Citing New York City’s economic needs, Mayor Eric Adams urges businesses to consider sacking staff to their offices – CBS New York
PURCHASE, NY (CBSNewYork) – Despite the disturbing and ever-growing number of COVID-19 cases in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is urging businesses and financial institutions to end their addiction to telecommuting and get their employees back to work.
He says the city’s economic health depends on it, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported on Monday.
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Adams said the city will beat COVID by “bringing back the swagger,” keeping schools open and bringing workers back to offices.
He never uttered Bill de Blasio’s name or said he was as drab as dirt, but that was his involvement as Adams made it clear that his vibrant style is what is missing in the Town’s battle against COVID.
âWhen a mayor looks swagger, the city looks swagger. We allowed people to fight so much that all we did was wallow in COVID, âAdams said. âWe need a boastful mayor. This is New York. It is a privilege to live in New York and the management should have this bluster. This is what was lacking in this city.
Watch: Marcia Kramer’s 6pm report on Adams saying he’ll bring the ‘Swagger’ back from New York
Dozens of New York City businesses and Wall Street financial institutions may have delayed plans to bring workers back to the office amid record spike in COVID infections, but Adams urges them to change their minds .
âWe have to open up. You can’t run New York from your home. We need to engage everyone in our financial ecosystem to enable low-skilled, unskilled, and hourly people to truly be a part of our ecosystem. They can’t do their jobs remotely, âAdams said.
The mayor pointed out that the people who work at the big companies here allow other businesses to thrive, from hot dog carts and restaurants to dry cleaners and beauty salons.
âI need my businesses to reopen and operate. You can’t run a city like New York with 30% building occupancy. We need to get back to work and open up our city, âAdams said.
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But officials from the New York City Partnership told CBS2 that most companies here are making week-to-week decisions and told their employees that forgoing telecommuting to return to their desks will be voluntary, at least. until the end of January. .
This while the mayor continued to talk about the possibility of requiring that all municipal workers receive booster injections.
Several agencies, from the NYPD to emergency medical services, have been hit hard by higher-than-normal absences due to the pandemic. Cops had to work double shifts and the city’s ambulance system was so understaffed that the FDNY asked teams to discourage stable patients with flu-like systems from going to hospital.
âWe’re going to see if we need to mandate,â Adams said, âand if we do, we will, but at the moment we’re not there yet.â
Meanwhile, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Monday the number of people testing positive for COVID fell to 51,698 on Sunday as fewer people were tested over the holiday weekend. But the positivity rate rose to 23.17%, with an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
âOur numbers are misleading today. These numbers will likely be much higher tomorrow. They haven’t gone from almost 90,000 to 51,000. It’s just because people don’t get tested over the weekend, âHochul said.
She said she was particularly concerned about the increase in the number of people admitted to hospitals.
âThese numbers are rather shocking,â Hochul said.
The governor has opened new testing sites on State University of New York campuses, including Stony Brook on Long Island and SUNY Purchase in Westchester County.
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In parts of the state, the hospitalization rate is so severe that 21 hospitals have suspended elective non-essential surgeries.