Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., mentioned Sunday that it’s going to not be simple to attract people again to New York Metropolis and the encircling areas who’ve left as a result of coronavirus pandemic and the incidents of looting and vandalism that rocked the metropolis final week after the demise of George Floyd.
King, who has represented Massapequa and Central Islip, mentioned his district misplaced greater than 1,000 constituents as a result of coronavirus, amongst practically 5,000 on Lengthy Island itself.
“It is going to be difficult,” he informed Jon Scott on “Fox Report.”
“As far as the pandemic, New York City lost over 200,000,” he added. “There is no doubt the New York City metropolitan area was the epicenter of the pandemic and we are coming out of that… People are going to be reluctant to go back into Manhattan and Brooklyn and Queens until they have some assurance of security and safety.”
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He mentioned that along with coronavirus considerations, people may assume twice earlier than visiting town usually seen because the capital of the world, due to the rioting and unrest seen final week and extremist activists calling for weakening legislation enforcement.
‘What they’ve seen during the last week goes to scare people away. You’ve a spot like Fifth Avenue that has been destroyed. Macy’s was tried to be burned down. There’s graffiti on St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” he said. “You’ve demonstrations on the Barclays Heart [in Brooklyn]. That must be below management.”
He continued, “If it’s not, it will be very difficult to have people come back to work and live there and to walk the streets there; to go to restaurants.”
King mentioned a number of the protesters’ “bumper sticker” slogans in opposition to the NYPD would push town again to earlier many years when it was a lot much less safer throughout. “Everyone of all races and nationalities [need] to get together and resolve this and not be demonizing people.”
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He continued, “Every innocent death is wrong whether it is white or black. But, to be… reversing the policies of the last 20 years, which saved thousands of lives, and doing it just basically on bumper stickers, ‘Defund the police,’ that’s going to get us nowhere.”
All these components thought-about, New York Metropolis confronted an uphill restoration, King added, noting that people have already got been shifting away from the city sprawl to locations upstate or in New Jersey and Pennsylvania — particularly referencing the excessive state and metropolis taxes. “[They may n]ot just mov[e] out to The Hamptons. I can see people moving out of state altogether.”
Fox Information’ Jon Scott contributed to this report.