PLATTSBURGH, NY — Step inside the Cumberland 12 Cinemas in Plattsburgh and it’ll seem as if you’ve stepped into a time capsule. Movie posters on the wall depict upcoming films that should have been viewed months ago, and the snack counter sits empty.
Assemblyman Billy Jones wants guidance from the Gov. Andrew Cuomo on when theaters in New York can reopen. “We call on New York State again, the Department of Health, the Governor,” he said Monday.
“We can do this in a safe manner,” Jones added. “You’ve heard me say this before with several other businesses, we can do this in a safe manner. ”
The focus is on the local businesses that were not able to open even after phase four of the Cuomo’s statewide reopening plan. Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman says a new plan is needed.
“Let’s put forth a plan,” he said. “Let’s calibrate it if we need to, it is the local businesses that are the backbone of the community.”
Peter Edelman, owner of the Cumberland 12, says it’s not just about the theater or his customers. It’s about his employees.
“It’s a start for a lot of peoples businesses and careers,” he said. “They learn how to deal with the public, they learn how to deal with money, they learn a sense of responsibility, and having good leadership.”
Edelman adds that they are more than ready to reopen. But, so far, he says, Cuomo has remained quiet on the issue.
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