You know what isn’t helping in this time of crisis? Mayor Bill de Blasio’s constant and hysterical public whinging.
Instead of leading calmly, de Blasio is doing everything in his power to incite more fear and anger, even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo raises the same issues — minus the hysteria.
By the start of April, “We will run out of basic medical supplies because of the intense strain that is being put on our hospitals,” he says. “We literally will not have the things we need to save people’s lives.”
And he’s bent on blaming the White House, feeding the eternal Trump-bashing agenda of CNN and MSNBC (both networks are hosting him near-daily) with complaints all the way up to the absurd charge that the federal government “basically doesn’t exist at the moment.”
Except that Cuomo and the White House have been clear that more supplies are on the way. And the mayor faces the awkward fact that City Hall didn’t start landing key supplies until March 6 and 10, The Post’s Julia Marsh reports, finally securing the first emergency masks and hand sanitizer.
To be clear: Front-line hospitals here and across the country are seeing severe shortages. City health-care workers are having to re-use personal protective equipment that’s supposed to be one-use.
But the feds and the states are moving on it, getting not just more PPE production, but also more ventilators and other key ICU equipment. It’s a highly chaotic situation, with no clear info on how much is coming, how fast — and no resources to call City Hall with detailed progress reports.
The prez and veep did a Sunday hand-holding phone call with the mayor, but he’s really got to get himself straight. As The Post has also reported, his own top aides are ready to throttle de Blasio over his mix of panic, indecision and micromanagement.
“Thank god for Cuomo” is the new refrain among the mayor’s staff, because the gov is making the tough decisions and calmly raising concerns with the feds, not freaking out.
Calm it down, Mr. Mayor, and focus on being part of the solution.
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