Cuomo Flatly Rejects Idea Of Burying Bodies In NYC Park Amid COVID Crisis

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard at the Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases on March 27, 2020 in New York City. across the country schools, businesses and places of work have either been shut down or are restricting hours of operation as health officials try to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gives a daily coronavirus press conference on March 27, 2020 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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April 6, 2020 2:05 p.m.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) shot down a New York City council member’s plan to have those who had died from COVID-19 be buried in a New York City public park due to potential overcrowding at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).

“I have heard nothing about that,” the governor said during a press conference in the city’s Javitz Center. “I’ve heard a lot of wild rumors, but I have not heard anything about the city burying people in parks.”

“No. No,” Cuomo replied when asked if he supported the idea.

The governor also said he wasn’t aware of any freezers at OCME facilities running out of space in the first place

“I haven’t heard that there was an issue,” he told reporters.

Mark Levine, the chair of the New York City Council health committee, had claimed earlier on Monday that the freezers “will soon be full” and therefore city officials would soon begin a “temporary internment” process in a city park.

Watch Cuomo below:

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