Christian Siriano responds to Cuomo's plea, offers to make much-needed masks

David Caplan
March 20, 2020 - 2:43 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Amid warnings from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that the state's stock of medical supplies is running dangerously low as the coronavirus pandemic grows, fashion designer Christian Siriano has offered up his design house's staff to produce masks -- and Cuomo has welcomed the offer. 

"If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some," Siriano tweeted Friday afternoon. "I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help."

Cuomo responded to his tweet, writing, "Thank you. Please follow back and we will DM you."

Sean Petty, a pediatric ER nurse and member of the New York State Nurses Association, told POLITICO this week that the "extreme rationing" of masks by hospitals is "the scariest thing about going to work every day."

Vice President Mike Pence, though, said producing more masks is a top priority.

“We vastly increased the supply of medical masks and we'll continue to put a priority on making sure we are calling on industry at every level, calling on major suppliers that the president met with this week to make sure those equipment are there,” he said.