UPDATED 2:00 PM PT – Thursday, November 19, 2020
New York’s governor came under fire after berating journalists who simply asked about lockdown plans in the Big Apple.
In a press conference Wednesday, a reporter asked Gov. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) whether New York City will close its schools this week. The reporter also questioned whether the governor could override Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision, if so.
This came as parents across the city expressed concern over the closures, calling on the governor to leave schools open. However, Cuomo took offense to the question as well as the reporter’s tone, accusing him of being “obnoxious and offensive.”
“What are you talking about?” Cuomo asked. “Read the law and you won’t get confused.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) mocks and argues with a reporter during a testy exchange about school openings. pic.twitter.com/POwVxX4NTl
— The Recount (@therecount) November 18, 2020
After the exchange, both reporters and members of the public began flooding Twitter to question Cuomo’s harsh response to an issue that is on most New Yorkers’ minds.
Dear Mr @NYGovCuomo with all due respect, the parents ARE confused. My kid's school is confused too – my kid is carrying 16lbs of supplies back and forth every day because they are told a closure could happen at any minute. There has to be a better way.
— Jenny Gill (@nycjenny) November 18, 2020
After Cuomo’s press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced schools will close again, which prompted outrage and protests on the streets. Crowds of parents gathered outside the city hall to express their anger over the move.
Parents and students gathered in front of New York’s City Hall to protest the closing of public schools Thursday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the nation’s largest school system would move to remote learning as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.
📸: Mark Lennihan/AP pic.twitter.com/8BlIqiBZ8S
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 19, 2020