Reopen NYC: Cuomo's plan to help the city recover from the coronavirus pandemic

The New York City Stabilization and Recovery Strategy focuses on keeping schools safe, reducing crime, cleaning up garbage from city streets, and getting the homeless into shelters.
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Governor Cuomo outlined a multi-point plan to help New York City recover from the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.

The New York City Stabilization and Recovery Strategy focuses on keeping schools safe, reducing crime, cleaning up the city, and getting the homeless into shelters.

Starting with schools, Cuomo reiterated that he would close them if they are not safe.

"We will know tomorrow by the data," Cuomo said. "The schools must report to the state the data - they're doing testing. The numbers will tell you the facts, and once you have the facts, you can operate logically. If the schools aren't safe, I am not going to allow them to operate."

Regarding crime, Cuomo said the city must start police reform review and acknowledge that "the crime problem in New York City is real."

He also offered to send in the National Guard to clean up the trash and urged the city to move homeless people back into shelters.

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Cuomo also called upon the federal government to step up to help with the dire financial situation. He said without help, the state could be looking at a $50 billion deficit.

One of the keys to long-term recovery will be a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor said he wants New York to be the "first COVID-safe state in the nation."

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