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THAT IS SOMETHING I WANT, I

TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY, WE

ARE STARTING A NEW REALITY THIS

WEEK.

SOMETHING WE'VE NEVER

EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

IS A GO AROUND THE CITY TODAY,

I HAVE SEEN PLACES THAT ARE

REALLY CROWDED USUALLY, TOTALLY

EMPTY.

LITERALLY STREETS WHERE YOU

COULDN'T SEE ANYONE WALKING

DOWN THE SIDEWALK, PLACES THAT

ARE NORMALLY VERY CROWDED IN

THE CITY.

ABSOLUTELY EMPTY.

ONLY A FEW PEOPLE.

OBVIOUSLY WHAT IS HAPPENING

NOW, OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN

CHANGED PROFOUNDLY.

PEOPLE ARE RECOGNIZING AND

DEALING WITH THIS NEW REALITY.

TAKING TOUGH CHOICES AND

SACRIFICES.

I WANT TO THANK ALL NEW

YORKERS.

NOT ONE OF US WANTS TO GO

THROUGH THIS, NONE OF US ASKED

FOR IT BUT IT IS REALITY.

I THINK NEW YORKERS ARE

HANDLING IT WITH A LOT OF

STRENGTH, A LOT OF RESILIENCE,

A LOT OF CREATIVITY.

WORKING TOGETHER, SUPPORTING

EACH OTHER, THAT IS WHAT I

EXPECT AND I HAVE ALWAYS SEEN

FOR MY FELLOW NEW YORKERS,

THANK YOU, IT'S NOT EASY.

I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT

PEOPLE ARE DOING TO GET THROUGH

THIS TOGETHER.

I HAVE TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE

FACT THAT WE DO NOT EXPECT THIS

TO GO QUICKLY.

I WISH WE DID BUT WE DON'T.

I HAVE HAD SEVERAL

CONVERSATIONS THIS WEEK WITH

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I RESPECT

HIS OFFICE FOR SURE AND I'M

TRYING TO WORK WITH HIM.

TWITTER THAT WE GET SUPPORT IN

THE CITY.

BUT I HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY

DISAGREE WITH HIM WHEN HE SAYS

AS HE SAID EARLIER TODAY THAT

HE'S NOT LOOKING AT MONTHS FOR

THIS CRISIS.

I HAVE TO SAY MR. PRESIDENT, I

WISH THAT WAS THE CASE FOR NEW

YORK CITY, I HOPE THAT'S THE

CASE FOR OTHER PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY.

BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT

MONTHS AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN

BECAUSE PEOPLE DESERVE THE

HONEST TRUTH, THAT WE ARE DOING

ALL WE CAN TO GET THROUGH MARCH

RIGHT NOW.

PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF

HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

APRIL WILL UNQUESTIONABLY BE

WORSE THAN MARCH.

AND RIGHT NOW MY FEARS THAT MAY

COULD BE WORSE THAN APRIL.

THAT IS THE REALITY WE ARE

FACING.

I THINK THE NOTION THAT WE

COULD BE QUOTE/UNQUOTE BACK TO

NORMAL IN THE MONTH OF APRIL IS

ABSOLUTELY INCONCEIVABLE AT

THIS POINT.

SO I WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THE

TRUTH BECAUSE I THINK IT HELPS

US ALL TO JUST REALLY GET OUR

EXPECTATIONS RIGHT.

REALLY KNOW HOW TO PLAN, REALLY

KNOW HOW TO KIND OF GIRD

OURSELVES FOR BATTLE.

THIS IS A BATTLE, WE WILL ALL

BE IN IT TOGETHER.

AGAIN, NO ONE IS TOUGHER THAN

NEW YORKERS.

WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.

THE PEOPLE WILL DEPEND ON, I

WANT TO THINK AGAIN, OUR

EXTRAORDINARY HEALTHCARE

WORKERS WHO EVERY HOUR OF EVERY

DAY ARE DOING AMAZING WORK.

PROTECTING ALL OF US, FIRST

RESPONDERS WHO ARE HEROES TO

US, ALL THE TIME, THEY ARE

RENOWNED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY,

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THEY ARE DOING AMAZING WORK

RIGHT NOW.

OUR EDUCATORS, SO PROUD OF THE

AMAZING WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE

JUST OVER DAYS TO CREATE AN

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING

PROGRAM FOR HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF KIDS, NEVER BEEN

DONE BEFORE IN THE CITY.

IT'S AMAZING WHAT HAS BEEN

STARTED ALREADY AS WELL AS

THOSE LEARNING CENTERS FOR THE

CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

THIS KIND OF IMPROVISATION,

THIS SPEED AND INTENSE TEAMWORK

, THIS IS THE MARK OF NEW YORK

CITY, THIS IS SOMETHING WE

SHOULD BE PROUD OF.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK OTHER

HEROES, I WILL MENTION

DIFFERENT PEOPLE EACH DAY BUT

THERE ARE UNSUNG HEROES OUT

THERE THAT REALLY DESERVE OUR

THANKS BECAUSE OF KEEPING THIS

WHOLE PLACE RUNNING IN A MOST

BASIC WAY WHEN YOU THINK OF

TURNING ON THE FAUCET AND TURN

ON THE TAP AND YOU GET WATER,

LET'S THINK THE DEPARTMENT OF

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

WORKERS FOR GETTING US CLEAN

WATER, THE BEST WATER IN THE

NATION, EVERY SINGLE DAY

DESPITE THIS CRISIS FOR MAKING

SURE THE WATER SYSTEM AND SEWER

SYSTEM WORKS.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM, THANK

YOU TO THE DEPARTMENT OF

TRANSPORTATION WORKERS.

THEY CONTINUE TO DO VITAL WORK

TO KEEP US SAFE AND KEEP ALL

THOSE VEHICLES THAT ARE MOVING

AROUND AND THAT WE DEPEND ON

FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICE, MAKE

SURE THEY CAN KEEP DOING ALL

THEIR WORK SO THANK YOU TO

D.O.T., THANK YOU TO THE

SANITATION WORKERS, CONTINUING

TO DO ALL THAT THEY CAN

POSSIBLY DO TO KEEP THE CITY

CLEAN DESPITE THE CHALLENGES WE

ARE FACING.

THERE ARE MANY, MANY OTHER

PUBLIC SERVANTS, FOLKS WHO WORK

IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS,

FOLKS WORK SECTOR, ALL OF WHOM

ARE CHIPPING IN.

I WILL SAY THANK YOU, MANY

TIMES DURING THIS CRISIS BUT A

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR CITY

WORKERS FROM ALL THOSE AGENCIES

I MENTIONED WHO ARE DOING

EXTRAORDINARY WORK RIGHT NOW

AND I WILL KEEP TELLING ALL MY

FELLOW NEW YORKERS SAY THANK

YOU WHEN YOU SEE ONE OF THEM

BECAUSE WE ARE DEPENDING ON

THEM RIGHT NOW.

SO, WHAT I AM SEEING AGAIN IS

DESPITE THE INTENSITY OF THIS

CRISIS, DESPITE THE GROWTH OF

THIS CRISIS, NEW YORKERS

CONTINUE TO MAKE THE CHANGES

NECESSARY, TO FOLLOW THE RULES,

TO STEP UP.

THAT IS AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF

A REALLY, JUST STAGGERING

NUMBERS NOW, AGAIN, EVERY

NUMBER REPRESENTS A HUMAN BEING.

I TELL YOU ABOUT ONE HUMAN

BEING I KNOW WHO WE JUST LOST,

WE JUST HEARD ABOUT IN THE LAST

HOUR.

FIRST THE OVERALL SITUATION.

AMAZING, HORRIBLE NUMBER, ALMOST

15,000 CASES CONFIRMED POSITIVE

NOW IN NEW YORK CITY.

1000 I'M SORRY, 14,000, IT

KEEPS CHANGING OBVIOUSLY

THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

ALMOST 15,000 CASES, NOW ABOUT

50% OF THE CASES IN NEW YORK

STATE AND STILL ABOUT EXACTLY

1/3 OF THE CASES IN THIS ENTIRE

NATION.

SO, WE ARE THE EPICENTER, I

DON'T WANT US TO BE THE

EPICENTER BUT WE ARE THE

EPICENTER OF THIS CRISIS.

FOR THE NATION.

OBVIOUSLY AS WE DISCUSSED THIS,

EACH AND EVERY DAY BECAUSE WE

ARE THE EPICENTER FOR THIS

NATION, BECAUSE WE ARE THE

NATION'S LARGEST CITY, BECAUSE

THE ENTIRE NATION DEPENDS ON

NEW YORK CITY, WE NEED MORE

FEDERAL HELP AND WE NEED IT

QUICKLY.

THE NUMBER OF DEATHS RELATED TO

ROTAVIRUS IS 131 AS OF THIS

MOMENT, 131 NEW YORKERS WE HAVE

LOST.

THE BREAKOUT BY BOROUGH, 4003

TO 64 CASES FROM QUEENS.

4237 CASES IN BROOKLYN.

2887 CASES IN MANHATTAN.

2000 2320 CASES IN THE BRONX.

AND AND 35 CASES IN STATEN

ISLAND.

WE HAVE LOST A GREAT NEW

YORKER, ONE OF THE MOST REALLY

RENOWNED MEMBERS OF OUR

CULTURAL COMMUNITY.

THE GREAT PLAYWRIGHT, TERRENCE

McNALLY.

SOMEONE WHO EPITOMIZES SO MUCH

ABOUT THIS CITY CAME HERE FROM

TEXAS.

AS A YOUNG MAN.

HE BROUGHT ALL HIS TALENT,

WROTE SOME OF THE GREATEST PLAYS

OF RECENT MEMORY, BUT ALSO

SOMEONE WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR

A BETTER NEW YORK CITY AND A

BETTER AMERICA FOR EVERYONE.

I HAD THE HONOR OF KNOWING

TERRENCE BECAUSE HE ENDED UP

MARRYING ONE OF MY COLLEGE

ROOMMATES.

AND YOU KNOW, I WENT TO NYU, MY

ROOMMATE AND I STAYED FRIENDS

OVER ALL THE YEARS AND I GOT TO

KNOW TERRENCE ONCE HE MARRIED

AND IN FACT ONCE MARRIAGE

EQUALITY WAS FINALLY THE LAW OF

THE LAND WE HELD A CEREMONY OUT

HERE, RIGHT IN FRONT OF CITY

HALL IN THE PLAZA AND PERFORMED

A MARRIAGE CEREMONY FOR

TERRENCE AND TOM TO MARK THAT

HISTORIC OCCASION.

AN AMAZING, AMAZING NEW YORKER

WHO DID SO MUCH GOOD.

SO WE ALL SHOULD HAVE TERRENCE

McNALLY AND HIS HUSBAND, TOM,

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND

TERRENCE, REST IN PEACE AND

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID FOR

THIS CITY AND THIS NATION.

AND YOU CAN SEE THIS CRISIS

AGAIN, IT IS NOT JUST NUMBERS,

NOT JUST SOMETHING HAPPENING

SOMEWHERE ELSE OR JUST TO

SOMEONE ELSE, THIS WILL BE

SOMETHING WE ALL WILL FEEL VERY

DIRECTLY IN OUR LIVES BEFORE IT

IS OVER.

OUR JOB IS TO DO EVERYTHING WE

CAN TO SAVE LIVES, TO PROTECT

LIVES AT THIS MOMENT, IT WILL

TAKE EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT.

THIS MORNING I SPOKE WITH

GOVERNOR CUOMO, WE AGREED ON

THE MOST CENTRAL FACT, THE MOST

CENTRAL NEED AND THAT IS

VENTILATORS.

RIGHT NOW THE EFFORT TO SAVE

LIVES, THIS CITY MUST HAVE THE

VENTILATORS WE NEED, THEY ARE

ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, WE'VE

GOT TO GET THEM HERE.

WE HAVE TO BE THE PRIORITY FOR

THIS NATION BECAUSE WE ARE THE

EPICENTER OF THE CRISIS.

IT HAS TO BE CLEAR THAT ALL NEW

YORKERS AND I WILL TALK ABOUT

IT, THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

WAREHOUSE, TALKING WITH DOCTORS

FROM KING COUNTY HOSPITAL, GREAT

INSTITUTION ABOUT WHY

VENTILATORS ARE SO CRUCIAL.

I THINK FOR A LOT OF US YOU THE

WORD VENTILATOR AND UNLESS IS

SOMETHING YOU EXPERIENCE IN

YOUR LIFE OR WITH YOUR FAMILY

IT'S PROBABLY SOUNDING LIKE A

WORD YOU CAN'T REALLY MAKE

SENSE OF.

I CAN TELL YOU HAVING SEEN ONE

OF THE VENTILATORS, A MACHINE

THAT LITERALLY CAN FIT IN A BIG

SUITCASE, IT IS SOMETHING THAT

LITERALLY IS GOING TO BE THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND

DEATH FOR THOUSANDS OF

VENTILATORS, DOCTORS, THEY MADE

THIS SO CLEAR TODAY.

IF A VENTILATOR IS AVAILABLE

FOR A PATIENT STRICKEN WITH

CORONAVIRUS, THE PATIENT

GASPING FOR BREATH, FIGHTING

FOR THEIR LIFE, THAT VENTILATOR

IS AVAILABLE, EXACTLY WHEN IT'S

NEEDED, THAT PATIENT CAN STAY

ALIVE SO THE DOCTOR CAN DO

THEIR WORK AND MANY, MANY CASES

THE PATIENT WILL LIVE AND

RESUME THEIR LIFE, IS AS PLAIN

AS THIS, IF THE DOCTOR CANNOT

GET A VENTILATOR TO THAT

PATIENT LITERALLY THE MINUTE

THEY NEED IT, IF TWO MINUTES

PASS THEY WILL SUFFOCATE.

THAT PATIENT WILL DIE A

HORRIBLE DEATH.

AND THEY WILL BE GONE FOREVER.

THAT IS WHAT A VENTILATOR

SHOULD MEAN, NOT A TECHNICAL

TERM ANYMORE, IT MEANS LIFE OR

DEATH.

AND WE NEED AS MANY VENTILATORS

AS WE POSSIBLY CAN GET RIGHT

NOW THE CITY.

AT THE WAREHOUSE, THE EMERGENCY

MANAGEMENT WAREHOUSE IN

BROOKLYN, I SAW 400 VENTILATORS

THAT ARRIVED FROM FEMA, FROM

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, I AM

THANKFUL FOR THOSE.

I HAVE TO BE CLEAR, AS LONG AS

THERE IS A SINGLE VENTILATOR

SITTING IN A FEDERAL WAREHOUSE

THAT COULD BE HERE IN NEW YORK

CITY SAVING LIVES SOMETHING IS

WRONG.

WE MUST GET THE VENTILATORS TO

WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST AND

I'M NOT SAYING WE'RE THE ONLY

PLACE IN THE COUNTRY.

WE KNOW HOW MUCH WASHINGTON

STATE IS SUFFERING AND HOW MUCH

CALIFORNIA IS SUFFERING AND

UNFORTUNATELY MORE STATES AHEAD

WILL SUFFER AND MY STRONG VIEW

IS WE NEED THE VENTILATORS AND

ALL OF THOSE NOW AND AS SOON AS

WE KNOW, NO LONGER NEED THEM WE

WILL SAY LET'S MAKE SURE THEY

GET WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST

ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY.

ASK FOR HELP, SUPPLIES, HELP

GETTING MEDICAL PERSONNEL, BUT

WE NEED AS AMERICANS TO BE

READY TO CONTRIBUTE BACK TO ALL

THE OTHER STATES THE SECOND THE

CRISIS COMES TO SOME KIND OF

END HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.

SO, WE STAND READY TO SUPPORT

OUR NATION BUT NOW WE NEED OUR

NATION TO HELP US FIRST BECAUSE

WE ARE THE FRONT LINE OF THIS

FIGHT.

AT THE WAREHOUSE TODAY, 400

VENTILATORS FROM FEMA AS A

MENTION, THEY ARE BEING

DISTRIBUTED, THEY HAVE BEEN

DISTRIBUTIVE ALREADY THIS

MORNING, 100 GOING TO THE

PUBLIC HOSPITALS, 300 TO A

VARIETY OF OTHER PRIVATE,

EXCUSE ME, NONPROFIT HOSPITALS

AROUND THE CITY.

TO MAKE SURE THAT NO HOSPITAL

GETS INTO THAT AWFUL SITUATION

THAT I JUST DESCRIBED THEY NEED

A VENTILATOR IMMEDIATELY AND

THEY DON'T HAVE IT.

THAT 400 WILL HELP US A LOT AND

JUST A SHORT TIME AGO I GOT THE

VERY GOOD NEWS THAT WE GOT

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT THAT 4000 MORE

VENTILATORS ARE ON THE WAY TO

NEW YORK STATE IN THE NEXT 48

HOURS AND HALF OF THEM WILL

COME TO NEW YORK CITY, 2000

MORE VENTILATORS FOR NEW YORK

CITY AND THAT IS GREAT NEWS.

BUT I NEED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND

THAT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF

WHAT WE NEED.

THE SPEED WITH WHICH THIS

DISEASE IS GROWING, HUMAN

IMPACT, THE FACT THAT WE COULD

LOSE A LIFE IN MINUTES IF

THERE'S NOT A VENTILATOR, EVEN

WITH THE NEW SUPPLIES WE HAVE

RECEIVED AND WILL RECEIVE THIS

WEEK.

WHAT DOES IT TELL US?

WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS WEEK.

IT TELLS US WE CAN GET INTO

NEXT WEEK.

MAYBE EVEN GET THROUGH THAT

FIRST WEEK IN APRIL.

BUT WITH THE RATE OF INCREASE

OF THIS DISEASE WE NEED

VENTILATORS TO BE CONSTANTLY

PROVIDED GENERIC CITY,

CONSTANTLY SUPPLIED TO NEW YORK

CITY.

UNTIL WE GET TO THE POINT WHERE

WE ARE SURE WE HAVE AN AMPLE

SUPPLY, I DON'T WANT TO SEE A

SINGLE PERSON DIE WHO COULD'VE

BEEN SAVED.

THAT IS MY STANDARD.

DAYS AND DAYS AGO, WE MADE A

FORMAL REQUEST FOR 15,000

VENTILATORS, AGAIN, I'M VERY

APPRECIATIVE OF THE PROGRESS

AND I WANT TO THANK THE

ADMINISTRATION FOR WHAT HAS

BEGUN TO HAPPEN.

BUT I NEED EVERYONE IN

WASHINGTON TO UNDERSTAND THAT I

WILL JUST GET TO THE FIRST WEEK

OF APRIL AND I'M VERY WORRIED

ABOUT THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.

EVEN WITH THIS NEW SUPPLY, IT

DOESN'T GUARANTEE WE WILL GET

THROUGH APRIL, THE FIRST WEEK.

THIS IS A RACE AGAINST TIME.

THIS IS A RACE AGAINST TIME AND

EVERYONE OF US HERE IN CITY

HALL AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

AND ALL OF US WHO ARE IN CHARGE

OF FIGHTING THIS BATTLE AND I

KNOW THE COLLEAGUES AT THE

STATE LEVEL FEEL EXACTLY THE

SAME WAY, WE ARE ALL RACING

AGAINST TIME.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO

JOIN US IN THE RACE AGAINST

TIME.

AGAIN, I WILL ALWAYS TELL YOU

WHAT I THINK THERE IS PROGRESS

AND TELL YOU WHAT I THINK THERE

ARE SETBACKS.

THERE IS ANOTHER ACTED PROGRESS

WE HEARD FROM FEMA.

I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE FOR ALL

THEY ARE DOING, THEY HAVE BEEN

A DIFFERENCE MAKER IN THE DAYS

THAT THEY'VE BEEN ON THE

PLAYING FIELD SINCE THE

PRESIDENT SIGNED THE EMERGENCY

DECLARATION, FEMA IS MAKING A

HUGE DIFFERENCE ALREADY WITH A

LOT MORE TO COME.

I THINK THEM.

WE HEARD THE NEWS EARLIER TODAY

THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME THE

DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT HAS BEEN

ACTIVATED IN THE REAL WORLD

CONDITIONS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT

WHERE IT IS ACTUALLY NEEDS TO

BE USED TO GUARANTEE THAT

COMPANIES WILL PRODUCE EXACTLY

WHAT IS NEEDED TO PROTECT THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT THOSE

GOODS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO

WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST.

WE ARE FINALLY BEGINNING TO SEE

THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT

BEING IMPLEMENTED. IT WILL HAVE

TO BE USED ON A MUCH BIGGER

SCALE TO PRODUCE NOT ONLY WHAT

NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK

STATE ARE GOING TO NEED, I AM

TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE ALL OVER

THIS COUNTRY IT'S COMING TO

NEXT.

THIS WILL BE A NATIONAL CRISIS,

ALL 50 STATES, WE MUST GET THE

MAXIMUM PRODUCTION IMMEDIATELY.

SO I AM PLEASED TO SEE PROGRESS

BUT WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.

AND THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT

NEEDS TO BE USED TO THE

MAXIMUM.

I WILL SAY IN ADDITION TO THE

GOOD WORK OF FEMA, THE GOOD

WORK WE ARE SEEING FROM THE

FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION GETTING

US NEW SUPPLIES, THE GOOD WORK

OF COURSE FROM THE STATE OF NEW

YORK THAT HAS DONE

EXTRAORDINARY WORK WE ARE

SEEING MORE AND MORE PRIVATE

CORPORATIONS STEP UP, MORE AND

MORE INDIVIDUALS COME FORWARD,

PHILANTHROPY, A LOT OF PEOPLE

ARE HELPING.

BEST THAT I HAD A VERY

ENCOURAGING CONVERSATION WITH

THE CEO OF THE 3M CORPORATION

IN MINNESOTA.

WHICH IS IN A POSITION TO GIVE

US SOME OF OUR MOST CRUCIALLY

NECESSARY SUPPLIES INCLUDING

N95 MASKS WHICH ARE THOSE VERY

HIGH QUALITY MASKS.

WE NEED A LOT MORE, THE TUNE OF

MILLIONS.

CEO MIKE ROMAN AND I SPOKE AT

LENGTH.

IT WAS CLEAR HE WAS COMMITTED

TO NEW YORK CITY.

THANK YOU, MIKE AND YOUR ENTIRE

TEAM.

WE TALKED ABOUT A VERY LARGE

ORDER, WE NEEDED HELP WITH, AND

HE WAS READY TO HELP.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT 3M

CORPORATION AND WE WILL BE

HAVING THAT CONVERSATION WITH A

LOT OF OTHER CEOS, A LOT OF THE

PEOPLE IN POSITION TO HELP.

TO QUICKLY WE WILL NEEDED ALL.

I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR TO

EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE EVEN A

SINGLE VENTILATOR THAT YOU CAN

GET TO NEW YORK CITY OR A

SUPPLY EVEN MORE, A BIGGER

SUPPLY OF VENTILATORS IF YOU

HAVE SURGICAL MASK, N95 MASK,

FACE SHIELDS, GLOVES, GOWNS,

ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP US, WE

NEED IT.

AND THE SIMPLEST WAY TO LET US

KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE AND

YOUR WILLINGNESS TO HELP IS TO

GO TO NYC.GOV, RIGHT THERE ON

THE HOMEPAGE.

IT HAS A LONG TITLE FOR THIS

SECTION, IT SAYS PRODUCE OR

DONATE SUPPLIES TO FIGHT

CORONAVIRUS.

I ASSURE YOU WE WILL COME UP

WITH A SIMPLER TITLE BUT RIGHT

NOW ANYONE WHO CAN HELP US CAN

GO TO NYC.GOV, IT IS REALLY

CLEAR WHERE YOU CLICK TO LET US

KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN GIVE US

TO HELP AND WE NEED IT AND I AM

SO GRATEFUL TO ALL WHO ARE

HELPING.

I ASSURE YOU I GUARANTEE YOU,

WE WILL RETURN THE FAVOR TO OUR

FELLOW AMERICANS AND OTHER

STATES AND CITIES AS SOON AS

OUR CRISIS ABATES.

WE HAVE TO BE READY TO SAY

THANK YOU AND MOBILIZE TO HELP

THE REST OF OUR FELLOW

AMERICANS.

AND I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT

SOME OF THE ISSUES WE'RE

DEALING WITH TODAY OUT ON THE

STREETS OF THE CITY.

IN TERMS OF PARKS AND

PLAYGROUND'S.

PLACES THAT WE ARE CONCERNED

OBVIOUSLY TO MAKE SURE THAT

PEOPLE PRACTICE SOCIAL

DISTANCING AND PEOPLE DON'T

CONGREGATE, DON'T LIVE THE WAY

WE STEW JUST WEEKS AGO BUT

LIVES IN THIS NEW REALITY.

I SPOKE SEVERAL TIMES TO THE

POLICE COMMISSIONER AND HE HAS

BEEN OUT CHECKING, I'VE BEEN

OUT CHECKING, HE HAS PATROLS

OUT ALL OVER THE CITY, GETTING

CONSTANT FEEDBACK.

WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN MANY,

MANY PLACES IS THAT PEOPLE ARE

TRULY ABIDING BY THESE RULES, A

LOT OF THE PARKS AND

PLAYGROUNDS HAVE HAD VERY

LIMITED ACTIVITY TODAY.

OTHERS OBVIOUSLY MIGHT HAVE MORE

BUT WE ARE SEEING BROAD

ADHERENCE TO THE RULES AND WE

ARE GOING TO MAKE CLEAR THROUGH

NYPD ENFORCEMENT AND

ENFORCEMENT BY MANY OTHER CITY

AGENCIES THAT WE MUST HAVE REAL

RESPECT FOR THESE RULES.

AND ANYONE WHO IS NOT FOLLOWING

THE RULES WILL BE QUICKLY

CORRECTED.

IT WILL BE WARNED AND EDUCATED.

NYPD WILL BE OUT MAKING VERY

CLEAR TO PEOPLE, USING OUR

PATROL OFFICERS AND WITH

MESSAGES THAT WILL BE

ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED ALL

OVER PARKS AS WELL AS ALL THE

PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTACT.

WE NEED PEOPLE TO DEAL WITH

THIS NEW REALITY OF SOCIAL

DISTANCING.

PEOPLE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE

STATE OF NEW YORK AND CITY

COUNCIL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE

ARE ABLE TO MAXIMIZE THE

EDUCATION, MAXIMIZE THE

ENFORCEMENT, MAXIMIZE THE CHANCE

THAT PEOPLE CAN CONTINUE TO

ENJOY OUR PARKS AND OUR

PLAYGROUNDS BUT THIS ALSO IS

CLEAR AS I SAID, JUST A FEW

DAYS AGO, IF THAT IS NOT

WORKING OUT, IF PEOPLE ARE NOT

ABIDING BY THE RULES, NOT

LISTENING TO THE WARNINGS, WE

MAY GET TO THE POINT IN JUST

DAYS WERE WE HAVE TO CLOSE THE

PLAYGROUNDS FOR THE DURATION OF

THIS CRISIS.

IS NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO DO.

BUT IT'S SOMETHING I'M READY TO

DO IF NEEDED.

WE HAVE AGREED WITH THE STATE

OF NEW YORK AND CITY COUNCIL

THAT WE WILL GIVE THIS PROCESS

UNTIL SATURDAY EVENING.

WE WILL HAVE SOME WARMER DAYS

COMING UP, A CHANCE TO SEE IF

PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE.

WE WILL DO ALL THE ENFORCEMENT

BUT IF BY THE END OF SATURDAY

IT IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY CLEAR

THAT NEW YORKERS ARE FOLLOWING

THESE NEW RULES, AT THAT POINT

WE WILL BE PREPARED SHUTDOWN

PLAYGROUNDS FOR THE FORESEEABLE

FUTURE.

SO TO EVERYONE OUT THERE, ALL

THE PARENTS WITH KIDS AND

AGAIN, I'VE MADE VERY CLEAR IF

YOU'RE LIVING UNDER THE SAME

ROOF, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS

DIFFERENT FOR YOU, OBVIOUSLY

PEOPLE LIVE UNDER THE SAME ROOF

WILL BE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY ALL

DAY, ALL NIGHT, YOU DON'T NEED

TO DO THIS SIX FEET APART IF IT

IS A MOTHER WITH HER CHILD FOR

EXAMPLE.

BUT YOU DO NEED TO KEEP HER

DISTANCE FROM EVERYBODY ELSE.

YOUR CHILD DOES, AS WELL.

THE RULES ARE PRETTY

STRAIGHTFORWARD.

IF PEOPLE FOLLOW THOSE RULES MY

HOPE IS THE PLAYGROUNDS WILL

STAY OPEN.

IF THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE RULES

MOST ASSUREDLY THE PLAYGROUNDS

WILL BE SHUT.

WE WILL MAKE THAT DECISION BY

SATURDAY EVENING.

ALSO IN TERMS OF OUR STREETS,

WE'VE WORKED WITH THE STATE AND

WITH THE CITY COUNCIL ON AN

INITIAL EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT

WE CAN ENFORCE A LIMITED NUMBER

OF STREETS THAT WILL BE OPEN.

THIS WILL BE A PILOT PROGRAM,

UP TO TWO STREETS PER BOROUGH

AND EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE SURE

THAT THERE ARE SPACES FOR FOLKS

TO GET THEIR EXERCISE AND GET

FRESH AIR.

WE ALSO ARE QUITE CLEAR, THERE

MUST BE ENFORCEMENT, THERE HAS

TO BE PLACES THAT THE NYPD AND

OTHER AGENCIES CAN ENFORCE

EFFECTIVELY.

WE CAME TO I THINK A VERY SMART

WORKABLE AGREEMENT TO DO A

LIMITED NUMBER OF SITES AROUND

THE FIVE BOROUGHS.

I SEE HOW IT GOES, SEE IF THE

ENFORCEMENT WORKS WHILE WE'RE

TRYING OF COURSE TO DO THE

ENFORCEMENT EVERYWHERE ELSE.

WE WILL, THE GOAL IS TO GET

THEM UP AND RUNNING BY

THURSDAY, UP TO TWO SITES PER

BOROUGH, DETAILS WILL BE

ANNOUNCED BUT THE ONE THING FOR

SURE, EVERY SITE CAN AND WILL

BE ENFORCED BY THE NYPD AND

OTHER AGENCIES.

THAT IS OBVIOUSLY UNDERLYING

THE ENTIRE APPROACH.

YOU WILL SEE THAT UP AND

RUNNING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF

DAYS.

LET ME TURN NOW TO SOMETHING

THAT I HAVE TO BE VERY CLEAR,

THERE IS NO GOOD NEWS AT ALL

WHEN IT COMES TO THE TOPIC OF

OUR BUDGET, CITY BUDGET.

I ALWAYS SAY YOU KNOW, A BUDGET

REFLECTS THE PRIORITIES AND

VALUES AND THE BUDGET REALLY

MEANS WHAT WE CAN DO TO SERVE

PEOPLE, WHAT WE CAN DO TO

EMPLOY THE PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO

DO SO MUCH GOOD FOR EVERYBODY

ELSE.

HOW WE CAN MAKE PEOPLE, MAKE

SURE PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY NEED.

AS I SAID YESTERDAY,

UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE HAD TO

INSTRUCT THE OFFICE OF

MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO

IMMEDIATELY INITIATE A SAVINGS

PROGRAM, A PEG PROGRAM WHICH

REQUIRES AGENCIES TO HAVE TO

COME UP WITH SAVINGS.

THAT GOAL I WANT TO USE THESE

WORDS VERY, VERY SPECIFICALLY,

THAT GOAL WILL BE AT LEAST $1.3

BILLION AND EVERYONE LISTENING

KNOWS THAT IS REAL MONEY,

THAT'S A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY

AND THAT PROCESS HAS BEGUN

TODAY WITH CITY AGENCIES AND I

SAY AT LEAST BECAUSE THAT

NUMBER MAY HAVE TO GROW IN THE

NEAR FUTURE.

AS WE CONTINUE TO LOSE REVENUE,

AND SEE MASSIVE NEW EXPENSES

BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS.

I WANT TO GIVE YOU THAT UPDATE

UNFORTUNATE UPDATE.

BUT IT IS THE TRUTH.

SOMETHING THAT IS ALSO RELATED

TO THE CRISIS WE ARE GOING

THROUGH BUT I IMAGINE PEOPLE

WILL BE MUCH HAPPIER ABOUT, IS

THAT WE HAVE PAID VERY CLOSE

ATTENTION TO PARKING ON THE

STREETS, ALTERNATE SIDE

PARKING, AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN

SOMETHING THAT NEW YORKERS FEEL

VERY DEEPLY, VERY PERSONALLY, I

KNOW FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN

MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD, TRYING TO

FIND A PARKING SPACE AND

CIRCLING THE BLOCK A LOT OF

TIMES OVER THE YEARS.

WE GAVE IT ONE WEEK TO SEE HOW

THINGS WOULD GO AND I'M HAPPY

TO SAY THAT THE RESULTS WERE

VERY GOOD.

EVEN AFTER ONE WEEK WE FOUND

THAT THE CITY REMAINS

SUFFICIENTLY CLEAN.

WE WILL EXTEND FOR ANOTHER WEEK

AND NOW ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING

WILL BE SUSPENDED THROUGH NEXT

TUESDAY.

MARCH 31.

SO ALTERNATE SIDE WHICH HAS

BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE LAST

SEVEN DAYS WILL BE SUSPENDED

FOR ANOTHER SEVEN DAYS THROUGH

TUESDAY, MARCH 31.

WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE

SITUATION WEEK BY WEEK.

WE MIGHT DO OR EXCESSIVE TIME

PERIODS DEPENDING ON WHAT WE

SEE BUT I THINK THE THING TO

EXPECT RIGHT NOW IS WE WILL TRY

AND DEAL WITH ALTERNATE SIDE IN

CHUNKS OF TIME, AT LEAST ONE

WEEK AT A TIME.

AGAIN, ALWAYS WATCHING TO MAKE

SURE THE CITY STAYS CLEAN FOR

ONCE BENEFIT AND IT'S IMPORTANT

AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF

SOMETHING LIKE THIS DISEASE

THAT WE MAINTAIN REAL

COMELINESS IN THE CITY.

SO THAT'S IN GOOD NEWS,

SUSPENDED THROUGH TUESDAY, ARCH

31st.

NOW I WANT TO SPEAK PROACTIVELY

TO AN ISSUE THAT MIGHT COME UP,

I KNOW COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA

HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND I

WILL TURN TO THEM IN JUST A

MOMENT.

BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT

SOMETHING THAT IS VERY, VERY

EMOTIONALLY IMPORTANT, HUMANLY

IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT IN TERMS

OF HEALTH AND THAT IS THE

QUESTION OF FOR FOLKS WHO ARE

GIVING BIRTH, FAMILIES GIVING

BIRTH, WHAT ARE THE PROTOCOLS

ABOUT WHETHER A PARTNER OF THE

WOMAN GIVEN BIRTH CAN BE IN THE

HOSPITAL ROOM AT THAT MOMENT.

THIS IS A MEDICAL DECISION

OBVIOUSLY, SOMETHING WHERE ALL

OF US WERE NOT DOCTORS NEED TO

DEFER TO THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY.

THE DECISION MADE BY OUR PUBLIC

HOSPITALS, HEALTH HOSPITAL

SYSTEM IS THAT PARTNERS SHOULD

BE ALLOWED IN FOR THE PROCESS

OF LABOR AND WHEN A WOMAN IS

GIVING BIRTH.

THAT IS THE OFFICIAL POLICY BUT

WITH SOME VERY CLEAR GUIDELINES

THAT ANY PARTNER IN THE

HOSPITAL ROOM WHEN A WOMAN IS

GIVING BIRTH MUST BE WEARING A

SURGICAL MASK.

AND THERE IS A CLEAR CLEARANCE

PROCEDURE TO ENSURE THAT IF ANY

PARTNER IS SYMPTOMATIC WITH THE

SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS OR OF

COURSE IF THEY HAVE TESTED

POSITIVE, THEN THEY WOULD NOT

BE ALLOWED IN THE ROOM.

SO I THINK THAT IS VERY

STRAIGHTFORWARD IF SOMEONE IS

HEALTHY THE PARTNER IS ALLOWED

AND IF THE PARTNER IS

SYMPTOMATIC OR TEST POSITIVE

FOR CORONAVIRUS THEY ARE NOT.

WE CERTAINLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT

HAPPENS TO NOBODY OR VERY FEW

PEOPLE.

SO PARTNERS CAN BE THERE FOR

THAT AMAZING LIFE MOMENT.

TO ME THERE IS JUST NO MORE

IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE.

THEN WHEN A CHILD IS BORN,

OBVIOUSLY.

BUT WE DO NEED TO PROTECT THE

HEALTH OF THE MOM AND REALLY

MAKE SURE WE HANDLE THAT RIGHT.

THAT IS THE WAY THE PUBLIC

HOSPITALS WILL BE GOING ABOUT

IT.

ANOTHER TOPIC AND THIS IS

AGAIN, I WILL OFTEN HAVE TOUGH

UPDATES FOR YOU BUT THIS ONE IS

GOOD NEWS.

THIS IS RELATED TO

TRANSPORTATION AND ALL THE

CRITICAL, ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO

NEED TO GET AROUND, VERY HAPPY

TO SAY THAT OUR COLLEAGUES FROM

CITI BIKE ARE OFFERING THEM,

FOLKS WERE ESSENTIAL WORKERS A

330 DAY MEMBERSHIP.

THE OWNER OF CITI BIKE, LYFT, I

WANT TO THANK THEM AND SO MANY

OTHER PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES

THAT ARE STEPPING UP, THANK YOU

FOR THAT EFFORT.

I KNOW THEY ARE GOING THE EXTRA

EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THOSE CITY

BIKES ARE STATIONED IN THE

RIGHT PLACES FOR HEALTHCARE

WORKERS.

THEY ARE GOING TO THE EXTRA

EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE

SANITIZED FREQUENTLY, THANK YOU

FOR ALL THOSE EFFORTS, EVERYONE

AT LYFT AND CITI BIKE, THAT

HELPS A LOT.

NOW TO A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE

THAT HAS COME UP A NUMBER OF

TIMES THAT I UNDERSTAND WHY,

HUGELY IMPORTANT ISSUE WHICH IS

OUR JAIL SYSTEM.

WE HAVE IMPORTANT AND VERY

SENSITIVE AND VERY COMPLEX

DECISIONS TO MAKE RELATED TO

THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED AT

THIS MOMENT.

I REMIND EVERYONE, THE NUMBER

OF PEOPLE IN THE JAILS RIGHT

NOW IS JUST OVER 5000 AS

COMPARED TO OVER 11,000 WHEN I

FIRST TOOK OFFICE SO THANK GOD

IT IS LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT WE

USED TO HAVE IN TERMS OF PEOPLE

INCARCERATED.

I STILL WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT A

LOT OF PEOPLE.

MY STRONG VIEW IS THAT AT THIS

POINT, I WANT TO FOLLOW THE

EXACT SAME CATEGORIES THAT I

HEARD FROM DOCTOR FAUCI IN

TERMS OF THOSE WHO ARE MOST

ENDANGERED AND DR. FAUCI HAS

DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB

DURING THIS CRISIS, LEADING

THIS COUNTRY WITH THE BEST

INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE ON HOW

TO ADDRESS CORONAVIRUS.

DR. FAUCI TOLD ME LAST WEEK

THAT ANYONE OVER SEVEN YEARS

OLD OR ANYONE, ONE OF THOSE

FIVE MAJOR PRE-EXISTING

CONDITIONS, THOSE ARE THE

PEOPLE MOST LIKELY TO BE IN

DANGER.

THIS IS MY VIEW.

NO ONE OVER 70, NO ONE WITH ANY

OF THOSE FIVE PRE-EXISTING

CONDITIONS SHOULD BE IN THE

JAIL SYSTEM RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE TO WORK THROUGH SOME

VERY INTENSE COMPLICATED LEGAL

ISSUES.

CASE-BY-CASE.

IN THE CASE OF THOSE

INDIVIDUALS, SOME I HAVE THE

DIRECT POWER TO RELEASE.

IN OTHER CASES THAT COULD ONLY

BE DONE WITH THE APPROVAL OF

THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

BUT THAT CATEGORY OF PEOPLE,

THOSE IN THE MEDIA, IMMEDIATE

DANGER, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THEY

ALL SHOULD BE RELEASED.

AND WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THOSE

DETAILS IMMEDIATELY.

I BELIEVE SOME HAVE BEEN IN THE

GROUP THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED

ALREADY, 75 RELEASED ALREADY.

YOU WANT TO IDENTIFY ANYONE OF

THOSE CATEGORIES AND GET THEM

OUT IMMEDIATELY.

NOW TO THE BIGGER PICTURE.

THE REALITY IS OF THE OVER 5000

PEOPLE IN THE CORRECTIONS

SYSTEM, DIFFERENT INMATES ARE

IN DIFFERENT STATUSES.

THERE HAS BEEN I THINK SOME

INFORMATION PUT OUT THAT IS NOT

ACCURATE ABOUT WHICH ARE THE

GROUPS THAT I HAVE THE DIRECT

ABILITY TO RELEASE INTO A WORK-

RELEASE MONITORED AND

SUPERVISED PROGRAM VERSUS THOSE

WHO COULD ONLY BE RELEASED WITH

THE APPROVAL OF THE STATE OF

NEW YORK OR A DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

THE GROUP THAT I HAVE DIRECT

ABILITY TO ACT ON IS THOSE WHO

ARE SERVING A CITY SENTENCE AND

THAT MEANS THEY HAVE GONE TO

TRIAL, THE BEEN FOUND GUILTY,

SENTENCED IN THE SENTENCE IS

UNDER ONE YEAR.

THEY WOULD SERVE THAT SENTENCE

ON RIKERS ISLAND RATHER THAN

SERVING THAT SENTENCE IN ONE OF

THE UPSTATE PRISONS, THOSE OF

COURSE ARE MEANT FOR PEOPLE WHO

DID MORE SERIOUS OFFENSES.

FOLKS WERE SERVING A SENTENCE OF

UP TO ONE YEAR ON RIKERS ARE

INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF

OFFENSES SUCH AS MISDEMEANORS

AND NONVIOLENT FELONIES.

SO WE LOOK AT THAT CATEGORY OF

PEOPLE, OVER 500 INMATES IN

THAT CATEGORY.

THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL GROUP

THAT BECAUSE OF VERY SPECIFIC

LEGAL ISSUES, I'M NOT ABLE TO

IMMEDIATELY RELEASE, WE WOULD

HAVE TO WORK THROUGH THOSE CASE-

BY-CASE.

THERE ARE SOME WHO HAVE

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES OR

SEXUAL OFFENSES CHARGES WHO I

HAVE DETERMINED WE ARE NOT

PREPARED TO RELEASE AT THIS

TIME ALTHOUGH WE WILL CONTINUE

TO LOOK AT CASES INDIVIDUALLY.

I'M NOT COMFORTABLE RELEASING

THOSE INDIVIDUALS AT THIS

POINT.

THE REMAINDER ARE INDIVIDUALS

WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF

MISDEMEANORS, NONVIOLENT

FELONIES, HAVE LESS THAN ONE

YEAR LEFT ON THEIR SENTENCE.

SOME HAVE MANY MONTHS, SOME

HAVE ONLY A FEW MONTHS, SOME

HAVE ONLY WEEKS BUT I AM GOING

TO TREAT THIS CATEGORY ACROSS

THE BOARD AS APPROXIMATELY 300

INMATES AND WE WILL MOVE TO

RELEASE THOSE 300 INMATES

IMMEDIATELY.

THE OTHER CATEGORIES THAT I

THINK ARE IMMEDIATELY AREAS TO

FOCUS ON IN TERMS OF POTENTIAL

RELEASE IN ADDITION AS I SAID

TO THOSE OVER 70 WITH PRE-

EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THOSE

IN THE CITY SENTENCED CATEGORY.

THERE ARE THOSE AWAITING TRIAL,

A PARTICULAR GROUP OF THEM,

ABOUT 100 WHO SHOULD BE

CONSIDERED IMMEDIATELY BUT THAT

WILL REQUIRE ACTIONS BY THE

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS.

WE WILL WORK WITH THEM TO

DETERMINE THE PROPER OUTCOME

QUICKLY.

THEN THERE'S ANOTHER GROUP OF

ABOUT 700 THAT ARE TECHNICAL

PAROLE VIOLATORS, WE WILL WORK

WITH THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND

THEY WILL GIVE APPROVAL, WE

WILL HAVE THAT CONVERSATION TO

SEE IF THAT IS A GOOD THAT CAN

BE ACTED ON ACROSS THE BOARD OR

NEEDS TO BE HANDLED IN A MORE

SPECIFIED MANNER BUT CERTAINLY

THAT IS AN AREA WHERE WE THINK

WE COULD FIND A NUMBER OF

PEOPLE.

PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ABLE TO BE

RELEASED QUICKLY AND WE WILL

WORK CLOSELY WITH THE STATE ON

THAT.

OKAY, JUST A FEW WORDS IN

SPANISH AND THEN WE WILL START

TAKING MEDIA QUESTIONS.

I KNOW WE WILL HAVE OUR HEALTH

COMMISSIONER ON THE LINE AND

THE CEO OF THE PUBLIC

HOSPITALS, HEALTH AND HOSPITALS

AND TO COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA,

IF WE NEED TO GET OTHER

COMMISSIONERS ON THE LINE JUST

TO LET YOU KNOW WE MAY ASK YOU

TO PAUSE YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE

GET THE APPROPRIATE

COMMISSIONER ONLINE.

WE WILL COME RIGHT BACK TO YOU

AFTER ONE OR TWO OF YOUR OTHER

COLLEAGUES HAS GONE.

WITH THAT, JUST A FEW SENTENCES

IN SPANISH.

[ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]

NOW WE WILL TURNED TO

QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA.

GO AHEAD, THANK YOU.

Reporter: JUST A QUICK NOTE,

WE ASKED THE EVERYONE LIMIT

THEIR QUESTIONS TO MORE THAN

TWO, THIS ALLOWS US TO BE FAIR

AND TRY TO GET TO AS MANY

PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.

WE WILL START OFF TODAY AT THE

TOP OF THE LIST WITH ALEX.

Reporter: HELLO, I WAS

CURIOUS ABOUT TWO SCHOOL

PRINCIPALS, ONE, HE PASSED AWAY

THIS WEEK AND ANOTHER PRINCIPAL

IN THE BUILDING APPEARS TO HAVE

BEEN HOSPITALIZED. CAN YOU

CONFIRM THAT AND DO YOU KNOW

WHEN THE LAST TIME THOSE

PRINCIPLES WERE IN THE BUILDING?

ALEX, I HEARD FROM CHANCELLOR

LAST NIGHT AND WE ARE, HE WAS

VERY, VERY SAD AND VERY PAINED

AND I WAS TOO HERE WE LOST A

PRINCIPAL AT BROOKLYN DEMOCRACY.

SOMEONE WHO OBVIOUSLY GAVE HIS

WHOLE LIFE TO TRY TO HELP KIDS.

THAT I DO NOT HAVE THE DETAILS

OF ANY CONNECTION TO OTHER DOE

MEMBERS, SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE

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