At about 1 am on Saturday morning, the citizens of new york made their displeasure known. A massive mural with the words, “F**k Cuomo and de Blasio” was painted before an annual block party for small business owners.
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Massive 'F–k Cuomo and de Blasio' mural painted on Brooklyn street pic.twitter.com/euUsfCLFLU
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If this is anything to go by, the business owners of New York have had enough of the Cities leadership, according to the attendees of the party, the mural was a big hit, crowds cheered, and apparently even the cops had a chuckle. The Department of Transportation covered the street art in black less than 24 hours later around 10 p.m. Saturday.
The cities business owners, big and small, have made their disapproval of the cities handling of the COVID – 19 crisis and the economic fallout known. Could we perhaps be witnessing a shift in the New York political landscape?
In the 2016 election, 59% (4,556,124 votes). Trump only secured 36% (2,819,534). That means the Republicans need to secure about 2 million more votes if they have any hope of securing the city. If trends are anything to go by, The Republicans are set for a comeback in the near future. Could that comeback be 2020? According to public sentiment, that is a strong possibility.
According to the polls, the Republicans are poised for a strong come back. Several polls show republicans leading the race for some house seats. Trump still trails Biden in the New York polls, however, more house seats for the Republicans is a big deal.
Gov. Cuomo fueling the fire
Gov. Cuomo is not helping public sentiment by targeting bars and clubs frequented by the cities youth with strict COVID – 19 regulations. “With the return of college students for the fall semester, Governor Cuomo has directed the State Liquor Authority to increase efforts to ensure bars and restaurants in areas where college students gather are abiding by all public health measures,” an official press release said.
The statement cited “egregious violations” in Cortland, Dutchess, Madison, Monroe, Oswego, and Schenectady counties — some of which lead to the suspension of the business’ liquor license. “With significant outbreaks linked to colleges and universities across the nation, these stepped-up efforts will help keep our students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding communities safe.”
Since the beginning of the lockdown, two hundred and one liquor licenses have been taken away, and 1084 charges filed against bars and restaurants for alleged COVID-19 reopening requirements and social distancing violations.
According to some these strict regulations, that harm small businesses, have to lead to growing discontent among business owners and young adults in the city. According to many on twitter, more acts of defiance, along the lines of the mural mentioned earlier, should be planned across the city. To add to that, many are calling for citizens of the city to make their voices heard at the ballot box.