Cuomo Won’t Approve Closing of Businesses in 9 Hard-Hit N.Y.C. Areas

The abrupt announcement caused confusion over the official response to virus spikes and threatened to deepen tensions with the mayor.



By Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday refused to allow New York City to close nonessential businesses in nine hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens where the coronavirus has spiked, pre-empting a plan announced the day before by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The governor’s stance created more confusion over how the authorities intend to tackle early signs of a second wave of the virus in its one-time epicenter.

Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, also accelerated the plan to close schools in the affected areas, moving the closure date up a day to Tuesday.

The governor’s announcement seemed to be yet another manifestation of his long feud with Mr. de Blasio. Mr. Cuomo has frequently second-guessed or overruled the mayor, also a Democrat, during their tenures.

Indeed, the governor also announced that the state would take over supervision of enforcement of mask and social-distancing rules in the hot spot clusters, presumably putting the State Police in charge of New York City Police Department officers. “Local government will need to provide us with personnel,” the governor said.

Areas With New Restrictions

MANHATTAN

11365

11367

11366

11374

11432

11211

11249

11415

11205

QUEENS

11213

BROOKLYN

11218

11219

11210

11230

11204

11234

11229

11691

11223

11235

ATLANTIC OCEAN

ZIP codes with major restrictions

ZIP codes with lesser restrictions

MANHATTAN

11365

11367

11366

11374

11432

11211

11249

11415

11205

QUEENS

11213

BROOKLYN

11218

11219

11210

11230

11234

11204

11229

11691

11223

11235

ATLANTIC OCEAN

ZIP codes with major restrictions

ZIP codes with lesser restrictions

MANHATTAN

11365

11366

11374

11367

11432

11249

11211

11415

11205

QUEENS

11213

BROOKLYN

11218

11210

11219

11230

11234

11204

11691

11229

11223

11235

ATLANTIC OCEAN

ZIP codes with major restrictions

ZIP codes with lesser restrictions

Source: Mayor’s office

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