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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poll: 57% Of N.Y. Business Leaders Say Public Health Trumps Reopening The Economy

Kevin Hagen
A pedestrian wearing a surgical mask and gloves walks past the New York Stock Exchange last month in New York.

A survey of business leaders in New York finds that the majority of CEOs want to reopen as soon as possible, but only when public health officials determine that it is safe to do so.

Siena College’s Don Levy says the poll asked the business leaders about the May 1 reopening date that President Trump has pushed for in recent days.

“A majority, 57%, said public health, but still a sizable minority, 35%, said it’s time to reopen,” Levy said.

Levy says CEOs in manufacturing, engineering and construction were the most likely to say it’s time to get back to work. The majority, 61%, of the business leaders approve of the social distancing rules that have been put into effect by Cuomo.

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Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.