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Subway shutdown hurts coronavirus responders most: de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio cast a skeptical eye Sunday on calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend service in New York’s subway system to stem the spread of the coronavirus, citing a need for essential workers to get around.

“The biggest challenge that would create would be for our front-line healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “We can’t have those people in a position where they can’t get to work.”

Hizzoner was responding to a letter sent by four City Council members to Cuomo, calling for the governor to pull the plug on subway service.

The quartet argued that the move would protect both riders and MTA workers, of whom dozens have died and thousands fallen ill with the contagion.

An MTA spokesman on Saturday called the proposal “a dangerous and a terrible idea,” stressing the role the rails serve in helping front-line workers get around — logic echoed by de Blasio on Sunday.

Source: NYPost

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