Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he had his “fingers crossed” that Big Apple schools are ready to open safely — but admitted he is not sure he’d send his own kids to one in the city.
“I would have a lot of questions,” Cuomo admitted on the “Today” show when asked if he would send his children to New York City public schools amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a risky proposition no matter how you do it, let’s be honest. We’ve seen schools open — we’ve seen colleges open — and get into trouble in one week. So there’s a lot of questions to answer,” he said.
Asked how confident he was that they were actually ready to reopen, he said, “Fingers crossed on all of this.”
The governor stressed that schools would open only if parents and teachers were “happy and confident” to do so, and that it would be decided “school district by school district.”
“We have 700 school districts and I’m sure we’re going to have 700 different answers in New York,” he told the NBC breakfast show.
Cuomo continued to boast about taking the Empire State from “the highest infection rate in the United States to the lowest.”
“So you can handle this beast if you’re serious about it,” he said. “If there’s any state that can reopen schools, it’s us.”