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De Blasio Warns Non-Essential Business Closures Still On Table

NEW YORK CITY — A persistent divide between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio played out in back-to-back Monday announcements over coronavirus restrictions facing the city amid local resurgences.

First, Cuomo announced schools in nine coronavirus hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens will close Tuesday rather than de Blasio’s proposed Wednesday.

Then, de Blasio pledged at his own news conference that the city is prepared to start enforcing restrictions and closures on non-essential businesses in those areas starting Wednesday — an issue on which Cuomo held off making a final decision.

It took a reporter twice pressing de Blasio on the potential business closures for him to clarify the city will be “preparing” for them to start rather than enforcing them without state approval.

“If the state does not authorize restrictions, we’re not going to act,” he said. “But I find that very unlikely at this point. The governor

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De Blasio presses for business shutdowns after Cuomo balks


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio puts on a mask during a news conference outside the Mosaic Pre-K Center in New York. | Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will press forward with a plan to shut down nonessential businesses in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal so far to sign off on the closures.

The mayor acknowledged he could not act without state approval, but said he still expects to get it in the coming days.

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“Until we hear otherwise, our plan is to move ahead Wednesday morning with enforcement in these nine ZIP codes of all nonessential businesses,” de Blasio said at a press briefing, shortly after Cuomo concluded his own press briefing Monday.

The mayor proposed the new shutdowns in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where coronavirus cases have been spiking, all above a 3 percent positive test

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NYC business owners rip de Blasio over threat of new lockdown

Business owners in COVID-wracked city neighborhoods targeted for a new lockdown ripped Mayor Bill de Blasio over the move Sunday.

“My plan?! What’s my plan?! Start drinking?!” said Queens restaurant owner Syed Hossain when told of the mayor’s proposal to shut down indoor and outdoor dining again, as well as public and private schools and all non-essential businesses, in his and eight other neighborhoods starting Wednesday.

Hossain, 24, is the owner of Tikka Indian Grill at 119-30 Metropolitan Ave., Kew Gardens — in zip code 11415, which had an average positive-test rate of 3.81 percent for the coronavirus for the past two weeks.

The city has set its threshold at 3 percent.

“I gotta call my parents!” said Hossain, who also owns three other city restaurants — including one in the 11211 zip code in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which is on a city “watch list” and under threat of lockdown, too.

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Business Owners Ask De Blasio for Retail Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

Businesses are asking Mayor Bill de Blasio for small retailers to get sidewalk rights like restaurants have.

The New York City Business Improvement District Association, which is made up of commercial tenants and property owners, asked the mayor to sign an executive order allowing shops to use the sidewalks to sell goods, Gotham Gazette reported. The group asked that stores be permitted to post more signage as well.

In the rest of the country, retail sales have recovered since the peak of the Covid shutdowns. Advanced monthly retail sales from June to August were actually up 2.4 percent from a year ago.

Business owners are also concerned that the commercial eviction moratorium, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended for another 30 days last week, does not relieve them of their obligation to pay rent. When the eviction moratorium does end, businesses unable to pay the back

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De Blasio Is Pregnant With Tons Of Big Ideas For NYC’s Rebirth. You Just Wait

For weeks now, amid ongoing pandemic hardship and an increasingly dire financial forecast, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been teasing the roll out of an ambitious plan to get the city back on track. And so on Thursday morning, the mayor summoned the city’s reporters for a rare in-person press conference to announce [drum roll, please; wait for it; ack sorry, seems we’re actually running a bit behind schedule today, just sit tight and keep on drumming. Hey, who here remembers “Tubthumping”?]

“Today we lay out foundations of recovery again,” the mayor said, launching into his best attempt at an uplifting address. “There will be a rebirth, there will be a renaissance, and anyone who wants to be a part of that mission is welcome.”

The weight of that monumental task, he continued, will rest on four sturdy pillars: fighting COVID, investing in innovation for public health research, creating

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Business Chiefs Push Cuomo, de Blasio to Bolster NYC After Covid

(Bloomberg) — New York business leaders are pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider ways of ensuring that the nation’s biggest city retains its economic dominance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.



a group of people walking on a city street: Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy's Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.


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Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy’s Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

In a letter, 177 business leaders, including executives from Citigroup Inc., Squarespace Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Macy’s Inc., called on Cuomo and de Blasio to formulate a strategic plan for New York’s economic recovery.

“New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter read. “We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative which can call upon the

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Sarah Jessica Parker joins fed up biz leaders in de Blasio feud

Even Carrie Bradshaw has had it with Bill de Blasio!

“Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker, who started her own SJP shoe and accessories business in New York, joined the list of dozens of top business executives beseeching Gotham’s elected leaders to up their efforts to bolster the coronavirus recovery and tackle mounting qualify of life concerns.

But this time, the bold-face business names sent their letter on Friday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as well as Mayor de Blasio — after receiving the brushoff from Hizzoner last week.

“As the first place in America to be struck hard by the coronavirus and the first to successfully manage its containment, New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter from the Partnership for New York City says.

“We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative, which can call upon

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De Blasio encourages employers to start bringing workers back to offices


The Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. | AP Photo

The Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

Under criticism from business leaders, Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged private employers Tuesday to begin bringing their workforces back to Manhattan offices.

De Blasio said the city is working on a plan to require its own hundreds of thousands of employees to return to work in person, though it will be phased in gradually to make sure the coronavirus stays under control.

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Under the state’s reopening plan, offices have been allowed to operate at 50 percent of their legal capacity since June. Yet the vast majority of office workers have stayed away: A survey by business groups found that only 8 percent had returned by mid-August, and just over a quarter expected to be back by the beginning of the year.

“It’s time to start

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Business Leaders Speak Out After Sending Letter Calling On De Blasio To Fix Quality Of Life Issues

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In a stunning and unusual move, more than 150 top business leaders called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to take decisive actions to fix quality of life issues that they say jeopardize the city’s recovery.

As CBS2’s political reporter Marcia Kramer reports, even from day one, when Bill de Blasio shoveled snow from his Park Slope brownstone but couldn’t plow the streets, there were questions about his ability to do the job. Now, with trash piling up, homeless encampments proliferating and gun violence growing, there are even more questions about his ability to steer the ship of state and instill confidence.

“I think we really need the mayor to demonstrate leadership, instill a sense of confidence … The problem right now is there hasn’t been a demonstrated level of focus from the mayor,” said Scott Rechler, chief executive of RXR Realty.

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