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Cuomo Characterizes Republican Pandemic Response As 'Gross Negligence'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Mike Groll
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has stepped up his criticism of the federal government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring.

He called the inaction and mixed messaging from Republicans in Congress and President Trump “gross negligence.”

"Let those Congresspeople produce no federal funds and then come home to New York and run for re-election in November and let's see what happens. Don't provide subsidies to the MTA, let the LIRR service reduce or the fares go up and then let the Congressional people explain it when they go to the people on Long Island and ask for their vote," Cuomo said.

Cuomo made his remarks as the Republican National Convention nominated Trump for a second term as the GOP’s candidate in a scaled-back ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

All 94 of New York’s Republican delegates pledged to Trump in a roll call vote.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.