Things finally seemed to have settled down in my supermarket after a week of panic buying. Bread and pasta were in short supply along with anti-bacterial wipes. But things weren’t flying off the shelves so quickly. Then Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that he’s prepared to order people to “shelter in place.” Not that he’s definitely doing it, but he’s thinking about it. Just like he was thinking about shutting down gyms while he was going to his.
But his out-of-touch remarks and actions have real consequences in a city I love. So, I wasn’t surprised to once again see shelves stripped bare after Mayor de Blasio’s reckless remarks about a “shelter in place” or essentially a lockdown. That meant people would have to stock up just in case they are told they can’t leave their house. I saw one elderly woman with her hands full of TV dinners frantic about not having enough, and another gentleman in awe as he looked upon the pasta aisle stripped bare.
Mayor de Blasio really needs to know his remarks have real consequences, since some people look up to him as a leader. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. He’s an opportunist looking for his moment in the spotlight, even as he wrecks lives and businesses in the process.
All this as Governor Andrew Cuomo shot down the idea that de Blasio could even make such a declaration. In a statement, Melissa de Rosa, secretary to the governor writes, “Any blanket quarantine or shelter in place policy would require state action and as the governor has said, there is no consideration of that for any locality at this time.”
Governor Cuomo also dispelled the rumor, “Rumors are part of the fear, the anxiety,” Cuomo said. “People spread rumors: Maybe we’re going to quarantine New York City? That is not true. … I have no interest whatsoever and no plan whatsoever to quarantine any city.”
Mayor de Blasio: GET ON THE SAME PAGE! 8.5 million New Yorkers deserve better.