NY Gov. Cuomo: ‘I Am Not Going To Do Martial Law in State of New York — That’s Not Going To Happen’

Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) addressed his feeling that the people of New York are at what he described as “near-panic levels.”

Cuomo tried to put fears of panic at bay, saying Martial Law in New York is “not going to happen.”

“What I am least sanguine about is that we are battling two things: a virus and fear and panic,” Cuomo told host Alisyn Camerota. “And I’m as afraid of the fear and the panic as I am of the virus. I think that the fear is more contagious than the virus right now. You take a place like New York City, are at near panic levels.”

He later added, “[L]et’s take a step back. We are on war footing. Build ventilators — manufacture PPE and gloves, et cetera. People, stay home. Reduce density. Close businesses. But you’re not imprisoned. You’re not quarantined. You’re not a prisoner. We’re not going to put a roadblock around New York City so you have to pack up and get out today. This is going to go on for months. Communicate what you mean without using terms that nobody understands and only incites panic because that’s what we’re doing in too many situations. You can communicate what you want, but just say it in a more clear way rather than using these buzzwords that are panicking people. I am not going to imprison anyone in the State of New York. I am not going to do Martial Law in the State of New York. That’s not going it happen.”

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