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Andrew Cuomo Now Basically Begging Wealthy New Yorkers to Return to the City

Andrew Cuomo Now Basically Begging Wealthy New Yorkers to Return to the City

“You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!”

When the lockdowns hit as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, lots of people who had the means to do so, fled New York City.

Then the riots came, and another wave of people left. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now begging them to return.

Caitlin McFall reports at FOX News:

Cuomo calls on wealthy New Yorkers to come back to the city: ‘I’ll buy you a drink!’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged wealthy New Yorkers to return to Manhattan as the coronavirus is now “under control,” to assist the city with the financial burden caused by the pandemic.

Many New Yorkers fled the city at the height of the pandemic, the wealthy heading to their weekend homes in the Hamptons, upstate or in Connecticut, while others rented homes outside the city – leaving thousands of apartments across the city empty.

The coronavirus has persisted for six months and is not showing any signs of easing, while a vaccine still seems at least several months away.

“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You gotta come back, when are you coming back?’” Cuomo said during a press conference earlier this week.

Sounds like New York City is hurting without its wealthy residents. Who could have guessed that would happen?

Bernadette Hogan of the New York Post has more:

Cuomo begs rich New Yorkers to leave Hamptons, return to NYC: ‘Come over, I’ll cook!’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been begging rich people to return to New York City from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall.

“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’” the Democratic governor said Monday.

“They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking? ‘If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax,’ because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge,” he added, noting the wealthiest 1 percent of the Empire State’s population picks up roughly 50 percent of the state’s tax burden.

Meanwhile, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is helping in the only way he knows how, by making things worse.

New York City probably would have bounced back quickly after the Coronavirus crisis, but the destruction of businesses and looting during the riots changed the game completely.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 6, 2020 at 11:06 am


Ain’t going to happen.

Get a loan from Oprah.

Bryson Gray
Oprah is worth more money than 99% of white people in this country but she has the audacity to talk about “whiteness gives you an advantage”


buckeyeminuteman | August 6, 2020 at 11:08 am

Can’t buy them a drink without buying them food too, ya jackass!

Planned Parent has left New York a hole… whore of its former self.

I think his continual yapping is turning off even those who were favorable to him.

He is a terrible speaker. He talks down to everyone, even though he manages to sound like a complete moron. That is some talent there…

Why should any of the wealthy return? Honestly, it’s not like you have tons to do if you are the idle rich, everything is shut down still, or has so many restrictions that it isn’t enjoyable to bother with activities, and these aren’t of the loot and riot brigade either. Crime is up big. Violent crime is up biggly. Why would you return to that? For what? Real estate is going to take a huge hit from the shut downs, as businesses see a lot can be done through work at home, so a lot less need for the offices in high priced areas like NYC, so it means a better bottom line for the companies.

Cuomo has been a disaster, which we knew going in he would be, but the Wuhan Virus has exposed him as the fraud he is even to the brain dead wealthy who would blindly go along with his schemes.

I only hope voters remember well all the damages he has done to NY and vote him out, with prejudice.

    buck61 in reply to oldgoat36. | August 6, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Jennifer Lawrence just took a $5.7 million loss on an NYC property she bought just three ago. The real test will be how much luxury housing will be built in NYC over the next decade.

    The other issue is public schools. Although many of the wealthy probably sends kids to private schools, no one in their right mind should consider NY City public schools this Fall.

Come on back, but you’ll be stopped at the bridge by De Blasio’s fascists.


Get on your knees and bark like a dog! Now go lie down!

I have some friends who fled their beautiful Park Ave apartment for their Connecticut house.
They see no reason to return. There are “no theaters, no museums, and no restaurants”. BLM is merely a distraction from reality.

    Connecticut is also suffering massive population outflows for the same basic reasons.

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to Neo. | August 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Who is John Galt?
    Sounds like your friends have gone to go look for him….

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Neo. | August 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    I live in semi-rural country in eastern Tennessee. I have told my friends still living in Los Angeles that there is far more to life to major league baseball no one can afford tickets to; a symphony orchestra no one can afford tickets for; or good deli in Fairrfax when you can’t find a place to park.

Oops, actions have consequences still. Most will not even visit for years until the state stops trying to tax them.

Grrr8 American | August 6, 2020 at 12:18 pm

I wonder if this is yet another reason the the Pelosi Democrats (and her pet dog Schumer) are so aggressive in seeking bailouts for the Democrat states and municipalities (in addition to, e.g., public sector pension bailouts)?

Because wouldn’t it be a divine irony if the Covid lockdowns and panic-porn they’ve been peddling to “justify” universal cheat-by-mail turned around and financially decimated their electoral strongholds!

If they don’t manage to steal the election, and (God willing!) Trump prevails, that irony would be truly divine!

“You got to come back!”

“We Democrats need to abuse you some more. And because we want to take more money from you thereby enabling us to continue our abuse on you in other ways.”

Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

The denizens of flyover country are telling Coumo and DeBlasio jokes.

I seem to recall the Beatles writing a song called “Taxman.” If they all ended up in NYC, then you know that London had to be really bad.

Mega City One doesn’t work w/o Judge Dredd.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 6, 2020 at 1:19 pm

Not buying Cuomo’s tune
How about you?

His taxes make me swoon
How about you?

Antifa fires light
It’s done right on cue

Businesses burnt to a crisp
Mugging of folks with limps

No thank you….

If everyone in the other 49 states do not start harassing their Federal reps constantly about **not** bailing out New York then you should expect **to pay to bail out New York**.

$40B and counting. Fight now or pay later to reward failure.

    MarkS in reply to tphillip. | August 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Gerald Ford had the right idea….”screw you”!

      Dennis in reply to MarkS. | August 6, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      I thought he said “Drop dead!”

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Dennis. | August 6, 2020 at 4:41 pm

        I don’t think Ford said that, but, the NY Post headline was something like “Ford to New York: Drop Dead!”

        And, they said he was a bad president!

    Another Voice in reply to tphillip. | August 6, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Even as an Up State New Yorker, I agree.
    More votes in D.C. which could prevent NY and Cuomo from receiving anything more than any other state. It would be a favor for those of us who have had to endure is 19 yer tenure here with inane policies.

The coronavirus has persisted for six months and is not showing any signs of easing

That’s an outright lie. Deaths are way down pretty much everywhere.

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to randian. | August 6, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Take a look at California, Texas and Florida. Deaths in those states continue to be pretty high. Deaths for the zUS as a whole are below the peak but there has been a noticeable uptick in July, but I think the uptick is beginning to abate.

BierceAmbrose | August 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Of course he’s offering to buy them a drink (with or without “substaintial food.”)

All he understands is patronage systems, n rules are just part of that; in NY, you don’t have to get stuff as patronage: relief from the rules is enough.

When people show you who they are, believe them.

New Hampshire would the nearest tax haven. Although Penn is pretty good.

    MarkS in reply to puhiawa. | August 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Just what we need, New Yorkers polluting the rest of the country with their liberal ways

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MarkS. | August 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      You left out their pushy behavior and grating accents.

        OMG, and they are just horrible!

        True story, I was driving mom to run errands one day while Obama was still president, and some loopy LaRouche “impeach Obama” people had set up a table (with fliers, bumper stickers, a petition, etc.) out in front of the Post Office. I wandered over to see who was behind the Impeach Obama thing and quickly left when I saw it was LaRouche, anyway, I caught up with my mom and as we approached the entrance to the Post Office, this woman, clearly from New York, was gratingly shrieking and pointing and apparently attempting to start a riot or at the very least get a mob agitated.

        This is in the Florida Panhandle, Lower Alabama, the Redneck Riviera. Pushy, nasty nasal grating voices shrieking at us are useless. We just shrug. Water, duck’s back. Everyone just kind of took a wide berth around this crazy woman, ignoring her clear angst at the sight of “racists” attempting to gain support for Obama’s impeachment.

        She then turned to address me directly, which I found alarming, and demanded that I confront the “traitors” who want to impeach Obama, to which I replied with a shrug, “I think he *should* be impeached.” She stood there, gob-smacked, and then my mother chimed in, “I do, too!”. It was hilarious. All the wind went out of Crazy Pushy Grating New York Woman and she sidled to her car with her tail between her legs.

        I can’t wait until antifa and BLM hit my town. The funny!

          The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm

          That is like the elderly ones (sorry, always female) holding up the line in virtually any store from FLL south. Said, in three-pack-a-day voice, straight out of dah Bronx, “Oh, come on, honey! I know the coopon’s ex-py-ahd. Take it! Who’s gonna know!”.

          This woman is dripping in jewelery, Rolex watch, Nordstron’s clothing, and a Mercedes S-class in the handicapped parking. She’s trying to jeopradise the job of some poor girl just trying to earn enough to keep a roof over her head.

          She flys to NYC every two years, casts a ballot, then returns to her home in FLAH-ridah and votes again.

          Heh, I’ve seen this, but I’ve yet to see a Southern clerk bullied into complying. The best response is “It seems the date is pretty clear right here” (s/he leans over to point it out to the customer), then says, “let me get my manager to see if I’m reading this date wrong.” To which the customer, “oh noes” and pays and leaves.

          No Southerner will ever be bullied by a Northerner . . . . We just deal with it differently. We’re all about tact with a generous dose of passive-aggression. There is also that steel magnolia thing that cannot be underestimated. 😛

          DSHornet in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm

          With a very polite, “Bless your heart” as a parting shot. The fact they don’t know what it actually means in that particular situation makes it even more sweet.

          Fuzzy, Grizzly, and Hornet understand.


          “Bless your heart” is a classic! As is “God love her” (i.e. no one else can), often said as the screeching New Yorker shuffles away not sure what just happened.

    MajorWood in reply to puhiawa. | August 6, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Prior to the Oregon move we were looking at Yardley, PA, which was extreme NE Philly, a halfway point between Princeton for the Princess and U.PA for me. The people who lived in the house next to the one we were looking at both worked in Manhattan. Every morning at 7 they would drive to Trenton, board Jersey Rail for a 90 minute schlep to the city, and then at 5 do the 2-hr return trip to get home at 7. But, come Friday, they were neither prisoners to NYC or NJ and they had a large 4-5 bedroom McMansion for the weekend for what a 1BR loft would cost in the city. I would have had a pretty long train ride into the city, but when you board at the end of the line, choice seating is always available for the long ride. Along those lines, our introduction to Oregon was the Princess being recruited by Oregon State, and we considered living in Salem with her commuting south and me north to OHSU in PDX, basically 150 miles a day between us. Having lived here for 24 years now, I am no longer an east coast commuter and if it is 15 minutes away, I don’t even bother. 😉

    ronk in reply to puhiawa. | August 6, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    New Hampshire has bigger problems than NY, the proximity to Mass, specifically Boston had polluted NH really good, MA want NH to collect MA sales taxes for them.

Most of them won’t come back. The summer/vacation home is now the main place of residence.

Not to mention the NYC residents who would move out of the city if they could but they don’t have the means.

The deserters from CA and NY, who destroyed their state by electing these dolts, now are doing their best to destroy Hawaii. They do not change.

Cuomo is a malignant megalomaniac who believes his own press.

I say cuomo should arrest each and every one of them, force them back and raise their taxes. They voted for the xhit, they should be forced to live in it and pay extraordinary taxes to keep it going.

They may have moved away, but as Rush can testify, they aren’t out of NYC’s long reach yet.

If I were one of those wealthy folks I’d tell Cuomo I might consider returning after the Governor and DiBlasio leave office.

Got an editorial cartoonist on staff? We need to see Cuomo in a wifebeater, wandering the streets of the Hamptons, screaming, “Stellaaaaaa! Stellaaaaaaaaaaa!”

I left New York in 1978 for Texas. Glad i did!

At some point one really must blame the citizens of a state for their governor.

Incidentally, why has Trump permitted states to erect checkpoints? Talk about interstate commerce!

But then when one is as furious at Trump as I am, what’s the point of raising my blood pressure further?