Staten Island leaders: Borough ready to be ‘unleashed’ from lockdown

Adam Warner
May 23, 2020 - 3:12 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Elected leaders on Staten Island said they want the state to let it reopen before other New York City boroughs because it has hit the metrics required by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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The leaders said Staten Island has met all seven criteria for reopening, including the rate of hospitalizations and the number of available beds.

They said the borough shouldn’t have to wait for the rest of the city to enter Phase 1, which includes reopening retail stores for curbside and in-store pickup, as well as allowing construction and manufacturing jobs to restart.

“A lot of people want to move into this Phase 1,” said state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who represents the East Shore of Staten Island. “I believe this city is ready to move into Phase 1, but there are these metrics that have been placed by the governor, and Staten Island meets it.”

“So if the entire city can’t move forward at this moment, then Staten Island should be unleashed and able to enter Phase 1 and resume elective surgery as soon as possible,” she said.

Malliotakis, state Sen. Andrew Lanza and other state and city officials from Staten Island wrote a letter to Cuomo asking him to consider each borough separately.

It’s unlikely the governor will allow that given Staten Island's close proximity to hard-hit areas like Brooklyn and Queens.

Just last week, some 200 business owners rallied on Staten Island to demand Cuomo end the lockdown.

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