This is really something else. New York Governor Cuomo was asked about school closures in New York City and went off on Wall Street Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind who asked the question.

While deBlasio announced NYC schools would be closing indefinitely, blaming COVID, New York Governor Cuomo seemed to have missed the memo before his press conference.

Fox News has more on the exchange:

New York City schools will be closed beginning Thursday due to a rise in coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. But he may have forgotten to tell the top boss of the state. At the same time the Democratic mayor announced the move on Twitter, a combative Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that schools were open.

De Blasio said officials opted to close schools out of an abundance of caution after coronavirus test positivity rates hit the 3% threshold.

“We must fight back the second wave,” the mayor said on Twitter.

The Democratic governor, who was holding a press conference of his own in Albany, got into a testy exchange with Wall Street Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind, who asked if schools would remain open amid a statewide rise in infections.

“All right, first of all, let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone. Because you’re 100 percent wrong,” Cuomo said, before raising his voice.

“Remember we did orange zone, red zone in Brooklyn and Queens and we closed the schools? Don’t you remember that? So what are you talking about?”

Schools in designated “red zone” districts in the two boroughs with positivity rates higher than 3 percent shut down weeks ago.

“Any school district in a microcluster, the schools can remain open in an orange zone but they have to do additional testing,” said Cuomo.

“I’m still confused,” Vielkind said. “Well then you’re confused,” Cuomo shot back.

“Parents are still confused as well,” said Vielkind.

New York Times reporter Jesse McKinley continued to press the governor on whether schools would be open Thursday. “The schools are open by state law,” the governor offered.

“But will they [New York City schools] be open tomorrow? That’s the question. I think Jimmy’s correct in asking that question. I don’t think it’s obnoxious at all,” McKinley said.

Cuomo then fired back, “Well, I don’t really care what you think. Of course, you agree with him because you’re in the same business with him.”

So much indignation and ‘tude when the answer was yes, schools in NYC are closing indefinitely beginning Thursday.


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