like this before but. There. Are a lot of firsts. For all of us in this situation. So, I want to thank them very much for what they're doing here, and. It's, my, pleasure to, announce that were being joined, with. Congressman. Hakeem Jeffries, who. Is a personal. Friend of mine he's a great. Star, for. The, state of New York in, Washington. His. Voice, his, leadership, has been, pivotal. Not. Just for, New York but for the entire nation and this. Is a time when we need the federal government to actually work, and, work. Well and work, efficiently, and work effectively, and work, for the people which. Sometimes. Doesn't, happen in, Washington. And, the. People, the, police the firefighters. The people of this state couldn't have a better more, powerful. Advocate. Than, congressman, Hakeem Jeffries and. The congressman. Worked. Tirelessly, to. Put together this, arrangement, that we're announcing today with the churches again. It is a different, type of partnership. But. We. Do what we have to do in New York and the, congressman, saw the need and he reached out to the church groups and brought.

Them Together to, be, where we are today congressman. Thank you so much for. Everything you do but especially thank, you for what you did to. Bring these church groups together, with north well so we could announce this initiative, congressman. Good to be with you. Good. Morning governor. Great, to be with you and of course thank you for the. Tremendous leadership, that, you have provided, to. The people of the Empire State, and in fact the nation in, so many ways during, this moment of trial and tribulation, and. I, just, appreciate the fact that your leadership has been. Evidence-based. Data-driven. Compassionate. And comprehensive. And today's, announcement is just another example of, that. We know that. This is an extraordinary. Pandemic. And it, requires an extraordinary. Governmental. Response. At. All, levels, of government it's, all hands on deck at. The city the state and the federal level and. The New York delegation is, committed, to continuing to work with you to, make sure that we can drive the federal resources, into. New York State to match the level of infection, pain, suffering, and death that. We've all had to endure, it's. An all of government moment, and of course in all of America, moment. As you've encouraged, all of us to. Dig deeper, here, in New York and and throughout, and in, that spirit we know that the houses of worship the. Spiritual, community has. Always been, there to help the community get. Through a storm, these. Churches have been there through the crack cocaine epidemic to, welcome people in while. Others were rejecting, them our. Churches, have been there for instance to address the high, rates of gun violence in our community, through gun buyback, program, taking, thousands. Of guns. Off the streets in their. Congregation. Buildings, and. We also know that these, houses of worship our churches our spiritual leaders have been there to, partner with the state and with law enforcement. Organizations. Like the Brooklyn district attorney's office. Through. Begin, again initiatives. To address old. Warrants. And summons, and citations. That, can, impact the ability of people from communities of color to. Be able to get all, of the opportunities, to benefit from our full. Economy. And so now at this moment. Thanks. To their. Continued, engagement and, your. Leadership and willingness to partner. We. Can address this, covet 19 pandemic, with. These houses, of worship and religious leaders who have. The credibility the, authenticity, and. The. Capacity. To reach. Those in the community who. Need to be tested, because. At the end of the day this is not over for any.

Of Us until it's over for all of us and as. You've indicated we, know that communities, of color have been hit particularly, hard, we. Are disproportionately. Over-represented. Amongst, our essential. Frontline, workers, live, in dense environments. And have historically, been under-resourced. Throughout. The nation and. So this. Testing, initiative, will. Be. Incredibly. Essential. In to, ensuring that we can turn the corner in communities. Of color such as those that I represent, as well as those represented, of course by great. Members of the delegation like, Nydia Velazquez, Yvette, Clarke Greg Meeks Adriana, Estrella and so, many others, so. Thank you governor for, your partnership I thank ABC, and the, other church coalition's. For their initiative. And. Willingness, to do. What is necessary for, us to confront this storm the. Scripture, says we. Being may endure, during, the long night, but. Joy will. Come in the morning and, I'm. Thankful for your leadership, Governor, Cuomo, thankful, for the partnership, with our houses of worship and we're, all going to be there with the community, until. This morning time in the United States of America once again beautiful. Thank, you so much congressman so well said. Some. People say well churches are closed no churches are open churches, never closed and they're there doing their work and they're performing, their mission and congressman, big, week for you what. You're doing in Washington is so important, to all of us this. Legislation. That, may be passed by Washington. Getting. This country the aid they need getting, this state the aid we need. Passed. Legislation did. Great for small businesses, etc. But I know your priority, now is to. Bring funding, for, working. New Yorkers, working, Americans, the police the firefighters. The health care that. Have gotten us through this, making. Sure the state governments, can function so we can do the reopening, and we. Could not have a better voice we, couldn't have a stronger, voice a more capable, voice, than. Yours, and our delegation, fighting for us and for the nation you, make the case for New York you're making the case for America. Because. We are just a microcosm, of New York. We did get hardest, hit in the number of cases but, you. You, address the need here you address the need in America, and we, know you can do it god, bless you thank you very much for being with us thank you congressman, Jeffers. God. Bless you thanks. That's. Our congressional delegation. Representing. All New Yorkers, to, a tough smart. United. Disciplined, and loving questions. You. And your fellow northern. Governors, you have a cooperative, regional approach does. That change at all if, Connecticut. On the 20th has, restaurants, open so the Stamford is open. New. Jersey you've got some of the beaches open I know, that's, them and we're us but. How does that make you feel. Makes. Me feel fine, a lot, that doesn't make me feel fine, but that, I'm.

Fine, With. We. Said from the get-go, we, all have slightly. Different situations. We, talked about the numbers the numbers are slightly different in all these areas numbers, are different within the state of New York right we have upstate we have downstate, so you. Have a strategy, that works based. On the facts, in that area, we, said we have to coordinate States because what one state does by. Definition impacts. Other states, that. Doesn't mean necessarily Dave, we have to do the same thing but it. Does mean we should know what each other is doing before. We do it so we can coordinate and. Discuss, it I, understand. Governor, Lamont in Connecticut, and. Governor, Murphy in New Jersey those, are the two closest, States obviously but, we're working with the. Entire northeast but, we're, in total lockstep, I know what they're doing it makes sense. To. Me it's not my decision but their, actions make sense to me and we. Will coordinate with, that and we're aware of it doesn't mean we necessarily do, the same thing, but. We are coordinating. What they're doing what we're doing so we're not counterproductive, to anyone, else you know I've, had situations in the state in the past where. We weren't even coordinated. Like New York City versus, Long Island, versus Westchester. And. One. Area would do something, that would affect, the other area, and nobody. Even knew so. This. State is coordinated. Like never before and that's. Work to our benefit, and we're, coordinating, with the other states but they will have slightly different strategies. In all of it and we talk through everything we. Have a great. Personal. Relationship, and professional, relationship, we, talk through everything before we do. We. Discussed, that all the time the mobility. In the region, and. Mobility. In the region and a. Demand. That, you've never, seen before never. Seen before, said. Up. In Albany I, am. A Queen's boy but. I, was. In Albany and, there's. A car with two people eating from Styrofoam, containers, in a, car parked, car and passing, by, they. Say hello we chat I said. They were from Queens New, York, drove. To, Albany. To. Buy. Thai, takeout. Food, I said. Why would you drive from Queen I said it nicely, but. I said why did you drive from Queens to buy Thai food you know you're gonna buy Thai food in Queens and. They. Said well we just wanted to take a ride we had to get out of the house now. That's, two. And a half hours up two and a half hours back to, buy Thai food right just, look at that state of mind five. Hours in the car as a welcome. Relief, to. Staying home right so. We. Just, saw it in the state of Georgia, your, people driving from out of state to get a haircut. They. Just wanted to get out they, wanted to see people they wanted to move so you have that demand, and we're very well aware what Jersey, does what Connecticut, does what New York does is going to affect all of us there. Will be mobility. We. Can't align every action but we're aware of it and we're monitoring, it and by the way if it becomes a problem then. We'll adjust it you know anyone, who, tells you, they. Know the script, here. Doesn't. Know what they're talking about nobody. Has done this before but, no. You haven't done it before you take. An action, on the, best information you have and then you see what happens if. Connecticut. Or Jersey does something, and you. Get a flood of New Yorkers going, there. We'll. Adjust they'll. Adjust we'll, adjust if I do something, that brings New Jersey and Connecticut people, here, I'll. Adjust right, so, it's. Not that every move you make is going to be perfect. But. Staying. On the balls of your feet be ready to adjust be ready to move, and if, something happens then. Shift. FDR. Write bold experimentation. Don't, be afraid of, doing, something that, might, have a negative consequence. Otherwise, you just stay frozen in place. But. If. There is a negative be ready to move right away and we are careful. So, and. That's just a snapshot up in one area, what. Is Jim a plan for how we're going to address this now. And. As. Part of that. Yeah. First on the funding I might. Point to the congressman. Everything. Is dependent, Carol on whether or not we get federal funding, we have like a thirteen billion dollar hole in the, state financial, hole. Thirteen. Billion dollars there was no way the. State can, manage the thirteen billion dollar hole and we. Had nothing to do with it it was all Kovac related, covered close down the economy hurts, everybody hurts the state revenues.

It. Is going to be wholly dependent on what Washington, does and. This. Week I hope, finally. The. Federal. Government actually passes, a piece of legislation that, helps the, states. They've. Been taking care of small business, hotels. Restaurants. Airlines that's, great how about the working, people, of this country right. Not just the corporations, but the working people and. Funding. A state government is a way of funding the working people when you fund the state i fund. Substance, abuse programs, police, firefighters, hospitals. Schools school, teachers, remote, learning that all comes from the state, so. It's it's a function, of what the federal government does in terms of the underlying substance, abuse problem, we. Have seen an increase in mental, health issues, all, through, this period. Anxiety. Stress. Economic. Stress, stress. Of personal, relations. Mental. Health issues, I've gone up domestic. Violence, has gone up, substance. Abuse has gone up alcohol. Related. Illnesses, it has gone up this has been a highly. Stressful. Period. All across the board we've. Done mental health outreach. In. A way we've never done it before we, have like 40,000. Mental health volunteers. Doing, online mental, health services. Alcohol. Related services, substance abuse, service. But. There is no doubt that, one. Of the manifestations, of, the stress, has. Been. Substance. Abuse domestic violence. Alcoholism. There's, no doubt about that. Yeah. Look. If it if, it works the way it should. Washington. And the federal government actually does the right thing or even, if they do close, to, the responsible. Thing, how. Could they possibly ignore. State. Governments, working. Families, working. Americans. As. Bizarre. As. The. Federal government is at times I cannot. Believe, they, would turn their back on. Working. Americans at, this time. Well. Let me put it this way I can believe it because I can believe anything that, they do, but. I. Don't. Believe they will do that I don't believe the Congress will, let them do that I don't believe the house will let them do that. Coming, off the subways, and just going into, the. Yeah. Look. This is uh, this. Is an. Important, topic we. Shut. Down the, subways, for four hours, per night first time the New York City subway system has, ever been shut down why. Because. We have to disinfect it we've, never disinfected. A train, we've. Never disinfected. A bus. We've, never even, contemplated. Disinfecting. Public. Transportation. System before when I said this this is all new these are all firsts, but. We. Want the frontline workers to go to work I feel, a special personal. Obligation, frankly, to protect the frontline. Workers. Because. Remember what I wound, up saying the words that came out of my mouth I said. To New, Yorkers, take. This very seriously, the covert virus couldn't be deadly stay home, it's. Not a joke that's why we closed businesses. Schools etc. The. Second, message was, but. Frontline, workers, we still need you to go to work the next day. What. Do you mean need me go to work you just said it's dangerous, you're. Closing everything, but, I have to go to work yes.

You Have to go to work because. We need you in the hospitals, and because. We need people in hospitals. We. Need people to, operate. The transit, system. And. We. Need food so we need food delivery, workers and, we need grocery store workers, so we need all these essential, workers to, work so, other people can stay home, how. Is that fair some. People get to stay home but the frontline workers have to go to work I. Get. It so, I said, we. Will do everything we need to do they're taking, the subway system, the. Covert virus can live on a stainless. Steel surface, for two or three days. Okay. You. Look in a subway car you see all those stainless steel poles I, said. We owe it to them to disinfect. The trains, which. Had never been done okay so we closed the train for hours, and we go and we disinfect, and the transit workers are doing for a phenomenal. Job they have this new disinfecting. Equipment, electrostatic. Machines. They're. Really doing a fantastic job if you look at the trains now they're, cleaner, than they have probably, been in decades a. Related. Issue was. To. Disinfect the trains you have to get all the passengers off the trains. Which. Then brought, you into there, are homeless people who ride the trains all night. Have. Been for decades it's, much worse now and the. Homeless people need. To. Come off the train so you can disinfect the train that's, actually, an opportunity. I've. Worked, on the issue of homelessness since, I was in my 20s, I ran, a not-for-profit I'd, built housing, I provided services, I was HUD secretary, I did homeless programs all across the nation. It. Gives you an opportunity to actually engage. Homeless. People, to get them off the trains and get them the help they need Society. Does nobody a favor saying. We're gonna let you sleep on a train, all night. That's. Not right. It's not humane, it's not decent. Well. It's hard to get the, homeless off the trains okay but now we had to and, it. Gives you an opportunity to engage them, to get them into a shelter get, them into services. Because. Nobody wants them spending their lives in a dangerous situation sleeping. On a train, Transit. Says, 2,000. Homeless were. Taken off the trains. Mm. I mean just think of that number. Great. So now you have an opportunity to. Reach out to 2,000, people to. Get them into shelter and get them into services, and that. Is the point. An. Ancillary, point wasn't the primary point, but, as long. As the homeless have to get off the trains. Reach. Out to them bring them into shelters, connect. Them with services and. I. Think that's an added bonus. It's. Up to the federal law and, I. Can, check I believe the federal law covers it now the. Whole unemployment. Program, is, basically. Covered. By federal law when, we go through this well why do you ask. People. To fill out forms, why are you asking, these questions. Why. Does your website ask these questions those, are all federal.

Requirements. You. Know they passed the federal bill a couple of weeks ago that said here are the benefits they also said and here are the caveats one two three four five six seven eight nine ten so it's, all federal. Regulations. I can check that specifically. But I think that's covered sir. Labor. Day in the Jersey Shore businesses. I think eight main County was one that submitted, plan to the Jersey governor reopening, what, do you say to those small businesses, that rely on this summer season, coming. Up you. Know for people to come if we reopened, Nassau than New Jersey and they're holding a flood two to Nassau and then come from New Jersey and vice versa, yeah that's. The. Point, Dave. Was making the coordination. Among the states because you're right, we. Have small businesses, here we have tourist destinations, here right if Long. Island, doesn't open right. If Patchogue. And the the beach communities. Along, Long Island, don't open, you'll. See those people go. To the Jersey Shore. So. Those are the kinds of things we coordinate, look. We. Take this week by week I hope. We're, in a better position and. That's. Why we watch the numbers, I hope we're in a better position because, you're right the tourist season is the, money-making period, for a whole sector, of businesses, all. Across the state downstate. Long Island, upstate, tourism, is one. Of the big job. Drivers. Period. All. Those camps, all those lakes so. It's. A very big deal all across the board and then. You're, right we do have to coordinate, with. The surrounding, states because, you can go to Long Island or you can go to the Jersey. Shore or, you can go upstate, and you'll. Go. Wherever. Is open frankly. I. Don't. I do. Not know, that's. The mayor's program. So. I. Don't, know. How. He runs that I do know, we, are all, coordinating. Mike Bloomberg former. Mayor of New York is. Helping. Us with design. And implement, a tracing, program, because. Nobody. Has done this before, you. Know we talk about it like it exists, oh we're putting together a tracing program by, the way there, is no tracing program, you. Know we've done it on a very small scale. This. Is a much much different situation. And, how do you trace. In. New York City. Without. Coordinating. With Westchester. And Long Island and, New Jersey, so. Mike. Bloomberg on is philanthropy. Really. Doing a great service they're. Going to put together that, tracing, program, on a regional. Basis, because. None. Of these lines, work. Anymore New, York City Nassau, Westchester. The. Virus doesn't stop at a line and, that's. Not how our our, metropolitan. Region. Works anyway, right, I live. In Westchester, still. A resident Westchester. Worked, in New York City, so. Who's going to trace me Westchester. Or New, York City right Nassau commutes, Jersey, commutes, so, Mike. Bloomberg is doing a regional coordination. Localities. Will still run their own program, and that's, up to them. We're just mentioning, how this, is an opportunity for contacts, but recent report has shown at. Carroll Square for instance that a lot of homeless are being engaged for sell the home out of the subway system but. There's not any outreach, workers actually on site, yeah. The homeless, outreach is a function, done by the city it's. Not. They. Have they have funded. Well the MTA runs, the trains in the buses they're, not a homeless provider right. As. Far as funding, for the MTA, you. Know they there. Is I want. To see the full funding. Package, before. I comment, on it and I'm. Going to have something to say about it tomorrow, because. Everything. Relies on federal, funding whether it's substance abuse, education. I, mean right, now, everything. Is dependent, on federal funding and, I. Want to I want to make that clear for, our congressional, delegation I, cannot. Answer a question, now as. To. Any of these funding, levels if you said to me how much are we going to fund schools how much are we going to fund hospitals, how much are we going to fund substance, abuse I can't tell you because. It's purely, a function of, what. That federal, government does and my. Message the federal government is I understand. That you wanted, to take care of businesses, and I understand, that you want to take care of Airlines.

Great. How. About working. People. Where. Are the police where are the firefighters, we're the health care workers well we need you as essential, workers you. Have to go put your life in danger and you have to leave your house so. We can stay home, yay. Applaud. Those people, in the hospitals okay, where's the funding oh there's. No money just. Applause. You. Want to say thank you. Provide. The funding, not. Just the applause. In, relation. To the House Democratic. In. Relation. To the overall federal, need, let's. Go to work thank you very much guys thank you.

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