Long Island became the state’s latest region to start its reopening process Wednesday, leaving New York City alone on PAUSE. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with the president in Washington to talk infrastructure, as America’s death toll eclipsed a grim 100,000 milestone.
Cuomo’s meeting with President Donald Trump came a day after the governor said it was time to turn the page on New York’s battle with coronavirus, shifting focus to helping New York City reach the initial reopening phase and “supercharging” the regional reopenings already in progress. By “supercharge,” Cuomo wants to accelerate long-overdue infrastructure programs like rebuilding Penn Station and expanding cross-river transit tunnels while ridership is still low.
Asked about his Wednesday meeting with Trump, Cuomo said the two had a productive discussion on certain projects, despite their “political differences.” He didn’t offer a potential timeline for federal investment, saying Trump pledged to get back to him in the next week or so. A day before the meeting, Cuomo said, “it’s just common sense” to invigorate infrastructure development at this point in the crisis — and he doubled down on that point Wednesday.