GOV. Andrew Cuomo to use National Guard to confiscate New York's unused ventilators to fight COVID-19

GOV. Andrew Cuomo to use National Guard to confiscate New York's unused ventilators to fight COVID-19
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast at the New York Transit Museum on Fri., January 8, 2016 where he announced the eighth major proposal of his 2016 agenda, a plan to modernize and transform the MTA. Pictured: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will issue an executive order allowing the state to confiscate unused ventilators and other medical equipment.

The Democratic governors said Friday he will sign the order authorizing the National Guard to commandeer personal protection equipment and other medical supplies needed to fight the coronavirus outbreak in New York City and elsewhere in his state.

"I'm not going to let people die because we didn't redistribute ventilators," he said.

Cuomo said he would personally pay for them afterwards if necessary.

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