May 1, 2020 – Live coverage – Starting at 12pm several dozen residents and members of the community gathered in front of Binghamton City Hall and State offices. For 2 1/2 hours the concerned citizens held a rally calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to end the forced isolation caused in reaction to the Coronavirus panic.
Incident involving police
Police were present at the event, standing some 50 ft away from the gathering. Closer to the protesters, standing on the fringe of the crowd, were a smattering of news media. That media left the event long before the mid-point of the event. The only full coverage of the event was left to the public – both as part of the event and just observing it.
There was no violence. There was 1 incident though. A middle aged woman did approach the rally and confronted protesters with screams. Shouting at the citizens that they were endangering the public, police removed her from the immediate presence of those at the rally. She was escorted across the street. The counter-protester did not wear, or appear to possess, a face mask or gloves. Sadly this was not recorded by us directly.
Mystery media group
Also in attendance at the event was a strange group. Claiming to be a student news media group from Binghamton University – called 1337 News Media – 2 young men were trying to “interview” protesters. One of the young men, identifying as Alex Jay, stated the organization was funded by “Soros” before flipping several blank pages in a spiral notebook and coming upon a single notation of Clintonfor2016.com.
When asked, on video to confirm who the organization was – as we are not aware of this group existing at Binghamton University – Alex Jay emphasized that funds were also gathered by selling products of Alex Jones. Our search of Google does not find any organization, or website, for this alleged student newspaper.
We have also included the verbatim video of the interaction with this “news media” group. We would note that the second member of this “organization” never gave his name while recording the conversation. He also declined to answer, when protest rally members asked if the Organization they represented was associated with Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT). This can be seen and heard in our unedited video.
As the protest was taking place in Binghamton, Albany, Utica, and several other cities across the State simultaneously, Gov. Cuomo was addressing the nation. Cuomo declared that all schools would remained closed for the academic year ending in June. At the same time Cuomo continued to hand-off to County governments the responsibility to selectively reopen the New York economy.
Later in the day, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced that the forced limitation on travel was removed. Garnar did not comment on his “unofficial” official emergency power declaration that residents restrict travel to only every other day – per Operation Crush Covid. In addition, an unknown number of County employees are to be laid-off until July 31st.