CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Cuomo proposes 'Americans First Law', calls on fed. gov't to fund, help rebuild state

Kimberly Dole
May 12, 2020 - 2:11 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported another 195 deaths on Tuesday, an uptick from the 161 deaths reported the previous day.

 A total of 53 of the deaths were in nursing homes, Cuomo said.

Cuomo reported that the state now has almost 100 new cases of the pediatric multi-system inflammatory disease related to COVID-19. The majority of the cases are children under the age of nine.

"This virus has deceived us every step of the way," Cuomo said.

Gov. Cuomo called out partisan politics and asked for a federal bill that funds state and local governments.

He said the state needs $51 billion dollars in federal support the situation will end up becoming a more "aggravating."

"You really want me to turn around and cut schools and local government?" Cuomo asked. "You want me to cut hospitals?"

Cuomo is set to release a joint statement with Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, to ask for bipartisan federal assistance through the National Governors Association.

He also urged the federal government to repeal SALT and fund testing and tracing. "This bill shouldn't just reopen America, it should reimagine America," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said now's the time for the federal government to fund the state in order to rebuild. "If not now, when?" Cuomo asked. 

The governor also proposed the "Americans First Law," which would force a corporation that does not rehire the same number of employees to return any COVID funds received.

"We're not going to subsidize you to lay off workers. If you can lay off workers, and you're saving money by laying off workers, then you don't need the American taxpayer to subsidize you," Cuomo said.