Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following Governor Cuomo’s official issuance of an Executive Order:

“After widespread bipartisan opposition from Democratic and Republican elected officials from the Hudson Valley to the Capitol District to the Southern Tier to the North Country to Buffalo, I am pleased that Governor Cuomo significantly walked back New York’s misguided Friday announcement to send the National Guard to take 20% of unused PPE and ventilators from Upstate to Downstate,” said Congresswoman Stefanik.

“In the Executive Order issued today, there is no longer a 20% requirement, it was written as ‘may’ and not ‘shall,’ and will not be managed by the National Guard and instead coordinated by the Department of Health working with the support of the Hospital Association of New York State. This five-day delay and significant walk back means that the bipartisan opposition from across Upstate had a significant impact leading to a much more reasonable approach that will ensure the unique needs of each community are met.

“We are grateful for each and every hospital and healthcare worker who are working tirelessly to serve their communities and are going above and beyond to voluntarily share resources when able,” concluded Congresswoman Stefanik.