Joe Borelli, the councilman to the 51st District in New York City, called for state and local government officials to start addressing “reasonable guidelines” to reopen the Big Apple and get people back to work.
“The mayor and governor put a lot of effort into the lockdown and securing supplies. But now, every day more families are being bankrupted and forced on unemployment,” Borelli, a Republican
In a Friday tweet showing pictures of crowded street corners in Manhattan, Borelli wrote: “This is #NYC tonight. Manhattan, not a right-wing backwater. People are ready to start reopening and our businesses and workers need it. We need to see some urgency – not blue-ribbon commissions, business czars, & bureaucracy – just reasonable guidelines that we can safely follow.”
The New York City region has only met four out of the seven criteria required to initiate phase one.
“We are social creatures. We need to be with each other. We need to collaborate. We need to think together. We need to experience things together, [but] that may not be… possible for the next few months,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, in a Saturday press briefing. “We… have to meet the state indicators.”
De Blasio came under fire last month after he criticized those involved in a large gathering at a Jewish funeral in Brooklyn. He later apologized for his warning to the Jewish community as a whole that threatened future arrests.
“I regret if the way I said it in any way gave people a feeling of being treated the wrong way, that was not my intention,” de Blasio said at the time. “It was said with love, but it was tough love.”
De Blasio had tweeted after police in Williamsburg broke up the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz, specifically calling out Jews instead of only giving a general warning to the city.