Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to fine New York City and other municipalities over failure to enforce state coronavirus restrictions Friday as COVID-19 outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens continued to worsen.
At just $10,000 a day, the fine that Cuomo is threatening to levy against City Hall is comparatively tiny, but it provides another marked example of the three-term governor’s mounting frustration with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s management of the crisis.
“These hotspot ZIP codes, the numbers are continuing to go up in many of the ZIP codes,” Cuomo told reporters in a telephone press briefing.
“That means by definition compliance is not where it needs to be,” he added. “That’s how the virus spreads, they need to enforce the law.”