New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo is following through with his promise to help cities and states in need since the states recovery from record breaking coronavirus death and infection rate during the early days of the pandemic. Gov. Cuomo made the announcement during his daily press conference and social media updates that Atlanta and Houston will be among the first recipients of New York’s effort to “pay it forward”.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was among the first to accept New York’s help. Mayor Bottoms joined Gov. Cuomo at a press briefing discussing the cities need for contact tracing. She also discussed her personal struggle with a coronavirus diagnosis and members of her immediate family. As a part of the donation between New York state and Georgia’s largest city, 7,500 test kits, 30,000 pieces of PPE and 1,250 gallons of hand sanitizer will be sent to Atlanta.
Following the press conference and Cuomo’s offer for help, Mayor Bottoms tweeted, “My mother often says, “A friend in need, is a friend indeed.” We are grateful to have a friend in @NYGovCuomo and the people of NY.”
New York State reached out and offered Houston help including a team on the ground in the city setting up testing sites. “New York didn’t wait for Houston to call.., ” Gov. Cuomo Tweeted about the offer to help.
The state’s gratitude and help to others follows months of nationwide help including nurses, doctors and personal protection equipment donated to stop the spread and save lives of New Yorkers.
Gov. Cuomo has also publicly offered to help Florida, now the hardest hit in the nation with more than 15,000 new coronavirus diagnosis in a single day. There have been no announcements if Florida has responded to the governor’s offer to help.