Governor keeps schools closed through mid-April

Members of the New York Army National Guard listen as Governor Cuomo praises their work for building the temporary emergency hospitals inside the Javits Center in Manhattan

NEW YORK – Governor Cuomo, Friday, gave accolades to the New York National Guard for constructing four emergency hospitals inside the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan for the anticipated surge of people who will have contracted the coronavirus in the days and weeks ahead.

He told Guardsmen and women in the center that their work will make a difference.

“We go out there today and we kick coronavirus ass today. That’s what I say, and we are going to save lives,” the governor said.

He also announced he is ordering schools to stay closed for at least another two weeks through mid-April as the state, nation and world “battle a deadly virus.”

The governor also said he wants to build four more emergency hospitals so that there will be one in each of the five boroughs as the death toll has risen from 325 to 519 in a matter of days.

He also took the federal government to task again for not including in the economic stimulus package funding to reimburse New York State Government for its lost revenue.

As a result, he said the budget, which must be adopted by March 31, will see a cut in state aid to education.



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