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'Cuomo: Don't travel and spread covid - but check out New York's new train station!' Governor is blasted as he opens $1.6 billion train hall with theatrical presser amid the pandemic

 Governor Andrew Cuomo has been mocked online after he opened a new $1.6 billion train hall in New York City with a theatrical press briefing while urging people not to travel and spread COVID-19

Cuomo held a briefing Wednesday at the new Moynihan Train Hall in New York City's Penn Station, where he cut the ribbon with giant scissors, regaled how it was a moment for 'our children's children' and declared that the skylight in the new hall 'literally and figuratively brings the light' to the Big Apple after a dark year.

'We build this not for ourselves but for our children and our children's children and we build this as a statement of who we are and who we believe we are and who we aspire to be,' Cuomo said in his rousing speech. 

He told New Yorkers: 'How great is today, huh? How different but how great?' 

This came one day after officials revealed New York City had passed a grim milestone of 25,000 COVID-19 deaths and as 69 percent of hospital beds and 72 percent of ICU beds are now full.  

Absent from the optimistic briefing was the governor's daily dose of figures on coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations that New Yorkers have become accustomed to ever since the city became the epicenter of the virus back in the spring. 

Social media users were quick to slam the governor over the elaborate official unveiling of the transport hub at a time when he is warning residents not to travel due to the pandemic.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been mocked online after he opened a new $1.6 billion train hall in New York City with a theatrical press briefing (above) while urging people not to travel and spread COVID-19

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been mocked online after he opened a new $1.6 billion train hall in New York City with a theatrical press briefing (above) while urging people not to travel and spread COVID-19

Cuomo held a briefing Wednesday at the new Moynihan Train Hall in New York City's Penn Station (above), where he cut the ribbon with giant scissors, regaled how it was a moment for 'our children's children' and declared that the skylight in the new hall 'literally and figuratively brings the light' to the Big Apple after a dark year

Cuomo held a briefing Wednesday at the new Moynihan Train Hall in New York City's Penn Station (above), where he cut the ribbon with giant scissors, regaled how it was a moment for 'our children's children' and declared that the skylight in the new hall 'literally and figuratively brings the light' to the Big Apple after a dark year

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'Cuomo: Don't travel and spread covid. Also Cuomo: Oooo.... check out New York's new train station!' one person tweeted after the briefing. 

Another agreed: 'Exactly what we need now. More ways to travel.' 

'If you’re still on the Cuomo train we’re living in v different versions of New York,' added another. 

Others voiced outrage over the cost and timing when cases, deaths and hospitalizations are soaring and businesses across the city are struggling to stay afloat.


'Why don’t you get working on distributing the vaccine. We are woefully behind schedule and you are opening a train station,' one person fumed. 

'Wait a minute. How much did this cost? And why did they open a train station in a destroyed and disaster city? People out of work and businesses shut down. And Cuomo cut the ribbon. WTF,' one person tweeted.  

The station cost $1.6 billion and has been in construction since 2017, when Cuomo approved the project that officials have talked about for decades. 

Social media users were quick to slam the governor over the unveiling of the transport hub at a time when he is warning residents not to travel due to the pandemic

Social media users were quick to slam the governor over the unveiling of the transport hub at a time when he is warning residents not to travel due to the pandemic

Others claimed the train station would be devoid of travelers due to the pandemic and because there was an exodus of wealthy New Yorkers from the city back in the spring.

'At least the people leaving our city , will have grand station to depart from,' one person tweeted. 

Instead of a key travel hub, many said it would be used as shelter for homeless people, with some questioning whether directing funds to a homeless shelter would have made more sense for the city. 

'Gov Cuomo opens the Moynihan Train station today , so the homeless can sit inside,' one person tweeted. 

Another added: 'New train station welcomes homeless people and thugs to join ... thanks Cuomo!' 

'What about spending some money on the homeless. Personally I don’t care about a beautiful transportation point,' tweeted another person.

Others claimed the train station would be void of travelers due to the pandemic and that instead of a key travel hub, it would be used as shelter for homeless people

Others claimed the train station would be void of travelers due to the pandemic and that instead of a key travel hub, it would be used as shelter for homeless people

'Make that a homeless shelter. New York homeless are cold and hungry. Fix that first and then I will get excited.' 

Homelessness has risen to record levels in the Big Apple due to the pandemic as tens of thousands lost their jobs, domestic abuse reports soared and critical services such as addiction programs were forced to shutter.

More than 57,000 people were homeless in October - a level not seen since the Great Depression. 

Cuomo's senior adviser Rich Azzopardi told DailyMail.com he did not believe opening the train hall at a time when New Yorkers are being told not to travel sends mixed messages.  

'The project has been 25 years in the making and we said we would have it by the end of the year and we have done it by the end of the year,' he said. 

At the unveiling, Cuomo gave a dramatic speech where he said the city had surpassed all expectations to deliver the 'breathtaking' train hall on time.   

'This is a work of art in a way we don't build anymore,' he said.

'It's almost too ambitious, almost too beautiful, too breathtaking to think we can do this. Can we really do this?  

'There were many doubters who said it was too bold, it was too audacious but we said we could and we did.'

'We build this not for ourselves but for our children and our children's children and we build this as a statement of who we are and who we believe we are and who we aspire to be,' Cuomo said in his rousing speech

'We build this not for ourselves but for our children and our children's children and we build this as a statement of who we are and who we believe we are and who we aspire to be,' Cuomo said in his rousing speech

He told New Yorkers it was a 'great' day - one day after officials revealed New York City had passed a grim milestone of 25,000 COVID-19 deaths

He told New Yorkers it was a 'great' day - one day after officials revealed New York City had passed a grim milestone of 25,000 COVID-19 deaths

Cuomo cutting the ribbon with massive scissors alongside other officials who worked on the project

Cuomo cutting the ribbon with massive scissors alongside other officials who worked on the project 

The governor swooned over the skylight that cast light into the former Post Office sorting room and congratulated the city on completing the project on time during 2020. 

'This would be an amazing accomplishment any time but it is an extraordinary accomplishment today,' he said.

'None of this is normal, none of this is right,' he added, of what the city has gone through this year.

'We are going through a traumatic period individually and collectively,' he said, adding: 'Life will create trauma.'

Cuomo continued on his dramatic spiel saying the hall was a symbol that New York 'can grow' and 'brings light' to the city as it grapples with the pandemic. 

The outside of the new hall. Cuomo said the city had surpassed all expectations of skeptics to deliver this 'breathtaking' train hall on time

The outside of the new hall. Cuomo said the city had surpassed all expectations of skeptics to deliver this 'breathtaking' train hall on time

The governor swooned over the skylight (seen above) that cast light into the former Post Office sorting room and congratulated the city on completing the project on time during 2020

The governor swooned over the skylight (seen above) that cast light into the former Post Office sorting room and congratulated the city on completing the project on time during 2020

The public got a first look at the $1.6 billion and 255,000 square-foot train hall, named after late US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The public got a first look at the $1.6 billion and 255,000 square-foot train hall, named after late US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

It officially opens for business on January 1 and will start serving passengers on Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road

It officially opens for business on January 1 and will start serving passengers on Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road

'As we close this chapter on 2020 but we learn the lessons and we move forward to 2021.

'And what this hall says to me as we head toward to the new year is yes. Yes we can learn, yes we can grow,' he said. 

'As dark as 2020 was to me this hall brings the light - literally and figuratively - it brings the light.

He continued: 'Which way do we head? We bring the light. New York brings the light That's what this magnificent skylight brings to me today.' 

The public got a first look at the $1.6 billion and 255,000 square-foot train hall in the briefing, named after late US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

It officially opens for business on January 1 and will start serving passengers on Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road.

It was designed to provide more space for the notoriously congested transit hub of Penn Station which, prior to the pandemic, welcomed 650,000 through its doors each day.

As well as the 92-foot-high skylight Cuomo raved about, it also features art installations by Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas and Elmgreen & Dragset and a nursing room for new mothers.

The unveiling came after New York City hit a grim milestone Tuesday as officials announced that deaths linked to coronavirus had surpassed 25,000.

The city's health department confirmed there have now been 25,055 fatalities. 

Statewide the positivity rate reached 7.14 percent Tuesday. 

3 comments:

  1. 25,000 China virus deaths and still no housing available for the 50,000 homeless NYC children...

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  2. The New York idiots voted for Cuomo, AOC, DiBlassio, they deserve all the pain they get from these clowns.

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  3. Notice how crowded it is? Me neither.....

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