New York City, as the most populated city in the nation, has undoubtedly been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in America. With people living, working, and commuting in such close proximity, the city has been like a breeding ground for the rampant running virus. And so it goes without saying that hospitals and medical supply chains in the city and surrounding areas have been overwhelmed with the constant demand.
New York, like several other states, is asking for government assistance to help curb the spread and meet the ever-growing needs of the healthcare industry at this time. Governor Andrew Cuomo has worked tirelessly with President Trump and his administration to get much-needed supplies, including face masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, gloves, and even extra hospital space.
New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, on the other hand, only seems to complain that Trump isn’t doing enough and making things worse. As always, with the progressive left, everything even the least bit negative is Trump’s fault.
However, the New York Post recently found evidence that lays much of the blame for the lack of supplies not on the President, but solely at the feet of de Blasio himself.
Let’s go back in time just a few months, to January, when news of the Wuhan originated virus first became something to take note of. China had already seen enough devastation due to the coronavirus that the US and its leaders were becoming concerned. President Trump and his staff immediately starting discussing what to do to prepare for it, as did many other state and local officials.
As one of the leading and largest gateways into our nation, New York City should have been on high alert and making preparations as well.
But it turned out that de Blasio dropped the ball, big time.
As it turns out, he and his staff didn’t even make their first order of COVID-19 related supplies until March 6, according to the Post.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed President Trump for the city’s severe shortage of COVID-19 supplies even though City Hall didn’t put in its first order for emergency protective gear until March 6, The Post has learned. City officials waited for over two months after the coronavirus outbreak first hit China to start emergency procurements of masks and hand sanitizer, putting in orders on March 6 and March 10, according to the city comptroller’s office.”
And the city isn’t happy about learning this.
City Councilman Chaim Deutsch told The Post, “Our city is the epicenter of this outbreak in the United States, and we are lacking supplies because the mayor didn’t notice until two weeks ago?”
Deutsch, like the rest of the nation, is dumbfounded over the mayor’s incompetence. He claims a “distinct lack of management on the part of this administration” is to blame.
And as The Post found, this lateness of order wasn’t the only problem with the mayor’s office. It was noted that once the orders were placed, they went through an onslaught of other delays before actually being put into action.
According to city records, the City Comptroller approved of the payment for said supplies almost immediately. However, it wasn’t until another three days later that the orders were stamped for approval by other parts of the process. By then, the company that usually supplies New York City of such materials had already run out.
Naturally, the orders had to be then filled by other suppliers, which took even more time and money and more delays for the waiting people of New York.
According to The Post, the city has since made new orders out, asking for even more supplies. But that will take time. The same provisions are needed everywhere else, as well. And even with private companies like Ford, General Motors, Hanes, Honeywell, 3M, and distilleries around the nation stepping in to create these supplies and increase production, the shortage will not disappear overnight.
Trump and his staff are doing all that they can to get America the supplies they need. But he can’t do it alone. Local governments and mayors need to make sure to actually do their jobs and order supplies when they need it.
Maybe if New York City had a competent leader, it wouldn’t be in such dire straits right now.