De Blasio: NYC residents should be welcomed at Long Island beaches
New Yorkers who flock to Long Island for holiday weekend should be welcomed, Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted Tuesday, in the wake of being ripped by a top Nassau official as “irresponsible” for creating crowds by keeping the city’s beaches closed.
“This should not be about any ill feeling toward people depending on where they come from,” de Blasio said on PIX 11 Tuesday.
The two area leaders spoke Monday after County Executive Laura Curran’s spokeswoman criticized the mayor’s decision to keep city beaches closed for Memorial Day weekend, saying it was “irresponsible and short-sighted” and would overwhelm the Long Island shore with a flood of city residents.
“This is about there are really clear limits on beaches that will be open and everyone needs to respect that to keep us all healthy and safe in the entire metropolitan area,” said de Blasio.
Curran’s spokeswoman Christine Geed told The Post Tuesday that no one will be barred from Nassau County beaches.
“We want to make them available to as many people as possible,” Geed said.
De Blasio reiterated that people can walk and sit on city beaches, but are prohibited from swimming, gathering, playing sports or partying on them.
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