Cuomo Turns Focus to Reopening New York City

Date: 2020-05-26 17:20:09

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said his administration will now focus on reopening its economic engine, New York City, the only state region still on lockdown.

The Mid-Hudson region, which includes Westchester County, will restart beginning Tuesday, and Long Island will take steps Wednesday. New York City was hardest hit by the novel coronavirus, and its recovery has been the toughest, Cuomo said Tuesday at a press briefing.

The economy will need government help to bounce back, Cuomo said, so the state plans to fast-track its plan to rebuild Penn Station. It will also accelerate LaGuardia Airport renovations. The state will need federal approval for some projects, and Cuomo said that is one of the issues he will discuss when he meets Wednesday with President Donald Trump in Washington.

New York reported its fewest new hospitalizations and fatalities since the outbreak began. About 200 people were admitted for Covid-19, down from a peak of more than 3,400. There were 73 deaths reported on May 25, down from a high of nearly 800.

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