Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold funds to counties and cities that won’t enforce social distancing regulations.
Starting Wednesday, Cuomo will send towns that violate social distancing orders warning letters that funds will be withheld if the localities do not comply, according to CBS 2.
“I don’t like to do that,” Cuomo said Wednesday morning. “I don’t know how else to get them to actually do the enforcement they need to do.”
Wall Street Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind tweeted Cuomo is sending a letter to New York City, Orange County, and Rockland County – which includes the towns of Spring Valley and Ramapo.
NEWS: @NYGovCuomo is sending a letter saying he will withhold funding from New York City, Orange County, Rockalnd County, the Town of Ramapo and the Village of Spring Valley if they don’t enforce social distancing regulations.
“Hopefully that will motivate them,” Cuomo says.
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) October 14, 2020
The announcement comes as “hot zones” across the state continue to pop up. In Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, a crowd was spotted leaving what allegedly was a large indoor gathering Tuesday night not wearing masks, according to ABC 7. (RELATED: