De Blasio says New York City's public pools will be closed all summer

De Blasio says New York City's public pools will be closed all summer
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New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioLineup for Central Park 'Homecoming' concert includes Springsteen, LL Cool J, New York Philharmonic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Crunch time for bipartisan plan; first Jan. 6 hearing today FDNY union comes out against de Blasio vaccine requirement MORE (D) said Monday the city’s public pools will remain closed all summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The decision is part of what de Blasio called New York's “wartime” budget. 

"Where we can cut we will, but where it comes to protecting New Yorkers — we will not cut that," de Blasio said at a Thursday briefing. 

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Shutting the popular pools is expected to save the city $12 million, according to NY1. De Blasio said a decision had not yet been made on whether to open New York's public beaches.

“I do not want — until we have a much, much better sense of where this is going — I don't want to create a situation where people start gathering,” the mayor said. 

“If we bring out lifeguards and it's a situation where people think it's safe to go to the beach and safe to start resuming normalcy, it's going to endanger people based on what we know now,” he added. 

De Blasio also said the city estimates it will lose $7.4 billion in tax revenue over the current and next fiscal year and that the only way out of the budgetary hole “without causing immense human pain” is direct federal aid. 

“No New Yorker is responsible for this horrible crisis, but New York has borne the brunt, we have been the epicenter,” the former presidential candidate said. “When you look at the impact here, anybody with a heart would recognize that the federal government has to come to the rescue.”

He urged President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE to speak up on behalf of his “home town.” 

“I said to him in the clearest terms, if we don’t have any more resources, how can we provide for the safety, the protection and health of New Yorkers?” de Blasio said.