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“There’s a place for peaceful protest, but the NYPD will not tolerate people doing harm to others. There will be no tolerance for assaults, for damage to property, for setting fires,” de Blasio said at a press briefing Wednesday. “Anything like that is unacceptable.”

The mayor proposed shutdowns in nine zip codes that are home to clusters, but Cuomo opted for a plan that will impose escalating restrictions in three color-coded zones.

“We need to stop this outbreak dead in its tracks for the good of all of New York City. Remember, we need to do it to save lives,” de Blasio said.

In the worst problem areas, houses of worship will only be allowed to let in ten people at a time. All nonessential businesses must close, and restaurants can only be open for takeout. All mass gatherings are prohibited, and public and private schools are closed.

Orthodox leaders quickly lashed out at the new restrictions.

“We are appalled by Governor Cuomo’s words and actions today,” state Sen. Simcha Felder, Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein, and City Council Members Kalman Yeger and Chaim Deutsch said in a joint statement late Tuesday night.

“What occurred today can only be described as a duplicitous bait-and-switch,” they said, charging that the governor’s “rhetoric in recent days has been irresponsible and pejorative, particularly to a community of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, for whom his language was reminiscent of past verbal attacks on Jewish communities.”

Leaders are encouraging open defiance of the new rules, with the four politicians insisting community members would exercise their right to worship without government interference. Yeger urged on a group of protesters in a video posted by Boro Park News. “I don’t care who in government thinks that they can stop us. They’re wrong. Let them try,” he said.

The outrage began shortly after Cuomo announced the restrictions Tuesday, following a conversation with Orthodox leaders he said he “felt very good” about.

Agudath Israel of America, a prominent Orthodox Jewish organization, said the talk “was largely a one-way monologue,” according to a statement from Tuesday evening.

Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, director of New York government relations for the group, was not on the call, but told POLITICO his colleagues said the governor made no mention of reducing synagogue capacity from 50 percent to 10 people. The organization plans to file a preliminary injunction against the state “to undo this deeply offensive action,” according to an email from the organization.

Schools will also close in designated orange zones surrounding the worst clusters, as will higher-risk businesses like gyms. Restaurants can offer outdoor but not indoor dining, and houses of worship are limited to 25 people immediately outside the red zones.

In yellow zones, schools will stay open but do weekly, random testing for Covid-19. Gatherings are limited to 25 people.

Cuomo, during a short press call Wednesday morning, acknowledged the new restrictions are “difficult” and — like initial pushback to stay home orders imposed across the state and country this spring — represent a “dramatic shift for society.” But he said he is confident in the plan.

“There were protests almost every day [this spring], so none of this is easy, but there are also facts, at the end of the day,” Cuomo said. “These clusters are all done by case data. There is nothing arbitrary about this.”

Citywide, there were 512 new cases of Covid-19 reported Wednesday, a number that has been steadily rising in recent days. The positive test rate was 1.39 percent, whereas cluster areas have seen rates above 3 percent for more than a week straight.

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Cuomo, when asked, did not indicate what action he believes should be taken to prevent violence from escalating should opposition continue.

Orthodox leaders and others say the city and state should have done more more to prepare the community ahead of the Jewish High Holidays that began last month — though there has been no shortage of daily public health warnings by the governor and mayor.

Silber said Jewish leaders who have seen the outbreak ravage their communities have been advocating for testing, hand hygiene, social distancing and mask wearing. But he said Covid-19 transmission was largely abated over the past few months, lulling some into a false sense of security.

“There really was a quiet period of three months and a sense of complacency did set in. … It kind of hit, and it took a new mindset to educate people that this is serious. There is a second wave,” Silber said. “When people feel they are being targeted, that is very difficult.”

Houses of worship and other entities that host illegal gatherings may face fines of up to $15,000, under the state orders. The city has yet to fine anyone for not wearing a a mask despite large crowds in recent weeks not wearing any face coverings.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who hails from Brooklyn, also said the city did not communicate enough with Orthodox leaders and residents.

“We cannot not communicate with communities, especially communities we know who tend to be a little bit more insular,” he said, also criticizing the timing of the shutdown. “We should not have ignored that and we should have worked with that.”

But he said that community leaders are also responsible for ensuring individuals adhere to public health guidelines, and pointed to comparisons with Black Lives Matter marches where many were concerned about risk but ultimately saw high percentages of people wearing masks.

Williams, a frequent critic of the mayor and governor, said Cuomo’s plan was a slight improvement over the mayor’s, proposed Sunday.

“There are some problems because we still see lines cutting through blocks,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense.”

The city will be working to notify businesses in the affected areas that must shut down or adapt to new restrictions. Individuals can be fined up to $1,000 for failure to wear a mask or practice social distancing, though the city still has not disclosed how many face covering fines have been given.

While the state has released maps of the zones, they in some cases cut through the middle of blocks, and precise address-by-address information has yet to be released.

Despite the vows of defiance, de Blasio said he believes faith leaders will follow the rules. If they don’t, he said the city is prepared to shut down houses of worship. “I think you’ll see, overwhelmingly, adherence to these rules,” he said.

The shutdowns will last for at least two weeks, but could go longer if the spread of Covid-19 is not contained.

“Certainly there will be sacrifice, and I feel for anyone in the communities affected whose livelihood is going to be put on hold. That’s a huge problem,” de Blasio said. “The faster we address this challenge, the shorter the shutdown will be.”

Amanda Eisenberg and Madina Touré contributed reporting.




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Capitol Police turned attention from ’200’ Proud Boys gathered on Jan. 6, lawmaker says

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“Why did the department decide to monitor the … counterdemonstrators but apparently, according to this timeline, not to monitor the Proud Boys?” Lofgren asked Bolton. “What happened to these 200 Proud Boys over the course of the day?”

Bolton said he didn’t have the answer to Lofgren’s questions, but said he hoped to have answers after his next report.

“We have the same kind of concerns,” Bolton said.

He also questioned the timeline’s accuracy and said these questions were part of why he moved up a report on command and control and radio traffic to June from later this summer.

Representatives for the Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Evidence filed by the Justice Department suggests coordination between groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, an anti-government militia network, ahead of then-President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally. In a debate in September, when asked to condemn white supremacists, Trump called on the Proud Boys

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, a self-described “Western chauvinist” group, to “stand back” and “stand by.”

The department’s highest-ranking on-the-ground commander, Eric Waldow, urged officers to look out for anti-Trump demonstrators among the sprawling pro-Trump crowd, POLITICO previously reported. Lawmakers have expressed fears that the department didn’t take seriously enough the threat that pro-Trump extremists posed to Congress.

Bolton issued a report in April that found the department’s unit for responding to violent protests is antiquated enough that officers “actively find ways to circumvent getting assigned there.”

Bolton also said on Monday that the department didn’t “adequately” put out guidance for countersurveillance and threat assessment, and had communications procedures that could have “led to critical countersurveillance information not being appropriately communicated” in the department.

Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.


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Trump super PAC to hold first fundraiser at Bedminster

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A pro-Donald Trump super PAC is holding its first fundraising event on May 22 at the former president’s Bedminster golf club, according to two people familiar with the planning.

The event will benefit Make America Great Again Action, a super PAC spearheaded by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Trump is expected to attend the event, which will include reception and a dinner. The minimum price for entry is $250,000.

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Trump tapped Lewandowki earlier this year to oversee the super PAC as part of his post-White House political operation. It’s the second big money group Trump has formed. Shortly after the election, he launched Save America PAC, a leadership PAC that has raised tens of millions of dollars.


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Pierre ‘Pete’ du Pont IV dies; ran for president in 1988

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“I was born with a well-known name and genuine opportunity. I hope I have lived up to both,” du Pont said in announcing his longshot presidential bid in September 1986.

As a presidential candidate, du Pont attracted attention for staking out controversial positions on what he hoped would reverberate with voters as “damn right” issues. They included random drug testing for high school students, school vouchers, replacing welfare with work, ending farm subsidies, and allowing workers to invest in individual retirement accounts as an alternative to Social Security.

Some of those ideas have since become more mainstream.

He won the endorsement of New Hampshire’s largest newspaper but failed to gain traction among voters. He ended his campaign after finishing next-to-last in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

Afterward, du Pont remained engaged in politics. He frequently wrote opinion pieces for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and co-founded the online public policy journal IntellectualCapital.com. He also served as chairman of Hudson Institute, the National Review Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonpartisan public policy research organization.

Pierre du Pont IV was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Delaware. After attending Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, he graduated from Princeton University in 1956 with an engineering degree. Following a four-year stint in the Navy, he obtained a law degree from Harvard University in 1963.

He joined the Du Pont Company, where he held several positions, resigning as a quality control supervisor in 1968 to begin his political career.

After running unopposed for a state House seat in 1968, he immediately set his sights on Congress, running as a fiscal conservative and winning the first of three terms in 1970.

Elected governor in 1976, du Pont fought successfully to restore financial integrity to a state he had declared “bankrupt” shortly after his inauguration. He presided over two income tax cuts; constitutional amendments restricting state spending and requiring three-fifths votes in the legislature to raise taxes; and establishment of an independent revenue forecasting panel.

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After a rocky start with Democratic legislators, including an embarrassing override of a 1977 budget veto, du Pont forged successful relationships with lawmakers from both parties to tackle thorny issues including prison overcrowding and corruption and school desegregation. He was re-elected in a landslide in 1980, winning a record 71 percent of the vote and becoming the first two-term governor in Delaware in 20 years.

In his second term, du Pont signed landmark legislation that loosened Delaware’s banking laws, including removing the cap on interest rates that banks could charge customers. The Financial Center Development Act made Delaware a haven for some of the country’s largest credit card issuers.

Under du Pont’s leadership, Delaware also established a nonprofit employment counseling and job placement program for Delaware high school seniors not bound for college. It served as the model for a national program adopted by several other states.

Prohibited by law from seeking a third term, du Pont briefly withdrew to the private sector, joining a Wilmington law firm in 1985. A year and a half later, he announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, becoming the first declared candidate in the 1988 campaign.

During an appearance at the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington, where du Pont announced he was abandoning his presidential campaign, he praised an electoral process that gave a shot at the White House to a former small-state governor with unorthodox ideas.

“You’ve given me the opportunity of a lifetime. You listened, you considered and you chose. I could not have asked for any more,” du Pont said. “For in America, we do not promise that everyone wins, only that everyone gets a chance to try.”

Du Pont is survived by his wife of over 60 years, the former Elise R. Wood; a daughter and three sons; and 10 grandchildren.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date, Perkins said.


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