August 8, 2020
***Written by Liz Glass***
Hi, I’m Liz Glass a candidate for NYS Senate in Manhattan’s District 27.
I have been busy this last week, tying up loose ends with the Board of Elections.
Unfortunately, due to a limited number of volunteers and a short window of time, the campaign received many, many signatures, but not enough.
But…never say die. After deep contemplation and with absolute resolve I am moving forward as a write-in candidate to ensure our voices are heard, and I ask for your support in doing so.
Certainly our voices in New York City need to heard now more than ever. On August 5, 2020 Mayor Bill DiBlasio set up military-style COVID-19 checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings.
Providing no scientific justification for the decision, DiBlasio said (quote) that travelers coming in from the 35 states with high COVID 19 infection rates would be given information about the quarantine with failure to comply resulting in fines (up to) 10,000 dollars.
The COVID-19 virus is serious, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. With that said, it is imperative we honor their memory by making decisions going forward based on facts, and not fear.
The high COVID-19 infection rates that you hear about in the mainstream media are due to higher rates of testing, NOT fatalities. Also, according to the CDC, COVID-19 has a survival rate of 99.96%.
In April governor of Rhode Island also had COVID-19 checkpoints, which Gov. Cuomo called “unconstitutional” and the ACLU is suing Rhode Island because of it.
I contacted the ACLU in New York whose director Donna Lieberman responded: “It’s concerning that the Mayor’s announcement comes with few details on what will happen at checkpoints and how people’s sensitive information will be protected.”
Here are my questions:
1. Can a “State of Emergency” allow the government to suspend our constitutional rights? (The answer: No!)
2. According to the NY Times, roughly one-third of the city’s 240,000 small businesses may never reopen. So far, those businesses have shed 520,000 jobs. We must reopen the economy. Why is DiBlasio sabotaging people’s ability to visit New York?
3. NYC Sheriff Joseph Fucito is overseeing the checkpoints. Sheriff in the United States swear an oath to uphold the constitution. According to Cuomo, these checkpoints are unconstitutional. Sheriff Fucito’s number is 212 487 9734, and the National Sheriffs’ Association is 800.424.7827, if you care to share your opinion about their colleague.
There will also be quarantine checkpoints for inter-state travelers at Penn Station and Port Authority, which will be overseen by the test and tracing program’s executive director Dr. Ted Long.
Contact tracing involves the government following you via an app on your phone. The app determines if you have come into contact with an individual – family, friend, or stranger – who tests positive for COVID-19. The app shares your location and medical information with the government, and NYS’s 17,000 contact tracers who are paid $50,000 per year will require you to quarantine for 14 days. According to the Epoch Times “The city’s Test and Trace program is providing free meals, hotel rooms, and other services to people who are undergoing the mandatory quarantine. Workers have made more than 86,000 phone calls, and sent more than 20,000 texts, and “if we can’t get through to you on the phone, we’ve deployed teams that are now knocking on your door to check in with you and make sure you are safe,” according to Dr. Long.
New York had a 6 to 8 billion dollar deficit before COVID-19, and according to the Washington Examiner, New York faces a budget deficit of $30 billion over the next two years. Businesses are going under; so tax revenue is disappearing.
Question: we are paying $850,000,000 for the salaries of these contact tracers, as well as hotel expenses for out-of-state residents. for a virus with a .04% death rate? Where is the money coming from for this program, and what is the true purpose of the program?
On June 16, I posted a video on social media “Will NY Schools Reopen?” Cuomo indicated that if schools can reopen, contact tracing would be mandatory. In that video I asked questions, and will repeat those questions here:
What if the contact tracer determines that you need to quarantine for 14 days, but you have family or children and only one bathroom. What happens to the children?
It appears that contact tracing would necessitate family separations, including children. I will post in the comment section contact information and social media accounts for Governor Cuomo, Mayor DiBlasio, and Dr. Long. Please ask these public servants for clarification.
Thank you for tuning in. I’m Liz Glass, a candidate for NYS Senate in Manhattan’s District 27. Because we are stronger together, and all of us – particularly our children – need to be protected, and are essential.
NYCLU’s Donna Lieberman: “It’s concerning that the Mayor’s announcement comes with few details on what will happen at checkpoints and how people’s sensitive information will be protected. Calling a law enforcement action a public health measure does not make it one. We know that law enforcement should not have any role in contact tracing – it is ineffective and raises serious questions on inequitable enforcement and what information will be mandated.”
To reach Governor Cuomo: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
To contact Mayor DiBlasio:
To reach Dr. Ted Long:
PressOffice@nychhc.org To reach Dr. Ted Long
NYC Sheriff Fucito’s number is 212 487 9734, and the National Sheriffs’ Association is 800.424.7827.