Congressman Lee Zeldin, member of the bipartisan Coronavirus Task Force, secured a donation of 10,000 N95 masks from the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation. The masks, which arrived in Suffolk County today, will be distributed to frontline workers during the ongoing battle with the novel coronavirus.
“This latest donation of vital personal protective equipment is yet another example of how New Yorkers have come together to help our frontline workers in need,” Zeldin said. “In reflecting, the selflessness of its organization’s namesake — September 11 hero Stephen Siller — the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is stepping up to the plate when our community needs this generosity most. I thank each and every one of them for their continued service to our local workforce and I look forward to continuing to work with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to deliver this valuable PPE to those in need.”
School’s Out Until Summer?
New York Mayor Bill de Basio said Friday he is shutting city public schools until summer. This drew a rebuke from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he was the only one with the authority to do so.
“There has been no decision” regarding the closure of the schools, Cuomo said.
“It makes no sense for one locality to take an action that’s not coordinated with the others,” Cuomo said. “He didn’t close them, and he can’t open them.”
The governor then discussed the possibility of a shutdown for the first time, adding it could be extended for a lengthy period, although adding the decision would need to be made in conjunction with neighboring states and school districts.