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Cuomo to Trump: Federal action not necessary; state prepared to step in if NYC crime, crowding grow

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 15:09:42-04

NEW YORK — After President Donald Trump had suggested sending federal officers to cities, including New York City, amid protests and a rise in violence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said federal action is not necessary.

The NY governor said during a phone conference Wednesday that he spoke to the president the day prior regarding federal agents possibly being sent to NYC.

He told Trump he is also concerned about the rising crime in NYC, but believes the situation can be managed by the state and he is ready to do so, if needed.

Cuomo also said that if he felt there was a public safety emergency in NYC that would require assistance, he would declare it and the state would send in additional resources to assist the NYPD.

Cuomo and Trump both agreed that if the president had further concerns about NYC, they would talk before any federal action is taken.

This comes after Trump said Monday he would send officers to other cities across the nationa, including New York City.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Trump's comments are likely not serious as previous comments have been nothing but "bluffs."

However, de Blasio also said the city is prepared to take legal action to stop it, and “we’d beat him in court,” de Blasio said.

In the chance Trump would beat the city, however, the mayor said it would likely make “limited impact” in terms of safety, but rather, cause more confusion among New Yorkers.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also said Tuesday the agency does not need help from federal authorities to combat a recent uptick in shootings.